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Oct 14 2019
SkyIslander18
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CP Flat LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking7.50 Miles 1,100 AEG
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2 day trip to the end of the Swift Trail mainly to see CP Flat's colors.

Day 1 -
Took the Swift Trail to it's end and hiked CP counterclock. The aspens looked good, not peak yet, but good enough for me. I then drove to Riggs Lake, picked a campsite for the night and hiked around the lake on the Lakeshore Trail. Only 2 other parties camping that night. Campfire, dinner and an early bed. Awoke to 34 degree temps ... yikes (for me)!

Day 2 -
Packed up camp and drove out to Grand View. After some wandering around the area, I made it up to the peak. I think I've taken an unplanned different route up to that peak every time. A little further down the road I stopped at Chesley Flat for a short one down Blair Canyon ... I had to scratch an itch.

The aspens up high will be peaking soon and everything else on the drive up/down is just starting to pop.
Saw many deer, Abert's & turkeys along the way and had a campsite skunk for night 1

T'was a good trip!
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Jul 17 2016
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Grand View PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking1.07 Miles 319 AEG
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Day 3 (Hike 2) –
Next up was Grand View Peak, which I approached from Chesley Flat. Originally I was planning to take the ridge route that starts up a trail, (described here: [ description ] ), but the topo was not cooperating so rather than waste time trying to find the trail given all I had on the agenda, I opted for the shortest distance approach [from Chesley Flat].

The short trip to the summit of Grand View Peak was brushier than my route to Merrill Peak but I’d still consider the brush factor to be on the mild side; and overall it proved to be another easy and fun bushwhack. Encountering almost no boulders until I reached the summit, I was surprise to read just how much bouldering there is, if opting for the ridge route, ( [ description ] ). Approaching from Chesley Flat, the first leg of this super short bushwhack is crossing the meadow-like area by Chesley Flat [~.15 to .20 miles], followed by the ascent up the SE slope of Grand View [~.25 to .30 miles]. The terrain is soft-dirt throughout, [with some pine-needles on top once you hit the tree line].

Unlike the ridge route which apparently has some nice views en route to the peak, the Chesley Flat approach has no views en route to the peak thanks to the surrounding trees. And will on the topic of views [or lack thereof], there are almost none to be had from the summit either, aside from very small glimpses through the thick tree cover. It seems that every other comment in the summit log makes reference to the irony of the name, ‘Grand View’ and the total lack of views from this peak. To put things in perspective, the few distance views to be had from the summit of Mica Mountain in the Rincons would be considered ‘grand & extraordinary’ relative to the “views” from the summit of Grand View. Nonetheless, I still really enjoyed the short bushwhack to this peak… as I’ve said before, [at least for me], half the fun of peak bagging is about the journey.
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Grand View PeakTucson, AZ
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After I dropped Chad off in Safford from our Trip to Eagle Creek, I spent 7.00 to get into Roper Lake State Park and took a nice, hot shower.... :sweat: I would have paid 10.00 for that... :D

Enjoyed a nice Moonrise after the Shower and then headed up the Mountain to find a Camp Spot for both myself, and Paul Hubbard and Kat. Drove all the way up the Swift Trail to the end, checking out a few spots. There were already a few people up there, starting their Labor Day Weekend a day or two early. Saw a Skunk meandering around one of my possibilities...Decided on my old standby, that I just happen to like, and Camped at the Grand View Peak TH again. Just like this spot. Nice little Meadow, nice Overlooks and Cell Service 200 feet up the Hill, and it's quiet. Got set up, had a little Fire, and sacked out after a pretty long day...

Got up the next morning, bummed around Camp a little, then took a drive down the Swift Trail to where I knew I had really reliable Cell Service. Called Paul and left a message, giving him directions to the Campsite. Went to Big Rock Campground, to find out that it was already occupied and it wasn't by skatchkins....Bummer for him, don't know where he ended up, didn't run into him while I was up there. I guess I had to be Downclimbing Cliffs or Hiking after Dark on Overlooks to catch up to him.... :sweat:

On the way back to the Campsite, I saw a Doe and her Twin Fawns standing in the middle of the Swift Trail. They ran up the Hill as I approached. I got a couple of decent pics, but couldn't get the second Fawn in any of them, it had wandered off quite a ways from Mom.... :(

Got back to the Campsite and was pretty much a bum all day. Collected some Firewood and had a nice Fire again that night. Decided to play with my Camera and see what I could pull off with an old, outdated, Point and Shoot. That's the majority of my Photoset... ;)

Got up Saturday, did my Goudy Camp Loop Hike, got back to Camp, had lunch, and took off for Riggs Lake after leaving Paul a note at my Campsite. I knew he would underestimate the time it would take to get up there, just because, for a first timer, there are waaayyy too many places to stop for cool Photo Ops. I found a better Campsite for Paul and Kat and gave them directions in my note. Good thing it was bigger, after seeing his set-up... :sl:

Did a couple of Hikes at Riggs Lake, with the thought of doing some Fishing, but with the Algae band around the Lake, I just didn't have the right Tackle for that, plus there were alot of people Fishing already. Took off back to my Campsite, to find that Paul and Kat had been there, so I proceeded over in the direction they were setting up. After trying to rip out my oil pan on a rock and letting the Escape play in some more mud, I arrived in time to see the building of the Hubbard Hilton (and Spa) :sl: Hank, I have to tell ya, you may have them beat in the Kitchen Department, but in order to even match them in the Spa Department, you're going to need a bigger Grasshopper.... :sl:

Now, I'm not a big fan of Drinking and Driving, but I knew I would be thoroughly entertained for at least an hour, so I pulled out my Camera, a Wine Cooler, and pulled up a chair... :D Paul didn't disappoint. After some pleasantries, he went right back to work. I have to say, it was impressive and darn near a work of art.... :sl: After they got done erecting the "Master Bath", we visited and laughed for a bit, before I departed.

Went back to my own Camp, finished packing up and headed down the hill to meet Chad at the Noon Creek Picnic Area, to go over some particulars from our Eagle Creek Trip. On the way down, saw another Doe in the middle of the Swift Trail and managed to get one shot of her before she disappeared.

Met up with Chad, and ended up talking for a couple of hours, watching the Moonrise. Finished heading down the hill and stopped in the brand new Big 5 in Safford to see about taking advantage of their Labor Day Sales. I did just that.... :D Really nice store, by the way. It's now the biggest one in AZ...

Arrived home at 1:00 A.M. Sunday morning and was at my Housesitting job by 9:00 A.M. Didn't even get the Car unpacked.... :sweat:

Great Trip every step and mile of the way. Southeast AZ has yet to disappoint, or even be "so-so". Always a great destination that I will never tire of.... :y:
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Jul 11 2012
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Spent two nights dispersed Camping just off the Forest Road to Grand View Peak. It was a very nice area with a good Campsite that almost required a 4x4 to get to, but the Escape did real well. Very peaceful and I had the entire area to myself both nights.... :) Didn't see any wildlife here except for the birds and squirrels.

I did, however, make it back to camp before Sunset on the second evening, so I crossed the Forest Road and climbed up to a Ridge near my camp and followed the Ridge along for a short ways. I had nice brief Overlooks to the North, but was looking for one to the West and eventually I found an area that afforded a nice view of the Sunset. Enjoyed the drama between the Sun and the Clouds for almost an hour before returning to camp, just before pitch dark. Will be using this Campsite again some day....
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Jun 20 2012
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Grand View PeakTucson, AZ
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Pinaleno Trip 2012, Day 2 (continued):

With the sun about to set, I rolled into Chesley Flat. I quickly threw my pack on and headed across the flat to take the short way up Grand View Peak. I reached the boulder covered western summit in time to enjoy a very colorful sunset. I watched a red ball sink below a smoky horizon, then hiked back down. After the hike, I began roaming the west end of the Pinalenos, looking for a campsite, eventually setting up on a deserted side road at Jesus-Goudy. Soup from a can tasted outstanding after a full day of roaming the 2 mile high country.
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May 25 2012
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Day 2 of my weekend in the Pinalenos. Chad and I started out Hiking to Grand View Peak. We had originally tried to do this Hike yesterday, but had trouble finding the Trail where it started off the old Logging Road.

Today, Chad had a few ideas, so we went back and found the Trail. It is faint and there are only a couple of Cairns to guide you and there is alot of debris from this past winter, but nothing big. We climbed up a couple of areas to see some views and then hit Grand View Peak. There were some nice views to the South, West and East, but we stayed only long enough to get a few pictures, as the Wind was howling today and it was threatening to blow us right off the top... : rambo : After scrambling down that Peak, we Hiked across a nice little saddle and hit another high spot briefly, enjoying the views to the North and West.

The Wind became a big determining factor on what we did the rest of the day. It was sustained at about 40 MPH with 50-60 MPH gusts. I actually wore a hat hiking today, the first time ever.... :o

We got back to the car, and Chad directed me to the Soldier Creek Campground. I think this is one of my favorite Campgrounds. We took the Grant Creek Trail for a ways and Chad showed me some Ice Caves. You can only enter one of the ones we saw, the rest were going to require Technical and Safety Gear to drop into. The one we went into was small and didn't have any Ice, but we ran into one that we didn't enter, that most likely did, judging from the very cold draft flowing from the hole. We hit one more, but again, was not doable without gear. I managed to go in about 2 steps on a ledge and get a couple of pics of the inside room, but it was quite a drop from the ledge and even I wasn't going to risk that...I may be adventurous, but when it comes to Caves and Mines, I don't take any chances at all....

Hiked back to the vehicle and continued with our day. Two nice, quick little Hikes accomplished. :)
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May 25 2012
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Pinaleno Mountains, AZ 
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Hiking8.70 Miles 1,527 AEG
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Day #2 of mine & Pam's stay on Graham. Started the day with an early morning lap around the Lakeshore trail as the sun came up. We then packed up camp and drove down the Swift Trail stopping first to hike up to Grand View Peak. There is really no trail up to the peak, but a couple cairns helped lead the way and we made it up to the top for some outstanding 360 views! We then made a short hour stop at the Solider Creek CG and hiked down to explore the Ice Caves for a bit before continuing down the Swift Trail to the longer hike of the day, High Peak Road/Big Creek loop which we hiked counter clockwise ending with the mile return along the Swift Trail. Always one of my favorite loops on the mountain and I enjoyed it completely. Another real nice time on Graham showing Pam some of my favorite trails!
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Best of Mount Graham 2010

Aka "Ode to More Moderate Temperatures"...


Friday August 13, 2010 - Hell Hole/Grandview Peak
Plan to escape 110 degree plus Valley temperatures by noon was thwarted by never ending work meetings. I did get on the road by 2:30pm sans co-adventurers. Stop off at Gold Canyon Basha's to strike off those last few items on the camp shopping list and a quick text to Preston Sands to let him know I'll be passing through Safford later than planned. Turned onto the Swift Trail a little before 6pm and I'm getting concerned about waning daylight => I hate setting up camp in the dark! Now the mental checklist to find that primo camp site courtesy of Mr. Sands;
o Pass the "Restricted Access" driveway heading to the Telescope on Mt. Graham at 10,720 ft. More at http://www.eac.edu/DISCOVERYPARK/mgio.shtm and http://mgpc3.as.arizona.edu/Orientation.pdf Maybe a future tour?
o Pass the entrance to Old Columbine, then Columbine Corrals Fee Campground/Ash Creek TH and Visitor Center
o Pass Soldier Creek Fee Campgrounds
o Pass Large Rocks undeveloped recreation area
o Pass Chesley Flat TH
o First right turn after Chesley Flat should be the FR to Hell Hole and Grand View Point...
I make the turn off the Swift Trail onto the FR and gun my F-150 through a couple of mud holes. As I climb up to a saddle I spot a choice "at large" campsite on the right. The FR makes a sharp bend just beyond the campsite and a plunge down into what I presume is Hell Hole. I'm intimidated by the dark and a healthy expanse of water covering the road. So Camp Schulhauser is established on the Hell Hole Saddle => See GPS map 32.71462degN, 109.94670degW. Nice clearing provides a spectacular view of the star filled skies including the Milky Way. The Forest Service has been actively thinning the forest near the camp site making for an endless supply of fire wood. Set up the tent to the glow of F-150 headlights and fire up the propane BBQ => T-bone, mushrooms and baked potato on tonight's menu. Half a beer into my meal and I feel a headache coming on. What gives? My body altimeter has always been triggered at 10,000 feet in the past (a quick look at the GPS say 9,337 ft). Total silence grips the night only to be punctuated by a couple of hooting owls. I take a midnight stroll along the FR towards Grand View Point...

Saturday August 14, 2010 - Chesley Flat Trail, Blair Canyon Trail, Webb Peak via Soldier Creek, Webb Peak Trail, Ash Creek Trail

Rise with the sun and check the time on my cell phone => 5:38am. Grill up some bacon and eggs for breakfast, dead-out the campfire and head over to Chesley Flat.
Chesley Flat Trail => Explore the meadow and old corral. I'm unable to locate the foundations of the old Chesley homestead => http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=36102 Undeterred, I spot the trail heading east into the forest. Lot's of downed trees as I approach the Blair Canyon Trail junction. A quick trek down this trail doesn't grab my interest, so it's back up to the Chesley Flat Trail and a steady climb towards a burned zone (remnants of the 2004 Nuttall Fire per Preston's hike description). The burned zone has been reclaimed by a riot of wildflowers => Western Sneezeweed, Western Dayflower, Richardson's Geranium standout... I follow the fire line gazing up for the Webb Peak lookout tower. The hike description warns about the trail disappearing at this point. Wandering some more without spotting the lookout tower, I decide to retrace my path back to the TH (more on this later...).
Webb Peak via Soldier Creek => Forest Service and locals have their chain saws and axes chopping up firewood at the FR88 TH. No room to park at the TH, so I pull my F-150 over to the side of Swift Trail. The ascent up the service road to Webb Peak is reminiscent of the lower sections of the Weatherford Trail. As I round a bend near the upper reaches, both the lookout tower and the upper Chesley Flat TH come into view. I head down the Chesley Flat Trail and think I spot where I gave up on the ascent up the trail. I turn back and head up to the lookout tower. View from this vantage is jaw-dropping.
Webb Peak Trail => After lingering in the lookout tower, time to make a decent down the eastern slopes towards Ash Creek Trail. I meet my first hikers of the day, a couple of adults leading about a dozen tweeners. Let's just say the tweeners all looked like they wanted to do anything but climb Webb Peak...
Ash Creek Trail #307 => This has got to be one of the best "escape the summer heat" trails in Arizona. Amble past the sawmill remnants to the slick rock and on to the falls. Everything is green, green, green! The trek back up to the TH works up a good sweat. As I approach the TH and Columbine Corrals Fee Campground, I see "tent city". All the campsites are occupied and full of activity. Quite the contrast to my Hell Hole Saddle "at large" campsite...
I follow the Swift Trail back to my parked F-150 and amble back to Camp Schulhauser about 4:30pm. I'm wiped. Sit back in a camp chair and us the opportunity to finish off Man Corn => viewtopic.php?f=11&t=5356&p=57762&hilit=man+corn#p57762

Sunday August 15, 2010 - Deadman-Highline Trail

I awake at dawn, fix some breakfast and begin to break camp waiting on the arrival of Mr. Sands. On cue, I hear a vehicle splashing through some mud holes. It's Preston. Finish packing, dead-out the firepit and it's off to DHT. We trek up the switchbacks into the "gray zone" that is Mt. Graham. Another sweet trail worthy of the 5-rating...
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Hiking2.00 Miles 327 AEG
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I thought for sure the trail shown on the Webb Peak topo map would exist. Not anymore. It was an adventure just scrambling over the boulders. Flashbacks of my near death experience with a boulder in the Mazatzals kept coming to mind... Webb Peak has better views, but it was 2 hours well spent for me.
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