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Sep 03 2022
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Mount Union - Bradshaw MountainsPrescott, AZ
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PrestonSandsTriplogs 1,793
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My brother Ryan came up to Prescott for the day so we headed into the Bradshaws. We parked at Knapp Gulch on Walker Road and then set off on foot for Potato Patch and Mount Union trail. Warm and crazy humid, lots of grass, wildflowers, and running water in the creeks as we climbed trail #285 to the headwaters of the Hassayampa.

Found the trail blocked by brush and re-routed near the top of Mount Union, which now turns south to approach the summit from the east. Noticeable burn damage along the south slopes of Union from the Crook Fire, but gambel oaks are already 3 feet high in some of those areas. Took a nice long lunch break in the shade on the summit before the second half.

From the summit we continued east on Yankee Doodle Trail #284, which had been re-routed onto a now-burned ridge crest, instead of the old route to the west. I prefer the shadier old route. We descended to Snowdrift Mine Road, then followed it north, with a side trip down to the Snowdrift Mine itself, whose waste dump is covered in some sort of environmental protective sheathing.

After the mine we walked up to the top of hill 7280, where I expected us to be able to hop over the ridge and follow an old road down Knapp Gulch to our starting point. Numerous private property signs and a solid line of houses blocked our return route. I didn’t remember that from my last hike, but that was 10 years ago. We paced the road a bit, looking for a way through, then went through the brush heading west with no luck, just angering someone’s dogs. We went further west and then off-trailed up onto Mount Davis’ northeast ridge. Success, no houses or private property! We then descended a sub-ridge northwest which dropped us down to the Knapp Gulch road. A short walk with much-welcomed shade took us back to Ryan’s car. Had a celebratory Mexican food dinner in Prescott with the family afterward.

Great hike, but I think it would be wise to identify private property in the Bradshaws before planning hikes there, as there are a ridiculous number of homes buried in the forested mountainsides on old mining claims in the Bradshaws. I find it odd to see mostly unoccupied mansions built on top of mine dumps, but I would happily accept one if it was presented to me. :lol:

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Jul 16 2022
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Mount DavisPrescott, AZ
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Fun day out in the Bradshaw's. First off, I can't understand the hemming and hawing about Dandrea. That is a pretty trail and the tread didn't seem too bad to me.

As many have said, Davis is the crown jewel here. The route finding up Davis is super easy and really enjoyable. Views from the top are like butter. Just one or two brushy spots.

Prescott NF gets my props for their little tee-pee burn piles which I found throughout this hike. IMHO no national forest in AZ is doing more to preserve the remaining forests on our public lands. The intensity of labor involved to create these burn piles is pretty incredible.

Back down on Yankee Doodle, Luna was overheating. We stopped for water and took a 15 minute break. She is 6-1/2 years old and has worried me this summer away from the perennial water hikes we have been mainly doing. I think it was about 80 degrees at the most exposed and that seems to be too much for her.

After our rest and water break we trudged over to Mt. Union and went up to but not into the fire lookout. There were a couple of Ham radio operators up there. They were the only people I saw all morning. Because of their role as telecommunicators in emergency operations, they have keys to the FR 261A gate leading to the tower.

We took a short detour to the Family Picnic Area which is now totally burned. The forest beyond and below the picnic area is partially burned, but I couldn't tell how much along the ridgeline.

Parking at the Dandrea TH was a lot easier than over the winter of 21'when I last tried this. I could turn my truck around and I think there is room for at least a total of 3 vehicles there (maybe 4).

Nice week up here. I'll be transitioning my life to Prescott over the next 6 months which is long overdue. I can't wait to explore these mountains further once it is a little cooler for Luna!
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Mar 06 2022
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Mount DavisPrescott, AZ
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Nothing like a snow hike in the Bradshaws. Union - Davis lasso loop.
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Nov 18 2021
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Mount Union - Bradshaw MountainsPrescott, AZ
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The temp never got above 65 degrees. Cold at the start high 40's. This was plan b and a good one. I started on the wrong trail and later on I had to bushwack down and across which added distance and aeg. Hit Davis first and then Union. Lots of slash piles on Davis.
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Oct 23 2021
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Dandrea Trail #285Prescott, AZ
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Did the @chumley 5/12/18 three-peak route, good stuff
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 Gilbert, AZ
Mount Union - Bradshaw MountainsPrescott, AZ
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Part 2 of overland/hike trip. Awoke to excessive dog licking and unexpected light rain. Hot coffee and oatmeal under the back hatch was a great way to start the day. Finally got on the trail about 10am under welcome cloud cover. Had the whole trail to ourselves. The views were spectacular; but at the tower I saw a sizable cell headed right our way so we didn’t linger. We got a steady rain most of the way down, making the closed-in trail almost eerie.

Got back to the truck only lightly wet. Decided to save the Crown King leg for another day and instead returned to Prescott via Walker road. Had rain all the way until we merged onto the 17 and reality. This trip was exactly what I needed before a busy Fall.
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Aug 24 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Groom Creek - Bradshaw Four, AZ 
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Hiking22.97 Miles 4,931 AEG
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Wanted to clean up a loop from last year with better approaches to and from Davis and Tritle. Started at sunrise and went toward Spruce Mountain.

First time I've ever done the whole Groom Creek Loop and not seen anyone. Watched the sunrise from Spruce Mountain and enjoyed its shine through the trees. Got to Isabella TH just as a man was pulling up. Had a nice conversation before we parted ways, and he began a loop with Groom Creek and the Crosscut trail.

Up Davis with a northern ridge and played it just about perfect. Almost no bushwhacking until the end, lots of beautiful pine forest lower down. Almost got skunked, but I was making a lot of noise, and it heard me coming. Stayed at the summit for a while and enjoyed being in the wind and out of the heat.

Never noticed just how pretty that southern ridge is. After a couple times the route is real easy. Crosses one barbed wire fence. Yankee to Union didn't hang around with folks out and about maintaining the joint. Down the roads and crossed a pickup the driver of which asked if I needed help and if I knew where I was going. "Just hiking through."

Up to Tritle that was it for people on the trip until just as I dipped down the ridge a somebody on a dirt bike showed up. Down the Tritle ridge on that weirdly manicured single track. Suppose people bike it. The prettiest part is at the gravesite for the man who died in 2010. Turns into a road that seems like it gets some commercial use. After that a bushwhack down from the ridge to the road any which way.

Isabella seems steeper than you'd think after the upper loop, but it's out of the way soon. Groom Creek's pretty uneventful, but it is a pretty open pine forest, and I happened to not see anyone in the early afternoon.
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May 14 2021
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Spruce - Davis - Union - Tritle, AZ 
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Shortened a hike from last year by ~6 Miles. Abridged Isabella Loop with the Crosscut Trail plus Davis, Union, and Tritle in a loop. Only did a portion of the Groom Creek Loop this time and took shorter approaches to and from Davis and Tritle. Started around 6am in Potato Patch with Spruce Mountain.

Warm up with less than half of the Isabella Loop. Went east on Groom Creek to Crosscut and then down. Crosscut is easy to find if you're looking for it on the upper end, good shape if a little rocky. Really nice forest of giant firs. Up Groom Creek Loop to Spruce Mountain then back down Spruce Ridge to the trailhead.

Feeling tired, considered just heading home. Had a break, ate lunch for breakfast, and took all the weight out of my pack that wasn't water, food, or first aid. Decided to have a go. Wanted to skip Dandrea this time round, finally went up the northern ridge instead. Beautiful pine forest, especially lower down. Decent bushwhack, but I got caught out too far off the ridgeline.

Took in the wind at the summit then made my way to Union. Tower was occupied by somebody with CA plates. Down the road and didn't see anyone, surprisingly. Poland road through the really nice forest and down/up the unshaded 52b to Tritle Summit.

North of the summit there is a distinct trail that heads down the ridge. It is in suprisingly good shape. Pine needle tread, easy to follow. Turns into a road at some point. Beautiful forest on that side of the mountain. Got down to Senator using game trails, but from the ridge to the summit there's a trail/road the whole way.

Roads back down, only saw people in and around Potato Patch. No hikers. Forest thinning seemingly everywhere. Cool day despite no clouds.
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Union - Moscow - Davis, AZ 
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Chance of lightning, albeit slight, so I got an early start around 445am hoping to summit Union, Moscow, and Davis in a semi-convoluted out and back.

Groom Creek was dark on the way up. Shady and dark all the way to Union, and mostly even all the way to Moscow. Crosscut hard to mistake. Two wooden posts mark the trail where it skirts away from under the power lines and straight up Spruce Ridge. Steep but good shape.

Isabella light started to come out. Such a beautiful trail. All three trails smooth, little rocky on Isabella higher up where it's steepest.

Slipped through Potato Patch before the neighborhood watch was up. Damn is it cold in that pocket of the mountains. Dandrea is pretty terrible but I guess it has its charms. Real dense forest. Better in the light. Tread is about as bad as they come.

Yankee Doodle the oak trees that looked downright burned a month or so ago have leafed-out, and the difference is pretty stark. Oak tunnel in place of Southern views.

Union shmunion. It's a tower peak. Views are good for what they are, pretty big if possible to ignore all the metal on top. LO unoccupied.

Yankee to Moscow ridge. Hadn't been south of Union on Yankee, but it just gets better and better. Easy game trail to the ridge and an obvious use trail to the summit. Sees more hikers than I thought. You can drive most of the way up with sweet enough wheels. Moscow was worth the effort and the ridge walk to it is pretty rad. Beware false summit.

Clouds were coming in by the time I was on Davis. Didn't hang around. Never ended up storming, so kind of a bummer. Waves of cumulous clouds rolled in by the time I was back on 307. Only saw one person, on the Isabella trail.
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May 13 2020
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Davis - Union, AZ 
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Parked at the Isabella TH because the road to the start of Dandrea was blocked by a box van delivering construction materials. Not a problem, since the kids like walking through Potato Patch. Once on the trail, we quickly started heading uphill, passing a small snake near the trailhead. Uneventful hike up, and the cool temps and strong breeze felt great.

At the saddle, we headed east on Yankee Doodle over towards Mt Davis. We took kind of a crap route at the beginning of the offtrail, but once we got past the fence, we stayed on a better route. Very breezy at the top, and the kids were actually cold. Nice views, and plenty of rocks to sit on and rest. We took a much better route back down, then headed back over to the saddle, then continued southwest towards Union.

The kids played with a horned lizard they found along the way. Breezes were mostly blocked on the way up, so it felt a little warm. We stayed on the trail that skirts the east side of Union on the way up, seeing two deer near the top. Snack break at the fire tower while we tried to avoid the hundreds of ladybugs. On the way down, we stayed on the road a little longer and took a shortcut back down to the trail.

Easy hike back down Dandrea, although a little rocky on the upper half. Nice to spend a day in cooler temps.
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Davis - Moscow - 7675 - Union - Spruce Lode, AZ 
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This is a go to area for us for when the giant Orb, makes thinks toasty in the valley. We purposefully started in the middle of the hike to 1) Stay away from the more popular Groom Creek TH and 2) start in the middle, so we could leave our additional water and food in the truck.

We were the first 2 vehicles in the small lot for our 7:30 start. We made our way through Peters Potato Patch, crossed the headwaters of the Hassayampa and took a new approach to gain Mt Davis. We both agreed that this was probably the approach we'd take in the future. Mt Davis is my favorite up here. Mainly because of the solitude and views.

Next, we made a mid route change and decided to hit up Moscow Peak and Peak 7675. These were 2 worthy additions and will be added to the rotation. Some very nice views from the top. The preferred route to the top, was the way we came down. From FR261 go due South, following the ridge line to make your climb.

Next up was Union since we were in the area. The tower was manned, but I don't think it was our buddy John. We saw our first people of the day here.

Back down to the Isabella TH, we had our SD lunch.

Isabella is a well groomed trail through some tall conifers. In sections one of the prettiest in the state.
We took this to the Groom Creek Loop and headed up to Spruce Mountain. This tower was also manned but I don't believe it was Suzy. The truck had Idaho plates.

To complete our loop, we used the Spruce Mountain Crosscut. After I splashed in Wolf Creek a bit, we completed the climb to meet back up with the Isabella Trail.

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May 06 2020
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Mount Union - Bradshaw MountainsPrescott, AZ
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After Spruce from #297, I set out for this. The drive down is enjoyable, but my feelings from last year about this hike alone not being worth the drive from far away, stands. If only interested in this area, maybe add Davis? Or do what you what, I don't know. It is great if nearby. The dirt road is in nothing short of excellent shape. Lots of people do extravagant GPS route hikes here incorporating roads and whatnot. I don't know I would enjoy that, as it seems so developed.

Union is nice. Good views, save for to the north. To the south, Towers Mountain drew my eye, and has me interested in that summit, and I am sure that other trails can be hiked to round out the trip or perhaps make a loop, or something.

The Hassayampa River headwaters are flowing heavily. Well over gallon+.
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Groom Creek - Bradshaw Four, AZ 
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More summer mountains, another figure 8. Not a true figure 8, but pretty close. What I ended up with was a loop posted here by @The_Eagle that started at Potato Patch and hit the four highest Bradshaw peaks fused with the Groom Creek Trail Loop by the Isabella Trail. So not a figure 8, but maybe a double loop. Started at the Groom Creek Trailhead a little after 6 and headed toward Spruce Peak.

Groom Creek saw two or three dozen deer as the sun rose through the pines. Shady and cool. North side of the GCL is prettier and steeper than the south. Spruce Peak doesn't take long. Not quite fire season yet, LO was locked and unoccupied. Great views for minimal effort. Groom Creek down Spruce Ridge is a real nice walk. Great pine cover and cool. Lots of turkeys fussing down the slopes.

Isabella Trail saw my first hiker of the day. Headed down into Potato Patch. What a neat little community. Hasayampa River had a light flow, Lake was full up and spilling over the huge dam on the west side. Hasayampa Lake, like most things in this part of Bradshaws, is private property, with houses built right onto the north shore. Down the road to Senator and added some distance in my indecision about Senator Falls. Skipped it and looked it up when I got home to find it ain't much.

Went up Senator trying to find a spot to leave the road and start the off trail work to Tritle. Route took me to an overgrown section I wanted nothing to do with. Headed farther up the road, and I've never seen so many private property signs. Lots of commercial and residential property on Mount Tritle. It would seem the only legal way to the summit is via FR52b. Alas, the last switchback of Senator revealed a perfect drainage up, marked with Private property signs on either side. Thought about Amethyst Peak and all the unlawful motherlodes. Headed up the drainage. There is one house on the mountain that way, but I stayed north as possible to keep away from the property.

Tritle has great views north and maybe the best views west of the four peaks. 52b is rocky. Had my first ankle roll coming down the peak around mile 11. Splinted and decided to finish and worry about it later. More road walking and interesting properties that no one seems to live in.

Saw two bikers on Poland Road once I turned toward Mount Union. Shady under the pines. Stopped at a spot on the road to Union to look north before the peak and at the gate to Paco's House. Summit views from Union are huge. Tower unoccupied, will have to go back. Didn't take much of a break to avoid my ankle swelling and stiffening.

Over to Davis in no time. Saw my second hiker on Yankee Doodle. Davis is an easy traverse, minimal bushwhacking. Made the stop over to the bald peak to the north. Best views and best break spot of the day. Made my way back to the Dandrea trail instead of taking the ridge down in order to see more of the trail.

Wish I hadn't, Dandreas's a chore. It's an old mining two track with terrible tread. It's more or less a river of apple-sized rocks. Gave my splinted ankle its second roll of the day around mile 19. Limped my way into Potato Patch. Sat down in the shade at Isabella and considered trying to hitch-hike down to Groom Creek. Ankle felt a little better, so I just went for it.

Longest 5.5 miles I've ever walked. Isabella wasn't too bad, but the slight downhill on Groom Creek had me at my limit. Cussed and whimpered my way back to the car. Passed two hikers on Groom Creek. Wolf Creek had a good flow, figure the falls down the creek will be worthwhile for a few more days before drying up.
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Apr 25 2019
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Bradshaw Mountains Trifecta, AZ 
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Union, Davis, and Tritle have been on my radar screen for a while, so Tracie and I decided to go out and check these 3 off of our list. I did a loop that was patterned after the Union-Davis-Tritle-Spruce Superfecta hike that Joe, Tortoise_Hiker, wallyfrack, BiFrost, and The_Eagle did on 9-15-2018. However I did not do nearly as much off-trail hiking as they did, likely costing myself a "medal".

We did the loop CCW, and went to Tritle then Union then Davis. I'd guess that 75% of the hike was on forest roads; 20% on hiking trails; and 5% off-trail. The amount of forest road hiking that we did was much more than I care for. If I did the hike again I would do it CW, and when I got up to Tritle, I'd descend off-trail on the NE side rather than looping back around on Road 52B. This would shorten the hike and cut out some of the forest road hiking.

My favorite part of the hike was the offtrail hike up to Davis. This was about an easy an offtrail hike that you can do.

We saw 2 deer and a large, plump turkey on the hike.
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Mar 08 2019
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 Prescott, AZ
Mount DavisPrescott, AZ
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Peter_MedalTriplogs 85
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Fitness Friday Union-Davis double-dutch horseshoe "lasso loop".

The morning started with grey black clouds with sleeting rain and fog...was hoping for a fresh snow storm for the hike.

No one had been on 285 for a while, the 3 to 4' snow pack had widdled down to about a foot to 18" with no tracks. 1/2 mile down 285 took my North ridgeline express route, half way up the sun was coming out between the low cloud cover. The Walker valley was engulfed with fog while Davis was in full sun. At times, snow drift, I would drop down above my knees. First mile was over an hour. Perhaps snow shoes would expedite the process.

The freestyle drop down Davis NW ridgeline is always fun and I have never been able to trace back the same route. Bumped into a couple of new previous mine digs. Hardly any snow on West exposure of upper Davis. Once I reconvened to the jeep trail that connects to 285 it was a flowing creek (this would be the 2nd left going south on 285 from the TH). All the drainages were flowing.

Felt great to get out for a hike, will have to hit Tritle next week.
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Mount Union - Bradshaw MountainsPrescott, AZ
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Had not hiked in a while due to a bum knee (not sure what happened, torn miniscus? it band, idk...too stubborn to see a Dr.).

Was ready to start running a week ago but Walker & Senator are still very much a icy/snowy/muddy mess. Did not want to risk slipping. Threw on ski pants, ski jacket, gloves, beanie and backpack.... My 4-legged hike partner was mucho excited.. he knew we were going out for a good time..... howling just before launching. Eager to accept getting leashed up (very rare). County plowed our road and Poachers Row, a wonderful surprise.

Kept thinking about BobP and Bruno, the only HAZ'ers that has taken my north ridgeline turn off "Bosses Express" route. I was expected lots of wind...no wind... no clouds, just a perfect day to do a lame snow hike (I prefer blizzardy, white-out, snowy, rainy snow hikes). Had the mountain all to ourselves.

The tributaries feeding into the Hassayampa headwaters were flowing heavy.

Happy to see some new additions on "Cairn Alley" (whenever I tour guide friends on the Bosses route, I have them leave their mark). Did some trail maintenance of the route... will have to bring up a chain saw in the spring, to clear the numerous downed trees that have arrogantly thrown themselves on the trail.
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 Joined Sep 27 2015
 Phoenix
Mount Union - Bradshaw MountainsPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2019
kelly14Triplogs 160
Hiking4.35 Miles 1,176 AEG
Hiking4.35 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   2.04 mph
1,176 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Decided to bag Mount Union today. I know most start from the Dandrea trailhead and go from there but we decided to start our hike from 5 corners, which saved us 40 minutes of extra driving. Poland junction road up through Breezy Pines was surprisingly really nice. Just a little snow and ice nothing crazy. Immediately after Breezy pines the snow started to really show up. A Solid 4 inches of snow on the road made things a little dicey but our AWD forester handled it like a pro.

Starting our hike we began down the forest road(which I think just leads to the top of Mount Union) till it linked up with I believe the Dandrea Trail, which we then followed up till it met up with the Yankee Doodle Trail which took us to the top. Then followed that up and over back to the forest road and then back to the car. Made for a nice little loop!

The climb up to Mount Union was a battle but so much fun. Snow depth started around 4-5 in at five corners to probably about 10 inches near the top. Animal tracks were everywhere! Saw a nearly fresh steaming pile of bear crap which was a shock to us. Saw a huge buck. Every drainage was flowing and the forest rd itself was more of a creek then road. Views were tremendous from the top.

A fun winter day in the Bradshaw’s and we had it all to ourself!
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52 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2018
joebartelsTriplogs 5,293
Hiking17.16 Miles 4,194 AEG
Hiking17.16 Miles   8 Hrs   49 Mns   2.39 mph
4,194 ft AEG   1 Hour   39 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Mount Davis
55 degrees to start. Hit it brute force based on some of Peter's routes. Liked it more than anticipated. A touch brushy the final tenth of a mile. I'd do this approach over and over, great pines.

Mount Union
Never tops any favorite lists in my book. Bruce likes it. Over the years the gift of gab eagle has managed to turn a lookout we couldn't get invited up into a lookout we can barely leave without a seven hour chat. Okay... it was only thirteen minutes, nine seconds. While not my thing it was cool, breezy & refreshing!

Mount Tritle
This is in my top ten least favorite peaks. However I'm really digging the descents. Once again we medalled in the riddle down tritle on a Peter route. The forest heading down is among the nicest stands not too far from the valley. Pinals give you oaks and maples. Here it's pines galore with spruce accents. Real or not, they're nice.

The final hundred yards down is steep with two obstacles. Little concern for most, not the wisest choice for myself but it worked out. Bonus on the road back over near Hassayampa Lake was a competitive Boxelder going yellow for the Autumn Molecule Dance.

Isabella Trail #377
Out-n-back to Spruce Lookout. Looks like some work crews had a busy summer. Slash piles galore are waiting for burn off. Karl chatted with Sara in the lookout. Solid little easy ascender in the pines.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Hassayampa Falls Heavy flow Heavy flow
the private lake looked full... not open to the public
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Sep 15 2018
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60 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ
 
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Tortoise_HikerTriplogs 3,071
Hiking17.16 Miles 4,194 AEG
Hiking17.16 Miles   8 Hrs   49 Mns   2.39 mph
4,194 ft AEG   1 Hour   39 Mns Break
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1st trip
It's been waaaay to long since I got a hike in with these gentlemen! They wore me out but I had a ball... I got to see some new mountain tops also which was cool. Thanks everyone, :yr:
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61 male
 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ
 
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wallyfrackTriplogs 1,448
Hiking17.16 Miles 4,194 AEG
Hiking17.16 Miles   8 Hrs   49 Mns   2.39 mph
4,194 ft AEG   1 Hour   39 Mns Break
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1st trip
A scenic hike with the boys. I guess views make up for being away from the Superstitions a little. My GPS didn't like the area. The tracks were way off and one time I questioned whether I was on the right trail on the return because the track had me hiking in from another direction. Karl came to play ball and everyone else played along for kicks. The trails were decent, the routes okay and the temperature nice when compared to the valley. We took several breaks which made this hike fairly easy.
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