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Camp Grasshopper - Mazatzal Main C/Site - 7 members in 20 triplogs have rated this an average 3.9 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jun 20 2019
LJW
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25 male
 Joined Jun 02 2019
 Phoenix, AZ
Gold Ridge Trail #47Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 20 2019
LJW
Hiking11.50 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   2.91 mph
3,000 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Needed a close hike and wanted a backcountry feel, and with the Superstitions not an option the Mazatzals fit the bill. Decided to keep it simple and did Gold Ridge out and back.

Started a half hour before sunrise to the howl of coyotes. There were a lot of tracks, scat, and a little fur on the trail, but I only saw two white tail deer before climbing the ridge and a grey fox near the upper trailhead.

The upper trailhead was shady and breezy. Camp Grasshopper is a special place in the summer.

The Woodbury fire was visible from the part of the trail where views of Tonto Basin open up. On the way up the smoke wasn't very substantial, but on the way down clouds of smoke were pluming pretty high, and the smoke was settling in Tonto Basin before drifting east.

Didn't see anyone on the trail, and there were no cars at the trailhead when I started or finished.
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Patches of blue and red wildflowers at higher elevation
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Jan 04 2018
The_N
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 Routes 54
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33 male
 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2018
The_N
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,482 AEG
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Quiet night and a.m. in the Mazzies. Got a low level fly-by from 2 jets just below the summit. Saw 2 coatis. No other wildlife or people. Warm and sunny.
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Sep 03 2017
BEEBEE
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45 male
 Joined Jul 27 2011
 Mesa AZ
Camp Grasshopper - Mazatzal Main C/SitePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Car Camping avatar Sep 03 2017
BEEBEE
Car Camping8.80 Miles 2,105 AEG
Car Camping8.80 Miles
2,105 ft AEG
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1st trip
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2 night car camp at camp grasshopper. It was nice and quiet no crazy noise from ATV's like the rim would be this weekend.
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Jul 08 2017
jacobemerick
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34 male
 Joined Dec 09 2014
 Gilbert, AZ
South Fork - Gold Ridge LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 08 2017
jacobemerick
Hiking13.42 Miles 3,289 AEG
Hiking13.42 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   2.31 mph
3,289 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Had to back in PHX for an afternoon commitment but had the Mazzie itch so South Fork - Gold Ridge Loop it was. Early start to beat the heat and be back by the promised noontime.

Gold Ridge Trail #47
Great trail for a predawn hike, with wide tread and steep sections, though cattle in the dark are spooky creatures. Temp at the trailhead was 87F at 3:20 AM for some awful and terrible reason. Thought I saw a burnt yucca at mile two, turned out to be a skunk with tail raised. If I would have gotten sprayed I might have smelled yuck-e (yuck yuck yuck). Sunset beat me to the top of the trail by twenty minutes, apparently needed an earlier start (heh).

Camp Grasshopper
Looked nice. Was empty. So was FR 201. Quiet at the top.

South Fork #46
This trail was gorgeous. Not even kidding. Easy to follow, easy to hike, and the scenery was jaw-dropping. Huge trees, especially in the first few miles, almost completely spared from the fires. Only needed to check the GPS twice, once at Pigeon Spring because I thought the route went right past it (it doesn't, trail stays a few dozen yards to the west) and once about two miles down when the bank gets a bit thick. I'm still a bit in awe of how pleasant this trail was. Well-cairned, wide tread, and relatively low amounts of overgrowth / deadfall for this wilderness. It does climb up along the banks frequently, almost as if it's scared to stay in the creek bed for more than a few yards, which I imagine would get annoying if you hike up it. Hiking down was a dream. I think I'm in love.

Mazatzal Miles: 148.2/275 (54%)
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Murky and green, could be filtered in a pinch (I wouldn't).

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Pools as high as 5500'.
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Mar 22 2017
The_N
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33 male
 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
Mazzie Swingset, AZ 
Mazzie Swingset, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2017
The_N
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
1,000 ft AEG
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I've been wanting to get little Nick up to the swingset since my first visit. Short hike, gradual climb & the reward at the end made it perfect. We went up the night before and stayed at Camp Grasshopper. It's gotta be the quickest way from the valley to a secluded camp spot in pines. We saw nobody the entire trip. We explored the ridgeline and Gold Ridge Trail briefly in the a.m. while waiting for Minkis. We loaded up with snacks at set out for the swingset. I'd imagine it's been a long time since a child actually played on the set. We all had a blast.
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Mar 11 2017
chumley
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46 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
South Fork - Gold Ridge LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2017
chumley
Hiking13.96 Miles 3,669 AEG
Hiking13.96 Miles   6 Hrs   54 Mns   2.23 mph
3,669 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
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Have never even been to this trailhead before! :o

Gold Ridge is meh. The lower part is steep and seems to have forgotten about switchbacks. The upper part is actually pretty nice, but would have been a whole lot nicer pre-fire.

I took a short side-trip up to the Gold BM. It took a minute to find as it had been protected by a few rocks piled above it. There was some wire from a survey structure or height of light that made me look for it in the right spot. Didn't see any obvious reference marks, but didn't search too hard either.

South Fork offers nicer scenery but more challenging routefinding. I enjoy finding old trail tread, though there were times that it didn't seem logical. The leaves are just sprouting so it was still a little bit gray and bare. Plenty of water from the very top to the very bottom. Some pools plenty deep for full immerson, though not really large enough to actually swim. It got warmer on the way down and I considered taking a dip but ultimately decided to just hoof it back to the car.

It was nice to meet 9L. :sweat: Thanks to Kyle for driving.
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Mar 11 2017
John9L
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
South Fork - Gold Ridge LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2017
John9L
Hiking13.51 Miles 3,370 AEG
Hiking13.51 Miles   6 Hrs   54 Mns   2.12 mph
3,370 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
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chumley
Tough_Boots
Headed back into the Mazatzal for an interesting loop. Kyle and I fought our way up South Fork a couple of years ago and were forced to turn around due to time constraints. We wanted to return and this was the day. Chumley joined us for the hike.

We started with Gold Ridge and it was a grind. The trail is in good condition as it makes a steep climb. With much effort we topped out and took a lunch break at Camp Grasshopper. This would be a great spot to car camp. From there we walked the road for a short ways and started down the South Fork trail at the trail sign.

The hike down South Fork is a mixed bag. We did fairly well at following trail tread whenever it was present. It completely disappears at times and you have to fight your way down canyon. There was a good flow of water and the upper canyon is very scenic. There were two solid waterfalls but they are heavily overgrown and the mid afternoon sun cast too many shadows for good pics. The lower half of trail had some trail maintenance & is fairly easy to follow.

I'm really glad we knocked out this loop. It's much better going down South Fork. Thanks Kyle for driving!
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Mar 05 2016
The_N
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33 male
 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
South Fork - Gold Ridge LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 05 2016
The_N
Backpack14.44 Miles 3,726 AEG
Backpack14.44 Miles   23 Hrs   50 Mns   2.31 mph
3,726 ft AEG   17 Hrs   35 Mns Break
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I decided to give this loop another shot with the advice from Grasshopper to do it as a one-night backpack. I was in need of a night under the stars. Started up Gold Ridge just after 1PM. It was a good little workout during the warmest part of that day with zero shade. All remnants of snow are gone and the trail is dry and in good shape. Passed a group of 4 as they were headed down. Stopped and chatted for 2 mins, that was my only break. The lower elevations of Gold Ridge are a wildflower show. Lots of colors and a great floral smell in the air. Arrived at Camp Grasshopper with plenty of afternoon left to gather firewood, set up camp & pick up trash/glass. Enjoyed a nice fire and a very comfy night of sleep as the wind died down just in time for bed. I was back on the trail at 845AM and running low on water so I was looking forward to being creekside. Took the most adventurous route possible down South Fork, staying next to the creek the entire time. I slipped and busted my pumpkin a few times. I came out of the brush and scared the hell out of a group of 4 lady day-hikers on their way up. They were hoping to complete the same loop and had a few questions. I told them to keep a lookout for my self-inflating camp pillow I lost in the brush. Still plenty of water in the creek and Wildflowers in the lower elevations of South Fork trail. Overall a very enjoyable trip with an awesome camp site. Personally, this is my kind of hike. From desert to pines to riparian zone with half of the hike on a ridgeline with scenic views and the other half in a rugged canyon with running water.
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Several different blooms in the lower elevations.

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Spring box was full

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Aug 23 2013
Grasshopper
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74 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
ScenicDrv to Mt PeeleyTH & FR3348 C/Site, AZ 
ScenicDrv to Mt PeeleyTH & FR3348 C/Site, AZ
 
Scenic Drive avatar Aug 23 2013
Grasshopper
Scenic Drive22.70 Miles 3,933 AEG
Scenic Drive22.70 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   15.13 mph
3,933 ft AEG   2 Hrs   20 Mns Break
 
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Three years ago yesterday, GPSjoe, Sun_Hiker, and I celebrated GPSjoe (Joe Domin's) 68th Birthday where he wanted to be this special day, on the summit of Mount Antero, CO, at 14,269ft.. http://hikearizona.com/photo=205689 and http://hikearizona.com/photo=155210

Yesterday would have been Joe's 71st Birthday. Today I wanted to pay my respects to Joe, a good friend, a good traveling and hiking companion with my drive this morning to the Mazatzal Wilderness- Mount Peeley TH that for many years Joe so enjoyed hiking out-of.

A sunny, blue sky with a refreshing breeze as I spent some private time checking-out the status of the Tonto NF "Information Board" related to our placed November'10 GPSjoe Missing Person Poster to see if it needed to be replaced today. I am happy to report that it is still in good condition, secured well, and still easily readable. I also spent some time clearing a large amount of the dreaded New Mexico Locust thorn bushes that were badly encroaching on the front approach to the "Information Board". I took a few updated pics today of my drive in and the TH area to post.

After my visit to the TH area, I enjoyed a short drive back down FR201 at FR3348 for a shaded lunch visit to the FR3348 Campsite Area of our enjoyable April'11 HAZ Mazatzal Group Camp.. http://hikearizona.com/photoset=15312 Good Memories! :) Updated pics of my Campsite Area visit are also included.

Regarding FR201 and FR3348 present "Road Driving Status":
FR201 was surprisingly dry with few rocky rough spots-ruts and is easily navigable by high-clearance 2WD. Sedans are still not recommended.
FR3348 Due to one rough-loose-rocky-steep spot to reach the .45 mile road end at the main campsite area, FR3348 is only recommended for high-clearance stock 4WD vehicles.
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May 02 2011
Grasshopper
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74 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sheep Mountain Peak 6996 - MazatzalPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 02 2011
Grasshopper
Hiking7.70 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles   6 Hrs   53 Mns   1.43 mph
2,300 ft AEG   1 Hour   31 Mns Break
 
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I've had a personal need for sometime now to hike the "off-trail" ridgeline route to try and summit Sheep Mountain Peak-6996, to have some private time there on the summit, and personally sign-in to my friend and hiking/travel partner- GPSjoe's dedicated summit register.

I knew that I needed to start early for this one and thought that my camping only a three mile drive to the TH would give me the extra time I needed for this more difficult out and back hike. I guess it might have if I could manage to arrive at the TH before 8:40am, but I could not.. even with having my hiking pack ready to go the night before, up at 6am, and having a quick breakfast the morning of.. :roll:

It was still very rewarding to be in and on this Sheep Mountain ridgeline area that Joe so loved to be. On this beautiful blue sky hiking day I made my way along the ridgeline route successfully to summit Peak 6910 at around 12:noon. With great views of Sheep Mountain Peak from Peak 6910, I was satisfied that I had come close enough to experiencing some of the remoteness and challenge that must have continued to keep GPSjoe coming back for more.

For my personal files and to share I felt rewarded to capture in pics the essence of this area that will forever provide me with lasting personal memories- some sweet and some bittersweet.
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May 01 2011
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 01 2011
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking5.60 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.24 mph
1,600 ft AEG
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At sunrise Clark Norgaard arrives at Chez Schulhauser's and we load up his 4WD Ford Expedition to join others at Camp Grasshopper for Sunday breakfast. With this being my first visit to the Peeley TH at the end of FR201 -- let's just say we had difficulty locating Camp Grasshopper...

Undeterred, we broke out the BBQ and made breakfast at the Peeley TH - bacon, eggs, toast, juice (forgot the Prickly Pear Vodka) and great conversation. We hoped to cross paths with somebody from Camp Grasshopper, but did unexpectedly find Wally Farak on the trail, speed hiking towards Sheep Mountain. Wally gave us some vague instructions on how to find Camp Grasshopper. Clark and I agreed to give it a look after we tackle Mount Peeley Summit.

We find the double cairns along the trail indicating the cut-off to Mount Peeley Summit. This is more or less some non-trail scrambling up the slopes to the summit. You do come across a cairn or two along the way to give you a little confidence you are on the right track.

What can I say about Mount Peeley Summit -- totally unexpected spectacular 360 degree views!

Speed trek back to the TH for some refreshments and onto Camp Grasshopper. Clark and I walk in along the side FR and find Hank the Pyro tending fire in anticipation of some frigid temperatures tonight.

Hank gives Clark the complete background story about Joe Domin's disappearance before we head back home for dinner. Good to see Hank and sorry we missed the others at Sunday breakfast!

Photos to follow...
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May 01 2011
nonot
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 Joined Nov 18 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Sheep Mountain Peak 6996 - MazatzalPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Car Camping avatar May 01 2011
nonot
Car Camping16.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
Car Camping16.00 Miles2 Days   11 Hrs      
3,500 ft AEG
 
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Went up along the ridgeline. Didn't go all the way to the peak but stopped around 6910 Searched the area to the north side of 6910 for awhile, then headed back up and over the ridgeline and into ravine 7, where I followed Joe's track from 2009 (his bail-out route.) I hear, and then later see, rlrjamy cruising up the ridgeline and let him know where I was...he decides to search it from the other side, and quickly runs into a hidden rattlesnake in the brush.

I am battling brush 15 feet tall making abysmal progress and I think I hear rlrjamy slide down a scree pile on the other side. Next thing I know he's way ahead of me and I lost contact with him.

I found Joe's footsteps from 2009 in a scree pile near the top. Otherwise there was a bit of other sign towards the top found, but it only lasted a short while, except one branch mid-ravine (the lack of other sign leading to it likely means it's natural or animal) and when I ran into the stuff Bob was breaking towards the bottom.

It was a brutal bushwhack, I wouldn't wish this on anyone...I'm sorry to have dragged rlrjamy into it. The last quarter mile I found myself crawling a lot just to get through. While crawling, I came within inches of head-butting an Arizona black rattlesnake. Luckily he was just surprised as I was and we both backed away from each other.

Went over to camp Grasshopper. Angela had beer and snacks, and Grasshopper cooked a great supper for everyone. Thank you! Got a good fire going to try to fight back the cold wind.

The next day Wally stopped by. I was slow to wake up up and pack, so I searched a little bit of the ridgeline way farther north. Didn't expect to find much, but I did find a spot that has a great view of the entire north side of the mountain, so I spent some time looking at everything I could. too bad I hadn't brought the binoculars (I was worried everything would get destroyed on day 1...they probably would have.)

Unfortunately no clues whatsoever.
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Apr 30 2011
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Camp Grasshopper - Mazatzal Main C/SitePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Car Camping avatar Apr 30 2011
tibber
Car Camping 2,105 AEG
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2,105 ft AEG2 Days       Break
 
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See my triplog for info about getting to Camp Grasshopper. It is a wonderful place with a spectacular view and all sorts of cool people drop by. I practiced my cold weather camping, still a work in progress.

:thanx:
Bob and John for transporting us to and from the TH.
Steve for deciding a bonfire was in order.
Hank for an incredible dinner & getting Tonto to the TH safely.
Bob and Richard and those that helped build the fire.

It was a wonderful 2-nite stay in the Mazatzals. Next time, could you order a little warmer temps OR less wind... that would be even better. ;)
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Apr 30 2011
Grasshopper
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74 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Mount Peeley SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2011
Grasshopper
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.11 mph
1,600 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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From our Camp Grasshopper location off FR201-up FR3348, we departed in two vehicles to make the 3 mile drive to the Mount Peeley TH to start our hiking day. Steve(nonot) had arrived at the TH earlier in the morning and was already on the trail heading for Ravine#7 for his planned search hike.

It was a busy morning when we arrived at the Peeley TH. Soon after our group start, Bob(rlrjamy) shifted into 3rd gear and passed us all on his way up and over Mount Peeley to join Steve on the Sheep Mountain Ridgeline to search hike down rugged/heavy vegetation Ravine#7 (GPSjoe's 11/16/09 bailout route) in our continuing efforts to locate a clue in GPSjoe's 11/8/10 disappearance. Another long and difficult off-trail hike for them with no clues found.

The rest of our group of five headed for the Mount Peeley Summit at 7030 feet. I had not hiked this one since Sept'07. It was good to summit once again and to be able to see first hand the huge and rugged Mazatzal Wilderness area encircling this peak and Sheep Mountain area to better understand the daunting task it is to adequately search hike this area.

See Angela's (tibber) detailed trip log for our full day (AM and PM) :) ..
http://hikearizona.com/TL.php?ID=61852
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Apr 29 2011
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Mazatzal Divide Trail #23Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2011
mazatzal
Hiking9.40 Miles 2,200 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.71 mph
2,200 ft AEG
 
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Took MDT to the turnoff for Sheep Ridge. Bob went west and into Sheep creek and I headed over to the ridge. At the peak after 6910 I dropped down the north side into heavy brush - got attacked by Manzanita but I won the battle (I think). Saw no clues.

Bushwacked up the slope and met Bob up a tree then we headed out. On the drive out we stopped by Camp Grasshopper and enjoyed a beverage and campfire - great campsite.
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Apr 29 2011
Grasshopper
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74 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Mazatzal Divide Trail #23Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2011
Grasshopper
Hiking1.80 Miles 620 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   1.54 mph
620 ft AEG
 
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GPSjoe search hike: Cornucopia TR86/MTD23 "off-trail" LOOP to Search/Clear Grid Waypoints F9,F8,F2;

Since GPSjoe's hiking disappearance in from the Mount Peeley TH on 11/8/10, six months missing as of my posting today-5/7/11, this was my first personal attempt at hiking an off-trail search segment in this specific "F" Grid search area which is considered a moderate area to bushwhack through. I was out for only 1 hour and 10 minutes and at a dead stop for 50 minutes of this total time just trying to get through it. Unfortunately, no clues found this day.

My sincere "hats off" :worthy: and :thanx: to all our HAZ/AZH members who have spent their personal time from 11/19/10 to date search-hiking this most difficult and sometimes risky terrain for our GPSjoe.
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Apr 29 2011
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Davey Gowan LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2011
Grasshopper
Hiking0.50 Miles 84 AEG
Hiking0.50 Miles      15 Mns   2.00 mph
84 ft AEG
 
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On 11/1/10 GPSjoe and I hiked this very difficult to navigate loop, our last hike together.. http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=164339
http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=163610

Today on the way back to Camp Grasshopper I hiked a short .25ml exploratory on this Davey Gowan TR48 to checkout how well GPSjoe and my 11/1/10 Survey Route Taping of this TR48 is holding-up; I am very sorry to report that it now appears that possible all our 11/1 efforts to correctly tape route this very difficult to follow trail to its ending intersection with Deer Creek TR45 (for at least the .25ml distance I hiked in), has all been removed;

With no TH signage at the parking location for sometime now and probable confirmation of the route taping being removed, I'm guessing that the responsible Tonto NF ranger district must now consider this TR#48 to be decommissioned. My posted 11/1/10 default GPS track for this loop hike is the correct hiking track and will now be a required download by most who choose to on-trail hike this TR48;
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Apr 28 2011
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 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Camp Grasshopper - Mazatzal Main C/SitePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Grasshopper
Car Camping8.80 Miles 2,105 AEG
Car Camping8.80 Miles6 Days         
2,105 ft AEG
 
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Mar 31 2011
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Camp Grasshopper - Mazatzal Main C/SitePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Car Camping avatar Mar 31 2011
Grasshopper
Car Camping8.80 Miles 2,105 AEG
Car Camping8.80 Miles1 Day         
2,105 ft AEG
 
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AZLumberjack
This day we did a driving "scouting trip" to our Mazatzal Wilderness- Mount Peeley/Sheep Mountain areas to confirm FR201-FR3348 road access and to clean-up the four campsite areas along the .45 mile section of FR3348 at 6105ft elevation for our upcoming HAZ and AZH camping- GPSjoe search hiking event to be scheduled for Wed-4/27 to Mon-5/2/11 (5 nights/6 days).

I am now pleased to report that:
..FR 201 driving access to the Mount Peeley TH is now completely free of snow/ice/mud/down trees and as of this writing is dry and considered drivable by "high-clearance 2WD vehicles" (cars/sedans not recommended as always);
..FR3348 driving access to the four(4) available campsite areas along the .45 mile section is completely free of down trees, snow, ice, and almost now completely dry and free of all wet/mud spots; More access information related to the four campsite areas is now available in this Hike Description;
..Regarding Mount Peeley and Sheep Mountain trail access conditions: all drainages are now flowing with winter snow melt and any and all trail snow (on trail and off trail) is expected to be completely melted by this coming Sunday-4/3/11;

So, as our GPSjoe would have now said "the pool is open" ( http://www.hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=177783 ). Pics from this 3/31 scouting trip will soon be posted to further document FR3348 campsite locations 1-4 and FR3348 road access.

Also, I will soon be posting in our HAZ forum, this official 4/27 to 5/2 camping-hiking event for all interested to please sign-up.
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Camp Grasshopper - Mazatzal Main C/SitePayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Hiking8.80 Miles 2,105 AEG
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The Mazatzal Mountain Wilderness

Because Hank (Grasshopper) is handling the technical parts of this camping outing, I am submitting a set of photos that show the remoteness and the beauty of the Mazatzal Wilderness.

This camping/backpacking/hiking outing is scheduled for late April so Hank invited me along to assess the camping areas and clean them if necessary. It was a perfect day to be out in the mountains because the temps were expected to get unto the lower 90's in the valley. We had a slight breeze that rustled through the treetops, causing pinecones to drop around us, as well as a bright sun and endless blue skies.

We found four level, grassy areas suitable for setting up tents with sufficient areas for parking and outdoor hygiene. There is abundant firewood in the immediate area and views of the surrounding mountain ridges are what memories are made of.

I am preparing to leave the Valley area and head back to Minnesota within the next few days. But this outing has me excited enough to tell my wife that I want to stay here another month and she can fly back if she feels that she has to return right away. Well, that offer didn't get me much more than a nasty stare so I guess I won't be attending. But I will be following up on the trip from my home in Minnesota.
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