username
X
password
register help
GuidesRoutes
 
Photosets
LabelsComments
triplogs photosets comments more
Boulder Creek Trail - 7 members in 33 triplogs have rated this an average 3.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
1, 2  Next
33 triplogs
  All Months
33 Triplogs
Jan
2
Feb
3
Mar
10
Apr
4
May
1
Jun
0
Jul
0
Aug
0
Sep
0
Oct
1
Nov
7
Dec
5
 

Mar 28 2019
mazatzal
avatar

 Routes 31
 Photos 2,138
 Triplogs 1,069

61 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Pine Mountain - AZT #21Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2019
mazatzal
Hiking13.00 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles
1,600 ft AEG
 
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
There is another cattle gate along AZT #21 and a potential candidate for an AZT gate. This one is at Boulder Pools, 0.3 mile north of Crabtree Spring. Access is going to be quite tricky. It would be 2 miles to come in from the top (FR 422) and the other choice is from Boulder Tank / FR 3529.

Decided to recon the access from Boulder Tank. Less than a mile from the highway Sycamore Creek flooded down FR 22 and took out the road! :o There is an ATV bypass but not a way through for a full-size vehicle. Forest service will need to fix this before we can get in here...

Wanted to check vehicle access all the way to the tank following FR 22, FR 1451 and FR 3529. There are definitely a few gnarly spots so I’m not sure we could get to the tank. Perhaps if we do a bit of work on the road we could make it.

From the tank we will need to find an off trail route to the gate location. This looks doable but will require quite a bit of clearing.

On the way out I took the AZT back to FR 22. Lots of flowers and perfect weather made it a great day out :)
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Substantial
_____________________
Nov 18 2018
mazatzal
avatar

 Routes 31
 Photos 2,138
 Triplogs 1,069

61 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Pine Mountain - AZT #21Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2018
mazatzal
Hiking8.80 Miles 1,270 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   5 Hrs      1.96 mph
1,270 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
Linked linked
Partners partners
jhelfers
Went to check the best access to another gate location. FR 1452 has some bad washouts and crawler access past the wrecked cars and further along where the trail goes up to a bench would be difficult. Looks like the best access is to come down the ridge from FR 1451.

After looking at the gate access we went out to Bushnell Tanks - pretty interesting place / history.
foliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observation
Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Light
_____________________
Nov 15 2018
mazatzal
avatar

 Routes 31
 Photos 2,138
 Triplogs 1,069

61 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Pine Mountain - AZT #21Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2018
mazatzal
Hiking6.00 Miles 710 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
710 ft AEG
 
Linked linked
Partners partners
Sredfield
Four of us replaced a water source sign along AZT #21.
It was named Crabtree Spring but is now called Boulder Pools. Maps show Crabtree Spring ~0.3 miles southeast of these pools. After the sign we did a few hours of brushing.
Great weather, quite breezy at times: we could hear the wind whistling in the wings of a couple of crows :)
Culture
Culture
Horseshoe
foliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observation
Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Isolated
_____________________
2 archives
Nov 04 2018
mazatzal
avatar

 Routes 31
 Photos 2,138
 Triplogs 1,069

61 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
AZT #21 and #22, AZ 
AZT #21 and #22, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2018
mazatzal
Hiking6.00 Miles 660 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
660 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
We went out to check a couple of gate locations and then hiked south on Sunflower #344 for a bit.

First we hiked the AZT #21 connector from the Bushnell gate.

Next we drove over to Cross F Ranch and took Little Saddle Mountain #244 to the gate on the AZT (not the one on the connector). From here we hiked south on the AZT (and Sunflower 344) for a couple of miles. Returned to FR 393 and took that back to the start.

We saw a lot of hunters probably at least 8 or 9 groups and coming down FR 393 spotted a baby rattler crossing the road :o
foliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observation
Autumn Foliage Observation Light
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Isolated
_____________________
Dec 07 2017
mazatzal
avatar

 Routes 31
 Photos 2,138
 Triplogs 1,069

61 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Pine Mountain - AZT #21Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2017
mazatzal
Hiking6.00 Miles 855 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
855 ft AEG
 
Linked linked
Partners partners
scatdaddy
Sredfield
Six of us went to install a Crabtree Spring sign. The sign is actually a little northwest of the spring marked on the map but is at the location of more reliable pools / spring. On the way back we cleared a few overgrown areas.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Pool East of 4264 - Boulder Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
_____________________
Apr 09 2016
DallinW
avatar

 Guides 1
 Routes 105
 Photos 1,740
 Triplogs 228

27 male
 Joined Feb 26 2015
 Gilbert AZ
AZT: Roosevelt to Washington Park, AZ 
AZT: Roosevelt to Washington Park, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Apr 09 2016
DallinW
Backpack132.20 Miles 26,979 AEG
Backpack132.20 Miles7 Days         
26,979 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
April 9th
Miles: 19
AEG: 6,413 ft

We started the climb from the 188 around 7:30 AM. The goal for the day was to make it to Pigeon Springs. The weather was great, and the views of Roosevelt Lake got more spectacular as we climbed out of the basin. After taking a break at Buckhorn Spring, the trail climbs relentlessly before topping out and contouring the mountain.

Eventually we turned a corner and BAM!, the four craggy peaks were staring us right in the face. Quite the view! The trail through the Four Peaks passage is very well maintained, except for a small stretch where we were pushing through overgrowth that nearly obscures the trail. Despite the large swaths of burned forest, this passage was one of my favorite so far. Eventually we reached Pigeon Springs and found a relatively flat spot to set up our tents.

April 10th
Miles: 19
AEG: 2,196 ft

The morning began with a clear sky. After packing up the gear we headed for Pigeon Springs Rd to begin the long road walk. I'm usually not a fan of road walks, but this was an exception. There were great views on either side of the Superstitions, Sierra Ancha, and Lake Roosevelt. The immediate area itself was very beautiful as well. Around 10 AM we could see clouds beginning to build on top of Browns Peak, and a storm hitting the Supes.

We stopped to take out the rain jackets and a white mini-van rolled up and asked if this road would take them all the way back to the 87. I pulled out my map and told them it looked like the road ended well before reaching the 87 and that they needed to turn around and take El Oso or the other forest road. The wife sitting in the passenger seat seemed concerned that we were about to be backpacking out in the rain. :roll: By 11 AM it was lightly raining, which was initially quite exciting (I needed to test the rain gear anyway).

Just as we reached the Boulder Creek drainage the storm began to give us its all. Heavy rain, wind, and thunder! By the time we reached Sunflower, the trail was a muddy slip and slide, my phone was soaked and unresponsive (may it RIP ](*,) ), and we were slightly chilled.

We waited under the 87 underpass for my brother to arrive, who was picking us up so I could take an exam for an online class I'm taking before returning to the trail the next day.

April 11th
Miles: 12
AEG: 2,643 ft

After finishing up my exam, we were back on trail around 1 PM. Under the 87, we did some last minute gear prep before heading out and ran into three other hikers, Giltch, Kegel, and Minus. They were 17 days into their thru-hike and were excited to get into Pine for some much needed beer. We were all aiming for McFarland Canyon for the night.

We started up Saddle Mountain and enjoyed all the green scenery in the area. Just before reaching camp, we passed the half way mark for the AZT and celebrated with the thru-hikers before settling down for the night in McFarland Canyon.

April 12th
Miles: 21
AEG: 5,249 ft

The thru-hikers were up and leaving camp just as we were beginning to pack up. We weren't sure if we would ever see them again. The trail gets a little hard to follow just after McFarland Canyon to Thicket Spring. The Guthooks app says to head straight up a wash but apparently there is an alternative route that is clear of brush and well defined that you can take at the first junction past McFarland.

Once we reached the junction for the Peeley TH we stopped to take a break and ran into Joe, a gentleman I had met at a trail maintenance event about a month earlier. Quite the coincidence, if we would have left a minute earlier we probably would have never seen him. He was meeting up with another fellow to remove some downed trees along the trail.

The views along the Mazatzal Divide from Peeley to Y-Bar were my favorite for the entire trip. The rugged peaks of the Mazatzals and expansive views on either side were exciting to see. We ran into Minus again at the Bear Spring junction taking a lunch break. After taking our own lunch break at the spring, we headed for Horse Camp Seep.

As we approached Horse Camp Seep, we ran into the three thru-hikers again. There was another hour or so of light, so they continued on, we decided to call it a day where there was water. Horse Camp Seep was a sweet spot and had great camping.

April 13th
Miles: 18
AEG: 2,907 ft

The goal for the day was to make it to the East Verde River, a relatively easy day that was mostly downhill. We made our way along the Divide trail and passed "The Park", an inviting stand of pines and great campsites. We stopped to take a lunch break at the Red Hills seeps. From here the trail descends steeply to the East Verde River. Not very fun for the knees.

We camped just across the river and enjoyed the warmest night of the trip. We were now done with the Mazzies, and I felt the proposed "overgrowth" was kind of blown out of proportion, or there has been a lot of trail work in the past couple of months. Probably a bit of both. ;) I never felt like the trail was hard to find (except for the stretch between McFarland and Thicket) or that I had to deal with excessive brush that I wouldn't expect on most wilderness trails.

April 14th
Miles: 23
AEG: 4,196 ft

With burgers and beer on our minds, we got up early to make it into Pine with sufficient time to hit up THAT brewery and the market. The rocks along Whiterock and Hardscrabble Mesas were annoying and it felt like I was constantly stubbing my toes or rolling my ankle. Otherwise the area is quite beautiful and welcoming. The rocks put these two passages high on my list of "one and done" passages.

We reached Pine around 5pm with plenty of time to get burgers and beer. Lo and behold, we run into Minus, Kegel, and Giltch at the brewery along with another thru-hiker, Thomas, who was taking a zero in town. We joined them and enjoyed the comradery. Thomas decided to join us at camp for the night near the Pine TH while the others reserved the cabin in the back.

April 15th
Miles: 17
AEG: 3,303 ft

We woke up with frost all over our gear. :yuck: After packing up, Thomas headed for the Highline and we headed for breakfast at the Early Bird. Just before we finished up eating we ran into Minus who was getting some breakfast himself.

We headed for the Highline. It was nice to be climbing on a well graded trail with less rocks, especially because a hole was beginning to develop in my right shoe. I could feel every rock under my foot on that spot.

At Red Rock Spring we made a quick stop and finished off the last bit of the Arizona Trail Ale we picked up the night before at the market.

Once we reached Webber Creek we caught up with Thomas who was drying out all his gear. We stopped to take a break, and eventually Minus came strolling down the trail to join us. Minus decided to hike with us for a stretch after the break. The Rim gets right up in your face along this stretch and red dirt contrasting with the green pines and cedars made for great scenery.

We were about 9 miles from the finish and a little antsy to finish up. Eventually Minus stopped to take a lunch break and we continued on after filtering some water. Now with only 5 miles left, we kicked it into high gear and made for the Washington Park TH. Clouds started to build along the rim.

We reached the trailhead and got ready to hunker down for a few hours of inclement weather before our ride would arrive. However, after a few snow flurries, the clouds broke. Eventually Thomas and the other three thru-hikers caught up with us, we exchanged information, and said our goodbyes. All of them were very enthusiastic about Arizona and couldn't stop commenting on the diversity of the state and how we had a pretty cool home.

---------------------------------------

Besides my foot issue due to my failing shoe on the last day, I felt great this entire trip. I never woke up sore or feeling exhausted. I listened to my body, and I was proactive about keeping my feet and knees happy. It really paid off and made the trip that much more enjoyable.

This concludes all of Southern and Central Arizona passages for me. I'm looking forward to the easy walking on the plateau to the UT border!
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Light
Lots of lupine in the middle elevations, not much at the highest and lowest elevations.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bear Spring - Fisher Gallon per minute Gallon per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Chilson Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Pools and light flow in drainage just south of spring.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max East Fork of Chase Creek @ Highline Light flow Light flow

dry Granite Spring Dry Dry

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Hopi Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Flowing across the trail.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Horse Camp Seep Quart per minute Quart per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max North Sycamore Creek @ Highline Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Oak Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Pigeon Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Flowing over the cement box.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Polk Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Flowing across the trail, really muddy.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Pool East of 4264 - Boulder Creek Light flow Light flow
Pools with light flow in some areas.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Red Rock Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Shake Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Great flow, great water.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Upper McFarland @ #88/95 Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Webber Creek @ Highline Medium flow Medium flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Whiterock Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Best water of the trip.
_____________________
1 archive
Apr 02 2016
hikerdw
avatar

 Routes 124
 Photos 2,251
 Triplogs 355

60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Boulder Creek TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2016
hikerdw
Hiking13.86 Miles 1,776 AEG
Hiking13.86 Miles   5 Hrs   44 Mns   2.82 mph
1,776 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Still recovering from a foot injury, knowing that any steep decline could re-aggravate it, I was looking for a fairly flat hike this weekend to test it out. The recent triplogs posted by BiFrost and slowandsteady for this area piqued my interest so off we went. We hit the trail at 6:40 to some cooler temps which was really nice. I had constructed a shoe pad to offload pressure from the area of discomfort on the foot and as we started hiking I did notice a difference in shoe fit and feel, nothing bad, just different. OK, this might work. By mile 4 I completely forgot about the extra pad and the foot was feeling great, in fact the best it has felt in several weeks. The target was Crabtree Spring and we got there in good time, crossing paths with one young female thru-hiker whom we chatted with for several minutes. Sounds like she was planning a little detour to Payson to get a good meal, shower, good nights sleep in a bed, etc. We wished her safe travels as we parted ways. At the spring area we did see lots of water but not really sure of the actual source. Found a nice set of boulders to sit on and had lunch. On the return we ran into 2 other thru-hikers, some backpackers, and 2 mountain bikers. Great day on the trail and glad to report the foot feels great. Next week I will test with some higher AEG.
Fauna
Fauna
Cardinal

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Crabtree Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Did not find the actual source but there was a nice flow of water in the creek bed.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Pool East of 4264 - Boulder Creek Light flow Light flow
_____________________
Mar 19 2016
BiFrost
avatar

 Guides 4
 Routes 335
 Photos 6,822
 Triplogs 790

49 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Boulder Creek, AZ 
Boulder Creek, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 19 2016
BiFrost
Backpack13.09 Miles 1,690 AEG
Backpack13.09 Miles2 Days         
1,690 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Partners partners
Couch_Potato
slowandsteady
Recently hiked this section of AZT as backpack with FOTG and we blazed through the area not stopping to enjoy the scenery. So Kathy and I decided to return for an easy overnight and enjoy the area. But first we had to get through Fountain Hills....protestors against Trump had blocked Shea Blvd trying to keep people from getting to his rally. We probably missed getting through by about 5 minutes but the protesters were not going anywhere. After waiting 20 minutes we decided to go around back to 101 and Beeline. Approaching Shea on Beeline we could see that the protestors had sealed off anyone turning left into Fountain Hills. Fortunately we stayed right and were able to get by the chaos.

Arriving at Bushnell Tanks turnoff 2 hours later than expected we still had plenty of time to hike about 6.3 miles in to nice camp spot. This would also be our dog Frank's first overnight so he was still getting used to hiking that far in one hike. Along the way we hit several spots where the trail runs close to Boulder Creek and gave Frank a chance to cool off. There is a large pool about 6 mile mark we spent time cooling off and ate lunch. We continued less than half mile up trail to our camp which had good proximity to collection of small pools. Unfortunately while looking at the pools I dropped the camera in the water :doh: So I didn't get any pics but based on riparian appearance this area probably has water year round. Also ran into a thru hiker from Illinois who was hiking northbound about 20 miles per day and said would probably take him 45 days.

Next morning had a leisurely breakfast with no hurry to head out. Checked out the nearby pools again before leaving. Once back on trail Frank wasn't as enthusiastic as he was hiking in. So we took several breaks along the way to let him rest. Once we got to the Sycamore Creek crossing I decided to take the road along the creek instead of AZT back to Bushnell TH. The road follows Sycamore Creek and has a few more crossing than the trail so more water stops for Frank. Made it back to the vehicle by 1pm...nice leisurely hike but Frank was wiped out!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Pool East of 4264 - Boulder Creek Medium flow Medium flow
several small to medium sized pools and medium flow
_____________________
1 archive
Mar 19 2016
slowandsteady
avatar

 Routes 67
 Photos 966
 Triplogs 694

45 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Boulder Creek, AZ 
Boulder Creek, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 19 2016
slowandsteady
Backpack13.09 Miles 1,690 AEG
Backpack13.09 Miles2 Days         
1,690 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Partners partners
BiFrost
A little overnight backpack with lots of water to play in. We adopted three year old Frank about a month ago. He seems to be a pretty good couch potato, so we have been working on getting him a little more active. This was a big adventure for him, he slept about four days straight afterwards. :)
_____________________
Mar 19 2016
Couch_Potato
avatar

 Triplogs 18

male
 Joined Jan 01 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Boulder Creek, AZ 
Boulder Creek, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 19 2016
Couch_Potato
Backpack13.09 Miles 1,690 AEG
Backpack13.09 Miles2 Days         
1,690 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Partners partners
BiFrost
slowandsteady
First backpack!!
_____________________
Mar 12 2016
BiFrost
avatar

 Guides 4
 Routes 335
 Photos 6,822
 Triplogs 790

49 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
AZT Supes-Mazatzal, AZ 
AZT Supes-Mazatzal, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 12 2016
BiFrost
Backpack107.24 Miles 21,444 AEG
Backpack107.24 Miles3 Days   9 Hrs   56 Mns   
21,444 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Joined FOTG for some AZT sections starting at Picketpost TH heading northbound. He planned to do 6 days ending at Pine TH but I couldn't get all the time off work so hiked 4 days with him to Peeley TH before parting ways.

Day 1 - 30.04 miles 5,846 AEG

We started at Picketpost TH on the Reavis Canyon AZT section # 18. The first 10 miles is mostly desert walking but quickly changes once the trail drops into Whitford and then Reavis Canyon. There was water in several places between mile 10 and 13 of the section. Spring time was in full effect in the canyon with assorted wildflowers, lush green grass, and cottonwoods already filled out.

From there it was up Montana Mtn and quickly bagged Montana which is only tenth of a mile off the AZT. Then on the road over to Rogers Trough TH. No time to stop we continued on down Rogers Canyon and up to Reavis Saddle. Heading into Reavis Ranch area we passed probably 25 or 30 people camping along the valley. We headed up Reavis Gap trail and didn't see anyone after that making our way over to Pine Creek and then Walnut Spring which would be our camp for the night as it was getting totally dark.

Day 2 - 25.92 miles 6,045 AEG

Earlier start at 610 heading out across Two Bar Ridge in the Supes with great views of Four Peaks and Sierra Ancha. This section is rough by AZT standards but we made it past Pinyon Mtn and started the long descent down Cottonwood Canyon. Arriving at Cottonwood Spring we found good water and filled up. Cottonwood had several more good water options with pools and flowing water for about a mile after the spring. Once at the end of Cottonwood Canyon the trail exits onto road and then single track again as it traverses above Roosevelt Lake. This section is deceiving in that there is significant AEG and mileage added because of all the drainages and ridges that it crosses in route to Roosevelt Bridge. This part dragged on but we made the bridge and with no fan fare we headed straight up the hill on start of Four Peaks AZT #20. Running behind schedule it's is a tough climb up to Mills Ridge TH. Fortunately Kathy was nice enough to meet us at Mills Ridge TH with some water and snacks:-) We rested for almost an hour enjoying the visit before heading up the trail in search of a camp spot which ended up being Buckhorn Creek. To our surprise the creek was flowing and turned out to be a great camp spot.

Day 3 - 31.31 miles 4,756 AEG

Longest day for mileage so we broke camp 6 on the dot. Still had a lot of AEG to climb up Four Peaks but the views of the lake with sunrise were really awesome! Eventually we made Chillcut Saddle where the trail begins to traverse below Four Peaks. Some of the coolest views and hiking on all of the AZT. We traversed for about 6 miles seeing some water at Alder Saddle trail junction before dropping down on the north side of Four Peaks. Once the north side there was significant water with Shake Spring being the first one crossed. Shake was pretty much a river flowing very strong and we could still see a lot of snow up on Browns Peaks. After that there were at least 3 other drainages that had good flow but we continued on to Pigeon Spring taking a break and filling up. The spring box at Pigeon had very clear water.

After the break we headed out on 11.5 miles of road hiking along the El Oso road. After seeing very few people for 2 days we now had to share the road with ATV's and Jeeps. However, to their credit many of them asked if we needed anything like water etc. FOTG scored some extra sunscreen! The AZT finally leaves the road for single track and we had 8.3 miles to hwy 87 which just happened to be the location of our cache thanks to Kathy and Jackie who dropped us much needed resupply. By now it was dark so we grabbed the cache and looked for the nearest flat spot for camp.

Day 4 - 19.96 miles 4,764 AEG

A bit later start this morning but we needed the extra rest after long miles the day before. The first 5 miles of this section is old road so easy walking. Eventually it drops into a canyon on Little Saddle trail with the first water of the day at about 6 miles. Good pools and flow for about 3/4 mile. From there we gained significant AEG to Mormon Grove trail junction but after that there is a fast 4 mile section that traverses past Saddle Mtn. Next stop we dropped into McFarland Canyon and took a break. Good flow in McFarland with pools for about 1/2 mile before the trail leaves the canyon. From there trail gains about 1000 feet going over to Thicket Spring area. Didn't see any water at Thicket but we really didn't look around that much. Then it was up to the Peeley TH turn off where said goodbye to FOTG. He continued up the AZT Mazatzal Divide trail and I headed for the trail head. It was great and tough 4 days of hiking for sure...thanks FOTG!

Coordinating with Kathy she was my pickup on Peeley road but I walked some of the road until we met part way down. Interestingly a month ago on Feb 13th we did a Deer Creek hike and had to walk this same section of road but it was covered with 8 inches of snow and 15 to 20 trees were laying across the road. So they did a nice job removing all the downfall.
Culture
Culture
Intrepid Back Shot
Meteorology
Meteorology
Sunrise
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Moderate
poppies, lupine, glow mallow, Indian paintbrush

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Pine Creek at Reavis Gap #117 Light flow Light flow
light flow and small pools

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Reavis Creek at Fireline #118 Medium flow Medium flow
multiple pools

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Reavis Creek at Gap Trail #117 Light flow Light flow
good flow and small pools

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Reavis Saddle Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
clear water in the spring area

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Reavis Trail Canyon Light flow Light flow
light flow and small pools

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Walnut Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
good clear water at the spring source
_____________________
4 archives
Mar 12 2016
friendofThunde
avatar

 Guides 18
 Routes 277
 Photos 7,621
 Triplogs 708

37 male
 Joined Jan 21 2013
 AZ
AZT Trail: Picketpost to Pine, AZ 
AZT Trail: Picketpost to Pine, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Mar 12 2016
friendofThundergod
Backpack161.56 Miles 32,262 AEG
Backpack161.56 Miles6 Days         
32,262 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I was kind of looking to see where I was at for another big trek this summer and Karl was looking to experiment with a lighter weight higher mileage backpack, so I proposed Picketpost Mountain, or the beginning of section 18 of the Arizona Trail to Pine and the end of section 26 of the Arizona Trail. Karl was down for four days and had a somewhat flexible plan for ending his trip when he needed to. Meanwhile, I was about 50-50 if I could do the entire hike and was content with just seeing how far Karl and I could get and then playing the rest of my trip by ear, or I should say by body.

Day 1: 29.92 miles 6268 aeg

We made it to our planned first night's campsite on day one, Walnut Spring. Section 18 really exceeded my expectations. This is about the best time of year to be walking though that desert right now and Whitford proved to be a real treat with the flowing water and abundance of green. The climb was grueling and relentless but it offered some very solid views of the area and was really made manageable by liberal use of switchbacks. Karl was so confident with our performance at that point in the day that he insisted we bag Montana Mountain while we were up there. I agreed, but only because I was born in Montana and I said it had to count it as our break. Reavis Ranch looked like Daytona Beech and I had not apprehensions about making the short trip past it to my cozy little campsite at Walnut Spring. Got to Walnut just at headlamp time. Blew through camp chores, made a fire, ate and got to bed as soon as we could.

Day 2: 25.67 miles 6392 aeg

We came up a little short on our proposed campsite on this day, but the hiking was great so no worries. No stranger to the Eastern Supes, but Sunday still offered me all new areas after Two Bar Ridge. Cottonwood Canyon was great! No shortage of water in there and some cool little sites in this random little riparian jungle in the far corners of the northwestern Supes. A little bit of road and then it was the traverse from hell along the 188 waiting for that damn bridge to come into sight. From the bridge it was up the stairway to heaven. Where fittingly we had a trail angel waiting for us with tons of snacks and H20. After our sugar, hops, and caffeine binge at Mills Ridge we decided to just push for Buckhorn Creek. However, on that side of Four Peaks, pushing for a few extra miles usually entails a nice chunk of aeg as well, so we earned it. I did find a set of Indian ruins though along the way, so that was cool. We were both excited to learn that after carrying all that fresh water from Mills Ridge, there was water flowing in Buckhorn Creek. Oh well no filtering to do, quicker camp set-up, quick fire and in bed even earlier than previous night.

Day 3: 31.24 miles 5239 aeg

Day three was all new ground for me. Four Peaks makes you work, but alas the beauty of nature is enhanced by the ardor of the journey. I really enjoyed this section, an instant new favorite! I hiked through perhaps one of my nicest sunrises in a long time and marked several rock pile sites along the trail for future exploring. This section just kept getting better for me as we neared Four Peaks and started contouring towards Pigeon Spring. The lingering and previous snow had some of the creeks flowing nicely along this stretch and the trail got very nice as we approached its end. The road felt a little like Mad Max with the amount of Jeeps, trucks and atvs out. However, I must say not one negative experience with any driver and I do not think I have been offered as much water in such a short amount of time as I was along that 11 mile stretch of road. One guy asked, "is there anything else I could give you?" I said I could use some sunscreen and he offered up the whole bottle. The hike down into Sycamore was also very nice, again a great time to be in the lowlands, a little water, some flowers and green. However, it was hard to appreciate at times with the fatigue and anxiety over coordinating a last minute drop off of some additional things I felt I needed, if I was going to have any chance of reaching Pine. The drop and pick went smooth, a small adventure, but relatively smooth. We did not get an ideal spot to camp, but spirits were high after our resupply.

Day 4: 24.7 miles 6297 aeg

This was the day Karl and I would be saying our goodbyes. Karl decided on a Peely exit and I would push on to Bear Spring from there. More new trail for me to start the day and again I was not disappointed. The canyons on the way up to Saddle Ridge were picturesque, there was a lot of water and signs of some pretty extensive trail work in spots. I will admit things got a little dicey after we left the quaint McFarland Spring area, but we endured. The trails definitely need some work in there. I found myself kind of embracing the ruggedness and challenge the area presented. However, I could see that area becoming another hiker's hell if they were not expecting it. Karl and I parted at Peely. Losing Karl sucked, as he and I had a good thing going the first few days. Karl was keeping our pace in the areas where I tend to day dream and I was doing what I could do to keep us at a respectable place for some of the more stout climbs. But no time to dwell, I was solo now and needed to reach Bear Spring, just another 2000 feet of aeg and a shade under ten miles. There is no sense harping on the point, but the Divide Trail is getting nasty along there and I did make it to Bear Spring before head lamp conditions, but I was obliterated from that last little push from Peely. I replaced Karl with another Carl at Bear Spring. I am going to assume he spells his with a C. Anyways, I ran into Carl, better known as Spiced Rum on HAZ. He was on the final night of a backpack to gather some information for future work in the area. We chatted it up for awhile and I am not ashamed to admit I took some extra snacks from him. He was leaving a day early and I could not believe the amount of food I was going through on these long days, so I had no problem taking the charity. Superb stuff too, some great dried fruit, trail-mix and a Rice Crispy treat. Good guy all around and a source of wealth on some other major trails that I am interested in. And what a nice little spot to camp near Bear Spring, that saddle is great, I see why toughboots is fond of the place.

Day 5: 26.9 miles 4051 aeg

This was my make or break day. I had my city creek trailhead bailout option if needed, or I was pushing for the East Verde via the dreaded Red Hills and making my final push for Pine from there. The divide trail has its ups and downs, both in terrain and condition, but overall it was pretty smooth going. There is a section of Divide Trail that is now immaculate from about the intersection with Brody Seep to the intersection with Barnhardt. Kudos to that trail crew. I stopped for way too long to soak my legs and filter water and then realized I was looking at about ten more miles to include the worst part of the Red Hills and it was nearly three. My rational side said, "set up camp here, hike out LF or Saddle Ridge tomorrow," however, my other side said, "quit making excuses and finish the original plan." I am not sure what it was, but I was really dreading the last half of the Red Hills. Out of paranoia of being too exhausted to complete the entire section and having to dry camp somewhere I carried way too much water. This weighed me down and annoyed me even more as several of the creeks and main valleys I crossed had running water in them. As it turned out, while my worries were warranted, I did just fine and to be honest felt the area did not seem as bad as it had before and I must give props to the horse(s) whose tracks I followed through the entire Red Hills section, a doable stretch, just may require more time and detail. Camped at the Verde where I was serenaded to sleep by cows, frogs, chickens, maybe peacocks, cats and perhaps even a species of monkey. A very lively river at night.

Day 6: 23.08 miles 4329 aeg

This was the one I was waiting for, the "easy" day. A nice early start, I don't think there is a better place to be in the world than a half hour before light in the mountains somewhere, just pure serenity. There were ankle breakers abound on this day of Whiterock and Hard Scrabble. A nice steady pace was all I tried to keep and I followed a liberal break plan, as I crawled into Pine. The final two sections were not my favorite, but they were also the last two sections of a 160 mile trek so they would have had to have been perfect to really capture my imagination. Nevertheless, I got through both of them and endured the lava rock tread and bland road. I did find the last few miles to be more redeeming with the scenic Oak Spring and Bradshaw tank area. It was a reunion at the trailhead with Jackie and the pups, Del Taco and then home.

Final Notes

I need to work on a better nutrition plan for these big ones. I simply did not bring enough caloric energy for the type of days I was doing and the amount of energy I was putting out. I need to go healthier and more efficient, just a good lesson to learn.

Karl played a huge role in getting me through those first four days, very glad to have him through there, he was missed later.

A good song to have stuck in your head while hiking is Passion Pit, "Take a Walk."

I can definitely go lighter on these ones too, I packed light, but by no means did I make any attempts to go ultra-light. In the future, that may be needed to knock out some of these more ambitious multi day treks.

The hardest days by far were Day four with its nearly 7000 feet gained and day five with its 27 legit miles through the Mazzies without as much as a foot of road relief until the very end.
Flora
Flora
Brittlebush
Named place
Named place
Four Peaks Oak Spring Pigeon Spring
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Moderate
About normal to not so great, to really good in spots. Most action in the first few sections though.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bear Spring - Fisher Quart per minute Quart per minute
Spring box full.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Bradshaw Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Bullfrog Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Did not observe spring area, but light flow in canyon and some of surrounding drainages..

dry Chillicut Spring Dry Dry
Very dry in area, trough in disrepair, might find a seep if lucky.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Cottonwood Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Cottonwood Creek Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

dry Crabtree Spring Dry Dry
Did not observe spring, but some light flowing water with small pools in wash near

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Oak Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Full trough, flow in wash, quality water.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Pigeon Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Spring box full, quality water, seeping out around base.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Pine Creek at Reavis Gap #117 Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Reavis Creek at Fireline #118 Medium flow Medium flow
Nice flow as usual

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Reavis Creek at Gap Trail #117 Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Reavis Saddle Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
A pool in area marked spring, not overly reliable though from my experience..

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Rogers Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Saddle Ridge Pasture Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full
Muddy and dirty.

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Sandy Saddle Falls Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
some pools, not much in way of flowing water.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Shake Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Medium flow in wash with several nice pools and small cascades.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Theodore Roosevelt Lake 51-75% full 51-75% full

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Walnut Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Spring box full, good quality water.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Walnut Spring Gallon + per minute Gallon + per minute
Box is full, quality water

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Whitford Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle

dry Windsor Spring Dry Dry
_____________________
6 archives
Nov 08 2015
mazatzal
avatar

 Routes 31
 Photos 2,138
 Triplogs 1,069

61 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Boulder Creek TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2015
mazatzal
Hiking9.70 Miles 1,490 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.16 mph
1,490 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
We took Boulder Creek trail up to the junction with the AZ trail. Just before the two trails join we saw a deer take off up the lower slopes of Cypress Peak. From there we headed back along the AZ trail. Saw a campsite near where the AZT crosses Sycamore Creek.
A boulder at the trailhead had an animal hide draped over it :yuck: The area is now heavily grazed with a lot of cattle. I'm not sure it helps the "Vegetation rehabilitation" per TNF special order 12-216 :roll:
Fauna
Fauna
Tarantula
foliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observationfoliage observation
Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Isolated
_____________________
1 archive
May 03 2014
topohiker
avatar

 Guides 13
 Routes 112
 Photos 4,377
 Triplogs 1,714

male
 Joined Oct 29 2005
 Scottsdale, AZ
AZT21/Reno Pass Loop - Mine Tour, AZ 
AZT21/Reno Pass Loop - Mine Tour, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 03 2014
topohiker
Hiking30.10 Miles 6,265 AEG
Hiking30.10 Miles   13 Hrs   50 Mns   2.84 mph
6,265 ft AEG   3 Hrs   15 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
I’m amazed at all the stuff there is out of the Bushnell tanks area. I spent the day exploring around the area.

Mines: Little Daisy Mine & Golden Rule Mine
I took FR23 to the Golden Rule and the Little Daisy Mine. There some mining processing machinery still at the Little Daisy mine.
The Little Daisy mine is big and choked with vegetation. I started to push through the vegetation and came across the mine guardian :scared: . I heard a rattler, but couldn’t see where it came from :o . I kindly apologized and retreated from the area.
There are a couple of other mines in the area, but nothing worth mentioning.

Reno Pass to the Edward’s park
I took FR524 to Reno Pass. I downloaded JJ’s MT Ord to Brown’s peak route. The fun began when the road ended and the off-trail began. The off-trail is not that hard, it just seems like it takes forever. Long pants might be good idea for this section. The vegetation is not thick, but it eventually starts to aggravate your legs. The warmer temps didn’t make the bushwhacking easy. Near the end I deviated from JJ’s route. I noticed that he went out his way to go to Cypress peak. I skipped that and went to a drainage to Bear spring. I did this to avoid an unnecessary climb and to reload on water. I was drinking water and an alarming rate with the sun exposed bushwhacking. Bear spring had no bears :lol: , just a pool water. I filtered 3 liters and consumed 2 on the spot. I was never happier when I saw FR422 :y: ! If I do this cross-country again, I might redo the route to where I cut across to the Park Creek trail.

One thing I noticed is that my Delorme showed a road almost right next to JJ’s route. There is no evidence of a road out there.

I had a late lunch at the Edwards park. All the kids had gone home by the time I got there.

AZT21
I took the AZT to the 2nd corral and bushwhacked across boulder creek to the boulder tank and picked up a very old road. I took the old road around three more tanks and back to FR22.

It was a warm day. I had packed 7 liters of water and consumed 9 for the day. There was a nice cool breeze once I got above 4,500 feet. Once the sun dropped , the temps were cool-ish.
_____________________
"Everywhere is walking distance...If you have the time"
-Stephen Wright
Mar 30 2014
mazatzal
avatar

 Routes 31
 Photos 2,138
 Triplogs 1,069

61 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Boulder Creek TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2014
mazatzal
Hiking10.30 Miles 3,216 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.13 mph
3,216 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
We took Boulder Creek trail up to the junction with the AZ trail. Just before the two trails join we saw 2 deer take off up the lower slopes of Cypress Peak. From there we headed back along the AZ trail. About a mile later we hear dirt bikes coming towards us along this section of AZT (closed to motorized vehicles) :roll:
The rest was a nice hike along the excellent AZT tread and we saw the recent re-route to avoid the deep washed out section up above the Sycamore creek crossing. Very nice work Shawn.
Wildflowers along this loop were the best we've seen this year even though it is a down year.
Named place
Named place
Boulder Creek
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Moderate
_____________________
Mar 03 2013
topohiker
avatar

 Guides 13
 Routes 112
 Photos 4,377
 Triplogs 1,714

male
 Joined Oct 29 2005
 Scottsdale, AZ
Saddle Mountain - AZT #22Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2013
topohiker
Hiking31.87 Miles 3,948 AEG
Hiking31.87 Miles   11 Hrs   53 Mns   2.95 mph
3,948 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
 no routes
I had no real agenda for the hike. I started out at the Bushnell tanks and headed North on the AZT.
I saw the AZT trailer sitting near the TH. I took the new minor redirect and followed the cairns to the Sycamore creek. The water was pretty deep and fast moving. I found a narrow spot and was able to make a crossing with a small tree trunk.


I headed north and literally tripped over a new area to go exploring!!! :y: As I crossed over FR393, I wondered where this well maintained road leads to. I went to the Cross F TH to see the new sign and had a snack break by the creek. I did some quick research on the GPS and discovered that FR393 went down to Bartlett Dam / Verde River! Score! :y: I changed my original plan of checking out the fire damage on Little Saddle MNT to exploring FR393.


FR393 starts about 1/3 mile from the Cross-F TH. It more or less follows the power lines and is very well maintained. The road passes by numerous camping spots and drainage's. After a couple of miles, the road go by Upper Alder spring and (I believe) this is the start of the Alder creek. After this point you can see the Alder creek below you to the south. There were some nice green trees down there. The views view fantastic. After a mile or two more, I could start to see the town of Cave Creek.
The road slowly loses elevation. The high point was 3,900 feet and it looks like it ends about 2,000 feet (at the lake).


I picked a turnaround time because I didn't have enough time to make it to the lake. Shortly after I turned around a family on quads/4x4 golf carts passed me. They went to the lake and returned. They said the road was about 14~15 miles one way and there were other trails where it ended. I had lunch by the Alder Creek.


On the way back (by the town of Sunflower) a couple of free-range horse started to follow me and got pretty close. I suspect they were looking for apples.


I returned it back to the Beeline/AZT 14 with 2 hours of daylight left so I went down the Boulder trail. I hopped off the trail and returned FR22.


There are 3 creek crossings on FR22. The first one (heading back) was low enough where I walked on the metal berm that defined the road. The second crossing was nasty. The creek was split into three sections. After I crossed, I realized that the creek was running down the road and the 2nd & 3rd crossing merged into one. I crossed again and found faint trails that lead me (dryly) to the cattle guard.

I was a great day! Once the sky clouded over, the temps were perfect. And I got to explorer a new area of the Mazatzal's!!!
:D
Fauna
Fauna
Mule
_____________________
"Everywhere is walking distance...If you have the time"
-Stephen Wright
Feb 17 2013
mazatzal
avatar

 Routes 31
 Photos 2,138
 Triplogs 1,069

61 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Boulder Creek TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2013
mazatzal
Hiking9.70 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   2.01 mph
1,400 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break
 
Partners none no partners
We went along FR22 and Boulder Creek trail to its junction with the newer alignment of AZ trail. We took the AZT back before cutting thru to FR22. We met two backpackers doing a Mega-Mazzie trip: Roosevelt Dam to City Creek : app : They were a bit concerned about the forecast for Tue/Wed.
_____________________
1 archive
Dec 12 2012
Mike_Fels
avatar

 Routes 17
 Photos 470
 Triplogs 421

71 male
 Joined Jan 07 2010
 Chandler, AZ
Boulder Canyon Loop from First Water THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2012
Mike_Fels
Hiking12.01 Miles 1,335 AEG
Hiking12.01 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   2.99 mph
1,335 ft AEG      16 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 no routes
Partners partners
mtabbert
A little cool at 7AM at the trailhead. Didn't warm up until we got in the sun almost to the Dutchman Trail. Only saw about 7 other people on the all between Parker Pass and the TH. So it was a quiet morning. Almost no wildlife, 1 cotton tail rabbit and some quail. Boulder Creek Trail is getting fairly over grown.
_____________________
Dec 12 2012
mtabbert
avatar

 Triplogs 397

66 male
 Joined Mar 05 2013
 Payson, AZ
Boulder Canyon Loop from First Water THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2012
mtabbert
Hiking12.01 Miles 1,335 AEG
Hiking12.01 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   2.99 mph
1,335 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Partners partners
Mike_Fels
_____________________
Jan 15 2012
mazatzal82
avatar

 Photos 205
 Triplogs 23

37 male
 Joined Mar 19 2012
 Scottsdale, AZ
La Barge Lower - Box LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Canyoneering avatar Jan 15 2012
mazatzal82
Canyoneering13.50 Miles 3,540 AEG
Canyoneering13.50 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   3.12 mph
3,540 ft AEG      10 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 no routes
1st trip
Linked linked
Partners none no partners
What a great hike! This was my first time hiking Boulder Creek. The trail itself meets up with the Second Water trail of the Superstitions. If you venture off the Boulder Creek trail prior to this meetup, you will hike La Barge Canyon. The initial ascent up Boulder Creek is staggering but with phenomenal views. Descending down into the variety of options you find yourself at a wash. Hopping the boulders toward the pyramid shaped wall of stone should find you a nice adventure. Make sure to tell a friend if you will be alone.. those boulders can reach out and grab you!
_____________________
2 archives
average hiking speed 2.54 mph
1, 2  Next

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

90+° 8am - 6pm kills
prehydrate & stay hydrated
help comment issue

end of page marker