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Apr 25 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Bradshaw Mountains Trifecta, AZ 
Bradshaw Mountains Trifecta, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking14.70 Miles 3,287 AEG
Hiking14.70 Miles   7 Hrs   22 Mns   2.63 mph
3,287 ft AEG   1 Hour   47 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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
Peter_Medal
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48 male
 Joined Feb 19 2013
 Prescott, AZ
Mount DavisPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2019
Peter_Medal
Hiking3.60 Miles 1,030 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles
1,030 ft AEG
 
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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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Sep 15 2018
joebartels
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2018
joebartels
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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the private lake looked full... not open to the public
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Sep 15 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
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58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ
 
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Tortoise_Hiker
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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Sep 15 2018
wallyfrack
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 Joined Mar 11 2003
 AZ
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2018
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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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Sep 15 2018
The_Eagle
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 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2018
The_Eagle
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
 
1st trip
Fuzzy, Supey, Dirty, Rockey and Old As made their way around this 4 peak loop.

We started in the "Tater Patch" at the Isabella TH and took on Mt Davis from North to South first. Not caring much for the Dandrea approach, we opted for roughly, a Peter Path to the top. Steep, but much better and shorter for this loop. Mt. Davis views never disappoint.

Next up, Mt Union and a visit with John. He's been in the tower for 22 years. 2 more weeks and the season is over for him. Wally got to see the Supes, two weeks in a row.

Tritle approach from 52B adds some distance, but also affords some distant views to People Valley. We headed east on a well worn Peter Path from the top. Tall Pines and smooth sailing to the bottom.

Lunch at the Issabella TH and a quick out and back to the Spruce Mountain lookout.

We got Wally out of the Supes 2 weeks in a row, Saw Denny for the first time since we scared him away in Feb, Karl taught us all, important lessons concerning balls. Good Times.
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Sep 15 2018
BiFrost
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 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2018
BiFrost
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
Another trip around the peaks in the Bradshaws which seems to happen at least once a year. Mount Davis was first up starting from the Potato Patch and still my favorite peak probably because there is no trail or tower at the top....just great views! Next we hit Union and talked with the tower host John for a few minutes with a nice cool breeze.

Moving to Mount Tritle we hiked some road and old road sections to the top. Tritle isn't the best peak but as others mentioned the forest on north slopes make it a very pleasant hike. After that we dropped back down to Walker road and back to the vehicle for a quick lunch.

With lunch done we hiked an out and back to Spruce Mountain. Hard to believe this was my first time on this peak. Very nice trails and we covered the 8 mile out and back quickly. The views on Spruce were great and went up into the tower talking to Sarah the host for a few minutes. Then the quick hike back to the vehicle and a post hike beverage with snacks! Great to hike wiht Denny again and Wally two weeks in a row!
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Jun 23 2018
Nightstalker
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 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Mount UnionPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2018
Nightstalker
Hiking5.85 Miles 1,515 AEG
Hiking5.85 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.04 mph
1,515 ft AEG   1 Hour   33 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Returned to Mount Union to beat the heat in Phoenix. This year we did Union/Davis from Potato Patch hiking up Dandrea to the saddle, headed over to Davis, and finished it off with a trip up to visit John in the lookout tower. On the way down Walker road we saw a giant coyote, some cows strolling down the road, and a whole bunch of turkeys. 59 degrees @ 6:30 at the trail head was very refreshing start to the day. After the hike, we took the jeep down the 261 road to 5 points and Breezy Pines with a stop at the Poland/Walker tunnel. Lunch at Lucky's BBQ in Dewey was the cherry on top!
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May 12 2018
chumley
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 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Bradshaws: Davis Union Spruce, AZ 
Bradshaws: Davis Union Spruce, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 12 2018
chumley
Hiking14.10 Miles 3,466 AEG
Hiking14.10 Miles   5 Hrs   44 Mns   2.76 mph
3,466 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
I had a few loops drawn up in the Bradshaws and we decided to see how we were feeling as the day progressed. The trip up to Davis and Union was the first leg of the trip, and I was actually surprised that John welcomed us up on a windy day with extreme fire danger. He informed us we were the highest people in Yavapai County, and also mentioned something about the elevation. :sweat:

I'm glad there's a tower here as it makes it possible to hit 8,000 feet on the second flight up. :)

I do prefer the views from Davis though.

Did you know: Mount Union was named during the civil war, and in response confederate supporters countered by naming the adjacent peak after President Davis. So there's that.

Back down to Potato Patch where the headwaters of the Hassayampa was flowing to my surprise. A quick break at the truck and up Isabella. At this point, I opted for the shortest of the options on the day and took the old Transcendent Mine trail down to 307 before heading back up to the Spruce summit. To the surprise of nobody, the tower was not open to visitors.

After a quick snack we headed back across the Spruce Mountain ridge and dropped back down to the car via Isabella. We saw surprisingly few people today. There has been a lot of thinning on both Davis and Spruce, but both are still littered with large slash piles that have yet to be burned. Still an improvement over last time.

@tortoise_hiker I promise 9L was there.

Side note: Don't speed through Mayer.
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Oct 22 2017
Peter_Medal
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 Prescott, AZ
Mount Union - Mount Davis Trail Run, AZ 
Mount Union - Mount Davis Trail Run, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2017
Peter_Medal
Hiking7.01 Miles 1,171 AEG
Hiking7.01 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   3.07 mph
1,171 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Mixing up my weekly run which is usually Walker Road & Senator Highway...yesterday and last week decided creating a new route. This path incoporates a portion of Deandra Drail #285 (Mount Union Trail) and a drive by of the north terminate of the Yankee Doodle Trail #284 where it "T" intersects with Forest Road 9404J.

This route will answer some questions with the first Right fork 60' from the Mt. Union trailhead and the Left fork further up (right goes up Union).

The right fork about 1/4 mile up is where we used to have our long gun range until recently YCSO suggested a much better spot for us. Had never been past this first 1/4 mile... it's trailed up an extra quarter mile with a open area with fire ring, an unknown abandoned mine filled with water a beat up holy car.

I am sure that with the love of bush wacking the path continues and will save for a later date.

The LEFT fork further up #285 is a beautiful ATV trail which is actually a great hiking trail. This would be an ideal snow shoeing path. This road, path or trail, eventually "T" intersects back onto Walker Road. there is a gate here and on the gate is noted as "Pristine Pines Road". Your not trespassing, it is NOT private property even though the gate says otherwise (there is some private property that accesses off this road, but it not "their" road.

I had always wanted to run down 9404J, I've been back to where Knapp Gulch intersects with a couple different routes for a Davis bush wack. My brother has taken this many times as it connects up to Snow Drift Mine Road and Big Bug Mesa Road. This is another great easy peasy hiking trail, ATV road, Equestrian, or connector for the Yankee Doodle Trail. Up and back from Walker Road is 3 miles round trip on 9404J. Ignore the Private Property signs on this road. The "9404J" sign was removed/stolen and several private property/private drive signs were posted. I get it. Some of my neighbors are a can short of six pack.
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Oct 08 2017
Peter_Medal
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 Joined Feb 19 2013
 Prescott, AZ
Prescott Annual Fall Colour Run, AZ 
Prescott Annual Fall Colour Run, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2017
Peter_Medal
Hiking6.40 Miles 864 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   1 Hour   17 Mns   4.99 mph
864 ft AEG
 
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I lured in my new friends at the High Elevation Training Institute for my annual fall colour run along the Senator & Walker Roads. I had ran the route a few days earlier....some of the same area pix presented....color changes lightening fast. Sad to see much of the Aspens in the Patch have already lost their leaves...

Tritle always packs a heavy fall color punch. I highly recommend him.
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Jul 29 2017
The_Eagle
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Groom Creek-Davis-Union, AZ 
Groom Creek-Davis-Union, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2017
The_Eagle
Hiking16.29 Miles 3,743 AEG
Hiking16.29 Miles   7 Hrs   35 Mns   2.36 mph
3,743 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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I woke up and read a text from Ray saying he woke up late and would be there in 15 minutes. My alarm never went off, I got ready in 15 minutes and was there 45 minutes late. Hopefully not an omen for the day.

Temps were 70 at the start and 73 to finish, with the mid 60's in the middle. Cloudy most of the day, with some sun and got a light rain for 15 minutes at the end. Pretty lucky all-in-all with nastier weather all around us. Muggy was the theme for the day.

We started clockwise on the Groom creek Loop #307. This is a steady climb and we decided to take the shortcut trail at the 2 mile mark to cut across to Isabella. It'd been 7 years since I'd been on this one. It's easy to follow, but since it's not an official trail, none of the dead fall is removed. No problems getting around it at all.

Right at the Isabella Trail turn, Ray spotted a Rafter of 3 hens and a dozen or more poults. I don't think I'd seen poults before in the wild.

Down the Isabella Trail #377 and the walk through Potato Patch, we tried to guess which house was Peter's.

I've never cared much for the climb up the Dandrea #285. It's rocky and loose.

At the saddle we made our turn to get to the off trail portion up to Mt Davis. I love the views up the top of the rocky outcropping. The Peak Register IS gone. It's not where it used to be and we checked other spots with no luck.

Next I made my way over to Mt. Union to visit with the lookout, John and get some scoop on the Goodwin Fire. The fire never got any closer than 4.5 miles from the tower. He said a couple of Forest Service workers called it in and it was not visible to him for another 1/2 hour. You could see some scarring from up there where it crossed Big Bug Mesa, but the majority of the burn was farther east.
He had some dispatch personnel come up in the tower while I was there, so I let them go about their business.

We went back the way we came and then completed the Groom Creek loop. It'd been awhile since I'd be on this section. Quite enjoyable. We kicked up a small buck still in velvet to close out the hike.

Enjoyable hike. Good to hike w/Ray again. Thanks for driving.
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 Gilbert, AZ
Groom Creek-Mt Davis, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jul 29 2017
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Hiking14.67 Miles 3,315 AEG
Hiking14.67 Miles   7 Hrs   35 Mns   2.36 mph
3,315 ft AEG   1 Hour   22 Mns Break
 
1st trip
The Eagle treated me to a lite version of one of his classic multi-trail, multi-peak hikes, this one in the Bradshaws. The plan was to hit Spruce, Davis and Union utilizing the Groom Creek Loop, Isabella and Dandrea trails.

We started at the Groom Creek trailhead and started the loop in a clockwise direction. On the way up, Bruce mentioned a shortcut that bypassed Spruce. I'd been to Spruce but not on the shortcut trail, so we lightened the already lite version further by bypassing Spruce, taking the Transcendent Mine shortcut noted in MEWhiteman's Isabella Loop description. The trail had some downfall and is steep, but was easy to follow. It shaved about a mile off the loop.

Back on the Groom Creek loop trail we came across a flock (rafter) of wild turkeys: 4 hens and about a dozen chicks (poults). What a sight that was as they motored along the trail ahead of us before disappearing into some brush.

We continued on, taking the Isabella trail down to the road, then through Potato Patch before picking up the Dandrea trail. The Dandrea trail was probably the least favorite part of this hike. It's an old road covered with ankle busters, but it gets you to the saddle between Davis and Union. We turned north at the saddle, opting to bag Davis first. Once on top, we looked for the ammo can that contained the summit register, but couldn't find it.

On the way down from Davis, I told Bruce that I would bypass Union. I haven't hiked much lately ('cause I'm a "slacker") and we still had a long way to go. I took a nap at the saddle while The Eagle bagged Union and checked out the tower. We ate lunch when he returned and extended the break. Thunderheads started to blossom to the south as we enjoyed the serenity of the saddle. Rain was in the forecast. Time to get going.

We headed back down Dandrea, back through Potato Patch and up Isabella. The Isabella trail is one of the best trails I've hiked in the Bradshaws. Moderately steep in spots, but easy walking through a mostly shaded pine forest.

When we reached the Groom Creek Loop, we turned south and coasted the last five miles on good trails with a gentle descent. A great way to finish a long hike. Somewhere in the distance, the sound of drums could be heard. Bongos at first, then something like the drum corps of a high school marching band. They were pretty good.

As we closed out the hike, storms were brewing all around us, but we were spared until the last mile or so when light rain brought the umbrellas out.

Bruce, thank you again for the invite. I had a great time!
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Jun 24 2017
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 Phoenix, AZ
Union Davis Loop via Yankee Doodle, AZ 
Union Davis Loop via Yankee Doodle, AZ
 
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Nightstalker
Hiking6.66 Miles 1,668 AEG
Hiking6.66 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   2.15 mph
1,668 ft AEG   1 Hour   21 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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I put together this nearby valley loop above 7000' to try to beat the summer heat. My regular hiking crew joined me at 5am for the 90 minute drive up the I17 to 69, through Mayer and Breezy Pines. Chased a flock of turkeys, both young and old, up the road between Breezy Pines and 5 points until my hiking companions jumped out and shooshed them off the road. Once up to the 5 points intersection, take the hard right onto Big Bug Mesa road, trailhead is about a mile up the road on the left.

There's a nice little parking/camping area at the Yankee Doodle #284 trail complete with a fire ring. A typical forest service carbonite sign marks the beginning of the trail. The Yankee Doodle and Dandrea trails are multi use; hiking, biking, horseback riding, motorcycle, and ATV. We would not see another soul on the trails today.

Yankee Doodle trail quickly ascends the side of Mount Davis through an infinite number of switchbacks. The surrounding low brush affords little shade in the morning on this eastern slope. After about a mile tall trees provided some much needed relief from the already blazing sun.

We took a side trip on Mount Davis trail to check out the views. Did I say trail? Yeah, there's no trail. There is a nice thick patch of knee high cat claw to get you started. Fortunately, it doesn't last very long and you find yourself wandering under a delightful canopy of pines until you get to a pile of rocks at the top. I searched around a bit for a summit register but didn't find one. There's great views over to Mount Union and up Walker Road to the north.

Down off Davis and back on Yankee Doodle, it's a short walk to the 4 way Dandrea Trail intersection. There's a shady clearing with a log bench to relax on and pick the debris from the Davis excursion out of your boots. Just a little over 0.5 more miles up Yankee Doodle a side trail splits off to the right and takes you to the Mount Union Lookout Tower road. The side trip to the tower rewards you with 360 degree views and some interesting banter with a 20 year veteran of fire lookout service. After filling our packs with Smoky the Bear swag we retreated back to the main trail, slipping and sliding our way down to Forest Service road 261. Just across the road we found the Arizona Trail Riders dirt bike club doing a Yankee Doodle trail maintenance day with the Prescott National Forest. They were doing trail restoration on the section of Yankee Doodle between FS 261 and Senator Highway.

We, however, would follow FS261 about 1 mile to its intersection with Dandrea Trail #285. Most of this road section is loose and rock with little shade. Dandrea gains about 400 feet in 0.6 miles to rendezvous back at the lovely intersection with Yankee Doodle. A sign at the beginning of Dandrea stated it was closed due to deadfall, however, it was clear all the way up to Yankee Doodle.

It was hot, we were tired, and most importantly, there was talk of stopping in Rock Springs on the way back to Phoenix for some pie and ice cream. We made haste back down Yankee Doodle to the truck and fired up the AC. I couldn't believe to find that it was already 96 degrees at 11:00AM at 7100'!

It felt an eternity until we pulled into the Rock Springs Cafe parking lot. Tip for any future diners, if there's a long line, you can sit at the bar and get full service, as we did, and be eating before you'd be seated waiting for a table.
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Apr 13 2017
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Union - Moscow - Doodle - Davis, AZ 
Union - Moscow - Doodle - Davis, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2017
mazatzal
Hiking10.00 Miles 2,600 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   6 Hrs      1.82 mph
2,600 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Got the idea for this from a Karl and Kathy trip but I changed it slightly and started at Potato Patch. Big mistake there were 30 deadfall on Dandrea trail 285 :doh: About half were easy to step over or walk under but that still leaves 15 that slow you down a bit more. This trail needs @chumley and his chainsaw!

From the trailhead I went up Union then over to Moscow and Yankee Doodle. On the return I took a detour up Davis. Still a few patches of snow above 7500', saw 2 deer along the way. great day in the Bradshaws.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bradshaw Peaks, AZ 
Bradshaw Peaks, AZ
 
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BiFrost
Hiking7.74 Miles 2,239 AEG
Hiking7.74 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   1.76 mph
2,239 ft AEG      38 Mns Break
 
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Decided to do some peaks in the Bradshaw Mountains driving up the eastside on FR 261 to saddle between Union and Moscow. Kind of cheating starting at 7000 feet but we wanted to get 4 peaks in without taking all day

We headed south down Yankee Doodle Trail for Yankee Doodle Peak first which is not much of a peak. Then went over to Moscow Peak and making it slightly more challenging headed up the south side. Nice peak on top and fits the designation of peak much better than Yankee.

Still some off trail heading north towards the next peak Mt Davis before hitting trail again. Took trail past Union most of the way up Davis except for the last 1/2 mile. Once on top there is rocky out crop on one side of the summit with great views. Took a lunch break enjoying best peak of the day.

On the way back to the vehicle we stopped by Mount Union and the tower. All quiet with tower shut down for the season and no other hikers on this day.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Just a touch of color still left.
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Oct 01 2016
MountainMatt
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Dave and the Onion, AZ 
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Hiking5.88 Miles 1,554 AEG
Hiking5.88 Miles   4 Hrs   36 Mns   2.52 mph
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With cooler weather and fall colors on my mind but not wanting to break the bank in terms of a long drive the first place I thought of was "The Bradshaws"!
Not to mention my dog needed to get out of the house and I was really in the mood for a a nice easy hike that involves a trail for once.
Perfect hiking weather up in that area today, crisp autum air with plenty of overcast and breeze.
I surprisingly did not encounter another person throughout my entire hike, that was truly an added bonus for me that I was not expecting.
The views from Union are suberb, you can truly see for hundreds of miles in every direction up there and the bounty of clouds and late afternoon sun just added to my vision.
Although I do personally like Mount Davis more in terms of its character and distinguishing summit aspects, it had a nice rock face on the very top just past the actual summit.
On my way down I spooked a couple of deer foraging in the dry drainge just before Poachers Row.
After finishing my hike I drove to one of my favorite spots along the Hassayampa River to check out the water levels and fall foliage and even though I didn't find a gold mine of foliage I still managed to find a nugget or two. :)
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One of my favorite places but such a shame to see fresh graffiti literally on the falls themselves!!!

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Wish I had access to this little gem, it's gleaming with autumn foliage right now and looks incredible!

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Fairly decent flow, enough to give life to all the waterfalls and fill the pools. More than what I saw this summer and much more than expected!
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Sep 30 2016
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Mount UnionPrescott, AZ
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Peter_Medal
Hiking5.11 Miles 1,335 AEG
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The Union-Davis Horseshoe-Lasso Loop.

Ok so, Route Scout said 5.54 miles and 1782' AEG.
Mapmyhike said 5.11 miles and 1335' AEG.... going to go with what MapMyHike said. I still love you Route Scout, like a red headed step child.

Another day in gods country.

Launched off the deck down to the old Pickerill Mill then looped around down Poachers Row and up trail 285. In winter months I follow the Hassayampa Drainage when there is no one up here (cuts through some private property). Took the Hikers Express North Ridgeline assault to the north saddle summit (1/2 mile up the normal trail). Someone stole the "geo-cache" from the guts of "Karen" (the big cairn). We took five at the helipad then off to summit Davis. Fire watch John was gone. Got to Davis nipple and what.... the HAZ summit register is GONE! Really? The left the litter and debris (which we collected) but took the register. This is the third register to be taken/removed, first Tritle, then Maverick, now Davis.... GRRRRRR!!! Bastids. Guess I will have to hike Sun Devil Peak next to see if they took that one too.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
Aspens leaves almost all gone..... Gambel Oaks starting to turn.
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Aug 14 2016
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Hiking5.34 Miles 1,497 AEG
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I had a different plan in mind for today, instead I opted for a fun relaxing trip up to a new area I hadn't seen before, the Bradshaws.

I was pleasantly surprised driving down Walker Rd to see very healthy looking groups of Aspen so close to the Valley. The area was a little more developed than I had anticipated, but it is done in good taste. The temperature was around 83F when I arrived around 3:30PM, very comfortable when you're in the trees for the entire hike. Yet another great place to escape to when the mercury rises in the Valley, without breaking the bank on gas.

At the top of Union I enjoyed a summit beer and cool breeze on the wooden platform, climbed the tower, and then headed for Davis. I was expecting the route to have cairns so I just continued walking down the trail (or road?) from Union looking for a pile of rocks. After consulting Route Scout and discovering said piles of rocks probably didn't exist, I searched for a good opening in the brush and hopped off the trail.

It has been a good long while since I've done some off-trail bushwhacking. A refreshing change of pace really! I need to do these more often. It wasn't particularly bad, only one section of being creative with my trekking poles to avoid the cat claw. The views from the summit of Davis are ok, but I liked the views from Mount Union slightly better, despite the towers. I think the journey is better than the destination on this one.

Can't wait to come back and explore more!
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