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Jul 02 2020
LJW
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 Phoenix, AZ
Union - Moscow - Davis, AZ 
Union - Moscow - Davis, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2020
LJW
Hiking18.62 Miles 4,188 AEG
Hiking18.62 Miles   6 Hrs   21 Mns   3.18 mph
4,188 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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Chance of lightning, albeit slight, so I got an early start around 445am hoping to summit Union, Moscow, and Davis in a semi-convoluted out and back.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clouds were coming in by the time I was on Davis. Didn't hang around. Never ended up storming, so kind of a bummer. Waves of cumulous clouds rolled in by the time I was back on 307. Only saw one person, on the Isabella trail.
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May 13 2020
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Davis - Union, AZ 
Davis - Union, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 13 2020
LindaAnn
Hiking6.49 Miles 1,542 AEG
Hiking6.49 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   1.70 mph
1,542 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
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Parked at the Isabella TH because the road to the start of Dandrea was blocked by a box van delivering construction materials. Not a problem, since the kids like walking through Potato Patch. Once on the trail, we quickly started heading uphill, passing a small snake near the trailhead. Uneventful hike up, and the cool temps and strong breeze felt great.

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

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

Easy hike back down Dandrea, although a little rocky on the upper half. Nice to spend a day in cooler temps.
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joebartels
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Davis - Moscow - 7675 - Union - Spruce Lode, AZ 
Davis - Moscow - 7675 - Union - Spruce Lode, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 09 2020
joebartels
Hiking15.77 Miles 3,987 AEG
Hiking15.77 Miles   8 Hrs   18 Mns   2.17 mph
3,987 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
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Davis
We walked Poachers Row from Isabella Trailhead nestled in the sine-wave tall-pined forest dotted with cabins. Off-trail to Davis we took one ridge north from our 2018 ascent. It seemed less painful. Overlapping on satellite we simply tiptoed the thorn-scrub laterally vs vertically so the footing was sure. Appears almost avoidable with pre-hike satellite planning.

Moscow
John at the fire tower lookout has recommended Moscow Peak many times. Past core-summer hikes were not optimal temps for off-trail exploring. On a whim, today was the day. It appears a motorcycle recently summited. There is evidence of old trail work in two short stretches. Moscow is a worthy destination compared to the joke known as Trittle. That said, French Alps peak baggers will yawn and pout in their superior mindset.

7675
If OHV ankle-buster rock-lined trails leave a bad taste in your mouth then add this overpass to your spice rack.

Spruce
After a socially distanced tailgating luncheon under Peter's neighborhood pines at Isabella TH we headed up.
ELO claims it's Groos. I'll tell you once more before I write anymore, don't bring me down... SPRUCE!

Mid to upper Isabella might be the nicest groomed forest trail near Phoenix. After Spruce we utilized a trail that cuts off the lower loop. There are twin truss log posts at the signless junction where this trail turns off Groom Creek Loop Trail #307. FS Topo shows this trail originating north off FR 9404X. I'm guessing decommissioned since PNF notoriously bows to locals. Old deadfall and light brush is not a deterrent. The old trail is loaded with oaks between the pines.

Synopsis
We'va historically saved Union to escape 110 temps in the Sonoran Skillet but it's nice in prime season too. Now that the area has been infiltrated by road haters seeking short skirts and high peaks we found some new peaks to bag.
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A little lupine that looks happy that it grew up in a pine forest.
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Davis - Moscow - 7675 - Union - Spruce Lode, AZ 
Davis - Moscow - 7675 - Union - Spruce Lode, AZ
 
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The_Eagle
Hiking16.35 Miles 3,989 AEG
Hiking16.35 Miles   8 Hrs   18 Mns   2.27 mph
3,989 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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This is a go to area for us for when the giant Orb, makes thinks toasty in the valley. We purposefully started in the middle of the hike to 1) Stay away from the more popular Groom Creek TH and 2) start in the middle, so we could leave our additional water and food in the truck.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good times in the PNF
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LJW
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 Phoenix, AZ
Groom Creek - Bradshaw Four, AZ 
Groom Creek - Bradshaw Four, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2020
LJW
Hiking25.00 Miles 5,050 AEG
Hiking25.00 Miles   8 Hrs   45 Mns   3.23 mph
5,050 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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More summer mountains, another figure 8. Not a true figure 8, but pretty close. What I ended up with was a loop posted here by @The_Eagle that started at Potato Patch and hit the four highest Bradshaw peaks fused with the Groom Creek Trail Loop by the Isabella Trail. So not a figure 8, but maybe a double loop. Started at the Groom Creek Trailhead a little after 6 and headed toward Spruce Peak.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Longest 5.5 miles I've ever walked. Isabella wasn't too bad, but the slight downhill on Groom Creek had me at my limit. Cussed and whimpered my way back to the car. Passed two hikers on Groom Creek. Wolf Creek had a good flow, figure the falls down the creek will be worthwhile for a few more days before drying up.
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Mar 07 2020
joebartels
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Yankee - Arrastra - Pine Flat Connector Loop, AZ 
Yankee - Arrastra - Pine Flat Connector Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2020
joebartels
Hiking19.80 Miles 3,049 AEG
Hiking19.80 Miles   8 Hrs   54 Mns   2.45 mph
3,049 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
 
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With fond memories of Arrastra Creek Trail #275 I created a lower loop of a larger loop Bruce created in 2013.

Started on FR67 just outside the Pine Flats community boundary. Headed east on FR67 1.1 mi then FR52 Senator HWY 0.7 mi to FR84 which would take us up to Keegan Trail #91. However, an aluminum gate with two daisy chained locks had us crawl under since it's not signed stay out, private or such.

A half mile up FR84 is the theoretical beginning or end of Keegan Trail #91. We encountered a plastic No Trespassing sign with "under video surveillance" handwritten below. The sign in hindsight may have been for an adjacent stock tank. A purposely misdirected, "oh did we write that on a no trespassing sign, it's just video surveillance for our tank". The twin gate access was not locked, in excellent easy access condition and not in a FS mapped private area. I took a stab at getting the official status on this one and Elouise Trail #306. Will update if/when I get response. #306 clearly goes through an FS mapped private area. Both are currently listed on the FS website. Hikebot got the trail data from a public gov gis file many full super worm moons ago.

With an easy bypass and not seeking trouble we aborted Keegan and backtracked to Senator HWY. Took Senator up. Briefly gandered the virtually relicless Orofino Mine just before Senator crosses Yankee Doodle Trail #284. #284 was realigned long ago. The new FS topo map still shows the old alignment.

We saw an ACE truck parked at Senator/#284. Figured we'd cross paths with 'em. Soon saw a man above and ahead. Oddly never made contact. Perhaps he was off trail. We quizzed each other later to verify we both saw him. Check.

#284 holds a solid 4 out of 5 rating for myself. Views galore. Decent trail for the location. Steep in a couple sections keeps the riff raff out. Soon after passing the Elouise junction coming down from Pine Mountain ( Benchmark GOOD ) we met the ACE crew of six sharpening chainsaw blades. Bruce chatted up a storm with the chatter of that group.

Soon onto my fav Arrastra Creek Trail #275 we lunched in the pines. On this gusty day we lucked out in a calm break shielded by the mountain layout. Bruce was weary of #275. Exceeded my anticipations. Probably a bore for alley taggers to hashtaggers. Varied terrain, several creek crossings, occasional pines, occasional torched areas, no bushwhacking or blood loss.

Pine Flat Connector Trail #9275 was the ticket back to square one. The lush green cattail environment took a beating from last years wildfire. Portions of trail are swallowed in tall grass with occasional tall red thorn whips. Near Pine Flats access has changed a bit over the years. We sailed through without crossing a no trespassing notice in the direction we traveled skipping off #9275. Minimal barking and light gunfire. Unrelated... Nevertheless, off trail in the creek just west of the community would be a better future option.
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very little as expected for the elevation

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Yankee Doodle - Arastra Creek Loop, AZ 
Yankee Doodle - Arastra Creek Loop, AZ
 
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The_Eagle
Hiking19.86 Miles 3,092 AEG
Hiking19.86 Miles   8 Hrs   54 Mns   2.47 mph
3,092 ft AEG      52 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Joe put this Loop together using some of a previous loop, with an attempt to get in some new territory.

The Keegan Trail #91 is on some Topos, so let's get boots on the ground and see what's what. Unfortunately, when we got over there, the no trespassing sign turned us around. Did we turn around too soon?

Next up a favorite, the Yankee Doodle Trail. This follows the Longfellow Ridgeline with big views to both the East and west. Recent maintenance is appreciated as we ran into the 6 person ACE Crew on and 8 day stint funded by the City of Prescott.

Pine Mountain - Bradshaws
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I didn't have fond memories of the Arrastra Trail. I guess my memory was not that keen, because I enjoyed both the section west and east of the Senator (cough) Highway.

Just east of the Senator, we hiked past one of the guys we'd passed on the drive in. He and another were part of a club, whose signs we've seen on other claims in the area. They were sluicin' it up in Turkey Creek.

Roadrunners Prospectors Club
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The Pine Flat Connector is only a hint of a trail. It terminates in another potential No Trespassing area. It was not signed in the direction we were traveling.

Great weather, if not a tad chilly on the Doodle.

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 Fountain Hills,
Bradshaw Mountains Trifecta, AZ 
Bradshaw Mountains Trifecta, AZ
 
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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
 
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Union, Davis, and Tritle have been on my radar screen for a while, so Tracie and I decided to go out and check these 3 off of our list. I did a loop that was patterned after the Union-Davis-Tritle-Spruce Superfecta hike that Joe, Tortoise_Hiker, wallyfrack, BiFrost, and The_Eagle did on 9-15-2018. However I did not do nearly as much off-trail hiking as they did, likely costing myself a "medal".

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

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

We saw 2 deer and a large, plump turkey on the hike.
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 Phoenix
Mount UnionPrescott, AZ
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kelly14
Hiking4.35 Miles 1,176 AEG
Hiking4.35 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   2.04 mph
1,176 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Decided to bag Mount Union today. I know most start from the Dandrea trailhead and go from there but we decided to start our hike from 5 corners, which saved us 40 minutes of extra driving. Poland junction road up through Breezy Pines was surprisingly really nice. Just a little snow and ice nothing crazy. Immediately after Breezy pines the snow started to really show up. A Solid 4 inches of snow on the road made things a little dicey but our AWD forester handled it like a pro.

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

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

A fun winter day in the Bradshaw’s and we had it all to ourself!
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Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ
 
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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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Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
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Hiking17.16 Miles 4,194 AEG
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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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Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
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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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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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Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
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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 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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Davis - Union - Tritle - Spruce, AZ 
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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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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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 Goodyear, AZ
Mount UnionPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2018
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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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 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
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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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Jan 14 2018
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Mount UnionPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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Hiking5.13 Miles 1,222 AEG
Hiking5.13 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   1.65 mph
1,222 ft AEG      43 Mns Break
 
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Took the kids to hike Mount Union. They were pleasantly surprised at the amount of snow on the trail (about 80% of the way was snow covered), and spent nearly as much time playing in the fluffy white stuff as they did hiking. We parked along Walker Road, walked to the end, up 285, then 284 to the top. Climbed the fire tower for better views, had a snack, then headed back down the trail. It was 34 degrees at the start, 50 when we finished, sunny the entire way and almost no breeze. Perfect day for this. We only saw three other people, shortly after we had started our way back down from the summit. Also saw three deer. Had a late lunch in Prescott, then headed back to the Valley.
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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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Jun 24 2017
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Union Davis Loop via Yankee Doodle, AZ 
Union Davis Loop via Yankee Doodle, AZ
 
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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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Union - Moscow - Doodle - Davis, AZ 
Union - Moscow - Doodle - Davis, AZ
 
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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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