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Dec 07 2019
joebartels
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Ol' Blue - Kentuck - Sycamore Boogaloop, AZ 
Ol' Blue - Kentuck - Sycamore Boogaloop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2019
joebartels
Hiking15.08 Miles 3,726 AEG
Hiking15.08 Miles   10 Hrs   40 Mns   1.65 mph
3,726 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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After rock bottom expectations, Camp Creek was very nice with yellow Autumn accents of ash? and cottonwoods. May never return but it was a solid 4 of 5 on this day.

Maricopa Trail has a decent tread. Did not expect to like this trail either. Outstanding views through easy roller coaster desert, 4 of 5 for me in beautiful weather. Keep in mind I like the desert. Minor nuisance gripe on mis-aligned pin latch gates instead of easy auto latches. Unexpected cool pinon tree on this trail that wraps around through South Mountain.

We took a break before heading off trail up to Kentuck. Killer views absorbed. Heading up was easier than anticipated. Shorts were fine. Bruce possibly found the burial site of chief whooping cough. Soon after I stumbled across some ruins. Buckwheat was rocking the blooms heading up. Spanky was nowhere to be found and I stole the chief comment from the man himself.

Took a short break up at Buford Teeee Justice Peak to read previous triplogs. Fliver set us clear. Yet we failed to find the rod-stub with makeshift protractors, pendulums and dowsing rods. We're not worthy and I could almost hear Tibber yelling at me to get off the phone.

By lucky chance I put pants on for the descent from Kentuck to Sycamore Creek/Canyon. Specifically choose Sycamore to mix up what others tackled. Anticipations included a nice satellite view of shade trees and two springs. Hate to give away the secret details but I don't think Bruce enjoyed the trees. Lopez Spring area was dry.

A medium to large hawk that looked like a wide bowling pin perched above screamed repeatedly. The drawn-out echo-scream was like somebody yelling yellow yellow. Pretty sure it was a red-tailed hawk after youtube research.

Water surfaced and flowed lightly for a good stretch. The canyon took on a Mazzie feel in rock hues. Sycamore spring vicinity had cool and challenging areas. With Sycamore Creek/Canyon tackled we were happy to get back on the Maricopa Trail for an easy 1.5 miles.

Daylight was slipping away as we stumbled upon a gripping issue. My planned route might not be legal yet alone feasible. Steep it was. Extra-eight-mile, ten-o-clock option B wasn't happening until plan A got a chance. We got lucky. Nice views of the thundergod rock before the hwy walk back to square one. Good to get beat up again for a change. Not enough light/time to revisit Sears Kay propper. Take away a couple miles of challenge it was a damn good hike IMHO.
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loved the yellows, most would be disappointed
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the isolated party never stopped

dry Lopez Spring Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout No sign of spring or water. A quarter mile back there was a light flow, small pools.

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout No clue on the spring but the creek was flowing good since just passed dry Lopez spring.
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Dec 07 2019
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Ol' Blue - Kentuck - Sycamore Boogaloop, AZ 
Ol' Blue - Kentuck - Sycamore Boogaloop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking16.09 Miles 3,651 AEG
Hiking16.09 Miles   10 Hrs   41 Mns   1.75 mph
3,651 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Camp Creek Falls
It'd been 9 years since I'd been out there. I remembered it as being nice. We hit it at the right time and it was much better, than nice. Running water and Fall colors made it special. We ran into our only hikers for the day on the way out of there.

Maricopa Trail - Bronco to Bartlett
We made great time on this well groomed trail, steadily climbing towards our first goal. I enjoyed this section more than expected. The views got better the higher we got.

Kentuck Mountain 5013
After a short break we starting our off trail. We took the approach off the Maricopa Trail from the SW. This proved to be a relatively easy, shorts friendly route. We passed through a couple of @Hansenaz rock piles on the way to the top. Awesome 360 views up top

Kentuck Mountain Views
[ youtube video ]

Now the fun begins.. Retreating to the NW off of Kentuck, is steep,THICK and slow going. Long pants please.
We had lunch on top of 4668.

We continued on down into Sycamore Canyon. Joe had be building up the area with "Trees". I don't think he'll do that again. We could have used a chain saw in that section. We hopped out of the creek for awhile before we had to get back in. The remainder of the canyon was scenic, with numerous required bypasses because of the waterfalls.

Glad to be back on the Maricopa Trail again, we tried to make up time so we could get through the remaining off trail before dark.

A steep drop into Camp Creek, followed by a steeper climb up the south face.

One more drop and the climb up to Sears-Kay. Headlamp on now, just a short jaunt to the start.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Camp Creek Falls Medium flow Medium flow

dry Lopez Spring Dry Dry
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Spring, what spring

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Sycamore Canyon Light flow Light flow

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Sycamore Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout No sign of the actual spring but the creek has been flowing since Lopez spring should be pools for quite some time
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May 17 2019
RowdyandMe
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66 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley, AZ
Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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RowdyandMe
Hiking0.99 Miles 213 AEG
Hiking0.99 Miles      31 Mns   1.92 mph
213 ft AEG
 
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Nov 25 2017
kbunny
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48 female
 Joined Nov 19 2010
 chicago/chandler
Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2017
kbunny
Hiking1.10 Miles 220 AEG
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Nice to explore a new-to-me part of the Valley on a beautiful, hot Saturday. Wish we'd taken the "alternate" trail that leads down from the ruin site through the rock formations. We opted not to because the end of the trail isn't visible from the top, but it appears to lead back out to the road below the parking lot. Figured I'd mention it as other descriptions make it sound as though one must go off-trail to get among the rocks, but actually there is a well developed trail.
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Nov 18 2017
cw50must
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43 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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cw50must
Hiking1.10 Miles 220 AEG
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On the way out from my scenic drive I decided to stop here and check it out, I've never been here. The hike is nice and easy, but gives great views. The ruins are nice, some have been restacked, but some areas are more natural.
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Mar 26 2017
Eartheist
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48 male
 Joined Jul 16 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Eartheist
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Mar 26 2017
The_Dude
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41 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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The_Dude
Hiking1.10 Miles 220 AEG
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Got this one in for the first time on the way back from a family camp up by Seven Springs. Good trip for kids (family of 4 did this all in flip flops) nice side trip to check out some ruins. There are a few well preserved rooms to see and nice interpretive plaques along the way. Wildflowers in full display, saw dozens of butterflies. Well worth the stop if you have not been here before.
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Feb 05 2017
JasonCleghorn
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44 male
 Joined Nov 11 2014
 Anthem, AZ
Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2017
JasonCleghorn
Hiking1.30 Miles 239 AEG
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Dec 23 2016
jochal
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36 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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jochal
Hiking1.10 Miles 220 AEG
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Mar 01 2016
phlak
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39 male
 Joined Feb 05 2016
 Anthem, AZ
Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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phlak
Hiking1.10 Miles 220 AEG
Hiking1.10 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   1.02 mph
220 ft AEG
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I've done this little hike many times over with out of state family. Great views and great information all the way to the top. It's an easy hike on a nice trail.
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Dec 28 2014
neilends
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48 male
 Joined Jan 29 2008
 Scottsdale
Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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neilends
Hiking1.10 Miles 220 AEG
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Brought my non-hiking wife here to start off our 1 year anniversary day. She loved it. Or said she did anyway.

We got here early in the morning so we had the site to ourselves. On the drive over, 3 mule deer crossed the road in front of us. They stopped to look at us, or we stopped to look at them, one of the two.

This is a beautiful place to bring any non-hikers who want to taste the outdoors and see some authentic ruins, without getting blisters.
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Nov 07 2014
Charger55
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 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Charger55
Hiking1.10 Miles 220 AEG
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My third stop for the day was a visit to Sears-Kay Ruin. After visiting Black Mesa Ruin and the cliff dwellings in Camp Verde last month these ruins paled in comparison. They are still interesting to see and make for a very convenient stop if you're in the area.

After hiking around the ruins I went to use the outhouse in the parking lot. Waiting for me on the door handle was a giant walking stick (stick bug). I've never seen one before and know very little about them. Not that it mattered. I wasn't going to touch it so I went to the car and got my walking stick. Mine was bigger and I used it to move him out of the way.
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Apr 05 2014
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58 male
 Joined Oct 26 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Culfin
Hiking1.10 Miles 220 AEG
Hiking1.10 Miles   1 Hour      1.65 mph
220 ft AEG      20 Mns Break2 LBS Pack
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Hiked this with Daughter Megan, was fun visiting the ruins.
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Nov 29 2013
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39 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Booneman
Hiking1.10 Miles 240 AEG
Hiking1.10 Miles      27 Mns   2.44 mph
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While in the neighborhood, I stopped by to check out the Sears Kay Ruins.
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Jun 16 2013
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 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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burntlizard
Hiking2.30 Miles 220 AEG
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49 male
 Joined Jul 23 2012
 phoenix, az
Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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beterarcher
Hiking1.10 Miles 220 AEG
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I finally got out a bit today. It was nice and cool and a little bit windy so Mom and I headed up to Sears Kay Ruins at about 9:00 am and was totally surprised to see that no one else was there. I have been to Seven Springs a million times but never stopped at the ruins. The outhouse was in pretty bad shape and there was trash everywhere at the trailhead. At first I thought that animals had gotten in to the cans but there were water bottles strewn about so, unless the critters have learned there's water in them there plastic thingys, I'm going to blame it on the stupid humans. I headed up the trail and was surprised that there were quite a few flowers still. Brittle Bush, Fairy Duster, Thistle and several others. As we came up to the first evidence of walls, I looked down and saw an Iron Cross Blister Beetle. I looked around and they were everywhere. They are pretty challenging to snap shots of with my cheap phone camera but I managed to get a couple good ones. A little farther up the trail there was a Harvester Ant nest and Mom managed to pick one up on her foot that bit her! I tried out the Goji berries (Wolf berries) and they were pretty tart, so I left them for the Mockingbird that accompanied us on our hike. We saw a few small piles of pottery shards that somebody put next to the trail so I spread them out again. I'm sure I missed a few piles too. All in all, the ruins are pretty clean. I did see a couple of pieces of glass near the largest of the ruins. We decided to take the Eastern trail back to the truck. There is quite a bit of decomposed Granite on the steep parts that Mom slipped a little on but not a really big deal (she should have worn more aggressive shoes). On the way down we stopped for pics of the nice Granite formations. When we were just about back to the trailhead and a Desert Cottontail ran across the trail just about under our feet. I guess he thought he had the place all to himself too. We sat at the picknick tables for a bit and saw a Yellow Warbler and heard the beautiful song. It was about 11:00 by then and we were getting hungry so we decided to hit Dairy Queen on the way home for a cheeseburger and a Orange Julius. While we were eating outside we saw a GIANT piece of Quartz crystal at a new shop across the street and decided to investigate. When we got there we discovered the coolest Minerals and art. We spent about 30 minutes looking and then headed home. Excellent day! No Pics to follow,my SD card in my phone went on the fritz :( .
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Brittle bush, Fairy duster, Thistle, lots of small blue flowers, small white flowers etc.
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Apr 28 2013
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Nightstalker
Hiking1.10 Miles 220 AEG
Hiking1.10 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   0.63 mph
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Went up with the wife for the first time. Been past this place, I don't know how many times, it's about time that I checked it out. Well marked trails and displays. Wildflowers in bloom. We didn't find any petroglyphs, if there even are any at this location. Nice Sunday diversion.
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Feb 20 2013
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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burntlizard
Hiking1.65 Miles 220 AEG
Hiking1.65 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   2.83 mph
220 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
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With the promise of low elevation snow and my dispatcher saying "stay home" :) I decided it would be worth while to head up towards Cave Creek and see if anything white is falling. I left the house around 0730, listening to the RUSH album Power Windows, I hit the Carefree Hwy. Once in Cave Creek the temperature held steady at 39 :( which did not bode well for snow. I headed up towards Seven Springs road and the rain was mixed with Graupel(small ice pellets), then I entered the Sears Kay Ruin area and parked.

After an hour, I headed back toward CC for coffee, I went to Janeys Coffee House, mmm! With some fresh joe in my hand, I then looked North and noticed some convective looking showers and heavier bands of precipitation, that was my Que to go back :y: . Glad I did. Once I got to the Bartlett turn off, snow covered the road :y: , in fact, I was second guessing my decision, but I pressed on. Sears Kay was blanketed in fresh snow and it was coming down in a flurry, perfect weather for a hike.....no really! I love this stuff. I ended up hiking up to the ruins and East of the parking area too. I ended up spending a few hours up in the winter wonderland.
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Sep 09 2012
burntlizard
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48 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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burntlizard
Hiking1.10 Miles 220 AEG
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My co-worker is from Europe, so I thought he might enjoy some Southwest Culture. We headed up here after doing the Camp Creek falls hike. Believe it or not.....I saw my first rattlesnake today(while hiking,not ever) :o I was walking among the ruin site and heard his rattle, stopped and backed up, lucky for me! He was in a bush, no more than 3 feet from me, thanks dude ;) , he was a Black tailed rattlesnake.
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Feb 16 2012
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Sears-Kay RuinPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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outdoor_lover
Hiking1.10 Miles 220 AEG
Hiking1.10 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.47 mph
220 ft AEG      45 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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After doing Spur Cross, I drove down the road and hit the Ruin Site. It had been threatening to rain for almost half the day, but never did. The Ruins were very cool and covered a pretty good size area. Must have been quite the compound in it's day.... The Hike was easy and once again, I brought the camera, soooo.....

Couldn't decide whether to post all of the Informational Signs and decided that maybe some people would actually like to read them, so I did. There's alot of them though. :sweat:
It's going to take me longer to post them all than the whole trip took. :lol:

After hitting Sears Kay, I was thinking that the Sunset might be worth sticking around for, but wanted to leave that particular area because of the huge power lines. So I drove down Bartlett Road for about a half a mile and parked in an ATV Recreation Area and climbed a small hill. Couldn't get the actual Sun from there, but the light was hitting the landscape pretty well. I did get a few pics of the actual Sunset, but ended up having to move again due to those same power lines. The last three were taken at the intersection of Bartlett Road and Cave Creek. :)
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