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Apr 03 2021
trekkin_gecko
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 Guides 9
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63 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 03 2021
trekkin_gecko
Backpack29.60 Miles 5,125 AEG
Backpack29.60 Miles2 Days         
5,125 ft AEG
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1st trip
john and i wanted to get this one done before it got too warm
@juanjaimeiii generously shuttled us to rogers trough saturday morning - thank you!
he also hiked in three miles with us before turning back
got going around 0745 with temps already warm enough for t-shirts
down rogers canyon, up reavis ranch trail
took a quick break at the saddle, then down to the ranch
quite a bit of burn in this area, but better once near reavis ranch
stopped where reavis creek crossed reavis gap trail, then up the first big hill
filtered water at pine creek, where we talked to two thru-hikers and their two section buddy
we would cross paths with them a few more times
originally planned to camp at high point, so we loaded up with water
two bar has some wonderful views, but also two big uphills
we passed the thru-hikers, as the buddy was struggling with the temps
the last climb was a challenge for me; think i just needed some fuel - felt fine after a lara bar
lower on water than we wanted, too early to stop, windy conditions and just one exposed campsite had us reconsider the original plan
we decided to press on to cottonwood spring, and rolled in right at dusk
filtered water, found a decent campsite, set up and ate dinner in the dark
the thru-hikers camped nearby, arriving about an hour after we did
overnight temps were warm
up around six, we took our time since janie wasn't going to pick us up until 1400
got going around 0800 after a third cup of john's coffee and set out down cottonwood trail
flowing water, very lush corridor with saguaros on the hillsides above, pretty area
lots of good water sources, both in the creek and in several stock tanks
road walk for awhile, then on the thompson trail
some ups and down while going around several drainages, finally finishing at the bridge
we were able to get janie a text to pick us up earlier, and had time for a dip in roosevelt lake before she arrived
big first day and an easier second, which is how we often do these passages
solid hike with several new trails for me, once on two bar ridge
nice variety of terrain
new tent and quilt on this trip
pack weight was 14-18 pounds, depending on how much water
brought the right amount of clothes and food
need a couple little gear tweaks and better organization
always good to hike these passages with john
thank you for arranging the shuttles

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Reavis Creek at Fireline #118 Light flow Light flow

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

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Top Tank 76-100% full 76-100% full
several stock tanks had good water
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Apr 03 2021
johnlp
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64 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 03 2021
johnlp
Backpack29.60 Miles 5,125 AEG
Backpack29.60 Miles2 Days         
5,125 ft AEG
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1st trip
Been thinking about this segment for quite a few years. Logistical nightmare. Came up with the idea of getting a shuttle ride at both ends. JJ and Janie volunteered to drive us to Rogers Trough and pick us up at Roosevelt Lake. Thanks to both of you!
JJ hiked with us for a few miles from Rogers Trough TH then had to return home to take care of some business.
This is a long tough segment, but rewarding in the end. We pushed hard the first day and made it to Cottonwood Spring just as it was getting dark. We found a pretty decent campsite, then set up camp and ate in the dark. Beautiful breezy evening.
Took our time breaking camp in the morning as we had plenty of time to only hike about 8 miles. The Cottonwood Creek area is really pretty with water access in numerous places. The cottonwoods and sycamores have new bright green leaves.
The final stretch has more AEG than anticipated and temps were rising. We pushed through and finished off the hike by working our way down to the lake for a refreshing dip.
Great trip. Thanks Kelly! :)
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Apr 12 2019
toddak
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56 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Reavis Canyon - AZT #18Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Apr 12 2019
toddak
Backpack46.00 Miles 9,000 AEG
Backpack46.00 Miles2 Days         
9,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
NOBO from the railroad tracks just north of US 60 to exit at Roosevelt Lake. Many thanks to sandyfortner for the shuttle.

Primo Spring conditions after the wet winter. Greenery, wildflowers, and from Whitford Canyon to Pine Creek I was never more than a few miles from clear running creeks. Cottonwood had light flow along much of its middle section too.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial

dry Walnut Spring Dry Dry
Less than a foot of fairly clear water, no visible inflow
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Mar 10 2017
The_N
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35 male
 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 10 2017
The_N
Backpack32.00 Miles 6,500 AEG
Backpack32.00 Miles1 Day         
6,500 ft AEG22 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Started from the Reavis North TH with Dallin and Alex just before sunset. We hiked in to Reavis Ranch entirely by moonlight, no headlamps, which was a treat. Set up camp and enjoyed a chilly night at the Ranch. Jumped on the AZT in the morning. Reavis Gap is a nice trail. Love seeing pines in the Supes. Pine Creek was flowing well. We stopped here for a snack. Shortly after jumping on Two Bar Ridge, we ran into @ALMAL heading down for a solo night under the stars. Two Bar Ridge Trail offers great views and a couple of nice climbs. It warmed up during this sun exposed stretch. It was nice to be heading down into some shade upon reaching Cottonwood Trail. Started off kind of blah. An extensive network of cairns guides you through a dry creek bed and cattle country. Eventually things got green and shaded. I always enjoy Saguaros next to cottonwoods. Much more scenic than I anticipated. Wildflowers really came to life along here, as well. The road walk was even nice. Entire hillsides lit up with poppies. We cruised on down to Vineyard TH where my weekend ended and the fellas will continue on from. Great trip.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
A little of everything. Poppies steal the show.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Cottonwood Creek Light flow Light flow
Some small pools to filter from.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Pine Creek at Reavis Gap #117 Medium flow Medium flow
Good water here.

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

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Mar 12 2016
friendofThundergod
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 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.
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Four Peaks Oak Spring Pigeon Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
About normal to not so great, to really good in spots. Most action in the first few sections though.

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Spring box full.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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A pool in area marked spring, not overly reliable though from my experience..

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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.

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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

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dry Windsor Spring Dry Dry
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Apr 02 2015
CannondaleKid
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71 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
AZT #19 - FR 1080 Combo, AZ 
AZT #19 - FR 1080 Combo, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2015
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Hiking11.30 Miles 2,979 AEG
Hiking11.30 Miles   5 Hrs   36 Mns   2.11 mph
2,979 ft AEG      15 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Although the Jeep has been repaired (radiator split at 188/288 junction ](*,) on the return from our weekend in the Sierra Ancha), Tracey wanted to hike somewhere that we could drive to with her Honda Fit. :whistle:

So, thinking how nice the Three Bar Road was last time out this way the plan was to start our hike from Mills TH on AZT#20 and do an out-and-back to Black Bear Saddle. So much for plans... as we get to the turn for Three Bar Road, we realized it did NOT go to Mills TH, that would be Forest Road 429 instead, which the Fit would not like!
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Ok, having loaded HAZ Tracks only with the route we planned on, what do we do? With the warmer weather Tracey wanted something at a higher elevation. Not much around here the Fit would take us... so we though, ok, let's tray AZT#19 heading south. No nice HAZ Tracks map to go by (not that we expected to need one) so I made sure to bring the GPS along. Good thing I did.
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The number of ups & downs along the first part of the trail did not make a good impression... we simply wanted higher elevation sooner for hopefully a little cooler temps. So enough of this! We cut across a ridge and connected with Forest Road 1080 and headed up toward Deer Hill. Having driven past Deer Hill on my Pinyon Mountain hike last year from Apache Trail on FR49 (a VERY nasty road) I figured we might as well check the condition of FR1080 (which connects to FR49) and see how it compares. Lots of rocks on the climbs, but nowhere near the exposure of several parts like FR49 was.

As we continued on FR1080 we came upon a Case excavator equipped with a boring drill which had tipped over onto the back of a truck. There were two men removing hydraulic hoses from the excavator arm, in preparation to remove the arm before attempting to right the machine. We found out they had bored three holes and had installed new poles. Afterward they drove the excavator back down the steep slope safely, only for it to tip over when part of the road gave way. Quite unexpected, of course.
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After a quick chat and a few photos we continued our climb on FR1080 up to the intersection with FR49, on to FR341 where we turned east. At the saddle looking at Deer Hill we had our lunch... under the scrutiny of a herd of cattle. I may have stared down a few of them, but others NEVER turned away the whole time.

Lunch over with, we continued down FR341 to Cottonwood Creek where it merged with AZT#19, followed the two for three miles until connecting back with FR1080 then turning of where AZT#19 split from FR341. Again, enough with the excess amount of WAY down then WAY up etc., so at the Cemetery Trail we bailed out to check out the cemetery. From there we cut straight over to AZ 188 and followed along the shoulder the mile-or-so back to whee we parked, east of the bridge, not west at the AZT#20 TH.

Pretty warm day, lots of AEG and more than enough miles as Tracey has been run pretty ragged lately. Shhhh... she's recovering from removal of a cancerous thyroid a few weeks ago.

Sorry, no videos this trip... but I have unfinished business in the area (un-bagged peaks) and this was a good recon so I will be back soon.
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Mar 21 2015
tibber
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2015
tibber
Hiking3.55 Miles 405 AEG
Hiking3.55 Miles   2 Hrs   16 Mns   1.57 mph
405 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Bridge to FR 341...so to finish our day of hiking, Shawn came up with the idea of hiking to FR 341 to cut into some miles of the AZT Passage 19. Smart thinkin' there. We finished off the very scenic southern portion (Vineyard Trail) of AZT Passage 20 and were now at the bridge. I was excited about walking across the bridge so pretty much filmed the entire walk. From there you go past the turn on the Apache Trail 88 and you soon see one of those nice Arizona Trail signs just off to the right.

It was starting to warm up a bit and of course, we had to tackle this hill up to a saddle. Fortunately and true to form, there were some nice switchbacks involved. From the saddle you are afforded some nice views of Roosevelt Lake and the bridge and mountains. We continued on our way and Shawn was doing his usual trail work when he went to kick off a rock only to quickly realize it was a gila monster :o ; not a very big one but just the same, we're glad he didn't give it a whack with that big old boot. Tracy and Ambika got some good pictures but mine were a big fail. However, it was cool to see a gila just like everyone else it seems lately.

Shortly after getting down into a valley Shawn finally got to use his saw so while he was doing that, we decided this was as good a place for a break as anywhere. Shawn completed the job of getting a tree off the trail. We then came upon a full trough that is unfortunately broken; missing pin. The water was very clear though not very cold. Now it was time to go up and around and via a mountainside where we finally came within view of the Manufactured Home Park, we'd had a passing glimpse earlier. So we started the seemingly endless up hike :sweat: toward Tonto Jr. And it was a bit rocky here at times as well.

We encountered two thru hikers, they look beat, who wanted to know where they could get a hamburger as they thot the marina would be not too far from here. We weren't sure if the Marina had a restaurant. (After reviewing, it looks like the Marina does have a restaurant/store just to the other side of the highway below the manufactured home park.) I offered to take them if they wanted to hike back up to the vehicle with us but they continued on their way. I hope they were able to find what they were looking for which included a place to put their tent for the nite.

Finally we got sight of Tonto Jr and knew the beer and chips were moments away. We shuttled over to pick up Shawn's truck and then stopped for dinner at Big Daddy's. There seemed to be a shortage of help but eventually we got our pizza and were good to go for our drive back to the Valley. And if we ever get to the two-day BP of AZT #19, at least it is more manageable now in two days.

Yes, of course I have video and yes I know, the FR title is wrong on the video, sorry about that:
includes the walk across the bridge - [ youtube video ] ...
the last couple miles - [ youtube video ] ...
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Mar 07 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Backpack avatar Mar 07 2015
BiFrost
Backpack31.15 Miles 5,134 AEG
Backpack31.15 Miles2 Days         
5,134 ft AEG
 
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Finally managed to get this section completed after some planning. The Rogers Trough drive makes shuttle options tough but Lee volunteered to help us with the drive. We originally tried to get a drop off but in the end Lee did an out and back so we could continue on northbound to the Roosevelt Dam bridge. After the drive started hiking about 830 and headed for Reavis Ranch area. Ran into a few group in Reavis Valley as expected. Decent water along the way almost from the top below the saddle with really good water in the usual spots. Stopped for lunch near the junction of Reavis Ranch #109 and Reavis Gap #117 before heading up out of Reavis Valley towards Boulder Pass. Was surprised by Boulder Pass...very nice area and definitely have to check out this area again. Eventually we made it down to Pine Creek crossing which had decent water flowing. From there we went up to the next water source Walnut Spring were we stopped and filtered some water. There was some debate amongst us as to whether we would find water in the next drainage. We decided to take that chance and headed over to find camp and hopefully water. Fortunately there were a few pools to filter from and we had all we needed for the night. Found a nice campsite just above the drainage and after a brief surprise rain shower we settled in for the night.

Next morning Lee packed up with Cup and Blanco to head back out the same way...thanks Lee! We headed opposite way northbound towards the bridge. Initial climb from camp was steep about 950 AEG until it tops out on Two Bar Ridge. The trail follows the ridgeline for several miles topping out around Pinyon Mountain. We took early lunch break here and enjoyed the first views of Roosevelt Lake. From here the trail drops down a ridge eventually into Cottonwood Canyon. There was no water on Two Bar Ridge or anywhere along the way about 8 miles until a few miles down Cottonwood Canyon were we hit the spring and plenty of pools. Took another break and loaded up on water for the last 8 miles. Very lush in this section with water intermittently for about 2 miles along the Cottonwood Creek. Eventually the trail leaves the creek and hits a road that we followed for another 2 or 3 miles before going back to single track. One thing about the last 3 miles...we thought all the AEG was pretty much done. However, there are several climbs mixed in and was surprised to see we tacked on almost another 1200 AEG in the last part before the bridge crossing. :sweat: Despite that we made the vehicle before sunset and another AZT checked off...cool to see a new part of the Supes and couldn't have made it happen without Lee's help!
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slowandsteady
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47 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Backpack31.15 Miles 5,134 AEG
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Shawn had recommended not doing #19 as a day hike, and I’m glad we took that suggestion. This was a tough one in two days for me.
Friday night was just under four hours in the car, to put a vehicle at Roosevelt Bridge. Saturday morning, Lee was prompt in picking us up to be on the road by 6am to be hiking by 8:30. I had some minor technical difficulties with my camera’s SD card, but Lee needed to lighten his pack load, so he loaned me his SD card.
Just before the big climb to Reavis Saddle, there is a cairn that marks the trail over to Reavis’ grave. We took the couple of minutes to check it out. Then on to the climb to the saddle. We passed a couple heading out of the Ranch. The lady had nothing on her back and the guy had this giant super sized backpack. It gave me a few ideas, but Karl claims he didn’t see them. We took a nice lunch break near the orchard and I almost saw my first coati mundi but Cupcake and Blanco were too quick to clear the area.
Then we hopped on the Reavis Gap Trail to make our way up and then down Boulder Pass. Luckily we splurged for the tour guide on this trip and we saw ruins and pottery and had geography and landmarks pointed out. Poor Blanco couldn’t quite figure out why I was so far behind. He’d wait and then have to catch up to his Dad and then wait again. Slowandsteady was just not cutting it for him!
It is a pretty steep drop into the drainage after Walnut Spring. So at the same time you want to watch your feet and look around at the area. I was in tourist mode and slowed the group down quite a bit. Turning onto Two Bar Ridge Trail we arrived at a drainage where we met three guys who had started at Picketpost a couple days earlier. They headed on up the 900 foot climb out of the drainage, and we hunted for our camping spot. We back tracked a bit for a good spot.
A brief rain shower and then we enjoyed a campfire. The stars were out but the moon took too long and we all went to bed. We were up and at them early, and Lee and the pups were off by 6:30. Karl and I ended up relighting the campfire and then sat and leisurely drank coffee and didn’t head out until almost 8. While we lounged we could see the white pups making their way up their side of the drainage.
The AZT was a mile off on their data sheet after this point. We needed to come to a gate at 14 miles into the section and then the Tulle Canyon Trail junction at 14.5 miles. But the gate was at 15 miles and the TJ was at 15.5. It was like this for the rest of the hike. The views were amazing as we made our way to the Wilderness Boundary. Then we had a few miles of dirt road hiking until the Cottonwood Trail.
Arriving at Cottonwood Spring, we ran into the three guys from the day before. They had decided to finish on Sunday instead of taking another night. Beer and steak were calling their name. We played tag with them the rest of the hike. We stopped to take photos of a crested saguaro, but they were unimpressed and kept on. At the Cemetery Trail TJ they headed down to the marina and their ride. The sign told us, 1.5 miles to the highway. HMMM that math didn’t sound right. As Karl said “that’s optimistic”. So, It was 2.5 miles of in and out and up and down, with the highway and the lake RIGHT THERE. Ugh, never ending.
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Al_HikesAZ
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Thompson Trail #121Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2013
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Hiking2.40 Miles 1,033 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   1.37 mph
1,033 ft AEG
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Unique weekend with the Temple Chai Mens' Club for Lag B'Omer and a מְדוּרָה at Windy Hill Campground. They wanted a hike so I chose this one from Superstition Wilderness Trails East by Carlson & Stewart page 102, We went first to the Roosevelt Lake Cemetery. Then up to Thompson Trail 121. The trail has some nice up and down - mostly up - with scree. At a pass about 1/2 way into the hike you can see the bridge. One hiker turned back to go to the Visitor Center and meet us later. From the pass you have a steep downhill. Great views. You hit a small clearing with a stock tank. Then a small uphill for great views of the Bridge. Then downhill to the metal gate. Two of our remaining 6 hikers seemed to be struggling, so instead of going back by the trail we crossed the road on AZ 88 and hiked the road back to the Visitor Center. Not much traffic today. I would have preferred going back on the trail but discretion is the better part of valor. Got everyone home safe & sound and not much worse for wear. My ego suffered a little bruise - I was looking back and checking on visuals on everyone when I was gravitationally challenged.

Lots of cacti flowering and lots of wildflowers today so my rating will probably be higher than most.
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Theodore Roosevelt Lake
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Apr 27 2013
Al_HikesAZ
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Windy Hill CampgroundGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Al_HikesAZ
Car Camping1.00 Miles 200 AEG
Car Camping1.00 Miles      15 Mns   4.00 mph
200 ft AEG
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From Campsite 20 I followed the trail to a nice bench facing east where you can watch the sunrise if you wake up it odark30 (I was a little late). Then down some "stairs". I walked out through reeds to the lake. Saw some areas in the reeds where mule deer must have bedded down. Either mule deer or some really large redneck beer drinkers. Touched the Roosevelt Lake Water and headed back up to wake my fellow campers #slackers
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Nov 08 2012
JuanJaimeiii
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54 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking29.60 Miles 7,445 AEG
Hiking29.60 Miles   9 Hrs   43 Mns   3.12 mph
7,445 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
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AZT 19 N2S

Started out this morning at a little after 7 at the Roosevelt Bridge. Pam was my shuttle driver so she dropped me off and took the Cherokee to go have her own fun. The morning was perfect. Going this direction the trail wastes no time climbing up and away from the lake. As you climb the views are breathtaking. In fact this passage has really great views most of the way. It is a top 5 passage in my book.

I made it the first 19 miles without touching my water. Shortly thereafter came Reavis Ranch and it was time for some apples. All the low hanging fruit is long gone but I learned to climb trees many moons ago. I ate 4 apples in all and went on my way. Saw a couple guys camping at Reavis. I think they were getting ready for Hippy Haley's Happy Hike party this weekend! :D

Once I hit Reavis Pass I saw a couple more guys. One was wearing a kilt and had a pack goat. Winston was the goats name and he was kind enough to pose for me while I took his picture. Right about that time the skies were turning dark (4ish) and soon enough I was getting poured on as I headed down the hill. Thankfully this only lasted about 15 minutes and then the rain subsided. As I hit the junction to head up to Rogers I looked up at White Mountain which is where Pam went to play. That looks like a pretty good effort I would say!

Back at the trailhead I found Pam waiting with an ice cold diet pepsi for me! Thanks Pam for the soda and the assist!

Awesome day hiking in the Supes!
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 Tempe, AZ
Cottonwood Trail #120Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2012
chumley
Hiking6.96 Miles 1,101 AEG
Hiking6.96 Miles   3 Hrs      2.32 mph
1,101 ft AEG
 
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Joel wanted to head to Roosevelt Lake to try and take advantage of the stormy day and get some good photos, and I decided to tag along because there are few days that I can enjoy weather as cool as we had on Wednesday (High of 82 in July!?)

I quickly looked at HAZ to see what there was along the lake and figured that an out-and-back on the Thompson Trail would suffice. An easy 5- or 6-mile trip should keep me occupied for a couple of hours.

Preston's GPS track looked straightforward, and easy to follow, so I didn't print a map or anything. I brought my GPS, and my phone had reception most of the time, but I didn't really look at it until I realized I had done something wrong!

Driving by on the highway I had seen a clearly marked sign for the Frazier Trailhead right next to an electrical substation. I just pulled into the lot and got packed up. Glanced at the map quickly and headed out. It wasn't until I reached the junction with the AZT/FR341 at Cottonwood Creek that I realized that I had not started the same place that Preston had started. Oh well, I just kept going. The weather was perfect, cloudy, cool, a nice breeze.... only the overwhelming scent of fresh cowpies detracted me.

Eventually, I began to get impatient because I was planning on a 2.5 mile hike, and I hadn't looked at my GPS but it sure felt like I had been hiking a lot longer than 2.5 miles! The trail meanders up and down parallel canyons, and it just seemed like this was the most indirect, inefficient route to get to the bridge. Finally it came into view, it was beginning to get dark and I pre-decided that my return trip would be on the highway--a much more direct route.

Just before getting to the bridge, I was startled by the familiar sound of a western diamondback rattlesnake. He was definitely on guard because he was right next to the trail, but at least 15 feet ahead of me. He was coiled and ready in strike mode. I got as close as I dared and snapped a couple of photos before backing down the trail to give him a chance to move. He didn't. I threw some small rocks down the trail, but he was staying put. I looked around and noticed the trail switchbacked up ahead, so I decided to just cut the switchback. He slowed his rattle, but didn't stop until I was 30 feet away!

Getting to the highway just short of the 5-mile mark, I cruised the 2+ miles back to the trailhead, and headed down to the lake in time for nature's fireworks show in the sky.

Nothing too exciting about the trail(s). I certainly wouldn't make it a destination, but if you're ever out at the lake for another reason, it's a perfectly interesting way to spend a couple of hours.
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Apr 07 2012
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 Joined Jun 20 2003
 Tucson, AZ
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2012
fricknaley
Hiking29.60 Miles 5,859 AEG
Hiking29.60 Miles   11 Hrs   5 Mns   2.86 mph
5,859 ft AEG      45 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
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i wondered if i would ever get this segment done, the difficulty coupled with the logistical nightmare. i threw out a pm to some HAZers i though may be interested and when the smoke cleared one crazy man (john...aka JJiii) was in with me and Wally had GRACIOUSLY volunteered to pick us up and take us back to the southern TH.

i met john early at queen valley and 60. we dumped my car and took off to roger's trough. i made it about 5-6 miles before becoming so car sick/dizzy i couldn't stand it. another mile or two and that was it. i was driving. i think john felt bad about his driving until i had to pull over 2 more times...yes my OWN driving was even making me sick. :y:

after that little debacle we started hiking at about 6:15 and all was soon forgotten as the total awesomeness of the hike set in. all new territory for me, i was enthralled the whole way to reavis ranch by the green mountains and especially the pines! wow!! reavis ranch was even more awesome than i thought it would be.

the reavis gap trail was another total surprise and by now john and i were in la-la land, oohing and ahhing at everything we saw. we were also making good time and feeling great. the two bar ridge trail was next, and in a lot of ways the highlight of the hike for me. magnificent views, tough climbing, flowers...just incredible the whole way. we took our only short break at the trail head for two bar, at the little cement trough, before continuing down the road to cottonwood. this trail was way different from everything before it, and we freaked out as we entered the creek with all the greenery and wild strawberries. we hit the road and all it's blooming hedgehogs next. back to making good time i soon got a text from wally and knew he was there. we cruised it down to the thompson trail. the ups and downs on this last part kicked me in the butt a little but overall i still felt pretty darn good coming down the stretch. the final walk over the bridge was a fitting end to and epic day. true to his word, good old Frack was waiting at the vineyard TH. we chowed at Chalos in Miami.

Along the way john and i managed to make good friends with 6 of the most well behaved horses in the world, saw the hugest gila monster of all time, fell in creeks and walked into countless cacti :y:

thanks again for joining me john. certainly look forward to more. super dooper thanks again Wally for the ride. It will NOT be forgotten :)
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JuanJaimeiii
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 Chandler, AZ
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2012
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking29.60 Miles 5,859 AEG
Hiking29.60 Miles   11 Hrs   5 Mns   2.71 mph
5,859 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Hiked this one with Nick. What an amazing hike it was! The views were outstanding, and the weather was perfect! This was a day of many firsts for me:

* First time to meet and hike with Nick/Fricknaley (Cool Cat and great hiking partner)

* First time on Reavis Gap Trail, Tule Trail, Two Bar Trail and Thompson Trail. (really liked the Two Bar and Reavis Gap)

* First Gila Monster I have ever seen in person (Whoops didn't know I wasn't supposed to pet him)

* First true section of the AZT I have completed in full. (It is official, I have now begun my journey to complete the AZT from South to North).

As for the Hike, the trail was in great shape all the way and was well signed. We had a good time and it was cool to see things from a different vantage such as Castle Dome, and all the Lakes. When we completed our Journey Wally was SUPER KIND and picked us up at Roosevelt lake. He shuttled us back to our starting point and we were mighty greatful to him.

I have a few more to finish up in the "100 Classic Hikes in Arizona" book but am very excited to get rolling on the Arizona Trail! Nick great hiking with you and Wally you are the man! Thanks so much Gents!
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2011
The_Eagle
Hiking30.01 Miles 6,050 AEG
Hiking30.01 Miles   14 Hrs   27 Mns   2.08 mph
6,050 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Conversation with Co-workers before the Hike.
"So where are you going this week?" I'm hiking from the top of the Superstitions, down to Roosevelt Lake. Well, at least you are going downhill this time! (How do you explain to non-hikers that you'll have to climb 6,000', to go down 3,000'?). So what time are you leaving? I'm leaving the house at 10:30 to start hiking around 2:30 and going about 30 miles. 30 miles! Won't you be finishing in the dark. No, you don't understand, I'm leaving at 10:30pm and finishing when it's light out. Holly crap, and you call this fun!" Me ==> :D

This was one that's been on the radar for awhile, just trying to figure out the logistics was a nightmare. Luckily, Denny has some really nice family members. Denny dropped off his car at the northern vineyard TH the day before. So that part was set. Denny then sweet talked his brother in law into meeting us at 1:15am and taking us to the Rogers TH. Man..... did this set up save us about 4-5 hrs in setting up the shuttle. I'll be eternally grateful for the ride to Rogers. THANKS Paul!!!!

So now it's 2:30 in the morning, we have 30 miles ahead of us, the weatherman is calling for heavy rain, turning to snow, hopefully not starting until after 5pm, and I flashback to my co-workers comments, questioning my sanity. We start.

The first four hours were in the dark. I'd done the Reavis 109 S to Reavis ranch before, so I was not too upset at missing the views. We took a brief stop at the ranch so I could change the batteries on my headlamp. Crap... I guess I'm hiking with a dim headlamp until daybreak. On our way to to pump water from the creek, Joe noticed a couple of campers. Denny focused his headlamp on the campers, which turned out to be a couple of Whitetail! As we were leaving the creek from pumping water, we saw a headlamp about 150yds behind us. What idiot is going to be in the Superstition Wilderness at 5am (besides us of course). We never found out who it was.

Daylight broke to a sweet sunrise with broken clouds. Maybe we'll get lucky today and miss the rain. The views from all over today were incredible! The temps for the most part were perfect for the day. The winds blew pretty hard at times, which if you were sitting, got a bit chilly... but no big whoop.

The Cottonwood Creek Trail area is one I'd like to go back and check on again. A nice mix of Streams, small waterfalls, nice rock formations, Cottonwoods (duh), Saguaros (really?), Wild Strawberry plants, vines. All in the middle of the desert!

There were times I thought the climbs on day would never end. The best view on the day for me, was when the Bridge by the Roosevelt Dam appeared over one of the last ridges. Yea!

This was probably the toughest of the 19 passages completed so far once you add in the time of day, lack of sleep, miles, and elevation. I'm glad it's done, and real glad we've finally completed it.

The day was finished with a most excellent meal at Chalo's in Globe!

Thanks to Dave, Denny, and Joe for another Great day on the AZT!

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19 Passages
360 miles
65,000 AEG Completed
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The creek bed has plenty of clear running water around this spring area.

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Where the trail crossed the Flow from the Spring, the water was clear and running

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51 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2011
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Hiking29.50 Miles 5,125 AEG
Hiking29.50 Miles   14 Hrs   27 Mns   2.04 mph
5,125 ft AEG
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2:30am 4832ft (0mi) With zero sleep and nearly a week hiatus from a fever/cold the adventure began. Paul shuttled us to Roger's Trough and we were off like a herd of a turtles.

3:11am 4366ft (1.55mi) We dropped 466ft to the right turn and continuation of #109 out of Rogers Canyon.

3:58am 5324ft (3.52mi) Topped out on Reavis Saddle gaining 958 ft

5:37am 4801ft (7.53mi) Pumped water at Reavis Creek on the Reavis Gap Trail. As we were finishing up we saw a headlamp coming through the field.

6:22am 5282ft (8.59mi) Gained the 481ft to the saddle and continued

7:07am 4634ft (10.0mi) Crossed Pine Creek, light flow

7:30am 4755ft (10.87mi) On to the Two Bar Ridge Trail 119

7:44am 4558ft (11.4mi) Walnut Spring, dry

8:41am 3974ft (12.81mi) Down in the ravine behind Two Bar Mountain

9:17am 4848ft (13.8mi) Attained Two Bar Ridge (actual ridge)

10:14am 4808ft (15.7mi) Took a 45min lunch break just west of 5,004. Incredible views all around, excellent weather.

11:31am 4319ft (16.86mi) Last low point before final climb

Noon 4948ft (17.75mi) On the southern flank of Pinyon Mountain before the big drop

1:00pm 3763ft (20.28mi) Basically passed out from lack of sleep, took 18min nap before "discovering" Cottonwood Creek

2:45pm 2792ft (23.48mi) Emerged from Willy Wonka's Cottonwood Creek. Even though I was sick in about three different ways this was an enjoyable low-key canyon.

3:24pm 2326ft (25.32mi) Pumped a much needed quart at the lowest Cottonwood Creek crossing, ten minutes w/very short nap

5:03pm 2353ft (29.46mi) Finished AZT #19. We have now have hiked from the Gila River to Shultz Pass.

Bruce treated at Chalo's in Globe, most excellent. Plenty of water pumping options throughout this hike. Only saw two tiny wildflowers. One more interesting than the other had a single yellow lower tiny calypso/betony type petal with a heavier yellow center.
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 Mesa, AZ
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2011
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking30.01 Miles 6,050 AEG
Hiking30.01 Miles   14 Hrs   27 Mns   2.08 mph
6,050 ft AEG
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1st trip
Another great hike and adventure on the Arizona Trail! The first stage is setting up the shuttle.Thanks!! to Grace for helping me drop a car off and Paul for taking us to our southern trailhead :worthy: .We started a little bit earlier than normal(2:30) with the goal of having a great time,being done by dark,and not getting rained on!Even though hiking the first several miles in the dark limited our views to the moon,mountain silhouettes,and the reaches of our headlamps it was still a really cool part of the hike.The trail was in pretty good shape and you could here and see water in quite a few places. We made good time to Reavis Ranch and took a little break there.We woke up a couple Whitetail deer in the meadow before the creek.They gave us that :o look. We stopped and pumped a little water and I got to try out my new Katadyn pump.Worked great.We climbed up the Reavis Gap Trail from there and it finally started getting light.The trail got a little mushy here but not to bad.We hit the Two Bar Ridge Trail next and it had some great views.We took a little break at Walnut Spring and later Joe picked out a great spot for lunch with some awesome views of Apache Lake.Cottonwood trail was a cool area with lots of trees little streams and wildberry vines.The Thompson trail brought us more ups and downs than we were expecting but we all managed to hold up alright.Some great views of Roosevelt Lake off and on and the tops of Four Peaks.We were a little tuckered out by now and the anticipation of seeing the blue bridge was mounting.It finally showed itself and we all had a little boost of energy. Seeing the dam was cool and crossing the bridge to finish seemed to give this paasage a little extra feeling of accomplishment.Thanks to Joe,Dave,and Bruce for another great hike on the AZT!!!! An extra thanks To Dave's wife for making us snacks and to Bruce for the great dinner at Chalo's in Globe.You guys all rock!!! :y: :D
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azdesertfather
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 Tucson, AZ
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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azdesertfather
Hiking30.01 Miles 6,050 AEG
Hiking30.01 Miles   14 Hrs   27 Mns   2.08 mph
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1st trip
It is so exciting to get this segment behind us. Not for the faint of heart! But such a beautiful, varied hike, with lots of surprises...from the beauty of the pines and junipers in the higher elevations of the Superstitions around Reavis Creek/Ranch to the cottonwoods, strawberries and rock formations around Cottonwood Creek. Amazing views from higher elevations as well...from one location we even had beautiful views of the McDowells, framed behind Apache Lake.

A while back when we started the AZT, coanbru and I came up with a formula to rate how difficult hikes were overall. Simply take 1/25 of the AEG on a hike, and add that to the total mileage, to get a number. Based on this formula, this is the 2nd hardest single segment of the Arizona Trail (difficulty 54)...the only one harder is the rim-to-rim at the Grand Canyon segment 38 (difficulty 56). Comparatively speaking, Camelback is an 8, Flatiron is a difficulty 17, Mt. Ord is a 32. So basically, this hike was like doing Camelback 7 times back to back in a day. :o

Not a lot of wildlife, just a couple of whitetails. Surprised to see 4-5 people today, including one guy at Reavis Creek around 5am, well before daylight. My first thought was, "What is this idiot doing out in the middle of the Supes at 5am?" Then just as I start to say that out loud, I realized ... :--: :whistle:

We had one really nice early lunch spot at a good elevation yet in a spot shielded from the heavy winds up there at the time. We also took a couple of long breaks (maybe 20 minutes). We stuck together most of the time, although every time I started to lead the group, I would get my mind focused on what was ahead of me, then look back and realize that they were nowhere to be found. After stopping to wait for them a few times, I finally made one of them get in front of me so I couldn't lose them again [-(

A HUGE debt of gratitude owed to Denny, his girlfriend & his brother-in-law on this hike. Denny and Grace drove out to Roosevelt Lake to leave his car the day before, and his brother-in-law gave up his night's sleep to pick us up at 1:15am and drive us all the way out to Roger's Trough trailhead. Then Denny drove us home. : app : Thanks also to Bruce, who bought us supper at Chalo's. It was delicious, although by the time I finished, tiredness set in and I almost fell asleep at the table. I did manage to make it to the car, and stayed awake about 5 minutes before I was :zzz: .
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Thompson Trail #121Globe, AZ
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Hiking2.90 Miles 1,033 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles   2 Hrs      1.45 mph
1,033 ft AEG
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