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Aug 10 2019
The_Eagle
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63 male
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 Far NE Phoenix,
Turkey Beaver Loop, AZ 
Turkey Beaver Loop, AZ
 
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The_Eagle
Hiking14.22 Miles 1,493 AEG
Hiking14.22 Miles   7 Hrs   7 Mns   2.18 mph
1,493 ft AEG      35 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Close call, Turtle vs. Deer on the Beeline to begin the day just north of Rye. A big buck in velvet.
No need for more coffee at this point.

We did this loop CW, starting in Turkey Creek. Easy walikin' for the most part, through the wet morning foliage.
The prevalent flora on the day were the large patches of Yellow Cone flower.

We jumped out and up on a ridge to check out an area we'd been to last year, then back down into Turkey Creek.

Once in Beaver Canyon, it was a "bit boldery" for a while. We would not hit the sidewalk like part for awhile.

Closer to Beaver Park, we hit a steady rain for about 20 min.

We decided to jump out, up a side canyon, directly back to the Car.

This hike is an 8-9 in the fall with lower temps/humidity and the colors. This time of year, a 6-7 with sweaty temps in the 70's
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Pools throughout

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Aug 10 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
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57 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Turkey Beaver Loop, AZ 
Turkey Beaver Loop, AZ
 
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking14.22 Miles 1,493 AEG
Hiking14.22 Miles   7 Hrs   7 Mns   2.18 mph
1,493 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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Another outing with the boys. 🥴 Had to jump on the brakes on the way up to miss a 🦌 So close! Bruce was a little grumpy but Joe and I did our best to cheer him up. Nice area. Lots of flowers, ferns, and greenery. We did get rained on after lunch but we were prepared. Nice hike, weather, and company. Thanks gents, you rock!
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Jul 21 2019
kelly14
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 Phoenix
Turkey Gentry Open Draw, AZ 
Turkey Gentry Open Draw, AZ
 
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kelly14
Hiking3.67 Miles 760 AEG
Hiking3.67 Miles   2 Hrs   37 Mns   1.69 mph
760 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
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Came up to the rim For a weekend hiking/camping trip. Was surprised at the amount of people camping on fr 40f and fr 91 but eventually we found a really nice spot away from the crowds. Saturday evening we did a short hike to the Gentry Spring area again. The few seeps in the meadow still had water, but downstream in Gentry Canyon was dry 😢. Monsoons are suppose to start firing up this week so that’s good. Anyway we retrieved a game camera from a side canyon close to Gentry Spring and it provided awesome entertainment next to the fire that evening. Had hundreds of pictures and videos of elk, baby elk, deer, coyotes, and even a sweet video of a mountain lion! Oh and a not so shabby video of a bear licking the camera! We are not hunters but cool to see what kind of wildlife roam in the areas we love to hike.

Next morning since we were camped just off Turkey Canyon we had to drop in there and check that out. Was last there about 4-5 years ago and it was my favorite canyon I’ve ever been too. Safe to say it still hasn’t changed. And this time I was able to show my wife and 2 dogs. The sweeping meadows and at times steep canyon walls are breathtaking. There was good water for a while but eventually started to dry out and tighten up and that’s when we climbed out. Found an elk shed and then dropped into open draw and explored that a little. Dry but beautiful. Looped back to camp and called it a day. Wildlife of the weekend consisted of turkeys (of course) and a lone coyote. Good times And good weather up on the beautiful Mogollon Rim.

Btw the route included is of our hike Sunday morning involving Turkey Canyon and open draw.
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Gentry Spring

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Seeps in meadow seem reliable

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I don’t think I saw flow but where we hiked had plenty of large pools and was nice cold clear water. Farther downstream started to dry up
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Jul 19 2019
MountainMatt
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 Arizona
Beaver Turkey Ridge Wildlife Quiet AreaPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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MountainMatt
Hiking4.12 Miles 289 AEG
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Quick little stop to an old favorite after hiking all day roughly 10 miles NW of this area.
Encountered a healthy young bull and two cow elk enjoying the water and bounty of food as we entered the park.
Antler growth is truly something spectacular this year due to the feed growth caused by that record snowmelt moisture, every bull I’ve seen from young to mature is sporting the healthiest possible rack and has the hunting community in a frenzy with the amount of giant bulls and bucks out this year.
Great little easy stroll finished in the dark to top off a great day up in some of my favorite country.
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Biggest and deepest pools I’ve ever seen in this area, bounty of water.
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Oct 27 2018
Tough_Boots
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 Phoenix, AZ
Beaver Turkey Ridge Wildlife Quiet AreaPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Tough_Boots
Hiking13.54 Miles 1,263 AEG
Hiking13.54 Miles   6 Hrs   13 Mns   2.29 mph
1,263 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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Great day with my girlfriend and the dog. We were hoping for some remaining fall color. The aspens are still popping with yellow but the rest is done. Lots of water-- Beaver Creek is flowing like early spring.
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Oct 25 2018
survivordude
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 The Basin
Mogollon Color Run, AZ 
Mogollon Color Run, AZ
 
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survivordude
Hiking9.80 Miles 769 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   4 Hrs   48 Mns   2.42 mph
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Came to see fall colors and maybe some bears.. fresh outta bears
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Oct 20 2018
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Fall Colors, AZ 
Fall Colors, AZ
 
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chumley
Hiking13.28 Miles 1,884 AEG
Hiking13.28 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   2.73 mph
1,884 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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I haven't had a chance to enjoy any autumn colors yet, and had to be home midafternoon, so made a point of spending a few hours in this area which seems to have a really diverse range of dates for color for different trees in different areas.

Rain threatened in the morning, but some spots of blue came through later on. The elk rifle hunt is open, and while we only spoke to one hunting group, there were at least 8 different stands that appeared to be recently used. Across from one was a canteen hanging from a tree with a liquid drip. Not my area of expertise, but I'm guessing it was elk urine? It had a pungent and unpleasant odor.

Spotted a bear cub and its mom, a big owl, a bunch of elk and what looked to be a large grey fox, but may have been a small coyote. As usual, a good visit here.
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Autumn Foliage Observation Substantial
Weird year. Seems way late. Some colors done and dropped. Others still green. Plenty at prime. I feel like some of the greens will skip turning colors and just drop. Who knows.
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Oct 12 2018
OdinWiski
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 Chandler, AZ
Turkey Beaver colors, AZ 
Turkey Beaver colors, AZ
 
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OdinWiski
Backpack12.11 Miles 2,456 AEG
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Weekend hunt for colors. We parked off of 92 and started our hike into the wildlife area Friday late morning. Weather was perfect at pleasant 47 degrees. We started hitting colors quickly and also saw a mama bear and her cub darting away, a cow elk running away, and a bull elk running across 30 yards in front of us. I think I need to learn to hike with phone in hand ready for pics. Bear signs were overwhelming in this area. We wandered our way south, east, then north toward Beaver Canyon, where we set up camp. Evening and night were quiet and peaceful by the babbling creek with a crescent moon and a ton of stars.

Saturday we had a lazy late morning start. Climbed back up from Beaver Canyon and continued making our way a bit north and then looping back west and south. It started sprinkling on us on and off around 11am, but nothing too unpleasant. Saw another elk, 3 mule deer, and a cub (but didn't see its mother). We didn't see another person the entire time for the two days. By the time we were driving out at 1pm, parts of the Rim Road were covered in heavy fog and light drizzles and visibility was no more than 20 yards. Probably lots of rain for the rest of Saturday, but we were enjoying Mexican at La Sierra before heading back to the valley.

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Oct 06 2018
MountainMatt
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 Arizona
Beaver Turkey Ridge Wildlife Quiet AreaPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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MountainMatt
Hiking16.58 Miles 2,247 AEG
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A nice little 7 mile loop in the good ol’ TB Wildlife quiet area which apparently got plenty of “noise” this Saturday.
Along with the route provided I did three other hikes into the area with different points of entry and interest which I included in the stats.

I always see plenty of bear scat during my hikes on the rim but after coming across a few piles that were literally warm I knew we were bound to see something and sure enough encountered a young curious black bear in one of the side canyons who hung out for a bit before lazily trotting out of the canyon.

Hiking temperatures were great, winds picked up heavy in the flats and ridges but the draws, ravines and canyons were nice and quiet.
For the first time ever in all my trips here I surprisingly ran into other people while hiking, a couple kind hunters on the search but other than that it was pure solitude as usual.

Spooked a couple cow elk and glassed up a couple small sheds but other than that I never saw any bucks or bulls besides the ones on the road earlier in the morning.

Autumn in Arizona is the best, after a pleasant day hiking Hurricane Rosa brought the goods overnight and we awoke to a Winter Wonderland on Sunday.
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Autumn - Color Foliage
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Plenty of color to be found but for the most part a little early.

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Healthy intermittent pools with light flow.

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Oct 06 2018
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Horton Spring - Turkey - Beaver - Babe Haught, AZ 
Horton Spring - Turkey - Beaver - Babe Haught, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 06 2018
joebartels
Hiking17.61 Miles 3,732 AEG
Hiking17.61 Miles   9 Hrs   34 Mns   1.96 mph
3,732 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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Autumn Bliss
Most hiking holds my interest to some degree. Autumn foliage is my favorite. Check the alarm twice. Actually prepare for a change... yeah right.

From the Hatchery TH, East 4 mile on Highline Trail #31
This is a good forest stretch of better than average tread. A mile or so was grass no higher than knee level. I was granted the honors of leading through the dew laden blades of joy, breaking spiderwebs on occasion.

Up Horton Spring Trail #292. Still no signage for this trail down near the springs. The first few minutes up have you wondering if you're on trail. Seemed like a solid yes fifty? yards up. Little sucker trails got me several times. All were easy to correct up to the left if they didn't rejoin.

As expected the forecasted wind picked up a touch when we reached the top of the rim. Met a group of friendly hunters that warned us of bear activity in the area.

I pieced together a loop from routes posted by Chums & MountainMatt. We explored Turkey Beaver Ridge with a side trip out to the ol' dodge truck. Lunched just before getting back up on the ridge. As a kid we'd play get lost in the tunnels through the hay. Lunch was a mayonnaise sandwich. Curb your jealousy. Modified the ten second, two step concoction to a honey sandwich.

Within a couple miles I entered a waypoint Lots of bear evidence. Minutes later Bruce saw something and signaled back for me to hold up. Turned out he had 2 bears in view. I got a glimpse of 1. Maybe ten minutes later I'm looking eye to eye with another cute fur ball twenty yards behind Bruce. Minutes later a little one darted across the terrain. Then the fifth. This was a respectable sized bear. The wind was our blind. We watched 'em mossy about for minutes before the biggen figured us out. I was ready to trip Bruce and run, but like the others they had no interest in us.

Nothing mesmerizing colorwise on the balance. Just delightful areas. We got lucky and crossed paths with @Digital_Sherpa

After a short chat with the legend we finished the loop down Babe Haught.

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Probably in the future Autumn mix!
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A good week from prime. Lots of green maples dot the terrain. If you don't survive by others liking your photos you'll probably make out like a bandit all month.

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Jun 02 2018
MountainMatt
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 Arizona
OD-Gentry-Turkey, AZ 
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MountainMatt
Hiking10.34 Miles 1,031 AEG
Hiking10.34 Miles   6 Hrs   22 Mns   1.81 mph
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Finishing off a segment of Gentry and Turkey Creek I had yet to do with a mile in Open Draw as well.
I was originally going to drive to the intriguingly named “Alcatraz Point” but it made more sense to park where I did for a solid loop.

Even above 7000’ it just seemed downright warm outside today and I had to take a couple more breaks than usual because my dog was feeling that AZ sun.

Gentry was much drier than I hoped but luckily the sections that did have water were nice big perennial pools that my dog and I both cooled off and refueled in.

The overall loop between Gentry and Turkey was a bit rougher than I had imagined, a lot of deadfall to negotiate and with logs, rocks and rollers for days but nothing too horrible.
Plenty of easy segments also complete with scenic Coco Sandstone and plenty of wildlife!

As always a great day in Rim Country.
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The majority of the portion traveled was bone dry but there were plenty of reliable pools along in a few short segments.

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Majority of area traveled was dry but there were a few short segments with reliable pools.
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May 26 2018
Tough_Boots
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Beaver Turkey Ridge Wildlife Quiet AreaPayson, AZ
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Tough_Boots
Hiking12.80 Miles 919 AEG
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Great hike with the dog and a friend. We walked 92 to the end of the ridge and dropped into Beaver Canyon. We took Beaver until it started to tighten up and then bushwacked back up to 92

Much less traffic on 300 than expected.
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May 06 2018
MountainMatt
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 Arizona
Turkey-Open Draw-Gentry, AZ 
Turkey-Open Draw-Gentry, AZ
 
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MountainMatt
Hiking8.23 Miles 746 AEG
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This was most definitely the winner hike for the weekend.
Wildlife, water galore and perfect intermittent cloud cover with a cool summer breeze made Sunday the day to be outside.

I dropped in near the headwaters of Turkey Creek and in the base of what I assumed was a seldom traveled portion of the canyon but sure enough there was some very fresh trash, a open coke, tea and some crackers no more than a few weeks old, certainly uncommon for this area.

Other than that it was pure isolation and beauty the remainder of the day enjoying quite possibly some of the easiest and relaxing off trail hiking in the state.

This is basically dog heaven with endless amounts of animal bits to snack on, easy terrain and plenty of water to drink and play in.

Made a nice enjoyable loop with Open Draw and that is where I saw the most elk of the day and a very scenic place with aspens and maples for days.

Great day to be outside!
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Plenty of water with light flow in some areas and large pools 5 feet deep or more in some spots.
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May 05 2018
MountainMatt
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Beaver Creek & Ridge, AZ 
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MountainMatt
Hiking7.63 Miles 910 AEG
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Headed down the closed FR 92 down to Turkey Crossing and meandered up Beaver Creek taking my time soaking it all in.

The abundance of water, shade and nicer benches were so much more pleasurable than hiking the nearby Willow Creek earlier in the day.

An abundance of bones along the way had me going nearly all the way to Beaver Park which is where Payton and I spooked a decent elk herd, maybe just under two dozen, even got on of the big guys to let out a nice bugle on his way up the hill, probably mad at me because he had to move lol.

Going that far put me in a weird spot and I did not want to do a out and back so I walked a very random loop back to my prime time camp far away from the crowds around Bear Canyon.
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Plenty of large pools with intermittent light flow in between a few of them.
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Oct 21 2017
Tough_Boots
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Beaversnake, AZ 
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Tough_Boots
Hiking9.86 Miles 968 AEG
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Didn't see too much new territory but spent a pleasant day in one of my favorite quiet areas. I took a couple dog park buddies and their corresponding dogs along for the day. I was hoping the road that splits from 415 just north of 300 would take us all the way to where I wanted to drop into the north east canyon from but that sucker gets swallowed up almost immediately. I ended up driving about halfway up 415 and parking. Then we just hiked cross-country to the drop-in spot. We hiked to canyon bottom to Beaver Canyon and then basically across and up to Beaver Turkey Ridge. From there we hiked the road that hugs the high perimeter until we came back down to Turkey Crossing. I was surprised that this road is followable the entire way as 92 (which was the major ridge road) is not. We then hiked back south through Beaver Canyon until we hit 415 and walked Rattlesnake Ridge back to the car. It was a nice day and the dogs had a great time fighting over elk bones and other delicious finds. There's a few aspens still giving a show but the days of amazing fall color are long gone. Hopefully this will be my last trip on 300 this year. I'm ready for some desert time.
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Oct 14 2017
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 Payson, AZ
Highline-Horton-Turkey-Babe Loop, AZ 
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The_N
Hiking16.69 Miles 3,551 AEG
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We started this loop from the Hatchery TH and headed East on Highline. A brisk mid-40's in the shade, but warmed up quickly on the sunny Highline. We were passed by a dog with a tracking collar going East, as well. Then 2 more going West. One of them followed us to Horton Spring. We took a snack break and continued up Horton Springs #292, the pooch followed. She was friendly until this point. About halfway up, we heard yelling from below followed by a series of shocks sent through the dogs collar. The distressed & exhausted dog turned on us and bit Linda's thigh. More of a warning bite, but broke skin. The dog then lunged at Linda with force and I intercepted with a trekking pole into it's mouth, and held it back while Linda got away. It's bite was forceful enough that it lost a tooth on my trekking pole. I stayed in between them and attempted to get some separation. With the dog still pursuing us, I fired a warning shot to scare it away, and hopefully let the onwers know they need to come up the trail and get their dog. This is not the trail to have a tussle with a damn dog on. It's steep with sections of loose tread. Bleeding from the mouth and paw, the dog gave up and layed down in some shade. We continued up and into the peace and quiet of the Turkey Beaver Wildlife Area. Almost immediately we encountered a dozen elk. We wandered a bit and did some leaf peepin'. Exited onto some FR's and then down into Gentry Canyon after a lunch break. We watched a Pronghorn leap through the pines. Followed by a healthy looking coyote. The reds and oranges got better as we traveled West. We took FR115 South a bit before meeting Gen Crook. We attempted to follow it to Babe Haught, and did fairly well. It's mostly gone, with one nice stretch and a few blazed trees. We hit the Babe Haight junction and cruised on down to the TH. Enjoying the view of Rim Country fall along the way down. Irresponsible dog owners aside, it turned out to be a great day, overall. We enjoyed the sights of fall on the rim and a perefect day of weather. Plenty of off-trail and a crunchy carpet of mutli-colored leaves always makes for good tread.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
Moderate to substantial, depending on location. Aspens were popping. Great leaf litter.
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Oct 14 2017
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Highline-Horton-Rim Wander-Babe Haught lp, AZ 
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LindaAnn
Hiking16.69 Miles 3,551 AEG
Hiking16.69 Miles   8 Hrs   40 Mns   2.14 mph
3,551 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 
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We headed east on Highline from Tonto Creek in refreshingly cool temps--low 40's to start. It quickly warmed up as the sun climbed higher, but I am very ready for winter weather. We cruised along the Highline, joined by a group of three dogs, all were wearing two collars, one of which was a gps tracker/receiver type thing; two dogs dropped off quickly, but one stayed with us for the next few miles. Saw one guy going the opposite direction on Highline, he looked very out of place. We took a break at Horton Spring, where there was one other hiker, a very unhappy looking woman--not sure what her problem was--and we soon left her to her miserable silence while we headed up Horton Spring trail.

The dog was still tagging along, and a few minutes after leaving the spring, her collar started beeping and we could hear people yelling for her from below, apparently her owners had tracked her down. Then she started yelping like crazy, and after a moment of wondering if she'd bitten by a snake, we realized the second collar was a shock collar, and that her owner was repeatedly setting it off. We tried to get her to go back down the trail, but she kept coming back to us. After at least six or seven shocks, her paws were bloody from thrashing around on the trail, and we were starting to feel bad for her. We'd yelled down to her owner, to no avail. They shocked her again as she was standing next to me, and in her panic, she turned and bit my leg. Then tried to come back for a second bite, but we were able to jam a trekking pole into her mouth and the force of the bite against the pole broke a few of her teeth out. I'm glad it was the pole that took that bite and not my leg. At that point, we were getting irritated with her owners and Nick tried firing one shot to see if she would run back downhill. Nope. She stayed with us, I kept my distance from her, and she got shocked a couple more times. We had nothing to cut the collar off, which we would have done had we been able to. Finally, she laid down on the trail, exhausted, and we heard nothing else. We reached the top of the trail a few minutes later, I cleaned off my leg--nothing bad, a bruise and a very minimal of blood; it hurt, but was fine.

Up top, we had a rough route drawn up, but mostly wandered from one patch of color to the next, improvising as we went. We quickly encountered about a dozen elk, then didn't see much else for the next couple of hours. There were some nice aspen groves, and a good sprinkling of maples too. Aspens are my favorite, so it was good to see their fall color show. We stopped for lunch just after noon, then started heading back south, cross country, again just wherever looked good. Saw one pronghorn, then a coyote. Got on a road for a little while, then Gen. Crook over to Babe Haught and down. Couple of downed trees and washouts on Babe, but not too bad. Saw two more people near the bottom, and we finished up earlier than expected, around 4:00. Nice day, good to see some color without the crowds, and perfect weather.
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OdinWiski
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 Chandler, AZ
Turkey Beaver Wildlife Area, AZ 
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OdinWiski
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Despite the pain and swelling from my wisdom tooth extraction and the splitting headache that came (comes) on every 5 hours or so, I wanted to check out some colors. We drove up and wandered around in the Turkey Beaver Wildlife Area. Some pockets were at their prime while others had passed and yet others hadn't even started. At our quiet lunch spot I was almost ran over by two cow elk that were spooked by something. I heard hooves thumping on the leaves on the forest floor for a few seconds and turned around - there they were - a few yards from me galloping in. It was amazing how fast and gracefully they made a 90 degree turn to their left / my right so no contact was made :lol: A good and relaxing day with great weather and nice colors.
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 Mesa, AZ
Chumley's Fall in the Forest, AZ 
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Keeping up the tradition of finding some Fall color to camp in and Noel's request for a 3 day backpack meshed well time-wise this year. She had taken Monday off so we left Saturday morn for the Mogollon Rim to hike mostly around the Beaver/Turkey wildlife closure area.

I'm not really in it just for the f̶a̶t̶ ̶q̶u̶a̶d̶s hiking lots of miles but I downloaded my internet friend's 11mi loop that he did in a day and just figured we'd go at it until we found a camp spot we liked and then stop and chill.
Day 1 was just 3mi. Day 2, 8mi. And Day 3 was 4mi back to the car.

Night 1 was animal amateur night. Elk were bugling, coyotes were scheming, and little feet were having way too much fun frolicking in the deep crunchy autumn ground carpeting.
At some point we heard something medium big come through camp. It had a non-malicious stride to it so I figured it just didn't know we were there so I let out a mighty "HEY HEY HEY," and it wandered off.
To be honest, the night howlers got a little too close for comfort.

We woke before daybreak to a couple elk, antler fighting behind the tent (I found the tracks only 40' away from us later in the light). When we awoke for good later, we watched a elk cow eat in the park in our front yard for a long time. She kept calling out to friends and looking around but they never showed.
During breakfast, Noel pointed out the tree next to camp that not too long ago had had some deep bear claws at it for a while.
We broke camp and moved on to find some more colors.

Sunday was a long fun look-around as we shuffled our feet through the leaves and explored every which way. We scared up 4-5 more elk as we went. We got water in Turkey Creek but the filter was getting tired of siltiness out there. When we decided on that night's camp, I decided to gather some more water at Beaver tank. I met a Grandpa, Dad, Son trio up for a youth hunt. The leader, Grandpa, wasn't worried about finding an elk this far in since he knew they would have a lot of trouble dragging it out (vehicle closure area). He wanted to check out the tank too so we went together.

It turns out the area is pretty water starved and it was dry as a bone. I went further in to another water source marked on my map and found a small silty holding hole. A squirrel joined me as I tried to pump some clean water for us but the filter just wasn't having anymore of the muddy solution. I filled a Nalgene bottle with the raw water for us to use for supper and headed back to Noel (that search added a mile and half to my track).

With the water boiled, we poured it through a shirt to take out any of the larger dirties and then used it for our Mountain House meals. All our food was brown but it had no odd taste and was of course badie free from the boil.
We had enough water for a breakfast and coffee and then some left for the short hike out.

That night was pleasantly quiet and after a small fire, we resigned to the tent to play more card games.

We took our time in the morning and bypassed a little of the downloaded route, opting to take a more rugged drainage back into Turkey Creek. I'm bad with distance but Noel says the big elk we came up on in that narrow drainage was less than 30' from us. All I saw was something huge and brown looking at us behind a tiny bush. It didn't even register with me yet what it was before I instinctively said "Hello!", knowing whatever it was was going to have to move for us to get by. She moseyed on, and by her fur and size I could tell she was an older lady. We finally reached the big creek and walked up it a bit. All the Fall color was great but I really enjoyed my time hiking along the deep wooded creek both days. There wasn't any color down there but it was older, more secluded and more animally.

We got stuck a couple whiles spending too much time in the maple aspen mix on the way back to the car. I've never really seen them playing well together and on the same schedule.

Driving the road out, we got to Civicly pass a few trucks going too slow. I don't know if people realize that vehicle suspensions aren't made of glass.

We hit the diner on the way home for Liver and Onions (me), Reuben (her) and a of course a Chocolate malt to share.
Good times.
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Mostly carpet but some nice stuff in the trees. I'd hit it a week or two earlier next time.
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chumley
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A Turkey Beaver Fall, AZ 
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This is now an annual go-to for fall foliage for me. I got info that the colors on the rim were nearing prime so I decided to head up and check it out. A few friends showed up and we made a full camping weekend out of it. I thought Oct 1st was a little early, but it was great last year the same weekend. It was definitely a little bit early, but still a ton of beautiful color. I would guess that the next two weekends will be great too. There's still plenty of green out there waiting to turn, and the leaf litter will be better in the coming weeks.

We saw at least 30 elk including 6 or 7 huge bulls. They were everywhere and startled us a few times by running quite close while attempting to get away from us. Definitely the non-foliage highlight of the day.

We hit some of the best spots from last year, and I mapped a few new color groves that were nice to visit too. Almost every draw in here is a colorful maple wonderland.
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