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Apr 26 2019
toddak
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 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Rogers Trail - Coconino NFFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Apr 26 2019
toddak
Mtn Biking25.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Mtn Biking25.00 Miles   5 Hrs      5.00 mph
1,500 ft AEG
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Lovely day to mtn bike the trails in Ft Tuthill (including the Bridge and Highland trails) and out to Rogers Lake, which really is a legit lake right now after the wet winter. Trails are easy to moderate riding, often rocky but no white knuckle drops or climbs.
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Sep 28 2018
kingsnake
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 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Two Spot TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2018
kingsnake
Hiking8.17 Miles 988 AEG
Hiking8.17 Miles   3 Hrs   2 Mns   2.69 mph
988 ft AEG
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The last time I had been out to Rogers Lake was for a weekend-long Army ROTC FTX just before we were commissioned. The seniors acted as cadre, while the underclassmen were good guys and OPFOR. Unlike the previous year, when we had to EndEx before dusk for safety reasons — hypothermia, as it was low 30’s and sleeting — we went 24 hours straight, before I returned to my ghetto apartment at Franklin & Verde St. across from the old football stadium. 🏈

After my wife & I spent some time looking at the info displays on Rogers Lake wildlife and bird migration, life-size metal replicas of elk antlers and various critter skulls, I started walking south on Two Spot Trail.

Rogers Lake is usually dry, so I was not surprised by the lack of water. I was kind of hoping for flowers, since the lake must retain some life-giving moisture. Nada. There were tons of cattle though! 🐮

If you see some blue roofs across Rogers Lake, that is the Frontiere Ranch, which was owned by Georgia Frontiere, who finally scored when husband #6 conveniently drowned. I wonder if she's who the Gold Digger Trail is named after? 🤔

The ranch is now operated by Coconino County, though after 5+ years they still haven’t figured out what they want to do with it.

I started finding flowers along Gold Digger Trail: western yarrow, lupine and especially thistle. The thistle were deep pink-purple. Some of the prettiest thistle I’ve ever seen.

When I arrived at the fire lookout access road, I turned right towards Woody Mountain.

A few hundred yards from Gold Digger Trail, there is a gate. The vehicle gate was locked. The pedestrian gate open, with no chain. I closed it and stuck a stick where the bolt would have been.

There’s quite a bit of stuff to check out at the top of Woody Mountain — see it all in my video below! 😉 — but the highlight is obviously the fire lookout.

Woody Mountain fire lookout’s bottom section of stairs was quite wobbly. I figure because if they were solidly anchored, then the flexing of the tower in high winds would break the stairs. Even on the steadier upper sections of stairs, it was still disorienting to have that open space so close by.

Unfortunately, the observation deck was locked. Still, there were great 360° great views from the Nearly Top: A-1 Mountain, the San Francisco Peaks, Mount Elden, the U.S. Naval Observatory, Flagstaff, the airport, Mormon Mountain, etc. Not Bill Williams Mountain, though: That was obscured by smoke from the Platypus Fire controlled burn near Sycamore Canyon. (The smoke would get so bad that later in the afternoon you could not see the Peaks from downtown Flagstaff.) 🔥

Afterwards, my wife & I repaired to The Lumberyard where I had a few beers while we watched endless trains go by. (One was, no lie, 211 cars, with pusher engines not only at the end, but in the middle!) 😳

Hike Video: [ youtube video ]
Fire Lookout: [ youtube video ]
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Autumn Foliage Observation Isolated
Mostly near the picnic ramada.
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Still some flowers here and there. Thistle were deep pink-purple!
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Sep 09 2018
tibber
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Gold Digger - Two Spot Trails, AZ 
Gold Digger - Two Spot Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2018
tibber
Hiking5.86 Miles 605 AEG
Hiking5.86 Miles   2 Hrs   57 Mns   2.39 mph
605 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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We were up for AZ Trail Day at Flagstaff and since our AZT hike was canceled, I found this one. It had first peaked my interest on the ArizonaHikers Facebook site and then Joe and Bruce did it so it's my turn.

A lot of traffic on the dirt road today as there was some kind of wine event at the Arboretum but we finally made it to the TH. We geared up and crossed the road to begin our journey. It was already a little warm and the humidity was up a bit as well. Once we came to the intersection we decided to go north and do the loop clockwise. I really hadn't studied it that much but knew the elevation wasn't bad no matter which way you went. However, this is the shorter version of the up I think as the other is a steady gradual up.

Meanwhile it's a nice little steady grade here and there as you switchback your way to the top of whatever hillside we are traversing. We come to a sign that says there is a viewpoint but when I looked at RouteScout, it didn't show the route going up to it but maybe I wasn't zoomed in enough. I wasn't planning on going but Ambika wanted to see so good for her as it was probably the highlight of the trip for us as the views from the bench are pretty darn good.

Once there we fiddled around with the peakfinder app and it was a bit challenging to line up the mountains. Once I figured out the contour of Bill Williams, we were able to get it pretty close. And this weekend while I was examining it I was able to figure out the mountains and marked them on uploaded route.

From there our next destination was the aspen grove; not exactly sure if it constitutes a grove but it was nice. The area we walked thru had a little burn it looks like and there was quite a bit of lupine. We examined the ramada for a short time before heading up the hill. I assume from the road we crossed is how you would get to Woody Lookout. I think that would make a nice workout hike so plan to do it next summer in prep for Glacier Park.

We ended up walking past another marker and for some reason I decided to check out RouteScout only to discover that we should have zigged instead of zagged. I am not sure where the Rogers Trail goes but I wanted to stay on the route as we didn't want to be overly ambitious on our hike today. Once we got back on track it was downhill from here for a bit. I decided we would take a break at the four mile mark leaving us with less than a couple miles to the finish.

Once we crossed the road we headed north along the dry lake. It really is pretty as you get good views here and there toward various mountains. There's lots of bird action too and some more flora. While Rxing flora I found this great .pdf online about the area: http://www.coconino.az.gov/DocumentCent ... lan?bidId= It's quite extensive and has some interesting stuff in there. Wish all areas like this had such a plan with such wonderful information.

It had clouded up pretty good by now which was nice. When we got back to the TH we grabbed the sandwich wrap we had picked up at the Maverick station and enjoyed that while enjoying the view. Yep, it was a nice little hike but thank goodness there was some flora to keep me interested.

For the drive back I thot you could continue south and cut over to I-17 but I misread the map and Ambika suggested we turn around. You can still cut over to I-17 via FR 532 from FR 231. It looks like you could continue south and cut across on FR75 but it's a windy son-of-a-gun to 89A but then still a lot to go before you cut up to Kachina Village and back to I-17. Ours was the better route.

Working without youtube's stabilizer and am using Filmora to stabilize. I think the result is actually much better. I stabilize the video clips in Filmora and then put them into my Premiere Elements. Found a new music source too. This video has footage from our Fri night in Flagstaff, pictures from AZ Trail Day as well as the hike.
[ youtube video ]
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Sep 09 2018
desertgirl
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 Joined Mar 31 2002
 Chandler, AZ
Gold Digger - Two Spot Trails, AZ 
Gold Digger - Two Spot Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2018
desertgirl
Hiking5.86 Miles 605 AEG
Hiking5.86 Miles   2 Hrs   57 Mns   2.39 mph
605 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Jul 22 2018
Jkidslme3
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57 male
 Joined Mar 05 2016
 Phoenix, az
Gold Digger TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2018
Jkidslme3
Hiking7.93 Miles 1,045 AEG
Hiking7.93 Miles   4 Hrs   38 Mns   2.04 mph
1,045 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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We are finally back to regular hiking after a long period without. Picked a hike from one of the recents posted on HAZ & decided on something fairly easy since we are both out of hiking shape. Getting out of the valley & up to Flagstaff was a plus in this heat. Rogers lake was full of yellow flowers rather than water, & the view across was pretty. We hiked up Gold Digger Trail & then cut off to a forest road, following the previous hiker’s HAZ route. In the altitude and sun, the road up to Woody Mountain Lookout was somewhat challenging to our current fitness level :(. We climbed the tower and were able to see great views of Humphreys and the surrounding areas including a view of smoke in the distance. Hopefully this was a controlled burn. The hike was closer to 9 miles than 7, and was perfect for our first hike in a long while. The weather was perfect, and the route 60% shaded, but the sunny areas in the altitude were pretty hot. Overall, it was a beautiful day with big pines, a fenced-off Aspen grove and beautiful views. We saw 2 eagles & heard them call to us - most likely this was ‘stay out of here, we are hunting.’ The only other wildlife were a couple of horny toads. Finished off the day with dinner in Flag & a crowded drive back to town.
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Jul 07 2018
joebartels
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Gold Digger - Two Spot - Woody LO Loop, AZ 
Gold Digger - Two Spot - Woody LO Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 07 2018
joebartels
Hiking7.23 Miles 959 AEG
Hiking7.23 Miles   3 Hrs   1 Min   2.48 mph
959 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Never gave this area west of the 89A turnoff much thought. Which is practically a suburb of Flagstaff. [ SW of Flagstaff Loop Trail :: map ]

Two Spot Trail
After a quick 0.35 miles up hang a left on Gold Digger Trail.

Scenic Lookout
Interesting 300 foot trail exactly 1 mile up Gold Digger. The lookout is scenic and a military grade bench to boot. More thought and $$ invested than remotely expected.

Aspen Grove Ramada
Odd to stumble upon this modern and well built structure. Woody Mountain road is 315 feet away but there isn't a use trail to connect and that road rarely gets used. Bruce pondered some ol' gold digger club being involved.

Woody Lookout - 1.9 mi RT
Worthy little destination once 1.5 miles up Gold Digger. Once again something isn't kosher in Coconino. Nice modern deadbolted outhouse for the lookout is vented for a burrito club. Whereas Kendrick 18 miles NNW has been stinking for a decade. The western two thirds of Kendrick is Kaibab NF, perhaps that explains.

Two Spot Trail
After an easy 2.4 miles down Gold Digger we strolled just over a mile on Two Spot. Roger's Lake was dry. Looks 4-20 feet deep is the limit of this oversized pond. Intense interpretive signs, plaques and displays at the trailhead.

Synopsis
Big pine hikes are fun. A great low key option for someone getting into hiking or interested in a forest hike. The gold diggers certainly left a mark. Someone loves(d) this area and it shows. If you hike for likes this isn't for you.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Gold Digger Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full

dry Rogers Lake Dry Dry
no water skiing unless you BYOW
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Jul 07 2018
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 Far NE Phoenix,
2 Spot-Gold Digger-Woody Mountain, AZ 
2 Spot-Gold Digger-Woody Mountain, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 07 2018
The_Eagle
Hiking7.51 Miles 986 AEG
Hiking7.51 Miles   3 Hrs      2.59 mph
986 ft AEG      6 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Not wanting to drive 320 miles RT for a 10 mile hike, I needed to find something else for a second hike to make the trip worthy.

Woody Mountain fit the bill. @Jim_h has done it off trail from the east, @azbackpackr on FR 231C from the north and @Sredfield on FR's from the west. I found and decided to try some new trails that started at Rogers Lake.

Two Spot Trail and Gold Digger Trail are well worn tracks through mixed pine and hardwood. These trails alone, would make for a great family hike, complete with a Ramada for a picnic. Part way through the Gold Digger Trail, we took the FR to the Woody Peak LO. At the top of Woody was the currently unmanned LO, a newer vault toilet, a locked building, a rustic shower and other assorted items.

We started down and it was a steady drizzle all the way to the Truck.

Highlights for me were Rogers Lake (Meadow) which is almost 2 miles across, Aspen Grove Ramada, and the Woody Mountain Lookout.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Gold Digger Tank 51-75% full 51-75% full

dry Rogers Lake Dry Dry
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