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Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19 - 12 members in 61 triplogs have rated this an average 4.2 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 03 2021
trekkin_gecko
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 phoenix, az
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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trekkin_gecko
Backpack29.60 Miles 5,125 AEG
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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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Apr 03 2021
johnlp
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 chandler,az
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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Backpack29.60 Miles 5,125 AEG
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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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Feb 20 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Pinyon Mountain - Supes, AZ 
Pinyon Mountain - Supes, AZ
 
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Hiking14.20 Miles 3,618 AEG
Hiking14.20 Miles   7 Hrs   8 Mns   2.73 mph
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I was wanting to bag a peak today, and this had been on my radar screen for a while, so off I went.

I followed the route that @hikerdw did on this one, except that we went a bit off-trail up to the summit of Pinyon Peak.

We did a clockwise loop starting from the Tule TH: we went first on the Tule Canyon Trail, then the Two Bar Ridge Trail, and then some forest roads almost all the way back, then an easy off-trail to get back to the TH.

On the way up to the summit I channeled my inner @FLYING_FLIVER and located the elusive azimuth mark. At the summit we located the triangulation station, aka benchmark, and located 2 reference marks. But wait, there's more: we found some wires that appeared to have been used for a height of light.

I thought that the views at the summit were among the best in the Supes, and we hung around there for a while.

Most any vehicle could make the easy drive to the TH. I thought that the trails were all in really good shape and were easy to follow.

It was near perfect weather for a hike, and we did not encounter any other hikers on the trails.

I did not see water anywhere out there, so make sure you bring enough if you are hiking or backpacking in this area.
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Feb 06 2021
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 Tempe, AZ
Cottonwood #120 Vineyard #131 Trails, AZ 
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Hiking16.05 Miles 2,957 AEG
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Another successful piecing together of AZT passages to create a less difficult day hike!

Drive: We dropped a vehicle at Mills Ridge Trailhead (narrow & steep drive with some big drops on either side but the road is very smooth & probably fine for a car) and drove to our starting TH on FR 83. Don't know if the FR 83 TH has a name but we parked at the water tank where FR 83 makes a T with another road. FR 83 goes through a sandy wash & has a few steep inclines & rough areas. Probably HC/4WD is best for that road. It was exactly 2 hours from Tempe to Mills Ridge TH and then approximately another 45 min from Mills Ridge to our start on FR 83.

Hike: Cottonwood Creek is absolutely beautiful! Flowing water through most of the creek we hiked. Mounds of vine (cat's claw maybe?), lots of vegetation, & birds singing all around. We loved this foresty area. The AZT #19 trail heading down to the Roosevelt Lake Bridge seemed to never end. It winds in & out & gives spectacular views. We walked across the bridge which was really cool but also funny to be hiking on a highway all of the sudden.

Took a short lunch at the pull-off at the AZT #20 TH & headed up AZT #20. And up. And up. And up. This part of AZT #20 is completely burned. It is unique & amazing to see the yuccas looking like grilled pineapples, the new growth everywhere, and the dark burned brown contrasted with the bright blue of the lake. The views along this trail are spectacular pretty much the whole time: Roosevelt Lake + Apache Lake + the Superstitions across the lake! Oh, does anyone know what the small metal tower with a screen looking thing is on Vineyard Mountain? We happened to run into friends we knew while checking that thing out which was fun! Should've asked them.

Glad we were able to break AZT Passages #19 & #20 up like this! Hopefully we will get to hike the first part of Passage #19 later in the month & them we will have completed the hottest central passages! :y:
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Jan 13 2020
muskybankr
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 Phoenix, AZ
AZ Trail Superstion Wilderness 19C, AZ 
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Hiking6.60 Miles 522 AEG
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After getting through Passage 18 on the Arizona Trail(Picketpost to Roger’s Trough), Passage 19, the Superstition Wilderness, looked like an even tougher challenge, particularly 19A and B, Roger’s Trough to Two Bar Ridge, so we thought we’d do 19C instead, which can be finessed by going from Cottonwood TH to Cemetery TH, which is what some of us did; the others came back after lunch(a very pleasant one at the Marina) and hiked the final leg from Roosevelt Bridge back to Cemetery. In this way, if FR83 into Cottonwood was passable we could use it with Campaign to finish off 19A and B, since Roger’s Trough, while the road in is not a great pleasure, is at least passable with Brian’s jeep. FR83 into Cottonwood TH, when dry, can probably be done with the family 4WD sedan, according to Phil, who has one. The condition of the road into Campaign TH remains a mystery for the moment, and with it our possible attack on 19 A and B.

We utilized our normal routine of misdirection and aimless wandering but finally discovered that the intersection of FR83 and Trail #120 at Cottonwood TH was obscured since the sign had fallen down. Our three musketeers fixed that(see photo) and the hike, while chilly(see photo) was short and pleasant enough. Kudos to the crew that moved this trail out of Cottonwood Creek and marked all the crossings with well built cairns(see photo). We saw no other hikers on 19C that wanted to pass the time of day with us. (The one we did see veered totally off the trail into the underbrush??) Likewise, lots of deer sign but no deer. FR341, which the AZ Trail uses to negotiate the final three miles or so of 19C to Cemetery TH, was recently bull dozed and seemed passable with the family sedan, not that there would be any point in doing so.

One final point of confusion. My Az topo map for my Garmin shows FR83 stopping about ½ mile from the actual Cottonwood TH. In fact, they actually intersect, although while not shown on the map, FR83 seems to have been rebuilt around a small rock slide that blocked the old road which may explain this confusion.
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Jan 09 2020
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Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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The Woodbury fire destroyed a great many things, some of which were the trail signs. Given the rapidly growing use of the AZT, the seriously altered landscape and the popularity of the AZT route through the Superstitions in general, replacing those signs is an Arizona Trail Association priority.

Volunteers have been working on replacing the burned and deteriorated signs for several months, and these efforts "hit the ground" today when they installed the first five signs (three posts). Three hardy souls replaced the Wilderness sign at Rogers Trough and the trail signs at the Pinto Trail junction and the Rogers Canyon junction.

As always, the road in was a challenge, being much rougher than in previous times over it, and with a couple white-knuckle spots where it crosses side drainages. Hopefully the FS gets out there soon before there'is a tragedy. It's passable now but conditions will only continue to deteriorate with rainfall.

The work went well; it just took a long time. We harvested what posts were available-heavy oak logs near Rogers Trough and a perfect juniper post near the Rogers Canyon Junction. Then dig the post hole, drill holes in the post and signboard, bolt the signboards on as level as the eye can make them, and set the post, tamping it solidly because a wobbly post just won't do. A youth crew arrived to work on the blowout below Reavis Pass so we pressed them into dragging the heavy oak post the last few hundred yards to the Wilderness sign--thank you!

The rain teased with a few sprinkles as we loaded up and made our way down the mountain; Roger (Scatt Daddy on HAZ) nursed a low tire along successfully, and we finished up well after dark. That's a half-days work in volunteer time (12 hours).

Still several signs to go, and none of them close to vehicle access, several more half-days remain.

It was heart-wrenching to see the destruction from the fire and floods, but it'll come back, and there is no choice but to deal with it.

More fun on the AZT. Thanks Roger and John, always a pleasure.
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Dec 11 2019
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Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
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The northern contingent of the Arizona Trail Association Usual Suspects ventured out for a look-see at Cottonwood Canyon and some sign installations.

Three of us walked in a couple miles trail-north of FR83 to see what the post-fire flooding, and recent youth crews in the area, had done. The flooding really did a number on the narrow confines of the canyon, rolling the rocks around and cutting the banks. BUT the work done by youth crews last year and recently held up very well. The crews moved much of the trail out of the creek bottom onto the side slopes (where there is some) and built some amazing rock structures at the creek crossings. Our crew cut some thick brush to extend the effort a few hundred feet.

Task B was to replace the burned Wilderness sign and a trail sign at Two Bar TH, which the adventuresome guys did, I’ve sworn off being involved with that road and a vehicle. We then made our way to Campaign TH to replace the falling-apart Wilderness sign. That got to be quite the adventure, as the area received two inches of rain Monday. It was sketchy in places but we felt reasonably safe following fresh dozer tracks down the flowing washes and along the steep roads. Then we met the dozer. More sketchy road ahead with some wash crossings that exercised the circular muscles, but we finally made it to Campaign TH. The broken-down sign was a few hundred yards ahead.

After all that, someone had beat us to the punch, the sign was all put back together and expertly rebuilt, sure to last at least a few more years. We’ll find another place for the new one.

More fun and adventure on the Arizona Trail.
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Some flow and pools down in the canyon.
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Dec 11 2019
mazatzal
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
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A group of us went to the eastern Superstitions to do a bit of AZT work: Where the AZT leaves FR83 we split into two groups. Group 1 went a couple of miles down Cottonwood creek to clear debris/downfall and cleared brush on a bench to keep the trail out of the creek for another few hundred feet. Group 2 continued along FR83 to Two Bar TH and replaced a couple of burned signs.

After that we went over to Campaign TH to replace the broken Wilderness sign. We were following dozer tracks all the way in on a flowing Campaign Creek. About halfway in we met the dozer coming back out and chatted with him a bit. He informed us that we could get to the TH / Reavis School. It was a bit tricky in a few spots but we made it to the TH. So off we go to find the broken sign and check the post etc. Well... we find a very nice sign all fixed up :lol: A big thank you to whoever did the nice work!
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Cottonwood Trail #120Globe, AZ
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Hiking13.59 Miles 2,199 AEG
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Just after entering Cottonwood Canyon, there is a trough, that when I passed by was full. There was a rubber hose from upslope, past the trough, down into Cottonwood Creek (which was dry at that point). If the hose is feeding the trough, the connection is buried. The water didn’t look bad, but would need to be filtered to be drinkable.

I did not bother locating the Thompson Spring, but the spring box was as full of decent water as the trough a half mile back. Cottonwood Creek had slight pooling at the FR 341 crossing, which had lots of shade.

From Thompson Spring, Cottonwood Trail #120 climbs rocky FR 341 for a steep 500 ft. in only a half mile to a cattle guard. From there, the gain is mostly a steady 300 ft. per mile.

At the three mile mark, FR 341 turns west, while Cottonwood Trail #120 and the Arizona Trail continue south, as actual foot trail, at the bottom of Cottonwood Canyon. The junction is marked by a dry trough, a large metal tank full of decent water, and a small corral. And foxtail. Lots and lots of foxtail. There was an incredible amount of foxtail all along the trail, but it was worst at the tank.

From the metal tank, Cottonwood Trail #120 basically winds back and forth across the bottom of Cottonwood Canyon, which at some points had slight pooling, with trickle, and others was bone dry. (On the surface: Cottonwood Creek must have subsurface flow.) The vegetation varies from desert flora to well-shaded canopy with leafy green groundcover. It reminded me a lot of Arnett Creek & Telegraph Canyon, near Superior. At one point, the creek was just a bit too wide for me to jump across, so I built a ‘bridge’ with a dozen rocks. 🌉

At the 4.5 mile mark, just past the second slant-bolted metal tube gate, is a ~30 acre burn area, about a ½ mile long, on the lower west slope of Cottonwood Canyon. The trail passes right through it, but I still managed to wander off trail, smearing my pack with soot. The burn area had the greatest quantity & density of flowers on Cottonwood Trail #120, which was already riddled with species.

Cottonwood Spring is supposedly 5.25 miles up canyon from Frazier Trailhead. I could not find it, nor any evidence — water trickling across the Cottonwood Trail #120 or moisture in the canyon bottom. Just past the spring’s ostensible location, the the Arizona Trail Association is rerouting the trail off the rocks at the bottom of the canyon, up slope 20 ft. or so. Fresh tred has been scraped, flourescent flags planted, and shrubbery trimmed. A couple of hundred yards past the trail work, there is a 5 ft. cairn apropos of nothing. 🤔

At the 6.1 mile mark is the sixth trough I spotted, the fourth bone dry one. 300 yds. past that, not far from Pinyon Mountain, is the end of Cottonwood Trail #120 at FR 83. There is nothing at the end of the trail: No sitting rocks, no shade. Enh. Kind of anticlimactic considering how enjoyable the hike was to that point.

So, I backtracked to the nearest dry trough, sat back against it, and took a break while the sun beat down my shoulders. At least the temperature was a very moderate 77℉. After my break, I booked it back to the Frazier Trailhead, where I downed my sodium & potassium restoring V-8, before my wife & drove back to Tonto Basin for cold beers & delicious pizza at Big Daddy’s. 🍕🤗

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I spotted at least 30 species: Flat Top Buckwheat, Mexican Gold Poppy, Desert Globemallow, Machaeranthera, Buckhorn Cholla, Sacred Datura, Desert Marigold, Strawberry Hedgehog, what I believe were Bluestem Pricklepoppy, Owl Clover, Lupine, Desert Chicory, Dudleya, Ocotillo, Blackfoot Daisy, Mexican Vervain, Desert Beardtongue, many more! AND New Mexico Thistle -- some 6 ft. tall -- with MASSIVE blooms.

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Upper reaches had some small pools and light trickle.

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Couldn't find it. Saw no evidence of moisture along the creek bottom or AZT realignment.

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Spring box was full; not sure on status of spring itself.
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 Puhoynix, AZ
Reavis Canyon - AZT #18Globe, AZ
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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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Apr 11 2019
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 Tucson, AZ
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
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Having done from Cottonwood Canyon to Roosevelt in Nov 2018, we finished this passage this week going from Rogers Trough to Cottonwood. Filtered water at Reavis Ranch, what a lovely setting. We met up and chatted briefly with the 2 men on horseback with a pack horse and a German Shepard at our water site. Stopped at Pine Creek for the night The winds died down and the only chill came about 4 a.m. as it usually does. We saw almost no wildlife and no people. That 900 foot climb to High Point just about killed me. But the views and the flowers were just gorgeous.
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Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
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Hiking20.00 Miles 5,125 AEG
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Hike part of trail in an overnight backpack 12/17-18/2018: Roger's Trough TH to Two Bar Ridge TH
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Sep 25 2018
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Campaign Trail #256Globe, AZ
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The Forest Service is having work done on the "Big Dip' north of Walnut Spring on the AZT. The trail goes through a deep bowl, dropping and climbing nearly 1000 feet in 1.8 miles. ATA frequently gets complaints about this section. So the Tonto is having American Conservation Experience, a very competent youth crew organization from Flagstaff, complete maintenance and repairs. Monday I hiked up the Campaign Trail in toasty temperatures to meet two of their advance crew Tuesday morning.

It's not very far but it's very steep. The first section past Reavis Mountain School and up along Campaign Creek (light flow) was not bad, except for the cattle. It felt like hiking through a feedlot. They have taken over, what they haven't eaten they've crapped on. The trail is marked with cairn's cemented together so staying on route was not difficult, until the cows ahead of me came to a 24-inch cottonwood tree down across the trail. They milled around a while, then found a path, got off the trail, and I continued. Twenty-four inches was more than my pruning saw could handle.

It's been at least 5 years since I was over this trail, and time has not been kind. Between the creek and Reavis Gap the trail is severely eroded in many spots, a few with exposure. We had planned for the mules to go up this route but decided to go up Tule instead. Eventually, but really not that long, I topped out at the gap and continued along the AZT to Walnut Spring, naively expecting to find water. Alas, just a wet spot under the logs. This was not good.

I set up camp on the flat area just north of the spring, growing more concerned about water. I texted the ACE crew and asked that they bring a couple extra quarts, enough to get me down the mountain. Amazingly, there is cell coverage. (Verizon-that beacon of customer service--was all over the mountain.)

With still plenty of daylight, I took my little shovel back to the spring and dug it out a bit; maybe a 3-gallon bucket's worth of dirt from under the rock ledge. The mud became wetter but I didn't find any water. Quickly discouraged, I went back to camp and went to bed early.

Tuesday morning I was to meet Katherine and Jack at the south lip of the Big Dip. After packing up I left camp and went to look at the spring, just in case. Lo and behold! Water! The hole filled overnight and I pumped 3 liters! A miracle not quite on par with the Grotto of Massabielle, but impressive nonetheless. The youth crew will dig it out further in hopes that it becomes a reliable water source for the project and trail users overall.

While I was feeling the trip more than I care to admit, I calculated what the ACE crew hiked--14 miles and 4000 feet--by 1:00 PM. Oh, there was a day . . . but those days are gone. I'll just be thankful I can get out and do any of this kind of stuff.

Another couple of great days on the AZT!
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As a follow up to the realignment checks last week, two of us went back to show two Tonto FS folks and a trail planner/builder the 4 or 5 potential realignments. One realignment was extended further and we added another longer one as a second phase to the project. This last one will take the trail off 2-track for about a mile.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated

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Pools and light flow
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Aug 29 2018
mazatzal
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 Routes 34
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 Triplogs 1,167

64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2018
mazatzal
Hiking4.00 Miles 450 AEG
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450 ft AEG
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Three of us went to check on some potential realignments along a 1.3 mile section at the southern end of Cottonwood trail #120 (the section of trail from FR 83 to Cottonwood Spring). The goal is to get several sections out of the creek bed onto the side of the creek (less rocks/boulders underfoot) and perhaps reduce the number of creek crossings.

FR 83 is quite the adventure when you start the big climb up to the AZT! And the descent is equally “exciting"

We figured out 4 or 5 potential realignments to be investigated further with Tonto FS.
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A few small pools
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Feb 07 2018
writelots
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 Guides 19
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48 female
 Joined Nov 22 2005
 Tucson, AZ
Two Bar Ridge Scout, AZ 
Two Bar Ridge Scout, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2018
writelots
Hiking13.75 Miles 2,682 AEG
Hiking13.75 Miles   8 Hrs   26 Mns   1.95 mph
2,682 ft AEG   1 Hour   22 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Zach, Roger and I set up a car shuttle and hiked Two Bar Ridge to scout it for our upcoming Volunteer Vacation on the AZT in March. I'd hiked the whole passage with Roger back in 2016, but there's a big difference between trying to get through and scouting work projects, and besides, who wants to pass up a chance to hike in the Supes on a beautiful day?!

We drove in to the Upper Campaign Trailhead to leave the first shuttle vehicle there. It seemed like a no-brainer. Hiking out to the Reavis Mt. School made much more sense as it's an extra 1000' lower than the Two Bar trailhead to the north. We walked in and talked with Peter Bigfoot at the school for a bit - what a magic place the homestead is! They were trimming the early budding peaches. Then we drove out and did some exploring in the slot canyon beside the road. We didn't go far, and neither did the narrows, but it was pretty to sit beside a flowing creek. Then we drove up to the trailhead up on the flanks of Pinon Mountain and made our camp. Yup. That gnarly, loose, steep road. Gawd forbid you meet someone coming the other way!

What a lovely night! It was windy in the evening, then quiet enough to fool me into setting up in my hammock. About 1:30am the wind picked up again, strong enough to blow my hammock around and keep me up. So I ended up on the ground. Not happy there.

The hike was tough but as beautiful as I remember. That ridge may be some poorly designed trail, but the vistas make you forget the pain. Well, until you're doing that 1000' "dip" into the upper reaches of Pine Creek. That could piss most anyone off.

We hadn't noticed the ruins along that steep descent on the north side of the canyon before. Anyone have any clues on that? Sheep corrals? Cowboy camp? older? Didn't find anything obvious here on HAZ.

My HAZ tracks is eating battery (or something else is) 'cause my phone ran out of juice even with a battery backup refresh before we made it back to the school. Guess I'll have to figure that out if I'm going to continue to use the phone for scouting. Luckily Zach had a dedicated GPS for saving waypoints for the purpose of our work events.

If you want to come work on that trail and make it beeeeeutiful, give me a shout! It's going to be a lot of work, but in a setting like that it'll be magic!
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Jan 28 2018
ultrazona
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 Routes 7
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34 male
 Joined Mar 07 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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ultrazona
Hiking20.00 Miles 5,125 AEG
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Loop hike from Tule Trailhead to wrap up AZT segment.
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ultrazona
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34 male
 Joined Mar 07 2009
 Phoenix, AZ
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2018
ultrazona
Hiking29.60 Miles 5,125 AEG
Hiking29.60 Miles
5,125 ft AEG
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DallinW
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 Guides 1
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29 male
 Joined Feb 26 2015
 Gilbert AZ
AZT: Sunflower to Roosevelt, AZ 
AZT: Sunflower to Roosevelt, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Nov 08 2017
DallinW
Backpack54.00 Miles 10,154 AEG
Backpack54.00 Miles2 Days   5 Hrs      
10,154 ft AEG
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1st trip
I joined my friend Andrew on a stretch of the AZT for a few days. I had originally planned to join him from Sunflower to Superior, but ended up calling it quits on day 3 just after Roosevelt because I was feeling sick.

We left PHX Tuesday night and got dropped off on the closed road to Bushnell Tanks by my cousin. We walked backed about 200 yards, plopped down our stuff, and made camp on the side of the road.

Day 1
We woke up around 6:30, quickly packed our things and hit the trail by 6:45. After following the road for a little while, we dipped into the wash and followed it until we joined up with the Arizona Trail. The climb up Boulder Canyon seemed very nice in contrast to the climb up the other side on Passage 20. Ample shade in the morning, possible flowing water if hit at the right time, and easier climbing. The trail is starting to bite back a little in this area and could use a little clipping here and there.

After the climb, we strolled along the road towards Pidgeon Springs and arrived at Pidgeon Springs around 1:30PM. 20 miles before 2PM, nice. We took an hour lunch break by the spring, filled our bottles, and continued on. After another 7.5 miles we decided to start looking for camping. We found a nice spot to camp about 50 yards off the trail on a saddle that has great views of the lake and 4 peaks. This part of the AZT is a real treat!

Day 2
I woke up feeling pretty drained, but that's not too unusual after a big first day, and I've bounced back plenty of times before. We get rolling out of camp around 6:45. I tried forcing down some poptarts thinking that was probably the reason I was so fatigued, but could only eat half a pack. My food bag was pretty much untouched except for a few tortillas and some cheese I ate the night before.

As we made our way down hill, I kept feeling more and more sick to my stomach. With no water between our us and Roosevelt, the sun starting to beat down on us, we both didn't want to stop and pressed on to Roosevelt. When we reached the Marina I was feeling terrible and getting ready to call it a trip. After relaxing for a couple of hours and finally eating some calories, I felt good enough to keep going. My rally was short lived. About 3 miles outside Roosevelt I was starting to feel nauseous again and told Andrew I wanted to stop at the water tank in 0.7 miles, about 3 miles short of our target for the day.

Day 3
I woke up still feeling crappy but ready to give it another shot. We rolled out of camp around 6:30. After another 3 miles I decided I still wasn't feeling good enough to hike, so I told Andrew I was turning around. I sat down for about 10 mins and we chatted about meeting up in Superior the next day so I could get him some shoes he ordered to my place, or where I could forward them to if we didn't meet up.

We said our goodbyes, then parted ways. I slowly made my way back to Roosevelt, passing a road hunter and several campsites which were set up but with no people in them (more hunters). Once I hit the paved road I then hitched back to PHX.
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Here and there in the washes and canyons.

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Water flowing across the trail.

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Clear, some algae, pretty funky tasting atm.

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Oct 01 2017
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53 male
 Joined Mar 02 2004
 San Tan Valley,
Superstition Wilderness - AZT #19Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2017
BACKROADER
Hiking5.00 Miles 5,125 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
5,125 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Recovery Hiking after a major setback!

March 2017 was not a good month for the Housholder Familty Saunterers. It started with a "Spring Break" of Bianka's falling from the monkey bars at school just a day break started. She broke a bone in here leg and was casted. Recovery for her was super fast and only one or two months. A week later I was involved in an auto accident and broke 9 bones in my right foot. Major Surgery and plenty of visits to the physical therapists coupled with six months of ZERO hiking and we are back on trail with these warm up passages.... So bottom line we did not let our "Spring Breaks" stop us from having a "Hoppy Easter" and another fresh start on October 1st, 2017:

Recovery Hike - One Flat Mile Along the AZT!

At milepost 349 to 350 as measured from the Sonora, Mexican boarder the Arizona Trail crosses over Theodore Roosevelt Lake Bridge along the Salt River where Passage 19 ends and Passage 20 begins at the Vineyard Trailhead.

I am looking for small flat areas on the trail that will be easy for my recovering foot to hike, starting in the next couple weeks. This one and a half miles perfectly fits the need for a flat, non-rocky route as it follows the actual highway on pavement it would thus make for a great place to once again return to action!

156/800 Miles Complete!

Good News! The Adventure Continues.

On October 1st, 2017, the Housholder Family Hikers (Saunterers) were able to get back out on the trail. Since our two "Spring Breaks" we have been temporarily sidelined. Bianka's leg healed super fast but my major foot surgery has taken much longer, testing my patience.

The one mile recovery hike was successful on the flat highway bridged-crossing spanning the Salt River at Roosevelt Lake (passage 19, milepost 349 to 350 as measured from the Sonora, Mexican boarder). We are now searching for some more, flat two or three mile potential places for the next recovery hikes.

Little by little the foot is healing and getting stronger everyday thanks to an awesome surgeon and numerous physical therapists!

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Finishing off the year 2018 in style!

December 31, 2018

250 / 800 Miles Complete!

The Housholder Family Saunterers enjoyed a great sunset hike overlooking beautiful Roosevelt Lake on The Thompson Trail #121, which is a part of the Arizona Trail, a short three mile connector route that travels up and over Sonoran desert hillsides between the Roosevelt Dam bridge area and Forest Road #341, a fine way to finish off a great 2018!

The beautiful area hiked was between FR 341 just north of the Cemetery and over the Thompson Trail towards Roosevelt Lake Bridge! A fantastic place to enjoy sunset. FR 341 was manageable yet somewhat rocky after the gate near the water plant just north of the trailer park. Pictures are attached and a map as well.

We will be back to add more Triplogs to this segment from future visits.....
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