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Dec 31 2018
chumley
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Mount Trumbull TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2018
chumley
Hiking5.36 Miles 1,582 AEG
Hiking5.36 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.35 mph
1,582 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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With a few hours left in the year and stats being the only driving force in my life, I had to take advantage of Lee deserting me on New Years Eve (again ](*,) ) to summit my 77th peak of the year and assure a paper thin victory over him. :y:

Trumbull was in pristine condition with 3-4 inches of new snow, and some flurries still falling. The first mile and a quarter is the killer here, really quite steep, though also offering some of the best views on the day. The upper half is more moderate, and well-cairned which was very helpful on this snowy day.

The summit highpoint is somewhat wooded but there's a steep cliff a couple hundred yards to the north that provides fantastic views across the Arizona strip.

The temps didn't get out of the 20s, but occasional sun melted some short sections of trail on the southern exposed cinder which provided some nice contrasts on the way down. I'm glad to have gotten this one crossed off the list. I really enjoy these rarely visited gems.
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Dec 31 2018
John9L
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Mount Trumbull TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2018
John9L
Hiking5.36 Miles 1,582 AEG
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After hiking the Saddle Horse Loop, we packed up camp and headed for Mount Trumbull. Lee and Jackie parted ways as they were heading back to Phoenix. Chumley & I made the drive to the trailhead in about two inches of fresh powder. We hit the snow covered trail and headed up. We had a really nice time hiking in the snow and it was easy keeping on the route. We had some route finding challenges higher up but Chumley did well to keep us on track.

With some effort, we topped out and headed to the viewpoint on the north side of the mountain. You could see for miles and I had very good Verizon service. After a few minutes, we started our descent and that went really well. Some of the snow had melted and it was just about all downhill. Once done, we drove over to the Nampaweap Rock Art. From there, we left the area and got a hotel in Kanab. Trumbull was a worthy hike and I’m glad we made the effort. It’s absolutely worth hiking if you’re in the area.
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Oct 10 2016
friendofThundergod
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 Joined Jan 21 2013
 AZ
Mount Trumbull TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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friendofThundergod
Hiking5.16 Miles 1,552 AEG
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A bit of an obscure area and peak, but this one is definitely worth it, if one is already in the area.

The trail was great, despite some complaints in the register. The first mile was a little bland and warm, however, the last mile, or so through the pine forest is very pleasant, as are the views. In fact, the views are what makes this hike in my opinion. One gets some tremendous views of the rolling hills in the area, several lava flows, Mt. Logan Wilderness and of course the Grand Canyon. Eventually, the peaks in Flag also come into the picture, creating an amazing and pretty unique view from the southern end of the summit. We did not see a register, but did not really look for one either and just enjoyed a nice snack on the top, as we thought about our 60 mile drive back to pavement. We thought about exiting the area via St. George Utah, which came highly recommended, but instead opted for CO 5 back the way we came in.

Trumbell seems to get a decent amount of visitors from the register and we did run into a pretty large group/sect from Utah on our way down, but by no means did it take away from the experience, or feeling of remoteness.
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Apr 13 2015
Hippy
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 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Mount Trumbull TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hippy
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,589 AEG
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Stunning views in the first mile or so
Once up in the thick trees I was not impressed :p

I ran to the summit solo as my hiking partner was "old and slow" as he put it.

I did a bit of trail maintenance in a few places as the actual path didn't really exist. Seems to be the story of all my hikes lately haha

Anyway lots of thick trees. Yuck.

Ran back down to meet Ol Doug I scoured the pueblo ruins and the old saw mill near the TH then we headed out to see the Nampaweap rock art then back to Toroweap for the night.
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Sep 25 2012
toddak
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 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Mount Trumbull TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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toddak
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The trail was closed due to a fire that burned much of the mountaintop earlier this summer.
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Mar 15 2012
JuanJaimeiii
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 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Mount Trumbull TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,592 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   3.13 mph
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Day Two Hike for of Road Trippin/Hike Journey. Mount Trumbull.

From Marble Canyon it is about 75 miles to Fredonia, from there to Mount Trumbull is about 58 miles down a dirt road. I have heard and read horror stories about this road. I came prepared with new BFG All Terrains on the Jeep but no need. Much to my surprise the road is in excellent shape. I don't know if it was recently graded or what but my average speed of travel on that road was in the 50 mph range.

It was a beautiful morning and a little crisp out but nice. Upon reaching the trailhead I changed shoes and put on my Camelback. Don't ask me why but I left the Jeep running while I was getting ready. Then somehow I made a total bonehead move and shut the driver's door. Guess what?!? The key is now locked inside the car and the car is running. I am miles from the nearest anything! The idea of breaking the window came to mind but what a mess that would be. Then I grabbed a hold of the top of the door and pulled on it. I was able to get it to pry away enough to insert a tree branch. All I would need is a long something to reach the electric lock. There it was right in front of me. The Trail Marker! I worked it out of the ground and presto the door was open! Whew! Pounded the marker back in to its place and off I went with a sigh of relief.

Much of the trail and terrain is volcanic rock and soft brown dirt which was nice. As I gained elevation I started to come into patches of snow that hadn't melted. This made trail finding a bit difficult but proved helpful later. The last mile to the summit is not maintained by BLM but there are random cairns to help guide the way.

Up top I found the Geodic survey marker and a pyramid of rocks but no register. The book says there is one but I didn't see it.

On the way back down my tracks in the snow made for easy route finding. There is plenty to explore in the area and on my next visit I would like to check out Mount Logan if time permits.

Next stop Arizona Hot Springs, after a long drive through the beautiful Arizona Strip, past the Virgin Mountains, past Las Vegas, and over the new Bridge at the Hoover Dam.
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May 23 2011
loganbeau
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 Joined May 23 2011
 St. George, UT
Mount Trumbull TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,589 AEG
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The trailhead is also located at Nixon Springs. It used to be a free flowing spring, but the BLM has capped it and buried the faucet, so there is no water source. It is gorgeous on this mountain any time of year, although in the winter during a storm it can drop quite a bit of snow. But usually its not too bad. During the summer, it's hot. 90 degrees on average. The base and summit are beautiful and nestled in the pines and cedars, but most of the scramble up the face of the mountain is exposed to the sun, and on the basalt rock and lava its not uncommon for ground temperatures to reach in excess of 115 or 120. So you need to bring plenty of water, and really good shoes for the hike up. Lava rock can eat tennis shoes to pieces in less than an hour.

This hike is TOTALLY WORTH IT! It is absolutely beautiful! I highly recommend it. But you have to understand that getting there is costly. It's a long drive on a really rough road. I've traveled it probably 100 times, and theres about a 60% chance you will get at least 1 flat tire, and 100% guarantee you will need a realignment. And you will smell the dust from your A/C for the rest of your vehicles existence. Again, it's TOTALLY WORTH IT, but don't think this is an easy Sunday drive in the old Oldsmobile.
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Oct 19 2004
klmagnan
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 Joined Sep 06 2002
 Mesa, AZ
Mount Trumbull TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
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klmagnan
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,589 AEG
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Hiked Mt. Trumbull on October 12, 2004. Started out about 10:30 in the morning. We had camped at the Toroweap campground for two nights prior and did the Mt. Trumbull hike on our way out of the area. We were amazed at how different the weather and terrain was at Mt. Trumbull, just 20 miles from Toroweap. Mt. Trumbull is in the pines. It was 60 degrees when we started our hike--delightful hiking weather. We hiked until the trail ran out. The trail is quite steep, but very wide, well marked, and seems to be well maintained.
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Jul 19 1998
mazatzal
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 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Mount Trumbull TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 19 1998
mazatzal
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,589 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.31 mph
1,589 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Took the trail up Mt Trumbull on our way to Toroweap. Great trail. Stark contrast to Toroweap.
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