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Jan 20 2020
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Ducey Garfias, AZ 
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chumley
Hiking13.41 Miles 2,430 AEG
Hiking13.41 Miles   6 Hrs   33 Mns   2.22 mph
2,430 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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A new peak, and a new wilderness checked off the non-existent list. :y:

I had no idea what we would find as far as water goes. It was dryer to start than I was expecting, but wetter along the way than I had figured. The crown jewel was pretty much perfect. A real treat to visit this one. Clouds and a breeze made this an outstanding day to visit. I'd put it on the list for an annual cool-weather loop.

Made it back to town just before a wheel fell off my truck. That could have happened in a worse place! :sweat:
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BiFrost
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 Phoenix, AZ
Ducey Garfias, AZ 
Ducey Garfias, AZ
 
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BiFrost
Hiking13.41 Miles 2,430 AEG
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Chumley put together a nice loop with little bit of everything. A good peak climb and some canyoning with more than expected pools along the way. We hiked Governors Peak first and took a break on top to enjoy the views of the lake and everything else. Then headed off trail down to a side drainage feeding Garfias Wash.

Lost of water in Garfias and we did a side trip up canyon to the more scenic stretches with some pools and cascades. Turning around we headed back downstream to lower Garfias Wash which had water the whole way until we exited. The exit followed good trail back to the start and closed the loop.
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Jan 12 2020
outdoor_lover
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Governors PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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outdoor_lover
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,930 AEG
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I walked out this day to have a meeting with the Governor. I was going to ask about declaring this day a minor, nuisance Holiday. I really wanted to go find the Lost Dutchman, but with my Birthday falling on a Sunday this year, I really didn't want to see the Zoo. Took me just a bit to find another Location and I remembered my New Year's Day Hike last year. First time I had ever Hiked in that area and I felt like it was time to go back and do some more. So the goal became to Go West Old Woman. I picked a Hike that I thought I could currently handle.

After a Comedy of Errors type morning, I finally got there, a bit later than I wanted, but I was there. Missed the Sunrise, but caught the Moonset. Four steps out of the Vehicle and my right knee starts barking. I've been getting flare ups on it for a couple of months, but usually AFTER a hard workout, not before. Judging from the past, it was going to bother me all day. It was almost like it knew what was coming and was trying to get me to change my mind. I said screw it and started hiking anyway. Along the way, I came to a realization. I really don't have Hiking Legs yet. While the Gym has gotten me in better shape, it's no substitute for a Trail. And this Trail showed little mercy. The baseball sized rocks found every muscle and tissue band in my legs that a Gym never touched. Fatigue was setting in way quicker than I hoped. 30 minutes in, I finally stopped and got some Ibuprofen on board as the barking was getting louder. But I kept going and just took my time. By the time I finally reached the top of the 1st Saddle, and saw what I had left, doubt started to creep in. I was really fatigued and although the barking was reduced to a yap, I wondered if I had enough juice in the legs to make this Peak. But, as some on this Site will tell you, I am stubborn and I hate not finishing something I've started. So I kept going.

This Hike was beginning to remind me of Bart. But instead of Hills, it was Saddles. I started to wonder if I was ever going to finally meet the Horse. But somehow, I made the last Saddle and then realized that what I had been looking at from down below wasn't even the Peak yet. :sweat: I started to go up the nearest peak, then lost the "Trail" and decided to check RS. Oops. ](*,) As I was on that slant, a Bald Eagle showed up over the Peak I was headed to. And then another and they kept circling. Made me wonder if they had a Nest on that rocky false peak and I was bothering them. But I changed direction, heading for the right Peak, and they disappeared. I scoured those cliffs with the Camera from Governors, but didn't see anything that could be a nest. All of the cliffs around though seemed to be popular perches, judging from all the white on the rocks.

I found the Trail and got back on track. Finally hit the Peak and collapsed for a bit. Enjoyed the views, spied on a Resort and ate lunch. Couldn't sign the Register, it's pretty much a mess, but I squeezed one of my Photography Cards into the jar. A Hummingbird checked me out for a bit while I was up there, hovering as close as 10 feet from my face.

And then it was time to get back down. Took more drugs and hoped the knee held up. It was barking again and made my whole right leg feel weak. Made it down to Four Tanks and took a break. I had thought about making this a Loop and taking Four Tanks down to Castle Creek, but since my knowledge of this area was limited and unsure about the knee, I opted to go back the way I came. Was hoping to get some views of the lake with the sun behind as well.
Ibuprofen and uphill is a knee's best friend. It was down to a whimper going up and over that last saddle. Once I started back down, it progressed back to a yap, but never barked again. I was definitely fatigued, but on an out and back I become like a horse heading for the barn and I manage to finish strong. But when I got to the Escape, I was ready to be at the Escape. :sweat: I have a long way to go to get back in Hiking shape. With that said, I didn't fall on my ass, although this Trip kicked my butt. In spite of the fatigue and the knee, I actually really enjoyed this Hike. With the exception of the road, and some distant gunfire, I had the place to myself and that was really nice. The Scenery was amazing and there were a lot of birds. I heard some Burros, but didn't see any on the Hike. I was very surprised that really, there is a Trail all the way up. It's hard to find in a few places up to that 2nd saddle, but someone has done a good job of Cairn placement, without overdoing it, so it was a pleasant surprise to do very little bushwacking and route finding.

I hit the Escape during the ebbing of the Golden Hour, so although I was done Hiking, I wasn't quite done. Driving out, I ran into some real asses and although the light was poor, I just had to stop and shoot them. I stopped again where the road crossed the water as the light there was still nice. After that, I went into town and had a nice Ribeye and trimmings for dinner. I've survived 57 years and lost a pound of fat on this day, I deserved it. Although my mind would like to be 40, my knees think I'm 65. So I'll have to be content at 57 for now. Cheers!

Way too many Photos...You'd think I would've learned by now. [-(
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There are a brave few out there.

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At the TH

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Still a few small Pools left where the Trail crosses.
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Dec 27 2018
climbrock5
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 Peoria, AZ
Spring Valley TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2018
climbrock5
Hiking5.25 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles   2 Hrs      2.63 mph
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Couldn't travel far and I don't live far from lake pleasant so I decided to look on HAZ to find a trail I haven't done. I found this Gem after some searching.

Beautiful trail, definitely need to go back to explore some more. Does anyone know if any of the peaks close to this trail can be bagged?

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Mar 15 2018
norm5715
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Spring Valley TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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norm5715
Hiking7.66 Miles 906 AEG
Hiking7.66 Miles   3 Hrs   47 Mns   2.15 mph
906 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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Conditions were very good. The trail was, for the most part stable and easy to navigate. Also, conditions were dry.

I've been hiking this particular trail for the past 4 years and have found the cairns are large and easy to follow.

I have always spotted burros on the trail and today was no exception. We saw a mother (I'm not actually sure of the sex) and a juvenile. Really neat. The adult did snort and warn us away, but, of course, no danger.

In the past the cairns seemed to end just as we came to the area where we would go down to the wash. Now the trail is well marked going down to the wash and we even saw a cairn or two on the wash.

Additionally, in the past, when coming back down the wash to return to the trail, We would miss the turn off and would have to come back. There are now a couple cairns at the junction, so it's easier to find the trail back to the trail head.

Just at the junction, there are several boulders to comfortably sit and have a snack.

Great easy hike with beautiful vistas looking at lake pleasant.

The only difficult part of the hike is the drive to the trail head, but worth it.
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Feb 23 2018
AZWanderingBear
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 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Spring Valley TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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AZWanderingBear
Hiking8.17 Miles 1,029 AEG
Hiking8.17 Miles   4 Hrs   14 Mns   2.14 mph
1,029 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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Cool, cloudy and a little windy -- good time to head to the Hieroglyphics for a hike. KactusKutie had enjoyed Governors Peak with the girls, so I thought a return to the area was in order.

Spring Valley was as easy as promised in the description, but still a pretty little trail. A group of 10 hikers from Peoria passed us heading out. Peorians apparently wake up earlier than I do.

We soon dropped down into Garfias and walked up the wash enjoying the multitude of differing rocks along the stream bed. Lots of great areas for the burros and plenty of evidence they had been there, but no burro sightings. Took a break near a quartz geode broken open but embedded in some granite. That became our turn around point.

Spits of rain began as we neared the trailhead, but never amounted to much. A burro sounded off nearby as we loaded up in the truck to depart.

Drove up to check on the progress at Castle Hot Springs Resort. Lots of activity and a sign announcing a planned opening in October!!! Can't wait.
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Dec 23 2017
joebartels
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Spring Valley - Garfias - Governors Peak Loop, AZ 
Spring Valley - Garfias - Governors Peak Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2017
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Hiking11.88 Miles 2,139 AEG
Hiking11.88 Miles   7 Hrs   38 Mns   1.89 mph
2,139 ft AEG   1 Hour   21 Mns Break4 LBS Pack
 
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Here's a little loop Bruce wrote six years ago. That one ended on a sour note with a private property scolding. We hiked a bonafide legal version with Ben four years ago. This nearby gem felt like a good fit for a tight holiday schedule. If you enjoy moderately challenging off trail adventures & live near the Valley you might enjoy exploring.

Spring Valley Trail
The morning light through this desert jungle never disappoints. Per usual I asked myself why I've neglected more visits.

Garfias Wash
Under 3 miles in take a right off trail into Garfias. If it rubs you the wrong way turn back pdq because 5 miles of sand and gravel is looking to scold your feet. 6 miles in on a short out-n-back towards Horse Creek we found slow running water and a good twenty foot diameter pool capped with half inch thick ice. The first two hours of our hike were cold and it's been cold recently in the valley... still seemed unexpected.

I took a break at the pool while Bruce scrambled up creek. Autumn auditioned technicolor magic on a willow and cottonwood. Along with a trickling creek and the warmth of the sun after a chilly start was a real treat.

Unnamed Creek
Not sure if this one is named. We take it NW out of Garfias to the SW side of Governors Peak. There are 2 areas to scramble. No biggie for most. It was just in my range with lots of help from Bruce. I get by fine and adapt on most things one handed. Crumbly rock scrambles without corrective-balance race nightmares through the mind at warp speed.

Governors Peak
The western approach is semi steep and semi loose. Nothing horrible, going up is less prone to accidents and a trail gets you down the South. We lunched with a curious bee Bruce dubbed George. Excellent internet kept lunch social.

Synopis
Great little adventure-hike near the valley with exotic terrain, a smorgasbord of cacti and a hint of water.

Consumed 38 oz water
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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
2 days to Christmas, Autumn keeps on giving. Cottonwoods, Willows & Tamarisk looking nice
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The_Eagle
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Spring Valley - Garfias - Governors Peak Loop, AZ 
Spring Valley - Garfias - Governors Peak Loop, AZ
 
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The_Eagle
Hiking12.97 Miles 2,278 AEG
Hiking12.97 Miles   7 Hrs   33 Mns   1.94 mph
2,278 ft AEG      51 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
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Pre dawn start with temps in the 30's and dead batteries in the head lamp. The cell phone sufficed for the first 20 minutes until daylight.

We warmed up with the uphill on the Spring Valley Trail with the sun rising. This is a real nice trail to take with the sun rising over Lake Pleasant.

Dropping into Garfias Wash, we seemed to loose about 10 degrees of temperature. This is an easy wash walk with interesting geology. Some may not like the need to empty the sand out of your shoes occasionally (like BoeJartels)

We got to an area that we practiced Safety First and Joe waited, while I scoped out a bit farther towards Hell Canyon.

Back to pick up Joe and headed up the unnamed side canyon we'd been in a few times before. I remembered there being one area of concern for our Safety First campaign. Slow and steady and we made our way up the 12' dry fall. Oops, forgot about the second one. The best we could do on this one, was safety second. With a bit of time and patience, 20'er negotiated.

The climb to Governors Peak from our angle was steep but straightforward. Great views for lunch. First lunch I can remember where we could see the end of the hike and truck, some 3 miles away.

Governors Peak 360
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Great day in Hell.

No Burros sighted, we were brayed twice.

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Did not make it to the spring, but there was plenty of filterable water flowing downstream
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MountainMatt
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Garfias-Hell-Gov Peak Loop, AZ 
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MountainMatt
Hiking11.97 Miles 2,262 AEG
Hiking11.97 Miles   7 Hrs   19 Mns   2.17 mph
2,262 ft AEG   1 Hour   48 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
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A fun and thrilling day out in the HC Wilderness!
I was doing my own re-creation of "El Jefe y El Águilas" 03/02/13 HC loop trek that I had to end a tad bit short due to lack of daylight but nonetheless it certainly was quite the little adventure...

The weather was absolutely beautiful while ascending Gov Peak with no rain and a picturesque surrounding of looming clouds, I rushed to the top with anticipation of getting my camera out as I saw the nearby Bradshaw Mountains covered in a fresh dusting of snow!
But of course with my luck as soon as a finished adding a new log to the summit jar and cracked open my brew I was soon enveloped in a thick layer of low hanging clouds which was followed with sparatic rainfall which actually turned into a mild sleet at some points.
[ youtube video ]
The Castle Hot Springs paradise and ranches were soon out of view and I was left with visibility of about 10-15 feet, it was at that time I made my way down Govs and was headed for the canyons.

About 1/4 Mike from Govs summit there is a beautiful flat saddle where I found a large herd of resting cattle and some of the best looking Teddy Bear Cholla that were all surrounded by vibrant green desert grass.
Even though it was still raining I couldn't help but take out my camera to snap a few quick photos of the unique storm scenery.

While walking making my way down the drainage that leads to HC Canyon and Garfias I found myself tracking fresh and definitive signs of a mountain kitty.
Not only was I finding new clear paw prints but I came across what I believe was my first kill cache, underneath a bush to the left of the wash was a recently killed javelina with its stomach eaten out, from everything I read about lion behavior that's a clear sign of thier kill.
Needless to say I head my head was on a swivel the next couple of miles and may have even quickened my step a little if you might imagine.

Upon reaching the Hell Canyon confluence I was greeted with a heavenly sight of a flowing cascades, fog and incredible cliffsides.
I wandered a bit up into HC Canyon but it was already 3:30 or so and steady rainfall prevented me going further.

Luckily Garfias Wash provided me with all the flowing water and slick rock cascades in which I had originally came for.
I was a kid in a candy store down-climbing 10-15 drops with flowing water and deep pools all around me.
After passing one of the more idyllic waterfalls it was at that point I had to take a picture regardless of the now pouring rainfall.
I found a cliff overhang to stay relatively dry while I set up my makeshift plans of using a bag cover and dry bag to cover my camera while I quickly ran out into the storm and set up for 10 minutes of tripod time in conditions I never should put my gear in.
Luckily I managed to keep my camera dry and captured a couple rare desert storm scenes in the process but it was at that point I realized I was well behind schedule and needed to boogie.

I rushed to make it to the Spring Valley Junction before nightfall and made as much ground as I could before it was time to bust out the headlamp.
The last hour was a soaking wet torrential downpour in which I was so very grateful for the ridiculously cairned trail that in any other situation I would find annoying.
In this case it was so helpful since the storm left my visibility to just a couple of feet and it was at that point I was just hoping my headlamp did not stop working due to being waterlogged as without simple technology I would have been screwed.
Granted I had my rainfly, backup headlamps and my phone but it's always a humbling experience being in the wilderness solo at night under harsh storm conditions.

Spring valley trail was a running creek the rest of the hike and upon getting back to my SUV and driving home I watched the desert flood with water as I could have used a scuba for my engine for some of the 2-3 foot deep washes I encountered the ride home.

Overall a memorable and awesome day exploring another new slice of Arizona Wilderness!
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Water was flowing at a healthy clip 2 1/2 miles in from the Spring Valley Junction.
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May 22 2016
mt98dew
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 Phoenix,Az
Spring Valley TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mt98dew
Hiking6.24 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking6.24 Miles   2 Hrs   24 Mns   2.60 mph
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It's been awhile. Decided to test the "waters" with this untried trail. Got to the TH a little later than I wanted around 5:30. (With sunrise being what it is I can be on the trail at 4:45 and have enough light to navigate). One person, with camera and tripod on shoulder, was just starting off as I pulled in. Based on write ups I felt fairly confident in doing the Spring Valley Trail with little preparation. The trail IS well cairned! and based on the trail register the trail gets quite a bit of action. The trail was easy to follow, though I did get lead astray by one of several game (burro) trails. This occurred about a mile after just crossing a wash. The actual trail switchbacks to the right and instead, I followed a straight burro track to the left. I realized I was off track when I didn't see a cairn within a few 100 ft. Because of the terrain and the size of the cairns I was able to blaze across the desert without having to backtrack. The distance may be off a bit because of my detour but it was about 2.2 miles to reach the top of the hill overlooking Garfia's Wash. Nice! Not spectacular, but very nice. The trail down to the wash was more drawn out than I expected and though not as heavily used as the first part, still cairned and easy to follow. Walked the was a little bit, just to make sure that I would hit 6 miles for my hike and then headed back.

It's funny: not having hiked in a couple of months I was surprised at the thrill I got when I saw rabbits and quail on the trail. I typically don't even acknowledge/appreciate them on my hikes. I also saw a hawk, chipmunk, lizards and the stars of the show BURROS! Counted 19 burros in various groupings on my way in and boy were they talking! I've encountered burros frequently, especially in this Hells Canyon, and I've never heard so much braying. If I was in sight, then they were braying. Very nice way to get back on the trails.
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Spring Valley TrailPhoenix, AZ
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MountainMatt
Hiking5.42 Miles 683 AEG
Hiking5.42 Miles   4 Hrs   12 Mns   1.81 mph
683 ft AEG   1 Hour   12 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
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Was totally indecisive yesterday and just could not decide to go camp somewhere or a quick day hike. With that being said I ended up taking a late spur of the moment trip out to Governors Peak. I am a person of plan and order and I had not even glanced at the route to GP prior to coming, usually before any trip big or small I always study the map, route and terrain for hours on end. First off I didn't make it to the TH until 3:30pm, I also figured since this place had a trail for the most part I really didn't even bother to pay much attention which was unusual for me, what I did not know was that there were multiple trails out there! :sweat: I foolishly wandered on the Spring Valley Trail for a few miles and the whole time I was like just like why I'm the heck is this trail going back towards LP??? I knew Governor and Salvation were the complete opposite way! I even tried following distinct Burro trails back west to GP but after awhile realized I was going nowhere specific. Completely foolish of me but after re reading my screenshot of the triplog I realized I missed the Hermit trail junction. It was too late in the day to backtrack or make on off trail hike from there so I climbed to a little HP I'd like to dub "Burro Vista Viewpoint" basically due to the immense amounts of donkey shit and the great views it had of the area!

What I saw atop the vista blew my mind! It was truly like something out of a movie, "a hot day in the arid desert and the suddenly miles away he catches a glimpse of the beautiful oasis." :worthy:
I knew there were springs out here but I figured that Castle Hot Springs and all the other private properties have closed them off so seeing this one surrounded by no residences just made me one eager hiker!
The oasis was even more spectacular than I imagined! I was greeted with running water, giant natural palm trees and a temperature nearly fifteen degrees cooler than the exposed desert.
Safe to say this place is a true desert oasis powered by some rather powerful natural springs, I assume it wouldn't usually have the running water like it currently does but due to our recent rain it made this place a real paradise! There was seperate section of the oasis located within 1/2 mile away from the main one, it was not as large but had a decent little spring of its own along with the remains of a nearby old homestead that I would have loved to live in!

The unexpected find created a nice little loop back to my SUV and I arrived just after the sunset. I will be back to bag Governor and Salvation now that I know exactly what I did wrong but all in all I was more than satisfied with the way yesterday turned out. :D
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Mar 18 2016
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Spring Valley TrailPhoenix, AZ
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rehlers
Hiking5.60 Miles 800 AEG
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Trail was in good shape overall. The first 2 miles or so is easy to follow and well cairned. The last 0.25-0.5 mile starts getting faint. I added a number of smaller cairns to try and aid going down to Garfias wash. Pretty area and fun hike to do.
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Jan 25 2014
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Hiking6.02 Miles 1,054 AEG
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Hiked to the wash and back with Sam. Saw 3 burros and 2 javelinas. Nice hike.
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Governors PeakPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.61 Miles 2,339 AEG
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We met Barrett at a secret rendevous but before he pulled in we were greeted by several men with guns. They asked Denny and I where we were going and if we wanted them to come look for us if my car was there for more than a day. Our ride showed up late(2 minutes) per usual. Then we headed on the highway to hell(see pic 1). The boys up front were nice and comfy and they mocked me every chance they got. The plan was to hike a peak or two and we accomplished our goal.

Before the hike our guide took us all over showing the various landmarks and places where not to start the hike. At 630am, we were at the trailhead that we had previously passed by. The trail welcomes you with a sign in and a sign welcoming you to hell. Denny was todays' sign model and did a bang uo job. You start on a trail for a while and then head off trail towards the summit. The climb was hot and humid but there wasn't too much whining. We decided to have a snack in the shade just off the summit and chilled for a while. Next it was on to Lt. Governors peak which is close by and a little lower.

Finding a route to Salvation took some time and we cliffed out and had to backtrack a few times. We finally broke thru a rock layer and it was smooth travels from there on out. I was expecting to see an Army on Salvation but it was empty. Its a pretty cool peak with a flagpole. I think the flag was from the Coan era. Barrett and I climed the rocks and we discovered a laddder route which we coaxed Denny to take. The views all day were pretty
sweet. The route off Salvation was scary steep and I don't think I'd go that way again. I had one mishap that involved two huge boulders; one of which hit my calf as my life was flashing neon green. As we were hiking back to the truck, Barrett points out a coyote that was really a bobcat :y: . Bobcats are super cool and this one was no exception. We also passed some guys unloading ammo at a poor innocent paper target.

All-in-all, it was a fun day with good company and good snacks.
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Jul 20 2013
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 79
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Governors PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2013
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking7.61 Miles 2,339 AEG
Hiking7.61 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   1.83 mph
2,339 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
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Barrett
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Bob said I could go hiking with him and Barrett so I was in, not knowing where or what.I thought I was in trouble when we meet where many police cars were :o :? :scared: .Barrett drove and he does things a little different.He drives over to show you where you will start and finish before you start the hike ;) .
we signed in and started the hike which was easy to follow most of the way up.With the humidity it was quite the workout getting to our first summit.I signed us in and joined the boys in a nice shaddy spot Barrett picked out for a break.This break in the shade with a cold Gatorade did the trick and we were off to our next summit.Once there,Bob and Barrett were not sure about the ladder so they let the fat guy go first :? .It all worked out as I got to miss the pole dance :o .The views were great.The route down was steep and thick and it took me longer than going up.From there it was smooth sailing back to the truck.Barrett even showed us a Bobcat(very cool).A little warm but a nice hike in an area I have not spent much time in.Nice to meet another Hazer and hike with him and Bob.Thanks for driving Barrett and Bob and thanks for the cold beverage! :D
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Mar 02 2013
The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Garfias-Hell-Gov Peak Loop, AZ 
Garfias-Hell-Gov Peak Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2013
The_Eagle
Hiking13.73 Miles 2,751 AEG
Hiking13.73 Miles   7 Hrs   56 Mns   1.93 mph
2,751 ft AEG      50 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
 
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Eaglet
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Variation of a hike we did almost 2 years ago. This one was legal, staying off the private property that was not marked in the direction we came from. My son Ben joined us this time.

A chilly morning on the Spring Valley trail. We took this down to the Garfias Wash, which was even chillier in the shade.

We added Hell Canyon and threw in a little loop around a mound in a wash. We had a cool little little 30' down climb in the wash. Hell Canyon is a pretty little area, and worth the side trip.

From here it was back to an unnamed canyon to connect to an old trail. Next a steep climb to the top of Governors Peak. Vast 360 views from up here, including a view into the closed down Castle Hot Springs Resort

Video ==> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3DcqrHHLA8&edit=vd

It was more or less all downhill from here back to the car.

An enjoyable day. Temps got real warm (Relativly Speaking) in the early afternoon.
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Patches of poppies and others

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Trickles and Green pools scattered along the way

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Trickles of water along the wash. Green pools in many areas.
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Mar 02 2013
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Garfias-Hell-Gov Peak Loop, AZ 
Garfias-Hell-Gov Peak Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2013
joebartels
Hiking13.10 Miles 2,475 AEG
Hiking13.10 Miles   7 Hrs   55 Mns   1.83 mph
2,475 ft AEG      45 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Eaglet
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After waiting like five hours for Ben to make an appearance and bless us with his presence we got underway.* Bruce and I did this loop two years ago. This time we managed to stay on public property. There are some very nice views, twists and peaks out in Hells Gate. Almost eerie that we didn't see another hiker. Just one camper sleeping in or out hunting.

The best part about hiking with the eaglet is watching him grin ear to ear when I say things to the eagle he's probably wanted to say a few times :sl:

* slight exaggeration
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Desert Anemone
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Blue Dicks, Desert Anemone, Wild Heliotrope, Wiry Lotus and a few others I forget... sparse

Poppies in medium patches.

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Feb 22 2013
hippiepunkpirate
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 Guides 25
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35 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 Peoria, AZ
Spring Valley TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2013
hippiepunkpirate
Hiking3.20 Miles 480 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
480 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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This was an early morning hike for sunrise viewing, and of course photography. Went up the "Hermit Trail" to a spot I had in mind up on the first ridge, and got there just in time for the sun. Messed around taking pics and enjoying the sunrise for about 45 minutes before heading off trail down the ridge. Decided to check out Spring Valley Trail a bit before heading home. Wasn't too impressed with Spring Valley, so I climbed off trail up a little hill and found a nice rock to sit upon while eating a granola bar, then headed back to the car.
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Mar 25 2012
burntlizard
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 Guides 1
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49 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Spring Valley TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2012
burntlizard
Hiking6.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.18 mph
200 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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Nice quick hike with Uncle Gerald.
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Feb 29 2012
Sun_Ray
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72 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Spring Valley TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 29 2012
Sun_Ray
Hiking5.80 Miles 1,034 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   2.34 mph
1,034 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Hiked today with friend Marcus, Judy and Java. The highlights were the cairns and burro sighting. Love the way the burros hiss at you letting you know 'hey I see you!'. Would have been fun to watch the teens build these very large cairns trying to outdo each other. We all really enjoyed this hike. My GPS gave us the mileage and AEG to the wash bottom and back. No other hikers on the trail today.
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