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Sep 06 2020
SmashleyMF
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 Phoenix, AZ
Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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SmashleyMF
Hiking4.30 Miles 293 AEG
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Aug 09 2020
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 Scottsdale
Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Hiking5.25 Miles 415 AEG
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Carolyn and I pushed off from the Sandy Canyon trailhead at 9:00 with a temperature of 74 degrees and it was 82 degrees when we finished. We hiked up Walnut Canyon a little ways past the 2nd cave before turning around and coming back. Sandy Canyon was shallow and wide which put it in the sun. Walnut Canyon is much steeper and tight with a single track winding trail under tree cover the entire way. Really pretty but the elevation kicked my butt on the little 200 foot climb out of the canyon. The hike came in at 5.25 miles in 2 hours with 415 feet of AEG.
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Aug 08 2020
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Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Eartheist
Hiking5.23 Miles 394 AEG
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 Mesa, AZ
Sandys Walnut Fisher Point, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jul 08 2020
CannondaleKid
Hiking9.30 Miles 1,313 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   4 Hrs   34 Mns   2.11 mph
1,313 ft AEG      10 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
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As the hospital neared capacity and with the additional safety precautions (masks all the time, double-masking and face shields in patient rooms) it's no wonder Tracey's stress level needed a reset. So with Tonto closed it called for a short camping trip somewhere among the pines in Coconino NF.

A few months ago Tracey backpacked AZT 31 and really enjoyed the short trek in Sandys Canyon so that was at the top of our list. But where will we camp? Hmmm, let's see... last year we hiked a southbound out-and-back on AZT #28 and it appeared we could camp within a quarter-mile of where we turned around so we could easily pick up where we left off. And just like that the decision was practically made for us.

We drove up Tuesday afternoon, set up camp just off Forest Road 294 near the Happy Jack Ranger station and settled in for a relaxing evening with the accompaniment of the-wind-through-the-pines and elk calls.

Up early Wednesday, a 40 minute drive and we on the trail. The hike through Sandys Canyon was a joy, reasonably cool, clear skies, whispering pines and an easy tread. As we headed into Walnut Canyon the walls and the trail closed in but the scenery made up for it. Part of our plan was to visit Fisher Point but not wishing to attempt an off-trail cliff scaling it meant shortening our sojourn into Walnut.

Back out of Walnut we took the quick trip up to Fisher Point, lunched at the overlook and began the return trip. At the start of the descent we met a mountain biker and lower down a pair of bikers.
Kind of funny comparison:
- The first biker (mid-20's?) must have been in top condition as he was riding up the rocks like they were nothing and he wasn't even breathing hard.
- The pair of bikers (16-18 yrs old?) were breathing hard and walking their bikes barely 100 yards from the start of the climb.

As we headed back into Sandys Canyon, knowing they would be faster than us we slowed down for an equestrian tour group to slot in ahead of us. It wasn't long before the equestrians turned west into a wide drainage. Shortly after that we turned off and followed an elk trail headed up to the ridge which resulted in some nice views over the canyon. We continued on the trails until catching another hiking track back to the trailhead.

Almost forgot... on our return trip in Sandys we were buzzed three times by a C-130. It didn't appear marked as a fire-fighting plane so I wondered if it may have been from the National Guard.
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Jun 10 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Fishing for Sandys Walnut, AZ 
Fishing for Sandys Walnut, AZ
 
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Hiking10.20 Miles 982 AEG
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Received a message from Pam (outdoor_lover) asking if we were interested in hiking Sandys Canyon and the AZT #31 above Walnut Canyon with her. Of course we said yes or you wouldn't be reading this. Mixed blessing for me...great to get out of the heat but a bummer for my lungs hiking @7000' for the third time in a month or so.

Let's start at 6 o'clock, she said. It will be 39 degrees so how about 7 o'clock?, I said. It will be 55 degrees, she said. I still disagreed but it was her hike so we set our alarm for 3 am to appease our taskmaster. I so ought to kick her :pk: HAZ's forecast planner the night before said it would be 31 and when we pulled into the trailhead it was 28. A mile into the hike we dropped down into Sandys Canyon where it was a balmy and breezy 24 degrees and ice was starting to form on my mustache. :o Joining us on the hike was my friend John from Williams, Az. More than a friend actually, as he was best man at our wedding. John was part of the crew that helped build the Mile and a Half Rest House on the Bright Angel Trail. :app: He started telling some frostbite amputation stories. Yep, that's John.

The sun finally came over the canyon walls and our spirits improved. We took the fork near Fay Canyon to make the climb up to Fisher Point for the views of Humphreys and Walnut Canyon. For the record, this 1 mile section of trail climbing up to the point could be the best looking mile of forest I've ever seen. Good tread, gorgeous rock formations, wild rose bushes and Lupine lining the trail. And let's not forget the Oaks, Ash, and Ponderosa Pine. I'll be back.

Once up on top Pam wanted to continue east on the AZT for a few miles. Cathy and I preferred to go back down and follow the floor of Walnut Canyon east to check out the caves we read about in other HAZer's logs. We agreed to meet up later in the day in Walnut Canyon. She was going to backtrack and find us on our return route. I won't go into much detail on our excursion in Walnut. Lots of info on HAZ. We found all the caves we were looking for and then some. We ended up going much farther east than planned as the canyon just kept getting better and better. We got to a point were we decided we better think about turning around. We didn't know for certain how many miles we had come due to the fact I made the mistake of bringing my GPS into one of the caves early on and it went bonkers. At this point some crashing in the bush startled us and Pam appeared out of nowhere looking different.

She appeared somewhat pleased with herself, yet at the same time she looked like she had seen a ghost. Turns out she decided not to backtrack but to make her own way down into Walnut from above. I guess she got cliffed out and had a white knuckle time making it down the last couple hundred feet. : rambo :

One of the highlights of the hike was running across a mated pair of Mexican Spotted Owls. I got good shots of the male but every one of my photos of the female were not in focus...at all. Hopefully Pam got some good shots to share in her photoset. Thanks for the invite Pam, good times and memories. Oh BTW, we pigged out on Mexican food in Flag after the hike. One of my enchiladas was dangerously HOT. I might be having a white knuckle time of my own later. :o
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Fishing for Sandys Walnut, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jun 10 2020
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Hiking9.00 Miles 1,075 AEG
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Another that has been on my list for a long time. I meant to go last week, but couldn't get out. Decided that the LosDosSloFolks might like this one, so sent out the invite. I've changed my Hiking day to Wednesdays due to crowds on Fridays, but still start early to try to avoid people in the morning at least. And that high elevation sun does get pretty intense in the afternoons if there's no shade. Most don't like to start that early especially when you figure in the drive. Greg and Cathy are no exception, but they decided to humor me. I looked at the Forecast and the high was supposed to be 80 with a low that morning of 38. At 5:00 a.m. in Mund's Park, it was 50 degrees. I was impressed. It wouldn't last long. Dinking around Lake Mary before our meet time at 6:00, I wore a heavier jacket. Lots of Elk and Deer spotted along the road. I had to stop for a herd of about 25 Mule Deer crossing the road at one point. Eagles and Osprey at the Lake.

Got to the TH and met up with the Crew and John, their friend from Williams. It was 28 degrees. Decided since I would be moving, I could get away with the lighter sweatshirt, but donned gloves. Hands still eventually got cold the first 45 minutes until we hit sun. But it was perfect after that until just before we finished midday, as the sun got really warm. 80 up there, feels like 95 down here. Thinner air, higher elevation, more intense sun.

When I planned this, I tried really hard to make a loop out of it, scrutinizing possibilities to get down into Walnut and then back up the other side. But nothing looked very promising. I did, however, plan the Hike above, to where I ended at a side canyon going down into Walnut. It had possibilities and I thought I'd go that far and at least check it out. Greg and I talked about it before the Hike and decided that we might split up for a bit, if I wanted to go that far. They were about walking up into the Canyon itself. He did challenge himself to get up to Fisher Point and he was not the only one that enjoyed that portion of the Hike. Just a beautiful area.

I told Greg and company to take their time going back down and into Walnut Canyon and I would catch up with them down there. I had 1 1/2 miles to go from Fisher, to get to the other side Canyon, so I figured if I hustled to do the out and back, I would only be an hour behind the crew when trying to catch up. The tread along what is the Arizona Trail to that side canyon turn around point was pretty decent and I made good time. When I got there, I wanted to take a good look at it. From the top going down actually didn't look too bad and there was a game trail, which gave me hope. My concern was going to be the last 200 feet or so and wondering about cliffing out. Although, I felt like I needed to start heading back, curiosity got the best of me and I figured that if I COULD get all the way down, then I would actually be ahead of the rest of the crew. So I started following what appeared to be a deer trail. If the Wildlife were going to pick a Canyon to get all the way down to the bottom of Walnut, it would be this one. This was no steeper than some of the approach hikes I've done to technical sections of canyons, so I treated it as such and was happy for the practice. That doesn't mean it wasn't plenty steep. :sweat: And it got steeper. There were 2 spots that almost had me turning around as I appeared to be cliffed out. But I managed to find a way to get it done and in those spots, there was only one way. And I made damn sure that I could get back up what I was going down, just in case I could go no further. It took me about 45 minutes, but I got down. Only 2 remotely "sketchy" spots, but more so just because I was alone and travelling an unknown. But I was comfortable with both of those places. Just before the very bottom, I encountered a bear's morning dump. :D But the Deer were the ones that ultimately showed me the way. :y:

Since I had never been to Walnut Canyon before, I wasn't sure if there was even a Trail this far into it. At first I didn't see one so I figured I'd have to just off-trail/bushwack for a bit, but then within 200 feet of hitting bottom I encountered a really nice single track. I guessed that I was actually "ahead" of the rest of the crew, so I started going down canyon back towards Fisher. I hadn't told the Crew that I was going to try to descend into Walnut, because well, I hadn't planned on it. So I knew when I ran into them, they would be surprised. And they were. Greg came around the corner first and his expression was priceless. :lol: There was shade right there, so I took a small break. That last 45 minutes had been a bit strenuous. :sweat:

The Crew was getting a bit tired as well and thought that our rendezvous point was a good turn around spot. So we continued down canyon and just enjoyed the day. The Cliffs and Alcoves in this Canyon were pretty cool. Some of the Alcoves might be considered Caves, but they didn't go back very far. Really neat area, with a Riparian feel in places even though I didn't see any running water in there. Tons of birds and butterflies on this entire hike and some were pretty special. As we got closer to the TH, we started running into more and more people heading in. It was really quite warm in the sun by then and a cold drink and a late lunch was sounding really good. The TH parking was overflowing when we hit the Vehicles.

Finished up the Hike, got some excellent Mexican Food in Flag and then parted ways. Everyone headed for home but me. I drove back down into the Lake Mary area to do some more exploring and maybe see a Common Crane at Mormon Lake. I took a back way to get to Lake Mary, taking 128 from almost I-40, down to Lake Mary Road, around Marshall Lake. I could not believe how many people were camping on the second half of that stretch. When I got to Lake Mary, many of the parking lots were also full with lots of people on the Lake. Spent a bit of time at Lake Mary and then at Mormon Lake before heading home via Happy Jack and then over to Camp Verde to hit the 17. Nice Drive and I minimized the Elk/Road encounters although one motorist and elk wasn't so lucky. The only downfall of driving Rim and Flag country at dusk into darkness. It really makes me nervous at times.

It was a really good day. The best I've had in awhile actually. Got some mileage in, some off-trail work in, some amazing wildlife encounters in, and best of all, some laughter, which is by far the rarest experience right now. I'm so glad to have had the company on this one and they were awesome! Thanks guys! Until next time!

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Mammals: Mule Deer and Elk
Birds: Osprey, American Crow, Common Raven, Bald Eagles (Adult Pair and Fledglings), Juvenile Black-headed Grosbeak, and Mexican Spotted Owls (Probably Male and Female Pair)
Butterflies: Painted Lady, Southwestern Azure, Western Pine Elfin, Silver-spotted Skipper, Ilavia Hairstreak, Arachne Checkerspot, Common Buckeye, Weidemeyer's Admiral, and California Tortoiseshell.
Other: Grasshoppers and Plateau Fence Lizards.
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Aug 04 2018
Esikes
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Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2018
Esikes
Hiking6.76 Miles 572 AEG
Hiking6.76 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.95 mph
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Decided to get out of the heat and took a day hike up to Fisher Point (just south of Flagstaff) Via Sandy's Canyon Trail. 70 degrees to start the day with a high of 82. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL HIKE! From the trail head you follow the path down into the canyon. At first it's a little rocky, down the first 1/2 mile or so. But once into the canyon it flattens out and opens as you head North toward Fisher Point and really lets you know you're out in nature.

In the hottest part of summer here in the valley the cooler temps and green trees of Flagstaff were a welcomed sight. Tall and towering compared to the desert we're surrounded by. As you hike what is a small part of the Arizona Trail, the path evens out and widens. Each trail that intersects is well identified and easy to follow. (Kudos to the Coconino Parks and Rec. Department)

The hike to Fisher Point is just over 2 miles. Easily done within an hour. But please take the time and enjoy your surrounding. The small cave at Fisher Point is cool to explore. I won't go into to much detail, but take a flashlight and go inside, you'll love it.

Just before the cave the trail splits right (east) into Walnut Canyon or left (north *Arizona Trail) to Flagstaff. We went East further into the canyon were the trail shrinks a bit into a narrow path with much overgrowth around the creek, in which I never did see any water. I loved the winding trial through this area but we only ventured another 1 1/2 before we turned around and backtracked out.

Overall I loved this hike, although a squirrel, witch eluded my hiking partner by running right behind him, was the only wildlife I saw.
Apr 08 2018
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Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 08 2018
KBKB
Hiking9.30 Miles 860 AEG
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My wife and I hiked Sandy's Canyon and then something over a mile into Walnut Canyon. On the way back, I went up to Fisher Overlook to check out the views.

So, getting there... the written driving directions are correct for the hike, but the GPS coordinates for Google (and probably the other mapping services too) are incorrect - they led us to the nearby campground instead of Sandy's Trailhead. Not a big deal - it was easy to get to the correct starting location, but someone may want to correct this. [EDIT: Ignore the preceding paragraph - GPS coordinates for the drive have been fixed. The official GPS track has also been fixed to start at the trailhead instead of the campground.]

When we got there, I realized that I had been there once or twice back in the late eighties or early nineties. But I hadn't hiked Sandy's Canyon. I went there with some of my climbing buddies to climb at The Pit. I wasn't very good back then and really struggled on those climbs. I'd probably still struggle on them, but perhaps for different reasons.

Sandy's Canyon is okay. Walnut Canyon is a lot better - good views and more enclosed. Some cool caves along the way. The view from Fisher Overlook is okay too, but I couldn't find a point at which to see much of Walnut Canyon due to trees. (But due to time constraints, I didn't spend a lot of time up there.) In hindsight, I think my time might have been better spent hiking more of Walnut Canyon.

Like everywhere else I've hiked recently, it's really dry there.

It seemed to be a popular spot; we saw a number of other hikers and mountain bikers - a surprising number of mountain bikers. We had dropped our daughter off for an event at NAU; we found it to be a quick and easy drive to and from the campus.
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 Chandler, AZ
Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
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OdinWiski
Hiking9.36 Miles 735 AEG
Hiking9.36 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   2.85 mph
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We wanted to do an easy hike that was not long or with a lot of gain in cooler temps so we could get back mid afternoon for a gathering with friends. Fisher Point it was. Drove up and parked at the campground right off Lake Mary Rd to start the hike. The meadows and shaded little canyon path offered a pleasant walk. I loved how dog bowls with water jugs were all over the place in and near the campground. We got on Fisher Point and spent a long time there having lunch. Then we headed back down and continued on the trail to check out the cave with the crawl-through. It was a fun cave. This is definitely a popular trail and there were quite a lot of people on it on a Saturday. We got stuck in a several-mile-long traffic jam on 17 on the way back because of the brush fire they were trying to put out. It was a relaxing day other than that.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
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Hiking9.40 Miles 725 AEG
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Route Scout gave out at the 6.72 mark so the AEG is wrong and I drew in the rest of our route. My phone screen cracked and maybe that's what caused it. The worst thing is I just paid $105 to have it replaced. I did not drop it nor set down my waist pack so I have no idea how it cracked but I'm not happy about it as the bottom third of my phone doesn't work... again ](*,) . And then I forgot to verify what time we got back to the TH so it's kind of a guess on time. And let me tell you, when you're hiking with Sandy on the flat, you're moving right along. Fortunately she got distracted a couple times so I could catch up :lol: .

Anyway, I wanted to do a hike on Sunday after the AZT Trail Days Event and Sandy said she was interested. She had wanted to do Kendrick but I said no dice since I wasn't in good enuf shape to do that plus we would have to backtrack too far from where we would be camping by Mormon Lake area. So after a flight of beers and some food on Saturday afternoon, Wendy came up with the Fisher Point idea. Perfect! We car camped up on the Arizona Trail off of 90N arriving there around 9PM after errands.


We left Mormon Lake area around 7:45 I think and drove thru some fog and continued on Hwy 3 to the new Sandy's Canyon TH. We geared up and headed over and down the trail to the flat. We passed a family before having the trail to ourselves until a little ways up to the Overlook. There were flowers scattered about so we would check them out before continuing on the trail. I always worry about the hill up to the Fisher Point Scenic Viewpoint but had no problems today. I showed Sandy around and we took the requisite photos. Before we left we followed a trail off to the east but it didn't seem like it went anywhere so we crossed over the downed barb wire fence back to the trail.

We went to Fisher Point and continued east up Walnut Canyon to look for the caves. We went by one but I said let's see that on the way back. Well that was the last one and we ended up hiking about another 3/4 of a mile before I said this doesn't really feel right and the trail seemed to be less used here. It was an interesting area but we were caving at this point. So we turned back and finally see bent down grass to go check out a cave. There was one we found that I don't recollect seeing the last time I was here. Getting up to it was interesting as you had to get by a tree and over some mossy rocks; but it was the coolest cave with great scenery in front of it.

Another of the caves which I think was the out place for the next cave was very grown in and hard to get to. Next was the big cave so we checked that out using our cell phone flashlights and my headlamp. It wasn't the best lighting but better than nothing. So finally we got to see the caves and one more alcove before heading on west to Fisher Point to check out that alcove/cave. Somehow when I came out of the last caves, RouteScout stopped and a crack appeared on my cell phone screen. I'm just having terrible technology problems the last couple months :( .

From there, Sandy was off to the races. She can really cover that flat ground pretty quickly. We had broken clouds for most of the day which kept the temps from getting hot. I have to say my legs were getting a little sore though so I was glad when she would get distracted and stop for a moment and I could catch up. I got up the little hill out of Walnut Creek fairly well too. I got back to Tonto Jr and turned RouteScout off hoping it was actually recording but no such luck. So all I got was the 6.72 miles and 725 AEG.

It was a nice day to be out on the trail and get some miles in. Originally we thot we would be doing the 6 miles as advertised on HAZ but with the hike up to the Overlook and back to the caves and beyond, it added a few miles. We probably saw around a dozen or so other hikers during the hike. The TH had quite a few more cars than when we came. It's a nice little TH. Wonder if they will move the AZT sign to here?. Seems a better place for it; or at least put another sign.

We parted ways as Sandy takes the 87 to Gold Canyon and I the 17 for North Phx. Traffic wasn't the best and hit some rain for a bit too.
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Jul 04 2017
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Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
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Hiking6.00 Miles 400 AEG
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Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
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first thing I noticed is a lot of the trail descriptions for this hike have you parking at the camp grounds, we parked at the Sandys Canyon trail head parking which is just before the campgrounds. This might shorten the hike a bit, but not by much. As usual, 3 cars when we got there, totally full when we were leaving.
None of us had done this hike before. We wanted something to escape the heat of the valley, but not something to demanding. This was perfect. Its a nice chill hike. We started at about 9am and the sun wasn't a probably at anytime. The trail is easy, scenic, enjoyable. Once we reached fisher point we ventured on into Walnut Canyon. About 1/4 mile in we found a nice cave. I've read some past triplogs, not sure if this is the one people have mentioned before, buts a good size cave, with a very high ceiling. After enjoying the cave, having some snacks, we hiked back to the truck and went into Flagstaff for lunch. Great day.

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Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
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Hiking5.84 Miles 429 AEG
Hiking5.84 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   2.99 mph
429 ft AEG      32 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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A nice little walk to a interesting little place. Not much shade once in the canyon so even at 9am it was a bit warm especially for my dog. Had to make frequent water and shade breaks because boxers just don't do well in hot weather! Made it to Fisher Point which is such a unique formation of rock inside Walnut Canyon. Took a break inside the cave to enjoy a cold beer and then made the pleasant walk back to the TH. Just before making it out of the canyon I was graced with some great cloud cover that made the rest of the walk very enjoyable. Too bad there is not a nice perennial creek running through this canyon then it really would be a snazzy place!
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Aug 13 2016
Eartheist
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49 male
 Joined Jul 16 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 13 2016
Eartheist
Hiking5.50 Miles 664 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   38 Mns   2.09 mph
664 ft AEG
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Very enjoyable leisurely hike and a nice respite from the Phoenix summer. 90% is flat walking across the bottom of Sandy's Canyon; decent amount of flowers, cool geology with the boulders on the canyon floor and the canyon walls. Fisher point was neat, it has the striated sandstone found all over this and Walnut Canyon. The cave was cool, literally, probably 20 degrees cooler just a few feet into it. Lots of seepage coming down the walls, and lots of birds nesting in the cracks. I walked a little around the bend to see what I could see of Walnut Canyon, but it gets pretty choked and my companion was not up for additional adventure. Though we did attempt to find our way to the top of Fisher Point via the trail that curves up and around to the north, and we got pretty high up, but stopped and turned around before we made it all the way around to the point. Very nice summer time hike to escape the city.
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John9L
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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John9L
Hiking8.25 Miles 896 AEG
Hiking8.25 Miles   3 Hrs   6 Mns   2.84 mph
896 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
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Claire and I headed up to Flagstaff to spend the weekend playing in the snow. We started with Sandy’s Canyon after driving up on Saturday morning. The area had a good blanket of snow but the trail was well packed after lots of use. We headed out and made good time as we dropped into Sandy’s Canyon and headed north towards Fisher Point. Along the way we stopped at the cave below the point and then detoured east for another cool cave. This one has an alternate entrance that connects to the main entrance. We enjoyed this cave and then headed back and connected on to Fisher Point. We topped out and took a short lunch break. The views south were very nice and our weather was sunny and pleasant. From Fisher Point we dropped back into the canyon and headed south back to our trailhead. It was easy going as we hiked back and we passed about a dozen people hiking in. This was a nice hike and we had perfect weather.
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Jan 02 2016
clairebear
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 Joined Oct 26 2011
 Tempe, AZ
Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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clairebear
Hiking8.25 Miles 896 AEG
Hiking8.25 Miles   3 Hrs   6 Mns   2.84 mph
896 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
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We went looking for snow and we found it! We drove up to Flag on Saturday morning and immediately headed to this trail head at the Canyon Vista Campground just off Lake Mary road. This is a winter favorite of mine because its very easy to get to, located not too far from town and the views are beautiful for such an easy to access location. We had a nice hike and checked out some natural caves. One the way back we took a detour to Fisher Point and then headed back to the Jeep as fast as possible because we both realized how hungry we were.

One of these days I want to go back and get on the trail to check out Marshall lake.
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Nov 15 2015
Stoic
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 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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Stoic
Hiking5.19 Miles 401 AEG
Hiking5.19 Miles   2 Hrs   24 Mns   2.16 mph
401 ft AEG
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I drove up to Flag Sunday night. I got a hold of a friend that wanted to hike with me the next morning. He asked, why dont we go for a hike now??....It was 7:30 pm, raining with some snow flurries. Ok, why not.
We started our hike around 8pm and finished around 10:30. Overall it was a good hike. The dogs enjoyed the cooler weather. I then drove up to Marshall lake to camp. The downside of tonight hike, my good hiking boots and windbreaker are now soaked. I planned on hiking the next morning.
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Jun 28 2015
paulawolf
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 Joined May 29 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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paulawolf
Hiking8.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.88 mph
400 ft AEG
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Went up with the family yesterday to get out of the Phoenix heat. Flagstaff hot isn't Phoenix hot but it was still pretty toasty without a cloud in the sky so we decided to take it easy on everyone and do Sandy's Canyon which is FLAT (minus the little climb down into the canyon and then of course back out again at the end.) My son and I did a small portion of this trail in early May when we hiked out to Marshall Lake. Everything was much greener and more lush today. Quite a few flowers and butterflies. It was really beautiful!

We started about 8:30 and were surprised at how toasty it was already. Once we hit the first cave, which was a very nice cool retreat from the summer sun, the beauty of the canyon really drew us in. Even though some in our party are not avid hikers at all, no one complained when we went past Fisher point and about a mile or so into Walnut Canyon. Eventually, with the heat of the day and my son blowing through most of his water, we decided it was best to turn around. Plus, we just couldn't take the bugs anymore. The canyon was beautiful but the Kajillions of gnats were NOT! We took lots of breaks for the dogs, picture taking and just to admire this or that. We made it back to the car around 12:45, just as the thunder clouds started rolling in, and headed into town for lunch before driving back home for the big dust storm.

No wildlife on this trip. We ran across a variety of others out enjoying the canyon. About 12 people overall. Some on foot, 3 on horseback, a few on bikes and about 3 with other dogs. Ours were sure worn out by the time we were done and thankful for the a/c in the car when we got back.
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Walnut Canyon - AZT #31Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
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tibber
Hiking17.70 Miles 1,660 AEG
Hiking17.70 Miles   5 Hrs   49 Mns   3.44 mph
1,660 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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Walnut Canyon - AZT #31 Sandy to FR 303 DRAT! blisters :tt: . But let me give it a shot anyway. If they don't get worse; I should be fine right? Luckily for us, Shawn's truck seats 6 so we were able to set up a 3 car shuttle... figure that one out, ha! After not wanting to run thru town from our campsite to get to Lake Mary Rd, we took the airport exit and came back to it on I-17. Karl figured out where the turn to Marshall Lake was and we made it to drop them off; expecting to run into them at the Sandy Cany Trail junction.... except that their trek was a mile and 1/2 or so longer than we thot.

We arrived at the Canyon Vista hikers parking lot and geared up for the day. It was expected to be a nice trail with one hill and minimal elevation gain after that. I thot I would give myself to the junction or Fisher Point as the bail out option if my edge of the heal blisters gave me too much grief. They bothered me some but I thot I could tough it out. The trail was not nearly as sandy due to the recent rains I presume. We arrived at the junction and put out 3 Ts (Tibber) to let them know we had passed. We would end up doing this about 3 more times at various junctions until they caught us.

This is such a lovely hike and the hill up and around toward Fisher Point is not bad at all. It has the steep/level/catch your breath pattern that I am very fond of :) . Once we finally finished off the second part of the climb and rounded the last bend, we made it to the junction with the Fisher Point Overlook. I had just been there earlier this year so I just rested while the others went to check it out. After they returned we fully expected to see K&K come up the hill but after awhile we decided to T the intersection and get back on the trail.

After reviewing the printout I had with me, it looked like at each point they mentioned the elevation got lower so I announced it was all downhill from here to which Shawn promptly remarked, "I've heard that before" ;) . Well it was almost all downhill with just a bit of a climb out of Walnut Canyon. We hiked thru the forest and into open meadow-like areas. It was quite green and as I said before, the trail was really nice. But it didn't seem to matter anymore to my blistered heals. I was starting to drag now anxiously awaiting the lunch break so that I could put on a couple more band-aids and change to a thicker sock instead of the liners under my regular hiking socks.

Finally around 12:30, we stopped. And about 10 minutes or so later K&K arrived. This time, we would get to hike with them instead of going our separate ways. We all looked forward to that. I tended to my blisters and then it was back on the trail again. I told Kathy to go ahead as I was going to be straggling :stretch: the rest of the day. She would go ahead for awhile and then wait and hike with me from time to time. And then it was up and out of the Canyon for good as we passed a most interesting water cache for the animals.

I started lagging even more now and my heals were starting to burn. I could probably finish off this hike but we had the Keet Seel backpack coming up in 4 days (which was later canceled :( as the person's vehicle we were going with got rear-ended and Dr. told her no heavy pack due to neck issues). Everyone regrouped at another intersection and it was here that I threw in the towel and told them I would probably have to stop at the next easiest access point. Lucky for me, that was only 1/2 mile away at FR 303. So they dropped me there and would pick me up after they finished out the last 4 miles. I was so looking forward to banging out my biggest back to back mileages but it just wasn't meant to be.

1:55 PM So I laid down in the shade and spooked a few people that walked by. Another fella with a bike saw me laying there, put his bike in this truck and fired up the truck but didn't move for a few minutes so I thot he might think I'm dead or something so I popped up my head. He then drove away and said goodbye as he continued down the road (I should have asked him to give me a ride to the end of the road :doh: ). Well after about an hour I couldn't take it anymore so I got myself together and decided to walk down the road to the intersection with Old Walnut Canyon Rd... or at least as far as I could go.

Well I guess Karl put on the afterburners and before I knew it, I saw him coming down the road around 3:15. I had walked about 1/2 mile. Karl on the other hand had hiked those last 4 miles in a little over an hour :o
We drove back to the TH and the others toodled in about 10 minutes later. And then it was back to camp to pick up the packages of wood and for me to tear down my tent and load my stuff into Ambika's vehicle. Everyone helped me :gun: so the tent was down and folded in like 5 minutes and the car was loaded in 15. Awesome.

We parted ways after completing another good weekend of the Arizona Trail.

9-3-2014 And I have one video for this hike; not nearly as colorful as the previous day. It's produced, just not uploaded yet. 9-22-2014 finally published the video: [ youtube video ] ...
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Jul 20 2014
paulhubbard
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 Joined Jun 01 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2014
paulhubbard
Hiking6.00 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.18 mph
400 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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With all of Oak Creek closed, we headed to Flag for a little hike. Funny that I was born and raised in Flagstaff and until now had never been to Sandy's Canyon. Pretty spot, easy hike, very family friendly! (Just watch out for the Poison Ivy along the trail leading into the canyon!)
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