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Mar 29 2020
Nate_F
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 Phoenix, AZ
Governors PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Nate_F
Hiking6.56 Miles 1,986 AEG
Hiking6.56 Miles   4 Hrs   49 Mns   1.56 mph
1,986 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
 
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Quick hike up Governor's Peak today for some exercise and social distance, loved it!!
Never been here before and I was glad there wasn't many people on this trail. It's beautiful out here and the terrain and flora were spectacular! A little bit warm, but not horrible. The only problem was the crowds of people going to the lake and riding their cycles/OHV's out on the road. Very dusty and noisy as you get closer to the road. This hike would be better on a cooler day during the week. Still, a nice place and a nice day! :)
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 Tempe, AZ
Ducey Garfias, AZ 
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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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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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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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At the TH

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Still a few small Pools left where the Trail crosses.
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Jan 01 2020
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Governors PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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LindaAnn
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,951 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   41 Mns   1.88 mph
1,951 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
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Got started a little after 10am. Cool temps and a nice breeze, but it felt warm as soon as we started to go uphill. The trail is fairly easy to follow about 70% of the way, but faint in several places, making a track to follow quite helpful, and cairns abound. Some spots are brushy, and could use some maintenance, but overall not too bad. Great views in all directions most of the way. Excellent views from the top. The hike back down went quickly, and was easier to follow the route. Saw a handful of people on the way down. Nice to meet Nick and hike with him. The road in has been recently graded and is in excellent condition, and should not be a problem for just about any vehicle.
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Jan 01 2020
nikorock28
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 Kingman, AZ
Governors PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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nikorock28
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,856 AEG
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Hiking prior to noon is not really my thing, so I had to make some modifications to my morning food regiment. Linda was using route scout, which was my first exposure to it. I really like the stats and the calculation of aeg, so I will hopefully be trying it out soon. Gradual climb at the beginning, with some dips and through some pools of water. I enjoyed the rocky sections higher up and once the peak was gained, there were very nice 360 degree views, including the intriguing resort beneath. A rescue helicopter passed through and we could see it hovering in the distance, further up canyon. We took a look at Salvation Peak afterwards, which might be doable starting from nearby to the resort. Nice to meet Linda and hike a new trail.
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Dec 15 2018
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 Goodyear, AZ
Governors PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Nightstalker
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,014 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   5 Hrs   4 Mns   1.93 mph
2,014 ft AEG   1 Hour   26 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
 
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4th time to Governors Peak and it never disappoints. Had Gallydoll, Jan, Yolanda, Mel, and Linda join me. Trail to 4 tanks canyon is becoming faint at spots. Had an easy time following the cairns up to the saddle. Nice overcast day. Ran into mt98dew on his way back from Salvation Peak. Saw 2 large groups of burros along Castle Hot Springs road on the way in.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Governors PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Eartheist
Hiking4.39 Miles 925 AEG
Hiking4.39 Miles   2 Hrs   54 Mns   1.85 mph
925 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
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Upper Four Tanks CanyonPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
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mt98dew
Canyoneering6.75 Miles 400 AEG
Canyoneering6.75 Miles   5 Hrs      1.35 mph
400 ft AEG
Canyon Hiking - Non-technical; no rope; easy scrambling; occasional hand use
A - Dry or little water; shallow or avoidable water; no wet/dry suit
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It's funny. I'm doing a hiking log on a a hike I had no intention of doing when I set out this morning. My goal was to hit Governor's Peak and then to find "Salvation", but in my haste to get out the door this morning I forgot my Garmin. I still thought I could find Salvation Peak with the GPS route I had in my head and how some of the pictures displayed Castle Hot Springs (based on Barrett's hike). But I discovered when I reached Govenor's Peak that the two most likely candidates for Salvation Peak made me decide that I did not want to "find Salvation Peak". There seemed to be quite a bit of rugged terrain between Governor's and the two potential peaks with the potential for a lot of loss elevation. I found myself having little desire to attempt that "descent and climb" without having a definitive peak to shoot for. So instead, I headed back down Governor's Peak to the first "ridgeline/shelf" and headed west to the gnarly rock outcropping that had beckoned or me on previous visits. It was a short scramble to the top. Cool! It was relatively easy, but it made me feel daring :) . From there,I continued west to a dry wash that is the upper section to the Four Tanks. From above it looked as if there was a trail heading away from the wash to the south. When I reached the wash, I discovered it was a trail...a game trail. Instead, I turned east/north following the wash in the direction that would reconnect me to Governor's Peak/Hermit Trail. The wash was pretty neat to follow with quite a few dips and falls with pools of water at many of the levels. (Thus explaining the game trail). All were easy to negotiate up until the last one....the 15-20 ft fall described in the other write ups. Neat looking at it from the top down. No water was flowing, but there was water at the bottom. I backtracked a little (maybe 30 feet) to find a good point to climb out of the canyon. Both sides looked doable, but I went with the west side (towards Governor's Peak) because there was less vegetation to deal with. From there it was an easy deal to reconnect to the Hermit Trail and return to the TH. Didn't see a soul while I was out there. But the wildlife did not disappoint. Saw a lone buck, a grouping of four deer near the top of Governor's, a healthy looking squirrel and a rattlesnake (I think). It was curled up for warmth, so I couldn't see the rattles. It was small but good looking. Didn't have my Garmin with me, so my mileage is an estimation based on my other trips to Governor's Peak and the small amount of ground that was covered in the making of this lasso.
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AZWanderingBear
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 Phoenix, AZ
Governors PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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AZWanderingBear
Hiking6.10 Miles 1,949 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   3 Hrs   18 Mns   2.06 mph
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The cool overcast day seemed to cry out for an interesting hike with some decent elevation gain. We parked just off Caste Hot Springs road just after 10.

The trail starts easy enough, slightly uphill and crossing some washes, well marked, decent footing, well defined trail, lots of cairns. Ran into 3 other hikers coming back down about the halfway point. From here it gets interesting -- loose footing, rock scrambles, fainter trail. Had the track on Gaia on my phone and cross checked it fairly often. The trail seems to have two routes as you start up the final wash. One set of cairns keeps you low in the wash with significant scrambling. The high route run parallel on the eastern side and is much more accommodating. We figured that out on the way down.

The recent rains had left a lot of small rock pool of water in the drainages. Life is good in the hills right now.

The saddle at the top of the last wash had a surprise for us. Looking east at the at the edge of the ridge line was a small window. It is in the vicinity of N33° 58.355' W112° 22.078'.

The summit had the great views you'd expect. Seems to be a lot of construction work at historic Castle Hot Springs. Another Arizona destination in the works?

Back at the trailhead we poked around the old ruins at the mouth of the wash before heading back to find a huge garbage burger with all the fixin's.
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joebartels
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Spring Valley - Garfias - Governors Peak Loop, AZ 
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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.

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Great little adventure-hike near the valley with exotic terrain, a smorgasbord of cacti and a hint of 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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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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Governors PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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BigDipperHiker
Hiking6.10 Miles 1,900 AEG
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I appreciate the input on this hike from others. I and five of my hiking friends did this hike on 3/29. The trail is very over-grown what with all of the winter rains. The Brittle Bush and wildflowers are spectacular. This trail was really challenging to say the least. As documented by others the first part, up to the second saddle, is fairly easy to follow what with all of the large cairns. After that its a crap shoot especially now with the heavy growth to find a track to the top. Thanks to another poster's GPS route we found a route to the top. Coming down was a real challenge. The loose rock caused several of us to fall and sustain a few cuts and scrapes but nothing serious other than our pride. I think this trail would be easier to navigate in the winter when its cooler and less covered in vegetation. A great hike but we all were tired after the steep climb and trek back.
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Some of the best wildflowers I have ever seen in the desert
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 Phoenix, AZ
Governors PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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AZBeaver
Hiking6.20 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   1.14 mph
1,900 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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Hiking Governor's Peak near Castle Hot Springs today with Angela Romain (Tibber) and Kelly Hiatt (Trekkin Gecko) and my neighbor Stephanie Balt (Mrs. Balt) .....she really needs to change her hiking name but that's another story. What a fantastic day! The weather was absolutely perfect. Sunny, no wind, warm and beautiful. I always love going out to the Lake Pleasant area as the views in every direction are stunning. There's a confusing area where the trail splits (take the right side) with large cairns on the left and the right and in the middle. People love building cairns in this area all the way up until about the last mile. That's where you really need your trail scouting skills. Hiking this trail seemed easy at first although you are quickly heading up and then down one saddle to climb up another. Once you caught your breath and stopped at a flat spot, you take in the views--360 degrees of them. The desert looked more like a golf course. Grass growing everywhere thanks to the rain we've been getting lately. Once you reach the peak, you look down on the Castle Hot Springs resort. I hope the new owners build this place back to it's beautiful original status and open it up to the public. Lots of history there. I totally enjoyed my day with some great gals.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Four Tanks Canyon Light flow Light flow
Still a little water flowing in Four Tanks Canyon.
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Governors PeakPhoenix, AZ
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trekkin_gecko
Hiking6.53 Miles 1,920 AEG
Hiking6.53 Miles   5 Hrs   23 Mns   1.76 mph
1,920 ft AEG   1 Hour   41 Mns Break
 
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second time up governors peak this month
thought angela, wade and mary jo would like this hike
maybe didn't assess that correctly on tibber's account :lol:
wade couldn't make it, but mj's neighbor stephanie came along
nice weather with clear skies and perfect temps
good trail to four tanks wash/canyon, then some route finding is needed the last mile
a gps track is quite helpful
great views again from the top
easier to see the route down
explored the old ranch house foundation and debris again
checked out the dam
fun day with the girls!
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tibber
Hiking6.53 Miles 1,920 AEG
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Kelly, Kelly, Kelly :lol: thot I would like this. Well she was right about one part, it was beautiful. I guess I didn't realize how much up and down and up and down and up, up, up there was as the profile didn't look that dramatic. And really it's not a bad hike; not sure why I was so whiny. And after all, I did Skull Mesa in December and that seemed easier... go figure.

Anyway, it was a very nice day and the first couple miles are on trail so that was good. You hike up from the dry Castle Creek to a sort of bench-like area. We hiked thru many areas that could have been almost golf-course like for all the green thick grass. You hike above the drainage thru an ocotillo and then a cholla area before crossing over the drainage and start heading for the first hill. The hill has nice switchbacks to get you to the top and then you go down and around and up another little hill and down into the Four Tanks drainage. You cross over that and from there, it's cairnville for the rest of the hike where you try to find the best route weaving you in and around flora and rocks and up to another saddle.

At each saddle you always have wonderful views. I caught my breath and then we hung a left for our next ascent to another saddle via a rock outcropping and then the final ascent to the top of the saddle. From here, besides the great views, we would now finish off this peak hiking UP on the grass with rocks and flora scattered about. The others made it to the top rather quickly so I could hear them but not see them. I eventually found my way to where I heard the voices, did the little rock scramble and voila, I was on top as well :) . The views of the mountains and the lake were pretty cool. We had a snack and then some more photo taking before heading down the mountain.

It seemed a long ways down and I for one was glad to get back to a trail. So up we went to the saddle and then down and up to the last saddle from where we switch-backed down still admiring the green grass at our feet and on the hillside. The lake was bluer now so much prettier to take pictures of especially as we hiked above the drainage down toward what I call the bench. At the trailhead Kelly took us aside to show us the remains of an old ranching operation. Stuff like that is always fascinating. We went up to the little dam and drainage that contained the cistern which probably fed the trough below.

We had our celebratory beer before heading back to town but not before stopping to take a look at the dozen burros we spotted from the road. We pulled over and tried to get some pictures; they were pretty far away. All in all a good day, a quick get away and a hike, now that I know what it is, I would be more mentally prepared for. Thanks Kelly for dragging me up another peak; what's up with that :lol: ? Thanks Mary Jo for red beer and pizza afterward. Great to hike with Stephanie again; she's new to this so I tried to teach her cairn/trail reading.

2-1-2017 Videos are in production. Hope to be done in a couple days. I'm trying to finish my east coast and Rincon videos too. Just not enough time in my day... 2-4-17, they're finally done.
Part 1 to saddle - [ youtube video ]
Part 2 to next saddle - [ youtube video ]
Part 3 to the Peak and back to drainage (Four Tanks Cany) - [ youtube video ]
Part 4 heading over a couple more saddles - [ youtube video ]
Part 5 the ranch remains, the burros - [ youtube video ]
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Jan 20 2017
MountainMatt
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Garfias-Hell-Gov Peak Loop, AZ 
Garfias-Hell-Gov Peak Loop, AZ
 
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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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Jan 02 2017
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Governors PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.13 Miles 2,094 AEG
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governors has been on our list since we hiked peak 3465 in the hieroglyphic mountains last year
john had the day off so we headed for the west side
the area has had quite a bit of rain over the past few days so we ended up parking along castle hot springs road before it drops into the creek bed
good decision, as part of the road would not have been passable at the time
added about a mile each way to the hike :?
crossed the wash, found the start of the trail near the sign-in register (no paper, plenty of pens)
about .4 miles in, got sucked into a deeper drainage full of pools
had to bypass above and have to admit that i whined a bit, not being up for a day of off trail bushwhacking
found the correct trail soon after, and the rest of the hike was pretty straightforward
up and over two saddles, with nice scenery unfolding as we got higher
dropped into four tanks wash and then up to the last saddle below governors
somewhere in there we took time to explore a drainage full of running water and even some waterfalls
one more spot where cairns were too numerous and had to negotiate the correct path
for the most part, the trail was nicely graded and led to a relatively easy summit
great views of castle hot springs, lake pleasant and the surrounding mountains
the wet weather brought out good color in the terrain and vegetation
spent several minutes on top
saw that cleghorn, the dude and azwildguide had signed in this year
headed down, and found the trail easier to follow from above
near the register, found the remains of an old ranch house along with some other junk
also a spring box, an old dam and a pipe - kinda cool to see that old stuff
very nice hike and a good peak to start the new year
john even bought lunch at the brass rail on the way home :) thanks!

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Jan 02 2017
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Governors PeakPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.13 Miles 2,094 AEG
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The way the holidays landed this year both Kelly and I had consecutive Mondays off. This was our second hike and a bit mellow compared to last week. The road in was muddy as the area had gotten a lot of recent rain. We decided to park and walk through the freshly graded, soft and uneven road in the wash. Everything had been under water just a few hours earlier.

The trail was wet but in good shape. Very little mud. Running water everywhere. After a few hundred yards we got off the trail in a small wash. We had to bypass several pools of water or get wet. Kelly liked this part so much she wanted to go home. I talked her into hiking for ten more minutes before deciding to call it quits. Shortly thereafter we got back on the correct route and then it was smooth sailing.

We ventured a ways up four tanks canyon to check out some small waterfalls before heading to the peak. Very cool. Views from the summit are outstanding. Weather was calm so we hung out and ate some treats, including Kelly's homemade cookies. Yum!

On the descent we saw Chumley in front of us. We picked up the pace but didn't close the gap. Guess it wasn't him lol. Near the trailhead we poked around and found an old foundation, spring box, pipes, dam, etc.

Fun hike. Recommended. Thanks for provided the transport Kelly. We stopped at the Ole Brass Rail for lunch and entertainment after the hike. Good times. :)
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Dec 09 2016
JasonCleghorn
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Governors PeakPhoenix, AZ
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Nice peak. Well marked trails with cairns that I think I could see from Castle Hot Springs Rd. Saw two wild burro and six javelina. Also saw a location where I am pretty sure that someone with a rock hammer was looking for gold. I'm 95% sure of it... Didn't see a soul the entire time.

Unfortunately got a flat tire on Castle Hot Springs Rd. but at least it was on the paved portion! :? :? :?
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