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Oct 14 2018
CannondaleKid
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2018
CannondaleKid
Hiking4.20 Miles 217 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   1 Hour   27 Mns   2.90 mph
217 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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trixiec
Abbreviated out & back... just sand and more sand, no wildlife except for those on ATV's & ATC's.
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Feb 01 2014
Woodsnative
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 Guides 5
 Routes 24
 Photos 585
 Triplogs 642

49 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Pocatello, ID
Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2014
Woodsnative
Hiking6.60 Miles 950 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles
950 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Hiked some side washes for a change of pace. Felt a few raindrops on two occasions, which came from some very small clouds.
Fauna observations: heard coyotes singing an early chorus at the trailhead; saw a herd of javelina including some babies; lots of shredded cholla and some prickly pear in that area; quail were calling in the bottom of the wash.
During one of my rests, a chopper flew by with the blades throbbing so heavily that I could feel it in the ground.
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Jan 25 2014
Woodsnative
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 Guides 5
 Routes 24
 Photos 585
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49 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Pocatello, ID
Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2014
Woodsnative
Hiking5.25 Miles 270 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles
270 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Climbed a hill and checked out the start of a mine that ended up being only 2 feet in depth. Saw a beehive near there in the rocks. Scared up 6 coveys of quail in the early morning, but didn't hear/see them on the return.
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Jan 18 2014
Woodsnative
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 Guides 5
 Routes 24
 Photos 585
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49 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Pocatello, ID
Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2014
Woodsnative
Hiking4.80 Miles 625 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles
625 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
Hiked up a hill and saw the biggest mule deer I've ever seen. Later a herd of javelina passed by me. They were so close that I could hear a young one squeaking to its mother.
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Nov 29 2013
Woodsnative
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49 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Pocatello, ID
Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2013
Woodsnative
Hiking9.25 Miles 1,050 AEG
Hiking9.25 Miles
1,050 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Nov 16 2013
Woodsnative
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 Guides 5
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49 male
 Joined Mar 05 2011
 Pocatello, ID
Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2013
Woodsnative
Hiking8.50 Miles 845 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles
845 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
A great day for a desert hike. The wildlife viewing was better on the first half because the OHV's didn't show up until after noon. Saw a long thin snake warming itself on the road, which I almost stepped on, as well as a tarantula. Lots of birds and animal tracks in the sand. I even saw some tracks that seemed like a small horse or pony.
I took a few pictures of an old stone cabin that I'll post, and a pond with frogs in it that wasn't marked on maps. The humor for the day came from a pair of off-roading VW Bugs. The first driver stopped and asked me, "Where's Highway 66?" and then after a long pause, during which I made some sort of confused face, he said, "Just kidding buddy!"
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Mine Shaft
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Dec 16 2011
joebartels
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Sheep Mountain 3567 & 3397 - Salt RiverPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2011
joebartels
Hiking14.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   9 Hrs   14 Mns   1.74 mph
3,500 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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BobP
mazatzal
uphill_junkie
Bob told me I needed to expand my horizons and learn new traits from experienced individuals. I had no idea what he was talking about but said let's do it. Got pretty lucky and finally got to meet the legend Mazatzal Kokopelli!

We headed back to Sheep Mtn just two weeks after round one. This time via Cottonwood Creek then up Cane Spring Canyon(CSC) passing the Hidden Water oasis.

8:13am - Richard stopped when the road got smooth due to lame advice and off we went
8:51am - after 1.66mi and dropping 150ft we turned into CSC
8:58am - we were greeted by the magical mid Dec Autumn Foliage of the Hidden Water oasis
9:10am - the dreaded duck, twist and scratch bushwhack was over, it wasn't too bad either
9:12am - Bob added Tina Turner to his "list" of neighbors and said he bagged groceries for Ike once. Another nod and smile moment...
10:20am - 3.02mi we headed out of CSC and up to a ridge that would deliver us to Sheep Mtn. Amy said it was steep. I slipped down about ten feet mid way up to put the sausage grinder effect onto my right shin, declaring this as an official "fun" hike. Sometime I plan in haste drawing routes that look quick. Admittingly, it was a snowman nail bitter.
10:36am - After a 520ft (almost half a Squaw) ascent in 0.16mi we arrived at a saddle. We thought it was windy in the canyon. On the saddle Gale forced us to believe it was a hurricane.
10:52am - After a breather we were on our way again. You know how Bob always waits for the team to regroup before moving on... Bob who?
12:01pm - after a 900ft brute force climb we centered out on Sheep Mtn. Amy and I took a catclaw rock scramble straight up. This was not as enjoyable as my route two weeks ago but it panned out.
12:39pm - we headed over to 3567 to check Richard and Amy into the official peak log
12:48pm - after logging in we decided to hit up 3397 and headed over. Richard started down to the sandstone ledges to meet us up on the return
1:12pm - 3397 ended up being among the easiest stroll out of CSC. The views down into the Salt River are stunning. It was so windy though it was difficult to enjoy. The views atop Skeleton Cave are better too.
2:02pm - I picked a horrible route back. It really slowed Amy and me down but we got in some good girl talk as Juliachaos calls it, wait a minute...
2:40pm - somehow we didn't take the short cut back and proceeded to head down to CSC in nearly the same steep spot
3:00pm - back on solid ground. The wind finally started to die off and the hike out was Chamber of Commerce
4:30pm - back at Hidden Water I took the man route while everyone else opted for the girl scout route. I should'a known I'm more of a girl scout and kinna paid the price dearly too. Mid way through I went to leap off a four foot drop. It was all good in theory. However a vine trapped my feet so there was no lifting off the launch pad. Instead I face planted like the wile e coyote. Aside from full body trauma I felt pretty lucky to be in one piece and not visually bleeding anywhere. It did zap the energy out of me a little.
5:32pm - the adventure came to a close

Traits gleaned: Richard taught me to smoke or you never get breaks with Bob. Kat tried to teach me this last year but I didn't catch on. Amy taught me to consume alcohol in large quantities fast after hikes with Bob to blur (think she meant ease, but it was difficult to understand with her slur) pain.

Thanks everyone, I had a great time!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0zoaOpi9qg
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Dec 16 2011
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
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61 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sheep Mountain 3567 & 3397 - Salt RiverPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2011
mazatzal
Hiking13.50 Miles 3,450 AEG
Hiking13.50 Miles   9 Hrs   14 Mns   1.67 mph
3,450 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
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1st trip
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BobP
joebartels
uphill_junkie
Just an excellent trip!
- Got to meet "the legend" :D
- Bagged a new summit that I've had on the list for many years.
- The cholla were kind to me today

The pools and water in Cane Spring Canyon and the tress at Hidden Spring were just spectacular.

Thanks everyone - I had a great day.
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Dec 16 2011
BobP
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57 male
 Joined Feb 26 2008
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sheep Mountain 3567 & 3397 - Salt RiverPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2011
BobP
Hiking14.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   9 Hrs   14 Mns   1.74 mph
3,500 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
 
Partners partners
HAZ - Group
joebartels
mazatzal
uphill_junkie
The canyon way(my way) was way cooler. The other way was way too girl scoutish. Driving halfway there. It would be like driving to Cane Spring and hiking to Skeleton Cave from there....yawn. The canyon with water and autumn colors was awesome. The group was made up of a UK mate, a German, a Hungarian, and a girl. The cool Polish dude couldn't make it.

We hiked down Cottonwood Creek and then headed up Cane Spring Canyon. On google earth, Hidden Spring looked pretty thick but it wasn't too bad and with the colors it was pretty awesome. The climb out of the canyon was steep and I topped out and was looking for our next route when I was greeted by a branch that sliced my cheek. A good friend would ask if I was okay and a better friend would take a picture of the blood dripping from my face. As Amy made the saddle, a piece of cholla was hanging from her hand and someone tried to help her....and another guy actually did fix it.

The cholla fields were next. I have nothing but intense admiration for the Cholla. They are the King of the prickers. They tried to slow me many times and sometimes they succeded but in the end the cholla is our friend.
We decided to hit the other end of Sheep and then after lunch we changed our minds. Then after the 2 new register signers...signed in....we changed plans and headed over to the other side. It was a good decision because it wasn't that far and it was worth the effort and Richard missed out on the best views in the State of AZ. I was taking a few pictures and then turned around and saw a blank spot where Amy and Joe were standing...I guess they just vanished into the abyss. I hiked down into the abyss and came accross Richard but Joe and Amy were no where to be found. We were once again a team and moments later...team Jomy took a diferent route and cliffed out. Yada..yada..yada.. we were a team again.

The rest of the hike has kinda boring going back the same way we came. Then I let out a yell I usually hold in. I smacked my knee as hard as I smacked my elbow the week before. My breath was stolen from me and I felt like I was gonna blow chunks. The pain was giving me a difficult time and then it passed. It hurt to the touch but I decided not to touch it anymore. I found Amy's bandanna but I didn't know she lost it so Richard retrieved it for her.

Meanwhile back at the truck, Amy whipped out cookies and beer. What a great way to end an awesome hike.

Richard told me he had a lot of admiration for Joe before the hike and for some reason after the hike he still held him in such high regard.

I truly am blessed to have such fun partners who put up with me. They aren't only hiker partners...they are friends.
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Dec 16 2011
uphill_junkie
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 Joined Apr 28 2010
 Tucson, AZ
Sheep Mountain 3567 & 3397 - Salt RiverPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2011
uphill_junkie
Hiking14.00 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   9 Hrs   14 Mns   1.74 mph
3,500 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
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1st trip
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BobP
joebartels
mazatzal
:whistle: tip toe, through the cholla, ohhhhhhh tip toe, through the cholla, tip toe through the cholla with meeeeeeeeeeeee......... :whistle:

Now it's time to go play in the snow all day tomorrow! Wahoo!!!!! :FG: (pretend that's her throwing up snow)
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Feb 08 1997
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,138
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61 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Agua EscondidoPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 08 1997
mazatzal
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
1,100 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Down Cottonwood, up Cane Spring then up the ridge east of Seucito which eventually meets an old track. Back on 401A. Got offered a lift back to Cottonwood camp by some hippies in a VW van (road was in better nick back in 97). :)
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Feb 17 1991
mazatzal
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61 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Cottonwood Creek to Saguaro Lake, AZ 
Cottonwood Creek to Saguaro Lake, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 17 1991
mazatzal
Hiking8.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles
500 ft AEG
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
This was about our 3rd or 4th trip here but the first time we made it to the lake.
It was quite nice in 80s / 90s not nearly as many OHVs ;)
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average hiking speed 1.96 mph

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