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Aug 08 2020
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39 female
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 Tempe, AZ
Clark Peak Trail #301Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking10.43 Miles 3,403 AEG
Hiking10.43 Miles   6 Hrs   49 Mns   1.64 mph
3,403 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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Road Conditions to West Peak: Tripp Canyon Road (or CR 286) is actually pretty nice and has a lot of pull-off/passing spots for most of the way. The last few miles have a few steeper inclines with large rocks though and I had to stop & switch to 4wd. I think it's Sawmill Spring that has a large camping area that is super secluded & beautiful...that would be a good place to stop if you have a car. I drove to the entrance to the lookout. The gate was down but I parked in front and camped there. If you continue on past the lookout turnoff the road isn't great for a very short distance but then there is a really beautiful camp spot looking west.

Temperature: 73 degrees when I arrived around 2:30 pm Friday, 63 deg overnight, and 75 deg Saturday around 1 pm when I left

Seclusion: VERY. Friday night it was just me & the deer. It was beautiful. Saturday around 6 am a truck rolled up with a couple guys. Then I saw a ATV parked down at the Taylor Pass crossing but no person. The ATV was gone on my return hike & so was the truck. As a woman, I am uncomfortable being alone in such a secluded area with no one but a few men around. I wish that weren't the case. Just wanted to mention for the other female hikers out there. I thought there would be other hikers around but I think the people I saw were unfortunately hunters (which adds another level of uncomfortable for me).

The hike: So beautiful!! I don't think anyone has hiked this trail in years. Good route-finding skills are a must. There were a few places where no trail exists as far as I could tell. Others places cairns mark the route but those are mostly in places where the trail is already visible. The hike is tough - going all the way down & then all the way back up, but beautiful every step of the way. Lots of shade throughout the hike. It was hot returning through Taylor's pass but quickly cooled off as I entered the forest & climbed up again. No water as far as I could tell so bring plenty.
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Hiking11.00 Miles 2,399 AEG
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I had never been to the Pinaleno Mountains, so I decided that now would be a good time to go. My main goal was to bag a couple of 10,000 foot peaks that I haven't hiked: Webb and Heliograph. While I was out there, I figured that I would go ahead and bag Clark also. I managed to talk Tracie, my favorite and intrepid hiking companion, out of hiking Silly Mountain and to come to the Pinaleno's instead. She was glad that she did!

Our first hike was to Heliograph Peak. We decided to do the peak the short way via Shannon Campground. We took SR 366 (the Swift Trail) to the turnoff for the campground, and we parked at the turnoff just before a locked gate. SR 366 was narrow and curvy, but it was paved all the way to the campground turnoff. We had intended to do a loop hike that would take us to the Heliograph summit about half-way through the loop. However, it was VERY foggy, and visibility was limited to no more than 200', so we just did an up-and-back hike on the easy-to-walk on forest road. We saw 3 deer near the summit, and came across some nice fall foliage while walking the road. However, with the fog, we could only see the trees that were right in front of us. Fog also kept us from seeing much of anything at the summit.

Second up was Webb Peak, which we did via Soldier Creek. By the time that we got back to my truck after coming down from Heliograph, it started to rain -- and it was a wet ride to our parking spot for Webb Creek. To get there, we continued on SR 366 (which became unpaved just past the Shannon Campground turnoff). SR 366 eventually becomes FR 803, which is also unpaved. Even though the road is unpaved, it is very well maintained and virtually any vehicle can drive on it. We continued to FR 88 (Webb Creek Rd), where we turned right and parked a short distance before you come to a gate. It was still raining so we sat in the truck for a few minutes until the rain stopped. It was still very foggy, so we again decided to do an up-and-back hike to the peak on the forest road. I had originally thought about doing a loop by coming back down on the Ash Creek Trail, but several recent triplogs cited lots of deadfall on the Ash Creek Trail, and we didn't want to deal with it in the rainy weather. There were quite a few yellow-leaved aspens along our hike to the summit, but with the fog we could only see what was right in front of us. When we got back to my truck we saw 4 deer a short distance away.

Our third and last hike was to Clark Peak. From our parking spot for Webb peak, we drove about 5 miles to the end of FR 803 and parked. It was still foggy, and we started out on the Clark Peak Trail but we were going downhill and I thought that we might not be going the right way. So we backtracked a bit and walked on FR 730. By this time the fog had lifted and we got to see lots of fall foliage on FR 730. We then backtracked again back to my truck, and this time followed the Clark Peak Trail to Clark Peak, where we had to do some off-trail scrambling to get to the summit. Now that the fog had lifted, we finally got to enjoy some nice views atop Clark Peak.

Mileage and elevation gain for the 3 peaks:
Heliograph: 4.6 miles; AEG of 962'
Webb: 3.6 miles; AEG of 712'
Clark: 2.8 miles; AEG of 725'

The mileage and elevation gain above is the sum for the 3 peaks.

I enjoyed this area, and plan to go back again!
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Jul 13 2019
RedRoxx44
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Clark Peak Trail #301Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking6.50 Miles 1,829 AEG
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An old favorite, has been a while since I have walked out to where it drops down to connect to West Peak. Ash Creek was the crown jewel but it is gone and I had no desire to walk in black sticks. While this area has had its fires too it has been a while and one can still walk on the pine duff lined trail under living trees. Trail was overgrown in quite a few spots; no problem to follow. The views are great. Where it starts to drop off in sight of West Peak as I like to do left the vague trail and roamed around to get views from ridgelines. Comical part in head high ferns of the "fern forest" as I call it a buck deer and I looked at each other; our seemingly disembodied heads floating above the green. He bounded away crushing ferns as he went. I saw not another person on this trail, and that is the norm for me here it seems.

When I started not a cloud in the sky and it ended with distant thunder and a light cold sprinkle on my sun heated skin. Very nice. Had a great evening in my favorite campsite---
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Clark Peak Trail #301Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking3.70 Miles 1,165 AEG
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One of the things I wanted to do on this short trip to the Pinaleno Mountains was to hike to Clark Peak and then continue beyond and try to follow the Carter Nuttall Trail to its junction with the Nuttall Trail. I then planned on heading back up to the Clark Peak Trail on Nuttall, before returning to the truck via Clark Peak Trail (kind of a little lasso hike). One of the reasons for wanting to do this was to figure out which way we came back up to Clark Peak Trail from down near Hells Hole 15 years ago. Well after hiking a portion of the Carter Nuttall, I can say we were not on that trail, but came back up via the more conventional Nuttall.

I really like Clark Peak Trail, at least the small portion of it I have hiked. This was only my second time going past Clark Peak. I went up to the summit via the eastern approach, which is basically a gnarly little bushwhack. Took a nice break there and read the registry entries, which was fun. Then I dropped back down to the main trail from the west side (I like this way to the peak better). Just as I reached the trail I heard voices, and it was two women that I recognized as neighboring campers at the lake. They said they wanted to go to Clark Peak, but couldn't figure out how to get there. I told them it was just up the hill, and went back up and showed them where the register was hidden. :)

Next, I was back on the trail heading westbound looking for the Carter Nuttall turnoff. The trail is very faint and the sign is set back from the junction a bit. The trail was fairly easy to follow as it slowly lost elevation on the east side of a ridge. The ridge eventually narrowed down and the trail topped out on it at that point, yielding nice views. :D It is at this point that the trail sort of disappeared. If I had looked at my map before heading out, I would have known it stayed on the ridge longer before eventually dropping down the west side to meet the Nuttall Trail. While I was there trying to figure out where it was, I noticed someone had been there not long ago as there were some locust clippings off to the west side. It even looked like there was an old overgrown trail there, but it was probably just game paths, and quickly faded out. By this time I was down in the thicket, crawling in some places, and getting a little bloodied up, thanks to the locust plants. :sweat: Very steep there, so I had to carefully use the plants to help pull myself back up to the ridge and out of that mess! :lol: At this point it was time to call it a day and head back. That probably was for the best, as had I been able to complete the hike as planned, I would have lost more elevation reaching the Nuttall Trail, and it would have added about 2 miles to what I ended up doing. That normally would not be a big deal, but between burning some time going up to the peak a second time and thrashing in the brush, it was getting pretty warm. Plus, it is mostly uphill back to the end of the road.

All in all, it was a fun little adventure before heading back to Tucson.
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May 27 2018
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West Riggs Traverse, AZ 
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Hiking17.05 Miles 4,517 AEG
Hiking17.05 Miles   7 Hrs   26 Mns   2.48 mph
4,517 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
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The real purpose of our quick overnight to the Pinalenos was my desire to hike the Clark Peak Trail between Riggs and West. Having seen it from West Peak on a couple of previous trips it just appeared intriguing to me.

Previous trip reports seemed to indicate some route finding issues, but we had little problem keeping on the tread the whole way. The little attention it took to follow the route made it more interesting and enjoyable for me. I enjoy the "challenge" of finding/following old or little-used trails.

We encountered another couple about 1/4 mile from the Chesley Flat trailhead, but otherwise, not a soul except for those at Riggs Lake where we took a nice break in the grass along the shore. I had only carried two liters of water so I was a little disappointed to learn that the water at the campground was turned off. I filtered an extra half liter from the lake but ended up not needing it anyway.

It looks like there are a few old and underused trails out at this end of the range, and since the other side is a crisp fritter, I might need to check some of these others out.

It was a solid day, and I really, really enjoyed this trail for variety, views, and solitude. A real winner in my book!
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Hiking17.05 Miles 4,517 AEG
Hiking17.05 Miles   7 Hrs   26 Mns   2.48 mph
4,517 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
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Chumley put together this out and back over to Clark Peak and Riggs Lake. Starting from camp we had to drop 1300 feet to Taylor Pass before then gaining 2000 feet up to Clark Peak. The peak is off trail but not by much and very easy to bag this peak from the trail. After the peak we kept hiking on the trail towards Riggs Lake with great views on the ridge classic Sky Island hiking! Eventually we made it to Chesley Flat trailhead and followed the road to Riggs Lake. Of course being a holiday weekend there were many people there enjoying the lake. But we found a nice grassy spot to enjoy lunch and relax before heading back.


On the way back it felt like a different hike even though it was the same trail. The trail is in great shape so we cruised back enjoying the views heading the opposite direction. Several fern meadows along the way followed by the steep drop back down to Taylor Pass. Then back up 1300 feet to camp to finish off the day hike.
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CanyonWanderer
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Clark Peak Trail #301Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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CanyonWanderer
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,829 AEG
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Wandered out the Clark Peak Trail since it was one of the few in the area that wasn't heavily impacted by the Frye Fire. The trail is pretty overgrown since the forest has been closed since June but offers great views along both sides of the ridge.
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Blue Jay PeakTucson, AZ
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Hiking15.20 Miles 4,600 AEG
Hiking15.20 Miles   9 Hrs   9 Mns   2.08 mph
4,600 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break
 
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Day 2 – With exceptional scenery throughout and three awesome peaks bagged, this amazing adventure of 15+ miles and 4,500’+ AEG was f”ing epic to say the least. I kicked things off from the Clark Peak TH. No sooner do you set foot on the trail when awesome views open up to the right. Clark Peak is only about 8/10ths of a mile from the TH. It feels weird bagging a peak with such little effort and so early on, but after an adventure as exhausting as this one, even grabbing three peaks almost don’t do justice when all is said and done.

When planning my route, I failed to notice that [surprise, surprise!] the “Clark Peak Trail” does not actually go to the summit of Clark Peak. Thus, when the trail started to skirt the peak, I simply started to bushwhack up. There was some brush to contend with, but the overall brush factor was definitely on the mild side. There were also some rocks and logs that I normally would’ve been airborne over but instead had to inch over with caution thanks to the equilibrium issue. However, even with my handicap, I still found it to be an easy bushwhack. The views from Clark were very nice, but compared to the 10 other Pinaleno peaks I bagged that weekend, it did not make my Fab Five.

After Clark, I cruised in autopilot mode for the next mile or so, enjoying the spectacular views and excellent trail conditions. In addition to excellent footing, the ‘route finding factor’ was a solid 1 on a 1-5 scale [with 5 being the worst]. Needless to say, when I suddenly spotted a larger than life-sized cairn, I found it rather amusing and figured someone had too much time on their hands… but as my epic adventure unfolded, that life-sized cairn, [which was the first of several coming from this direction], would have more meaning than simply serving as a visual aide to guide one through the fern field, where the shortest ferns were about 3.5’ and the tallest ones towered a few inches above my head, no joke. On the return trip, reaching that cairn after plowing through the fern field would also symbolize the end of the wonderful [but torturous] middle segment of this adventure.

The fern field was literally like passing into another dimension. After emerging from the fern field, you are treated to 360 degrees of awesomeness [vs awesome views in just one/some directions during the largely shaded first leg the journey]. But that awesomeness comes with a price: lots of sun exposure! Add in some killer AEG, temps that I’m guessing were well in the 90’s based on the amount of water I blasted through, and total route finding mayhem and, [despite being mostly a “trail” hike], even I was begging for mercy by end.

Very shortly after emerging from the fern field, the route finding factor goes from a solid 1 to a certified 5 as the well-defined trail rather suddenly becomes all but lost among a rolling hillside with beautiful flowers and enough wild raspberries to sustain an army. I would’ve taken more pics but literally broke into a panicked run at the sound of buzzing bees. It was not as loud as a swarm but definitely loud enough to be concerning. Given the tons of flowers, raspberries, and like vegetation, I’m guessing having tons of buzzing bees around was pretty normal; but I wasn’t about to stay a split second longer than needed to find out! At this point, I simply headed in the general direction of the route I’d mapped out for myself; the trail was extremely faint at best and nonexistent at worst; and although it was well-cairned in some places, I found that the going was easier / I was making better time by simply bushwhacking in the general direction I needed to go.

The next segment was a steep downhill with soft dirt, which made for good grip and fun bushwhacking. Toward the bottom, the trail suddenly becomes obvious once again… and just in time too, cuz not more than 30-60 seconds after getting back on the trail, I had not one but TWO back-to-back rattlesnake encounters [which I’ve already detailed pretty well here: (see comment #4): hikearizona.com/x.p ... 3183]. After hitting a low point of around 7,000’, the trail then takes you on a good little climb, regaining most of the elevation you just lost, [a little over 1,000’ up in a little under 2 miles]. Toward the top, the trail joins a dirt road that counters the base of both Blue Jay Peak and West Peak.

Being a bushwhack, I decided to grab Blue Jay first while I had more energy. The slope to the peak was relatively gradual [for a bushwhack] and the footing had good grip; but with some rocks and logs to negotiate, the going was much slower than normal with my equilibrium issues and I hoped like hell I wouldn’t have to outrun any bees cuz it wouldn’t have been possible given the off-trail terrain AND the impairments I’m still with in terms of my equilibrium; [luckily there was no bee drama]. The views from Blue Jay proved to be outstanding, and of the 11 Pinaleno summits I bagged this weekend, it was definitely among my Fab Five for best views. The summit register is not right by the true highpoint, and I had fun taking the time to track it down. It’s located by one [of many] boulder outcroppings on the summit, the particular one being along the West edge, offering some killer views. I way-pointed it on my Route Scout GPS track. If the register accurately reflects the number of visitors, then this peak does not get much action… the last sign-ins were just over 1 year earlier on 7/11/15 [none other than HAZ superstars chumley, BopP, & company]. Speaking of which, HAZ’ers have been tearing up the Pinalenos lately… in addition to Blue Jay, several other of the summit registers I signed were immediately after other HAZ regulars –

Ladybug = johnlp, trekkin gecko & company [LMAO to their comments about how the “hike was a success and no one died” ... [the word "no" had a line thru it] :o :lol: ]
Clark = FOTG & company
Webb = Preston Sands
Grant Hill = johnlp, trekkin gecko [again!]

Next up was West Peak, which is literally a hop, skip and a jump down the forest service road from Blue Jay Peak. The combination of getting impatient with the forest service road and giving in to the temptation of the fun looking slope of West Peak led to a bushwhack ascent that cut off about half a mile of road hiking. Although West Peak did not make my Fab Five for best views, the views were still really awesome, and the fire lookout and cabin were neat as well [although I respected the sign and did not climb the lookout nor did I attempt to get inside the cabin which was bolted up].

The return trip was fun but a bit unnerving. I am extremely good at calculating my water needs and I could tell early on that I would likely run out with 1/2 to 2 miles to go. I normally pre-hydrate by drinking a minimum of 1 liter of water but, [in an effort to get enough salt into my system the night before], the sodium retention I experienced that morning made taking more than two sips impossible, pre-hike. Thus, although I took 4 liters, the combination of failing to pre-hydrate, hot temps, killer AEG, double-digit mileage, AND going slightly slower at times due to the equilibrium issue made me fall a little short and I took my last sips when I was about a half mile from the TH. Had I taken a fifth liter, I would’ve easily polished off my fourth liter around mile #11 or 12. Having to ration my 4th liter over the last several [mostly uphill] miles was not the most pleasant experience but I was luckily not in any danger. The freakiest part was the death-march ascent back up the ridge in the direction of UN 8790. The steepest part was toward the beginning of the ascent; and being low on water, I attempted to follow the trail, [which was faint/nonexistent during this stretch but more gradual that my original track out]… let’s just say, thanks to the brush on this side of the slope, I would’ve been far better to have sucked up the ‘straight up’ ascent on the super steep [but practically brush-free] side of the slope that I had barreled straight down earlier in my adventure.

When all was said and done, I made it back alive and then headed straight to Riggs Lake for some hydrotherapy so my body would be ready for one more epic adventure the next day before heading home. The lake was beautiful but crowded with people fishing. I got a few weird looks from some overweight, out-of-shape fishermen as I waded in to a depth where the water reached a few inches above my knees… but not nearly as many stares as the previous summer while doing hydrotherapy in Yosemite’s Tenaya Lake in 30 degree temps. :o
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Clark PeakTucson, AZ
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Hiking2.49 Miles 688 AEG
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I continued my tour of the Pinelanos with a quick trip up Clark Peak. I stopped at Riggs Lake on the way for the dogs and did not rush to get to the trailhead. I think there are two dirt roads that will get you to the Clark Peak Trail #301 and I took the roughest. I stopped about a half mile from the trailhead after hitting a rock large enough to put a little dent in my frame. I just took a poor line. The rock was certainly avoidable and the road was not impassable. However, I did not want to break something and I was only looking at a two mile hike, so what was a little extra road miles really?

Most of the road portion went through a nice stand of Aspen so it was by no means torture. Not the best views from the peak, but easy to reach, good trail until you make your way up to the peak. There is some evidence of old routes and trails, but the last little bit is basically a mild bushwhack.
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Jun 27 2015
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Clark Peak Trail #301Tucson, AZ
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Hiking4.00 Miles 1,829 AEG
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I hiked this in rain and hail Sat afternoon after the Post creek morning brush beating. I love the views on this trail, toward Safford one way and looking at the Galiuros the other. Nice forest and some rock formations. One of my favorites for the monsoon views. I have a favorite car camp very near the TH so set up there then walked out aways and back. Break in the weather and I got in the car and read to the rain. Wonderful fairly clear morning after a calm night.
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Pinaleno Mountains - GET #10Tucson, AZ
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Hiking26.38 Miles 7,894 AEG
Hiking26.38 Miles   9 Hrs   17 Mns   2.91 mph
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Long overdue was GET 10. We have been talking about this segment for over a year now. Scheduling conflicts always in the way. Well today Father Dave, his Friend Norm and I all met up and tackled it. We met in Thatcher at 5:45am and swapped cars. I headed up to the Eastern end and they went to the Western side of the segment.

The weather was brisk but not cold as I headed up Ash Creek. In about 5 miles I came to an overlook of a waterfall. It was spectacular! Maybe 100' or more? The sound of the water raging down was awesome and it was a sight for sure. After a brief viewing I continued on up the arduous slope. Several stream crossings were successful without getting wet. Upon reaching the top of the Ash Creek Trail I realized I had just gained over 5000' of gain in the first 9 miles! Wow good thing I ate my Wheaties.

After that I checked out Webb Peak and then continued on my journey. I would say the Clark Trail with it's killer views and the Ash Creek Trail are the show stoppers on this one. Actually I would say this is the best of the Passages I have completed so far.

My only complaint is that darned route finding section on the Johns Canyon Trail. It was a pain in the pumpkin. Especially trying to follow the "Official" GPS track which is map drawn. The track served as a guide I suppose as did the blue flags when and where I could find them. If that section was easily navigable I would give the GET 10 a solid 5 stars. Throw that in the mix and I still give it 4 stars.
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Hiking27.49 Miles 7,305 AEG
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As I start this, let me say that nothing IMO beats the Arizona Trail. I have tons of awesome memories from it for life. But if you want to do a long-distance trail that is truly RUGGED? More rugged than the AZT? Then get on the GET. So far I've done 11 segments of the GET, and 2 of them already have been more difficult than any segment of the AZT, solely factoring distance and elevation. That's not even considering the route finding and bushwhacking; most if not all of the segments (once the GET leaves the AZT in segment 5) have these challenges, since no one maintains the trails and they are so remote. This segment was by far no exception, with a number of miles of route finding and, in some places, fairly dense vegetation.

A few other HAZ people working on the GET wanted to go but we couldn't get the dates nailed down, so JJ and I did it. As usual, we hiked in opposite directions. Anticipating this might be a doozy, I was able to find a marathon runner friend in town (Norm) to go out and do this one with me.

Left the house at 3:30am, swapped Jeeps with JJ at 5:45 in Thatcher, and I was hiking a few minutes before 7am. There are a few places on this segment where the trail is almost gone, but by far the worst of it is in the first 12 miles. Slowed us down more than we anticipated. JJ was a monster machine, we ran into him just 10 miles into our trip. We finally reached Webb Peak at 4pm, and started the 8.5-mile descent.

Other than underestimating the route finding, Norm and I did make one crucial oversight; he didn't have the GPS track on him and we didn't have walkie talkies or anything to communicate. He and I are opposites in that he is fast on climbing elevation but slow on the downs; I'm fast on the downhills but not on the uphills. Because he didn't have a track, 2-3 times he had to wait for me to catch up to him to let him know which direction to go for a total of about an hour wasted. If he hadn't had to wait for me, I could have caught up to him going down. Then, going down I waited for him, which put us both doing the last part of this segment in the dark, and became very slow. We didn't finish until a few minutes before 8:30pm and didn't get back home until midnight.

Through this segment we saw a number of piles of bear scat, especially on the western side, and even fresh bear paw prints in the water around Ash Creek. JJ's right, the waterfalls and flows in Ash Creek were pretty awesome. We also saw tons of those balls that when you step on them, they put out green smoke. Do you know what I'm talking about? Everywhere! :)

Thanks JJ for getting us going again; it's been too long. 11 segments, 32% of mileage completed (69% of Arizona).
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Aspen groves were gorgeous.

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Raging!

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Very good flow due to all the monsoons.
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Jul 19 2014
mcdobbs
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 Safford, AZ
Clark Peak Trail #301Tucson, AZ
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Hiking6.50 Miles 1,829 AEG
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Have hiked the upper portion of this trail three times this week. First, scouting for a possible hike for our hiking club; second, to do some trail work; and the third hike was with the hiking club.

All hikes went very well. On the first hike, we proceeded down to Taylor Canyon trail junction. The trail was overgrown the closer we got to Taylor Canyon, but we don't plan on taking hiking club members that far. Our goal is just to Clark Peak and the meadow of ferns. During the second hike, we removed 4 deadfalls and trimmed back some eye-heighth Mexican Locust. Fortunately on that day the temperature was 52 degrees thanks to the monsoon weather.

Today's hike with the club went well. The weather was warmer. The views were glorious. But we only got to look at the ferns from a distance. We encountered a very large black tail rattler right at the edge of the ferns. He crawled into the ferns and stood his ground. Not knowing exactly where he was, we retreated to a nearby hill, had lunch, visited and headed back.

A friend also encountered a black-tail rattler in the area earlier this year. And we encountered one two years ago. I think I'll swear off this area for a while.
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I'm a high school teacher and we take students camping a couple times a year. A group of my graduating seniors wanted to go camping / hiking as a "senior trip." We decided to go to Riggs Flat Lake on Mt. Graham. My granddaughter and I went up on Tuesday, May 27 and made camp. Riggs Lake and the Pinelano Mountains are one of my favorite places - I have a lot of them. It was warmer than usual but still very nice.
On Wednesday, 28 May, I took my granddaughter hiking on Clark Peak Trail. She enjoys the outdoors. We got about .5 mile on the trail and I was kind of zoning out - she said, "Grandpa, there is a bear." I thought she saw a burnt log or something black. Sure enough we were headed north on the trail and about 200 yards in front of us was a massive bear headed south on the trail. She wanted to leave, but I told her to stand still and watch the bear. He heard the noise and was looking in our direction. Instead of getting my camera, I got my binoculars and we watched it for a couple minutes. The bear turned around and walked off, stopped and came back and took another look - I yelled "hey bear" and he looked at us and turned around and slowly walked off - he was upset he would have to bushwack instead of using the trail. We went back to the truck. I'm not sure if it was a good thing or a bad thing - she thought it was cool, but was happy to get back to the truck. I enjoyed seeing the bear - this is the 3rd I've seen in the wild and by far the largest.
My high school students arrived Wednesday afternoon and set up camp. We headed out to Clark Peak Trail at about 0730 on Thursday. Many of them have never been hiking. We went about 5.5 miles in which made for an 11 mile hike - plenty for the students. Clark Peak Tr is different from most of our trails - the first 3 or so miles are downhill - which means a tough hike back to the trailhead. The trail is in pretty good shape - there are some rough spots and some very overgrown areas, but a very enjoyable hike. We saw lots of bear tracks, but no bears. The students were fascinated with cairns and wanted to build one - they built a pretty nice one, but not sure how long it will last. It was a good trip and I hope I inspired some future Hike AZ members. Some already want to do a backpacking trip to the Chiricahua Mts.
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I was surprised how dry it was. I assumed there would have been some snow melt moisture, but that was not the case.
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Oct 15 2013
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Clark Peak Trail - Just the out-n-back up to the peak. The trail going up has become very overgrown, it took some bushwacking & time, but we made it up.

CP Flat Loop - Do I like this short little scenic trail? You bet your sweet golden aspens I DO! Always a wonderful trail anytime of the year. We sat at the end of the grove for lunch and had a doe with her fawn walk right across the road 20 yards from us.

Lakeshore Trail - Counterclockwise around Riggs Flat Lake. This lake always has been & always will be my favorite place on the entire mountain, very quite & peaceful today.

Jesus-Babcock Trail - Out-n-back to the big overlook, another trail I will do every year when at Riggs Lake.

Wildlife once again this week was amazing -
8 Abert's squirrels
2 White-tail deer
25 turkeys walking together single file across Hospital Flat meadow :o
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To cap off a nice weekend of camping in the Pinaleno Mountains, I took Ed up to Clark Peak as he had never been there. The peak register is fine and there are pencils now. Raspberries were out in force! From there it was home to Tucson.
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May 24 2013
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 Mesa, AZ
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This was a prep hike for out Philmont trek later next month. Beautiful country. Didn't make it to the end of the trail. Had a GPS and by my estimation it was about 4 miles each way.
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With the back half of the Swift Trail now open for summer, I headed up my favorite mountain for an overnight trip to the Riggs Flat Lake area. First drove to the end of the ST and took the Clark Peak trail a couple of miles down to the first big meadow enjoying the great open views of the Gila & Sulpher Springs valleys below. Hiked up to Clark Peak on the return trip and back down to the TH where I then got on the CP Flat Loop trail. First time on this short trail and I was very surprized by the amount of aspens along the road. This trail must look awesome during autumn! I also came across some of the biggest (very fresh) bear tracks I have ever seen up here along side a few lion tracks. After completing the loop, I drove back down to beautiful Riggs Lake and got my campsite set up for the night with just enough time left to walk down to the lake and catch the sunset.
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 Phoenix, AZ
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Last trail of the day. We'd meant to also do Heliograph, but thanks to my marathon napping (much needed) we didn't have time this time around. Ran up to Clark from the end of the road, passed a lot of awesome bees (!!!), snacked on some wild raspberries (YUM!), and dodged a baby rattler. Randy's pic of that will have to do, as mine did not turn out. Really liked this trail, as it was very overgrown and not many people seem to go on it. Lots of thorny locust plants and other mean things that scratch at you as you go by. Plus, the top was a slight bushwhack. :)

Good end to fun-filled camping/hiking trip!
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After the easy hike up to Webb, we drove westward and parked at the end of the road for the hike to Clark Peak, one of my favorites up here. I had wanted to show Liz one of my favorite free camping spots, off to the south just before you get to the end of the road (CP Flat Loop), but it was cordoned off. The Clark Peak Trail is really cool, always being overgrown at the end of monsoon season. It sees little traffic, which makes it even more appealing. Lots of summer wildflowers are encountered on the way to the peak, and the bee action was more than enough to make Liz happy (even if they were so hyperactive that they wouldn't stay on a flower long enough to get a decent photo of them)! After hiking around the south side of the peak, you reach a saddle, and from there just turn right and follow the ridge to the peak (very short distance). You have to fight your way through a thick bunch of locust just before the top. There was once a fire lookout cabin here, which was pushed off the south side of the peak. Much debris remains. The log in the sign in jar is fine, but there was no pen. The last entry was from Mark Nichols, who works at the Cochise Power Plant, and has been hiking southern Arizona for many years. He has his own private list of over 1600 high points he has done. The entry before that was from a hike here last year with Tucson Backpackers that I was on (the same group we encountered the day before down along Ash Creek). After returning to the truck, it was time to say goodbye to this sky island and head home, but not before a swing by Riggs Flat Lake for Liz. While we were heading over to Clark Peak, the clouds thickened up and there were showers visible over toward the Galiuros. On the way down Saturday I told Liz there was no way she could make it rain this weekend. I should have known that proclamation was doomed as soon as I said it, since strange things seem to happen when the weather wizard and rainmaker get together! :o We got off the mountain okay without getting wet, but sure enough, we encountered rain west of Benson, and Liz got her hit and run rainbow picture. Thus ended a nice mellow weekend of camping and hiking! :D
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