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May 24 2019
AZBeaver
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 Photos 324
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65 female
 Joined Jan 04 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Go John Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 24 2019
AZBeaver
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,114 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs   43 Mns   2.54 mph
1,114 ft AEG      10 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Hiked the Cave Creek Regional Park Area for a fitness hike. Great day!
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May 22 2019
vanman
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 Routes 1
 Photos 874
 Triplogs 145

52 male
 Joined Jan 07 2012
 Gilbert
Boulder Canyon Trail #103Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2019
vanman
Hiking2.50 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
800 ft AEG
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Wednesday was one of those days that you realize how lucky you are to be in the Supes!!
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May 23 2019
RickVincent
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 Guides 4
 Routes 5
 Photos 3,313
 Triplogs 619

49 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 23 2019
RickVincent
Hiking2.00 Miles 440 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
440 ft AEG
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Took my photographer friend, Mike, out to Peralta. He's older and can't hike very far, but I knew he would like the up-close views of the cliffs, the foliage and views to the south. He only went as far as the first creek crossing and set up to take some pics. I continued on another 1/2 mile or so. There was light rain on and off. At one point, the rain started coming down a little more aggressively. Not knowing Mike's gear situation, I decided to return to where I left him. The rain continued, and so we packed up and started back toward the trailhead. Of course, the rain stopped again, and so we found another place to stop for some photos before going back to the vehicle. Not much of a hike today, but a pleasure to be out in this cool May weather.
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May 23 2019
friendofThunde
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 Guides 16
 Routes 268
 Photos 7,478
 Triplogs 692

36 male
 Joined Jan 21 2013
 AZ
Superstition Mnts - SW / Barks Canyon WallPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Climbing avatar May 23 2019
friendofThundergod
Climbing
Climbing
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Shelby
 Stroke It Gently 5.10aTradPG4 Pitches
Protection not always great. BD to size 3. Small cams will come in handy. Fourth pitch has a heady start to a bolt and then a dicey traverse, use caution.
I started my summer break off right with a challenging four pitch classic in the Supes. Unseasonably cool weather meant the Supes were open for business, so myself, Shelby and Pernell made that the destination today and chose the challenging four pitch Stroke it Gently as our route.

I led the first pitch to get us going. It generally went well, pro was not always great, I ran it out a little up top where the climbing got easy. There might be a death block at the top of that pitch, use caution. Overall, not a bad lead for getting on the sharp end cold, but the rest of the day belonged to Pernell. I swapped leads with Pernell after bringing him and Shelby up on top belay. The second pitch is the crux pitch and the 5.10. Pernell led and Shebly and I followed. Pumpy little climb, not a lot of opportunities for rest. Its a hanging belay before pitch three, so I had to wait for Pernell to lead the third pitch before coming up. We tied three climbers into one 70m rope. Third and fourth pitch did not amount to difficult climbing, but they were real heady, needless to say, Pernell led those ones too. Dicey traverse to finish kept us all on our toes. Three raps to the bottom.Superb climb!

I really like how climbing has opened the Supes back up to me. I have already covered just about all of the wilderness area by foot, I guess now its time to start exploring vertically and ticking off some climbs.
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May 23 2019
GeeEss
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64 male
 Joined Jan 10 2014
 Fountain Hills,
Webber Mine Trail - HarcuvarSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar May 23 2019
GeeEss
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,190 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.00 mph
1,190 ft AEG
 
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A nice little exercise hike to Webber Mine took us past some interesting agaves and an unusual double split saguaro w/crest -- there's something you don't see every day! Nine mile drive to the trailhead along sandy roads is a piece of cake, and the road continues past the wilderness boundary to provide an easy access trail to the mine, which by all appearances, is well played out.
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May 23 2019
adenium
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 Guides 2
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 Photos 77
 Triplogs 196

45 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Dromedary MountainGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 23 2019
adenium
Hiking1.25 Miles 775 AEG
Hiking1.25 Miles      58 Mns   1.88 mph
775 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
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The weather was just too nice out to stay indoors, so I hastily threw together my bag and headed out. Only later did I realize I left my GPS on the counter, but oh well. It would have been helpful to guide me back down the same route. Kicked around on top for a short time, recovering an old geocache that had been archived and replaced the container with a newer one.
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May 22 2019
keepmoving
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 Guides 34
 Routes 190
 Photos 1,627
 Triplogs 495

32 male
 Joined Aug 16 2006
 Portland, OR
Burnt Lake Trail #772North Central, OR
North Central, OR
Hiking avatar May 22 2019
keepmoving
Hiking7.35 Miles 1,533 AEG
Hiking7.35 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   1.96 mph
1,533 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked up to Burnt Lake with Greg and Addie. Only 1 other car at the trailhead, but we soon passed the other hikers on their way out and had the trail to ourselves. Overcast all day, it rained on us for a bit while we were taking a break at the shore of the lake, but the storm quickly passed. Greg got to fish for the first time in his life, managed to get a couple of bites before finally landing a 12" rainbow trout. There were some patches of snow on the southwest corner of the lake and visible in the peaks above, but it will soon melt out.
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May 17 2019
kingsnake
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 Triplogs 626

57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Fraser - Randolph LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 17 2019
kingsnake
Hiking11.45 Miles 1,265 AEG
Hiking11.45 Miles   6 Hrs   6 Mns   1.88 mph
1,265 ft AEG
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1st trip
Since temps were expected to be very comfortable last Friday, I decided to stay in the Valley. (More or less.)

The furthest I had ever been up rocky, bumpy, FR 172 was Pam's New Year climb up Roblas Butte back in 2016: [ photoset ]

I took my time driving up FR 172, enjoying the views, and taking care in what to me were trickier sections. The last thing I wanted was a flat, or to puncture the oil pan, as FR 172 has no cell reception at all. It took me 1h 15m. I started hiking at 8:30 a.m.

The turn off for Coffee Flat Trail #108, down Fraser Canyon, is just before Woodbury Well, and is marked by a cairn. But first I explored the well. It has a windmill, but it no longer operates the pump, which is now solar-powered. At the base of the windmill was an elevated rubber pipe end, which was giving a steady flow of clear water. Two adjacent large plastic tanks sound like they were both full. (I knocked.) A spring box was dry, but a cattle tank was close to full. There were a number of well-licked salt blocks laying about. 🐄

Coffee Flat Trail #108 would have been a great hike had it not been for the INSANE amount of foxtail on it, particularly below JF Ranch. I'm not joking when I say sometimes the trail disappeared in the foxtail. I suppose I should have followed recommendations and hiked the canyon bottom, but I wanted to lay down an accurate track. 🙄

Fraser Canyon gets pretty tight for the next two miles, past Whetrock Canyon and Musk Hog Canyon, to Dripping Spring. There’s a decent amount of shade, and lots saguaro on the canyon slopes. Near Whetstone Spring, I found an mine adit that went in less than 50 ft.

I took a break at Dripping Spring, contemplating my foxtail riddled shoes & socks. I decided it would take too long to de-foxtail them, and that the existing infestation might somewhat innoculate me against further foxtails I might accumulate in Randolph Canyon. 🤔

After my break, I started up Red Tanks Trail #107, which passed by some pools and pretty purple boulders & slick rock. Along the way, I encountered a gila monster — the first one I’ve seen in the wild since I hiked from the Bronco Trailhead to Cave Creek in 2016.

After a ½ mile, Red Tanks Trail #107 heads north while Randolph Canyon continues northeast. I thought at first I might have found a use trail, but it quickly disappeared. I really did not want to fight catclaw for four miles, so I stuck to the rocky canyon bottom. That got old quick.

Though Randolph Canyon only climbs 500 ft. in the 3.5 miles to JF Trail #106, it felt like I was climbing stairs the whole way. My leg muscles got so tired, I briefly considered turning back, and even had non-sensical thoughts like “drop pack” and “cross country would be easier”. Both would have been bad news. I had to gut it out.

A few minutes before I reached Randolph Spring, I came within 5 ft. of a wetern diamondback sunning itself on a pink boulder. Naturally, I jumped back, but he never did rattle me, or even coil. 😅

Despite mostly staying in the rocky bottom of Randolph Canyon, I still accumulated scads more foxtail, as I occasionally had to work my way around an obstacle, trying to keep my stabby feet dry. (I eventually gave up staying dry.)

Two and a ½ miles up Randolph Canyon, I was dead tired. Naturally, that is when I encountered a 2-3 ft. high fence, across the wash. I’ve seen read that there is a gate in the brush on the side of the wash. Not knowing it at the time, I wondered how I could lift my weary legs over the fence, as there was no room to low crawl it. Even if there was, I did not have the energy to get back to my feet. After contemplating my options for a few minutes, I settled for stepping on the fence, depressing it enough that I was (barely) able to lift my other leg over it.

Finally, after nearly seven hours, I came to JF Trail #106. Though there is a cairn, the trail is faint. If you miss it, and really enjoy rock hopping, JF Trail #106 crosses Randolph Canyon a second time, in another half mile. I opted to climb the 150 ft. out of the canyon, stopping several times along the way for 10 seconds here and 15 seconds there. I was spent. 🚑

About halfway between the Woodbury Well and the trailhead, I got rattled by a second western diamondback*, on the left side of the jeep trail. Surprised, I did the hokey pokey back step. After gathering my senses, I walked around him.
* I almost ran over two more western diamondbacks on my drive back down FR 172! 🐍
I returned to the Woodbury Trailhead at 4:10 p.m., after nearly eight hours of hiking. (I might have taken even more time, if I was not concerned about getting back to pavement before dark.) Cold beer never tasted so good!

In summary, I liked Fraser Canyon, but downgraded it a star due to all the foxtail. Randolph Canyon blew chunks.

Drive to Woodbury TH: [ youtube video ]
Hike Video: [ youtube video ]
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Desert Marigold, Ocotillo, Cholla, Flat Top Buckwheat, Desert Lavender, Sacred Datura, Prickly Pear Cactus, New Mexico Thistle, Saguaro, Salt Cedar and -- of course -- Brittlebush.

dry Fraser Canyon Dry Dry
Some water here & there, but not comparable to Randolph Canyon.

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Pools, and flow from trickle to audible pour, both above & below Randolph Spring. Some of the pools decent size. Some with algae, some crystal clear.
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May 18 2019
KingLeonidas
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29 male
 Joined Oct 23 2017
 Tempe
Bear Canyon-West Clear Creek, AZ 
Bear Canyon-West Clear Creek, AZ
 
Canyoneering avatar May 18 2019
KingLeonidas
Canyoneering2.81 Miles 1,283 AEG
Canyoneering2.81 Miles   4 Hrs   42 Mns   0.92 mph
1,283 ft AEG   1 Hour   39 Mns Break32 LBS Pack
Intermediate Canyoneering - Difficult or dangerous; Tech Climb; rope reqd; descent anchor; exit technical;
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
II - Normally requires a half day
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Canyoneered Bear Canyon with a group of friends as part of a West Clear Creek camping trip. We were a party of four with two of the participants effectively being first timers. The 3rd and myself had some experience (either with canyoneering or outdoor rock climbing) but were by no means expert canyoneers.

We were well equipped with spare ropes, wetsuits (for 3 out of 4 participants), and anchor material to spare

Our campsite was located near the trailhead for Point Trail. A short walk up FR142E brought us to the beginning of the route.

The first potion of the route consisted of going across a shallow canyon and down the other side to Bear Canyon. There was no trail on this portion but we had no difficulty navigating with the Route Scout app. Once we arrived at the beginning of Bear Canyon navigation was no longer required. This portion was steep and somewhat slippery, the leaf litter breaks away from the surface easily and many of the rocks were loose. The fact that we were wearing water shoes did not help with traction. True to its name, we did come across some fresh bear scat early on in the canyon but saw no further signs of the creature.

Once in Bear Canyon the intermittent scrambling continued and gradually became more challenging. When we reached the first obstacle: a short rappel with a dry landing, we weren’t originally sure if a rappel was necessary. There was a fallen tree that might have been usable as a ladder but we decided to go the safe route and set one anyway. There were several anchor point options but we opted to use a 2' diameter tree that was up the trail 20' or so as it was the most robust. The rappel though short was somewhat tricky. It was overhung somewhat and the rope tended to fall into a crack causing the rappeller to lose their footing in the swing and in some cases scrape their belay device on the rock wall. All 4 of us made it down without mishap and continued to the next obstacle that was only a short distance away.

After the 1st obstacle the canyon began to have water in it. For the 2nd obstacle the water flow was only a trickle that could easily be stepped over. The 2nd obstacle was another short rappel. Unlike the first, this one was clearly a rappel mandatory location and a blue sling was left on the rappel point (a poor spot to place an anchor which we did not use) by a canyoneer some point in the past. The canyon walls were beginning to narrow and become smooth. The rappel point was a large boulder jammed in between the canyon walls. There was a suitable anchor point on another smaller boulder upstream that we used. Like the previous rappel this one was also overhung right at the edge. To compound the challenge there were some edges along the side of the canyon that tended to snag the rope as you descended and made slipping and swinging into the wall a distinct possibility. I went first on this rappel and ended up up-side-down briefly as the rope slipped down giving me an extra few feet of slack just as I went over the edge. Having seen what not to do first hand (and having gotten the rope seated and not hung up on the wall) the remainder of the party descended with more grace.

Immediately after the 2nd obstacle the trail becomes a slot canyon in earnest. The trickle of water turned into pools that required wading and swimming. The temperature of these pools was very cold. It was mid-April and the participants with 3 mil shorty wetsuits (or no wetsuit at all) were shivering after the first section. I had a 7 mil full length wetsuit and it seemed to be adequate for the temperature.

After wading through a few waist deep pools we came to a deep pool at the bottom of a section of narrow slick rock. This section of the canyon was completely shaded and was cold. The route forward was not fully visible so the decision was made to send one person forward through the pool to see what was next. That way if there were some difficulty getting out of the pool that person could be fished out by the others with the rope. Given my warmer wetsuit, this role naturally fell to me. The pool was deep (could not touch the bottom and had to swim) and very cold. The far side was smooth and slippery but gradual enough that it was not too difficult to get out of. The far end of the pool made a small waterfall over a 20' or so ledge into another pool. There was a dry ledge on my right hand side big enough for 2 people and some gear with a pair of bolts set into the canyon wall. This was the 3rd obstacle.

A 2nd member of the party followed me across the pool with a rope and we set up the 3rd rappel. The 2 bolts were tight (one newer and one older style) and there was a screw gate chain link tethered to both with a piece of black webbing. The webbing appeared to be in good condition (it was situated so that it is probably never in the sun) so we left it in place but put a set of quick draws as a backup for the first 3 rappels (the last rappeller took the quickdraws with them as the anchor had been proven 3 times over by then). This rappel was easier than the first two as its overhang was slight and not near the edge. You did have to disconnect while standing in a waist deep pool. It is possible to chimney between the walls and stay dry while disconnecting but there is no way to get from that position to the edge of pool without getting in the water. Our friend without a wetsuit found ththe last part out out the hard way! This section of the canyon was the most scenic with the smooth walls and sunbeams that are characteristic of slot canyons.

At this point the technical canyoneering was over (no more rappels required) but not the watercourse. After a brief rest in the last of the sun to warm up and an abortive attempt to start a campfire from damp deadfall we pressed on. The action of gathering wood and feverishly attempting to build a fire warmed up the party far more than the smoldering twigs did! At this point it was late afternoon and sun was no longer in the canyon. This put the party slightly on edge, we were not entirely sure if there was another rappel left to do (the 1st one having been questionable whether a rappel was required or not) and could not afford any delays. We largely abandoned our attempts to get around pools with minimal submersion and splashed or swam through quickly. Most of the pools following the 3rd obstacle were wadeable but there were a few that required swimming and one had trees running across the canyon that had to be swum underneath. The pools did not last long and we were soon out in the open and in the sun again.

With the light fading we continued moving quickly. There was plenty of downhill scrambling but we were able to find a route down without having to set another rope. About a 3/4 of a mile after having exited the slot portion of the canyon we reached West Clear Creek and soon found the last of the non-canyoneering members of the party waiting for us at the bottom of Point Trail. We ascended Point Trail together and rejoined the rest of the party at the campsite.

This was an excellent introduction to canyoneering. It had a little bit of everything and was challenging enough to keep things exciting. I would do it again the next time I am in the area.

Trail video:
[ youtube video ]

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The slot portion of the route had deep pools and some flow. Water was tinted brown. Many sections of the canyon were dry
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May 21 2019
MountainMatt
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 Guides 1
 Routes 184
 Photos 2,443
 Triplogs 397

27 male
 Joined Jan 24 2016
 Arizona
Petroglyphs, AZ 
Petroglyphs, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 21 2019
MountainMatt
Hiking4.14 Miles 389 AEG
Hiking4.14 Miles
389 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
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Some awesome unique petroglyphs vaugely mentioned to me by a local, I didn’t find them my first attempt the day prior but went back with a friend who has been there before although she couldn’t remember the exact location and I ended up finding them with a little photo comparison help from her prior trip.
Cool and windy but still a great visit and even brought along some “Black Box” Shiraz for a little spunk for the hiking fuel tanks.
Great day in Rim Country...
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May 18 2019
Grimey
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 Routes 3
 Photos 418
 Triplogs 20

51 male
 Joined Oct 17 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Backpack avatar May 18 2019
Grimey
Backpack44.50 Miles 11,000 AEG
Backpack44.50 Miles   17 Hrs      2.62 mph
11,000 ft AEG
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Not sure if this should be posted as 2 trips or just 1?

Overnight trip South Kaibab :next: North Kaibab on Saturday, North Kaibab :next: Bright Angel on Sunday. 8.5 hours each way, although I did move a bit more leisurely on Saturday.

Great weather on Saturday, clear and perfect temps. Sunday was a little different, not bad per se, but not as nice as Saturday. Overcast and cool until the river, really nice actually and at least I wasn't roasting in the Box. At around Phantom Ranch, the wind started whipping, blowing a lot of sand into my face. Light sprinkles until Indian Garden when a steady drizzle started coming down. For these reasons, I just powered on to the top instead of taking a nice lunch break along the way. The rim was socked in from around 3 mile rest house, so no views to speak of at that point. And it was coooold up top, 39 degrees and raining.

Of course the trails were packed on Saturday, the 5 AM hiker express bus was standing room only with R2R runners. First weekend where the North Rim is open, it's to be expected. Trail runners... I don't get it. I know, hike your own hike, but why are they mostly all so rude? Whatever.

Overall a great, albeit quick, weekend.

Water is running everywhere. S. Kaibab is dry of course but no issues from there, and of course most of the taps are on.
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May 22 2019
adenium
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45 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
La Barge Box Loop, AZ 
La Barge Box Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 22 2019
adenium
Hiking11.51 Miles 2,580 AEG
Hiking11.51 Miles   5 Hrs   18 Mns   2.17 mph
2,580 ft AEG
 
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I had planned to go up to Sedona today for my birthday hike, but the weather was so unseasonably cool that I couldn't resist a hike in the Superstitions. I had been wanting to visit La Barge Box for a while, and I made it out there today. I followed Boulder Trail all the way to the point where a social trail cuts east, back into La Barge Canyon and drops you right into the Box. After spending some time there recovering and enjoying the sound of running water, I headed downstream following La Barge Canyon. This was tough and at some points I wished I had just taken the trail back. If it wasn't for all the pools of water, I could have probably made pretty good time walking right down the canyon floor. This was a great hike, and definitely an awesome birthday present to myself.
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May 22 2019
LosDosSloFolks
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 Photos 359
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63 male
 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, Ariz
Apache Wash Loop - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2019
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking7.09 Miles 410 AEG
Hiking7.09 Miles
410 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
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Last month we hiked on a few of the trails in the Sonoran Preserve North to see some baby owls that RowdyandMe had given us the location of. [ photoset ] We were on the Apache Wash Loop briefly and thought that it had some prospects for some more hiking. This system is not far from home and with a couple of days of cool weather in the forecast :y: we went back this morning to see the rest of this one particular trail.

This hike turned out to be such a pleasant surprise. Although most of the terrain is rather flat it is anything but boring. Beautiful vistas and the peace and quiet we all yearn for. We saw a couple of equestrians and a couple of bikers and other than that we had the place to ourselves. At just over 7 miles and almost no AEG, LosDosSloFolks felt like Aravaipa Trail Runners. If we could average over 3.2 mph more often we could remove the "Slo" from our name. :D Since I'm essentially working with just over one lung I felt 25 years younger to move this quickly. Note to self...hike a flat trail every now and then to boost self esteem and improve mental attitude. :DANCE:

Even with Spur Cross being closer to home I'm sure we'll be back to hike the remainder of the trails in the Sonoran Preserve North Trailhead complex. The baby owlets and the solitude are worth it by themselves.
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May 21 2019
GeeEss
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 Guides 1
 Routes 18
 Photos 205
 Triplogs 27

64 male
 Joined Jan 10 2014
 Fountain Hills,
Upper Deep CreekGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 21 2019
GeeEss
Hiking4.60 Miles 839 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles
839 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Hiked from the Bull Canyon trailhead to a couple of these mines just west of Deep Creek. Adits were rock solid with no timbers or shoring. One was quite deep, while the other was more shallow, but chocked full of carnotite leeching through the walls. Lots of interesting rocks outside the mines show evidence of interaction with mineralizing fluids depositing all manner of useful elements in distinct layers. The hike was easy and uneventful save a few spots in which the old road was overgrown enough with manzanita and the like to complicate passage. I was somewhat disturbed to see cattle grazing within the wilderness area, is that legal?

Maybe some day I'll make it all the way to Moody Point, but I doubt it...
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May 05 2019
KingLeonidas
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29 male
 Joined Oct 23 2017
 Tempe
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 05 2019
KingLeonidas
Hiking4.13 Miles 1,177 AEG
Hiking4.13 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   2.29 mph
1,177 ft AEG      21 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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Did a fitness hike at Holbert Trail South Mountain with my wife.

The parking lots at the trailhead and Dobbins Lookout we somewhat crowded but not many people were hiking the full trail. It was starting to get hot and many people were only hiking a short distance from the parking lot before heading back.

We also struggled with the heat a bit with my wife's extra layer (for sun protection) being too hot for weather. We opted to go up to Dobbins lookout rather than head the rest of the way up Holbert.

The Palo Verde trees were still in bloom and the Saguaros and other cactuses were displaying their spring colors.

Another run up Holbert for the books!
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Apr 19 2019
KingLeonidas
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 Triplogs 44

29 male
 Joined Oct 23 2017
 Tempe
SB Mountain / Cabin via Bartlett LakePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2019
KingLeonidas
Hiking1.44 Miles 484 AEG
Hiking1.44 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   0.95 mph
484 ft AEG      33 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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Made an attempt at SB Mountain / Cabin with my wife while on a canoe camping trip to Bartlett Lake. The hike did not go as planned...

The approach from the lake was fairly straightforward. We were camping at SB cove and it was not difficult to paddle north along the far coast looking for the inlet. There were several small canyons and coves along the shoreline. The one that serves as the trailhead is almost directly across from Bartlett flats. It is significantly larger than the other coves you may see on the way.

Having arrived at the trail head we found a rocky shelf along the right hand side that was suitable for beaching our canoe. The water level in the reservoir was at historically high levels, about 98% full, so it is possible that the rocky shelf we used is not normally an option. The high water levels also complicated and possibly compromised our access to the trailhead. Rather than go along the creek, which was difficult to get to, we opted to head up the ridge on the right hand side and attempt to rejoin the creek later on. This did not end up working out.

The wet winter we had apparently prompted the growth of any enormous quantity of foxtails. We immediately ran into trouble trying to push through them. They filled our shoes and socks every few hundred feet or so and we had to stop frequently to pull enough of them out to keep walking. Gators might have mitigated this issue but we did not have any. The large amount of overgrowth also served to cover up cholla and in many places it was very difficult to squeeze between Cholla plants and we got stuck several times by cactus covered with other shrubbery.

We were able to see the correct route through the canyon in several places but were unable to find the spot suitable to descend. The canyon walls were too steep and we did not have canyoneering gear. The vegetation was even thicker around and on the canyon walls. In the end we opted not to descend at all but rather continued along long the ridge in the hope that a way down would eventually preset itself.

With the fox tails continuing to torture our feet we eventually abandoned the attempt altogether and instead rerouted to the edge of the yellow cliffs. We figured if we were going to quit early we would at least get a good view of the lake before turning back. At the edge of the Yellow cliffs we were able to SB cabin in the distance. The views of the lake from the Yellow cliffs was excellent and there is definitely some scrambling/climbing opportunities on the rocks

We took a more direct route back to the canoe as there was no longer a need to follow the canyon on the return. This was a difficult area. We probably would have gotten much further if we had managed to start and stay on the canyon floor. I expect it is possible to reach SB Cabin without bushwhacking but the route to SB Mountain is probably always rough. I would try it again but probably in the fall or winter when there is less vegetation to fight through.

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The end of Canyon Creek was running slowly, it was dry on the surface further upstream.
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May 21 2019
MtnBart01
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Red Rock Esther Combo, CO 
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5:30 am phone call from Manitou Springs 2 hr school delay. Dropped off the my wife and one kid and took the other to Amy’s for a donut. Headed to Red Rock Open Space where we were greeted with one other car in the lot. Hiked, made a snowman and did a little trail running as M has three upcoming summer trail races. Since I was voluntold and signed up for the accompanying adult races I’ve been taking every chance I can get. Besides that’s been my only form of excercise in the bustling Metropolis of Holyoke where I work. Anyway, I forgot how amazing RROS is with snow think (Sedona in snow). Great start to the morning dropped off M at school drove home and trail ran Mt. Esther to my favorite PP vantage. Broke trail up and run down was mildly treacherous in 5” melting slush. I ran two laps of the race course at Pinion Valley Park and Ute Valley Open space in rain and sleet and it changed my trail condition grading as I ran through 6” of wet clay mud and it was difficult going up and down any of the hills w/ out using your hands it was so slick. Anyway, great morning of killing time until kid pick up. Got to love May snow storms!
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May 16 2019
RickVincent
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Garden Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.25 Miles 660 AEG
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Took my time today. Beautiful morning on the trail with plenty of photo-ops. Palo Verde bloom is extreme. Looked like autumn yellow out there.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Palo Verde bloom - wow
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May 05 2019
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Mazatzal Divide - AZT #23Payson, AZ
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Hiking10.29 Miles 2,141 AEG
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Day 2 of 4: Bear Spring to Hopi Spring (Shawn did a full 40 mile trip report and photos [ triplog ] ). Not exactly sure of our break time as Kemosabe was in a clock rebellion. Never got it back until civilization at the end of Passage 24. When you're hiking with trail stewards including the Big Kahuna, there are many delays due to tree removal. Route Scout doesn't know that. We stopped at Y Bar Campsite while Shawn and Roger walked part of the Y Bar. We stopped at the Brody Seep Jct for a break. We stopped just past Chilson Spring while Shawn and Roger checked out Chilson's tub and exchanged chip duties. We had lunch. We stopped at Horse Camp Seep for probably about 1/2 hour. And we watered up at Hopi. So that adds up.

We got moving around 7:15 or so. We started seeing wildflowers right off the bat :) . Once again, we were surprised at how many wildflowers we would see and the great variety. As I looked around trying to figure out where the trail was going I soon realized we had to get up the side of this mountain. Luckily the grade is just right for first thing in the morning and the long switchbacks made it a much easier task. We admired a newly renovated switchback corner on the way. Once on top, you get quite the view east and the top of the mountain is pretty amazing as well. You could see the Y Bar way below and eventually the saddle we would get to.

Once at the very nice Y Bar camp site, the boys investigated a bit of the Y Bar trail as it also had some work done not too long ago. And then we headed north below the big mountain, Mazatzal Peak. You could see the trail way ahead and eventually the saddle that we would have to climb to. It's a long haul below this very big mountain and the trail is just a little narrow as you look down to the valley below. We could see far to the west and everything was very green.

We made it to the saddle which wasn't as bad an up as it looked and really not very long. Once at the saddle we got to enjoy a bit of a breeze as it already seemed a bit warm to me. We discussed the Brody Seep Trail and Roger showed us where we were heading altho I was somewhat familiar with that from my trip to Horse Camp Seep a few years back. Not too far from here we took our morning break alongside the trail.

Next junction would be with the Barnhardt but not before the boys analyzed what trail work would need to be done to shore up a drainage corner that was getting pretty beat up in spite of efforts to keep the trail in tact. From Barnhardt the territory was familiar to me as I remembered well that rocky section near that pretty campsite before the drainage. Rocks have been cleared from part of that trail and boy do you ever notice it; especially from where they stopped :lol: . I love that campsite with the big juniper tree and nice fire ring. There is a beautiful agave garden near it as well.

We continue west toward Chilson Spring area alongside the running water of the drainage. Once again there are ample wildflowers mixed in with that foxtail grass that tried to envelop everything around it. Once to Chilson Spring, Roger and Shawn go straight up to it. We stayed on the trail and walked up a bit to the intersection with Chilson Camp. It was now a lot warmer too so we tried to sit in some of the limited shade. We were there for quite awhile before Shawn, the new guardian of the chips, arrived. So we decided to have lunch before moving on to tackle more of the rocky trail. It was clear in some spots and it sure spoiled you but then just when you would say "awhhhh" it was over.

We continued via a few of the drainages and would always stop and check out the water of course. And up we went some more until we finally arrived at the intersection with Horse Camp Seep. Ambika voted that we all should go on down and hang for about 1/2 hour in the shade. Just as we were going down we encountered 4 horsewomen and 5 horses (one was packin'). They had come up from Doll Baby I think they said. Well kudos to them all as coming up that one long hill on the narrow trail that we would do tomorrow was impressive. Tracy and Shawn hung out in the shade, Ambika and I went and pumped some water. There is still quite a lot for this time of year I'd say. I do love this camp and area.

And now to finish off this day. It was getting warmer it seemed but at least the trees were taller to provide some shade. However, the trail, got even rockier and we still were heading UP. It's not a bad incline at all but the day was already long and we were feeling it. We took our time though and eventually got to the Hopi Spring intersection. Shawn decided that we would be heading straight up to it with our packs on. I was thinking with our packs off but no, let's put the big girl hiker pants on and get up the side of this slippery muddy hill : rambo : . So we did. We pumped our water for the nite and day. Shawn had developed an interesting system where by you use your hiking pole across the trough to wrap your pump line around to keep it toward the water's top I guess (https://hikearizona.com/photo-E.php).

On our way as we slid down the wet mountainside we thot we saw a flat area for camping but it was pretty wet so we ended back on the trail and just went a little further north before heading west toward some flat areas. We eventually found room to park and come to find out, this area is actually cairned by the trail which Ambika discovered. I had a nice soft log at my place so that's where we had dinner. We were treated to a pretty colored sunset before retiring for the evening :zzz: . Our start time would be 6:30AM.

and yep, another four videos.
[ youtube video ] from Bear Spring to below Mazzie Peak, including stop at Y Bar campsite
[ youtube video ] almost to Barnhardt Jct
[ youtube video ] toward Horse Camp Seep
[ youtube video ] to Hopi Spring and Camp and sunset
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May 17 2019
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Wontans Throne Attempt, AZ 
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We made the drive up to Tanner trailhead Friday morning and started about 9am. The plan was to hike down Tanner Trail to the beach on the river and then continue on the first part of Escalante Route downstream towards our destination Unkar Creek. However, instead of hiking the 3 miles of Escalante Route to Unkar we ended up pack rafting that distance from just below Tanner Rapids to Unkar Rapids. Most of the current between rapids is fairly calm with only a few riffles.

Once we were in Unkar Creek we headed upstream to find a camp. We were surprised by a pleasant flowing stream in Unkar that Dave had mentioned last time was nearly dry. Eventually we found a good camp spot about 6 miles upstream to set us up for the summit attempt.

Next morning started hiking around 6am up canyon towards Freya Saddle which was top of the red wall. The red wall break to Freya included two bypasses around pour offs but they were fairly short and easy to navigate. We made the saddle by 830 and then continued on the traverse over to the Supai layer which was the next obstacle. The traverse is very long rough terrain so it took us a few hours to navigate to the Supai. From this point we didn’t have good data on the Supai route so we had to figure it out and piece together the route. There were some cairns that assisted getting through several layers but eventually we cliffed out on the top Supai layer. We looked around and tried several different approaches but could not find anything that looked like the right route or could work for us. After several hours trying figure out the puzzle we decided that a summit was no in our future.

We took a break before heading back on the traverse to Freya Saddle. The trip was faster going back and the down climb from the saddle back to camp also went fairly quick as well. Once back at camp we decided to pack up and hike the 6 miles back to the Colorado to make the last day shorter. We made camp late around 730 but still some light to setup.

Next day we just had to hike out from Unkar up the Escalante Route back to Tanner beach and then up Tanner Trail to the vehicle. The clouds rolled in on the hike out so the temps were cool and towards the top it started to rain and actually quite cold on the rim with wind and rain. Despite not making the summit it was a fun weekend in the canyon and we learned more about the route. Just need better data and research to make the summit more likely.
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