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    Daniel L. updated East Fork Baldy Trail Ninetyfive

    almost 5 years ago

    Daniel L. reviewed East Fork Baldy Trail Ninetyfive

    almost 5 years ago

    A wonderful hike! I would suggest anyone try to get this one in. The basic lay o' the land is 2 trails (East, #95 and West, #94) from highway 273 to the 'summit' with a 3.5 mile connector near the base. The connector basically follows the road but up in a much nicer environment. We choose the 7 mile east trail based simply on a recommendation of our campground (Winn Campground) hostess. We traversed meadow, forest and rock...no scree! Most sites list this as a moderate with strenuous spots hike. I sort of agree but lean more towards just moderate. There are a few spots that remind you that you've been above 10,000 feet all the way but it's all fairly easy. The altitude and the distance (7 miles one way) take it out of the "easy" category. The trail is well defined and obviously well used. We saw a total of 11 others during our hike. Statistically, it took 4 hours up w/obligatory crique spots and hydration breaks, 3 hours down. Shoes on the trail at 0620, back at the truck at 1400. We spent about 30 minutes at the reservation boundary which is as far as you can legally go towards the summit. According to my GPSr, the summit is about .8 miles south. Elevation at the TH was 9388', 11177 at the RB.
           Most of this hike is through forest. It was windy during the morning, a bit uncomfortable both in velocity and temperature. We weren't exposed to the wind for any real length of time. A medium weight jacket was sufficient. The hike down was pleasant even with the temperature hitting the low 80's since we were in the shade most of the time. Only a light breeze on the trip back.
           This area was spared by the Wallow fire but it is being devastated by insects. There are areas that are truly heartbreaking to walk through. We saw no wildlife except the occasional squirrel and birds. It is incredibly dry right now but there is a very small trickle of water near the top. About a 1/2 mile from the RB we came across the aircraft wreckage. I hadn't realized it was there and it was actually quite emotional.  
           All things considered, this was a great outing. Camping in the area ranges from tent with basics to full blown RV hookup. There are several lakes to fish with boat rentals available. A small visitor center was staffed by 2 very knowledgable USFS people.
    The only disappointment was not being able to actually summit. There is one site that states you can summit if you obtain permission from the Apache. While this statement might have been true back when it was written, I found, after 3 days of trying, that the Apache bureaucracy is as messed up as our own. Don't count on getting anywhere with them.
    This hike can be done as a 17 mile loop starting at either #94 or #95 trailhead, going to the reservation boundary, down the "other" trail, then using the connector trail to get back to your starting point.

    Daniel L. completed East Baldy Trail #95

    almost 5 years ago

    Daniel L. reviewed Fairyland Loop Trail

    about 5 years ago

    This is a "must do" hike! The scenery is incredible as the photos show. I love the "Hiking with the Hoodoos" branding. We clocked a little over 8.5 miles due to the side hike to the Tower Bridge in 4 hrs 45 min taking plenty of time to shoot photos and lunch. Some fairly steep runs, I'll rate this a moderate effort hike. If you take in the distance involved and the 7000' plus altitude, it might run to strenuous for some. No water available but shady spots along the way. Probably hot in the summer but our March trek was cool and clear. Some snow still on the trail turning hard pack to gumbo. Bryce this time of year reminded me of Grand Canyon north rim...the tourists were few. Only a few hikers actually on this trail. The amenities were fine, we stayed overnight and ate at Ruby's Inn. Some trails still closed so we need to return. Great place!

    Daniel L. completed Fairyland Loop Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Daniel L. reviewed Granite Mountain Trail Number Two Hundred Sixty One

    over 5 years ago

    Great season opener! Left cold, dead-on-its-feet Flagstaff for warmer weather and hiked this trail from the Metate Trailhead to the Granite Mountain Vista Point. First hike since October 2012 and it was thoroughly enjoyable. Only reason it doesn't get 4 stars is due to view at Vista Point...not much going on there. Total distance out and back was 8.66 mile GPSr. Elevation gain was 1436'. My numbers agree with 'Net sites other than this one. Tempted to edit info on this site but not my thing. Total time on the trail was less than 4 hours. Overall grade averaged 6% but its nearly 9% from about 2 miles in to the ridge line. There was still some snow in places and a bit muddy in others. This trail surely gets pretty warm in the summer but today was spectacular. We rated this a blue square effort. Note: go right at the ridge line sign to the vista.

    Daniel L. completed Granite Mountain Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Daniel L. reviewed Grand Canyon North Rim To South Rim Hiker Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Cant imagine a more beautiful yet demanding trail. Starting back in July we arranged a backcountry pass/itinerary that suited our physical abilities and equipment. We then got South Rim to North Rim shuttle transport arranged.

    Our journey began on the North Rim at the North Kaibab Trail. We spent the night at the North Rim campsite and anticipated a strenuous downhill hike to our first below-the-rim campsite at Cottonwood Campground. Taking time to marvel at the views, we took in scenery all along the trail. Coconino Overlook (N36 12.924 W112 03.140), a bit over a half mile in, offers a good view into Bright Angel Canyon. Supai Tunnel is just under a mile ahead (N36 12.671 W112 02.932) and offers a good rest stop and water. Over the course of the hike down we crossed as many as six bridges. These are very sturdy, well built structures. The first, and typical, was at 3 miles in (N36 12.443 W112 02.754 6116'). We passed by Roaring Springs filling our water bottles and taking a few photos. Our days adventure terminated at Cottonwood Campground (N36 10.224 W112 02.379 4100') where we spent the night. Statistically we hiked 7.65 miles from the North Kaibab Trailhead to Cottonwood CG, elevation changed from 8249 at the TH to 4100 at Cottonwood for a 4149 change, a bit over 10.25% grade. The steepest section is the first half. We left the TH at 8:30AM and arrived at Cottonwood at 1:06PM.

    Day 2 made this journey! Ribbon Falls is a must see spot. The TH down to the falls is 1.35 miles out of Cottonwood, the falls approximately another 1/3 mile in (N36 09.552 W112 03.283 4012'). Dont miss this! It took just a bit over an hour to get there.

    From the Falls, we continued into The Box. On our way we traveled through several different environments. Never more than a few yards from Bright Angel Creek, we saw typical Arizona cactus and hard rock mingled with what I believe to be wild grapes and bamboo grasses. We could hear birds but seldom saw them. Incredibly diverse! The Box offers an opportunity to just look up at the skyscraper towers surrounding you. This area is supposed to be hellish hot in the summer but this October morning was just flat incredible. Our trek took us into Phantom Ranch (N36 06.365 W112 05.635 2635') where we took a long break and lunch.

    Next goal was the Colorado River. We saw a few rafters, took in the beauty of the river, soaked tired feet in the icy water but moved on rather quickly. This is a popular spot and tends to be crowded. We crossed the Silver Suspension Bridge and continued on to Indian Gardens CG. Food for thought...as you walk along the river bank and hike up just past the south side of Silver Bridge take a moment to ponder. You are walking among rock that is 1.7 Billion Years Old! At this point you leave the North Kaibab Trail behind and take up the Bright Angel Trail. Just about half way between PR and Indian Gardens you encounter a pleasant little 1/2 mile of hell known as the Devils Corkscrew. Its a half mile of steps mixed with switchbacks. Enjoy! At least know that the campground is only another 1.5 miles once you shake off Lucifers hand. Our hike into Indian Gardens (N36 04.645 W112 07.690 3823') was the longest of our journey and extremely taxing. Just outside of camp we saw two deer that were hardly worried about our presence. We made camp just before 5:00 PM. Statistics: 1.35 miles from Cottonwood CG to Ribbon Falls TH, .6 miles round trip from TH to Falls and back, 5.62 miles from Falls TH to Phantom Ranch, 4.18 miles from PR to Indian Gardens CG. We lost 1465 between Cottonwood and Phantom Ranch, gained 1188 between PR and Indian Gardens. We clocked 11.15 miles that day (not counting the .6 Ribbon Falls divergence) and 18.8 miles from the North Kaibab TH. We were on the trail just under 10 hours.

    Our final hike out was the 4.5 miles from IG to the Bright Angel Trail TH at Grand Canyon Village. We elected to start this final run very early to beat any mid-day heat and to avoid as many tourists as possible. This is an extremely popular section for casual hikers with little or no trail sense or courtesy. We put shoes on the trail at 4:45AM and completed our journey at 9:00AM. Walking the trail with only flashlights is a unique experience.

    Well...we did it...Rim-to-Rim! Logged 23.3 miles and went from 8281 at the North Rim Campground to 2635 at Phantom Ranch back to 6800 at Bright Angel TH. Total time hiking the trails was nearly 19 hours. I'm writing this review on Sun 10/6. We went into the Canyon on Thurs 10/3 and came out Sat 10/5. I admit to being sore all over and proud of our accomplishment. To Colleen...Love you (‘Nuff said!)

    I use a Garmin Map60csx. It's usually pretty accurate but was unreliable this trip due to satellite availability. Take the numbers as a good average.

    Daniel L. reviewed Inner Basin Trail

    over 5 years ago

    So nice to have this area open again. This is a spectacular fall hike. The aspens are simply stunning! Went all the way to the Weatherford Trailhead contemplating a different route to Humphreys. We've done Humphreys Trail from the Snowbowl and, though about 2 miles longer, the IB Trail offers superb views and, I'm thinking, a lot less traffic.

    A note about traffic. I would have given this trail 4 stars if not for all the people. Seems as if this is the most family and dog oriented trail around Flagstaff. Flat crowded in places until you pass the 2nd water pump house and start the 1.5 miles to the Weatherford TH. This is the steepest part of the trail gaining over 1100 feet in that 1.5 miles for a 14.6% grade.

    Overall we logged 9.11 miles round trip from where we parked. Elevation change 2334'. Up in 3 hours including a nice 20 minute lunch, down in just under 2 hours. Well marked and traveled trail. On your way up to the camp ground and along your hike, turn around a time or two and catch the scenery over your shoulder.

    Daniel L. completed Inner Basin Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Daniel L. completed O'Leary Peak Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Daniel L. completed Lava River Cave

    over 5 years ago

    Daniel L. followed Patricia Martinez

    over 5 years ago

    Daniel L. followed Patricia Martinez

    over 5 years ago

    Daniel L. reviewed Uncle Jim Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Love the north rim! This trail is a nice walk out to Uncle Jim Point where you can take in and photograph Bright Angel Canyon. Other than that view, which includes part of the north Kaibab trail, it is a pleasant 5 mile walk in the woods.

    The TH is located on the north end of the North Kaibab Trailhead parking lot near the mule corrals. The mules share this trail with people and the ground can be a bit cluttered and there's no mistaking the barnyard smells. You start on the Ken Patrick trail and go right on the Uncle Jim trail at the signpost. Further along, you have a choice of going either right or straight creating the "loop" returning to this location. Going right is a bit more uphill challenging with a few moderate elevation changes. Overall, a pleasant hike in the woods. Our September trek was shirtsleeves and enjoyed a lunch at the mule hitching area at the point.

    Daniel L. completed Uncle Jim Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Daniel L. reviewed Transept Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Ahhhhhh, the north rim in September! Quiet, peaceful, decidedly un-crowded, warm in the day, chilly at night. What more could you ask for?

    This trail is for virtually anyone. Wide, well maintained with only a few sections of any real elevation change, it runs from the north rim campground to the north rim lodge. About 1.5 miles long, it takes about an hour at a leisurely pace. The views into the canyons are typically spectacular with sunset being a better photo time (my opinion only). Finish off the trek by hitting the trail out to Bright Angel Point for an added treat. You can return to the campground via Bridal Path or take the Transept back the way you came, which is my preference, for a 3 mile round trip.

    A nice walk in the woods, we saw several birds, the white tailed Kaibab squirrel, our good luck horned toad and many brachiopod and sea lily fossils. Enjoy!

    Daniel L. completed Transept Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Daniel L. reviewed Sycamore Rim Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Struggled to give this hike 3 stars since there was just to much going against it. Directions to the TH are easy, follow the forest service map. We choose the TH at
    N35 09.597 W111 59.960. Use directions you can find at most sites on the 'Net and/or the Forest Service map.

    The trail is well marked from travel. Our direction took us past all the points of interest you can read about on almost any site. The hike is easy and nearly level all the way to Pomeroy Tanks. The views along the canyon are great starting as a wide trench at the TH , expanding to a gorgeous canyon near the falls.

    Traffic was moderate. You're never to far from a FS road, I-40 or housing. The "city" sounds are pervasive. There were a few hikers on this trail, a noisy group hike on the other side of the canyon that we left behind quickly, several rock climbers at the falls and a young family actually pulling tiny fish from Pomeroy on rod & reel.

    The hike from Pomeroy back to the TH, up KA hill is an uninspiring hike through the woods. It would have been pleasant enough if it hadn't been for the mosquitoes! Not an exaggeration, we were unable to stop moving even for a quick lunch or water break for fear of being bitten sick. They were terrible! The only view beyond the canyon is KA Hill summit giving you a lackluster view of the SF Peaks, Garland Prairie and I-40. The bugs were so bad that we didn't even stop to take decent photos here.

    We completed the nearly 12 mile loop (11.7 miles GPSr) right at 7 hours. Only once did we question the FS signs for directions. The climb up KA Hill is easy at 5.5% grade.

    This is a unique trail that should be taken but not necessarily as a loop. If you choose our entry point, go to the falls, check out the climbers and return the same way. That would be nearly 14 miles RT but level and certainly scenic. Do not attempt this trail in heavy monsoon unless you intend to get very wet. You cross the creek several times.

    It is difficult to rate a trail since most is in the eye of the hiker. It was a difficult day...the bugs, the distance, a novice with us, inability to stop and enjoy. The views along the canyon were great, wildflowers were everywhere and we certainly weren't stuck at home. It might be better to take this loop counter clock wise and put KA Hill behind you and spend more time taking in the canyon later on. Your call...enjoy, be careful and don't forget the DEET!

    Daniel L. completed Sycamore Rim Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Daniel L. completed Walnut Canyon Rim Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Daniel L. completed Buffalo Park Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Daniel L. completed Old Caves Crater Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Daniel L. reviewed Wilson Mountain Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Started to give Wilson Peak trail 3 stars but changed my mind after reviewing the photos. We came up the trail from the Encinoso picnic grounds rather than the Midgley Bridge route. You'll have to trust the website numbers since my GPS was acting bizarre that day. I think the 8 miles rt is pretty accurate. We did the hike in March with about 1 1/2 feet of snow on the ground in places. The trail was still easy to follow and actually kind of unique. Scenery incredible! As another reviewer has said, bring your camera. At the top, we went left to the Sedona overlook. Spectacular! As I said, we went up in a few feet of snow, came down in a few inches of water and lots of mud. Day temp changed by almost 20 degrees. Going to rate this a red triangle. Fairly steep in places, nearly flat in others. Several other hikers over the course of being there. If you choose this route, the trail joins the southern approach (from Midgely) deceptively further than you might think. Stay on the trail. The steepest part is from the plateau to the peak.

    Daniel L. completed Wilson Mountain Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Daniel L. reviewed Bill Williams Mountain Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Bill Williams trail is a bit of a fooler. Starts out easy to moderate but changes gear from half way between MP1 and MP2 to the summit. Exceeds 15% grade in places and exceeds 13% for that 2 1/2 miles. Went out on a limb and said demanding rather than moderate. Having said that, we enjoyed this hike mostly due to the contrast between the typical dry dusty Arizona and the almost jungle like change where the monsoons made themselves felt. Color everywhere! 3 hours up,6 hours round trip with a lengthy lunch and benchmarking at the summit. Not much of a view from the top, yet another antenna farm hence the 3 stars. A few people going up as we were coming down. Not a bad hike, great trail in spots but I think it would be a secondary destination. Logged 7.96 miles rt on the GPSr.

    Daniel L. completed Bill Williams Mountain Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Daniel L. reviewed Bull Basin Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Daniel L. reviewed Dripping Springs Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    The destination was worth the trip. We started at Hermits Rest TH and ended at Dripping Springs returning the same way. We clocked between 3.3 and 3.5 miles one way. The trail continues beyond the spring. Elevation change was about 1220'. This, in my opinion, is a double-black diamond trail! Do not take this lightly! For approx 2.5 miles, the grade averages over 20%. A real knee pounder going downhill and you've still got to come out! Took just under 3 hrs to reach the spring which is really water dripping through the rock from somewhere way above. You aren't supposed to drink the water and we didn't. The overhang was cool and shady after the strenuous, hot hike and we enjoyed a great lunch having the place to ourselves. Returning to Hermits Rest took 4.5 hrs and we got absolutely soaked in the monsoon. A four star hike based on solitude, physical challenge and the final destination. Trail is well marked, very steep in places, rocky and mostly shadeless. Go! But be smart! Anyone wishing to trade or receive more information on this or any other local hike I've done, my email is drl2250@yahoo.com

    Daniel L. completed Devils Bridge Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Daniel L. completed Humphreys Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Daniel L. reviewed Heart Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Not much to add to Ms. Lauman's review. Took the identical route. Clocked 8.77 miles on the GPSr. Wonderful walk just below ridgeline on Sunset. Enjoyed lunch and a welcome break after the Heart Trail. A bit on the steep side, the Heart Trail gains 1453' from the TH to the ridge in 2.37 miles (the signs say a bit less) for a 11.6% grade. The trail here is rocky and shadeless but well defined. Another 'magical' section is the walk from the antenna farm to the Eldon TH on your way down. Steep and knee jarring, the Eldon LO trail is always a bear. Took us a bit over 6 hours with a good 45 minute lunch break. Views are in the eye of the beholder (no pun intended) but looking down on Hiway 89 doesn't do a lot for me. The towers on the summit aren't exactly picturesque. Having said that, the hike was a nice one and enjoyable. A few people on the way up, several more from the LO down. A "red triangle" effort only due to Eldon LO's steep grade. 3 stars due to, in my humble opinion, not much of a view along the way or at the top. Photos: Rock formation from Heart trail looking NW into that corner of the Eldon crater. Other is looking down at Hiway 89 (left to right) and Burris Rd. from Sunset trail (ridge line).

    Daniel L. completed Heart Trail

    almost 6 years ago

    Daniel L. reviewed Elden Lookout Trail

    about 6 years ago

    2.67 miles one way from parking lot off 89 and 2352 feet elevation gain according to my GPSr averaging 3 hikes. Over 16% gradient average. A black diamond special! Lots of stair stepping, not for the weak-in-the-knees. Use this trail for Humphreys Peak training. Does end at the tower and antenna farm at the top. I sort of disagree with the view descriptions but to each their own. Great workout trail, can get crowded. Lots of regulars. Take your time in 2.5 hours up, 1.7 hours down.

    Daniel L. completed Elden Lookout Trail

    about 6 years ago

    Daniel L. completed Fatmans Loop Trail

    about 6 years ago

    Daniel L. reviewed Fatmans Loop Trail

    about 6 years ago

    This 2.6 mile loop is a great workout, a mind clearing walk or just a great place to be. Elevation gain is roughly 640'. I think the easier route is left to right at the "Y". I've done this trail in 3 seasons and I never get tired of it. Lots of people of all ages and ability. Dog friendly (on leash, please!). Last time on June 2, 2012. Right around an hour if you take it easy. My best is 42 minutes.

    Daniel L. reviewed Humphreys Peak - Arizona Highpoint

    about 6 years ago

    Completed this hike Thursday May 31, 2012 via Snow Bowl trail. Weather was nearly perfect with just a hint of breeze along trail, a bit stronger at the top. Virgin territory so we took our time going up. 4 hours to the saddle another hour to the summit. Glorious views of Kendrick, O'Leary, North Rim, Bill Williams, into Flagstaff. Had the summit to ourselves for about 1/2 hour. Lots of others after that. Rated this a black diamond mostly due to the altitude and the trail above the saddle. False summits are a true heart breaker. Hiked down in 4 hours, got "off trail" once (embarrassing!). Typically a bit hard on the knees. Advice: Do it! Watch the weather. Do not attempt if windy or monsoon-ing. Take lots of water and energy food. GPSr was 5.2 miles each way.

    Daniel L. completed Humphrey's Peak

    about 6 years ago