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    Member Since March 2013

    Alec Kercsó Pro-red@3x

    Santa Fe, New Mexico 

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    Alec Kercsó reviewed Tom Moody Extended Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    A pleasant escape from downtown Flagstaff. This easy trail takes you out along the Rio de Flag, a cool and peaceful walk among petroglyphs and other prehistoric and historic sites.

    You can hike the full loop, or take the cutoff halfway through.

    Don’t let the city’s semi-industrial complex at the beginning of the trail dissuade you from taking this journey. Ten minutes past the trailhead, you’ll leave all that well behind you.

    Alec Kercsó completed Tom Moody Extended Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Alec Kercsó added Agate House Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Alec Kercsó reviewed Three Rivers Petroglyph Site Trail

    about 1 month ago

    An easy hike, but that’s not what this trail is about. It’s about the petroglyphs, and they are amazing!

    With 21,000 petroglyphs at this site, the hike is a visual wonderland of rock art from people who were in the area 1100 to 600 years ago.

    The hike is easy, but bring water. When you’ve finished the “official” trail, continue on to find more petroglyphs beyond.

    Alec Kercsó reviewed Three Rivers Petroglyph Site Trail

    about 1 month ago

    An easy hike, but that’s not what this trail is about. It’s about the petroglyphs, and they are amazing!

    With 21,000 petroglyphs at this site, the hike is a visual wonderland of rock art from people who were in the area 1100 to 600 years ago.

    The hike is easy, but bring water. When you’ve finished the “official” trail, continue on to find more petroglyphs beyond.

    Alec Kercsó added Sun Mountain Trail

    10 months ago

    Alec Kercsó completed Sun Mountain Trail

    10 months ago

    Alec Kercsó reviewed Caw Caw Trail

    about 1 year ago

    In addition to the periphery trail shown on the All Trails map, there are several interior trails at the park. They’re all level, easy hikes.

    I found the Swamp Sanctuary trail particularly scenic with its birds, butterflies, and alligators. Purple irises abound. Sound fills the air. And if you come at the right time, there is little to no problem with bugs. I certainly didn’t have to deal with mosquitos and the like.

    The park is definitely worth the small $2/person entry fee. I’ll definitely visit again when I go back to Charleston.

    Alec Kercsó added Caw Caw Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Alec Kercsó completed Caw Caw Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Alec Kercsó saved Pueblo Alto Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Alec Kercsó added Pueblo Alto / New Alto

    over 1 year ago

    Alec Kercsó completed Pueblo Alto Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Alec Kercsó reviewed Clear Creek Trail

    over 1 year ago

    I’d always wanted to take this trail after visiting the Phantom Ranch area on my first backpacking trip to Grand Canyon. The lure of that trail taking off across the north Tonto platform excited my imagination. Where did it lead? What was at the other end?

    I took a solo trip of five days in January to find out. I’m going to skip the corridor portion of this hike, since it’s so well known.

    If you’re looking for solitude without having to drive to a remote trailhead, Clear Creek is a good choice. Once you depart Phantom Ranch, you’ll see few people. And once you reach the Tonto, you might be lucky enough to find yourself totally alone for a couple of days.

    Depending on the time of day, you’ll experience different hikes. For me, departing my camp just past the cairns as the sun was coming up, I walked alternately through sun and shade, rising and falling with the contouring trail as it moved into and out of washes and canyons.

    Throughout my walk, I experienced exceptional views of Grand Canyon’s prominences surrounding me, and of the Colorado river below. Yucca and cactus of several species dot the landscape. Along the way, an eight point buck passed on the slope above me.

    The route rises overall until it reaches the bright orange Hakatai shale above Clear Creek, where the trail narrows to sometimes as little as four boots wide, and begins a 600’ descent into Clear Creek Canyon. This section of the trail is filled with loose, broken bits of rock, and though not excessively dangerous, should be taken with care.

    At the bottom of the switchbacks, I reached a trickle of a drainage that feeds Clear Creek. The trail was a little difficult to find, and may actually have been washed out, but following the creek leads to several obvious campsites. There were no food storage boxes, but there is a primitive toilet.

    Several of the campsites are near the creek itself. The water is clean and cool (but make sure you treat your drinking water). The sound is relaxing, and makes for a wonderful stay.

    Clear Creek can be windy place. The air races up and down the canyon, trying to equalize pressure. Plan ahead and make sure you have enough guy line for your tent.

    Leaving the canyon, I faced the climb up the switchbacks, but was clear of them in 45 minutes. In another three hours, I had covered the remaining ~6 miles back to the cairns. It was way too early to make camp, and I continued another hour down to the Bright Angel ranger station where I secured a site at the campground.

    This is a trail I’ll definitely return to do again, planning on spending an extra day or so at Clear Creek to explore Cheyava Falls up creek, or the drainage into the Colorado river below.

    Alec Kercsó completed Clear Creek Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Alec Kercsó saved Clear Creek Trail

    over 1 year ago