Category Archives: Arizona hiking

2014 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for my hiking blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,200 times in 2014. If it were a NYC … Continue reading

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Ring Around the Picket Post


If you’re driving toward Superior on US60 it is hard to ignore the sight of Picket Post mountain as it looms on on the south side of the road.  It’s a very dramatic mountain, rising a couple thousand feet out of … Continue reading

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Pass Mountain


The club hiked the Pass Mountain Loop today.  This is an 8-mile loop around Pass Mountain just north of Mesa.  Being a loop, you can hike it in either direction, clockwise or counter-clockwise. If you hike in a clockwise direction, … Continue reading

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Butcher Jones Trail


  Sounds kind of ominous, doesn’t it…..  “Butcher Jones”.  And note the bullet hole in the trail sign! Actually it is one of our least ominous hikes.  A nice 2.5 mile (5 mile round trip) route over a rolling route, … Continue reading

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Just an Old Standard, Peralta Canyon


If I could do only one hike in the Superstitions, it would be Peralta Canyon Trail to Fremont Pass, then the off-trail spur over to the lonesome pine overlook.  That’s the hike we did today. Yesterday was a rainy day, … Continue reading

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Fall Color on the Gila River


Greetings again! Colleen and I just returned to Arizona last week.  Our “last day drive” into our winter home roughly follows the Gila river across the San Carlos Apache reservation.  On the drive last Friday we were both struck by … Continue reading

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High Country Solitude


(Before I describe the hike, I need to give a caution about the road up to the trailhead.  FR201 is an 8-mile very narrow and twisty mountain road which in dry weather is easily passable with a typical short-wheelbase SUV. … Continue reading

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Gila River Passage


Today a small group of us, just 7 hikers, took a fun little hike on one of the newer sections of the Arizona Trail near the town of Kelvin out in copper country south of Superior.  The three frames below … Continue reading

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Tonto National Monument Upper Dwelling


About 75 miles away, above Lake Roosevelt and overlooking the Tonto Basin is the Tonto Ruins National Monument. There are two main “villages” at Tonto, and numerous minor sites scattered on the 1,100 acres. The “lower” site is a short … Continue reading

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Peralta Trail to Fremont Pass


Today we hiked the Peralta Trail to Fremont Pass, then continued on to the “lone pine tree” overlook. On this hike I carried a new toy, a Suunto GPS Track Pod, which records your movement and which you then download … Continue reading

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