Stories of Upper Peninsula Hiking

Jacob is crazy passionate about hiking in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. From the worn outcroppings of the Huron Mountains to the swamps and old growth forest deep within the Peshekee Highlands, he's either been there or is planning an adventure right now. One of Jacob's particularly fond hiking goals involved tracking down Keweenaw waterfalls.

Ives Lake, surrounded in color

Tonto Natural Bridge

Camp unpacked, getting ready for dinner

Near the end of September, when the school year had started for Noah and the Arizona temperatures were still unbearably hot, we decided to go for another camping trip in the higher elevations. As usual, it was just me and the kids, as Katie's work schedule has her busy on the weekends. I decided to…

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  • Posted December 14, 2019
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Railroad Tunnel on the Mogollon Rim

Trail descending off the rim

For the third camping trip with the kids I decided to take things easy. We drove up towards Payson for the familiar Mogollon Rim and found a small campsite along Forest Road 139, which is a stone's throw from U-Bar Trail. There we met Chris and Kirsty and we all set up our gear. Having three adults…

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  • Posted August 26, 2019
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Lava River Caves of Flagstaff

Thomas and Charlotte collecting firewood

This summer I haven't had much free time to pursue my usual passion of solo hiking and backpacking. Instead, my weekends have been full of Mountain Rescue and parenting. Sure, the kids and I go hiking together, it's just not the same as the epic twenty-plus mile death marches that I prefer. Anyways,…

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  • Posted August 15, 2019
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Muddy Dragonfly Loop of Spur Cross

Snowy hills to the north

Arizona's 2019 winter was, to say the least, enjoyable. There were a number of days that showered the Phoenix valley and sprinkled white snow in the higher elevations. After one such wet event I decided to take the kids for a hike - not an epic snow hike, like our adventure in the Mazatzals, but…

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  • Posted August 9, 2019
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Noah at Fremont Saddle

Lush green growth around the sunny trail

A few months ago I had a unique opportunity - an entire weekday with Noah. Usually he's at school or I have work or I'm stuck with all three kids. On this day, this random holiday in January, it was just Noah and I, and there was only one hike on my mind. It was time to take my five year old son to…

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  • Posted June 12, 2019
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Snowy Introduction to the Mazzies

Snowy start, right from the trailhead

On New Year's Eve a storm rolled across central Arizona. In Phoenix, the valley of the sun, we saw intermittent rain under gloomy skies, though the mountains surrounding our valley were dusted by a more wintery mix. When I woke up on the new year and saw white on the upper portions of Superstition…

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  • Posted February 22, 2019
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Upper Mazzie Loop: Rainy Day on the Verde River

Gloomy morning skies

Waking about an hour before sunrise, I was initially slow moving under the dark sky. As soon as I was dressed and heard the pitter-patter of raindrops on my undersized tarp I sped up, though, worried about my quilt and other gear getting wet. Once everything was protected I began making breakfast,…

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  • Posted January 30, 2019
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Upper Mazzie Loop: Wet Bottom Paradise

A barren, damaged basin beyond the saddle

Bull Spring Trail passes through three drainage basins after it leaves the AZT. With each basin it swings north to avoid losing too much elevation, though there is always some drop, and then it crosses a rocky bed before climbing up the other side. The first one is Red Metal Canyon and it looked…

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  • Posted January 27, 2019
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Upper Mazzie Loop: Saddle Ridge to Bull Spring Saddle

Predawn light on North Peak

This morning started like so many of my Mazatzal adventures: pitch-black sky, frigid air, and a stumbling gait towards semi-familiar lands. There was something different about it, something that I tried to ignore, lest I jinx the whole outing. If I succeeded in this overnight loop then I'd finish my…

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  • Posted January 23, 2019
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Wave Cave

Three Sisters in the early light

Noah and Thomas have hiked the Superstition Wilderness over a dozen times now, though most of our visits have been to the north end. First Water Ranch, Hackberry, Garden Valley, and even Siphon Draw are all located off of the Apache Trail. There's a lot of cool stuff on the south side that we…

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  • Posted January 8, 2019
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