Posts about Hiking, page 13 of 31.

Garden Valley Loop with the Parents

Parents on the desert trail

This was the second time my parents were visiting us down in Arizona. The first time had been a few weeks after Thomas was born and we spent most of the time fawning over the newborn and getting things done around the house. We did fit in a quick hike over to the San Tan Regional Park, though it was…

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  • Posted April 25, 2015
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Quick Visit to Broadway Cave

Tiny parking lot on Broadway

Afternoon hikes in Phoenix are tricky things. On one hand I'm still working on Eastern time, which means that most days I'm done with work between 2 and 3 in the afternoon. That leaves me with several hours of daylight for a short hike during the work week. However, I'm in a desert. Hiking under the…

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  • Posted April 5, 2015
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Along the Bell - Windgate Loop

The long stretch of Scottsdale mountains

Chris and I met Kirsty at a small dirt parking lot off of Bell Road in Scottsdale. It wasn't terribly early, maybe thirty minutes before the sunrise, and the morning light was just starting to lighten the cloudy sky. There was a decent chance of rain today which worried all of us. There are few…

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  • Posted March 31, 2015
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Red Hills and Needle Canyon

Brushy trees on Cavalry Trail

My topo map was an old one, dating back to the '80s. As I slowly walked along Cavalry Trail in the Superstitions I gazed over it. This trail headed southeast within a little valley for about a mile before turning sharp south over Red Hills and looping back west along Needle to Boulder Canyon. There…

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  • Posted March 26, 2015
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To the Bow of Battleship Mountain

A few pinpricks in the dark sky

No moon lit the dark night sky over the Superstition Wilderness trailhead. I stepped away from the parking lot alone with only a meager headlamp to guide me to Garden Valley. Hiking in the dark had become standard fare for long days in the desert, since both Chris and I were willing to wake up and…

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  • Posted March 24, 2015
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Gateway Loop on McDowell

Gateway Mountain and trail

Noah and I pulled into the well maintained parking lot a bit frazzled. It had been a long drive to get here, longer than he was used to, and the little guy was rearing to get out. We were north of Scottsdale and almost a full hour away from our house. I hoped it would be worth the drive. Today was…

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  • Posted March 8, 2015
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Hidden Valley via Pima Canyon

Rosy predawn light over the trailhead

Pink-tinted daylight spread over the low desert hills in the predawn. It was early, though not pre-dawn early, when Noah and I got out of the car and stepped into cool air. I wore shorts and a t-shirt - he wore pants, jacket, mittens and hat. I'd be carrying my son some six miles today and would…

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  • Posted March 3, 2015
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For a View of Weaver's Needle

Slowly approaching the base

Standing like a tall, lonely guard of the southwest Superstition Wilderness is the impressive Weaver's Needle. This old volcanic shaft rises over a thousand feet from the surrounding desert, the bottom half steep piles of rubble and the top sheer cliffs. Chris and I had seen the formation from…

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  • Posted February 23, 2015
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Death Marches in the Upper Peninsula

Snowy woods above the falls

Over the years I've thrown around the term 'Death March' a few times in reference to past hikes. The term has some real negative connotations in a historical light, though it is also used to describe a project management antipattern and a Grand Canyon Rim to Rim (to Rim). I use it to describe a…

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  • Posted February 18, 2015
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Battleship Mountain and Yellow Peak

Humbling climb ahead

Anticipation grew as we zipped along the old Apache Trail northeast of Phoenix. For the last few months Chris and I had hiked around the city and slowly started to venture into the Superstition Wilderness. So far we had only tackled the very westernmost sections of the wilderness, climbing up…

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  • Posted February 15, 2015
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