2018-07-18 - Amethyst Trail   21 Photos   Jul 18, 2018
 
A 4 hour 7.1 mile 2,111' AEG out-and-back hike to the Amethyst Mine gate along the Browns and Amethyst Trails just below Four Peaks.
 
2018-07-11 - Murphy Bear Encounter   18 Photos   Jul 11, 2018
 
A 3.25 hour 6.4 mile 1945' AEG attempt to reach Murphy Benchmark in the Aztec Peak Quadrangle, including excessive humidity, treeing a charging a black bear, a painful wasp sting and finally thick-and-thorny brush, intense enough to call it a day and turn back.
 
2018-07-05 - Arizona Trail Passage 12   34 Photos   Jul 5, 2018
 
A 4 hour 8.7 mile 2,053' AEG out-and-back hike from the north end of Passage #12 of the Arizona National Scenic Trail, with a side-trip to visit the High Jinks Ranch. We didn't go inside the buildings because a realtor was showing the property, which is currently for sale for $555,000.
 
2018-07-04 - Peak 2303   30 Photos   Jul 4, 2018
 
A 3 hour 3.7 mile 1,200' AEG hike to the summit of Peak 2303 in the Granite Reef Dam Quadrangle. The temperature would reach a high of 104° and the 'highlight' of the hike was an encounter with a young javelina.
 
2018-07-02 - Peak 3134   23 Photos   Jul 2, 2018
 
A 4 hour 4.5 mile 1356' AEG hike to the summit of Peak 3134 in the Apache Junction Quadrangle, returning off-trail.
 
2018-07-01 - Apache Trail Bighorn Sheep   9 Photos   Jul 1, 2018
 
A single bighorn sheep sighting from the Fish Creek Vista followed by a herd of six along Apache Trail.
 
2018-06-26 - Apache Trail Wandering   13 Photos   Jun 26, 2018
 
A 2 hour 3 mile 814' AEG hike along Apache Trail. I began in the center of a planned figure-eight loop but at the halfway point I stopped for a cold drink and the cooler lid dropped down, punching a hole through the skin on the top of my head. Instantly blood was gushing down my face and before I could grab an ice-cold washcloth to stem the tide the front of my shirt was drenched in blood. Needless to say that was the end of the hike.
 
2018-06-20 - Honey Creek to Creekside   24 Photos   Jun 20, 2018
 
A 4 hour 6.6 mile 1417' AEG round trip hike on FR 3224 & 3224A from Honey Creek Campground to the Creekside Day-Use site on Workman Creek, passing an old uranium mine along the way.
 
2018-06-19 - Honey Creek to Reynolds TH   32 Photos   Jun 19, 2018
 
A 5 hour 10 mile 1736' AEG roundtrip hike from Honey Creek Campground to the Reynolds Trail 150 trailhead along Forest Road 3224 & 3222.
 
2018-06-16 - Illegal BMX Routes   21 Photos   Jun 16, 2018
 
Documenting just a small portion of unauthorized BMX routes.
 
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