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.
 
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