2017-08-17 - Bellevue Ghost Town   42 Photos   Aug 17, 2017
 
A 5 hour 10 mile 2159' AEG hike to visit the Bellevue ghost town near the old Gibson Mine. Bellevue mining camp was founded in 1906 when it received a post office. The Post Office was closed in 1927 and Bellevue became a ghost town. The last production from the Gibson Copper Mine ended in 1975.
 
2017-08-15 - Five Point Mountain mine search   66 Photos   Aug 15, 2017
 
A 6 hour 11 mile 2700' AEG half-moon hike near Five Point Mountain, searching for old mining sites.
 
2017-08-12 - Forest Road 898 Loop   15 Photos   Aug 12, 2017
 
A 4 hour 7 mile 1,476' AEG loop hike west along Forest Road 898 and back along the ridge. Due to thunderstorms and rain at the start I left my new camera in the car, so all but the last three photos were taken with my cell phone.
 
2017-08-09 - Apache Trail Wandering   45 Photos   Aug 9, 2017
 
A 3 hour 4 mile 938' AEG hike on either side of Apache Trail, beginning by following Willow Creek north toward the Salt River.
 
2017-08-08 - Phon D Sutton Recreation Site   25 Photos   Aug 8, 2017
 
A 2 hour 3.6 mile 637' AEG wandering hike along the Salt River near the confluence with the Verde River. The highlight was watching a colt being taught how to forage for river bottom vegetation.
 
2017-07-15 - Forest Road 143   42 Photos   Jul 15, 2017
 
A three hour 4 mile 1,165' AEG aimless wandering hike just off Forest Road 143 in the Four Peaks Wilderness.
 
2017-07-13 - Four Peaks Trifecta   54 Photos   Jul 13, 2017
 
Three random exploratory hikes for a total of 4.5 hours 6.5 miles and 1,732' AEG. Thanks to the 'no shooting' order in force I was able to hike wherever I wished without worrying about random gunfire.
 
2017-07-11 - The Wata Ridges summit hike   64 Photos   Jul 11, 2017
 
A 5 hour 6 mile 2,000' AEG hike to the summit of The Wata Ridges (5806') in the Four Peaks Quadrangle. The first & last 2 miles of the hike followed Soldier Camp Trail #83 from the Mud Spring Trailhead.
 
2017-07-08 - El Oso Mine Loop   10 Photos   Jul 8, 2017
 
A short 90 minute 3 mile 568' AEG loop hike on Forest Roads 463 and 422, including a visit to the El Oso ('Bear' in English) Mine. Shortly after visiting the mine we encountered fresh large bear prints along the road.
 
2017-07-07 - Diamond Mountain summit loop   65 Photos   Jul 7, 2017
 
A brutal 5.5 hour 6.7 mile 2,385' AEG clockwise summit loop hike, returning along the Indian Spring Peak Trail. Although hiking in the 5,000' elevation range, the temperature reached 114 by the end of the hike. As a result I lost more than 12 pounds on the day.
 
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