2017-08-19 - Gonzales Tank Loop   30 Photos   Aug 19, 2017
 
A 1.5 hour 2.5 mile 715' AEG loop hike out to Gonzales Tank on old Forest Road 1132, returning along cow paths along a drainage.
 
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.
 
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