• RESCHEDULED! 4th of July weekend in the Pecos Wilderness in New Mexico

    Due to deep snow in the intended area of travel, I had to push this trip back. Instead of snow, we may have to deal with the start of the monsoon. I put safety first so this itinerary is subject to change if T-Storms are active. If that's the case then we'd stay low and explore the terrain under the tree line. This trip will take place over 5 days since there's a bunch of driving involved but worth it. The plan is to get together on Wednesday sometime andstart the 8-10 hour drive to the Jacks Creek TH located at the end of NM63 north of Cowles. I'm hoping that we'll hit the trail upon arrival the next day and hike in 6.6 miles to Beatty's cabin (9500'). That should take us 4-5 hours to reach, lungs permitting. If not, we'd go in a few miles until we found a good camp spot. Day 2: Make it to Truchas Lakes (11870'). There will be some elevation to hike up. I've found three trails of various lengths to reach the lakes (6.2,7.2 and 10.2 miles). We'll decide which one that morning. Shorter doesn't mean easier, just steeper! Day 3: Will be a short day of 5.3 miles to reach Pecos Baldy Lake (11500'ish). This will be a good day to explore the high country and bag a peak or two. The following day we'll descend back to Jacks Creek TH (6.6 miles) and head home. I'm not a professional guide but do have 100's of nights of experience out backpacking. I've created this gang since I enjoy getting to know fellow backpackers and reconnecting with ones that I haven't seen in some time. Most of the places I venture to are remote with help being many hours, sometimes days away. When you attend my trips you acknowledge that you are responsible for yourself and bad things can happen. However I intend on using good judgement when leading and watching out for all. I may not be with you at all times but in the event something bad happens, I will attempt to get help ASAP and/or help you get out. I expect the same in return. I watch your back, you watch mine.

  • Mt. San Jacinto via the aerial tram in Cali., EASY backpack!!!

    Hey everyone, how about an easy and memorable trip to beat the heat? Mt. San Jacinto is just west of Palm Springs and one BMF mountain. It rises 2 miles from the desert floor to the peak!!! Hardcore hikers hike over 10000' of total elevation (AEG) to bag this peak but there's a much easier way, an aerial tram. On this groups discussion board, I asked to find out if there is any interest in this trip. I have 9 permits, 4+1 said yes and I make 6. That doesn't leave many spots but IF this trip fills up and there is interest, I'll post it again. Let me know, send me a message. The tram doesn't get you to the top but it shaves off about 8000' of the climb. What's really cool is after the tram drops you off, your in a state park that has a backpackers CG a little over 2 miles away. Its an easy backpack to the CG but there is some elevation gain. Water is usually available at the CG (9100') so I carry beer instead. From the CG its about a 7 mile R/T hike to the summit hut near San Jacinto Peak with about 2000' of AEG. If you choose not to venture off to the peak its fine with me. You could just hang out at the CG which doesn't have the typical CG feel, the spaces are spread out. Another option would be to hike back to the tram station (8516'), there's a restaurant and bar! They do have a website; pstramway.com Check out the menu's. You'd have to backtrack after setting up at our CG spot. The CG is in a large area and you probably wouldn't find us if we don't hike in as a group. There are a few rules to the park with the biggest being no dogs allowed or campfires. This is somewhat of an expensive trip. Its a 5 "ish" hour drive from the Phoenix area and I HIGHLY recommend staying in Palm Springs the night before. I'd like to split the cost of my room and don't worry, I'm not to weird so let me know if your interested. The cost of the tram is an additional $26 with overnight parking at the tram station another $8. I'm not sure if those prices include taxes but since this is in Cali., figure not. On top of those costs there's a $6 permit fee with $5 going to the permit cost and $1 to help me pay for the meetup fee. This will be a fun trip and I bet the memory of the tram ride will last a lifetime so don't be shy and sign up! For those signing up I'll send you my palpal info.

  • Beginner friendly, easy backpack Canyon Creek near Young

    Fort McDowell Casino

    $1.00

    It's time to beat the heat! How about a wet backpack trip in and along Canyon Creek? Canyon Creek is east of Payson and below the Rim near Young. I recently found out about this hike and it sounds like a great easy/beginner trip, lets go! Its simple to navigate this one, just follow the creek! The creek elevation is at about 6500' and descends a mere 250' in 5 miles. The hike goes through forest, meadows, along a dirt road and finally into a narrow and scenic canyon. We can continue past 5 miles but would need to purchase a tribal permit since we'd be entering tribal land. Depending on what the weather has in store, will determine how far we pack in to camp. It is monsoon season. With safety always being my biggest concern I plan for us to camp on the upstream side of the narrows at about 3.5 miles in. If the monsoon is on break, we may backpack through the narrows and camp on the downstream side. This will be a relaxing trip with lots of time to kick back and/or explore. No need to feel pressured into doing what the rest of the group is doing. I like to go slow when breaking camp on these short trips so no need to pack up at the crack of dawn. There are numerous spots to camp so we should be able to find a secluded spot. Fishing is supposed to be good so bring a pole and permit if you feel like it. Water footwear is HIGHLY recommended. If you decide to sign up and I hope that you do; Can you please go into your meetup privacy settings and allow messages from me? I like sending out a group message to the people who RSVP'ed for trips. A number of people haven't received past messages due to this. Thanks! I'm not a professional guide but do have 100's of nights of experience out backpacking. I created this meetup to met new backpackers and reconnect with ones that I have not seen in sometime. Most places that I venture to are remote with help being many hours and sometimes days away. When you attend my trips you must recognize that you are responsible for yourself and bad things can happen. I intend on using good judgement when leading and watching out for all. I may not be with you at all times but in the event that something bad does happen, I will attempt to get help ASAP and/or help get you out. I expect the same in return, I watch your back and you watch mine.

  • Mount Baldy in AZ's White Mountains (Easy/Intermediate) beginner friendly

    Its time for another cool getaway from the heat! Its a long drive but as usual my destinations are worth the effort. Over the years of living here, I've seen most of the forested AZ summer backpacking destinations go up in flames. There's not many left. Mount Baldy is one of them! This trip is usually done as a 17 loop hike which could be done as a 14 miler if a car shuttle is arranged. There's a 3 mile connector trail that links the East and West TH's. The highlight of the trip to most is hiking and camping along the West Fork which runs through several meadows. There's a series of camp sites that fill quickly on summer weekends here, its first come, first served. I'd like to make this trip beginner friendly and also increase our odds at getting one of those prime camp sites. I'm not planning on doing the entire loop but instead starting at the East Fork TH, pack in across the connector trail and then up the West Fork to find a camp site, the mileage should be about 6"ish" miles. After camp is set, people can hike up to Baldy and return to camp without having to haul their pack the usual 11 miles up and down the mountain. I don't intend to go to the peak, its sacred to the local Apache. If you chose to, you'll have to deal with the Apache gods yourself! I plan on staying around camp searching for the old and long abandoned original West Fork trail. Don't let that deter you from going for the peak, you could also stay at camp and relax. I'd like to get an early start on Saturday morning to ensure getting a great camp spot and also to beat the afternoon storms which may develop. It is monsoon season and this place gets hit often. We'll be at over 9000' which puts us closer to the lightning bolts! However we'll be mostly sheltered at camp which greatly reduces the risk. If you RSVP for this trip and I hope that you do, can you please go to your meetup privacy settings and allow me to message you. I like to send out group messages to the people who RSVP'ed. Thanks! Oh! This is passenger car friendly, its all paved and I intend to drive up Friday and camp by the car. We'll pack up on Sunday at a reasonable pace and start our hike back between 9-10AM. We can set up a car shuttle to cut the hike out mileage. I'm not a professional guide but do have 100's of nights of experience out backpacking. I created this meetup since I enjoy getting to know other backpackers and reconnecting with ones that I have not seen in some time. Most places I venture to are remote with help being many hours and sometimes days away. When you attend my trips you must realize that you are responsible for yourself and bad things can happen. I intend on using good judgement when leading and watching out for all. I may not be with you at all times but in the event that something bad does happen, I will attempt to get help in reasonable time/ASAP and/or help you get out. I expect the same in return, I watch your back and you watch mine.