• Difficult backpack up Kendrick Mountain near Flagstaff

    I'm trying to alternate between easier/intermediate and difficult/strenuous trips with this group to offer trips for everyone. I personally like hard trips that make one sore and offer a sense of accomplishment such as this one. Kendrick Peak trail #22 climbs over 2400' in a little over 4.5 miles to a fire lookout (10423'). Not very far below the fire lookout is a cabin located in a meadow. This is where we will camp. What will make this trip hard is we'll have to carry our water up the mountain. There is a spring somewhat near the cabin but the times I've seen it, its been a muddy bog. The plan is to meet in the Flagstaff area at 11AM on Saturday. We'll then drive to the TH via forest roads. The roads are in good shape and I was able to make it the the TH on 6/2 with no problems in a Toyota iA. Since we'll have to haul water, I decided on a late start time so we can hydrate all morning. To lessen the amount of water that I'll need, I'm bringing food that I don't have to cook. It would be smart for us to consolidate common gear like stoves and fuel to save weight. Once at the cabin, we'll setup and then go visit the fire tower, its staffed. Bring a bribe such as food or a beer, it should get you invited into the lookout. We'll head back to camp afterwards and relax for the rest of the day. Its BYOB if you care to have some drinks. I'm not a professional guide but do have 100's of nights out of experience backpacking. I created this meetup since I enjoy getting to know other backpackers and reconnecting with ones that I haven't seen in sometime. Most places that I venture to are remote with help being many hours or sometimes days away. When you attend one of my trips you must realize 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 get you out. I expect the same in return. You watch my back and I'll watch yours.

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  • Intermediate (beginner friendly) backpack, Winter Cabin near Flagstaff

    Hey everyone. With the temps rising, its time to head up north to cooler temps! This trip will be to the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness southwest of Flagstaff. The canyon will be hot this time of year so I'm planning to stay above the rim of the canyon exploring the forest. There's a number of springs in the area and after the very wet winter we had, water will not be an issue. There are a number of TH's that are used to access the cabin and springs. I'm planning on using the Dorsey Spring/Hog Hill TH since it sounds the easiest to access and also form a loop backpack. From Flagstaff there's about 20 miles of driving on dirt forest roads to get to our TH. The dirt road driving is listed as passenger car friendly but we can knock off 1 mile each way with high clearance vehicles. I'm posting this as beginner friendly since its a low mileage backpack of about 9.5 miles with 6 of them on the first day. There's some elevation to deal with on this trip but its modest at under 1000'. We'll get to the cabin early via the Dorsey Springs trail and Kelsey Winter Cabin trails. I've never been to this area so I plan to explore the nearby trails. For those who don't feel up to it, kick back and relax at camp. We'll pack up Sunday at a leisurely pace and hike out 3.5 miles via the Hog Hill trail, this will be all uphill. I'm not a professional guide but do have hundreds of nights of experience out backpacking. I created this meetup since I enjoy getting to know other backpackers/hikers and reconnecting with ones that I haven't seen in some time out in a tranquil settings. Most places that I venture to are remote with help being many hours, sometimes days away. When you attend my trip you must realize 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 get you out. I expect the same in return, I watch your back and you watch mine.

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  • Memorial Day weekend in Arizona's Blue Range (Intermediate trip)

    Due to a good amount of snow at the original destination, I came up with a plan B for Memorial day weekend. Lets stay in AZ and explore one of the best kept back country secrets, "The Blue". I've been exploring this area for years and still haven't seen it all! This trip will head to my favorite part of "The Blue", the eastern side along the NM border. This area is special since it has survived the big modern fires that have wiped out most of the best AZ summer backpacking destinations. My plan is to meet on Thursday night and drive partway to the TH and car camp. The following morning we will complete the drive to the State line TH on Pueblo Park Road. The TH is located on the AZ/NM border far from modern civilization. I'm planning this trip as a 4 day/3 night backpack of about 30 miles. We start at 7200' and mostly stay in the 7000'-8000' range so there aren't any real big climbs. This plan can be tweaked into a shorter trip, it depends on interest. Day 1; Backpack in about 7.5 miles into the area of Cow Flat/Franz spring via the Bonanza Bill and Cow Flat trails. Day 2; I'm hoping to backpack about 6.5 miles and camp on the top of Bear Mtn. (8550'). There's an out of commission fire lookout and cabin here. Its a memorable destination but we'd have to carry our water up to camp. This is subject to discussion. Day 3; Backpack about 8.5 miles (mostly down hill) to Franz Cabin via the WS Lake and Franz spring trails. Day 4; Backpack out about 7.5 miles on the Cow Flat and Bonanza Bill trails and head home. High clearance vehicles are needed to drive the last 4-5 miles of Forest road to the TH. Don't be surprised if you see large animals (bear and elk) and no one else besides ourselves. The few people that I've encountered out here are real "Cowboys". It may not sound right but this trip is on the Mogollon Rim. I'm not a professional guide but do have 100's of nights out of experience backpacking. I've created this meetup since I enjoy getting to know other backpackers and reconnecting with ones that I haven't seen in some time. Most places I venture to are remote with help being many hours away, sometimes days. When you attend my trips you must realize 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 get you out. I expect the same in return. I watch your back and you watch mine.

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  • Intermediate (beginner friendly) Full Moon with incredible vista! QQ

    Yep, that's the view but pictures don't do it justice. The view is incredible and toss in a full moon hovering over all that landscape; priceless! This is one of my all-time favorite destinations and not a very long drive from the far east valley. I have this as beginner friendly but that doesn't mean this is easy. This is a short backpack of a little more then 3 miles but it does climb 2000'. The trail is good and wide with most of the climbing occurring in the later 2/3's of the hike. There should be water on the way to camp so you shouldn't have to carry it far. Since this won't take all day to hike, I'm setting a later meetup time. There's some neat stuff to check out near camp so we can poke around before sunset or early Sunday.

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  • Strenuous big mountain backpack training, Mt. Wrightson (south of Tucson)

    5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd

    $1.00

    I'm don't know if there's anyone in this club crazy enough to do this very hard backpack with me, it would be nice to have company. This trip will give you a good idea on how well you'd handle a big mountain summer trip such as in the Sierra's or Rockies. My plan is to drive to the Santa Rita's on Friday the 10th of May and hopefully get into the Forest Services Campground in Madera Canyon. Madera Canyon is east of I-19 and south of Tucson. The following morning I'd like to backtrack a little ways to the Florida Canyon TH. From the TH, its up,up,up.... to the Crest trail. Once on the Crest I'm hoping to find water at Armour Spring. If we do find water which is what I believe, we'll then head south on the Crest trail to Baldy Saddle where we'll camp. If no water is found we can either call it a very hard training day hike and turn back or we try our luck at two other springs (Baldy and Bellows). Baldy Spring I've been informed is near Baldy saddle, I have yet to visit it. Bellows is reliable but a visit to it adds about 2 miles R/T and a loss of 700' which we'd have to climb back up. We'll be BEAT by the first time we make it to the saddle. Carrying water would suck on this one. I'm planning on waking early the next morning and hiking the last .9 mile up to the peak (9453') and watch the sunrise. This is a difficult and strenuous trip, here's the numbers; 7.4 miles to Baldy Saddle plus another .8 R/T to/from Armour Spring, 4840' of elevation gain to the Baldy saddle!!! In the morning its .9 miles to the top of Baldy with another 413' of elevation gain. It would be nice to be able to do this as a shuttle and hike down the Old Baldy trail to Madera Canyon its shorter and easier but not as nice. If not, we'll retrace our steps back to the Florida Canyon TH. Your going to feel it on Monday (-:

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  • Easy backpack to Oak Flat in the eastern Superstitions with day hikes.

    Before it gets to hot, lets do a quick getaway to the eastern side of the Superstitions. West Pinto creek may still be flowing after this wet winter and if it isn't there will be water pooled up in spots, we'll just have to find it. Lets do a short and easy backpack (2 miles) to Oak Flat which will leave lots of time to day hike and explore the area. After arriving at our destination we'll decide which direction to explore or you can just stay, watch over the camp and relax. There are a number of trails that come together here and vary in levels of difficulty. We'll kick back after the day hike and enjoy a relaxing evening around a campfire. In the morning my plan is to do another hike before heading back home. I'm not a professional guide but do have 100's of nights of experience out backpacking. I've created this group since I enjoy getting to know other backpackers and reconnecting with ones that I haven't seen in some time. Most places that 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. I watch your back and you watch mine.

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  • Easter weekend! Difficult trip to Jackson Cabin in the Galiuro Mountains

    Here's a trip that many haven't heard of. Its geared towards experienced backpackers that like a challenge. This will make you sore with over 6000' AEG over the course of the weekend! Great practice for upcoming summer trips. I didn't want to post this so soon in this clubs infancy but the conditions are right with all the water we have. The plan is to meet on Thursday sometime and then make the long drive to the Ash Creek TH off of FR660. Its located on the eastern side of the Galiuro's which lie between Tucson and Safford. Friday morning we will hike up what is IMO the best fall foliage trail in the state, Ash Creek. Some sources have it as the East Divide trail. We'll climb up 3000ish' over 5 miles passing by Bassett Peak. We'll then descend 3000'+ over 5ish miles to Jackson Cabin. There's a spring along the way to the cabin and Redfield Canyon is near the cabin so we'll have water. I have only done the first half of this trip. Its taken several attempts to find the descent trail to the cabin but a friend and I found it late last year. Very few if any use this trail and I'd be surprised if a GPS track can be found. We’ll spend 2 nights at the cabin and explore the area, perhaps we’ll find the “Cave House” a.k.a. “Rockhouse”. I’ve been wanting to find it for a long time. Don’t be surprised to see this trip come up again in the fall time. I'm not a professional guide but do have 100's of nights out backpacking. I've created this meetup since I enjoy getting to know other backpackers and am passionate about being on trail. Most places that I venture to are remote and help is many hours away, sometimes days. When you attend my trips you acknowledge that you are ultimately responsible for yourself and bad things can happen. However I intend on using good judgement when leading and watching out for all. In the event that 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 and you watch mine.

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  • Maiden Voyage! Haunted Canyon a.k.a. Toney Ranch in the eastern Superstitions

    Come and join me on the maiden voyage of Copper State Backpackers. To get the group going, I chose a famous and popular destination that I'd rate as an intermediate trip. I'm planning to do this trip as a car shuttle if there's enough participation. The drive in was passenger car friendly back in early March which is last time I was on this forest road. My plan is to start up the Haunted Canyon west TH, hike up towards Government Hill and then drop down to the Bull Basin/Haunted Canyon trail junction. From there we will make our way towards the cabin for the night and explore the area. For our return, we will stroll down Pinto Creek and finish our trip at the TH by the Iron Bridge. Total mileage for this trip will be about 11-12 miles for both days. We'll meet Saturday morning but if there's interest, a Friday night car camp can be set up. I'm by no means a professional guide and am leading trips again because I like to backpack and enjoy meeting others. Most places I hike and backpack in are remote and help is usually many hours away, sometimes days. When you sign up you acknowledge that you are ultimately responsible for yourself and bad things can happen. However I intend on watching out for you and using good judgement in leading. In the event something bad does happen, I will attempt to get help ASAP and/or help you get out, I expect the same. Pretty much; I watch your back and you watch mine.

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