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Hiking has a long history in America. During the industrial revolution families began to move to the cities and away from rural areas in droves. Because of this taking a walk in nature became a pastime. With labor reforms and higher wages people found more time for recreation and began using local parks and forests. Hiking became even more popular. Today the need to disconnect is even more important. We have been eating ourselves into oblivion, consumed with viewing our world through small screens, and running around performing mundane tasks that don't really matter, so much so that we've forgotten to look up and soak in the beautiful world around us.

Scrambled Legs is here to help me do just that and I hope it will help some of you too.

I’m am one of those overweight, electronic consuming, time wasting people, we talk so much about but rarely admit to being. I have lost ~60 lbs in the last couple of months and have goals of reconnecting with nature though hiking, kayaking, backpacking and other outdoor adventures. I love to hike and have been doing so on and off for the past 20 years. I have done backpacking trips and even multi-day adventure trips (I was skinnier then) and I miss it. This is my way of getting back to those days. I need some help with accountability and I know some of you do to.

I will be posting hikes for all skill levels, but most will be rated MODERATE to DIFFICULT. I have learned to stay away from over indulging on the EASY hikes because it becomes an excuse to be lazy. This group is not for trail blazers, I am not fast. As an example, it took me a little over one hour to climb Piestewa Peak in April 2019. I intend on making Piestewa a training hike for the Grand Canyon. The Rim to Rim is a feat I hope to conquer within the next two years.

I will be hosting a hike almost every weekend with some exceptions. I will also be hiking at least once during the week, however, due to the demands of my job I may drop from the weekday hikes. If this occurs I will leave the hike up but you will be on your own. Thankfully the weekday hikes are short with plenty of other hikers on the trail.

If you sign up for a hike and cannot attend please cancel your RSVP or message me. If you are a no-show multiple times you will be removed from the group and possibly banned. Be considerate!

Release of Liability: I am a volunteer and not a professional guide. I only organize trips and provide advice in a limited capacity. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.

By signing up for this trip, or any other event organized by me, you are acknowledging that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the organizer (me) of this hike from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.

I am not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in an event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event.

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Memorial Day Hike: Vallecito Creek Trail (MODERATE) in Durango Colorado

Colorado!! Although I love living in AZ, Colorado has some amazing hikes that just can't be found here. Located just outside of Durango the Vallecito Reservoir is the culmination of the aptly named creek. The trail hugs this creek as it steadily climbs into the Weminuche wilderness. We will only hike in 6 miles making this and out and back totaling 12 miles with ~1500 feet in total elevation gain. The hike is rated MODERATE by AllTrails and may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (this doesn't mean they can't go, they just need to be comfortable with longer hikes). This hike requires and overnight stay due to the 8 hr drive it takes to get there. Please make sure you reserve your own lodging in and around the Durango/Bayfield area. Make it a weekend trip as there is plently to do, hike, see in the area. The Durango Railroad to Silverton is an excellent trip for the whole family, just make sure you get tickets before-hand. If you have RSVP'ed but cannot attend please cancel your RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. This will allow those on the wait list the opportunity to go. If you are a no show you will be banned from the group. Things to remember: You are responsible for your own well being. That doesn't mean I will abandon you, but I'm not your babysitter either. Always bring plenty of water. You should have at least ~ 64 - 96 oz of water with you at the beginning of the hike. It is wise to drink plenty of water before hand so you don't start the hike dehydrated. Also ensure you have adequate protection from the sun and weather as the elevation here is above 8500'. Bring some snacks for the trail! You will get hangry if you don't. We may stop afterwards to eat somewhere in Durango if the group wants to. Shoes are important! If you are out of shape, you will most likely have problems with your feet. Don't make it worse by wearing cheap shoes. Go to REI and get a descent pair of hiking shoes. If your embarrassed, talk to me and I will go with you! The following links give and overview of the trail as well as local attractions to include the Durango Railroad. https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/colorado/vallecito-creek-trail https://www.durangotrain.com/ https://www.durangobusiness.org/visitors.html Release of Liability: Please see the RoL in the About section of this Meetup. See you there!!

Eagles @ Woods Canyon Lake Trail (EASY)

North Mesa Starbucks

Eagles nest along the north shore of this lake and we might get a chance to see them! This is an easy trail that hugs the perimeter of the lake. Woods Canyon Lake trail totals a little less than 4 miles with ~200 feet in elevation gain. It takes about 1.5 hours to complete. The hike is rated EASY. I will be bringing my dog and younger kids on this hike and encorage everyone to do the same! Things to remember: You are responsible for your own well being. That doesn't mean I will abandon you, but I'm not your babysitter either. Always bring plenty of water. You should have at least ~ 64 - 96 oz of water with you at the beginning of the hike. It is wise to drink plenty of water before hand so you don't start the hike dehydrated. Also ensure you have adequate protection from the sun; we do live in AZ and you don't want to be one of "those" people! Bring some snacks for the trail! You will get hangry if you don't. We may stop afterwards to eat somewhere in Payson if the group wants to. There are facilities including a small shop at the Trail Head. Shoes are important! If you are out of shape, you will most likely have problems with your feet. Don't make it worse by wearing cheap shoes. Go to REI and get a descent pair of hiking shoes. If your embarrassed, talk to me and I will go with you! I encourage carpooling! That means if you need a ride, ask. It also means that if you are riding with someone, give them at least $10.00. If I find out that you are abusing carpools I will kick you out of the meetup. The following link an overview of the Woods Canyon Lake trail https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/asnf/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=45331&actid=50 Release of Liability: Please see the RoL in the About section of this Meetup. See you there!!

Beaver Turkey Ridge Exploration (EASY)

North Mesa Starbucks

Nestled between Knoll and Bear Canyon Lake the Beaver Turkey Ridge is a picturesque alpine ridge just above the Mogollon Rim. In the fall the trees shed their leaves in an explosion of reds and yellows. In the summer, the ridge provides a cool place to get away and melt into the surrounding nature. This hike will not follow any trail, instead we will explore the ridge and surrounding area. We will loosely follow the route pictured below. The goal will be to hike at least 8 - 10 miles. Elevation gain will most likely be around 600 feet making this hike EASY. This would also be a great hike for dogs and older children. If you have RSVP'ed but cannot attend please cancel your RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. This will allow those on the wait list the opportunity to go. If you are a no show you will be banned from the group. Things to remember: You are responsible for your own well being. That doesn't mean I will abandon you, but I'm not your babysitter either. Always bring plenty of water. You should have at least ~ 64 - 96 oz of water with you at the beginning of the hike. It is wise to drink plenty of water before hand so you don't start the hike dehydrated. Also ensure you have adequate protection from the sun; we do live in AZ and you don't want to be one of "those" people! Bring some snacks for the trail! You will get hangry if you don't. We may stop afterwards to eat somewhere in Sedona if the group wants to. Shoes are important! If you are out of shape, you will most likely have problems with your feet. Don't make it worse by wearing cheap shoes. Go to REI and get a descent pair of hiking shoes. If your embarrassed, talk to me and I will go with you! I encourage carpooling! That means if you need a ride, ask. It also means that if you are riding with someone, give them at least $10.00. If I find out that you are abusing carpools I will kick you out of the meetup. The following link an overview of the area. https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=20883 Release of Liability: Please see the RoL in the About section of this Meetup. See you there!!

West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon (EASY)

Starbucks

The West Fork of Oak Creek No. 108 Trail is one of the most famous trails in AZ. We will be doing this hike at least twice a year. Once in the spring/summer and once in the fall. This hike starts at the West Fork Oak Creek Trail Parking Lot and it is really important that we get there as soon as it opens (9 am). The parking lot fills up within a matter of minutes. The Parking fee is $10 and typically there is a ranger that takes payment at the gate (not always), Credit cards are not accepted. The trail itself is an out-and-back totaling 6.4 miles with about 300 feet in elevation gain. It is rated EASY so bring your kids (should be age 8+ if you don't plan on carrying them), dogs, camera, and whatever else, I don't care just be responsible. If you have RSVP'ed but cannot attend please cancel your RSVP at least 24 hours in advance. This will allow those on the wait list the opportunity to go. If you are a no show you will be banned from the group. Things to remember: You are responsible for your own well being. That doesn't mean I will abandon you, but I'm not your babysitter either. Always bring plenty of water. You should have at least ~ 64 - 96 oz of water with you at the beginning of the hike. It is wise to drink plenty of water before hand so you don't start the hike dehydrated. Also ensure you have adequate protection from the sun; we do live in AZ and you don't want to be one of "those" people! Bring some snacks for the trail! You will get hangry if you don't. We may stop afterwards to eat somewhere in Sedona if the group wants to. Shoes are important! If you are out of shape, you will most likely have problems with your feet. Don't make it worse by wearing cheap shoes. Go to REI and get a descent pair of hiking shoes. If your embarrassed, talk to me and I will go with you! I encourage carpooling! That means if you need a ride, ask. It also means that if you are riding with someone, give them at least $10.00. If I find out that you are abusing carpools I will kick you out of the meetup. The following link an overview of the West Fork of Oak Creek No. 108 trail https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/coconino/recarea/?recid=55432 Release of Liability: Please see the RoL in the About section of this Meetup. See you there!!

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