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Arizona Trail Trip Index

Below are my journal entries from my Arizona Trail backpacking trip February - May of 2013. I chose to start in late February and I should finish in early May. I'm very curious to see what the early season experience will be.


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azt-journal-index.php last modified on 25 January 2017 12:19:54 UTC

Date Day Starting Location Destination Miles Cumulative Miles Notes
14 Mar 2013 0 Aurora, CO Sierra Vista, AZ 0 0 Here I am staged at the closest town. The adventure begins tomorrow.
15 Mar 2013 1 Visitor Center Campsite at Wilderness Boundary 7.2 3.9 Lot's of miles but most of it up and down.
16 Mar 2013 2 Campsite at Wilderness Boundary Sunnyside Canyon 12 15.9 Hiked through snow, conquered a mountain and smashed my toenails.
17 Mar 2013 3 Sunnyside Canyon Canelo Hills 11.3 27.2 Unexplained missing time due to an alien abduction? You be the judge!
18 Mar 2013 4 Canelo Hills Near Cott Tank 14.3 41.5 Ups and downs. Need some sunscreen.
19 Mar 2013 5 Near Cott Tank Patagonia 11.3 52.8 Dreadful hiking. Made it to Patagonia.
20 Mar 2013 6 Patagonia Temporal Gulch 7.3 60.1 Road hiking. Found a rock to sit on. Cool pictures of the moon.
21 Mar 2013 7 Temporal Gulch Gardnar Canyon 12.4 72.5 Met some fellow thruhikers. Good views and plenty of water.
22 Mar 2013 8 Gardnar Canyon Enzenberg Canyon 12 84.5 Finished historic mining section of trail. A bevy of thruhikers.
23 Mar 2013 9 Enzenberg Canyon Twin Tanks 17.7 102.1 Up early. Met two Kiwi thruhikers.
24 Mar 2013 10 Twin Tanks Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead 12.8 114.9 Resting comfortably with my friends Mike and Judy.
25 Mar 2013 11 Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead Ranch Road 12 126.9 Slackpacking!
26 Mar 2013 12 Ranch Road Grass Shack Campgound 11.1 138 Almost ran out water. Hardcore vs. pack animals.
27 Mar 2013 13 Grass Shack Campgound Rincon Mtn Wilderness 9 147 Best campground ever! Pesky gnats.
28 Mar 2013 14 Rincon Mtn Wilderness Above Agua Caliente Drainage 13.4 160.4 HOT!
29 Mar 2013 15 Above Agua Caliente Drainage Sabino Canyone 12.7 173.1 Losing elevation. Dumped my garbage.
30 Mar 2013 16 Sabino Canyone Wilderness of Rock Trail 7.4 180.5 Tarantula! Jumped into freezing water. Longest transcription since the AT.
31 Mar 2013 17 Wilderness of Rock Trail Oracle Ridge 11.2 191.7 Early start. Spent time in Summerhaven. Met Jennifer and Lori.
1 April 2013 18 Oracle Ridge Kannally Wash Windmill 13.5 205.2 Hot dogs and beer. Met Dan and Laurel.
02 April 2013 19 Kannally Wash Windmill AZ 77 2.1 207.3 At Post Office in Oracle. Met up with La Zorra.
03 April 2013 20 Oracle Oracle 0 207.3 Rest day at the Chalet.
04 April 2013 21 AZ 77 mile 8.4, passage 14 10.2 217.5 Back on the trail. Enjoyable and easy walking today.
05 April 2013 22 mile 8.4 14 Beehive Tank 12.1 228.6 Dead fauna in water tank.
06 April 2013 23 Beehive Tank Mile 6.5, Passage 15 14.5 243.1 Dead owl water is good water.
07 April 2013 24 Mile 6.5, Passage 15 below "The Hill" 13.2 256.3 Missed a turn. More nasty water. Really dirty.
08 April 2013 25 below "The Hill" Gale River Canyon 13.2 269.5 Convoluted trail. Spider, bugs, and rain at night.
09 April 2013 26 Gale River Canyon White Canyon Wilderness 8.9 278.4 Following the original AZT. Foot issues.
10 April 2013 27 White Canyon Wilderness US 60 14.2 292.6 Excellent hiking. No cell reception, had to hitchhike.
11 April 2013 28 Superior Superior 0 292.6 Resting
12 April 2013 29 Superior Superior 0 292.6 Still resting the ankle. Can't find any HEET for camp stove.
13 April 2013 30 Superior Superior 0 292.6 Another day in Superior. Found fuel for the camp stove. Should be ready to start again tomorrow.
14 April 2013 31 US 60 Reavis Trail Canyon 8.7 301.3 Back on the trail, but taking it easy.
15 April 2013 32 Reavis Trail Canyon Reavis Pass 11 312.3 More good hiking. Ankle seems okay.
16 April 2013 33 Reavis Pass Canyon below Two Bar Ridge 9.1 321.4 Still taking it easy. Planning next mail pick-up.
17 April 2013 34 Canyon Cottonwood Creek 12.1 333.5 Met Dirtmonger and talked hiking. Hard work going down "trail" 120.
18 April 2013 35 Lower Cottonwood Creek FR 336 8.4 340.9 Roosevelt Cemetery. New boots at maildrop. A bit low on food.
19 April 2013 36 FR 336 Four Peaks Trail 7.5 348.4 Bad day
20 April 2013 37 Four Peaks Trail Pigeon Spring 7.8 356.2 Able to recover some water storage. Slow going.
21 April 2013 38 Pigeon Spring Boulder Creek 13.0 369.2 Free beer!
22 April 2013 39 Boulder Creek FR 393 11.6 380.8 Good hiking day.
23 April 2013 40 FR 393 Cornucopia Trail Junction 10.5 391.3 Craptastic camp site.
24 April 2013 41 Cornucopia Trail Junction Y Bar Trail Junction 11.8 403.1 Bear!
25 April 2013 42 Y Bar Trail Junction The Park 11.4 414.5 Good hiking. Almost done with the Mazatzal Wilderness.
26 April 2013 43 The Park LF Ranch Road 13.9 429.1 Spending the night at the LF Ranch. Eggs and potatoes for breakfast tomorrow.
27 April 2013 44 LF Ranch Road Saddle Ridge 8.2 437.3 So hot walking had to take a 3 hour break.
28 April 2013 45 Saddle Ridge Oak Spring 11.6 448.9 Last day before Pine. Sleeping on gravel.
29 April 2013 46 Oak Spring Pine TH 4.4 451.6 Made it into Pine. Staying at "That Brewery and Pub".
30 April 2013 47 Pine Pine 0 451.6 Laundry
01 May 2013 48 FR 300 Pine TH 18.7 470.3 13 hour slackpack.
02 May 2013 49 Pine Pine 0 470.3 Rest day. Met Krista.
03 May 2013 50 FR300 Blue Ridge 10.5 480.8 Back on the trail. North of the Rim. Less than 300 miles left.
04 May 2013 51 Blue Ridge FR 93H 15.4 496.2 Walking on pine needles. Saw some Elk.
05 May 2013 52 FR 93H FR 135C 18.3 514.8 Water filter clogged. Listening to coyotes.
06 May 2013 53 FR 135C Double Springs Campground 14.5 529.3 Spotty rain and a bit cool. Great campsite.
07 May 2013 54 Double Springs Campground Lake Mary Overlook 19.6 548.9 Hiked with Vocal. Using whiskey to sanitize water reservoir.
08 May 2013 55 Lake Mary Overlook Switzer Canyon Road 12.9 561.8 Grauple on my tent. Saw Lowell Observatory.
09 May 2013 56 Schultz Pass Switzer Canyon Road 10.1 571.9 Saw Vocal again. Spent night in Flagstaff again.
10 May 2013 57 Schultz Pass Alfa Fia Tank 12.2 584.1 Starting the final push.
11 May 2013 58 Alfa Fia Tank Somewhere out there 16.1 600.2 Big storm at night. Should have a new trail name now.
12 May 2013 59 Somehwere out there North of Chapel Mtn 15.6 615.8 Met some new 6-legged friends.
13 May 2013 60 North of Chapel Mtn. FR 301 15.9 631.7 Passed by two coyotes. Water is getting low again.
14 May 2013 61 FR 301 Coconino Rim 14.8 646.5 Made it to Russell tank. Planning for the Grand Canyon. foot (again) and more wildlife.
15 May 2013 62 Coconino Rim Coconino Wash, bike trail 3 16.8 662.3 Saw the firetower that inspired the AZT trek.
16 May 2013 63 Wash, bike trail 3 Tusayan 2.6 664.6 In Tusayan. Finalized plans to get across the Grand Canyon.
17 May 2013 64 Tusayan Mather Campground 5.3 669.9 Grand Canyon resupply and picked up my backcountry permit.
18 May 2013 65 Mather Campground Bright Angel Campground/Phantom Ranch 10.3 680.2 Spectacular trail to the bottom of the canyon.
19 May 2013 66 Bright Angel Campground/Phantom Ranch Cottonwood Campground 8.0 688.0 Oh no my SD card is dead!
20 May 2013 67 Cottonwood Campground North Rim Campground 7.5 694.8 Even better trail hiking out. Amazing!
21 May 2013 68 North Rim Campground Sourdough Well 15.8 709.7 Back to std northern AZ hiking.
22 May 2013 69 Sourdough Well hill north of Crane Lake 16.8 726.5 Water, water everywhere and mostly not a drop needed.
23 May 2013 70 hill north of Crane Lake hill above Orderville TH 19.2 745.7 Camel up for the end of the trail.
24 May 2013 71 hill above Orderville TH 4WD road 20.1 765.8 A dayhiker!?!?.
25 May 2013 72 4WD road State Line Campground 8 773.8 Utah!