Category Archive: Arizona

A Stormy Hike Up Elden Mountain and a Mini Brewery Tour of Flagstaff

We’d already been snowed and hailed upon staying in Alpine at 8,000 feet but with the immediate and mid-range forecast further deteriorating we decided we needed to decamp. The problem was that the… Continue reading

The Magic of the Thompson Trail

The Thomspon Trail was really one of the prettiest trails we’d hiked in long time and I was admittedly giddy for most of our walk. There are few areas of the Apache-Sitgreaves National… Continue reading

Hiking Escudilla Mountain and a Bonus Lake Stop

On our first full day in the White Mountains we set off north to the Escudilla National Recreation Trail, one of the two routes ascending Escudilla Mountain, the third highest peak in Arizona.… Continue reading

Let the Hiking Season Begin!

After the completion of the houses I stuck around Las Cruces for a bit in order to prepare for the following build season but by the beginning of the second week in May… Continue reading

A Hike in the Santa Catalina Mountains and an Inadequate Introduction to Chiricahua National Monument

The combination of government shutdown and uncharacteristically poor weather that had steered us to Picacho Peak State Park had the additional benefit of allowing us to stop in Tucson where we were able… Continue reading

Return to Picacho Peak State Park

Our next adventure came at the end of December after the site shut down for the holidays. Leaving Las Cruces for a couple weeks, our plan was to head straight to California to… Continue reading

Hiking in the Santa Rita Mountains and at Patagonia Lake, plus a Tour of the Mission Copper Mine

After our visit with Tom’s daughter and family in Orange County ended we had about 5 days in which to travel to Las Cruces, New Mexico for the start of our Habitat build… Continue reading

Return to Canyon de Chelly and a Jeep Tour of the Canyon  Floor

Our next stop was at Canyon de Chelly, a place I was really enthusiastic about returning to after my trip there in December (blog posts here and here). As I gushed about previously,… Continue reading

Hiking in Tonto National Forest and Hellsgate Wilderness

For as much as we loved Gila National Forest in New Mexico, the section of Tonto National Forest near Payson, Arizona really kind of blew us away. It was a similarly arid, open… Continue reading

A Section of the Continental Divide Trail and the Wild Burro Trail in the Tortolita Mountains

This post contains photos from our two hikes we did on our way to our next stop in Tonto National Forest in northeast Arizona. Since we were in no particular hurry – and… Continue reading