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Cookstove Trail Featured

Cookstove Trail: A Respite in the “Cool” Pines

On a clear and sunny November day, my wife and I loaded up our little Toyota Prius for a weekend trip to Oak Creek Canyon. With a reservation to stay the night in a cabin at the Forest Houses Resort, I was itching to grab a hike in Sedona along the way. As is often the case, my wife’s intuition was much more accurate than mine. Here’s a rough approximation of our exchange as we drove out of town: WIFE: “It’s Saturday, don’t you think the trails will be really busy in Sedona today?” ME: “It’s November. Tourist season is dying off. It’ll be fine!” I should have known better. God, should I have known better.

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Phoenix Sonoran Preserve Featured

Phoenix Sonoran Preserve: A Miniature Desert Wilderness Suspended in Suburbia

The Phoenix Sonoran Preserve is a little slice of wilderness surrounded by city. Nestled in northern reaches of the endless suburban sprawl of the Phoenix metro area, the Sonoran Preserve is often busy with hikers and mountain bikers. Beyond the confines of the park, views look out upon suburb neighborhoods, freeways, and strip malls. However, it is possible to escape the city and pretend you are out in the middle of nowhere.

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The Best Hiking Trails in Glendale and Peoria

Most hikers and trail runners in the West Valley head to Glendale’s Thunderbird Conservation Park when they want to go for a hike without driving far from home. This makes Thunderbird a very busy place, yet there are many great hikes in same area that allow you to avoid the crowds of Thunderbird. As a local resident of Peoria over the last few years, I’ve nailed down the best hikes in the neighborhood. Here's the best hiking trails in the Northwest Valley!

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How to Avoid the Crowds at the Grand Canyon South Rim

The Grand Canyon South Rim often gets a bad rap for being over-crowded, especially during summer at the height of the tourist season.  As a former tour guide at the Grand Canyon South Rim, I’m here to share a few secrets about how avoid the crowds.  None of these ridiculous amounts of driving or hiking into the backcountry either!

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Boucher – Hermit Loop: A Grand Canyon Backpacking Excursion

In April 2012, I did my first backpacking trip ever, hiking 23 miles over 3 days in Grand Canyon National Park. I tackled the rugged and challenging Boucher, Tonto, and Hermit Trails on my first voyage, a much different experience compared to the corridor trails that most novice backpackers see in the Grand Canyon. While challenging, this itinerary allowed me a wilderness experience that was in no way disappointing. This article is not intended to be a blow-by-blow summary of the trips events, but a reflection of my inner emotions and perceptions that I felt during the trip, and how they have strengthened, but also changed my connection with the Grand Canyon.

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