Enjoying hiking in Arizona

After we traveled down the West coast, through Washington, Oregon and California we turned left and headed into Arizona, a state where we have spent many years and which we both really enjoy. We stayed with friends here (having lived in Phoenix, Tucson & Flagstaff in the past), found some great boondocking spots and did some awesome hiking.

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Sandra hiking on Bell Trail in AZ (south of Flagstaff)
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We had Bell Trail in AZ (south of Flagstaff) all to ourselves on this day in November
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Hiking through Aravaipa Canyon SE of Phoenix, AZ
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Sandra hiking in the Fossil Springs Wilderness, near Strawberry, AZ
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Beautiful Fossil Creek (just west of Strawberry, AZ) – who says there’s no water in the desert?
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Stunning Horseshoe Bend and the Colorado River, near Page in Northern AZ
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Horseshoe Bend has become very popular over the past couple of years, near Page in Northern AZ
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Sandra at East Clear Creek, after hiking in on Kinder Crossing Trail near Happy Jack, AZ
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Tarantula on Kinder Crossing Trail near Happy Jack, AZ
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Here we are atop Mount Elden in Flagstaff, Northern AZ
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Sandra at Wupatki National Monument, outside Flagstaff, AZ
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Amazing dwelling ruins at Wupatki National Monument, outside Flagstaff, AZ
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Playing disc golf with good friends, Jay & Yvonne, near their home in Mesa, AZ
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Horseback riders at Lost Dutchman State Park, AZ
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Hiking to Flatiron in Lost Dutchman State Park, AZ
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A steep section while Hiking to Flatiron in Lost Dutchman State Park, AZ
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Sandra hiking in Lost Dutchman State Park, AZ
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Enjoying a day hike on the Hugh Norris Trail in Saguaro National Park, in Tucson, AZ

 

While in Canada over the Summer, we mostly hiked in our sandals (Sandra wore Teva Womens Women’s W Verra Sport Sandal, North Atlantic, 7 M US and Dominic wore the Chaco Men’s Z2 Classic Sport Sandal, Black, 11 M US) but, when we got back into the US and the Fall weather was a little cool for this, we changed over to Altra Men’s Lone Peak 3.5 Running Shoe, Black, 11.5 D US – these things are amazing and we hiked all day comfortably in these, including water hikes like Aravaipa Canyon.

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Pair these with some Darn Tough Hiker 1/4 Cushion Sock – Women’s Denim Medium for a blister-free hiking day.

The other thing that made a difference was trekking poles; we used to have these things years ago but, sold them upon relocating to Florida. Well, with all our SW hiking, it was time to nerd out again and these really help on the incline/decline Trail Ergo Cork Walking Pole, 70-140cm.

Finally, with the weather cooling, we did invest in some warmer gear – our favorite of which is Sandra’s Outdoor Research Women’s Helium Traveler Jacket, Black, Medium

Finally, Sandra receives so many compliments on her sun-hat, we thought we would post a link to it here, for anyone interested: Outdoor Research Women’s Solar Roller Sun Hat, Alpine Lake/Dark Grey, M

Join us in our next blog post, when we head into Utah and experience some really amazing hiking in their national parks.

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One thought on “Enjoying hiking in Arizona

  1. Kathy Bryant

    More amazing photos!  Congratulations on your awesome trip and thanks for keeping us on your radar!  XOXO,  Kathy & Bruce

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