Start shaping up for Phoenix Summit Challenge 2013 Hikers, take your marks. The Valley’s annual ultimate hiking event will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2013. And, nope, I’m not missing a day. The event is now a 1-day happening Continue Reading
APACHE MAID MOUNTAIN Coconino National Forest Summit of Apache Maid Mountain: 7307′ Just east of I-17, 30 miles south of Flagstaff, the isolated silhouette of Apache Maid Mountain juts above a muted emerald expanse of juniper-dotted grasslands. Because of Continue Reading
SALIDA GULCH LOOP TRAIL Prescott Lynx Creek When it comes to historic gold ore hot spots in Arizona’s hills, the mountains around Prescott held the mother lode. Defunct mining operations have pretty much depleted the area’s precious metal Continue Reading
KACHINA WETLANDS via HIGHLANDS TRAIL Flagstaff Kachina Wetlands: April 2013 Hidden on a high Flagstaff mesa just about a mile off I17 is a walk able, 70-acre waterfowl wonderland. The Kachina Wetlands is a collection of 8 shallow Continue Reading
ELDEN PUEBLO Flagstaff Add caption Once the meeting place of the Sinagua people, this archeological site located a few yards from busy AZ89 is now a major stop off for tourists, students and hikers alike. Brochures available at the Continue Reading
BROWN’S RANCH TRAILHEAD UPDATE McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale Work continues on the much-anticipated JUNE 2013 opening of North Scottsdale’s Brown’s Ranch trailhead. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is still in need of dedicated volunteers to staff and patrol what Continue Reading
MOUNT ELDEN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY AREA Flagstaff I grew up in the projects outside of Hartford CT. As kids, the nearest semblance of the great outdoors for my friends and I was “Clay Mountain”, a vacant lot across the Continue Reading
Forest Service hosting public volunteer events to help replant Schultz burn area Flagstaff, AZ –The Flagstaff Ranger District is inviting volunteers to help replant approximately 2,500 ponderosa pine trees in the Schultz Fire burn area. Public volunteer Continue Reading
BARNHARDT FALLS Tonto National Forest entrance to the grotto inside the grotto view of the trail with “chevron folds” on left canyon wall Late winter snowfall followed by suddenly warm days of spring combine for Continue Reading
CROSSCUT-TREASURE LOOP Tonto National Forest Brittlebush: March 9, 2013 Blessed with a beveled topography leaning into sun-drenched exposure, the open rangeland of the western Superstition Wilderness is choice property for spring wildflowers. In addition to its fortuitous floral Continue Reading
Bio: Serial blogger, manic hiker and “mom” to a dozen adopted dogs, Mare Czinar has been exploring Arizona trails for more than 20 years. After being led astray (or just plain confused) by outdated hiking books and online resources (hence the tagline: We got lost, so you don’t have to), Czinar sought to create a fully vetted, frequently updated online hike travelogue with current driving and hiking directions to spare fellow hikers the mental and physical wear-and-tear of aimless wandering.
In addition, blog entries are amended when road closures or wildfires restrict trail access. When not working, blogging, writing about the great outdoors or picking up dog poo, Czinar attempts to “stay found” while checking out new trails.