Greater Patagonian Trail warnings

Fidgit shares some advice on the NEW Greater Patagonian Trail — Routes would be more accurate — in the Andes:


The Greater Patagonian is not an official trail but rather 1500km or more of connected best routes. You’ll be lost for sure unless you have KMZ and GPX files downloaded from wikiexplora.

Greater Patagonian Trail

hiking across Mojave Reserve, California

Next time I get to Vegas I plan to cross the Mojave National Reserve south to north.


I’ll start from highway 40 heading towards the Granite Mountains. Refill at Kelso Depot. Hike on to Mid Hills Campground , refilling my water bottles. And exiting at Nipton.


Surprisingly, water will not be a problem.


water sources

I won’t count on natural springs, however. Let’s leave that for the wildlife.

I’ll carry the Tom Harrison map. Wish me luck.

Epic Grand Canyon Hike

Have you been following Peter McBride & Kevin Fedarko?

Epic Grand Canyon Hike: A 650-Mile Challenge (Part 1)

Epic Grand Canyon Hike: Frozen Shoes and Low on Food (Part 2)

I liked the 3rd and final instalment best.

Click PLAY or watch Thirst and Threats in the Godscape on YouTube.

scramble Siphon Draw to Flatiron, Phoenix

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles

  • Length:  6 miles (round trip)
  • Trailhead Elevation:  2,080 ft.
  • Gain/Loss:  +2,900 ft.
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Flatiron, aka Siphon Draw, is one of the most popular and exhilarating hikes in the Superstition Wilderness. This trail puts you on top of one of the most prominent rock features of the range called Flatiron due to the fact it looks like an upside down iron. …

The Flatiron trail begins at the westernmost side of the Superstition Wilderness at the Lost Dutchman’s State Park.

Arizona Hikers

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

Lost Dutchman’s is a lovely Park and campground. Up and up.

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

It doesn’t take long to reach the big cliffs.

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

The Siphon Draw Trail is not much of a trail. It’s mostly a scramble up the rocky chute.

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

As you can see, it’s very popular on a nice January day. A number of these folks were challenged by the physical demands. A few had poor footwear.

The crux of the scramble is at the very top. No doubt a few turn back there. 😦

Top of Flatiron. Here’s the view over the Phoenix sprawl.

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

I continued up into these weird eroded towers.

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

I left a Summit Stone atop a cairn. Then made my way down as rapidly as possible.

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

The descent is much more dangerous than the climb. I fell once. Most people fall more than once.

The sun was dropping rapidly by the time I reached the trailhead. Beautiful light.

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

Siphon Draw to Flatiron

We’ve added Siphon Draw to Flatiron to our list of the best hikes in North America. It’s highly memorable and unique.

Hunter Trail to Picacho Peak, Arizona

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles

Like many others driving between Phoenix and Tuscon, I’d always wanted to climb this unique volcanic plug.

It looks challenging, but I found it not too bad.


It’s not via ferrata, but there are cables and other assistance everywhere needed.


Bring gloves.


As a former gymnast, I was certainly overconfident on arrival at the trailhead.

Hunter Trail to Picacho Peak

I’d already embarrassed myself pronouncing the name of the peak as Pikachu. That’s wrong.


Though one hiker cried 4 times getting up and down, I found it fun.

I love the giant, individually unique saguaro cactus.

Hunter Trail to Picacho Peak

On the way up it’s difficult to imagine there’s actually a hiking route.

Hunter Trail to Picacho Peak Hunter Trail to Picacho Peak

This beautiful day attracted many to the peak. Everyone made it to the top so far as I could see. Myself included.

Hunter Trail to Picacho Peak

Certain birds and animals make a good living waiting on lunch crumbs here.

Hunter Trail to Picacho Peak

The vista from the top is not all that spectacular.

Hunter Trail to Picacho Peak Hunter Trail to Picacho Peak

I made a sidetrip to a smaller peak. Here’s the vista looking back to the summit.

Hunter Trail to Picacho Peak

Still, Hunter Trail to Picacho Peak is unique and interesting enough to be added to our list of best hikes in North America.

If you have two vehicles consider climbing up via Hunter Trail, returning via Sunset Trail. 




Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart …

An Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail by Carrot Quinn 

I’ve read a number of books on the PCT. I believe this is my favourite.



Carrot Quinn was raised in Alaska on welfare by a schizophrenic single mother. A rough life. In fact, she became a hobo riding the rails.

This book reads as a blog. That’s because it started as blog posts from the trail.

reaching the Canadian border

reaching the Canadian border

If you are one of those who disliked Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild … because it had too little actual hiking … know that this extended trip report is all about the hiking. 🙂

It’s funny. It’s real. It’s surprising. Carrot makes no apologies.She’s a big advocate of trail romance. Even sex.

I’ll certainly buy any of her other books that get released on audio.

related – Carrot did not love the Continental Divide Trail. She did love the Hayduke Route.