Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist

Ted Johnson is the hiking columnist for The Daily Courier.

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Johnson: Aravaipa Canyon a must-see destination

Column: Hiking Arizona

Aravaipa Canyon is a linear oasis on the edge of the Sonoran Desert.

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Johnson: Canyon hiking at Lynx Creek

Column: Hiking Arizona

Riparian environments are distinct from adjacent uplands.

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Johnson: Hiking the urban, wildland interface on the Iron King Trail

Column: Hiking Arizona

Two hikers expressed concern, maybe alarm, over the apparent demise of their beloved Iron King Trail. When a new housing development gets plopped down in the middle of a trail you frequently utilize, such concern is understandable. So, one damp day I decided to check it out.

Johnson: Taking a stroll through Death Valley

Column: Hiking Arizona

The Southwest has its share of strangely amazing hikes like the Wonderland of Rocks and the Petrified Forest/Painted Desert.

Johnson: Hiking the Superstition Wilderness

Column: Hiking Arizona

The best spring wildflower displays I have consistently enjoyed over the past 50 years of hiking in Arizona have been in the Superstitions.

Johnson: Hiking, rock climbing at Joshua Tree

Column: Hiking Arizona

Back in the early ‘80s I ended up here on a rock climbing trip, but never hiked here until recently. Two aspects immediately caught my attention, the unique terrain and the unique people.

Johnson: Sonoran Desert hiking, the best of Maricopa County

Column: Hiking Arizona

The most glorious display of wildflowers I have ever seen was in McDowell Mountain Park on the Scenic Trail.

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Column: ’Tis the season for desert hiking

'Hiking Arizona'

Claudia asked, “Why hike in the desert?” Like any nature lover, she associates a more positive outdoor experience with green landscapes because they foster a feeling of refreshment. Where there is greenery, there is also water: creeks, fountains, lakes, or waterfalls.

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Column: Taking a trip to the Galiuro Wilderness

'Hiking Arizona'

What does drought sound like? “Crunch, crunch” over the pine needles hiking in Grapevine Canyon, site of the Goodwin Fire. I wanted to return “to the black” and see if any water flowed there. It’s my New Year’s tradition: hiking.

Column: Spending time at Dripping Springs, Part II

'Hiking Arizona'

Sheila asked, “Do you have any hikes for old people?” Since I am no spring chicken, I thought all the hikes in my Southwest directory on CD were for “old people.”

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