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Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist

Ted Johnson is the hiking columnist for The Daily Courier.

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Johnson: New Mexico’s high point is Wheeler Peak

Hiking Arizona

This is my favorite alpine hike. First, it is an excellent training hike for more serious alpine treks such as Mt. Whitney. ...

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Johnson: Hiking Colorado’s Cross Mountain

Hiking Arizona

I feel a change in the weather coming, signaling the end of summer. However, autumn is still many weeks away, especially across the Southwest.

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Johnson: Making our way through Wheeler Peak

Hiking Arizona

I thought, “Nobody likes a quitter,” when Mark told me he was quitting. I yelled into his face, “You can do this,” knowing we only had a quarter of a mile to go to reach the summit. Sure the winds were howling and visibility was zero, but when the goin’ gets tough, the tough get going’, right? Mark was ill-equipped for the hike.

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Johnson: Exploring Weatherford Loop, be prepared

Hiking Arizona

Hiking beyond timberline involves a greater probability of exposure to high winds, heavy rain, lightning and snow any time.

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Johnson: Hiking to the Top of Yavapai County: Mt. Union, elevation 7,979 feet

HIking Arizona

It’s not that easy to hike above 7,000 feet in elevation within Yavapai County.

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Johnson: High Line Trail near Payson potential classic in Arizona

Hiking Arizona

If you were to nominate any of the many trails in Arizona as a potential classic, the High Line Trail would have to be high on the list.

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Johnson: Oak Creek Canyon’s West Fork Trail, part 2

Hiking Arizona

Back in the ‘70s we hiked through the old fruit orchard at the mouth of the Canyon and picked apples in the fall. We’ve hiked here a dozen times, mostly on day hikes. I’ve hiked through once in each direction. Each through-hike was quite different.

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Johnson: West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon, Part 1

Hiking Arizona

West Fork near Sedona is heavily managed. Due to its popularity, the Forest Service has contracted out its management to Recreation Resource Management Inc. Therefore, if you have an interagency annual pass, it is not accepted. Neither is the Red Rock Pass.

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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