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Tony Padegimas

Tony Padegimas
Phoenix, AZ

Tony Padegimas is, among many other things, a free-lance writer who spends as much time as possible in his hammock slung in some random part of a national forest. His wife, two children, and two dogs join him on occasion, but report mixed feelings about whether these endeavors are really worthwhile. In addition to wanderings in the wilderness, he also chronicles sports, fitness, historical curiosities, technical theatre (which is also his day job) and the inside guts of buildings. His work has appeared in numerous local and regional magazines and a handful of national publications. This is his first book.

Recent Trekalong Posts By Tony Padegimas

  • Fire and Construction updates from Coconino NF

    First, a press release about the Fisher Fire. Fisher Fire 8:00 a.m. update Flagstaff, Ariz. The Fisher Fire, reported at 3:00 p.m. on April 11th, is located near Fisher Point in Walnut Canyon approx. five miles southeast of Fl...

  • Slide (sigh!) Fire Update

    So Oak Creek Canyon north of Slide Rock State Park is essentially on fire. This includes the West Fork of Oak Creek, and the famous and popular hiking trail that follows it. Wilson Mountain and even Sterling Pass are not within the know...

  • Slide Fire vs Oak Creek Canyon – an update

    Now that the smoke has cleared (No, ‘m not proud of that – but what would you write?) on the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon, we can begin to survey what is left. It appears that no actual structures were lost (though some b...

  • Time Lapse Arizona

    With a lot of footage from in and around Sedona.   http://www.district7media.net/home/portfolio/my-arizona/      

  • Wilson Mountain

    BEHIND THE HIKE Wilson Mountain and North Wilson DATE: 10/30/10 COMPANIONS: Ben START TIME: 11am END TIME: 5:30p ACTUAL MILES: 10.4 OFFICIAL MILES: 10.5   Ben and I hiked up North Wilson Trail #123 to its juncture with Wils...

  • Taking the Inner Basin off of my bucket list

    My single biggest disappointment about writing Five Star Trails Flagstaff and Sedona was that I could not include the Inner Basin Trail #29. I was literally driving up there on [date] to set up camp at Lockett Meadow, and hike that trai...

  • Link Dump of Daring Do

    A few links I’ve run across that explore the line between fun and crazy: This is the group campsite of the 3rd annual Highline Meeting last September in the Dolomite Mountains of Italy. The Highliners are, it appears, a loose coll...

  • Swiss Glamping kitchen

    I felt pretty proud of myself that I have organized my camping kitchen into a couple of smallish plastic bins (one for the kitchen, and one for the actual food), but now I feel shame at my feeble efforts. Of course, my bins didn’t...

  • Fun Toys found at the Overland Expo

    Last weekend I found myself walking around the closing hours of the Overland Expo West at Mormon Lake Lodge near Flagstaff. We’ve been to Mormon Lake before. This was less of an adventure. There was plenty of wind, and a stampede ...

  • I signed book at the Hiking Shack.

      Every once in awhile it s just fun to be an author. Like when the marketing guy at Phoenix s Hiking Shack takes a liking to your book, and then notices that the store sells them. Then he might essentially cold call you via Fa...


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Day and Overnight Hikes: Tonto National Forest
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Day and Overnight Hikes: Tonto National Forest
Tony Padegimas


    The Tonto National Forest in central Arizona is one of the largest (2.8 million acres) and most popular (approximately 6 million visitors a year) forests in the United States. Within this territory, visitors find six separate ecosystems from Sonoran desert lowlands around Phoenix to pine forested mountain peaks, all part of the convoluted topography that left this area one of the last in the west to be truly settled. Parts of it are specifically unsettled, for the Tonto includes eight designated wilderness areas including one of the largest in the country (Mazazatl Wilderness) and one of the most popular (Superstition Wilderness).
   
    Much of what is really worth discovering in the Tonto National Forest can only be reached by foot. Wilderness boundaries and the sheer ruggedness of the terrain mandate that visitors get out of the car and lace up their boots to explore the numerous high peaks, deep gorges, babbling river beds, near silent deserts, hundred year old mining camps and thousand year old native American settlements scattered widely across this vast national forest. Winding through all of these rugged wonders are more than 900 miles of trails. This guide follows the best of them, representing each of the Tonto’s unique areas.

    Some are well known, such as the Highline trail, which winds across the 2000’ escarpment of the Mogollon rim for 79 miles, or the Lost Dutchman trail through the wild and weird Superstition Mountains. Some are known only by numbers, or faint lines on old maps. While the Highline Trail offers panoramic vistas of the entire Tonto Basin, Jacob’s Crosscut Trail offers a vista of metropolitan Phoenix. Other hiking trails tunnel through thick brush or squeeze through claustrophobic slot canyons.

    Many of these trails are as obvious as sidewalks, but a few are trace routes marked only by instinct and an occasional pile of rocks. Whether you’re looking for an easy hike to show your relatives from back east what real cactus looks like, or an epic journey through the backcountry that will test your feet and your nerves, this guide can tell you where to start, and what to expect.

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Day and Overnight Hikes: Tonto National Forest (with pdf bundle)
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Day and Overnight Hikes: Tonto National Forest (with pdf bundle)
Tony Padegimas


*This is a special bundled digital edition of this book. Buy the book at full price and get instant access to a downloadable pdf version. So it's two copies for the price of one!*

    The Tonto National Forest in central Arizona is one of the largest (2.8 million acres) and most popular (approximately 6 million visitors a year) forests in the United States. Within this territory, visitors find six separate ecosystems from Sonoran desert lowlands around Phoenix to pine forested mountain peaks, all part of the convoluted topography that left this area one of the last in the west to be truly settled. Parts of it are specifically unsettled, for the Tonto includes eight designated wilderness areas including one of the largest in the country (Mazazatl Wilderness) and one of the most popular (Superstition Wilderness).

    Much of what is really worth discovering in the Tonto National Forest can only be reached by foot. Wilderness boundaries and the sheer ruggedness of the terrain mandate that visitors get out of the car and lace up their boots to explore the numerous high peaks, deep gorges, babbling river beds, near silent deserts, hundred year old mining camps and thousand year old native American settlements scattered widely across this vast national forest. Winding through all of these rugged wonders are more than 900 miles of trails.

    This guide follows the best of them, representing each of the Tonto’s unique areas. Some are well known, such as the Highline trail, which winds across the 2000’ escarpment of the Mogollon rim for 79 miles, or the Lost Dutchman trail through the wild and weird Superstition Mountains. Some are known only by numbers, or faint lines on old maps. While the Highline Trail offers panoramic vistas of the entire Tonto Basin, Jacob’s Crosscut Trail offers a vista of metropolitan Phoenix. Other hiking trails tunnel through thick brush or squeeze through claustrophobic slot canyons.

    Many of these trails are as obvious as sidewalks, but a few are trace routes marked only by instinct and an occasional pile of rocks. Whether you’re looking for an easy hike to show your relatives from back east what real cactus looks like, or an epic journey through the backcountry that will test your feet and your nerves, this guide can tell you where to start, and what to expect. So grab your hiking boots and get out on the trail.


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Five-Star Trails: Flagstaff and Sedona
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Five-Star Trails: Flagstaff and Sedona
Tony Padegimas


Each hike features an individual trail map, elevation profile, and at-a-glance information, helping readers quickly find the perfect trip. Sized to fit in a pocket, the book's detailed trail descriptions will help readers find their way on and off the trail. Driving directions and GPS trailhead coordinates will help with navigating the myriad of unnamed roads. The trails covered range from those best suited to the novice, families, experienced hikers, or backpackers.

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