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Big Jim Trail, AZ

AZ > Phoenix > Phoenix NW
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Difficulty 4 of 5
Distance Round Trip 9.8 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,802 feet
Elevation Gain 1,100 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5.0 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 15.3
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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Hieroglyphics - 3465 Pikes Mill peaks
11  2020-01-11
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic Mountains
25  2019-12-23
Peak 3465 - Pikes Peak - Mill
8  2019-01-13
Hieroglyphics - 3465 Pikes Mill peaks
9  2019-01-13
Hieroglyphics - 3465 Pikes Mill peaks
15  2018-03-08
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic Mountains
9  2017-12-16
Hieroglyphics - 3465 Pikes & Mill
22  2017-12-13
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic Mountains
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Author bobhike
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Age 76 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Preferred   Feb, Jan, Dec, Mar → 8 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  7:11am - 6:16pm
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Canyon Wrens Sing
by bobhike

Likely In-Season!
This hike is an extension of the Walkin' Jim Trail. As you drive north on Castle Hot Springs Road on your way to the trailhead look out to the northwest, and you'll see a particularly dramatic peak. It's called Pikes Peak. I like to think of it as Jim's Peak in honor of Walkin' Jim Stoltz who, after decades performing songs of the earth and some 28,000 miles of wilderness walking, has now passed on (September 3, 2010).

You'll see a saddle just east of the peak. That is where the trail ends. I hope someone will scramble to the top of Jim's peak, and let me know how it goes. I've never done it. I have documented this trail as a one way trail using the north side of the Walkin' Jim loop trail for GPS purposes, but you can also do it as a side trail off the Walkin' Jim loop. There is signage where the Big Jim departs from the Walkin' Jim trail. Along the trail you'll see classic Sonoran desert scenery, and almost certainly a few wild burros. As you ascend to the saddle, canyon wrens can be heard in spring and summer. In the fall when the blooms of Brittlebush and Globemallow have long departed, a dramatic splash of color adorns many rocks in the form of lichens. Great views to the south and east from the saddle.

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This is a moderately difficult hike.

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2010-11-19 bobhike
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Phoenix, take I-17 north to the Carefree Highway (SR 74). Turn left on Carefree highway and drive west to Castle Hot Springs Rd (Lake Pleasant exit). Turn north and drive for approximately 5 miles to a large pull off on the left side of the road. Careful of deep sand in the parking area. The hike begins at the northwest corner of the parking lot on the other side of a fallen barbed-wire fence.
    page created by bobhike on Nov 19 2010 2:47 pm
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