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Deem Hills - Inner Figure Eight, AZ

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Distance Multi-Loop 5.1 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,496 feet
Elevation Gain 600 feet
Accumulated Gain 980 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10
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Author MEWhiteman
author avatar Guides 40
Routes 91
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Trips 351 map ( 2,703 miles )
Age 75 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:17am - 6:26pm
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by MEWhiteman

Overview: This is a nice hike in the Phoenix area offering hills and views and a well maintained trail. It is easy to get to and has numerous trails allowing for a variety of hikes. I have used the names of the trails given in the map posted at the trailhead. On many planning maps the trails are numbered and I have included those numbers. Some numbered segments have previously been described on HikeAZ as individual hikes. The is comprised of trails or segments of trails previously numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Hike: From the parking find the Circumference Trail (Trail 1) at the west end of the parking lot. Follow the trail uphill for about .6 miles to a junction (N33 43.793 W112 08.874) with the Basalt Trail. Turn right. At about .7 miles (N33 43.838 W112 08.943) is another junction. Turn left here onto the Paradise Trail (Trail 2). At about .8 miles (N33 43.796 W112 09.023) you come to another junction with the Paradise Trail where you should keep right. At 1.0 miles (N33 43.710 W112 09.186) go straight through this junction onto the Ridgeline Trail (Trail 5). This trail winds up to near the highest point in this park providing some great views in most directions. Its a good place for a snack. The Ridgeline Trail swings back down after the highpoint and ends at the Circumference Trail at N33 43.925 W112 09.355 about 2.6 miles into the hike. Turn right here. At about 2.8 miles (N33 43.809 W112 09.213) the Circumference Trail turns left but you should go straight on the Basalt Trail (was previously part of Trail 4). After a short climb you find yourself back at the junction you passed through earlier with the Ridgeline Trail. This is at about 3.0 miles (N33 43.710 W112 09.186). Turn left here and retrace your steps on the Basalt Trail to the intersection with the Paradise Trail (Trail 2) at 3.2 miles (N33 43.796 W112 09.023). Turn right here and follow the Paradise Trail to the junction with the Circumference Trail at about 4.2 miles (N33 43.572 W112 08.567) passing two trails to the left on the way that are cutoffs to the Circumference Trail which would shorten your hike a little. Turn left onto the Circumference Trail passing the other ends of the two cutoff trails. At the junction with the Basalt Trail at 4.6 miles (N33 43.793 W112 08.874) turn right to stay on the Circumference Trail back to the parking area. The total distance is about 5.0 miles and 1,100 feet of AEG.

This hike can be confusing in places because there are a number of trails and junctions and at the time I did the hike none had any signage indicating what trail you were on or what trails went where at each intersection. There is a map showing the trail names at the trailhead. A GPS track is very helpful. I've tried to describe the turns to make it easier to follow without a GPS and hopefully the city will put signs up in the future.

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2011-02-08 MEWhiteman
    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.

    Most recent of 17 deeper Triplog Reviews
    Deem Hills - Inner Figure Eight
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    First time to this area. Judy and I did the hike counter clockwise out of the parking lot. Only two cars in the lot at 9 AM on a Tuesday. Only negative is that the trail in many areas is rocky. I want to go back to do the Ridgeline Trail as to day we did the Circumference Trail as a figure eight.
    AVE HR:104
    MAX HR:140
    Deem Hills - Inner Figure Eight
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    Well it was a nice morning for a hike and when I got to the trailhead there was one car. I had a little extra time before my doctors appointment and decided to add the west half of the circumference trail to my hike.
    I did get a picture of a Chuckwalla that I really wasn't sure it was one until I upload my photos. I had second thoughts maybe it was coloring on the rocks as it never moved and I used all the zoom my camera had.
    And when I got close to the trailhead there was still one car mine :y:
    Deem Hills - Inner Figure Eight
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    Did a slightly modified version of the Deem Hills Inner Figure Eight this morning. There must have been a hot air balloon fest going on this morning because I counted 18 balloons to the north. There was an odd Ford Mustang in the lot this morning when I got there (I was the first one there beside this Mustang). It was parked perpendicular to the parking spaces and across from the parking spaces. I didn't see anyone in the vehicle and it was still there at the end of my hike. Creepy! Anyway, started on the Circumference Trail and headed south to the Basalt Trail, then hopped on Palisades east back to Circumference to Ridgeline to Circumference again to Basalt/Palisades to the water res road back to the trailhead. Nice to get out for a longer morning quickie with some decent elevation.
    Deem Hills - Inner Figure Eight
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    Just a beautiful morning for a hike. I was really surprised by how many people that were out on the trails.
    More flowers blooming and I did have a young lady tell me that seen a couple of snakes on the trail but didn't know what they were. I however did not have such luck. Of course seeing my first Chuckwalla of the year was nice.
    Just a really nice pleasant morning.
    Deem Hills - Inner Figure Eight
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    Doing Deems
    Pretty warm for a mid-winter day. So time to work up a little sweat. Has been years since I last hiked Deem Hills. Used to live just south but moved about the time the trails were being cut into this park. Trails are in good shape. A surprising number of people were hiking and biking today.

    Lots of brittle brush and globe mallow plus some others.
    Deem Hills - Inner Figure Eight
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    I decided on Deem Hills for this morning and a lot of other people felt the same way. When I hit the trailhead there were two parking spots left and I got one. But the time we started up people were parking on the no parking zone.
    The weather was great and I notice more wildflowers blooming here.
    When we got back to the trailhead I had a car waiting for my spot so we loaded up and let them have it.
    I did meet a couple with lots of gear and of course I asked them what's up. They said they were training for the Grand Canyon. Then they asked me if I new of any other good places to train. And of course only one place came to mind so the week before they leave do Flatiron twice and they be good to go. They thanked me then asked me where Flatiron is and I told them.
    I also told them that if they see a guy moving quickly up the mountain wearing really bright trail running shoes to just say hi to JJ as he flies past them.
    Deem Hills - Inner Figure Eight
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    What a surprising beautiful morning for a hike :) . When we got to the trailhead the sun seemed to shine on us the whole way :y: .
    The trail was not busy but it was muddy at the beginning. Once we reached the top it was hard packed dirty with a few puddles here and there. Just a very awesome day to be out.
    Deem Hills - Inner Figure Eight
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    I just a beautiful morning for a hike and a little warmer than it has been. The trails were pretty empty which is always nice. :) I did run into a couple of bikers pushing there bikes up the hill :sweat: .
    And the views of downtown Phoenix were to die for :lol: .
    Deem Hills - Inner Figure Eight
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    A nice cool morning but on the humid side. It is nice to see the desert start to turn green again.
    Trails were a little busy as people were enjoying the weather. I stopped and talk with a Park Ranger who was working on the trails fixing some of the damage from the storms. This last storm did more damage than the previous storm.
    It was nice to see more birds out and lizards to.
    Deem Hills - Inner Figure Eight
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    Well todays hike was all about Rowdy. We didn't hit the trail until just before 1pm. :scared: It was warm out and we had the trails all to ourselves. I had extra time today so I was in no hurry. Rowdy struggle a bit and we took extra breaks to let him rest. We had plenty of water so that wasn't an issue. Rowdy just does not like having the sunshine on him. :roll: :roll:
    All and all a nice hike with my boy. :y: :y: :y:

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From I-17 take exit 218 and head west on Happy Valley Road. Turn right at 35th Ave (a traffic light) and follow this as it turns into Pocono Road (33rd Ave) and reaches a stop sign at Pinnacle Vista Drive. Turn left (west) and follow until it turns right becoming 39th Ave. The trailhead is ahead on the left just as the yellow line ends. To get back to I-17 after the hike take Pinnacle Vista Drive east until it ends at the I-17 frontage road. Turn right and come to the Jomax Rd interchange where you can accesss I-17 north or south bound.
    page created by MEWhiteman on Feb 08 2011 11:05 am
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