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Pointe Tapatio Golf Course Loop #1, AZ

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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance Loop 5.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,406 feet
Elevation Gain 292 feet
Accumulated Gain 860 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 9.5
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Author kingsnake
author avatar Guides 87
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Trips 674 map ( 6,203 miles )
Age 58 Male Gender
Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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Preferred   Mar, Nov, Feb, Jan
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Sun  5:42am - 7:27pm
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by kingsnake

Hike begins by dipping into a wash to look at a rusted out old car. No idea how it got there. Then head south skirting the housing area. When you turn north into a small canyon, you begin the first of three short, but steep ascents.

At the top of that first climb, are good observation points both east and west, for viewing sunrise or sunset. Continue north descending to Trail 100 and the Sheriff's Posse corral. Turn east on Trail 100. Turn north at the first wash, then west up the steepest ascent of the hike. (130 feet in a tenth of a mile, equates to 1300 feet over a mile, or a 25% grade.)

Drop back down, then continue east up the Golf Course Ridgeline, from whence this hike draws its name. Marvel at people paying big bucks to chase small white balls. The max elevation of 1686 feet is reach at the far east end of the ridgeline. Continue east to Thunderbird, where there is a mountain preserve sign. Cross the wash, then curl around the north and east edges of the hill at Thunderbird and Cave Creek. Descend into, and cross the wash to join back up with Trail 100. Turn west. Continue west on Trail 100 until you see the housing area you began from.

Trail 100 continues along the north edge of the ridgeline, but you should take the split along the ridgeline's south edge. After a bit the trail turns south back to the trailhead. Wildlife: Owl, coyote, javelina, fox, homeless people. (If you do the hike near sunset, keep an eye out for the owl.)

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2011-05-02 kingsnake
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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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Paved - Car Okay

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From Cave Creek Rd, west on Peoria Ave, 1 block. North on 12th St, about half mile until you hit cul-de-sac. That is the trailhead. No facilities.
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