good exercise loop; views
A good exercise hiking loop off of E Phoenix Street and Promontory Way. Best to download GPS track to find and follow, especially on the single track trail sections. Once on trail, the single track is flagged (though not when on jeep double tracks or PATS.) Joins and leaves PATS Round Valley trail. After rains, mud is super sticky! First part of trail from the trailhead to an established Jeep track is well worn and maintained by gnomes and elk, though to keep ATV'ers away it is somewhat hidden. Go across fire break along barbed wire fence turn L along edge of fire break and go to weak jeep track, turn R on jeep track - 50' down real flagged and worn trail starts on left hidden by scrub oak. When flagged trail T's onto a well used Jeep road, turn L. Go L at next weak Y where a single track trail crosses a small wash; go by tank (should be on your R; & always has water). Rejoin Jeep 2X track and follow until it T's with PATS Round Valley double track, turn right take PATS down & up to hill crest to intersection where you & PATS turn right. There are nice views along this next, somewhat level, 2X stretch. At next obvious double track intersection (2X coming in from the R), go R (PATS Round Valley goes straight), follow down to dry wash where 2X will now begin to go uphill, cross wash here and leave jeep 2X track, turning right and find an off-trail flagging. This next downhill stretch is rocky with no obvious trail except for flags and cairns set by the friendly gnomes. It goes down and crosses a wash, then crosses an obvious elk trail. a few more washes until the trail dumps out on to another jeep double track intersection. The gnomes have tried to cover up this intersection, since ATV'ers have tried to enter this single track trail and haved wrecked havoc with the flora (ugh!) trying to follow the flags & cairns. They (the gnomes - silly) ask to keep this intersection 'hidden' from ATV'ers! Anyway, go R on the 2X and follow across another wash until you enter an obvious clear-cut area and the 2X ends. Follow flags and the weak trail caddy-corner from lower right to upper left, up and across this clear cut area where the flagged trail resumes through the woods. After cresting the hill by the rez property fence corner, the trail goes down and crosses the well-used jeep road first mentioned earlier, crosses a wash (seasonally wet) and rejoins the lolly-pop stick (lasso..) part of the maintained trail you first started on, to get you back to the trailhead.
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.