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Corona Loop, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Phoenix > South Mtn
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Round Trip 5.95 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,379 feet
Elevation Gain 1,182 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,460 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 13.25
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1  2019-06-20 LindaAnn
2  2019-02-24
Geronimo Trail - South Mountain
1  2018-10-30 Tortoise_Hiker
1  2018-04-25 The_N
1  2018-04-20 The_N
3  2018-02-14
Crown of a wet hill
2  2018-01-21
Geronimo - Corona Loop
1  2017-11-28
Old Man Midlife Corona
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Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,882
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Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 22 Male Gender
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Sun  6:16am - 6:25pm
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Eliminator Loop
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Counter clockwise loop:
- Warpaint TH
- Corona de Loma East
- Corona de Loma
- Warpaint

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    Most recent of 32 deeper Triplog Reviews
    Corona Loop
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    wanted to do something else up in sedona. but that was a weather nope. drove to dead horse ranch and started the thumper loop. within minutes big lightning flashes and hail = nope #2 for the day so i said screw it, i'll just do something in south mountain on the way home.

    consulted HAZ traildex for something new, loaded up route scout and said "let's get out" :y:

    fun loop. occasional clouds and breeze kept it pretty manageable
    Corona Loop
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    Corona Loop-Old Holbert Lookout
    We got started from a completely empty Warpaint trailhead--I guess people were worried about dissolving in the rain? Headed up Corona East, where despite the cool temps and steady drizzle, we decided we were overdressed for the occasion. The cool breeze at the top made us grateful for the jackets we had been complaining about just moments earlier. Fog enveloped the mountaintop, making most of the city disappear. Chumley spent a few minutes getting the perfect blurry selfie, then we headed over to the Buena Vista parking lot, then over to the old Holbert lookout, surrounded by fog the entire way. We didn't use headlamps until we began our descent down Corona, and the misty fog transitioned back to a drizzle as we descended. Perfect evening for a rainy hike.
    Corona Loop
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    Crown of a wet hill
    Rain :y:
    It was a lovely evening for a hearty hike.

    Climbed into the clouds and lost sight of most everything. I'd never been to the old Holbert Lookout before. Makes sense they closed it since the view didn't include anything farther away than Baseline.

    Weather like this calls for soup, and nature provided. Pea soup. Couldn't even see the towers. Reasonable 10-foot hiking visibility, but a headlamp would have resulted in a reflective white out.

    It was wet and squishy the whole way. Good thing I was properly clad to enjoy it.

    'Twas a moist enjoyable hike! :)
    Corona Loop
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    Geronimo - Corona Loop
    wanted something a little longer with some elevation gain today
    i've done various combinations with corona loop but not for at least five years :o
    up geronimo, down corona de loma, east on desert classic, up old man, back on geronimo
    hit a little high point by accident on corona de loma, missed a turn on old man
    a nice addition to geronimo, holbert or mormon trails
    didn't burn it down today

    Corona Loop
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    Old Man Midlife Corona
    Nice weather had me itching to get out during the week. I'd never been to this trailhead before, and a few of the trails were new to me as well. I think we were off-route once or twice but that just added to the adventure. I shared a full flow of complaints about all the things currently annoying me. Good thing it was a 3 hour hike! :sweat:
    Corona Loop
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    Corona-Guadalupe Ridge loops
    I got started from the Warpaint trailhead around 5:15. Cool temps for the first mile, warmer after that. Headed up Corona East, then east on Guadalupe Ridge, where I was treated to a nice sunrise. I dropped down to Hidden Valley at Fat Man's Pass, and encountered the first people of the day near the tunnel. I stayed in the wash after the tunnel, and made my way down to the stone buildings at the beginning of National. From there, I climbed back up to Guadalupe Ridge and took it the full length back west to Eagle Pass and National. From National, I headed over to Corona and back down. Today was by far the most people I'd ever seen on Corona. Good Thanksgiving morning hike!
    Corona Loop
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    Started at 6:30 from Warpaint; there were hordes of mountain bikers, but they disappeared quickly. We made our way over to Corona East and headed up, encountering a feisty rattler just below Eagle Pass--no surprise there. We took several pictures of him, then decided it was time for headlamps. Went west on National, then down Corona. Lots of bugs and a few toads along the top half of Corona, plus a javelina standing right next to the trail just below the saddle. It wasn't too concerned about being right next to us and slowly walked away as I got a few pictures of it. A quick walk along Desert Classic on the way back to the trailhead, seeing one coyote along the way. Nice evening, temps weren't bad at all, and it was quite comfortable after the sun set.
    Corona Loop
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    Final hike of the school year for me and Daniela. We started from Warpaint just before 8:00, headed up Corona East, then came down Corona. Saw very few people, and not much in the way of wildlife either. Temps were decent, although the last mile was a little warm. There was hardly a breeze, but when there was one, it was nice.
    Corona Loop
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    Tuesday Night on SoMo
    Well I started early and glad I did. The trail was busy only on the Mormon trail after that I did see a few back riders the Corona de Loma Trail.
    I used my new brace on this hike for just over a mile and had to take it of as it really was rubbing my ankle the wrong way. And of course once I removed it and I had no insert in my boot oh well.
    The views were just incredible as the breeze seem to clear out the smog. The most confusing thing was all the new names given to old trail :? . Anyone know why they did this?
    It was dark coming up Corona de Loma Trail and the coyotes were out in packs. I had two bike riders pass me and they seem to set off the howling of the coyotes. They also surprised me as they waited for Rowdy and me to reach them. But I had stopped and put Rowdy on his leash just incase. I thank them and they moved on.
    As it got dark I put on my full charged headlamp as we ascend the trail. But when I turned it on the only light that work was the red light and that did not help. At this point I decided to use the flashlight on my phone and not knowing how long it would last.
    We finally made it up to Buena Vista at that point my phone was down to 20% power. I walk out to the bench and decide to text my wife as I figured I will be latter than I though hiking down in the dark. At this point a gentlemen walk up behind me and asked it I needed a ride and I jumped on it. When I got to my car I thank him and gave him $20. I sat down to drink on of beers I packed for this hike. And I heard my name being called and looked up and saw Chumley then most of the group finishing up.
    Corona Loop
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    One of the usual weekday hikes with Daniela and her friend, Jessie. We went up Corona East, and came down Corona. Saw two snakes on Corona--a gopher snake, and something that maybe looked like a whip snake, but I wasn't able to get a picture of that one. I saw another big gopher snake in the road by the trailhead too. We saw one chuckwalla on Corona as well. Lots of cars parked at the trailhead, but we did not see many people, not sure where they all were. Definitely warm today, but the breeze helped.

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To Warpaint Trailhead
    Take the I-10 to exit 159 for Ray Road. Travel west on Ray Road about 1/4 mile until you reach the signaled intersection for 48th Street. Take 48th Street north until you reach the signaled intersection for E. Knox Road. Travel west on E. Knox Road until you reach Warpaint Drive. Travel north on Warpaint Drive about 1/4 mile. There is parking on the street. Trail head is on the west side of Warpaint Drive.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 14.0 mi - about 21 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 99.7 mi - about 1 hour 32 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 158 mi - about 2 hours 27 mins
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