SoMo Circle Route – Jan2014
38.17 miles, 4:40:29 time, 1870 AEG (per FitBit)
Do two half SoMo’s make it whole?
Started on Desert Classic and headed towards Pima Trail Head. Cut through Beverly Canyon and onto Javelina Canyon Trail. Found a side trail that dumped me out by a reservoir by a fire station. This allowed me to join onto Highline Canal Urban Trail without skirting along a section of Baseline Road.
Once inside South Mountain Park, to the Box Canyon Loop up to Las Lomitas Picnic Ramada (closed to automobile access) and onto Las Lomitas Trail to Ranger Trail where we discovered a new trail – Derby Loop Trail.
At the intersection of Central Avenue and San Juan Lookout Road I was stopped by a Ranger. He indicated that access was closed due to a special event – “National Trail Trek Day” http://phoenix.gov/parks/trails/special ... index.html
” The 18th National Trail Trek is January 25, 2014!
Barcode #99170, Viewable on-line 11-2-13. Registration opens 11-16-13 @ 10:30 a.m.
Rain or Shine! This 15.5 mile hike will take you from the easternmost edge of the mountain (Pima Canyon) traversing the South Mountains all the way to San Juan Lookout near the western edge. We provide the food, water, round-trip transportation, various prizes and surprises -- you provide the miles and miles of smiles! Cost is $50.
Please note: Pre-registration is required for the National Trail Trek; absolutely no walk-in registrations will be taken the day of the event. Also, no mail-in registrations will be accepted.
If you have photo images from the 2013 NTT please e-mail then to firstname.lastname@example.org and include photo credit info.
South Mountain Trail Trek Map
National Trail Trek Information:
• Average hiking time – 5 to 6 hours for 15.5 miles
• Half-way shuttles: you can obtain a ride in the van at the half-way point (7.5
miles) if you cannot continue. The van will drop you off where you parked at the Activity Complex.
• Transportation: Bus from Activity Complex parking/check-in off Central Ave. to Pima Canyon – approximately 10 miles and takes about 25 to 30 minutes. Vans used for transporting you from the end – approximately 5.5 mile drive.
*You can have someone drop you off at the Pima Canyon parking lot. Be aware – you must have your NTT wristband to obtain the lunch and get a ride back in the vans to the Activity Complex. Your driver cannot drive to San Juan to pick you up.
For questions about the National Trail Trek, call Event Coordinator Christine Romo @ (602) 262-7393 or e-mail email@example.com
Click here to see 2012 hike images!
Oh well, had a good conversation with the Ranger. Introduced him to a free GPS app for his iPhone – Trimble Outdoors before pushing off to more or less retrace my route home.
Spotted my first Mexican Poppy bloom of the year…
South Mountain Ranger Maps
Detailed http://phoenix.gov/webcms/groups/intern ... 062880.pdf
East Section http://phoenix.gov/webcms/groups/intern ... nteast.pdf
West Section http://phoenix.gov/webcms/groups/intern ... ntwest.pdfWildflowers
Spotted my first Mexican Poppy bloom of the year.
Brittlebush blooms in lower washes plus some Desert Marigold blooms and Fiddlenecks and Bladderpods.