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Pyramid to Goat Hill, AZ

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Distance Round Trip 9.12 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,261 feet
Elevation Gain 1,257 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,104 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3-4.5 hours
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Goat Hill Loop via Pyramid / Bursera
3  2019-04-05 JuanJaimeiii
2  2019-02-28
Pyramid wash-National-Lost Ranch Mine loop
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Pyramid wash-National-Lost Ranch Mine loop
6  2019-01-27 JuanJaimeiii
6  2019-01-08 JuanJaimeiii
4  2018-11-09 JuanJaimeiii
4  2018-10-21
Pyramid Trail - South Mountain
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Author syoung
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Routes 23
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Trips 593 map ( 3,813 miles )
Age 40 Male Gender
Location Mesa, AZ
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by syoung

After moving closer to South Mountain I decided to start heading up this route made popular by JuanJaimeiii and lindaagm. I was kind of shocked that it wasn’t an official description.

Starting from the trailhead at the end of Chandler Blvd, you will cover the first mile or so through winding desert. At right around the 0.6 mile point you will cross the first wash. Continue onward basically directly across the wash. At the 1 mile point you encounter the 2nd wash; here is where the follow the wash to the left briefly before climbing out. The trail is super easy to follow but my first few times out here I had to give each one a second look.

The journey up the switchbacks to this first peak is probably the toughest physical aspect of this out and back. Once you achieve the ridgeline you can make really good time. As you make your way up the switchbacks, Goat Hill comes into view.

Descending from the peak you will follow Pyramid all the way until it turns into National. Here, make sure you veer to the left instead of taking National down to the lookout structure.

Following National is rather simple, the trail is well maintained and easy to get into go mode on. Make sure you don’t dive down Ranger and you’ll be good to go. As you are chugging along, you’ll pass the remnants of an old mine on your right. This is your signal to start paying attention to a turnoff to the right. Look for this bush and veer right. This is the trail to the top of Goat Hill. It is easy to miss if you have your head down and are just cruising along. I flew by it my first time out there and had to backtrack.

Head up the switchbacks and you’ll hit the final push of a very slick, scree filled mess. Soak in the views, marvel at the sounds of pew pew pew down below, and head back the way you came.

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2016-08-28 syoung
    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 Triplog Reviews
    Pyramid to Goat Hill
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    An evening/night hike. Parked at Pyramid Trailhead and took Lost Ranch trail up to the National Trail. Got up to the National Trail just in time to see the sun dropping below the horizon. Then headed East toward Goat Hill. Instead of completing the Lost Camp Loop route we continued on to Goat Hill. It was dark by the time we got to Goat Hill, but the nearly full moon gave enough light that we didn't need to turn on our head lamps. After enjoying the city lights panorama from the top of Goat Hill for a few minutes we headed back to National Trail and continued East to Pyramid. I did turn my headlamp on for the steep part of the Pyramid descent -- I really didn't need it, but it's steep and there are lots of places where a mis-step could be bad. In the unlikely event that I did get hurt on the trail I didn't want to have to explain to my wife that I wasn't using the headlamp I was wearing. Once we got off the hill and back on the flat the moon provided plenty of light.

    As it gets warmer I may do this one again as a night hike. I wouldn't consider Lost Ranch at night, but it was great in the late afternoon shade of the hill.
    Pyramid to Goat Hill
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    Pyramid Goat Ranger Las Lomitas Kiwanis
    When JJ said he hadn't hiked SOMO's most popular trail, Las Lomitas, we were all over it. The new trail signs have been changed from Los to Las Lomitas. Time for HAZ to get with the program lol. Great day for hiking. We hardly saw a soul the first 2/3 of the hike, then ran into quite a few. Beautiful day to hike.
    Pyramid to Goat Hill
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    I decided to check out the popular Pyramid Trail near the SW end and head up to Goat Hill. I slept in to allow the rainfall from the night before to run off a bit. I arrived at the TH at 9:30 and started about 10 minutes later. With few exceptions, the trails were in perfect condition: dry and firm, yet somewhat soft from the recent rains. An occasional puddle. Compared to my last couple of hikes, it felt like I was on a race track.

    A relatively flat first mile allows for a good warm up before you get to the first ascent, around 800 feet in a mile. It looms before you as you approach. Blustery conditions kept me cool up that first hill and throughout the hike. The roller coaster profile of the National Trail keeps things interesting as you soak in the views. Goat Hill was the prize today. Excellent views all around. With access from three different trailheads, I plan to come back and loop in Goat Hill with some of the other trails on this end.

    Heading back the way I came would have been a worthy hike, but I wanted a little more today. From Goat Hill, I continued west along the National, then took the Eliminator II Trail down to the Gila trail in the valley below, giving up almost 900 feet. I headed back up the Lost Ranch Ruins trail, checked out the ruins, then back up to the National trail. A down and up profile is an Achilles heel, so this was a good opportunity to work on it. It took the starch out of my legs.

    Back on National, I continued west until I reached the Bersera Trail, then dropped down into the valley a second time. From the valley floor, Bersera climbs almost 600 feet before a final descent to the Pyramid trail. Finishing a hike going uphill is another Achilles heel. My legs were tired from the previous down/up; I was on fumes now. Time for some pain.

    Nearing the end of the Bersera Trail, I got a good look at the dip I took on the Eliminator II and Lost Ranch Ruins trails. What was I thinking?! A couple of minutes later I could see the trailhead. A beacon at the end of a tough hike.

    Great day on South Mountain. Wonderful hike and an excellent workout!
    Pyramid to Goat Hill
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    It was my fastest time yet. I absolutely love the heart rate monitor on the watch. While I am sure it isn't the most accurate, it gives me a window into just how hard I am working and can adjust accordingly. The automatic uploading of the hike to the phone is nice. With my first Fenix I had to manually connect it via USB and open up Basecamp to get details and tracks. The bluetooth connectivity is great. Yea, this is just me gushing over the watch and wanting to share the activity log from it. :) ... 9362
    Pyramid to Goat Hill
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    It's finally cooling down! It was quite pleasant most of the hike. I only started to feel warm for the last mile or two hiking on the flat terrain with no wind to speak of. Maybe there will be autumn this year. The hike was non-eventful. Didn't see too many critters this time, only maybe one or two lizards and a squirrel.
    Pyramid to Goat Hill
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    Finally did Pyramid to Goat Hill and back. My last attempt a couple weeks ago was rained out. This time the weather was perfect. Not too hot with a nice breeze. The view from Goat Hill was great. It's been a few years since I was last up on Goat Hill and the side trail to the top was much nicer than I remember. Very nice way to spend the morning.
    Pyramid to Goat Hill
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    JJ and I waited out a rain storm in the car at the trailhead before heading out to hike. The skies looked good toward the Estrellas where the storm cell had come from. By the time we reached the base of the pyramid another cell was approaching. It was on us much faster than anticipated. We were soaking wet before hiking half way up the pyramid.

    Once on top, we could see the Estrellas becoming obscured by the next cell moving through. Since we were already wet we didn't seriously consider trying to take shelter in the rocks someplace. The new cell hit very hard. The trail became a river. Water was running everywhere to the point you could hear and see it cascading down the steep slopes. Very cool!

    We made the decision at the end of the Pyramid trail to keep going to Goat Hill. The rain was subsiding and we weren't at all cold. Besides being sloshy wet, it felt really nice out.

    Goat Hill, as always, was nice. Great views from there. We made our way back the way we had come without further incident. The wash at the base of the pyramid was still running on our way back to the trailhead. Upon finishing the hike we could see another cell descending... Yikes!

    Fun day. Thanks John! :)

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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To Pyramid Trailhead
    From I-10 going S exit on 202/Pecos Road. Go W on Pecos Road for about 9 miles and turn right on 17th Avenue. Turn left on to Chandler Boulevard and go to end of road and park where road is closed off at 19th Avenue.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) - 22.6 mi, 28 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) - 104 mi, 1 hour 46 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) - 166 mi, 2 hours 48 mins
    page created by syoung on Aug 28 2016 12:14 pm
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