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Irregular Link Trail #1C, AZ

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Distance One Way 0.55 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,927 feet
Elevation Gain 370 feet
Avg Time One Way 0.25 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.78
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The missing link
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Overview: This is a nice little connector trail between the 1A loop. It can be used with the VOAZ Trail #1B or the Perl Charles Trail #1A for for a moderate loop via the Apache Trailhead. Think of it as an extended Nature Trail Loop.

It could also be used to shorten a 1A loop though you'd miss out on the best part of that loop. I'm sure it's a popular option to get into the mountains via the Dreamy Draw Trailhead too. However I'd recommend the Apache Trailhead for better views and to avoid that noisy freeway.
- joe bartels

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Irregular Link Trail #1C
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Two Horseshoes and a little Ridgeline
Starting from 38th Street I wanted to hike up the trail that I could see while on what I call Tibber's Happy Hour Ridgeline so I headed west on the main trail and veered south each time I could hoping to hook up with that trail. That happened about 3 times and then I found myself going up but not where I had wanted to so I decided I would try to find that trail on the way back. Once I topped out I realized I was on the western edge of the Ridgeline.

I proceeded over (south) to the next set of mountains all the while not feeling good at all. Though I had eaten over 3 hours ago I felt stuffed and it made hiking no fun. I hiked over to 1A and around the eastern side horseshoe to the 302. I had intended on taking the next horseshoe VOAZ but finally I was feeling fine and there was shade on most of the 302 going up so I decided to do that instead. It was a good climb and then I headed down and over to the western horseshoe (Irregular Link) where I passed a couple hikers, met a man and his two beautiful white labs and answered his question about where does this trail go before arriving back down at the main trail.

I headed over to the Happy Hour Ridgeline and climbed up and started heading over in pursuit of the trail I couldn't find on the way up. Well while heading east on the ridgeline when I looked back, there it was (I thot it would be in front of me). I had actually come up the trail I had intended in the first place. I just didn't realize it was that far west. Just as I am ready to ascend the steeper of the hills on the ridgeline I see a trail that veers north so I decided to take that to see if it could get me down. It contoured for a bit before heading down and once I got to a little saddle I could see the trail I had taken up a couple months ago.

I continued down and had an option to cross over to an easier trail but decided to take the less traveled one. It pretty much goes straight down following a bedrock line in the mountain. The rock was sticky so I was able to make pretty good progress to the bottom. Next on the agenda was to check out the paved traffic circle I had wondered about from previous hikes. From the main trail I veered left to a not-well traveled trail anymore over to the circle where they have a Phoenix Preserve sign and the circle has no parking signs (technically the end of 37th St). I am assuming it's not usable because there are several private residences to its east.

One of these evenings, I'll actually have to do a Happy Hour up on that ridgeline :) .
Irregular Link Trail #1C
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Phoenix Mountain Preserve Medley
try to hike somewhere other than south mountain on sundays
failed to get a parking spot at 32nd & lincoln, so went to the 304 trailhead
nature :next: circumference :next: voaz :next: 1A :next: irregular link :next: circ :next: 1A :next: yates :next: quartz ridge :next: ruth hamilton
the idea was to hit 1B and 1C, otherwise just random wandering around
not too busy on any of these
the only part i didn't care for was 1A near the freeway
cool to start, warming up nicely by the end
met my brother and his girlfriend for tots and wings after :)
Irregular Link Trail #1C
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Phoenix Mountain Preserve
needed a longer training hike today
all of my hikes have been five or six miles lately, or less when doing a peak :?
haven't hiked from 32nd and lincoln trailhead in months
was a little surprised to get a parking spot at 7:20
quartz ridge to lv yates
met a gal who said she just got stung by a bee ("just one bee")
thought that was odd, so in looking around, saw quite a few bees swarming about in a wash - must bee a hive in the rocks
if you look at my track, you can see where i tiptoed around on the other side of the trail :o
then missed the cutoff to the peak 2429 trail, so continued down to trail 100
up to 2429, since i didn't hike camelback or piestewa this week : rambo :
back down to 100, then a social trail up to 1A
made a loop of irregular link, the circumference trail and voaz, then 1A to 304
stopped at the drinking fountain to get a big drink and refill my water bottle
five minutes out of the way seems a fair trade to avoid being on the news
backtracked to 8B, which was slow, then easy back down 8A
nice hike, had fun, quite a few people out all morning
nothing new, but a new combination of some of my favorites
hit double digits for the first time in weeks
aeg seems high
Irregular Link Trail #1C
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Nothing ventured Nothing gained Phx Preserve
went out for a 6 mile hike thinking of the 8, 304, Irregular, VOAZ, back to TH. ended up doing:
8 from west side of TH but didn't see any signs for it as I hiked along so took various paths heading SE as I know where I needed to be and the current trail was not getting me there. It would be hard if you didn't know where you wanted to go and tried to figure it out while hiking from this side altho maybe it eventually took you on the 100 going east to the 8 turnoff.

Finally found the 8, that was an interesting way to get to it and unbeknownst to me at that time, the "nothing ventured, nothing gained" tour began. I continued up the 8 making good progress as I worried how much of my hiking mojo I lost due to travel. Down the other side I went before you turn west and down into a wash. It's always a little confusing when you get into the wash and instead of veering north I saw a trail coming south out of the wash so I took it thinking it veered back north... but it didn't. I consulted HAZel and decided, "what the heck" the worse I could end up is over by the Squaw Peak TH.

So I continued on my merry way (saw one bike rider and one hiker) having no idea if I was on a marked trail. I thot it would eventually take me around this mountain and maybe down the trail I had spotted from the other side. Eventually I ended up at a saddle and a trail marker that said 8A. Well how 'bout that. I think Joe had mentioned this trail recently, the old Quartz Ridge Trail. Always wanted to take that. Here at the saddle and on the way up 8B I ran into about a 1/2 dozen hikers. I hiked up the 8B to another saddle and then headed down the other side thinking I would be able to hook up with another trail I saw way below and head over to the 304.

Well 8B is a pretty long hill, it would be a good climb from the opposite side for sure and it seemed it went on and on. It was a bit slippery and steep in places. Finally I got to the bottom and guess where I was... the north end of the Squaw Peak TH where I had been a month or so ago and had to retreat from my circumference hike. I was a bit surprised but on I went taking the right turn at the 304 and headed north. You drop down into a deep wash and you have the option of heading west as you come out or up these rather large steps continuing north. I opted for the big steps and continued the climb up to the saddle where the junction of the 8 and 304 are. I think I recall doing the 8 to the 304 awhile ago.

On the way down the north side I took a path that led to the west rather than staying on the 304. After going further west than I thot, I eventually joined up with the 304 and up, up I went. Here was another test to see how being out of the hiking mode would effect me. Delightfully, I did pretty well; the trail didn't seem quite as steep or long as I anticipated. I sat for about two minutes on the bench at the top relishing my success before heading back down, over to the Irregular C and back up the VOAZ (love that trail). The VOAZ seemed MUCH longer than when I did it about a month ago.

Then back down the 304 to the 1a back to the TH but nope, I hit one of those darn horseshoe trails and tracked way further west than I wanted. I finally found a crossover trail that took me back toward the TH. It seems to have been an old road at one time. I eventually reached the 100 and stayed on it except to wander to take some saguaro pictures. I decided to take the connector trail (2429) back to the TH to make it more loopy. By the time all was said and done, instead of 6 miles, I did 8.4 with some respectable AEG and felt pretty good :D .

Not too many hikers and bikers on the trails this Mother's Day (felt weird when someone wished me a Happy Mother's Day as I'm not a mother...though my brothers think I am from time to time ;) ). The temp in the high 70s with an occasional breeze was quite nice as were the puffy clouds scattered about. The trails were all in pretty good shape except that 8B was a bit slippery in sections. There's lots of miscellaneous unmarked trails out there one could venture out on just for something different.
Irregular Link Trail #1C
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Squaw Twobit Loop
Needed to be home noonish, so I worked up this loop to get in a few miles, a bit of AEG and to hit some new trails.

A 6:45 start had me as the 2nd car in the 40th St. lot, with temps in the high 30's. I made my way over to the west side of the Circumference Trail. I saw just a few people, until I hit the Summit Trail. I saw all types climbing to the top, including Darth Vader. Also, I think there was a Yoga convention in town.

All the trails on the east side were new to me. Mohave, Mohave Connector, Quartz Ridge, LV Yates. These took me over to 2429 trail, or Twobit as it's now signed. This trail was almost as busy as the Piestewa Summit trail.

A fun little hike in perfect weather.
Irregular Link Trail #1C
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North Phoenix Preserve Loop
I have a backpack next weekend so needed to get in a hike. I decided on trying part of the Mystery Loop I did last time as I know it had a little hill and a big hill. I finished all of #8 LV Yates this time before catching the 304 to the 302/1a. I was giving RS a try too with my new Moto X Pure Edition (Kemosabe2). I had put in some waypoints with descriptions for when I changed trails but I don't think I needed to. In fact one WP desc I must have missed the .55 or RS doesn't recognize the .55 as it kept saying 55 miles :o for this one trail.

Fortunately there was a slight breeze and cloud cover from time to time so it was ideal hiking weather. There didn't seem to be a lot of people on the inner network of trails I was taking. I knew I had a climb up 302 and I did have to stop for a minute... but my recovery time is much better than it was a few weeks ago so I'm making progress (plus I did Siphon Draw last weekend).

I've decided enough of Shaw Butte for awhile; I think I'm going to hang out here in the Preserves. Not sure what the elevation gain is on the 302 from the east or the Irregular C/302 from the north and west but it has to be somewhat equivalent. It's prettier out here and there's lots of different routes a person can take to get in that short 5 mile hike. Heh, I may even try the main peak one of these days as it's been since 2006 that I did it last. AND I'm thinking, it would be nice to finish all of the various trails here in the Preserve and try a couple different trailheads.

I was also trying out the Moto X camera so took more pictures than I would take on this hike if any.
Irregular Link Trail #1C
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finally back on piestewa
haven't been consistently hitting piestewa or camelback on a weekly basis
nice cloud cover this afternoon and even got a few sprinkles
up to the summit, then halfway down went clockwise on the circumference trail
took irregular link to 1a to voaz with a quick stop at the lookout
i like that spot almost as much as goat hill
back on circumference
haven't done this loop in awhile, either
highly recommend this combo
very few people on any of the trails
Irregular Link Trail #1C
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I've been sick for a week so it was nice to be out hiking again. Still wasn't feeling 100%, so I didn't want anything too challenging. Got to the Dreamy Draw TH around noon and it was actually somewhat empty. Hardly saw anyone on the trails. Pretty warm out there but it was a little windy most of the time. Was hoping to see a chuckwalla or two, but nothing today.
Irregular Link Trail #1C
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Took a couple friends who aren't hikers...started around 10:30am. It was pretty warm out there but there was a nice breeze. Not a lot of people out there, being a weekday. We started out on 1A CW, took that to 1C and to the 302 junction. Planned on doing a loop with 302, 1B and back on 1A, but when we got to the 302 junction they decided they weren't up to the steep climb up to the saddle. They encouraged me to go up there, so I ran up and back down and met back up with them, and we just went back the way we came. They still enjoyed the hike but I probably should've picked something a little easier for them.

On my way back down 302 I stubbed my big toe really hard and took a little tumble. My toe felt mostly OK the rest of the hike back, but it started hurting big time an hour or two later. Sprained it. :( Will have to take a few days off to recover.

Seems to be fewer flowers than there were last week.
Irregular Link Trail #1C
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Phoenix Preserves Loop
Got out there at almost 5pm and the Dreamy Draw parking lot was still packed. Probably because there was a huge party going on at the ramadas. Pretty toasty when I started out. Trail 100 :next: 1A :next: 1B :next: 302 :next: 1C :next: some unmarked trails around trail 100 :next: 220 back to the TH. Didn't really have a route in mind today, just kinda wandered. Checked out a couple unmarked trails I'd never been on before. Not a lot of people on the trails at all. Some of these trails can get crowded, but there's still plenty of solitude to be had. Stopped for a minute and enjoyed the sunset and the silence. Nice hike.

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