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Flat long hikes

Post by RowdyandMe » Oct 04 2017 2:57 pm

Well it looks like I may be having surgery again. And I asked my doctor about hiking and pretty much said I need to do it on flat areas no Peak climbing.
So I am looking for suggestions.
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Re: Flat long hikes

Post by SpiderLegs » Oct 04 2017 3:10 pm

The canals
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Re: Flat long hikes

Post by chumley » Oct 04 2017 3:14 pm

Sorry to hear about the additional surgery. :cry:

You can get good mileage on the flat paths adjacent to canals. (There are some that are closed, but many are open specifically for walking and biking. Some even have specific traffic-controlled crossings, bridges, or tunnels.

Another option is mall walking.
http://www.azfamily.com/story/28338210/ ... mer-months
Most malls open at 6am just for walkers!

The City of Scottsdale has a neighborhood trail system. There are nice paths that all the fancy developments have to build, and they connect with one another. The paths are open to the public, even if they go through a private, gated development.
Check out the master plan on their website for more details:
http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/transportat ... ils-system

One of the most popular HAZ all-time favorites is the https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=114 :y:

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Re: Flat long hikes

Post by RowdyandMe » Oct 04 2017 3:27 pm

@chumley
Well this time it will be shoulder surgery and my doctor wants a second opinion. But it sounds like they want to start with a exploring my shoulder with a small camera.
I have a lot of damage to it and their not sure where to start.
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Re: Flat long hikes

Post by rcorfman » Oct 04 2017 4:05 pm

There're lots of flat miles around the Apache Wash trailhead, but you know that. The Maricopa Trail has a lot of flat trail out from east of Lake Pleasant to the White Tanks. I just noticed that there isn't any of it on HAZ. I don't know what's up with that. There's also a lot of flat Maricopa Trail from Anthem east too.
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Re: Flat long hikes

Post by Hansenaz » Oct 05 2017 10:56 am

Looks like it's time to become a mesa petroglyph hunter Larry! Rowdy might not like the off trail though....

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Re: Flat long hikes

Post by RowdyandMe » Oct 05 2017 10:04 pm

Well I am looking for smooth trails until my shoulder is healed. The last thing I need is to fall and try to catch my self.
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Re: Flat long hikes

Post by JoelHazelton » Oct 06 2017 7:52 am

Black Canyon Trail between Table Mesa Rd and Hwy 69. The South end is real flat except for dipping in and out of the Agua Fria.
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Re: Flat long hikes

Post by big_load » Oct 06 2017 8:58 am

There are several fairly long hikes on old railroad beds.

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Re: Flat long hikes

Post by chumley » Oct 06 2017 8:59 am

big_load wrote:There are several fairly long hikes on old railroad beds.
But it's a lot more interesting to hike on the currently active ones. :o
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Post by skatchkins » Oct 06 2017 11:29 am

chumley wrote:
big_load wrote:There are several fairly long hikes on old railroad beds.
But it's a lot more interesting to hike on the currently active ones. :o
Or ride them. As long as your wheels and axle are metal, the crossing arms go down for you...

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Re: Flat long hikes

Post by big_load » Oct 06 2017 12:54 pm

chumley wrote:
big_load wrote:There are several fairly long hikes on old railroad beds.
But it's a lot more interesting to hike on the currently active ones. :o
I did plenty of that in my youth. My back yard ended at the Rock Island tracks, which also included a handy siding.

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Re: Flat long hikes

Post by Dschur » Oct 09 2017 2:56 pm

Peavine Trail in Prescott is really good one for long and flat! Is an old railroad bed...
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Re: Flat long hikes

Post by nathanbrisk » Oct 09 2017 5:03 pm

Widowmaker wrote:Well I am looking for smooth trails until my shoulder is healed. The last thing I need is to fall and try to catch my self.
I recently had hand surgery, and I was concerned about the same. I've done a Rim-to-Rim and Havasupai in the last few weeks, and catching myself with my bad hand wasn't an option, so I opted to use a hiking pole in my good hand. Perhaps you should do the same!
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Re: Flat long hikes

Post by nonot » Oct 09 2017 6:48 pm

The northeast side of McDowell Mtn park has many long and fairly flat hikes/trails with several looping options.
http://hikearizona.com/garmin_maps.php

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Re: Flat long hikes

Post by RowdyandMe » Oct 09 2017 7:51 pm

@chumley
I still plan on hiking with Rowdy. So how's the shade on the green belt.
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Re: Flat long hikes

Post by chumley » Oct 10 2017 9:55 am

Widowmaker wrote:I still plan on hiking with Rowdy. So how's the shade on the green belt.
Looking at the satellite photo, I'd estimate at least 20% shadier than Rowdy's Ridgeline in July.
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Re: Flat long hikes

Post by RowdyandMe » Oct 10 2017 9:58 am

@chumley
My surgery is next Tuesday and I need to find a. 2 liter Fanny pack as well
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Re: Flat long hikes

Post by SpiderLegs » Oct 10 2017 5:04 pm

I used to teach a Hiking 101 class that was half filled with people in their late 50's and 60's with varying degrees of physical limitations. Part of the class was a guided hike and I always used a loop consisting of Trail 100 and Trail 306 starting from the North Mountain Visitors Center. Think over the course of 3 miles we had a whopping 75 feet of AEG.
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