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2012-03-20  
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Arizona, USA
Arizona, USA
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2012
outdoor_lover
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,341 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.96 mph
1,341 ft AEG      15 Mns Break4 LBS Pack
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1st trip
After Work Hike. Intended to do a GPS Route called Ma Ha Warrior Loop, but forgot the Route at home and ended up missing the area where I needed to turn off the Ma Ha Tuak, to go up the Ridgeline. Oh well, I just kept going and improvised. Started off on the Ma Ha Tuak. Met up with the Max Delta going West and took it to the Bajada. Took the Bajada to the West until it met up with the Alta Trail. Took the backside of the Alta Trail, South up to the Ridgeline. (Well, almost) Just before Alta's final turn, there is a faint Trail marked by a Cairn that takes off and goes straight up about 30 feet to the Ridgeline.

I was surprised, but not really. There is a faint, but very distinct Path on top that follows the Ridgeline in both directions, pretty much linking the Alta to the Warrior Trail and beyond, possibly all the way down to the Ma Ha Tuak Trail. I got to Star Peak and then hung a left, descending on Warrior Trail. Wow! Very steep, very rocky. Kind of looks like someone just took hoe and sort of cut a path straight down the mountain. :sweat: Probably should have worn my regular Hiking Boots instead of my work boots, but they did ok. I just had to be a little more careful.

Noticed a very distinct Trail going into the Canyon to the East of me, between where I was and the Ma Ha Tuak Trail. It appeared to come off the Ma Ha Tuak Trail and stayed pretty level all the way to the back of the Canyon and then it looked like it tried to go up, but I couldn't see much after that. Don't know what Trail that is. The Park Maps at the TH's don't even show the Warrior Trail, so I know they are pretty outdated. I think the Warrior Trail would be the better Trail to go up instead of down, just because of the steepness and the loose rock on the Trail. This was actually an enjoyable Loop Hike with nice elevation and views. Hadn't planned on doing that long of a Hike, but it worked out just fine.... :)
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