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Sonoran Preserve Loop, AZ
mini location map2014-02-02
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Sonoran Preserve Loop, AZ 
Sonoran Preserve Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2014
winotron
Hiking9.38 Miles 1,243 AEG
Hiking9.38 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   2.62 mph
1,243 ft AEG      20 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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First time going to the Union Peak side of the Sonoran Preserve. Super Bowl Sunday, and it was a beautiful cloudy day out. The parking lot was nearly full when we got there around 11am, but by early afternoon the park was really clearing out. We didn't see many other hikers once we got to the Valle Verde trail and started heading east.

We did a figure 8 loop, starting up through part of the Dixie Loop to Valle Verde, then the Valle Verde to a CCW loop through the Great Horned Owl, hitting the Union Peak ummit along the way. We then took the Desert Tortoise trail back to the parking lot. The Valle Verde trail is always a nice stroll. The Great Horned Owl trail was also very nice, with a lot of good ups and downs. The Union Peak summit trail was fairly steep but not quite as difficult as the other summits in this park. Awesome views all around, though.

I'm trying to work myself up to longer hikes, but this one still ended up being longer than I intended. Adding up this route on the official Sonoran Preserve map it comes out to just over 8 miles, but my GPS clocked this at almost 9.4, and it definitely FELT like 9+ miles. My legs and feet were aching after this one. Anyone else notice that the distances on the Sonoran Preserve map seem to be a little under-reported?
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