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Mercury Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2016
black_toes
Hiking2.14 Miles 503 AEG
Hiking2.14 Miles   1 Hour   39 Mns   2.01 mph
503 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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Although the Dreamy Draw Rec Area parking lot neared capcity and hordes milled about, it was another world on the W side of the pedestrian tunnel under 51 HW, like a time machine had thrown us back to, say, last Wednesday. We encountered maybe a dozen hikers on the trail, 3 bikers and a jogger. And for the first mile, we passed only a young woman on horseback with her dog leading the way. As we rose to the trail juncture on the NW corner, great views opened up, none better than snow-capped Four Peaks off on the horizon. The McDowells, the Brown's Ranch peaks, Pinnacle, Tom's Thumb all visible and snowless in the distance and Shadow and Lookout much closer. Also from the juncture, we saw the so-called backside of popular Peak 2429. Jason Cleghorn's Mercury Mine route of last year shows a path to get there from where we stood. Coming around to the S side of the trail, the highrises of downtown and midtown Phoenix pop into view. Haze made it next to impossible to see South Mtn and the downtown skyline. Counted three old mine shafts, now sealed, and several other suspects. My time was slow, barely 2 mph. It was the hariest hike I've done since last month's ankle sprain, and I used a lot of caution in descending several steep spots of slick and loose rock. You don't notice them with healthy legs. Nice hike otherwise on a beautiful day, first time in weeks doing a trail in shirt sleeves and shorts. The desert spring approacheth!
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