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New River Trail - Peoria / Glendale
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New River Trail - Peoria / GlendalePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2016
Hiking10.00 Miles 139 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles
139 ft AEG
1st trip
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10 Mile Training Run for the Prescott Whiskey Row 1/2 Marathon in May. Palo Verdes in full bloom, plus all the desert flora. Parked behind the Uncle Sams (in the top five of best subs on the planet) went north. The trail is heavily used by bicyclists, runners and walkers. There is lots of opportunity to trail run on dirt or gravel on either side of the fat concrete pathway. Up 2.5 miles the concrete paved trail ends which is where most people turn around. This is where the fun begins.

Reminds me of growing up in Tempe... we used to go to the "river bottom" before there was Tempe Town Lake and go 4 wheeling, shooting, and having keggers on formerly SRP property where the 202 creeps through from around Priest to Rural. Back to the trip report. The paved trail ends and its basically desert with lots of motor bike and ATV paths and dirt roads, at times gravelly and other times sandy (my feet were very thankful). I eventually reconnected with the New River Trail up around Happy Valley Road and kept going until I hit 5 miles from start and turned around.

On the ascent, you get a birds eye view of Ludden Mountain (I call it Lundeen Mountain, after a friend) its unnamed twin sister and Pyramid Peak. I have hiked Ludden 4x; its sister I will call Entrada Peak 2X (the subdivision it flanks to the SW) and Pyramid Peak I have hiked 2x.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Palo Verde, Chamomile, Desert Sage, Desert Poppy

"Before there was a trail..... there was no trail"
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