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Palmer Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2017
Hiking5.30 Miles 1,020 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   1.67 mph
1,020 ft AEG
1st trip
I've been on a roll lately, this is my 3rd weekend in a row hiking, and next will be the fourth. I don't think that's happened since before the kids were born. From two weeks earlier hiking in this area, I noticed some unmapped trails that I wanted to try, and since the weather is just on the cusp of being too hot, I was able to convince Radmila and the kids to go out on a Sunday hike.

We started from the parking lot off of First Water Road right off of AZ88. There's a trail that goes from there and connects to the Jacob Trail. My plan was to take an unofficial trail off the Jacob Trail that connects to the Treasure Loop, but I got sidetracked. Just before that junction, we noticed the "skydivers" from two weeks earlier, right at the same time of day and even from the exact same spot on the trail. I'm thinking now that they're BASE jumpers. We didn't notice any planes, and they were landing in the same spot as two weeks ago, just off the eastern edge of the Supes, by what looks like some jumpable cliffs (if you're into that sort of thing :o ). While we were noticing all of that, we passed the junction and ended up at the junction of the Jacob and Treasure Loop Trails before we knew it.

we headed up on the Treasure loop and took the one unmapped trail that heads south towards the other leg of the Treasure Loop. this trail headed that way and then took a right (west) and then started to fade away. It would fade away and then pick up again and we followed it along a ridge between two small canyons until it was gone and the canyons turned into shallow drainages that we could cross. then we got back on the other leg of the Treasure loop and headed back up again to the Prospector Trail. Not was I had planned exactly, but things happen. on our way, some hikers on their way down warned us of a rattlesnake that we didn't encounter.

Near the junction of the Treasure Loop and Prospector trail, we took a break and then headed along the Prospector trail until the Palmer Mine Trail, and then took that. Along the Palmer Mine Trail, I made my third gila monster sighting in three consecutive weeks! Crazy. and again, it was pointed out to me by someone else. My daughter saw it and it took me almost 5 minutes to finally see it because he kept scurrying and hiding. I do have one photo as proof.

Took the Siphon Draw Trail to Prospector and Jacob for the most direct route back to the car after that. It was getting a little hot and the two climbs up the Treasure loop ended up giving us a total of 1000' AEG for the day on a 5 mile hike, not bad for the kids.

got back to the car with no other noteworthy events and had lunch at the Mongolian Grill in AJ.
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