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Daisy Mountain Loop, AZ
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Daisy Mountain Loop, AZ 
Daisy Mountain Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2018
Hiking6.67 Miles 1,474 AEG
Hiking6.67 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   2.90 mph
1,474 ft AEG      17 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Hiked Daisy Mountain Loop with my wife and two friends. It was the first time we had hiked this trail and it was a bit of an exploration.

Parking was easy, there was no a parking lot because the trailhead was located in a residential neighborhood. There was plenty of street parking although certain streets had signage indicating that you could not park there. The trail was not popular and there were only a few cars parked near the trailhead.

Similarly the traffic on the trail was light. We saw a few groups going up and but it was much less populated then the more common hikes like Camelback and Piestewa.

The trail was excellent. True to the name there was a fair amount of wildflowers with daises being prominent even though we were well past the season for such things. We also saw an interesting caterpillar. I suspect this trail is a good one for wildlife if you are there during the right time of year.

The first two miles of the trail were mild with only slight elevation gains. This part was not technical although there was the occasional loose or large rocks. On the way in we passed two trail junctions, at each of them we took a right which turned out to be the "correct" way to do the trail. Almost the entire elevation gain occurs in the 3rd mile. It is a bit of a relief to stop and catch your breath at the first summit, a large cairn marks the spot. On the next peak over an American flag can be seen. After resting for a bit we continued on to the second peak. There were three lawn chairs by the flag as well as a waterproof box with a several log books in it. We wrote something in log books, took some photos by the flag, and took a break on the lawn chairs (at least those that weren't already broken).

From here we could have come back the way we came or continued on, we opted for the loop. The descent on the loop seemed to be less steep and tricky then the ascent coming out. The path was easy to follow and there was only one slightly confusing part where the trail crossed a dirt jeep road but there was a cairn on the opposite side that made the path forward clear. The remainder of the hike out was uneventful as we were soon retracing our steps on the non-loop portion of the trail.

This was an excellent challenging hike and has the advantage of not being very crowded even during the high season for hiking. We will definitely have to add this to our list of regular fitness hikes, it was a lot of fun!
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Daisies and other wildflowers we present in several sections despite the season
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