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Daisy Mountain - AnthemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking6.61 Miles 1,438 AEG
Hiking6.61 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   2.74 mph
1,438 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Since it cooled off so much from a few days ago, I was able to hike Daisy Mountain starting fairly late in the morning.

I turned onto National Way, used a few feet of the first driveway on the left to turn around and parked next to the park as suggested. As I was pulling my pack out of my truck, the man from the house whose driveway I used started complaining to me about using his driveway. Really? Then he started saying how there is no parking on any streets in Anthem. Really? I smiled and said I wouldn't use his driveway to turn around next time. I felt like asking him what he expected living next to a park and a trailhead. I almost suggested if people parking next to the park bothered him so much, he should rally to have some parking slots painted at the trailhead where there's easily room for three cars.

Started the hike by first going a short distance off the path to find a geocache. A rat moved in and was using the cache container as a wall for its home. Once I put things back, it was once again, I believe, a happy rat.

Shortly after the trail turned to singletrack, I came upon a desert tortoise in the middle of the trail. It's shell was a bit over a foot long. I don't come across tortoise that often, so this was a treat.

The trail up to the summit was steeper than I remembered, but it's been close to ten years since I've been out here. Once at the summit, I continued following the trail over to where the flag is, then continued following the trail down the mountain to the northwest. I thought the trail looped back, at least that's what I remembered, but it appeared to be heading back north and northeast, so I cut down the hill west bound where, I ended up running into the trail again. I could have followed the trail maybe 200 yards farther north to the old road where the trail headed down to where I picked it up again. A satellite view might help you here.
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[ checklist ]  Desert Tortoise
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