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Laveen TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking8.40 Miles 664 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   3 Hrs   38 Mns   2.31 mph
664 ft AEG
 
Being the first weekend of the month, Ted and I headed back to the San Juan TH to finish the trail we discovered last month at this end of the park. Not really sure if this is a continuation of the Laveen Trail, but it does seem to connect to it. It's a substantial enough of a trail that it does appear to be deliberately made by the COP.

We first hike a few unmarked spur trails that we missed last month once we discovered this trail, then we headed out on the new trail. It basically goes around the hill and then connects to the Maricopa Trail spur from the National Trail. We took the spur west and then walked through the construction area and picked up what is currently the Maricopa Trail from South Mountain over to the Estrellas. We walked along that for about a mile and a half and then turned back. It just follows an irrigation canal under the power lines, and right next to the highway. If you stop to take a picture, you can hear the crackle from the power lines above you.

On the way back along the Maricopa Spur inside SoMo park, we saw an area that looked like it was excavated along time ago by some industrial equipment, most likely for mining. we saw what looked to be maybe a filled in mine or prospect shaft, but nothing appears on the USGS maps. There's a spur on the southern part of my track that shows where we checked this out a bit.

Finished a little early thinking we might hit 10 miles but didn't even do 8.5. I needed to get some extra chores done at home so I decided to leave it at that. The only other option we considered was the spur to the peak west of San Juan TH, but I did that one a while back, and it was getting a bit toasty.
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