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Shaughnessey Connector exploration, AZ
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Shaughnessey Connector exploration, AZ 
Shaughnessey Connector exploration, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking5.35 Miles 1,261 AEG
Hiking5.35 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   1.58 mph
1,261 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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The South Mountain Master Plan trails map shows a proposed trail starting from the corner of Shaughnessey & Chandler Blvd, and going up and connecting to Bursera. I drew a track that follows the proposed route reasonably closely (minus a few switchbacks in the steep part in the middle) and we set off to see how closely we could follow it.

The beginning was walking across relatively flat desert as we headed north-northeast towards the mountains. There was a use trail on most of this part. As we neared the mountain, I kept us just above the left (west) bank of the wash as we headed up. We steeply climbed up the hillside as I aimed for the ridge above us on the west. The proposed trail has some switchbacks in this area, but I generally kept a straight line on a game trail with one switchback just below the ridge. Once on the ridge, we headed northeast again. It seemed like the proposed trail somehow switchbacks up the steep part of this ridge, but either I guessed incorrectly on the trail placement, or they have a lot of work cut out for them on constructing this trail. Despite a little bit of brush, it was much easier to head up the drainage on the left (north) side of the ridge. Some easy scrambling, and still steep, but nothing terrible. As we were nearing the top, I turned left and headed up the most logical way up to Bursera on the ridge. Looking at the track and proposed trail showed that my guess here was spot on and we connected to Bursera at exactly the correct location.

The main goal accomplished, we decided to hike around a little more and headed west on Bursera, then west on Gila. Once over the saddle on Gila, we headed over to the last remaining old building west of the park and looked around there. After that, we headed southeast up the old mining road/trail, and then east on that ridge back towards the saddle. A low-flying drone buzzed over our heads along this ridge. Not sure if was from the 202, the new housing development, or from a group of people who were standing over at the Gila-Bursera junction. Once back on Gila, we headed east where I slowed the pace a little to put some distance between us and the group in case they were out there in some official capacity.

Once back on Bursera, we headed east to a faint path that heads steeply up the ridge, then steeply back down into the neighborhood on the other side. It’s been a couple of years since I used this path, but I used to use it a lot when I lived over there. Once down in the neighborhood, we followed the path along the wash back out to the corner where we had parked.

Nice hike with good conversation, and fun to get some offtrail hiking in. Good temps, but extremely hazy.
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