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Bursera CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2020
LindaAnn
Hiking4.63 Miles 1,162 AEG
Hiking4.63 Miles   2 Hrs   52 Mns   1.78 mph
1,162 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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I met Tim at the Chandler/Shaughnessey intersection a little before 0600 and we got our hike started. Headed north on the newly completed Bursera Canyon Trail. This one was labeled "Shaughnessey Connector" on the South Mtn Master Map. First half of the trail was as smooth as walking a sidewalk as we approached the mountain. Second half was great. It climbed steeply up a drainage, eventually switchbacking up to the top of the ridge and connecting to Bursera. The drainage part was fun, and while steep, was in excellent shape. Nice views and shade in the early morning. Most of the trail was actually constructed a few hundred feet west of where it was drawn out on the Master Map. We could see the pink tape flags marking part of the original route east of us. I have no idea at what point the call was made to shift the trail west, but it was a good decision.

Once on Bursera, we headed west and back downhill, connecting with Gila. We took Gila back east in the valley up to the saddle. We passed one very angry speckled rattler while on Gila. Had it not rattled, it was far enough off the trail we would never have noticed it. But it put on quite a display and approached us. After a few pictures, we left it to continue its fit in peace.

At the saddle on Gila, we turned south and took the short connector back up to Bursera. That little connector is very steep, easier to ascend than descend. We passed one more speckled on that connector. It gave a warning rattle, but wasn't nearly as agitated as its cousing down on Gila. We let the hikers behind know about the snake, then continued uphill. At Bursera, we headed west for a short distance, then took the new Bursera Canyon trail back down. Steep descent through the switchbacks, then some more nice shade for a few moments. Easy last half mile back to the car, but it was warming up.

Good to see @walkingbambam again. Only saw a handful of other hikers this morning, much less than Pyramid in the mornings. I may have to incorporate this one into my usual morning hike options. I'm still not a big fan of Bursera since I fall on that trail more than all other trails combined, but I could probably handle once a week or so without complaint. I was definitely impressed with how nice an option Bursera Canyon is, the park did a nice job on it.
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