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Coon Bluff LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking3.12 Miles 649 AEG
Hiking3.12 Miles   1 Hour   56 Mns   1.85 mph
649 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Coon Bluff has long been a sunrise favorite of mine, but I have not been out there for a sunset. The ridgeline of the bluff offered a nice view of the western horizon so off I went.

I parked at the horse lot before you get to the campground and started up. The trail is really defined all the way across. In some places you can tell it’s an old Jeep road. Tons of horse hoof prints and horse poop all along show this is a popular trail for horses.

The up and down of this little hike is nice. I know everything looks flat on a map, but the little roller coaster action was a nice. My goal was to hike to the cliffs that overlooked the river and then work my way over to the western most ridge near the road to Phon D Sutton for sunset shot. I was surprised how deep the rift between the two main hills were. There’s a nice little mini-canyon in between.

The time was slipping by, so I decided to head back the same way I came in and find a spot with a clear line to the horizon. The lack of clouds and the relatively clear air made for a very subdued sunset, but I always enjoy watching it from the desert.

This trail is a nice little workout full of surprises. I will be back again and make the entire loop. It looks like the way back is along a wash, so I might have to make my own trail back as I really dislike hiking in the sand.
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