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5 by photographer avatarYoder
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Coon Bluff LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking4.50 Miles 780 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   2.76 mph
780 ft AEG      5 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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We decided to to a quick hike. We hadn't been to this general area yet, so we decided to give it a try.
Got there pretty close to sunrise, but we could see this area is heavily utilized, were worried about running into other folks on the hike, but it turned out we didn't meet anyone on the trail, although the parking lot had lots of horse trailers when we got back.

For the most part the trail is relatively easy to follow, but I don't think the trail GPS track follows the existing trail at this point in sections. We just decided to follow the marked trail, and we eventually ended up at the parking lot at the east side of the mountain, Pretty much the most western section of the hike, We did see a faint trail heading south, which is the direction we needed to go to loop around the mountain, so we followed that. Lost the trail a couple of times (GPS maps shows there are no trails in this area). The off-trail hiking wasn't for too long, and the desert made for easy hiking. Eventually we came out of a wash and onto a ridge (as we were hiking in the south direction). The ridge had a trail heading East, so we jumped onto this, and although we did manage to get off the trail once(not sure how!) we re-located the trail pretty quickly. The trail becomes more and more prominent as you continue East until you hit another parking lot. From the parking lot the trail even gets bigger, so no missing that! Followed the trail east to the trailhead.

Overall it was an okay hike, but the general area is heavily utilized, and you can see the highway and recreation areas for a good percentage of the hike, so you don't really get the out-and-about feeling on this hike. I think this area may be a good prospect for some night hikes, Not locked gates at night, and it seems many of the trails should be easy to follow.

I'll post the GPS track if you want to follow it, you should be on a trail for about 90% of the time.
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