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Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood Creek - 25 members in 71 triplogs have rated this an average 3.4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Feb 27 2016
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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LindaAnn
Hiking12.47 Miles 2,409 AEG
Hiking12.47 Miles   7 Hrs   4 Mns   1.97 mph
2,409 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
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Whitney and I wanted to get a longer desert hike in before it gets too warm, and I had already chosen this one for myself for today, so she decided to join me too. We started at 7:30, and were both actually cold at first. No complaints from either of us on that, since we knew we'd be hot later. Heard a lot of burros for the first mile or so, but never saw any--darn, maybe next time. Turned off toward the peak, and made our way up--running into 'hikerdw' and his family on their way down. We hung out at the top for a while, I left a new notebook and pen at the summit register, then headed back down. By then it was hot, but we completed the loop and got back to the car by 2:30. Fun day, and fun hike!
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Feb 27 2016
The_Whit
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 Phoenix
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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The_Whit
Hiking12.47 Miles 2,409 AEG
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2,409 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
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Feb 18 2016
RowdyandMe
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 Deer Valley, AZ
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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RowdyandMe
Hiking12.36 Miles 2,517 AEG
Hiking12.36 Miles   7 Hrs   11 Mns   1.98 mph
2,517 ft AEG      57 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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This was my first time on this trail. The weather was perfect as Rowdy loves cloud cover over sunny.
I only saw one donkey and one hiker and a few cows and really that was about it.
This hike has some really beautiful views in just about every direction.
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Jan 28 2016
AZWanderingBea
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 Phoenix, AZ
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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AZWanderingBear
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,778 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   7 Hrs   2 Mns   2.03 mph
2,778 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break16 LBS Pack
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Looked like a great day for a little solo hike. I've had 3465 in my sights for a while now. Set off fairly early (for me any way). Saw three hikers on the way in and only one on the way out. These trails don't get much traffic which is nice.

Wasn't sure what to expect once I turned north and headed up. The trail is faint in a lot of places, but there are a few strategically placed cairns to help. Having the track loaded in my GPS as a back up was comforting.

No real problems getting to the summit. I moved cautiously since the Gecko had reported some bees around the summit cairn. There were a few buzzing around but nothing too threatening. Signed the summit log in a small corner under Mr. J. Cleghorn's bold signature. A new summit log would be nice, but unfortunately I didn't have anything suitable with me. Took some time to enjoy the fantastic views and have a snack. Even had cell phone reception for a check in with Headquarters.

The trip down is challenging in spots with all the loose scree on the trail. I brought my trusty staff and put it to good use.

Unfortunately didn't see any burros today. Did hear the echoes of one braying down in the canyon while up at the summit.

Really enjoyed this hike. Love the profile of this peak. Now I can point it out when driving past and say, "yep did that one back in '16."
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A few ocotillo blooms and scattered globe mallow. Will be a nice spring out here.

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Some pools down in the stream below the spring.
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Jan 21 2016
GlacialDrift
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 Goodyear, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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GlacialDrift
Hiking8.25 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking8.25 Miles   3 Hrs   7 Mns   3.15 mph
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Great day to be outside! I met some friends this morning by Lake Pleasant for some off road fun that was followed by a quick lunch. Since I was in the area, though with limited time, I planned on hiking the Walkin' Jim Trail. There were two other vehicles at the TH (non-hikers) and I didn't see anyone during the hike. I saw 4 burros (I managed a picture of one), numerous quail, and not much else. On the return leg I did follow the wash for awhile, just to check it out, then turned back to pick up the trail. I'll post up a few photos. Cheers
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Dec 27 2015
JasonCleghorn
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44 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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JasonCleghorn
Hiking10.50 Miles 1,800 AEG
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So....

How well do you think a summit attempt of 3465 would go with my 66 year old Floridian father in law?

Just..... short of the saddle...

The joys of a 3.5 MPH hiker hiking with a 1.75 MPH hiker...

Saw 7 cows and a human on the trail, a first for me out there...
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Nov 07 2015
Eartheist
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48 male
 Joined Jul 16 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Eartheist
Hiking11.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
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Did this with the Dude, nice hike through the desert, didn't see another person on the trail all day. Dude hiked up the Big Jim, while I waited at the base in a nice shady oasis. Hoped to see some wildlife and did see a burro who made sure we knew he was there, but that was about it. El Duderino, what do you think my AEG was on this? Seems like a little more than 500.
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Nov 07 2015
The_Dude
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 Phoenix, AZ
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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The_Dude
Hiking12.59 Miles 2,586 AEG
Hiking12.59 Miles   6 Hrs   23 Mns   2.39 mph
2,586 ft AEG   1 Hour   7 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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This was our low desert alternative for the weekend since we had turned chilly! The Earthiest and I had plans of a west Sedona camp and hike, but with the temps getting low last week this provided itself as a good cool weather alternative. We put down some tents on the northwest side of Lake Pleasant for later, and started hiking about 11 a.m. Great weather all day, sunny and not too hot. The Walkin' Jim is a nice steady trail, just rolling hills over to the Big Jim turnoff. We made it about a quarter mile up the spur and the Earthiest decided to take a little siesta while I knocked out the peak. Fun mountain to climb, but the trail disappears almost completely after the saddle. There are some cairns to guide the way, but no worries just finding the path of least resistance. Took a quick break up top and headed back down to meet my compatriot. We continued on in our CCW direction to complete the loop. Lost the trail quite a few times on this section, while some areas are heavily cairned this part was not. This is better described as a cairned cross country route than a defined trail for long stretches, I almost felt like it would have just been easier to follow the wash than to try and follow a track. I probably looked at my gps on this hike more so than most any other recently. Made it back to the truck right before sunset, and then headed back to camp. Started up a fire so we could cook dinner and cracked a few cold ones, camping started out perfect. We were sitting around the fire about 9:30 finishing off a beer and getting drowsy when 3 trucks full of teenagers pulled up about 100 yards from our camp. They started yelling back and forth, f-bomb just about every other word, and then proceeded to start chopping down some mesquites to make a 20' bonfire. At 10 p.m. When one of them fired up a quad qt 10:30 to go tearing around that settled it, we packed up camp and killed the fire in about 10 minutes and were on the road back to the Earthiest's pad for one more beer and the couch. Definitely a grumpy old man moment, but it was pretty hard thinking about going to sleep knowing these jack :pk: 'es would not be stopping anytime soon. Lesson learned, last time I try to get in a camp at an accessible place near town. Hike was great, and camp was good too except the end of the night shenanigans.
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May 17 2015
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 phoenix, az
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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trekkin_gecko
Hiking11.95 Miles 2,316 AEG
Hiking11.95 Miles   5 Hrs   34 Mns   2.62 mph
2,316 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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while this might be a better winter hike, we had a perfectly cool day in may for it
another west side peak that's been on my wish list
followed the eagle's route, going counterclockwise on the walkin' jim loop
saw one burro from a distance and another one close up
trail was in good condition and quite well cairned
not much elevation change until the big jim intersection
big jim goes up to a saddle and there a decent use trail to the peak
the final push was fun, with some scrambling and a little bit of route finding with an occasional cairn
more on rock than through sticker bushes and cactus, but with tall grasses and foxtails
great 360 views from the top and we spent at least 30 minutes snacking, looking around and just enjoying the nice day
the summit register jar is sad shape
the lid has a hole in the top and as others have said, the papers are quite fragile
i brought a new notebook and pen, but didn't read bruce's comment about needing a new container, too
put my items into a double ziplock and then under the original glass jar
as i went to rebuild the cairn...
john: were all those bugs up here earlier?
me: uh, those are bees :o
apparently there is a hive just over the dropoff and something had disturbed it
we vacated the premises and started down
took the long way back, completing the walkin' jim trail
some pools of water in most of the washes
heard before we saw two sets of burros on the way down 8)
seven in some trees about halfway down, and three in a wash closer to the end
finished just after noon
still serving breakfast at the brass rail :) - thanks, john
enjoyed this hike and getting out on the west side
good company, too ;)
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May 17 2015
johnlp
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 chandler,az
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking11.95 Miles 2,316 AEG
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First time hiking the Jim trails. Remote area for being so close to town. No sign of anybody else being out there since the rain Friday.

Nice cool temps. Humidity was high, but a breeze kicked up the second half. Saw enough flora, fauna, etc. to keep the hike interesting the whole way. Always fun to see and hear burros.

Breakfast at the Brass Rail after. The waitress thought my beer selection would go well with pancakes!

Good times. Thanks Kelly. :)
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Apr 25 2015
mazatzal
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,778 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   1.93 mph
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Cloudy and overcast all day - kept the temps down. Hadn’t been on these trails and enjoyed the loop and spur part way up to the saddle / summit.

Got rattled at by a buzzworm but didn’t see it in a large bush. Heard 5 or 6 burros and saw 2.
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Mar 22 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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burntlizard
Hiking11.20 Miles 500 AEG
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I chose this trail to take a colleague on a nice "not in the city" hike. As usual, everyone for whom I take out here just loves it. This is the real deal, no people, no crowds, plenty of wildlife and picturesque scenery. The Burros were active today and we saw 4 of them, in addition to Red Tailed Hawk, Coopers Hawk, and a boat load of birds, both locals and vagrants. We hiked to the Big Jim junction and had our lunch. At this point we went about a mile up the trail and contemplated doing the Peak 3465, but it was almost noon, getting warm and we were on our last bottles of water and Power aid, so we decided to try it another day, smart choice.

The blooms are becoming spectacular, especially the Orange Globe Mallow and Brittle Brush :kf: There were also a lot of Mexican Poppies, Blue Dicks, Paintbrush, some Mariposa Lilly, Desert Gold, rough Menodora, Desert Star, Lupine, Spike Broomrape(I have never seen these before), and all the flowering cacti! ;) Yes I looked all these up

Now to a more serious issue :scared: We had a 3 ft Western Diamondback strike at my friend, with no warning! I really thought he was hit. My friend Joe crapped his shorts and stroked out at the same time, while jumping 3 ft in the air :stretch: .

QUESTION for whom ever is reading this - How come rattle snakes are no longer warning us? This is the third one that I've encountered that never even raised their rattle, eventhough it was right along the trail. Is this normal behavior?
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The blooms are becoming spectacular, especially the Orange Globe Mallow and Brittle Brush There were also a lot of Mexican Poppies, Blue Dicks, Paintbrush, Lupine, some Mariposa Lilly, Desert Gold, rough Menodora, Desert Star, Spike Broomrape and all the flowering cacti! ;)
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Mar 14 2015
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 Tucson, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.90 Miles 663 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   3 Hrs      1.97 mph
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Wanted to show off one of my favorite corners of the valley to a new hiking partner. So the agenda was to get out of town, find some solitude and track down some wildflowers. From reading some of the assorted triplogs from the past few weeks my expectations were low on finding a good display.

Headed out on the Walking Jim trail going counter clockwise. A few wildflowers here and there, but nothing major. Once we hit the Little Jim we were greeted with some impressive displays of wildflowers. Enjoyed a wonderful time snapping a few pics, taking in the views and looking out for burros.

Intersected back with the Walking Jim trail and the wildflowers dropped off again. So Little Jim is the way to go to see a few flowers. Despite an almost perfect day for hiking, did not see another person on the trails. I'm always surprised that such a great trail so close to town is always free and clear of crowds.
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Pretty light on the Walking Jim, saw some buds so it might look nice next week. Little Jim has the more impressive display.
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Feb 11 2015
AZWanderingBea
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 Phoenix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
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AZWanderingBear
Hiking9.60 Miles 1,716 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles   5 Hrs   6 Mns   2.67 mph
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Looked like a great day to be outside, so we packed up the truck and headed west. Walkin'Jim had been on the to do list for a while. Close by, decent distance, some elevation gain and we knew this area had lots of views and critters.

Just a few cars at the trailhead and we only saw one hiker at a distance all day. Stayed down in the wash bottom for the first half mile just to check it out. Still some rock pocket pools of water from the rains scattered along the wash. More water at Walkin' Jim Spring, but just a little bit of a flow. Warn enough that the algae is blooming all green and scummy.

Took a detour along part of Little Jim and then back tracked. Stopped at the intersection with Big Jim, but put that off until another day. Took a light lunch along the trail and then pushed on. Ran across a young muley doe lounging in the midday. She trotted off a ways but then stopped to watch us move on up the trail before going to find herself a shady spot for more rest.

Love how many of the rocks here have lichen all over them. Very colorful.

About 3 miles before reaching the truck, and not around anything resembling civilization, my hiking partner asks from behind me, "what's this thing", holding up an 18 inch crowbar. "Its a crowbar and before you ask I don't have any idea what it is doing here." Now I have a slightly rusty new old crowbar. Amazing what you find along the trail.

Foot sore and happy, we headed over to Oregano's in Cave Creek for suds, salad, and pizza.
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Seeping into the wash. Pools and some light flow down in the wash.
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Feb 02 2015
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 Peoria, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking8.80 Miles 1,160 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   4 Hrs   6 Mns   2.47 mph
1,160 ft AEG      32 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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I haven't hiked from this trailhead since 2011, and it was just a short climb up one of the nearby bluffs, so I decided I should hike this loop once and for all. I got up early to get out in the area for sunrise too so I could try out my new camera. I got it for Christmas been the last month has been pretty busy so I'm just barely getting around to trying it out. It's a Sony a5000, so it's pretty similar image quality to my old Canon dSLR, but for a fraction of the weight and bulk. I used to take a couple shots around sunrise along Castle Hot Springs Road, and took some walkabout shots with it during the first part of my hike. So far, I really like it :) . The hike itself was pretty sweet. I hit the trail just after sunrise, and I set a leisurely pace and took some photos. I always forget that the Hieroglyphics are so pretty and not too far from home. The vast majority of my hikes lately have been mundane in-town exercise hikes, so it was refreshing to get out and have a wilderness experience. I breaked for a snack about 4 miles in, at a nice little open flat spot looking up at the mountains. On the way back I tried to set a quicker pace but since the trail gets hard to find in spots, I kept having to stop and figure out where to go. Saw three wild burros at about mile 5 and another couple around mile 7. Saw a bright red cardinal just after the second burro sighting. Caught a couple nice views of Lake Pleasant on the way back too. Not a bad way to spend a Monday morning. Hope everyone had fun going to work :sl:
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Jan 24 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Peak 3465 Hiero Mtns - Morgan City Wash Loop, AZ 
Peak 3465 Hiero Mtns - Morgan City Wash Loop, AZ
 
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joebartels
Hiking18.95 Miles 3,034 AEG
Hiking18.95 Miles   9 Hrs   43 Mns   2.24 mph
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Returned after a short sampler of Cottonwood Creek in 2007. A healthy forest of saguaros offers photogenic sun events on the horizon. Peak 3465 steals the show protected by waves of black jumbled rock on the ascent. Gnarly lichen accents demand your attention. Distant views are pleasing. My favorite being the Sierra Estrella range standing proud in the sonoran sea of wannabee peaks.

A large balance of this loop was nice yet forgettable after Peak 3465. We stumbled upon old jeep trails that now look to be cattle fairways. Anti cairnopelli would be no match for a few of the route guidance markers along the way. We only witnessed signs of cattle. The patties now in a styrofoam consistency may indicate winter absence?

We saw two burros and heard another pack out of sight. Two inch disintegrating hay bundles throughout with concentrated piles on occasion suggests a large presence.

Finishing up on the southern Walkin' Jim Loop offered the most stunning views of the day. Lake Pleasant sings on the horizon. Panoramic views sweep through downtown Phoenix with its tiny skyscrapers offering wow scalism.

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Immediate area looked dry. Looks to be piped to a tank in the creek. The tank was 2/3rds full with a healthy leak so it must be getting a good flow.
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 Gilbert, AZ
Peak 3465 Hiero Mtns - Morgan City Wash Loop, AZ 
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rayhuston
Hiking18.95 Miles 3,034 AEG
Hiking18.95 Miles   9 Hrs   43 Mns   2.24 mph
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Nice, long loop hike in the Hieroglyphic Mountains on a gorgeous day. Please see Joe's (or Bruce's) trip log for the route taken. It was chilly (mid-30's) at the start and warm at the finish (mid-70's).

The highlight of the day was peak 3465, which offers outstanding views of Lake Pleasant and the surrounding countryside. More fun as we went off trail looking for an alternate route down and around the mountain to our next destination (Pike's Peak), hoping to save some of that hard earned elevation. We didn't save much, but we found a cool route through a pass that had a man made rock wall at the top. Big, heavy rocks that would have taken some time and effort to build. Not sure of its purpose; there is an easy route around it, albeit a couple hundred feet down and half mile longer if you dropped down into the canyon below.

Dropping down from the pass, we aimed for a creek. I went farther left, down a drainage and landed on a trail that turned out to be part of the Burro Flats Loop. We followed that for awhile, but realized it was taking us too far away from our second goal. We turned south and headed uphill hoping to follow a ridgeline back towards our goal. We took a break at the top of the hill and decided there wouldn't be enough time to accomplish all that we set out to do, so we headed towards Morgan City wash to continue on the loop.

The wash provided some easy walking for a few miles. Nothing exciting here unless you're on an ATV, but we made good time getting to Bog Ranch, which is not worth your time unless you like shooting up stuff and leaving a mess. The place was trashed.

Another off trail excursion to hook up with the Walkin' Jim trail. I enjoyed this section. The wild burros cut some nice trails through here. Two of them stopped and posed for us as we passed by (see Bruce's photo set - mine didn't make the grade). They were more beautiful in person. Lot's of beautiful saguaros through here. We took another break in this area to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

We linked up with the Walkin' Jim trail and closed the loop with Joe singing songs. How a guy can sing after 18 miles is beyond me (I was hanging on by a thread). More outstanding views as Lake Pleasant came back into view.

This was the second longest hike of my life. Well worth it, but I was a tired puppy at the end.
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Jan 24 2015
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Peak 3465 Hiero Mtns - Morgan City Wash Loop, AZ 
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Hiking19.89 Miles 3,013 AEG
Hiking19.89 Miles   9 Hrs   45 Mns   2.34 mph
3,013 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Still dark, the day started off to a brisk and breezy 35 degrees. We covered the 4 miles to the "Big Jim Trail", quickly to warm up. From here you climb +2200' to the summit in less than 2 miles. This is the first time since the end of 2010, that I've done this hike. Back then, there was no defined trail from the end of the "Big Jim Trail" to the top. This has been getting noticeable traffic and has been flagged in spots.

The view from the top is still one of the best in the area. It took a while to re-find the 1902 inscription, but Joe spotted it.

The next person up, should bring a new summit container and log pad. The past records are getting trashed. It was too fragile to take out of the jar.

We picked a route down the backside that was slow going, but not too bad. We luckily ran into the "Burro Flats Loop Trail", saving us some brush fighting. We bailed on target two for the day and set our sites for the Morgan City Wash. The 4.5 miles in the wash drug on, but were easy miles.

On the way we stopped at the Bog Ranch area, right off the wash. This area is a disgrace with all the shot up stuff and shell casings everywhere.

We got out of the wash at Tule Spring and started the cross-country burro trail trek to meet up with the "Walking Jim Trail" and the truck.

Another fine day in the Hieroglyphic Mountains, with still some unfinished business.
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Pikes Peak Tule Spring

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Catchment was full and pipe was dripping clear water

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There was some pooling in the area
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JasonCleghorn
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Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking12.20 Miles 2,778 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.44 mph
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I love the smell of burro poo in the morning, said everyone that's ever done this trail! Saw about 20 burros, a tarantula, a coyote and several red tailed hawks.

I did however learn a valuable lesson today. If you only have HAZ and the cairns PAY attention to the cairns. My cell went dead with about 3.5 miles left and though I was never in any danger and knew which direction to bushwhack, in another situation it could have been bad.
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Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking6.44 Miles 733 AEG
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Have a special HOA meeting tonight at six -- I am on the board -- so did not want to be dragging back into town late afternoon, with no time to unwind, stop sweating (essential before showering), shower, and get my mind straight on the issues. So, decided to do Antelope Peak (more of a mesa) on the east side of Yarnell.

Unlike black toes ( http://hikearizona.com/photoset=27281 ), I figured I would start at the water tank, as there is a jeep trail at least part of the way up. Unfortunately, it is posted "No trespassing". So, I drove down the road a block or two to where black toes started his hike. It too is posted "No trespassing". Bummer. I'll cross a fence, figuring the fence is to keep animals out/in, but if it is posted, it would just not be neighborly to do so. Plus, the DPS cop shop is one building away from the tank. :stop:

So, what to do? :-k I did not want to drive further up the road to Wilhoit, adding time to my day. (I've been there enough that I could have adlibbed a hike.) Vulture Peak? Nah, not long enough. So, I settled on Baldy Mountain / Francis Rogers. It would be hot, with some elevation and distance but not too long. Got on Castle Hot Springs road and could not find the jeep trail you are supposed to turn down to the TH. Walkin' Jim it is, then.

It was 94 when I started at 7:50, and humid (though not too bad), with 100% cloud cover and absolutely no breeze whatsoever. :sweat: But I was d***ed if I wasn't going to get my miles. Got to Little Jim in good time -- 3.0 mph avg -- and considered: Is it hot enough that I should take that short cut back, or should I press on? I decided to continue, as I did not want to wuss out too much. About then, at 10:00, the sun started coming out and a very welcome slight breeze began. It was kinda 50/50: Yeah there was breeze, but there was also more sun. :|

I have never seen so many cairns as on Walkin' Jim, particularly the northern half of the loop. :-s I thought ~30 in three miles on Trail #245 was a lot, but in the one quarter mile I counted, by the first gate, there were 21. 21! :o And I did not count piles that looked like knocked over cairns. Some were so close that the natural variation in the GPS could make the first appear past the second. :roll: I don't recall it being that way on my previous trips. And, unlike Trail #245, they did not look ironically placed.

I got to the first open area, just past the flourescent rocks, and considered again. I was at the point that it would be about seven miles, and it was already over 100 and heading north. So, rather than do the full loop, I started back on the southern section.

By the time I was .75 miles from the TH, I was not enjoying the prospect of climbing over the last small ridge, so I dropped into the wash. There was actually a small puddle there. Just past the puddle was a very desicated horse corpse. A few hundred yards on were two wild horses, a brown one in decent shape and a white one that was not looking good. :( They were friendly enough. Despite sweating buckets, and peeing dark gold, I tried offering the skinny one some water, by pouring it near his nose, hoping he would tilt his head up and get some drops. No go. So, I poured it on a rock I hoped would hold it long enough he could get a sip or two. I also broke up and scattered about two energy bars and some cheesy crackers. Skinny white horse did not seem too interested, but the brown guy had a few bites.

When I got back to the TH it was 107. :sweat: :sweat: :sweat: Definitely the hottest I have ever hiked, but I made it without heat stroking, so I do feel like I accomplished something besides weight loss. :D

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Sorry for blabbing on. The triplog is waaaay longer than the hike ...
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