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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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Jun 07 2014
mt98dew
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 07 2014
mt98dew
Hiking8.83 Miles 500 AEG
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Did not get to the TH until a little after 8 and the lot (such as is), was already filled with ATV trailers. I had to park on the lake Pleasant side of the road because the other side was so full. Love this area. And it had been too long in between hikes for this trail. Did the hike counter clockwise. I'm surprised at how evident the trail is. Especially the northern section. I don't feel that this trail sees that much action, but the condition of the trail I dictates otherwise. The trail did get a little faint on the back end. But cairns were conveniently placed to help guide me along. I had tried to get a co worker to come with me on the hike, bragging about all the wildlife he would see. The first 5 miles would have made a liar out of me. The most exciting things were a soaring red tailed hawk and a jackrabbit, to go along with a dozen lizards and chipmunks. However, mile 6 and 7 brought a nice array of animals. This included a bounding deer, (which was gone before I saw more than a bounce of her), a black steer (which I was on top of and pasted before I even noticed him), a beautiful white stallion (it could have been a burro, but my heart says otherwise), a black burro, a very healthy coyote (keeping the rabbit population in check) and last a camouflaged brown cow hidden among the trees. This along with the scenery made for a wonderful hike! Temps weren't too bad being in the mid to upper 90's for most of the hike. Never saw any hikers and never saw, nor heard any of the ATV'ers. :D
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Apr 06 2014
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37 male
 Joined Nov 12 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2014
winotron
Hiking5.50 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.36 mph
800 ft AEG      10 Mns Break3 LBS Pack
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I was looking for a fairly easy trail with solitude and some nice scenery and came across the Walkin' Jim. I was also hoping to see some water, so the fact that it was right next to Lake Pleasant was a bonus. 31 years in Phoenix and I've never been to Lake Pleasant, so this was a good opportunity. I'd never heard of this trail until a couple days ago. We just did the Little Jim Loop, and we had the whole trail to ourselves today. Not bad for a weekend. :)

Getting to the trailhead was a nice drive...not a lot of traffic at all. The trailhead was full of trucks with empty boat trailers (even though it's on the opposite side of the road where the lake was...) so I wasn't sure at first this was the trailhead. It's not marked but it's the first big pullout on the left heading north on Castle Hot Springs Rd, and the CW and CCW trails start out right next to each other in the NW corner of the lot. We chose the CCW route.

Starting out you have nice views of the Hieroglyphic Mountains and you soon cross the creek bed. Completely dry, of course, but a nice shady spot with some big Cottonwoods. The trail winds around and crosses a few washes. This area seems to be thriving...definitely more scenic than your average desert trail. The trail is faint in some areas but it is well-cairned. These first couple miles are mostly flat, but it's a nice stroll. We passed under a low wire fence and curved down into another big wash. After leaving the wash we heard a burro up on the ridge to our left and spotted a group of 3 of them up there, observing us.

Getting on the Little Jim Trail you start to elevate, and this is most of the elevation for the trip. We started to feel the heat here with virtually no shade, but it's nothing too strenuous. You cross another big wash, and I was surprised to actually see a little water left here, with the water still trickling down slowly. Halfway through the Little Jim we saw another large group of 6 or 7 burros about 50 ft away in a wash, and a couple cattle hanging out under the shade of a large mesquite tree. The burros backed off as we went by and went up to the small ridge behind them and watched us walk on until we were out of sight. Pretty cool seeing such a large group of them. :)

Once getting back on the main trail it is fairly uneventful and you mainly parallel the trail you came from on the other side of the wash. There are a few more little ups and downs but again nothing too bad. Climbing up to a small high point you have the best views yet (on this small loop, at least) of the Hieroglyphic Mountains behind you. You also have a view of the lake in the distance for a bit. The deep blue waters of the lake really stand out in the desert.

This is a great area and a great hike. Loved the contrast in environments, and all the mesquite and cottonwood trees. Next time I'll try the whole Walkin' Jim Trail, and hopefully the whole Big Jim loop eventually. :) After the hike we stopped by Lake Pleasant to take a dip in the water and cool off.
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Feb 15 2014
MEWhiteman
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75 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2014
MEWhiteman
Hiking5.56 Miles 825 AEG
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Sam & I did the short loop on the Walkin' Jim and Lil Jim trails. Saw some cows and some burros.
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Nov 29 2013
Alston_Neal
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63 male
 Joined Apr 19 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2013
Alston_Neal
Hiking9.00 Miles 500 AEG
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Our son came in from Seattle for Turkey Day and so a post gorge fest hike was mandatory.
We haven't been doing much elevation change hiking, pretty much just flat hiking.
Well we got back into the groove and it felt great. Great day to be in the desert and even better with our son.
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Nov 09 2013
Nightstalker
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2013
Nightstalker
Hiking13.50 Miles 2,603 AEG
Hiking13.50 Miles   8 Hrs   38 Mns   2.01 mph
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Saw that Barrett and Spiderlegs were doing this hike today and talked my hiking buddy Dan into doing the trail too, but with a later start time. I had hiked Little Jim in the past and enjoyed it very much. Just hiked Burro Flats a few weeks ago, which passes the base of Peak 3465. All I did was stare to the top of this peak from below and think, I have to get up there!!

Hike in was great! Ran into Barrett and Spiderlegs on their way back down Big Jim, great to meet you guys and thanks for planting the seed to inspire me to attempt this trail today!

Dan and I scrambled to the top of 3465 from the north side and returned via the gps track to make a small loop out of the very top. Views from the top were 360 degrees of outstanding. Makes me want to return to complete the trio of peaks to the south, which includes Pikes Pike.

Dan slipped and twisted his ankle pretty bad on the way back down Big Jim, but was able to return to the trail head with the assistance of my hiking poles.
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Nov 09 2013
Barrett
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55 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2013
Barrett
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,778 AEG
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Pulled up to the trailhead at 5:27 am to find Spiderlegs ready to rock. We decided the north Walkin' Jim was a better choice for total darkness, so off we went, only losing about 5 minutes in a clearing trying to figure out where the trail went. Soon the sky began to lighten and we had a great clear sunrise just as we started the Big Jim trail. A perfect golden 3465' was in full view and I was geeked. It's not always practical or easy, but first light makes the boring interesting, and the interesting extraordinary.
The trail ended and the cairns began - a moderate scramble with no exposure and few annoying flora passed quickly, and we were at the summit register.
We spent about 20 minutes looking for the 1902 inscription, but failed to find anything anywhere near the top. :-k
On the way down Big Jim we ran into sleepyheads NightStalker and his friend on their way up. We exchanged cookie recipes and wished them luck.
We took the Little Jim on the way back for variety, and came across a spring that wasn't on the map. Spiderlegs waypointed it, but it's hard to say whether it flows year round.
We got back to the parking lot before noon - a perfect hike of a cool mountain with another HAZ member I'm glad to have met. In the future I think I'll go back to accessing this range from Morgan City Wash though, the Walkin' Jim trails are a bit long and nondescript for my taste.
I made a short video using the music of the late Walkin' Jim Stoltz, a prolific hiker who the trails are named after.
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May 20 2013
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 Prescott, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 20 2013
Heath_Nessa
Hiking5.00 Miles 500 AEG
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Hi everyone. New to the forum. I thought I would post about my hike today with my girl. Let me start by saying that the end of May is probably too hot to do this trail, as the temperatures in the creek bed seemed about 95 to 100 degrees when the wind wasn't blowing. We began by parking at the lot, and then headed down the right side trail. Massive saguaro, big barrel cactus and prickly pears were everywhere. The palo verdes were a nice mix with the mesquite and other trees that line Cottonwood Creek. After ducking under the rusted barb wire gate, we kept trecking over the zig-zagging trail. The variety of rocks on and along the trail and creek bed were amazing, and I actually found a baseball sized piece of pure white milky quartz. After going over a few hills and winding around what I believe was the end of the barb-wire fence we passed through before, we ended up at the intersection of Little Jim and Walking Jim trails. By this time we had used about a third of the two gallons of water I had packed in my backpack. Soaking our bandanas and hats with a little water, we decided to cut down the creek bed back to the parking lot instead of following Little Jim Trail, since it was getting pretty warm by noon. Around 85 or so on the trail. Not the best idea with the heat, as I said before. However, the hike down Cottonwood Creek was amazing in itself, besides the temperature. At least we had a nice and steady 10mph wind. The rocks lining the bottom of the creek are a myriad of shapes, colors and sizes. From bright red stones to iron pyrite. The boulders are pretty remarkable also, with some of them worn away and shaped crazily. The sandy bottom is a little difficult to trudge through after a while, since the different rocks often cause unsturdy footing, but if you're careful it shouldn't be a problem. I recommend ankle supporting footwear that won't be easily penetrated by the small foxtail plants that crop up. The banks of the wash are carved out in a few places to where they almost look like caves, and we heard the wild burros hee-hawing like crazy up above in a few spots. Keep an eye out for supposed petroglyphs on a boulder on the right side of the creek. Unfortunately, we missed the petroglyphs because by that time it was approaching the hottest part of the day. Passing the third copse of green trees in the middle of the wash, we came back upon the first place that Walkin' Jim crosses Cottonwood Creek. The shade of the trees, and the large flat rocks were a perfect place to rest from the heat before hiking back to the parking lot. While we were resting and rehydrating, a five foot long Bull Snake kind of meandered past us only a few feet from us. He took a good look at us, and then headed back to his dead wood pile when I stood to get a picture. All in all it was an excellent hike, with tons of wildlife. Even if it was a bit warm. I can't wait to hit Big Jim Trail and the peaks when it's cooler out!
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Dec 23 2012
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 Surprise, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2012
PhnxCaller
Hiking9.20 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   5 Hrs      2.76 mph
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I've wanted to tackle this trail for a while now. Got to the trail head at 7:30 AM, I was the only car there. My dashboard thermometer said wit was 38 degrees out....chilly! About 2 minutes into the hike I heard the unmistakable sound of wild burros...thought to myself, this was going to be a great hike. The trail dropped into Cottonwood Creek...which still showed some autumn colors. I was surprised to find frost all along the trail until about 9 o'clock. Met up with a about a half-dozen cows between the trailhead and the beginning of the Big Jim trailhead. Tons of rocks and boulders, beautifully painted with lichen along the entire length of the trail. I counted about 12 Wild Burros keeping an eye on me throughout the day. The trail is pretty level the entire time with a few hill-climbs. All and all a pretty good hike, took me about 5 hours to complete going 2.5 miles-per-hour (avg.) with plenty of breaks and lunch. Lots of Cholla so keep an eye out if you bring a dog.
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Nov 25 2012
mt98dew
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2012
mt98dew
Hiking9.00 Miles 500 AEG
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LOVED this hike. The trail was fairly easy to follow. There was enough prior use to make the trail fairly evident. Near the back end of the loop the trail does become more faint and it took me a little more time to negotiate. The trail is cairned throughout. I found one of the bigger dangers was mistaking game trails for an actual trail. Sometimes it looked as though they got more use than the actual trail.

Even though the foliage wasn't lush, there was a great variety. Based on previous write ups I was anticipating a lot of wildlife. I was almost 3 hours into my hike before I saw anything... and then in the space of a mile I saw a fox that was limping noticeable, a herd of cows which were just off the trail and four deer. I thought I might see some burros, but though I heard them several times I never saw them. I saw one lone hiker while I was out there and he was off in the distance, off trail, standing on a prominence.

The views were beautiful, though limited. For much of the time I was surrounded by higher elevation. There was spot, near the back end of the trail, (on this hike I was going counterclockwise) where I could look east and see 6 hills/mountains lined up behind each, getting higher in elevation as they went. It was a cool view and would make an awesome picture if you timed it right. It was until near the end of the hike that I saw Lake Pleasant.

I definetly plan on coming back and doing Big and Little Jim in the near future. :D
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Nov 01 2012
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2012
Sun_Ray
Hiking6.40 Miles 710 AEG
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Hiked with Judy and friends Howard and Ginger. The 'boys' were along and Kai did really well staying by me and on the trail while off leash. We did and out and back. Hope we would see a burro...but no luck today. Had the trail to ourselves with a 7:30 AM start on a Thursday.
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Aug 19 2012
burntlizard
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 Phoenix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2012
burntlizard
Hiking5.56 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking5.56 Miles   3 Hrs      1.85 mph
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Actually did the Little Jim loop. Very muggy after yesterdays 1.50+ rain fall and flash flooding. Trail was difficult to see in spots.
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Mar 12 2012
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 Phoenix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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burntlizard
Hiking5.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   1.65 mph
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This is a hike that a dad is most proud of. My sweet baby girl and I had the most wonderful time today; warm day, sunny weather and most important, time together :). My wife reminded me this morning that hiking with girls is different, than with boy's.... I was like different how? I found out quickly, when she came down stairs with yoga pants and a sports bra type top on.:lol: I was like, um OK!

All in all it was fun and quite the learning experience, for as, she is taking a cool biology class at U of A and I learned about nurse plants and their functionality. I returned the biology lesson and showed her the different types of flora and some geology as well. Our 1.65 mph snail crawl WAS refreshing, she turns Asian when the camera is in her hand..... 5 pictures of EVERYTHING :lol:

She was able to see, the 2 wild stallions, a random pregnant cow, many common sided blotched lizards, a greater ear less lizard, a big fat squirrel, a patch nosed snake? (she almost stepped on it), and lots of my favorite birds. The wild flowers will be pop-in soon too :kf:
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Feb 19 2012
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 Phoenix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Boscoaz
Hiking9.00 Miles 500 AEG
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I've spent a lot of time out at Lake Pleasant but have never hiked the wilderness are on the west side of the lake. This was a very nice area and I will definitely need to explore this spot a bit more.
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Feb 06 2012
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking13.25 Miles 2,778 AEG
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Was chomping at the bit to do this hike for a couple reasons and it will always be a special one for me. My girlfriend figured out how to download a route to my new etrex 30,(Massacre Falls here I come, third times the charm!) so my thanks for that, as well as to Coanbru for the route, without it I would not have attempted this hike. This was the first time I followed a downloaded route on my GPS, and I needed it! Having visited this area twice in the past month I knew how important it would be here. I had previously tried to do the Walkin' Jim trail and had lost the path. At the TH at 0650, waiting for the light, in the parking lot I spied something white on the ground. Dead animal? No. Trash. McDonald's bag and aluminum cans. What is wrong with people! Hit the trail and hiking along my merry way when about twenty minutes in I heard a loud ROOMPH! What the ....? To my right perhaps twenty feet away was a bull looking at me. Not knowing what to do I just stood there. We stared at each other for perhaps thirty seconds as I moved slowly to take a pic of him. I took two shots but in the morning light and with my crappy camera he came out as a blur. (Ugh!) He turned and went on his way, got a couple pics but he looks like a small brown dot. Okay my attention has been dialed up a notch! After some twenty five minutes of hiking I saw something brown up ahead, a brown head. Another steer? Cautiously I moved forward. Two wild mustangs. Not burros. I took pic after pic of them, but now after about five minutes of neither of us vacating the trail I was like, hmmm, guys that's where I need to go!Okay they were not going to move, so I did, down a small embankment into Cottonwood Creek. Keeping an eye on the area they were in I hiked a little ways and went over what I assumed was the Wilderness fence. As I did here was another rush of noise...what now? I had scared a group of birds out of a tree...dialing up my senses even more. Thanks to the gps route I found the trail quickly and went on my way. Peak 3465 loomed off in the distance, the goal, it looked far away too. Seemed the closer I got to it, the farther away it looked! Checking the gps route (awesome things these gps!) I noted that I went off trail a few times. Still heading in the right direction but not quite on that red path on the screen. This area, there is something about the terrain, there are lots of other trails about, but even lacking that it is easy to lose the way. It seemed that I was always looking for the next cairn, the next beacon, even if I could "see" a trail. As I reached the Walkin' Jim/Big Jim junction more route finding awaited. A faint trail in many spots, thanks for the cairns guys! I hiked into a creekbed before the ascent to the Peak, here I heard strange noises. What the heck is that? Could not identify it but it creeped me out. Cautiously I made my way out of that closed in area, and here was that noise again! Seemed like four times, getting closer? Okay I am moving! Started the ascent to what I would later call the First Saddle. Tight going here, getting a little steep on a loose rocky path. Looking for the markers as always. Made it to the First Saddle. Yaa! The view to the north from this point was awesome,my pics will probably not do it justice. Kept making my way up, following the route, cairns were hard to find at times. Had to stop many times to try to spot the markers. Then reached what I called Second Saddle. By a bush sprouting red flowers I heard a buzzing. A hummingbird. Cool. Just a few feet away I did what I could to get his pic. One thing I noted about this area, lots of birds, the sounds of them. Looking up I could see large brown boulders had to be traversed, reminding me of the summit of Peak 2191. Wow. Okay just keep climbing. Not there yet, almost. Finally I made it to the summit. Yaa! Strolled around the summit for some time, looking for two things: the notebook register and the rock inscription that Coanbru had found. I told myself I was not leaving the summit until I found them both. But where? Back and forth I went, looking. And then there it was, a glass jar reflecting off the sunlight. The register! Yes! Small jar with a rusty lid, I opened it and added my name to the page. Now for the other one, the inscription dated 1902. Where could it be? I checked out little rock walls at lower elevation, but not knowing the size of the carving I had no clue. I kept looking, now some thirty minutes later. Finally I said, oh well, I found the register, one out of two isn't bad. I decided to set up a few shots of myself looking out over the Wilderness. I set up my little tripod, took a few pics. Then changed the location, moving the tripod. I looked down to place my camera on another boulder and there it was! The inscription! Small, perhaps a foot square. Two for two! Now it was time to return, the goal accomplished, and also to get away from a bee that just loved hanging around me! I found the descent challenging, I had to reference the red route on gps. I was off trail, moving on fairly level ground when I felt a sharp pain in my left calf. What!? I had picked up a small cholla arm, it was buried in my ankle/calf pretty good. Had never done this before, in many years of hiking, now I used a comb to extract most of the spines, probably thirty. While I dealt with this there was the distinct braying of a burro not far below. (What you guys come all the way up here? Not now, I'm busy!) I continued along passing the two saddles, not too much pain in the punctured area. Reaching the creekbed where I had heard unidentifiable noises now I recognized a burro snorting. Again I proceeded with caution. Joining the Walkin' Jim trail I now could set a fairly fast pace, mindful of checking the gps every once in a while. Not one soul on the trail today, the car sat alone. Awesome adventure.
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Jan 13 2012
leonesiegel
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2012
leonesiegel
Hiking6.60 Miles 500 AEG
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This hike was not on my list, or even my radar, but seeing the pictures and not having hiked the area were the lure. Since I had to be at work this afternoon was limited to a three and a half hour window which I felt was adequate time to hike a trail this easy. At the TH well before sunrise, bout 0700, it was pretty cold, 41 degrees. Morning light on the hills and mountains were gorgeous. Interesting patterns of erosion in Cottonwood Creek and cool green lichen were a treat through the early going. Made really good time with the first two miles but then I hit a snag, lost the trail somewhere near the old jeep road. As long as I stayed near the wash I was good but I didn't see where the trail continued and after a while of exploring (knowing I had to allow time to get home to go to work) I decided it was best to return the way I came. Will return soon to complete the loop.
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Dec 30 2011
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 Glendale, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.80 mph
500 ft AEG35 LBS Pack
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12/30/2011 11am @ trail head, @ cottonwood creek, messed up big time, locked everything in car except 1 pistol & 2 walking sticks.. Any way, many thanks to the lovely young blond with the fantastic dark brown brinnel pup on leash who stopped to ask first my wife if she was OK then me if I was OK & then about the trails in & about Hell's Canyon & Walkin Jim, Much appreciated & hope you soon do the entire loop, it is SUPER for such an easy hike. DON'T BE CONFUSED, it is still a wilderness, desert hike, & all appropriate precautions MUST still be adhered to.
& to the couple with the VW buggy ( Which had trouble)Thank you SO MUCH for the water & offer of a ride, & the family's with kids & 4 wheelers.
the offer ( several times) of food, & assistance getting back home.
Thank you all very much. I sure hope all of you who were there today read this & get ahold of Lisa & I vie E-mail.... Take Care & Be Safe.... Larry & Lisa Wagner..... larryw410@gmail.com
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Apr 11 2011
ankaa
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 Phoenix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.00 Miles 500 AEG
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 Sunnyslope, PHX
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2011
kingsnake
Hiking9.04 Miles 1,606 AEG
Hiking9.04 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   4.08 mph
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Walkin' Jim Trail

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.

Report: Time out 6:12 a.m. 45 degrees, no breeze. Frickin' cold 45, it was. Could see fresh snow on the Bradshaw Mountains. Did the hike again as I had to turn back last time due to using too much time wandering seriously off track ( http://hikearizona.com/TL.php?ID=60542 ). This time I was ably assisted by the Garmin 60 CSx I purchased with Turf Paradise winnings from the afternoon after the last trip out here. It all comes together.

Couldn't take a whole lot of pictures due to my dumb self forgetting to recharge the camera battery, but I did get a few of dawn over Lake Plesant.

Proceeded a couple hundred yards to the first wash crossing, then turned into the wash: I wanted to find the petroglyphs. Did not see any likely stone walls, and was taking my time. Found an old piece of sheet metal in the middle of the wash. Just about a mile into the hike, on a boulder in the middle of the wash, there they were: Petroglyphs. Sweet! :y:

Continued up the wash a bit, then rejoined the trail just before the fence. The meadows of short grass were brown and dying, but there was like a wheat grass (for want of a better) term that really grew alot since two weeks ago. A bit better variety of flowers, but still not a lot. (Two weeks ago was just a few strawberry hedgehogs.)

Next time the trail crossed the wash was where the cows were last time, and it was in working my way around them that I got off track. A word about the scat: Some of the burros, or maybe it was cows, must have got some really nasty chili. No lie. Not firm lumps, or even patties, but splatter. Gross. In fact, the whole trail is thoroughly poo strewn. :sk:

Crossed over, heading out the way I previously returned. An hour into the hike, I crossed the jeep trail, which had been my bail out last time, and where I had previously seen two guys target shooting with bow & arrow. Due to having good visual memory, I could have done all this without the GPS, but from here on it came in very handy, as the "trail" continued to regularly disappear all way 'round until it rejoined with Little Jim. I would not want to do the full Walkin' Jim, or Big Jim, without a GPS. Route finding skills definitely required. :wrt:

So, on one of my meanderings off trail, I was ducking under a tree, but did not see the longest, thickest, sharpest branch that was right at crouch level. What a doof. WHAM! Ow! Bleeping bleep bleep mother bleep. Caught me just above the rim of my hat, and good thing to. Probably saved me from wearing the Crimson Mask. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimson_mask_(professional_wrestling) Still got a large welt though. :stretch:

Saw two herds of burros. First was about a half dozen, and as I saw them from a way off, thought they were cattle. Got a bit closer, losing site, and herd the burro snort. I saw them maybe 25 yards away. Took off my pack to get my camera, during which they ran about 100 yards further, into a wash. Tried circling down on them, but whenever I got closer, they would snort. Finally decided discretion was the better part of valor, and continued on my way.

Was on the horseshoe shaped loop about a mile from the trailhead, when I saw a large herd of burros in the wash, not too far from the petroglyph boulder.

Got back to the trailhead just after 10, and the buggy haulers were out in force. The area that was so peaceful at 6:00 a.m. was like Hwy. 51 at rush hour. Guess it is that time of the year when Phoenix gets away from it all by collectively shifting en masse 30 miles northwest to Lake Pleasant. :oplz: Oh well, at least I did not get accosted by a friendly dog with a dip stick owner, like last time.

Total damage? Cactus scar, heel blister (wet feet due to walking through the post rain storm dewy grass early in the morning), cut toe (and that was after trimming my toe nails on Saturday) and head lump. In other words, a good day! :D

Time In: 10:19 a.m. Duration: 4h 07m. Hike time, minus breaks, GPS reading, recovering from brain trauma, etc.: 3h 10m. Distance: 9.04 mi. Pace: 2.85 mph. 1606 AEG.
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kingsnake
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Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Mar 27 2011
kingsnake
Hiking7.00 Miles 500 AEG
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2011-03-27

Directions: North I-17, exit west Carefree Highway. Go 11.5 miles to Castle Hot Springs Rd, the third right after Lake Pleasant valley. Go 4.9 miles, to just before the stop sign at the t-intersection. (We drove left up the dirt road, just to see what was there, and saw three burros right next to the road.) Park in the "gravel pit" on the west side of the road. Trailhead is marked by a triple-diamond sign in the northwest corner of the lot.

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Time out: 7:03 a.m. Started counterclockwise, as a walk with my non-hiking stepson and wife (who has bad feet). Trail is definitely not "well worn" (per hike description), but is still fairly distinct -- mostly because the first two miles are through green ground cover. It's a very lush area, with lots of bushes and actual leafy trees. Only a few flowers, all on cacti. Did the first mile in a very casual 30 minutes, after which my family turned back and I forged on.

Just after the mile mark, on the north side of Hill 2145, I saw a herd of six burros high up the slope. I might not have noticed them, except I heard a loud snort and froze. Judging by previous triplogs going back a year, they are regulars in that area. 1.5 miles in, keeping my eyes on the footing in the wash, I looked up to see a horned cow about 20 feet away. :o My first thought was "bull". (But it wasn't.) I slowly backed away, figuring even it could not charge over the rocky surface. I worked my way along the north edge of the wash, avoiding the herd of four.

About two miles in, the trail leaves the south side of the wash. Unbeknownst to me, I missed the turn, and continued up the wash. When I crossed the jeep trail, I thought I was where coanbru's GPS track crosses the jeep trail, but upon further review (at home), determined that I was actually where the jeep trail crosses the wash a couple hundred yards northwest of Hill 2200. In other words, about a mile north of where I should have been. If you look at a topo, like I was, you can see where the two curves in the jeep trail would look very similar on the ground. After searching around for some cairns, I decided to bail south to the southern leg of Walkin' Jim Trail. So, when I hit what I thought was the southern leg, I was actually connecting up with the northern leg, where I should have been in the first place.

Figuring discretion was the better part of valor, and not wanting my wife to worry back at the trailhead, and wanting time to shower at home before heading over to Turf Paradise, I headed east on the trail. Saw a neat red rock formation with flourescent green moss. Passed the Walkin Jim' wood sign. Descended into a familiar wash. Realized what I had done. Maybe I should have bought that GPS on Saturday. :roll:

Passed a couple of gals, one shouldering a tripod. Let them know there was a couple of guys target shooting with a bow up by the jeep trail. Significantly picked up the pace. As I was crossing the last wash, the one with the leafiest trees, just before the trailhead, came upon an unleashed dog. Thought it was a stray at first, as owner was no where to been seen. Luckily it was a friendly dog, but it began putting its paws on me which is not good. Stayed calm and tried to shoo dog. Saw owner out of corner of my eye, and asked her to call her dog. Her response? "Do you have a dog biscuit?" Pumpkin no, lady, I got my pockets full of raw steaks, what the pumpkin do you think? Pumpkin idiot. :x Finally shooed dog, made it back to trailhead, kissed wife, and bailed up the road before dipstick and her dog made it back.

Time In: Unknown, too busy bailing. Duration: Unknown. Hike time, minus breaks, map reading, etc.: 2:55. Estimated Distance: 7 mi. Pace: 2.40 mph.

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p.s. - I hit a quinella, exacta and trifecta at the races, so it ended up being a successful day, and will help finance the GPS. :D
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Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Feb 24 2011
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Hiking7.10 Miles 909 AEG
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Saw my first wild burro! :y: Some along the road to trail head, five along the trail. Would not have seen them if one had not brayed at us. Judy, Java and I did this counter clockwise...going out 3.5 miles then returning. We both liked this hike as lots of little ups, downs and around. Someone put a lot of time into cairns, but we needed them in some spots. No one else on the trail on this Thursday morning.
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