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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 19 2011
jason1975
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44 male
 Joined Jan 18 2010
 peoria
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2011
jason1975
Hiking4.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.33 mph
500 ft AEG
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After my hike on Baldy Mountain last week, I wanted to get back out there and take on Governor's Peak, but heavy rain was the forecast. I had my teenage neighbors with me and didn't want to put them in harms way, so decided on Walkin' Jim.

Very very nice out walk indeed. I saw some rock carvings on a large bolder in the wash. They didn't look ancient, but neat none the less.

I wanted to do the whole thing but the teens were not digging the wet and cold. I told them to come prepared. haha.

I would like to do this again when the sun is out.
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Jan 24 2011
barrymarc
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 Photos 14
 Triplogs 13

51 male
 Joined Sep 23 2007
 Pheonix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2011
barrymarc
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.40 mph
1,500 ft AEG
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Interesting Hike! Saw three burros and one large cow.

The trail on the north side is easy to follow with lots of cairns. The west end and southwest side of the trail was challenging for me to follow. Some areas the trail is very faint with very few cairns. The southeast end of the trail is easy to follow and the trees have recently been trimmed. The GPS tracks were very helpful.

This was a beautiful hike. Great views of the lake.
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Jan 16 2011
ankaa
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 Photos 268
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44 male
 Joined Jul 10 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2011
ankaa
Hiking9.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   5 Hrs      1.80 mph
500 ft AEG
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Jan 05 2011
MEWhiteman
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 Guides 40
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75 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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MEWhiteman
Hiking8.65 Miles 1,288 AEG
Hiking8.65 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.47 mph
1,288 ft AEG
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Nice hike. Took 2 others who had not hiked it before and they enjoyed the hike. Didn't see any burros this time although they had obviously been around.
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Nov 26 2010
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2010
The_Eagle
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,778 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   6 Hrs   59 Mns   1.75 mph
2,778 ft AEG
 
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I've been eyeing this one for awhile now. My son was home on break, so it was a perfect day to eat away at the over eating from T-Day.

First....A big thanks to Bob Gregg, who has created and maintained the trails up here (quite recently actually). This was the first time I've hiked the northern portion of the loop and did not need GPS to guide me.

We followed the Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood Creek, to the newly created Big Jim Trail.
The Big Jim Trail (Newly signed) takes off from the western most portion of the Wakin' Jim Trail.
This trail takes you to the saddle almost directly north of Peak. 3465. From here, my son and I cairned a trail to the top of the peak. It's about .6 mile to the peak. We thought we'd be one of the first to ever get to this remote peak..... but after reading the peak log that was placed in 1993...... we were the first since 2008.

Excellent 360 views from the top!

We were very lucky to stumble across a rock that was engraved with the name H T Sprouse Jan 26th 1902 (See my pictures).
So there was a 108 year span from first to last on the peak!
Saw 6 wild burros on the way back to the TH.

Great weather! Great Hike!
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Mar 28 2010
hhwolf14
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41 female
 Joined Oct 13 2007
 Loveland, CO
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2010
hhwolf14
Hiking9.00 Miles 500 AEG
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My first plan was a long hike in Sedona, but after a long week, and a long run Friday my body cried mutiny and launched a snooze button attack. So, closer to Phoenix it was. :) It's quite green in this area right now, with several pools of water still standing, and the wildflowers are starting to take off. All the green makes following the trail a little more interesting in places, but not too bad with the numerous cairns. Unfortunately it also means some of the cholla and cactus are a bit hidden, as Marley found out. Poor guy, he's a trooper- but if you bring your dog, bring trail shoes and tweezers for him. The adventure started by following the guy on his bike with his dog riding shotgun in the sidecar, and ended with a donkey charging out of the creekbed in front of us. Lol, I love hiking, you just never know what you will see!
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Feb 20 2010
The_Eagle
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63 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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The_Eagle
Hiking10.00 Miles 2,487 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   2.14 mph
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My son was home from ASU for the day with the intent of going hiking with the Old Man. We planned to go back out to this track, as last time we tried it it was later in the day, with no map or GPS. That day we followed the faint trail an Carins until we lost them 3 miles or so out, and returned to the truck via the washs.

So... with all the rain today we could have stayed home, watched some college basketball, or watched curling on the olympics... but we chose to go out and make the best of it. We were also on a mission to find the elusive wild burros that were rumored to be in the area.

A couple of takeaways from the hike today... First, I have a great time hiking with my son. Next, there's a peak out there that my son and I have a decided we "Have" to climb (Pike's Peak, has anybody out there ever climbed that one?). Last....Is this really a desert? We were both amazed at how GREEN everything was out there. Check out some of the Photos. We had a couple of side trips on this hike. One was to get to the top of a smaller peak in the area to get some better views of the Lake on the way back in.
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Feb 01 2010
scottfyfe
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 Photos 214
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43 male
 Joined Nov 02 2006
 Sabattus, Maine
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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scottfyfe
Hiking6.00 Miles 500 AEG
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Attempted to get up to burro flats but due to the recent rain the road was closed. Since I drove all the way up I thought I'd just explore around a bit. On the way up I saw a car parked along the road at what looked like a trail head. It turned out to be a great little hike. I just followed the diffrent paths and wandered up washes. at about 2.5 miles I bush whacked up to the top of a peak and got a great view of Hells Gate. I saw a huge carcus of a dead something. Horse or Cow I think. I also found a bunch of sweet petrogliphs around some of the washes.
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Dec 25 2009
JoelHazelton
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33 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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JoelHazelton
Hiking5.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.50 mph
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Christmas hike with my mom. I promised her wild burros and unfortunately we saw none :( Sorry mom... Hiked the trail out to the wilderness boundary, then returned via the creekbed. The trail is definitely the more enjoyable route.
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Dec 02 2009
MEWhiteman
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75 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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MEWhiteman
Hiking8.76 Miles 1,370 AEG
Hiking8.76 Miles   4 Hrs      2.19 mph
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Great day for a hike! Did it clockwise this year as we did it counterclockwise last year. The trail was faint in some places, and it was easy to go astray due to all the animal trails. The GPS track was helpful, so we didn't go too far off course. Saw some cattle and wild burros. Met the gentleman who blazed the trail and maintains it and we thanked him for his efforts. He was off to do some maintenance on this day. He said he named the trail in honor of Walkin' Jim Stoltz. This website is about Stoltz - http://www.walkinjim.com/
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Apr 05 2008
e005229
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 Photos 180
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61 male
 Joined Nov 25 2005
 el mirage, az
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2008
e005229
Hiking9.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.70 mph
500 ft AEG
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I was expecting this trail to be kind of a snooze what with it being relatively flat and not that far from town. But I was pleasantly surprised. This hike shows how beautiful the desert can really be. There were wildflowers galore and many of the cactus were in full bloom, too. That and the hills were covered in a lush, green overgrowth. Also,saw more wildlife than I expected...everything from hawks to burros. Aside from a couple jets that were bound for Luke, it was quite peaceful out there. Saw no one else till I got to the very end where I met up with a group on horseback. All in all a nice hike close to home.
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