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Bursera Trail - South Mountain - 25 members in 218 triplogs have rated this an average 3.2 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 05 2012
trekkin_gecko
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 Guides 5
 Routes 326
 Photos 3,965
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60 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 05 2012
trekkin_gecko
Hiking11.48 Miles 2,964 AEG
Hiking11.48 Miles   3 Hrs   29 Mns   3.38 mph
2,964 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
the objective today was to cover pyramid and bursera trails on south mountain
i've done both before, but at the time they were known as gila view and gila view west
up kiwanis, a short bit of national to pyramid, bursera, back east on national, down ranger and east on los lomitas
enjoyable loop with three good uphills
Named place
Named place
Goat Hill
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Apr 23 2012
jdashton
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 Photos 20
 Triplogs 2

63 male
 Joined Mar 27 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2012
jdashton
Hiking2.75 Miles 940 AEG
Hiking2.75 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.83 mph
940 ft AEG
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1st trip
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While I noticed the apparent destruction of the cairn at the summit of Pyramid Trail in South Mountain Park yesterday, I also found a new adornment on the summit of Bursera Trail.Please see the attached picture of the AZ Cardinals flag.
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Apr 22 2012
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 77
 Photos 7,178
 Triplogs 2,474

57 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2012
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking6.58 Miles 1,851 AEG
Hiking6.58 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   3.43 mph
1,851 ft AEG
 
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This trail is accessed from the Pyramid Trail.Take the Pyramid .44 miles and there will be a sign to turn left and start the Bursera Trail.It says it is 2.85 miles one way.Unlike the Pyramid trail that seems to go up the whole way to the National Trail and down all the way back.The Bursera Trail is one of those trails that seems to go uphill both ways :o.It is well groomed and signed.I only saw one jogger and one hiker.I can see why Chris and John like this area of South mountain.Nice hike and workout! :D The aeg is a guess.If someone wants to do and out and back on there gps,I will adjust mine. :D
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Apr 20 2012
MARLIN
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 Routes 1
 Photos 435
 Triplogs 113

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 Joined Jun 02 2009
 Chandler, AZ
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2012
MARLIN
Hiking10.20 Miles 2,367 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   3.06 mph
2,367 ft AEG
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Slowly getting ready for triple R.
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Apr 01 2012
jdashton
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 Photos 20
 Triplogs 2

63 male
 Joined Mar 27 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Pyramid to National to Bursera (Loop), AZ 
Pyramid to National to Bursera (Loop), AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2012
jdashton
Hiking12.00 Miles 1,257 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.67 mph
1,257 ft AEG
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1st trip
Great half day hike! Perfect weather in the 70's and nice cool breeze. Walked from home in neighborhood to trailhead at end of Chandler Blvd. Began on Pyramid (3.0 miles)...to National...west for approximately 6 miles to Bursera (2.85 miles)which brought me back to my starting point. About 1 hour from front door to peak on Pyramid (see cairn at peak). Continued west on National from which you now see downtown Phoenix/West Valley/Tempe/Scottsdale etc. Two caves along the way, and an open mine shaft. Descent down National before intersecting with Bursera was rather steep, and I was glad that I wasn't going the other way as the two bicyclists were while walking their bikes up the climb. Two bottles of water were sufficient for me in this weather. I only encountered a few people which was surprising, for being a weekend and such beautiful weather but there isn't much in the way of connectors with other paths in between except for Lost Ranch Mine Trail and Lost Ranch Ruins Trail which aren't marked from National so unless you are in this loop for it entirety, there's not much to shorten it. The end of the loop takes you back up an AEG of about 600 feet which was enough to slow me down considerably. I will definitely do this one again! (See photoset if interested).
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Mar 17 2012
MARLIN
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 Routes 1
 Photos 435
 Triplogs 113

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 Joined Jun 02 2009
 Chandler, AZ
Lost Ranch Mine TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2012
MARLIN
Hiking7.95 Miles 2,835 AEG
Hiking7.95 Miles   2 Hrs   54 Mns   2.74 mph
2,835 ft AEG
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Feb 27 2012
hippiepunkpira
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 Guides 25
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33 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 Peoria, AZ
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2012
hippiepunkpirate
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.57 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Sunrise hike and photo shoot. More walking that photo shooting, it seems. Decent area, enjoyed the lack of crowds.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
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Feb 24 2012
MARLIN
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 Routes 1
 Photos 435
 Triplogs 113

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 Joined Jun 02 2009
 Chandler, AZ
Ranger Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2012
MARLIN
Hiking13.00 Miles 4,036 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   4 Hrs   31 Mns   2.88 mph
4,036 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Feb 19 2012
JuanJaimeiii
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 Routes 562
 Photos 7,596
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52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2012
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking7.38 Miles 2,163 AEG
Hiking7.38 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   3.41 mph
2,163 ft AEG
 
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Went up the Bursera Trail to the National Trail and then down on the Lost Ranch Mine Trail. Cool Loop!

Not in Camp Verde! Something is not correct with the location.
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Feb 05 2012
johnlp
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 Guides 1
 Routes 9
 Photos 4,084
 Triplogs 3,144

62 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Lost Ranch Ruins TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2012
johnlp
Hiking6.10 Miles 2,250 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles
2,250 ft AEG
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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Jan 30 2012
johnlp
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 Guides 1
 Routes 9
 Photos 4,084
 Triplogs 3,144

62 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2012
johnlp
Hiking10.90 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking10.90 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   3.82 mph
3,000 ft AEG
 
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Up Pyramid to National, west on National to Goat Hill, further west and down Lost Ranch Mine (Mine Drop), up Lost Ranch Ruins, west on National to Bursera and back on Bursera to trailhead. Saw some poppies, fiddlenecks, a lupine, and a couple other kinds of flowers I don't know the names of. Getting very dry on South Mountain.
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Jan 14 2012
hikerdw
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 Routes 124
 Photos 2,251
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60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2012
hikerdw
Hiking11.30 Miles 1,257 AEG
Hiking11.30 Miles   4 Hrs   22 Mns   2.97 mph
1,257 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
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Pyramid/National/Bursera loop with a small detour to the ranch ruin.
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Jan 13 2012
MARLIN
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 Photos 435
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 Joined Jun 02 2009
 Chandler, AZ
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2012
MARLIN
Hiking10.50 Miles 3,053 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   3.33 mph
3,053 ft AEG
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Started late at 7am. Up Bursera to Gila to National down on Lost Ranch and Eliminator, up and down Pyramid. Used my new GPS for the first time.
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Dec 25 2011
hikeaz
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 Guides 5
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62 male
 Joined May 13 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 25 2011
hikeaz
Hiking2.75 Miles 940 AEG
Hiking2.75 Miles   1 Hour      2.75 mph
940 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Beautiful Christmas Day hike! Wonderful trail-work!
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Dec 23 2011
Randal_Schulha
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59 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2011
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking5.75 Miles 1,940 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles   3 Hrs      1.92 mph
1,940 ft AEG
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1st trip
See that the matrix of trails in this section of South Mountain are starting to get some official name markers.

Lynn, Skippy and I parked at the end of Chandler Blvd. Headed west towards the wash per the City of Phoenix "TRAILS" sign. Bursera Trail follows the ridge line west on a recently carved out trail. I can recall in past years, off-trail hiking along this ridge line, scaling some boulders along the route. The newly carved out trail is even possible for mountain bikes (and saw about a dozen bikes doing just that today!). After the ridge line peters out, it drops down into a wash. Bursera Trail continues up some switchbacks joining the National Trail. We took the un-named trail up the north side of the wash climbing up to a saddle before dropping down to the Lost Camp Ruins (or is it Lost Ranch Ruins?). I presume this un-named trail is the Ruins Trail, but then again there is a side trail that heads up to Lost Camp Ruins and over to the mines.

Eventually we join the Pyramid Trail and loop back to our truck parked at the end of Chandler Blvd. Desert floor is looking quite green. Looks like we are setting up for a great spring wild flower show! :)
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Dec 03 2011
johnlp
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 Guides 1
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62 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 03 2011
johnlp
Hiking10.90 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking10.90 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.97 mph
3,000 ft AEG
 
Time for the dogs to kick it up a notch. Threw in an extra 5 miles and 1000 ft. Zoey has a bad rear wheel and struggled a bit towards the end of the hike. Met Marlin (Chris) going up the National from the Pyramid intersection. Hiked up the Pyramid trail to the National, west on National to Goat Hill, further west and down Mine Drop (Lost Ranch Mine), up Ruins (Lost Ranch Ruins), west on National to Kebo/Bees Knees (Bursera) and back to 19th Ave & Chandler trailhead.
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Jan 16 2011
DarthStiller
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 Guides 15
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 Photos 5,894
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49 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Bees Knees LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2011
DarthStiller
Hiking12.30 Miles 2,857 AEG
Hiking12.30 Miles   6 Hrs      2.05 mph
2,857 ft AEG
 
Along with Mike, my friends Ed and Ted showed up for this hike. This was Ed's first hike ever, and he did pretty well for a newbie. We started from the end of Chandler Road and made our way to the Gila View West Trail and then hiked back on teh Valley Trail. Ed was pretty spent by the time we got off the ridge from the Gila View West Trail and was ready to go back. His total mileage was 6 for this trip, which was pretty respectable.

Mike, Ted and I then made our way up the Lost Mine Trail to the National Trail and took it west. Ted took the Kebo Trail back to the Valley trail back to his car while Mike and I added an extra 1.3 miles to the end of the National Trail and took an unnamed trail back to the Valley Trail and back to the TH. Our total mileage was 12.3 miles by my track and Ted's was probably around 11 miles. Ted will be hiking down S. Kaibab to Phantom Ranch and up Bright Angel in 2 weeks, so he got a good training hike in for that.

The weather was cool and windy in the morning and got a little warm in the early afternoon, but not too bad. We ran into some mountain bikers from Pittsburgh at the saddle of the Valley Trail on our 2nd go round and I talked some football ( :bdh: )while Mike waited very patiently.

Very nice area and I look forward to going back throughout the winter and early spring to do more of these trails. the views of the Estrellas were really nice throughout this one, also.
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Jan 16 2011
Mike_Fels
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 Routes 17
 Photos 470
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71 male
 Joined Jan 07 2010
 Chandler, AZ
Bees Knees LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2011
Mike_Fels
Hiking12.30 Miles 3,449 AEG
Hiking12.30 Miles   6 Hrs      2.05 mph
3,449 ft AEG
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1st trip
It was a great day for a hike, though that probably doesn't mean much as almost any day is a great hiking day to me. The Stillernator, two of his friends, Ted and Ed and I spent the better part of the day wondering around the South West area of South Mountain Park. We parked at the end of Chandler Blvd at 19th Ave. We stared out on the trail mikes hikes.net calls the Gila View West Trail until reaching where the Valley Trail looped back.

By the time we were half way back Ed was feeling pretty tired, it was his first venture at hiking. When we got to the Lost Mine trail Ed continued back towards the car, the rest of us headed up the Lost Mine trail. This trail turned out to be steeper than we had figured. But that resulted in some nice views.

At the National trail we noticed that the entrance to the Lost Mine trail was camouflaged. We headed west trying to keep an eye open for the other trails heading south. They must have also been camouflaged as we missed the Ruins trail and an unnamed trail. We did find the Kebo trail which Ted decided to use. The Stillernator and I kept on the National until the Valley West trail turned off at the saddle where the National descends into the San Juan valley. We followed the Valley West which turned into the Valley trail back to the TH.

I had been concerned about the trails being busy on a Sunday. But it turned out not being bad at all. We saw about 4 groups of bike riders and about 4 groups of hikers in 6 hours.
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