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Feb 27 2017
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Bursera-National-Pyramid loop, AZ 
Bursera-National-Pyramid loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking10.42 Miles 2,346 AEG
Hiking10.42 Miles   4 Hrs   49 Mns   2.22 mph
2,346 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
Another 'Housewives of Ahwatukee Gossipfest' with Celina. We got started around 8:15, and headed up Bursera. I was quite impressed with the volume of wildflowers along nearly the entire length of the trail; the poppies were closed today due to the cool temps, but still quite nice to see. We headed east on National--plenty of flowers up there too--then down Pyramid. Ran into @juanjaimeiii and a friend of his on Pyramid, quick introductions all around, then we continued on our respective hikes. We finished up around 1:00. Nice day with the cool weather, clouds, and breeze.
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Feb 26 2017
johnlp
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62 male
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 chandler,az
Somo Wildflower Recon, AZ 
Somo Wildflower Recon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2017
johnlp
Hiking13.32 Miles 2,372 AEG
Hiking13.32 Miles
2,372 ft AEG
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1st trip
Checking out the wildflowers on South Mountain was this hike's objective. Denny's pics of the Bajada looked good, so I wanted to get over that way. Started hiking from the Chandler Blvd trailhead. Up Ruins, east on National to Goat Hill, down Ranger, west on Bajada, east on National, east on Bursera, east on Gila/Valley View.

Wildflowers can be seen on all the trails. Poppies are in abundance. Nothing overwhelming, but a nice show. I saw poppies on 80% of the hike. Very nice day. Saw Sreeeram and friends on the Bajada finishing their Alta hike. :)
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Feb 19 2017
Tim
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57 male
 Joined Feb 25 2002
 Scottsdale
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2017
Tim
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.82 mph
1,125 ft AEG
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My buddy, Greg Steck, was in town visiting so I thought I'd introduce him to South Mountain. It was a terribly rainy weekend but the Gods were smiling on us as we got our hike in between the showers. We pushed off from the 17th Ave. neighborhood trailhead at 9:30 with the temperature at a balmy 50 degrees, but no wind. We did a loop of the Bursera and Gila trails and had the place to ourselves given the threat of rain. We gabbed a lot and caught up on the years so we weren't making the best of time and I was pretty winded. The 5.0 mile hike came in at 2 and 3/4 hours with 1,125 feet of AEG. It was 58 degrees when we finished and it started pouring on the ride home.
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Feb 11 2017
Harry
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79 male
 Joined Jan 21 2004
 Chandler, AZ
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2017
Harry
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,042 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.00 mph
1,042 ft AEG
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Locals call this hike the Bursera Loop: Pyramid :next: Bursera :next: down & across saddle :next: Gila East :next: Pyramid. Adam and I hiked the loop just under 2 hours. I estimate ~4 miles. Didn't have a lot of time and this fit beautifully. Such great trails in this area with fewer and friendlier hikers than the Pima CYN area. Adam (10 years old) is now a stronger hiker than I am. Love our hikes together.
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Jan 31 2017
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Pyramid-Alta-Bursera loop, AZ 
Pyramid-Alta-Bursera loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking16.57 Miles 3,634 AEG
Hiking16.57 Miles   6 Hrs   19 Mns   2.71 mph
3,634 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
Spent the day working on my shorts-knee brace-socks tan lines. Headed up Pyramid, stopping about a mile in to take off the long sleeve shirt, I shouldn't have even brought it in the first place. From Pyramid, I headed west on National, decided to skip Goat Hill since I wasn't sure where I would be on time today, then down Ranger. After crossing the road, I cut across a little bit, then got on Bajada and took it west to Alta. Up Alta, then around and up to Maricopa Peak from the west side. I thought about going up Maricopa from the east side, but I just did my nails last night and didn't want to chip the polish on the rocks the very next day. Laugh all you want, but the struggle is real. Quick lunch on the peak, then down to San Juan Lookout. I picked up National again from there, for the most boring two miles of my life, then at the saddle, jumped on Gila and took it over the ridge and connected with Bursera. Took Bursera all the way back. Only saw a few people today. Saw plenty of lizards, but luckily none of their slithery cousins. A little on the warm side for me, I wish we had last weeks temps again.
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Jan 27 2017
kingsnake
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
National Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2017
kingsnake
Hiking10.83 Miles 1,488 AEG
Hiking10.83 Miles   4 Hrs   26 Mns   2.44 mph
1,488 ft AEG
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I had planned to hike to Peter's Cave, but I figured the water might be up a bit too much with the recent downpours, plus my right arm is messed up and I did not want to do any excessive scrambling. Since it has been six years (and 12 days) since I was last did this loop, I figured I would make another visit. Plus, it would give me a chance to do an interim survey of some of the areas at the far end of the park, midway between my semiannual (April & October) Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway right-of-way hikes.

San Juan Road was closed off. Again. Is it ever open?

I parked at the "triangle" (the intersection of San Juan Rd and Summit Rd). At 0730, it was 42 in Phoenix, but only 35 at South Mountain. I wore a windbreaker. I went east down Bajada, then up Ranger. After I crossed Summit Road, the shooting started at the nearby range. I also heard coyotes.

I skipped Goat Hill last time; this time, I initially walked by the trail. The short summit trail was steep & slippery. Great 360 views.

On the way west on National, I checked out every prospect / mine, all of which I had merely eyeballed six years ago.

When I got to Bursera, I turned left/south. After descending into the valley, I turned west on Gila Trail, which at that point is a jeep trail. As I walked along Gila to the housing development, I realized my crappy Garmin 62S was going haywire, tracking me on top of a nearby ridge, instead of along the rather deep wash.

The housing area does not appear to have changed much in three months. After tearing down all the houses along Pecos Rd and in the Dusty Lane community behind the Vee Quiva Casino, it seems kind of wierd that a *new* development would go in between the two. Or that they would build it nearly up to the edge of the soon-to-be north bound lanes of the Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway.

Since I've been in the area so many times, I knew where I was despite my crappy Garmin 62S being so off, and I eventually found my way back onto National, and then Bajada, which is a drag with it's constant wash crossings.

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Jan 24 2017
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Bursera-Gila-National-Pyramid loop, AZ 
Bursera-Gila-National-Pyramid loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking11.23 Miles 2,521 AEG
Hiking11.23 Miles   4 Hrs   14 Mns   2.71 mph
2,521 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
One of the usual weekday hikes. Nice & cool, very clear air today. Took Bursera west to Gila, then Gila west and over the saddle to National. National all the way east to Pyramid, with a side to Goat Hill, then down Pyramid. Didn't see many people today.
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Jan 21 2017
rayhuston
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62 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Pyramid to Goat HillPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2017
rayhuston
Hiking11.98 Miles 3,266 AEG
Hiking11.98 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   2.59 mph
3,266 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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1st trip
I decided to check out the popular Pyramid Trail near the SW end and head up to Goat Hill. I slept in to allow the rainfall from the night before to run off a bit. I arrived at the TH at 9:30 and started about 10 minutes later. With few exceptions, the trails were in perfect condition: dry and firm, yet somewhat soft from the recent rains. An occasional puddle. Compared to my last couple of hikes, it felt like I was on a race track.

A relatively flat first mile allows for a good warm up before you get to the first ascent, around 800 feet in a mile. It looms before you as you approach. Blustery conditions kept me cool up that first hill and throughout the hike. The roller coaster profile of the National Trail keeps things interesting as you soak in the views. Goat Hill was the prize today. Excellent views all around. With access from three different trailheads, I plan to come back and loop in Goat Hill with some of the other trails on this end.

Heading back the way I came would have been a worthy hike, but I wanted a little more today. From Goat Hill, I continued west along the National, then took the Eliminator II Trail down to the Gila trail in the valley below, giving up almost 900 feet. I headed back up the Lost Ranch Ruins trail, checked out the ruins, then back up to the National trail. A down and up profile is an Achilles heel, so this was a good opportunity to work on it. It took the starch out of my legs.

Back on National, I continued west until I reached the Bersera Trail, then dropped down into the valley a second time. From the valley floor, Bersera climbs almost 600 feet before a final descent to the Pyramid trail. Finishing a hike going uphill is another Achilles heel. My legs were tired from the previous down/up; I was on fumes now. Time for some pain.

Nearing the end of the Bersera Trail, I got a good look at the dip I took on the Eliminator II and Lost Ranch Ruins trails. What was I thinking?! A couple of minutes later I could see the trailhead. A beacon at the end of a tough hike.

Great day on South Mountain. Wonderful hike and an excellent workout!
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Jan 16 2017
johnlp
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62 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Pyramid National Ranger Bursera Loop, AZ 
Pyramid National Ranger Bursera Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2017
johnlp
Hiking11.65 Miles 2,860 AEG
Hiking11.65 Miles   3 Hrs   37 Mns   3.33 mph
2,860 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
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Nice day for a hike. Cool and moist. Went up Pyramid to the National, west to Ranger, down Ranger to Summit Rd and back, on to Goat Hill, then west on National finishing on Bursera. Saw two coyotes. :)
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Jan 09 2017
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Bursera-Gila-National-Pyramid loop, AZ 
Bursera-Gila-National-Pyramid loop, AZ
 
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LindaAnn
Hiking11.53 Miles 2,655 AEG
Hiking11.53 Miles   4 Hrs   38 Mns   2.53 mph
2,655 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
Nice loop while the kids were in school. Cool & cloudy, and even breezy at times. Quiet morning, and I was able to get some reading done on my phone while I was walking.
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Jan 07 2017
JuanJaimeiii
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52 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Pyramid National Bursera Loop, AZ 
Pyramid National Bursera Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2017
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking10.20 Miles 2,380 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   3.26 mph
2,380 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Enjoyable hike this morning with Mr. LP. We had a chilly start but by the time we were heading up the Mountain things warmed up a bit. Saw several folks out enjoying a hike today. On our way out we saw a crazy man running with Hiking Poles! :o

Nice to see you Sam.
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Jan 07 2017
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Bursera-National-Lost Ranch Mine loop, AZ 
Bursera-National-Lost Ranch Mine loop, AZ
 
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LindaAnn
Hiking7.89 Miles 2,093 AEG
Hiking7.89 Miles   3 Hrs   34 Mns   2.39 mph
2,093 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Two sick kids = limited hiking options for me. Once they were settled this afternoon, I headed out for a quick hike. Started from the Pyramid trailhead a little after 3:15, and headed up Bursera. With the high clouds, I was hoping for a good sunset this evening. At National, I headed east, making a couple of little side trips to look at some mines. I startled several javelinas, but the glare of the sun prevented any good pics of them, so that was a waste of ten minutes of picture taking.

Sure enough, very nice sunset tonight, and I took plenty of pics as I was walking. I had originally planned to loop around and come down Pyramid, but my delays for the pictures, and knowing I had a rib-eye waiting for me at home, made me decide to head down Lost Ranch Mine. Turned the headlamp on about halfway down, but the moonlight probably would have been sufficient. Stopped at the two larger mines and watched the bats fly in & out of both of them, and took some video of them for my kids to watch. Heard a lot of coyotes today, but never saw any. Finished up a few minutes before 7:00.
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Jan 07 2017
johnlp
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62 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Pyramid National Bursera Loop, AZ 
Pyramid National Bursera Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2017
johnlp
Hiking10.20 Miles 2,380 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   3.26 mph
2,380 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
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Now that JJ is semi-retired, he is available to go hiking. We had to hustle so he could get home by 11 AM to go to work. :lol:

Saw one of his exes and Sam looking like a cross country skier, finishing his workout hike. Good times. :)
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Dec 26 2016
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Bursera-National-Pyramid loop, AZ 
Bursera-National-Pyramid loop, AZ
 
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LindaAnn
Hiking10.37 Miles 2,440 AEG
Hiking10.37 Miles   3 Hrs   46 Mns   2.89 mph
2,440 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
Daniela and I started around 5:30 and headed up Bursera. 36 degrees at the start, but the heavier jackets were quickly shed. It was quite breezy along National. Clear skies today, and we had some good views of the snow on the mountains to the north and east of the Valley. We made a quick side trip up Goat Hill, but didn't stay up there long due to the wind.

One note--one of the large rock "steps" about 10 feet below the summit of Goat Hill has come loose from the rain. I think nearly everyone who goes to the top of Goat Hill probably steps on that rock, so use caution. Might be best to just have that rock moved off to the side to prevent it rolling out from underneath someone, but I wasn't going to wrestle with a rock that heavy this morning.

After Goat Hill, we continued east on National, where we finally saw our first people of the day near the Pyramid junction. Easy hike down Pyramid and back to the cars, finished up at 9:20, and since there was no wind on the south side of the mountain, it felt a lot warmer than 40 degrees.
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Dec 13 2016
The_Dude
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bees Knees LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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The_Dude
Hiking7.77 Miles 2,021 AEG
Hiking7.77 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   2.93 mph
2,021 ft AEG      10 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Got in this one in the afternoon on the way home from work. I got started about 3:30 and it was pretty warm, but about an hour later some cloud cover came that made things perfect. Good grinder, I could tell I was still recovering from my chest cold from last week. I did this loop CCW so I could get the biggest elevation gains done first. This was my first time up the 'mine drop' trail, now I have officially hit all the trails in this part of the park. There were some really nice big Bursera on the south facing slopes, many with quite a bit of seed ripening. I got a text from a friend on the Bursera trail just as the sun was setting that he had an extra ticket for the Suns Knicks game, so I picked up the pace so I could make the circle around South Mountain and meet him down there. I warned him I might be a little ripe, but at least I had a clean shirt to change into in the car...Very exciting game, went to overtime and the Suns actually managed a win! Great finish to a good day, even if it ended up being a late one. Few things satisfy for dinner like overpriced stadium nachos and a Blue Moon. :D
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Dec 12 2016
Tim
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57 male
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 Scottsdale
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2016
Tim
Hiking5.90 Miles 1,050 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.44 mph
1,050 ft AEG
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I pushed off from the 17th Avenue neighborhood access trailhead at 9:00 with the temperature at a cool 50 degrees. I headed out Bursera and climbed up to the saddle just before the high point. I then scrambled down the connector trail to what I believe is the Gila Trail and took that all the way west to the new construction that is going on as part of the 202 Freeway alignment. This equipment staging area was posted with no trespassing signs which I adhered to. But this staging area was about a half mile east of the freeway alignment and had some permanent brick walls under construction so maybe this will eventually be a new trailhead with access from the new 202 on the west side of the park? I returned on the Gila Trail so this out and back came in at 5.9 miles with 1,050 feet of AEG in 2 hours and 25 minutes. The temperature was still a lovely 62 degrees when I finished.
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Dec 06 2016
knmurphy
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39 male
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 Chandler, AZ
Gila Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2016
knmurphy
Hiking5.40 Miles 1,188 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   1 Hour   21 Mns   4.00 mph
1,188 ft AEG
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Dec 05 2016
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Pyramid-National-Bursera loop, AZ 
Pyramid-National-Bursera loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 05 2016
LindaAnn
Hiking10.17 Miles 2,340 AEG
Hiking10.17 Miles   3 Hrs   41 Mns   2.79 mph
2,340 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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One of my usual weekday hikes, although I did make the loop in reverse of what I usually do. Went up Pyramid, east on National, quick trip up Goat Hill, then continued on National to Bursera. Turned off of Bursera and took Gila east to the saddle, then up to Bursera and took it back down to the trailhead. Nice day, very windy along National, not too bad anywhere else.
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Nov 29 2016
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Gila National Bursera loop, AZ 
Gila National Bursera loop, AZ
 
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LindaAnn
Hiking7.85 Miles 1,539 AEG
Hiking7.85 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   2.80 mph
1,539 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
Easy morning hike. Did sort of a lazy figure-8, started from Pyramid, then took Gila west, crossed Bursera, and kept going west on Gila until it reached National. From there, I took National east to the Bursera junction, then Bursera all the way back. Nothing too exciting, but pleasant enough on a nice morning. Crisp breeze, I wore a jacket on the shaded downhill sections, didn't need it any other time.
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Oct 31 2016
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Bursera-Gila-National-Pyramid loop, AZ 
Bursera-Gila-National-Pyramid loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2016
LindaAnn
Hiking11.02 Miles 2,483 AEG
Hiking11.02 Miles   4 Hrs   23 Mns   2.56 mph
2,483 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
Easy hike this morning. My hip has been sore for almost a week, and I didn't want to do anything to make it worse. Tried to keep a short stride on the uphill portions, and not go too fast on the downhills. Seemed to work out okay, no real pain today. I usually do this loop clockwise since I don't particularly care for Bursera and like to get it out of the way first. Took Gila a little farther west, then over the ridge to connect to National. East on National, skipped Goat Hill today, then down Pyramid. Only saw a few people, not much in the way of wildlife either, just some squirrels. Still warm, but better than last week.
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