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Oct 08 2016
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Bursera-National-Lost Mine loop, AZ 
Bursera-National-Lost Mine loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 08 2016
LindaAnn
Hiking8.46 Miles 2,326 AEG
Hiking8.46 Miles   3 Hrs   37 Mns   2.41 mph
2,326 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
Pleasant early morning hike with Daniela. We went up Bursera, then followed the ridgeline for a while, cutting down roughly even to where Bursera crosses the big wash. Then we went west on Gila for a little bit, over the ridge and connected to National on the other side. Took National east to Lost Mine, then down, and back to the trailhead. Nice weather all morning--cool and breezy--except for on Lost Mine, I swear there is NEVER a breeze on that side of the hill. Didn't see anyone else until we were back within 1/2 mile of the trailhead.
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Aug 31 2016
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Bursera-Gila loop, AZ 
Bursera-Gila loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2016
LindaAnn
Hiking7.35 Miles 1,352 AEG
Hiking7.35 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   2.48 mph
1,352 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Denny & I wanted to check out the construction going on at the far southwestern end of SoMo, and this morning was the perfect chance to head over there. We started at Pyramid trailhead and headed up Bursera. , Near the top, there was a speckled rattlesnake napping in the shade next to the trail, I don't think it even noticed us. After that, we stayed up on the ridgeline instead of following Bursera back down into the valley.

Construction going on on both sides of the ridge, but it's not Loop-202 related. There is a road being put in on the south side, and then leading up and over the ridge, basically extending Shaughnessey Rd further west. On the north side of the ridge, they are grading for the new neighborhood that is going to be built. I guess that project really is happening, but delayed quite a bit. Seems like a scenic valley for homes, but once the freeway is put in, I think the road noise will echo up that valley, especially since the wind usually comes from the west.

We followed the new fence line east from the end of the ridge, crossed the wash, then took Gila back east through the valley, over the saddle, and connected with Pyramid at the east end of the ridge Bursera climbs. Great breeze all day, which was good since it was pretty warm. Saw a couple of mountain bikers and a few other hikers, but a fairly quiet morning.
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Aug 31 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 77
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57 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Bursera-Gila loop, AZ 
Bursera-Gila loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking7.35 Miles 1,352 AEG
Hiking7.35 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   2.48 mph
1,352 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
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LindaAnn
Linda was nice enough to hike with me and show me around her turf. Within a mile or two we saw one of her rattlers. The snake let us go by without a rattle and looked quite comfy. We went over to check out the construction on the west of Bursera Ridge. I guess Linda is right. What I thought was the start of the freeway is the start of a housing project. It's not that far west of the Bursera Gila junction. We took the Gila back which was my first time on this section. Nice trail. It even had a little mine. It just started to warm up the last mile or so. Thank goodness for the breeze. It kept it comfortable for the whole hike. Great hike and company! :y:
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Aug 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
 
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2016
LindaAnn
Hiking10.10 Miles 2,370 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   3 Hrs   49 Mns   2.73 mph
2,370 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
It looked like this morning would be just cool, cloudy, and breezy enough to do my usual weekday loop. Started at 7:30, and headed up Bursera. I've never really cared for Bursera, and today was no different. Part way up, I spotted the back half of a rattler along the trail, jumped a mile, realized its head was already well into a hole in the ground, felt silly for jumping like that about a snake that posed no threat, took a few pics, and kept going. The last half mile of Bursera, from the wash up to National, is still kind of a mess, but no worse than the the last time I was on it.

Just after I started to head east on National, I could hear something walking on the rocks ahead of me. I looked around for a second and then spotted a tortoise just off the trail. I took a bunch of pics, and thought it was so cute that I'd really like to hug it, but it hissed at me, so I moved on after a few minutes.

The rest of the hike was pretty quiet. I thought about cutting the loop short at the Ruins trail, but since I didn't work out at all yesterday, decided to get the full ten miles in. Only saw six people today, all near the trailhead. Nice day, but I'll be glad when it's a little cooler.
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Aug 03 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
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57 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking6.40 Miles 1,717 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   3.15 mph
1,717 ft AEG
 
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This trail doesn't get enough love. That being said I was thanking the good Lord for the clouds and the breeze. I hit the trail at 5 am. I was looking down the mountain when the Ranger showed up to open the gate. It was 5:19 . The sun was kept at bay for almost all the climbs. :sweat: What a sweat fest :sweat: . Most South Mountain trails are the climb up, then the stroll back down. This one has 3 ups if you go out and back. I guess that's why the love isn't there :lone: :) . Even the Millipedes shun it. I only saw two of them and two hikers. Did a face plant on the way down ](*,) . Blood comes out of these self wicking shirts really well :thanx: .
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Mar 18 2016
bkraay
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37 male
 Joined Dec 28 2013
 Maricopa, AZ
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2016
bkraay
Hiking4.10 Miles 1,042 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   2.28 mph
1,042 ft AEG
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1st trip
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I am taking a moment to welcome myself back to Hike Arizona! Admittedly, life has changed drastically since I was rather regular in using the site and sharing triplogs and photo sets. Truth-be-told, I sort of lost myself in someone else—which is not a bad thing, but I started working out away from the mountains. Engaged and in love, my fiancée has told me many times that she would love to start hiking with me, and today was the big day—and little hike. We set off from the trailhead around 5:30 for a sunrise hike, and it did not disappoint. It’s funny how time changes us—time away from the mountains makes me crave it, and these were the first steps of rediscovering a lost love, with a new one. The weather was crisp, a cool 59 degrees when we set off. We moved quickly and comfortably across the desert floor before turning back westward in our ascent up the “hills.” Perched atop one of the peaks, we took in the beautiful sunrise at 6:33am before heading down and off for coffee. To culminate the wonderful hike (more wonderful for secondary and tertiary reasons than the actual trail…), I’ve returned to the mountains and received a text message two hours later reading: “Now I get it. I understand why you’ve needed this. What hike are we doing next…and when?” Oh, how I’ve missed the mountains.
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Feb 04 2016
SkyIslander18
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49 male
 Joined Sep 29 2004
 Small Town USA
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2016
SkyIslander18
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,050 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
1,050 ft AEG
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Clockwise lasso loop, Pyramid - Bursera - Gila - Pyramid.
Solo, very few others, great weather.
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Feb 02 2016
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 Feb 02 2016
LindaAnn
Hiking11.38 Miles 2,532 AEG
Hiking11.38 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   3.08 mph
2,532 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
Usual loop while the kids were in school. Cold & windy, but nice for hiking.
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Jan 18 2016
Tim
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57 male
 Joined Feb 25 2002
 Scottsdale
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2016
Tim
Hiking5.25 Miles 1,225 AEG
Hiking5.25 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.33 mph
1,225 ft AEG
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I pushed off from the trailhead at 10:45 as I got a little later start than I wanted. It was a beautiful day with the temperature at 51 degrees. I went out the Bursera Trail and crossed over to the Gila Trail at the saddle on that short but well worn connector trail. I continue west on the Gila and came back on the Bursera. I again crossed over on the connector trail and returned on the Gila Trail to the 17th Avenue neighborhood access where I'd parked my car. A big figure 8 loop if you will. The hike came in at 5.35 miles with 1,225 feet of AEG in 2 1/4 hours.
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Jan 16 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
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57 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2016
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking6.40 Miles 1,717 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   2 Hrs   1 Min   3.17 mph
1,717 ft AEG
 
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I hit the trail around 7AM and did an out and back. I used my stats from last year as today's stats seemed high. Great to be out on trail. :D
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Jan 09 2016
Nightstalker
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 Photos 5,200
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Bees Knees LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2016
Nightstalker
Hiking8.39 Miles 2,081 AEG
Hiking8.39 Miles   4 Hrs   32 Mns   2.31 mph
2,081 ft AEG      54 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Finally got down to South Mountain to do the Bees Knees loop. Had 5 of my bestest hiking buddies join me. We did the loop counter-clockwise, which worked great as the Lost Ranch Mine Trail is really steep and loose. Great hike. Great views!
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Jan 08 2016
knmurphy
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39 male
 Joined Aug 03 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Pyramid National Bursera Loop, AZ 
Pyramid National Bursera Loop, AZ
 
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knmurphy
Hiking10.00 Miles 2,516 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   3 Hrs   19 Mns   3.09 mph
2,516 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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One of the more enjoyable loops I've done in South Mountain so far.
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Jan 05 2016
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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LindaAnn
Hiking11.15 Miles 2,304 AEG
Hiking11.15 Miles   3 Hrs   58 Mns   2.88 mph
2,304 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
This was almost like two hikes in one. The lower elevations were cool and cloudy, but no wind or rain; and the higher elevations were cold, foggy, and windy, with a heavy mist/light drizzle. It was a very enjoyable hike though, and was fun to be out in the fog. Only saw two other people, both near the trailhead.
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Dec 29 2015
LindaAnn
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 Guides 17
 Routes 354
 Photos 2,164
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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
Hiking11.15 Miles 2,274 AEG
Hiking11.15 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   2.72 mph
2,274 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
Did a nice afternoon hike with my friend, Daniela. Started from the Pyramid TH around 2pm, headed up Bursera, farther west on Gila, then back east on National, then down Pyramid. Very nice day--cool but not windy. Only saw a few other people.
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Dec 25 2015
LindaAnn
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 Guides 17
 Routes 354
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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LindaAnn
Hiking3.60 Miles 688 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   2 Hrs   6 Mns   1.82 mph
688 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Took the kids on a short Christmas afternoon hike. Went up Bursera to the saddle, then down to Gila(?) and back to the trailhead. Chilly breeze, especially when only moving at the pace of a four year old. Heard a lot of coyotes, but didn't see any.
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Dec 11 2015
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
Hiking11.43 Miles 2,419 AEG
Hiking11.43 Miles   4 Hrs   57 Mns   2.83 mph
2,419 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
 
Super nice day for a hike, I love cloudy weather. Started out on Bursera, then about 1/2 from the end of it, kept going west another 1/3 of a mile or so, then crossed over low saddle and connected back to National over there. East on National, then decided to go up Goat Hill. While I was up there, I could hear what sounded like someone walking on the ridge to the east of me, so I started looking and finally spotted three javelinas (the adults and a baby) walking around up there. I took a few minutes trying to get pictures of them, then headed back down. A few minutes later, I crossed paths with a hiker headed the opposite direction. I said hi to him and let him know there were javelinas just ahead and above him, then we started talking. Forty-five minutes later, we had exchanged numbers and email addresses and planned three or four hikes to do together in the near future--easy to coordinate schedules since I don't work, and he's retired. After that, I had some time to make up, so I half-jogged over to Pyramid and then down and back to the car.
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Dec 06 2015
Harry
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79 male
 Joined Jan 21 2004
 Chandler, AZ
Bursera Saddle, AZ 
Bursera Saddle, AZ
 
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Harry
Hiking3.70 Miles
Hiking3.70 Miles   2 Hrs      1.85 mph
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Nancy & I hiked 2 hours starting at 9 am. Starting at West end of Chandler Blvd & 19th Ave we hiked feeder trail (start of Pyramid), Bursera to its saddle, Gila back to the feeder and feeder back to car. I'm guessing 3 miles. Easy to find. Wouldn't it be better if all the Phoenix Park Trail signs were at intersections? Seems strange to find them randomly along a trail yet very few at trail crossings. This is so out of both Pima Canyon & Chandler Blvd/19th Ave trailheads.
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Dec 01 2015
LindaAnn
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 Guides 17
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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
Hiking10.26 Miles 2,271 AEG
Hiking10.26 Miles   3 Hrs   39 Mns   2.88 mph
2,271 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
My usual hike while the kids are in school. I know I'm probably in the minority, but I LOVE the cooler weather. Anything around 40 degrees is perfect for me, so I thought this morning was great. Only saw a few people all morning. Whatever mountain biking event went on this weekend didn't do anything to help the condition of National at this end. And, what's up with all the hearts drawn with rocks on National between the turnoffs for Ranger and Pyramid? It seems like that stretch has a new one every time I go through there lately.
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Nov 22 2015
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
Hiking10.41 Miles 2,296 AEG
Hiking10.41 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   2.58 mph
2,296 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
This weekend was pretty much a bust for me getting any hiking in--I was getting over a cold/sinus infection, then my son caught it from me. By this afternoon, I was crawling up the walls. My usual Sunday evening hiking partner said she could start early today, so we met at the Pyramid trailhead around 3:30. It's funny, she's hiked these trails with me before, but never during the day, so she was excited to see everything. We started on Bursera, headed east on National, stopped and looked at most of the old mines, up Goat Hill (a first for her), then back to the trailhead on Pyramid. The weather was warm enough for a tank top the entire time. When I did this at night last week, I was freezing with multiple layers on, much warmer weather today. Only saw three other people the entire way. Heard a few coyotes, but didn't see anything.
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Nov 17 2015
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
Hiking10.24 Miles 2,384 AEG
Hiking10.24 Miles   3 Hrs   59 Mns   2.78 mph
2,384 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
Nice hike while the kids were in school. Saw quite a few people (for a weekday) on the trails this morning.
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