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Bursera Trail - South Mountain - 26 members in 227 triplogs have rated this an average 3.1 ( 1 to 5 best )
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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
 
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking7.89 Miles 2,093 AEG
Hiking7.89 Miles   3 Hrs   34 Mns   2.39 mph
2,093 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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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
 
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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
 
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2016
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
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2016
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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58 male
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 Scottsdale
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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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
 Joined Aug 03 2008
 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
 
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2016
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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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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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 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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Oct 08 2016
LindaAnn
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 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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 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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 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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 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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 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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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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 Small Town USA
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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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
 
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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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58 male
 Joined Feb 25 2002
 Scottsdale
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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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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 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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 Phoenix, AZ
Bees Knees LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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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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