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Nov 03 2015
tibber
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63 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2015
tibber
Hiking5.17 Miles 803 AEG
Hiking5.17 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   3.20 mph
803 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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won't get to hike this weekend so wanted to get in a hike during the week PLUS I'm trying to get back in hiking shape. I left work 10 minutes early and hiked from the 104th Street TH. There is a sign up there, actually 2, that do NOT want people hiking after sunset or before dawn.

The temp was perfect as I had hoped. I hiked over to the Gateway Loop to hike clockwise. Between the Levee Trail Jct to the Gateway Loop Jct that road is pretty rocky; I don't recall it being that way but maybe I've just forgotten. I only saw 6 people on the way up including a runner that I thot was BobP but it was a BobBunne. My goal was to make good time and keep up the pace which I did. I did my circle at the saddle and then headed on down. I saw nary a soul the entire way down. I did take the Paradise Trail over to the Levee Trail and did stop to take a picture of some poofy clouds behind the McDowell Peaks :D and the large saguaros in the foreground.

I had forgotten how long that Levee stretch can be. It's kind of fun to hike it now because the brush is growing on each side of it so it's like hiking on a lane. I ran into some folks at the Levee-104th St Jct and advised them to head over to Gateway for the more scenic route they had for 30-45 minutes of time they had. And then it was on Basha's to pick up sushi rather than my usual reward, a piece of pizza.

When I loaded up my route this AM I was surprised to see how fast I went for me. Whoo hoo! After tonite's Barbell Strength Class at the club, I will have exercised 4 days in a row; maybe I'm turning into a trekkin gecko? ;) Oh wait, I can't run. :(
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Oct 10 2015
The_Dude
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 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
McDowell & Drinkwater Peaks, AZ 
McDowell & Drinkwater Peaks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2015
The_Dude
Hiking9.15 Miles 2,612 AEG
Hiking9.15 Miles   4 Hrs   6 Mns   2.64 mph
2,612 ft AEG      38 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Oh, this one has been on the to do list for quite a while. My wife had something going with the kids this morning, so this gave me a chance for the rare Saturday hike. I got over to the 104th street trailhead about 7:20 to start off for the day. I usually like using the smaller lot so I can avoid the Gateway crowd as much as possible...Uneventful trip to Bell Pass, made it there in 1:09 without any breaks, I am pretty happy with that. Here is where the trip started getting interesting. I basically followed Trekkin' Gecko's track up the east side of McDowell. The scramble was better than I anticipated, there are lots of things to poke you, but the footing is pretty stable all considered. The genus Cylindropuntia (Chollas) is well represented out here for sure...Topped out on McDowell and started the traverse to Drinkwater. I stayed on the ridgeline and had no problem making my way across, if you have done Camelback from the Cholla side this is no big deal. I took a break on Drinkwater to enjoy the views, and then started my way back around. Instead of summiting McDowell again I thought I would skirt around the west and south face, pretty sure this did not speed the process and might have taken longer in retrospect. Found my line to head back down to the Pass again and then hightailed it to the truck. Brought 3 liters and ran dry right as I got on the Levee trail fro the return, plenty of water back at the truck. I have now officially climbed all 5 of the bigger peaks in the MSP, woo hoo. Great hike!

P.S., Has anyone ever seen the purported bicycle patrol threatening to ticked off-trail hikers in the MSP? I have hiked out there at least a dozen times (both on and off trail) and have never seen these guys. Has anyone else???
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Sep 05 2015
Crzy4AZ
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46 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Levee Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2015
Crzy4AZ
Hiking3.16 Miles 344 AEG
Hiking3.16 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   1.90 mph
344 ft AEG
 
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Wanted to do an easy family hike for Labor Day weekend. We did one car at Bell/104th and then other car at MMR community center. Brad and I had big clippers to do MSC Patrol trail maintenance. Following rules and regs from the City to prune back intrusive growth. Brad carried George and he got the tall stuff. I did all the back bending and crouching to cut back overgrowth. The canyon sage was out of control on Paradise trail along wash crossings. I knew from MSC digital patrol on Instagram that trail runners felt Paradise trail was overgrown. Need to go back with bigger clippers to really get all the wash crossings in good shape. But sun was setting and had to get back to the car.

Passing by our future-new-house is pretty darn cool. Can't wait to have Paradise trail as our "backyard". Levee trail is also unbelievably overgrown with creosote on both sides and down the median - will need several people with big clippers to really prune that back - maybe when weather gets better. Posted again to City about the poor condition of Bell/104th St trailhead parking lot. I'm about to go to Lowe's and buy some sand and gravel and get that gutter lip filled in. Summer rains have really made it worse. Will pester construction & maintenance chair at the next MSC event.

Brad went home to watch Auburn game - and I took kids to Twisted Lizard for an intentionally slow dinner. Then to Cream City Cafe for ice cream before home.
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Aug 02 2015
Crzy4AZ
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Paradise Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 02 2015
Crzy4AZ
Hiking3.10 Miles 557 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   1.62 mph
557 ft AEG
 
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We finished negotiations on a house that has a property line with Paradise Trail - inspections next week - and although I've hiked it a bunch - Brad has never been on this trail. So I wanted to show him Paradise Trail and our new house from the trail! You can't see the house from the trail but I know about where it is - there's a hill/ridge blocking view. We went up and around a little - saw the blanched shell of a dead desert tortoise. Then back Levee to 104th (two car shuttle). Gorgeous light through clouds at sunset. Then dinner at Mesquite Grille at MMR golf.

Can't wait to move into the new house! Backyard is the Preserve - dream come true! I can do MSC patrol from the patio in the hot tub LOL :lol:
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Jun 28 2015
Crzy4AZ
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Paradise Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jun 28 2015
Crzy4AZ
Hiking3.58 Miles 470 AEG
Hiking3.58 Miles   1 Hour   17 Mns   2.79 mph
470 ft AEG
 
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Sunday morning early hike - first time hiking after a medial collateral ligament injury in Florida early June. Wearing my knee brace and using poles. Did fine. Not even that slow.

Parked at MMR community center. Took Quartz :next: Paradise :next: Levee :next: 104th St trail :next: MMR neighborhood sidewalks to our house. Then Brad took me to go get my car later.

Haven't been on Paradise trail in a while. Beautiful morning light. Nice to live in a neighborhood right up against the Preserve - which was created to prevent more neighborhoods being built LOL. The parking lot at Bell/104th TH is in bad shape - reporting it to MSC/City. Needs fill in gravel and sand badly.
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Jun 07 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bell Pass East End Toms Thumb Loop, AZ 
Bell Pass East End Toms Thumb Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 07 2015
Nightstalker
Hiking13.60 Miles 3,167 AEG
Hiking13.60 Miles   5 Hrs   58 Mns   2.54 mph
3,167 ft AEG      37 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
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Got a great pre-dawn start from the 104st trailhead and headed up the Levee trail to Bell Pass. I had originally planned on taking Gateway back, but have always wanted to do East End and Toms Thumb west, so I took that loop instead. Wow! That is quite a bit more AEG going on that track! Fun times and great trails!
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Barrel cactus and Ocotillo blooming.

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There was a pool of standing water where it crosses the trail.
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May 17 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bell Windgate Loop from 104th Street, AZ 
Bell Windgate Loop from 104th Street, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 17 2015
tibber
Hiking10.03 Miles 2,131 AEG
Hiking10.03 Miles   5 Hrs      2.31 mph
2,131 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to get in one good last hike before my ten day road trip to the NW visiting cousins, continuing up with following from last summer's route of the Ice Age Floods (incredible what happened to cause the landscape in part of western Montana, northern Idaho, Washington, Oregon all the way to the coast), visiting cousins, touring the west coast from Astoria to Bandon and then over inland via scenic highways to Portland. Oh, and did I mention we'll be visiting cousins.... mostly second cousins.

Anyway, I won't get to hike hike for at least two weeks unless getting in and out of the car a zillion times counts ;) . I wanted to hike on Saturday but you know, it just looked too cold and the weather still seemed tenuous so I opted to go on Sunday after I had breakfast at Village Inn. Don't know that I've hiked much after having a nice breakfast out. Well the breakfast thing was a story in itself but I don't want to digress more than I already have.


I started hiking around 8:30AM from the 104th St TH. Before approaching the Levee Trail there was actually a good puddle of water; not something I'm used to seeing out here. The Levee Trail is starting to be encroached upon by creosote bushes and they are pretty happy about that with all this rain. I decided not to crossover to the Gateway Trail until the Paradise crossover just to miss some of the people traffic.

Slightly before the old trail that crosses over to Gateway my HAZtraks had some kind of blip and told me I had gone another 1/2 mi after barely going a couple 10ths mi and that now I was at 5.83 miles "zoom zoom". Serious, she said "zoom zoom". WHAT? So I pulled the HAZtraks out, saved the track and started over. Well of course that would confuse me the rest of the day as now I had to use my head to get the real mileage.

Soon I arrived at the turn off to Bell Pass Trail thinking it was only 1.5 mi but alas it is 2. Oh well. I looked at my watch and figured I should make it in an hour at 10:15 but I'd give myself an extra 15 minutes just in case I wasn't feeling it. I kind of like this part of the trail and it was such a nice day even as my temporary filtered light disappeared into the big blue sky after the clash of the clouds scene I witnessed earlier :D .
As I got about 1/2 mile from starting the climb I decided I was struggling. Funny thing, I hiked the trail in my head and had no problem; sheesh! Well I kept going remembering I had no problem when I hiked this with Kelly on our way to do McDowell/Drinkwater Peaks. But today, it was an effort. So I pulled over in the shade and got my poles out. Thank goodness I decided to hike with my regular pack rather than what I call my city pack.

So up I started still struggling. Reminded me of my time going up Bear Mountain last Nov though not quite as bad. I was determined to get up to the Pass : rambo : because I didn't want to have a failure lingering in my head while on my road trip. So one foot in front of the other with a moment or two to check out the scenery. I kept thinking of all the other hikers I know that would already be at the Pass with the pace they can do.
I wasn't sure if I could get 'er done and sure didn't know if I would continue to Windgate or just go back but shockingly, at 10:20, I was there. I actually don't think this trail is that hard as it has some nice level areas but I just wasn't feeling it. So I had my banana, gathered my wits and headed east down the trail. It was a glorious morning really.

I saw a big lizard move across the trail in front of me. That was a big lizard so I softened my step hoping to see what it was. I was delighted to see an eastern collared lizard. I always get a little jealous when so many people get to see the critters and I don't. I showed the lizard to some other hikers coming but they didn't seem as impressed as me; oh well. A little further down I saw some blooming prickly pear, saguaros and palo verdes; all of it helped to pick up my spirits and Tibber was back :) . I made good time over to the Windgate intersection admiring the scenery along the way.

I drank some gatorade and now tackled Windgate Trail. I knew I was back to normal so it wasn't a problem at all and the elevation gain is so gradual. Soon I was at the saddle eating my snack and drinking a little more gatorade. I did a FB check in with a cell phone photo of the mountain that turned out not good even with editing. One of these times I'll figure that out ](*,) . The gnats were wanting to play so it was time to get moving west down the pass. I still had my trekking poles so I could get up some speed when I wanted. I was taking the time to check out the geology and the flora. I looked over to my right and there was a pretty good sized saguaro with blooms and as I was taking a picture of it, I suddenly noticed Tom's Thumb sticking out above it. Don't know that I've noticed Tom's Thumb from there before.

Once at the Gateway Loop intersection I put away the poles (they really help you maintain good speed on the rockier downhill), put away my hat and brot out the Chrome Dome. Body shade is just so much nicer than shade for my head. One fellow asked me "if it was raining at the Pass" and I said "no, but I was prepared just in case :lol:" . There is this one area I pass not too far from here that I always remember my heat exhaustion debacle that I had. I learned a lot from that but it is still a bad hiking memory.

I thot about going back via Gateway Saddle but I wanted to finish this route the exact same way I did in Oct 2011 to erase the bad karma I had that day. Today on the other hand, after my initial Bell Pass struggle, I was rolling. I figured johnlp and trekkin gecko were probably done with their hike. The trail from the VC junction to Levee Trail Junction with 104th St was longer than I thought. I wanted to be done by 1:30 and would have been except for that extra 10 minutes I struggled on Bell Pass.

So now I can go NW with a good hike under my belt. Here are 3 movies I did. I was by myself so there is a lot of narration.
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Apr 09 2015
neilends
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 Scottsdale
Levee Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
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neilends
Hiking2.50 Miles 238 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
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Feb 12 2015
Crzy4AZ
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Windgate Bell LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2015
Crzy4AZ
Hiking10.07 Miles 2,189 AEG
Hiking10.07 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.78 mph
2,189 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
Haven't done this loop in a while. Brings back memories of making the "super loop" map for my HAZ description before the City of Scottsdale had any printed maps of the area.

I love the back side of Bell Pass. I took a picture of a sign on Paradise trail to compare with same spot in December 2007 that listed the Gateway access area as "FUTURE".
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Levee trail: light brittle bush
Paradise trail: light chuparosa
Bell Pass trail (backside): Goodings verbena
Windgate Pass trail: isolated poppies
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Feb 01 2015
neilends
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Gateway-area Mountain Bike Trip, AZ 
Gateway-area Mountain Bike Trip, AZ
 
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neilends
Mtn Biking7.00 Miles
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I finally bit the bullet and nabbed myself a mountain bike from a friendly seller on Craigslist, and immediately hit the trail when I got home. My mother-in-law asked my wife after I left, "Does he know how to mountain bike on trails?" My wife, making an unsupported assumption based on my hiking life responded, "Oh yeah. He's done that his whole life. He's really good." Thanks for sticking up for me, wifey. But I actually have no idea what I'm doing!

Muscles a bit sore, knees aching, but it was a lot of fun. Will use this to explore some of the flatter and more boring terrain in MSP and near-by MMRP when time permits.
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Dec 13 2014
neilends
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Bell Pass - Bell / 104th THPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Dec 13 2014
neilends
Hiking6.40 Miles 1,200 AEG
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Oh my god this weather is amazing. How lucky are we to live in this state? Hiking along the saguaros with clouds covering some of the mountaintops, the sun partly out, a slight breeze, basically t-shirt weather but long-sleeves are fine too. A random hiker I passed by exclaimed to me, "Man, this is so nice out here!" I yelled back, "Man! I know!" I probably should have turned around to high-five him but that was too corny for even me.
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Dec 01 2014
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Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
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tibber
Hiking5.06 Miles 768 AEG
Hiking5.06 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   3.01 mph
768 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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wasn't able to get out this weekend due to installation of my new computer and software. The install went pretty well too; that cable computer-to-computer transfer is pretty slick but it took 10 hours. I was at a loss as to what to do with my time in the evening since I'm normally on the computer editing photos and such. So I actually watched tv while going thru my mom's photo albums trying to decide what pics to keep or not. Funny thing is I realized we hardly look at photo albums anymore.

Now on to the hike. I headed out after work at 3:15. I am using my flashpack instead of the fanny pack due to my back issues but I forgot my hat. However, it was an overcast sky so not having the hat was not an issue. It was actually a bit on the cool side. I didn't encounter too many folks on the hike. I did notice additional drainage channels have been added since I last did this hike, wow almost a year ago :o .

I tried to keep a fast pace as HAZTraks talked to me along the way. (I haven't had any luck changing its voice yet though.) I got to the saddle and did my circle before heading back down the north side. As I came around to the junction and started heading west I was hoping to see a good sunset starting but a dark cloud layer prevented that from happening. As I got closer to finishing up my shoulders started bothering me. Not sure what that's all about. Yesterday my quads were a little sore. Haven't hiked for a couple weeks so maybe that's why.

It's when I get on these city trails and see the people running that I wish I could do that but then again, I've always wished I could do that; it must be awesome to be able to see so much :) in so little time. Now to figure out what hike to do this weekend.

PS new Pany ZS40 camera is on its way :y: and so far, I love the new Adobe PS Elements interface and tools as I upgraded from 10 to 13.
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Nov 23 2014
Crzy4AZ
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Bell Pass - Bell / 104th THPhoenix, AZ
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Crzy4AZ
Hiking7.10 Miles 1,520 AEG
Hiking7.10 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.94 mph
1,520 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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I used to hike to Bell Pass from 104th a bunch before kids were born. Then the Gateway TH opened in 2009 and just got too crowded for me - plus good stretch of hike is flat so if I'm looking for "quicky" exercise hike it takes too long to get to the good AEG.

But I realized that the driving to Tom's Thumb each way is about 25 minutes (plus 1h15 min to 2h hike) - - so is the same total time as doing Bell Pass which is 4/10th of a mile from our house.

On the way up saw very few people except trail runners (started around 7:00am) - but on the way down was pretty crowded on the Gateway section (duh it's a Sunday). But legs got a good workout and I had forgotten that most of the hike is in the shade of the mountains in early morning. Next summer I will have to do more Bell Pass hikes as you don't have to wait for a trailhead gate to open and is well shaded.

I'm glad I had on a jacket - was pretty chilly in the shade! And thank you to Brad for watching the kids while I got to hike alone. :D

Also was surprised to see thick brittle bush in bloom in a wash on Crossover Trail and scattered blooms along trail edge of Bell Pass too.
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Nov 08 2014
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 Mesa, AZ
Bell Pass - Bell / 104th THPhoenix, AZ
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jochal
Hiking8.54 Miles 1,678 AEG
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On the way back down, took the rest of the Levee trail, and the Crossover Trail to the 104th St Trail. ALso did the Equestrian Bypass for kicks.
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Aug 23 2014
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Levee Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
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Sun_Ray
Hiking3.04 Miles 238 AEG
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HIked with the Canine Hiking Club of Arizona...Jamie's group. Had a 6:15 PM start on the Levee Trail at 104th and Bell Road. Don't know exactly how we made the loop as I was following the dog in front of me. :D Judy and I really liked being out at that time. Just enough elevation gain to see a nice sunset.
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Aug 08 2014
neilends
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Bell Pass - Bell / 104th THPhoenix, AZ
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neilends
Hiking6.40 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.65 mph
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104th St TH to Gateway Loop briefly and on to Bell Pass trail for the first time. Hit the trail extra early for me, 5:15, so I wanted to experiment by seeing how close to Bell Pass I could get before I had to turn around to be home in time for my non-trail life. The answer was "painfully close." I was probably within a half mile or less of the pass, but by that point I'd already blown all my vowed turnaround points so as not to be late to work, and I just had to stop. Most of the hike in was shaded by the canyon. I loved it.
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Feb 03 2014
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Sunrise Peak from 145th StreetPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking27.00 Miles 6,400 AEG
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Did a circumnavigation of McDowell Preserve. Add Promenade Trail and Sonoran Trail in Fountain Hills. Cold and windy on top of East End Summit. Got sprinkled on a little on the Dixie Mine trail. The tailing pile from Dixie Mine is huge! That must be some hole, too bad its gated. Had to cut through some gated 'hoods to complete the hike.
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Bell Pass - Bell / 104th THPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.40 Miles 1,920 AEG
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My Longest and most complex hike of the year.
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Hiking5.09 Miles 841 AEG
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Quick lunch time hike in the McDowells on a work from home day. Made a clockwise loop on the Gateway Loop Trail. I then connected to the Levee Trail and headed back toward the TH. Before finishing I made a quick loop on the Saguaro Trail which takes about five minutes. Uneventful day.
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2013
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Hiking6.01 Miles 1,096 AEG
Hiking6.01 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.84 mph
1,096 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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Believe it or not, I am actually close to 500 miles for the year. Who knew that back in 2009 when I started serious hiking and could barely do 6 miles, that now a 6 mile jaunt is the least I want to do. I like this hiking thing as it's given me the opportunity to stay healthy, meet new people and see cool places.

Anyway, I am going to try and do the 500. After this hike I have 20 miles to get 'er done. I should get around 10 on Saturday and the last 10 should be easy enough because there is one more weekend before the end of the year.


Oh ya, this IS a trip report. So I decided in the limited daylight after work that I would do the ever reliable Gateway Loop clockwise and see if I could tack on some extra mileage on the south side of the loop. Oh, I had Annie with me and boy was she annoying constantly saying "paused workout, resumed workout" even though I kept a steady pace until I got up to the mine. I think she just likes to hear herself talk. Well she will be silent on my next hike as I will delete :gun: the auto pause updates.

Anyway, it was a delightful afternoon for a hike; especially when I could see the western sky. There was one heck of a show going on. Little did I know it would get even better. As I was walking down the southside of Gateway I noticed what looked like a trail below the mine. I recall some of you hiking over there when I think it was still a trail (or maybe not still a trail) so I decided that is where I would get some extra mileage.

I crossed over on the Paradise Trail and then went SE on what appeared to be an old road. I went up the road and at the fork, I decided the high road would get me to the mine. It was a little hard walking on that road as its rocky. As I got beneath the mine the color of some of the rocks had that coppery green look to them 8) . The road seemed to fork a little and once again I took the high and steep road right up to the mine. Wow is that adit deep. Of course it's fenced which is certainly understandable. I walked around it trying to get a good viewpoint but to no avail.

I headed off toward Bell Pass direction rather than back down the way I came. I think I was on an old road/trail and followed that 'til it seemed to melt into the hillside. From there I headed down to the road with the thot of eventually hooking up to the Bell Pass Trail. Instead, I ended up in a wash and saw cairns. I followed the cairns on what seemed an obvious route and ended back up on the lower road that had forked from the higher road. WOW was that fun :DANCE: . I'm going to have to explore over there some more. So I decided to take the Levee Trail.

And remember that "sky" issue I mentioned earlier. Well my God it was just something. Wishing I had a camera I realized KemoSabe was with me and though I haven't used the camera function much, I gave it a shot. The colors of the sky were so intense and with the swooshy clouds, amAZing :y: . I took as many shots as I could before continuing the hike crossing over to and eventually meeting back up with the Gateway Loop Trail. It actually got a bit chilly so I had to put my shirt on over my top.

On the drive to Basha's for my piece of pizza, the sun setting was still putting on a show. It was heart-stopping. I thot to pull over but then hoped that some of my Facebook buddies would capture it (FYI - nice job Pam). And then I saw some fellow HAZers got some shots too :) . I was actually glad when I got to the store and couldn't see it anymore cuz I couldn't get a picture :( .

PS this hike did just barely break last year's 479.94 record for me: 480.28
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