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Goat Hill via Ranger Trail - 20 members in 109 triplogs have rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 06 2010
big_load
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62 male
 Joined Oct 28 2003
 Andover, NJ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 06 2010
big_load
Hiking3.70 Miles 1,064 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.02 mph
1,064 ft AEG
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How can I explain this? I couldn't stand wasting a day inside, so I chose a blast-furnace hike to see if I might be a desert rat. I started about 2:00 pm, when it was 104F with a blazing sun. The rocks were too hot for snakes, or even bugs. They were even too hot to sit on long enough for a drink of water. I couldn't tell if I was having fun until I got up onto the National Trail and followed it as far as Goat Hill. A nice breeze blew, hawks and vultures soared, and I decided it was at least more fun than reading my book in Starbucks. Contemplating the view convinced me that it truly was much more fun, enhanced by apparently being the only guy in South Mountain outside of his car. The return downhill seemed vastly easier than going up in the heat.

It will be interesting to see how many cactus survive the fire.
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Dec 23 2009
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2009
joebartels
Hiking2.38 Miles 778 AEG
Hiking2.38 Miles   1 Hour      2.38 mph
778 ft AEG
 
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Took the shorter version from Summit Road due to lack of time.

Do not drink hot liquids while viewing the first minute...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJckxb0MynQ
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- joe
Apr 13 2008
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58 male
 Joined Nov 27 2004
 Vancouver, WA
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2008
Dano
Hiking3.70 Miles 1,064 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.47 mph
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I took my son with me on this one. I tried a side trail to the East off the National Trail, but it petered out, and we had to scramble a lot. The trail to the top along the West side is the only easy way up the last 1/8 mile.
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Feb 18 2008
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46 male
 Joined Jun 28 2006
 Avondale, AZ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2008
9avilaturtle
Hiking3.70 Miles 1,064 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.11 mph
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Wonderful hike, the best in South Mt! :sweat: Camille's fisrt summit in S Mt.
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Jun 23 2007
9avilaturtle
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46 male
 Joined Jun 28 2006
 Avondale, AZ
Ranger Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2007
9avilaturtle
Hiking2.50 Miles 756 AEG
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Ranger trail plus National and Goat Hill? peak. Favorite hike in South Mountain.
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Oct 14 2006
Dano
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58 male
 Joined Nov 27 2004
 Vancouver, WA
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2006
Dano
Hiking3.70 Miles 1,064 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   2 Hrs      1.85 mph
1,064 ft AEG
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Well, since the weather wouldn't permit a Humphreys summit, I chose a local peak, Goat Hill. It did rain a bit on the way up. I saw only two other hikers along the National Trail.

The trail to the summit is just West of the mine, and is a bit steep, but the steep section is very short. There are great view of the Estrellas, Downtown Phoenix and to the South.
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Apr 23 2006
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61 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2006
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking3.70 Miles 1,064 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.48 mph
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With "desert puppy" Skippy. Started from the Ranger Trail Head and headed west along the National Trail past an old mine. Took spur trail up to the top of Goat Hill. Great views, but the wind was surprisingly strong at the top!
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Feb 19 2006
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42 male
 Joined Mar 28 2005
 SLC, Utah
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2006
Vaporman
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,064 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.00 mph
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This was my first hike in the South Mountains and it showed. It should be noted that the turnout to the picnic area is at the 1.0 Mile marker on San Juan Rd. If you pass the go-cart racing area or the gated road with Summit Rd continuing on to your left, then you've gone too far. I didn't realize the trailhead was back there so I parked at the blocked off section of San Juan Rd, hiked 0.5 miles to the Alta trailhead, viewed the trailhead map that I should have gotten at the ranger station, and realized I'd gone the wrong direction. So I hoped back on the Bajada trail until it junctioned with the Ranger trail then headed up. I'm actually glad I did it this way, because in between my car the Ranger junction is where I saw the most wildlife. I ran across loads of birds, squirrels, a javelina, and even a timid coyote. There's a great view from on top of Goat Hill, even with the smog. On the return trip I followed the road down to where I parked. I'll have to hike the Alta trail next time I'm in the mood for a Sunday morning hike.
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Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p
Feb 04 2006
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 Routes 5
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61 male
 Joined Dec 09 2005
 Chandler, AZ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2006
bails
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,064 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.20 mph
1,064 ft AEG
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Couldn't get anyone to hike the Supes with me, so I decided to take one of my labrador retrievers to South Mountain. If you don't mind the din of Phoenix traffic in the background, this is a nice, short trail hike with lots of switchbacks. Total elevation change from parking lot to the top of Goat Hill is 880 feet. Ranger trail hooks up with Bajada (near the start) and National (near the top) so you have some choices if you are looking for a longer hike. According to my GPS, out-and-back to the top of Goat Hill was 3.0 miles.
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