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Aug 06 2015
John9L
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 06 2015
John9L
Hiking5.22 Miles 1,181 AEG
Hiking5.22 Miles   1 Hour   52 Mns   3.07 mph
1,181 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Spontaneous hike with FOTG and Blanco. We started on the Kiwanis Trail and hiked up to National where we connected to Goat Hill. From there we dropped down Ranger and returned to the vehicle parked at Kiwanis Trailhead. Nice hike I’m glad this worked out
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Jul 05 2015
trekkin_gecko
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 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2015
trekkin_gecko
Hiking5.87 Miles 1,374 AEG
Hiking5.87 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   3.45 mph
1,374 ft AEG
 
couldn't get it together to hike with johnlp early this morning
he said he might hike goat hill, so i did too
up ranger, where i saw a total of four horseback riders
a quick visit to goat hill
back on national, kiwanis and my favorite, los lomitas ;)
temps were fine with occasional cloud cover and a light breeze
this is a nice loop
women's world cup soccer final this afternoon
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Apr 26 2015
trekkin_gecko
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63 female
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 phoenix, az
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2015
trekkin_gecko
Hiking7.25 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking7.25 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   3.22 mph
1,400 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
fletch texted me mid-morning for a hike, as we were both frittering the day away
discussion of picketpost was tabled due to rain potential
fletch had never been up to goat hill, so we decided on the loop
unfortunately, it was silent sunday, which added about a mile each way on my two least favorite trails
woman-ed up and went anyway ;)
second time we've driven all the way into the central entrance and needed a plan b
box canyon :next: los lomitos :next: kiwanis :next: national :next: goat hill :next: ranger :next: los lomitos :next: box canyon
estimating the mileage, elevation should be about right
nice temps, intermittent cloud cover, good views from goat hill
our next south mountain hike will most likely be maricopa peak, as fletch hasn't done that one yet
still a lot of bees around the blooming paloverde
april = bees may = gnats
finished the hike, picked up mike, and made our first visit to arizona wilderness brewery
they enjoyed a few different beers and we all liked the burgers
lots of haz members in the photos on the wall
chumley, joe, tibber and oregon hiker seem to be well-represented :lol:
busy place, and seems quite successful
hit cold stone on the way home
a fun local day with good company :)
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Apr 25 2015
tibber
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Ranger - Goat - Kiwanis - Los Lomitas, AZ 
Ranger - Goat - Kiwanis - Los Lomitas, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2015
tibber
Hiking6.06 Miles 1,356 AEG
Hiking6.06 Miles   3 Hrs   53 Mns   2.05 mph
1,356 ft AEG      56 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
we were going to Sedona to do a hike I spent several hours of research on to create a loop in the morning and then another hike for the afternoon but Mother Nature suggested we do otherwise. Ambika thot since the temps are gonna be nice here, let's hike locally. She remembered the South Mountain hike we had planned earlier this year but had to cancel because of my sore throat (which turned into a nasty cold!). I had kept the PM from Kelly so today was the day. We met up at the lot across from the stables to get in one car in case there would be a parking issue... and there was except we weren't in the right area and after driving in circles, we finally found the right lot.

As we were getting ready to start I realized this is a hike I had done back in 2001 or 2002. I'm going to have to see if I can find my pics from back then. I can tell you it was much harder back then as I wasn't a serious hiker at the time. Based on the elevation gain it looked like we would be doing a Shaw Butte plus but in 2 miles. As it turned out, the Ranger Trail is much easier than Shaw Butte as the incline is just nice and steady. There were a few hikers here and there as we ascended the mountain. I had my camera back from Panasonic so was anxious to try it out considering they wanted to charge $200 to fix it because my warranty was voided due to two nicks on the camera. It was not a good experience and therefore my loyalty to that brand has ended after 15 years.

Once on National we hung a right and hiked a bit past Goat, took a look around and then headed up Goat Hill. It was a magnificent day for pictures with broken clouds and filtered light from time to time. This hike up Goat is pretty straight forward and just like that, you're at the top. The views to the Sierra Estrella were very nice. We were quite excited that we'd finally made it to one of Kelly's favorite destinations. So I took a pic of Ambika to share with her dad on FB and then I wanted to send a text of my picture to Kelly. Well I'm not real good at that but after some assistance from Ambika, we accomplished the task. It was very nice here with the great views :D , hard to want to leave.

But on we went making our way back to National and over to Kiwanis. The trails are not well marked here so good luck if you're not sure. There's nothing better than a ridgeline hike where you can see to both sides and the trail is quite nice. We continued toward the towers and then hung a right. A little ways ahead I could see a horse and rider and dog. They decided to gallop as we had stepped aside. Well that was cool to watch and video. No pictures though as Ambika couldn't find her camera so we shared mine; but here is one Joe took of them back in 2014 [ photo ] .

We headed down to the stone house where there were a few people and their dogs. One of the owners had her dog do the sit up thing to get a treat so I got that on film. Ambika and I had a snack before heading back down. I had no idea how beautiful the Kiwanis Trail was. It was really nice :DANCE: and lots of things to see including the flora and a chuckwalla tail and a chuckwalla head. There was this one section of the trail where the saguaros aligned with the downtown so we both had to see if we could get a great shot of that scene. There are also a few dams so that was interesting as well. And we did encounter quite a few more hikers.

And then it was over on Los Lomitas. Here we encountered a blooming saguaro though we had to zoom to get the blooms. From there it was pretty typical desert scape. The one ramada area was closed, not sure why. There is also a faint trail that looks like it would get you back more directly but we stayed the course to the intersection with the Ranger Trail and back to the car.

This is a great hike and I can see why Kelly does it a lot. I like that route too with Ranger first. The views are good the entire way really including the cityscape. There also seemed to be a wheat field below that was ready for harvest. I don't know if that is what it was for sure though. Yep, I much prefer this over Shaw Butte.

And yes, lots of video per usual on a first time hiking something (even though I had done the Ranger to Kiwanis 15 years ago). Also, it was a great day for movieing other than the wind noise which means I had to add music again. This time I was trying to convert these free music youtube videos to mpg and ended up getting spammed so I had to delay to run the malware scan. Sheesh!


Part 1 Ranger to National just past Goat https://youtu.be/SGvLG...
Part 2 Goat to Ranger https://youtu.be/I4dDQ...
Part 3 National and Kiwanis https://youtu.be/YU_yd...
Part 4 Kiwanis and Los Lomitas https://youtu.be/aHjwM...
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some palo verdes still showing off and some saguaros starting to bloom
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Apr 25 2015
desertgirl
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 Joined Mar 31 2002
 Chandler, AZ
Ranger - Goat - Kiwanis - Los Lomitas, AZ 
Ranger - Goat - Kiwanis - Los Lomitas, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2015
desertgirl
Hiking6.06 Miles 1,356 AEG
Hiking6.06 Miles   3 Hrs   53 Mns   2.05 mph
1,356 ft AEG      56 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
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Mar 29 2015
trekkin_gecko
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63 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2015
trekkin_gecko
Hiking5.49 Miles 1,262 AEG
Hiking5.49 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   3.33 mph
1,262 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
didn't have a plan today
went to the tempe art festival and watched some basketball
would have gone for a bike ride, but i'm after some end of month aeg
decided to go up to goat hill via ranger trail, setting out late afternoon
didn't stay long on top due to some gnats, but took a couple of minutes to enjoy the views and the solitude
went back via national and kiwanis
took the road instead of los lomitas this time ;)
saw maybe a dozen people once i got near kiwanis
nice to get out, and goat hill is always a good choice
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Feb 18 2015
trekkin_gecko
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Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
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trekkin_gecko
Hiking5.87 Miles 1,374 AEG
Hiking5.87 Miles   3 Hrs   6 Mns   2.35 mph
1,374 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
 
first time hiking with black toes
walt suggested goat hill via ranger, then finishing on national and kiwanis for a loop
i can't turn down goat hill ;)
met at the ranger trailhead early afternoon
road is open again, and you can get to kiwanis that way, too
ranger trail is in excellent condition
last time i hiked it was in september after the big rains, and i had pretty much written it off
trail is smooth and the eroded parts have been repaired
up ranger to national, peeked in the mine, up to goat hill
sat for a few minutes and looked around, mostly at the estrellas
back on national and down kiwanis, then closing the loop on my favorite, los lomitas :?
walt, nice to meet and hike with you :)
enjoyed your company and good conversation
nice way to spend the afternoon after yet another overly long day at work
saw lots of brittlebush, and a few poppies
several hikers out, but no one on goat hill
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Feb 18 2015
black_toes
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 Joined Sep 24 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2015
black_toes
Hiking5.87 Miles 1,293 AEG
Hiking5.87 Miles   3 Hrs   6 Mns   2.35 mph
1,293 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
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Hiked with Kelly (trekkin gecko), my first hike with a HAZ member. Enjoyable company. We, chatted most of the way, which i'm counting on to build up my cardio. We made a loop out of it, first hiking up to Goat Hill on the Ranger, then east to Telegraph Pass on the National, down on the Kiwanis and back to the Ranger TH via the Los Lomitas. Believe the latter the worst trail for hikers in the park with the exception of Desert Classic and possibly the Bajada. Uninteresting to the extreme. Kelly pointed out two small elephant trees growing on the mountainside as we approached Goat. Had never seen an elephant tree before. Though I carried a camera I stupidly failed to shoot either tree. First time I'd done this loop. It's a good workout. May try it again before it gets hot, only going cc this time. Thanks to Kelly for slowing down her pace a bit for me.
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Lots of brittlebush in bloom. Also some creosote, globe mallow, phacelia, blue dick and a small white daisy-like plant.
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Feb 07 2015
ddgrunning
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 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2015
ddgrunning
Hiking6.01 Miles 1,391 AEG
Hiking6.01 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   2.59 mph
1,391 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Looking for a hike nearby that we could complete before lunch. Goat Hill via Ranger has been on my "wish list" for awhile, so we hit it up. This was my first time hiking SM, west of Telegraph Pass. Decided to make it a loop, via National, Kiwanis, and Los Lomitas. Beautiful weather today, though the air was a bit hazy. I really enjoyed the views along the trail of the Estrellas and SW valley, from the Ranger/Nat'l junction to Goat Hill. Made me even more excited for a full ridgeline hike (...another one that's been sitting on my to-do list for far too long).

There were about 5 cars in the Ranger TH parking lot when we arrived (around 7 am-ish). Saw 7-10 hikers/trail runners on the way up. Had the Goat to ourselves for awhile, and then were joined by a couple of guys we passed on the way up, who were starting to train for their first GC trip in May. We descended the Goat and then took National East. Started to run into the masses as we approached Telegraph Pass, and continued down Kiwanis. Nobody on Los Lomitas, which was the most drab part of the hike. Ranger TH parking lot was filled to capacity when we got back.

Made pit stop at REI on the way home and picked up some new hiking shoes. :y:

All in all, a great morning!
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Jan 01 2015
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking3.70 Miles 1,064 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   1 Hour   33 Mns   2.39 mph
1,064 ft AEG
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:doh: forgot my headlamp. Headed out at 6:25 in the dark. It's not snake season so I figured it would be ok. Thought I would see if there was any snow on Goat Hill. there was the smallest of traces :o and the west side of the towers had a slight dusting. I saw 0 other hikers. Happy New Year!
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Dec 13 2014
winotron
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39 male
 Joined Nov 12 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Ranger-National-Bajada Loop, AZ 
Ranger-National-Bajada Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2014
winotron
Hiking9.80 Miles 1,820 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.94 mph
1,820 ft AEG      20 Mns Break3 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Weather was perfect today and I didn't feel like driving too far, so back to Goat Hill. Didn't feel like I had a whole lot of energy this morning so I got off to a kind of slow start. My legs were already feeling tired just going up Ranger. Once I got to the top though, I was fine, and actually got a 2nd wind. Funny how that happens. No one on Goat Hill. There always seems to be a nice breeze up there.

When I went back down Goat Hill I felt like hiking a little more, so I decided to keep heading west on the National for a bit. I'd never really gone west of Goat Hill on the National. I was feeling good so I just kept going. Met another hiker about where the Lost Ranch Ruins trail meets the National and we stopped and talked for a few minutes. The only person I saw on the National. I kept going until the National started descending...I figured I'd just go down to the bottom and come back the way I came. Then I realized I could just keep going and take Bajada back to the Ranger TH for a nice loop, which is what I did. So, a 3.5 mile hike turned into almost 10 miles. :) Descending the west side of the National was really rocky, with some washed out sections of the trail. With this hike I've now done all of the National at some point.

I enjoyed Bajada a little more than last time, just don't like the super rocky sections so much. The eastern half of Bajada was nicer, and seems to have had some maintenance done to it recently, with some nice fresh packed dirt. Didn't see a single person on Bajada at all. I was getting a little sluggish by the last mile or two, but overall I made good time. I really enjoyed this hike, and couldn't have asked for a better day.
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Dec 07 2014
winotron
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 Phoenix, AZ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
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winotron
Hiking3.70 Miles 1,037 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   1 Hour   12 Mns   3.17 mph
1,037 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Wanted a short exercise hike today that wouldn't be too hard on my knees coming down. Goat Hill via Ranger sounded perfect. Got there around 3:30pm. Hadn't done Ranger since earlier in the year. With the summit road still closed, the TH was packed. When the summit road is open this TH is almost empty, even on weekends. I've been the only car there a couple times. Not a lot of people on Ranger though, so I'm not sure where everyone was. Only saw a couple people on the way up. A couple spots on the trail were a little beat up from the summer storms, but overall the trail condition is fine.

I don't even have to check to know this was my fastest time up (and down). Made it to Goat Hill without stopping. Enjoyed the views and solitude for a couple minutes and headed back. Saw a handful of people on the way down. I jogged about half of the trail down. The mostly gentle slope made it pretty easy to do that. I also just recently bought some New Balance trail runners, and I love them. I've always worn hiking shoes until now, but I love how lightweight these are, and the nice thick bottom.

I've hiked most of SM at this point, and I think Goat Hill might be my favorite spot. And in all the times I've been up there, the only other person I've ever seen was Dave1. :) Ranger might not be the most scenic route to Goat, but it's the shortest, and a good way to get some exercise.
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Nov 13 2014
black_toes
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83 male
 Joined Sep 24 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
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black_toes
Hiking3.93 Miles 1,157 AEG
Hiking3.93 Miles   2 Hrs   44 Mns   1.90 mph
1,157 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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Started out from Five Tables TH at 1440 and returned at 1724 with a beautiful sunset behind me. Disappointed I didn't see any wildlife except a small hawk that flew within 30 feet of me as I ate a sandwich on top of Goat. Figured with the Summit Rd still closed and no traffic by vehicle and only a little by foot, I would come across some javelina. No such luck. Wondered if I might have the trail to myself, and was surprised to run into four hikers and a jogger. The jogger was moving along the National Tr and came up to Goat as I was coming down. Later saw him headed in the opposite direction, to the west. Lots of flowering brittlebush and globemallow still hanging in there. I've hiked to Goat several times but this marked only my second trip via the Ranger Tr, the other time being last Feb 4. The Ranger is now one of my favorites in SM Park with nice contours and only a few switchbacks and steep enough to provide a good workout. And coming down you have great views of downtown Phoenix and the Valley to the east.
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May 18 2014
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 Phoenix,Az
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mt98dew
Hiking4.41 Miles 1,064 AEG
Hiking4.41 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   3.23 mph
1,064 ft AEG
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Busy day today, so I needed something short and close to home. Started from the Ranger Ext. This is near the horse corral and adds about .25 miles (one way) before you get to the actual beginning of the Ranger Trail. Made decent time jogging the first 1.5 miles and got to the top of Goat Hill in about 40 minutes. Weather was great and the views also. I had a special treat at the top of Goat Hill. Just to the west and about 50 feet below the knob were 4-5 javelina :D It's only the 3rd time I've seen them in the park and the first time I was able to observe them without startling them. There looked to be 3 adults and two little ones but it was hard to say because they were huddled together. On the way back I encountered two separate groups of hikers heading up to Goat Hill and I told them about the possible treat awaiting them. I didn't see a lot of cars in the park, but the trails seemed to be relatively busy despite that.
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May 18 2014
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 Mesa, AZ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking3.70 Miles 1,064 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles      59 Mns   3.76 mph
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LiLD and I decided to do another trail at South Mountain he hadn't done yet. On the way in LiLD pointed out a pack of 4 Coyotes crossing the road before the main entrance. On the way up he pointed out a California King snake. Then as we were going up Goat Hill a guy tells us that he saw some Javelina on the backside. Sure enough LiLD points out 4 Javelina below us. Coyotes, King Snake, and Javelina 8) :D . From there we decided to Tortoise Jog down. Great, hike, workout, wildlife sightings, and company. Thanks, Son! :y:
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May 18 2014
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35 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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lil_tortoise_hiker
Hiking3.70 Miles 1,064 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles      59 Mns   3.76 mph
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Another new trail at south mountan. We saw some coyotes, javelina and, a california king snake. Good hike and Good company.
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Mar 08 2014
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 Goodyear, AZ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2014
MikeS
Hiking10.30 Miles 1,847 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   4.83 mph
1,847 ft AEG
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Only 2nd time at South Mountain. I liked it and would go more but it is just not as convenient as the White Tanks and Estrella. But I wasn't as crunched for time as I normally am on Saturdays so I wanted to give it a try. With South Mountin as popular as everyone says it is, I was surprised to park my car at 6:30 and be the first one in that lot.

I went up Ranger, nice little climb and started heading west down National. Went to the top of Goat Hill, great views. Continued west on National down the hill and returned on Bajada. Even though it was only 10 miles I got tired coming back which was disappointing. Need to get more mileage in. Great loop and would like to do it again at a better pace.
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Feb 23 2014
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
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John9L
Hiking9.87 Miles 2,308 AEG
Hiking9.87 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   3.24 mph
2,308 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
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Somo loop on a Sunday morning. Went counter clockwise.
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Feb 10 2014
winotron
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39 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
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winotron
Hiking5.62 Miles 1,682 AEG
Hiking5.62 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.25 mph
1,682 ft AEG      10 Mns Break3 LBS Pack
 
Had the day off work and wanted a bit of solitude but didn't want to drive too far, and I'd been reading that this trail is pretty unpopulated. I came up the Ranger Trail, took the National up Goat Hill, then back on the National to Kiwanis and Los Lomitas back to the Five Tables parking lot. Nice warm day out, but very smoggy.

The climb up the Ranger Trail gave me a good workout. Gained a good amount of elevation in a short distance. The final short climb to the Goat Hill summit was very steep, but the views from the top were awesome. Saw a red-tailed hawk circling above me at the summit. Going back down the summit here seemed a little dangerous...I lost my footing a couple times but nothing major. I wouldn't recommend this section to clumsier folks, however. Lots of wildflowers out already (and bees!), especially on the south side of the mountain.

I saw 1 person the whole way from the trailhead to Goat Hill. Saw a handful of people on the National and Kiwanis trails. In total I saw maybe 10 people the whole hike. I'll probably try this same loop in CW order starting from Kiwanis next time...going up Kiwanis looked like it would be fun.
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Feb 04 2014
black_toes
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 Phoenix, AZ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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black_toes
Hiking3.96 Miles 1,157 AEG
Hiking3.96 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   2.16 mph
1,157 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
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Rightfully scolded two months ago by Trekkin Gecko and big_load for failing to go on up to Goat Hill from the Ranger, I tried to make amends today. I was last up there on Goat 15-20 years ago. No problem. Zipped right up and stayed on the sunlit summit for 45 minutes. It was beautiful up there and warm. Great clouds, white to dark gray cumulus, set against a deep blue sky and cleaner air than I've seen in a while in all directions. Saw only two hikers going up, a jogger in blue shorts singing loudly along with his i-pod while on top and then no one coming down. Got back to Five Tables TH shortly before sunset.

I hadn't fallen in a year, but I did today. I was coming down that steep part just below the summit and suddenly I was sliding downhill in a sea of pebbles and finally tipped over onto an outcropping. My trekking pole proved no help because, like all of my falls, it happened so quickly. Luckily no injury. Joe Bartels wrote 8 years ago he thought the steep fall-off on the National Trail as it goes along the south side of Goat Hill was "the most dangerous section of all South Mountain." And it does look dangerous, indeed. In one place, you can fall straight down for about 15 feet and, after that you will roll for a very long way. But those steep, loose-rock slopes, like the one I fell on today, are more of a worry to me.
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Phacelia line the National Trail in bunches as you approach the Goat Hill turn-off, then follow you all the way up to the summit. Saw a few poppies and lupine. A few creosote and brittlebush were also in bloom.
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