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Nov 26 2020
tibber
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2020
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Hiking2.97 Miles 547 AEG
Hiking2.97 Miles   1 Hour   11 Mns   2.55 mph
547 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
My niece picked up our Thanksgiving dinner, I supplied the pumpkin porter beer and cranberry conserve... we ate out on my porch and then hiked around Lookout. I gave her the option of the summit or circumference; since we had just eaten, she chose the circumference c-clockwise.

It wasn't too crowded so that was nice. Almost everyone did the "Happy Thanksgiving" greeting. The tree on the western saddle has already rec'd some ornaments.

As usual there was a good breeze on the eastern flank. This time I noticed a very damaged saguaro; guess I had not noticed it before as when I hike alone, I don't look around as much. We went and investigated and I've posted some pics. Looks like it was transported there and was held up with some kind of rope and there could have been some board nailed to it in the square spot. There was sap/water dripping from it fairly aggressively.

A nice Thanksgiving with my niece.
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Nov 24 2020
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Boyce ThompsonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2020
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Hiking2.25 Miles 160 AEG
Hiking2.25 Miles
160 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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oh my, the Wallace Garden addition is amAZing :y: ! and I didn't even quite see it all as it's scattered about the Arboretum. https://www.btarboretum.org/wallace-desert-garden I knew this was a big project but it's truly outstanding and all the work that had to go into the logistics of transplanting nearly 9000 plants boggles the mind.

It's a bit of a maze to walk in, around and through on the west side where most of it is located. Once I was done with as much as I had time for, I wanted to get to the bridge that goes to the High Trail as I thot maybe those trees had turned. Along the way I saw 1/2 dozen cardinal pairs galivanting around in the part of BTA that has turned color. I got lucky and got two pretty good shots of a female right in the middle of the Fall colors🍂.

I was lucky also as it wasn't super crowded which surprised me. I posted only a small portion of the pictures I took... of course :lol: , and there were many beautiful pics. If you can't make it out there and want to check it out, drop into the videos for a quick look.

I did take some movies and broke the 30 minutes into three parts. I'm pretty pleased with my phone's capability; the stabilizer is terrific; wish it was that good in my Lumix.
[ youtube video ]
[ youtube video ]
[ youtube video ]

While sitting in Tonto Jr with a nice view of the garden, I had a half turkey sandwich and some cranberry conserve, our last meal together :( ; and then it was on to hike Pass Mtn Trail.
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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Nov 24 2020
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2020
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Hiking7.98 Miles 1,068 AEG
Hiking7.98 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.39 mph
1,068 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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After my morning at BTA, based on Ray's triplog yesterday, I figured this hike would fill up my day on the east side just right. I know this route is enjoyed by many HAZers so I thot I should check it out too. The last time I was at Usery Park was in 2007 with my brother Wayne and his daughter Mia. We did the Wind Cave Trail and had such a great time. We even went on top. [ photoset ]

As I was sending a text to Mia and Rick to let them know I was on the trail, I blew by the quick turn to the south that you take right out of the lot. I realized my mistake fairly quickly and got back down to the trail. It's typical desert landscape but soon you look to the east and there are the Western Supes. Before long you start heading east, in and out of gullies, as you hike toward the view ahead of you.

For some reason, I thot you went up along side the mountain which is somewhat true but not until later. All of a sudden I heard coyotes; seemed like there were two sets. They yapped for quite a bit. I was filming and caught some of their yaps. I continued on my hike and encountered a few bike riders and there was one hiker ahead of me; otherwise it was just me and the coyotes. The skies were fairly clear today so I was zooming as I had brot my regular camera too. You get a little close to the city for a short while until the trail finally turns north.

You hike near a bit of a gully off and on. When you get up higher you can see it stretches the length of the mountainside. It was very picturesque out here and I would think it's much more so when it's not so dry. Right now it feels like if you even lightly touch a plant the whole desert will crumble. Nonetheless I found plenty to shoot. Speaking of shoot, my camera phone has the function where you can say "shoot" and I said that one time and out jumped a bunny. I got a big kick out of that. :lol:

A few hikers passed me by in both directions over the next 1/2 mile or so. I was still very curious as to how I was going to get back to the other side. I stopped and talked to a couple from San Diego and they pointed out the route I would take; well that looked like fun to me. I was pleasantly surprised as to how nice the trail was as you headed back east until you hit the switchbacks that were pretty rocky. The view down to the basin/valley covered with saguaros reminded me a bit of a smaller version of Barkley Basin. This would be the case on the other side too. Before you know it, you're walking across a thin bedrock ledge and at the saddle. The people from San Diego called it Hog Saddle.

My phone was low in power so I switched to my regular camera which was fine as I was in zoom-mode anyway shooting to the east at the Four Peaks and the Goldfields, to the North at the Mazzies, to the NW at the McDowells and Bulldog Ridge to the SE. The only thing is movie mode with the camera requires me to add stabilization which is an extra step for when I compile the end product but oh well. I still don't get good zooms with the phone but when I watch how-to videos, they seem to get good zooms; not sure what to make of that.

Anyway, the downhill was in the shade and on pretty nice trail. It was actually almost chilly. I was in the shade for over a mile I think. Once again I encountered a few hikers and dogs. The views were superb. I finally rounded the corner into the sunshine and continued going up and down thru various gullies. The trail was still very nice and the view of Pass Mountain.

And then I saw it, the moon was resting on the top of the mountain :o . Boy was I glad I had my regular camera so I could zoom into that. I got a few photos though not as sharp as I would have liked but nonetheless, a nice bonus for the hike. I would also end up zooming to "Downtown" with Petula Clark's melody on my mind. Love that song from the 60s. I had four 45s, and that was one of them.

Toward the end of the hike you walk thru a saguaro forest before arriving back at the TH. There was a large group of people going up just a bit on the Wind Cave Trail but I think they were just doing a group shot. I sat in Tonto Jr and had a snack and drank my beer with a great view of the mountain. Yep, it was another good day in retirement. It was 6pm by the time I got home; weird to drive home in the dark but I was thinking, "I'm glad I don't have to go to work tomorrow".

I have 30 minutes of movies/pics that I put together in 3 separate movies:
[ youtube video ] (had to redo this one as somehow the coyote clip didn't get in but it is now)
[ youtube video ]
[ youtube video ]
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Nov 22 2020
tibber
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Elephant Saddle Loop, AZ 
Elephant Saddle Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2020
tibber
Hiking7.82 Miles 1,435 AEG
Hiking7.82 Miles   3 Hrs   43 Mns   2.24 mph
1,435 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Wanted to do a city type hike outside of the city so I chose this Loop which I've not done CC since 2015. It's a tad harder this way because of the elevation but at least you don't have to slip slide down that part on the north side where you drop down to the creek after coming down the mountain.

I gave them my usual $5 to get in and was on my way. I brot my poles to get me up the slippery part of Elephant Mtn Trail. I had forgotten to check the humidity; if I had I wouldn't have chosen this hike that's for sure. I would have chosen something easier. There was a trio ahead of me and I had told them about the Fortress. I would hook up with them for a bit coming down the south side from the saddle. I would encounter 7 people on the Elephant Mountain Trail. I took another pic of where I want to place a bench in memory of my brother and will try to plead my case one more time to Spur Cross Ranch Conservation people.

I got up Tortuga Hill relatively easy and then onto the Elephant Mountain Trail to the area dropping down into the creek. The Boy Scout steps are in so-so shape but they still help; otherwise, there would be a lot more slipping and sliding. Some of the steps have held up really well. Up the creek bed I went, still enduring the high humidity and no breeze as I started up the steep hill out of the creek bed. I got up that better than I thot I would and headed west. I could see the feeder box cover as the sun bounced off of it.
I was glad for the occasional filtered sky even though it was responsible for the humidity. I knew it had to be humid so I looked it up and at 8:51 it was 45%, at 9:51 it was 38% and at 11:51 it was 31%. The temp was nice but I was dripping all the way up to just before the saddle; was starting to wish I brot some shampoo :lol: .

As I got just a little past the trail to the spring I looked over and said to myself, "Is that water over there?" I zoomed and I believe it is; see the photos. The phone camera actually did a fairly decent zoom for a change. It's always interesting to see how well you remember a trail if you haven't hiked it in awhile. As I made my way to the saddle a breeze greeted me and I finally quit sweating so much. I also saw that the people that I told about the fortress climbed up there even though the sign says area closed. I mentioned that to them as they passed by me. I ended up talking to one of the ladies (a Scottsdale native and former horse owner) of the trio all the way down to the junction with Spur Cross trail.

I put my poles away and had some plantain chips before starting back down the trail. It seems to me this trail has been rocked as I recall it being nice and smooth the last time I was on it in 2017. I made pretty decent progress but had to stop and take more pictures than I thot I would because the clouds were putting on quite a show for me; well not just for me, but you know what I mean.

As I got closer to the creek I could see some of the trees were just starting to be kissed by autumn. One area was very pretty and the picture I had envisioned actually turned out like I had hoped. And of course, once I got above the creek on the east side, the voices started permeating the peaceful hike I had so far. No matter, I only had a mile to go. I came around the corner when I got down to the Jewel of the Creek trail and one mother was trying to remove a thorn from her child, it wasn't going well but soon I heard that yelp which told me she was finally successful :D .

Once back to the lot, I backed Tonto Jr into a parking spot so that I could have a nice view while I drank my beer and changed into my other shoes. Tonto Jr and I are getting ready to part ways as it's time for a new ride.

WATCH: 7.38 miles (shows 7.66 when I upload route) in 3:43:47 at 1.9 avg speed, lowest elev 2203 - highest 3137, 129 avg bpm - 156 max bpm (54 min in Zone 5, 1:13 in Zone 4, 1:25 in Zone 3), 1366 calories burned, 60.9 degrees (that doesn't seem right) nor does the 49% humidity at 12:11. Altho, it was super humid in the first 1:30. The temp was 76 and humidity 31% at 11:51 AM.
Mon. while driving home I was thinking maybe the reason the watch was off is because there isn't internet access at the Spur Cross TH so that 60.9 degrees and 49% humidity was the last time the watch had internet connection which would have been on my drive to the TH...
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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Nov 21 2020
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Hood Walk, AZ 
Hood Walk, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2020
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Hiking1.85 Miles 18 AEG
Hiking1.85 Miles      32 Mns   3.47 mph
18 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Needed to get the mail and it's always nice to get a little walking in before a longer hike the next day. A few folks out and about and needless to say, it was nice out from start to finish.

WATCH: 1.8 in 31:34 at 3.4 avg MPH. 111 avg BPM, high 123 all at Zone 3 (aerobic). I did my Barbell class this AM; great instructor! Burned 166 calories, hopefully that covered my piece of pumpkin pie. Temp 80.5 at 5:26PM and 26% humidity.

Now my Barbell class was about 55 minutes with avg BPM of 125 and a high of 164 BPM (about split evenly between Zone 3 and 4). Only burned 328 calories.
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Nov 18 2020
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve High Point Loop, AZ 
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve High Point Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2020
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Hiking5.89 Miles 801 AEG
Hiking5.89 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   3.24 mph
801 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Since I didn't get to do the second half of Plan C yesterday, I decided to get out and do a hike locally this AM. Clockwise. About a dozen people on Ridgeback, and 1/2 dozen on Sidewinder. About a dozen bikers. Fairly clear views. Made pretty decent time.

Got a a new pair of city-hiking shoes and they worked out well (REI 20% off and used my dividend). The other shoes had over 400 miles in a year and the tread was wearing down pretty good.
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Nov 17 2020
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Doe Mountain Trail #60Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2020
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Hiking2.88 Miles 503 AEG
Hiking2.88 Miles   1 Hour   54 Mns   1.57 mph
503 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Decided to get out of town to hike to beat the heat and Sedona was my pick.  I ended up doing a Plan C that was Plan A but only 1/2 of Plan A.  You know how sometimes things happen for a reason; well today that is what happened.  I had decided on Plan B of doing Soldier Pass with the Arches and Brins Mesa Loop; but, the lot was full and it was too much of a hassle to drive back out to 89A and over to the Jordan TH. So I went back to Plan A which was now Plan C :wrt: and drove out to Doe Mountain and would combine that with Mescal Trail.

I got the last spot at the TH and put on my boots and said "hello" to my backpack which I hadn't spoken to since August.  I really didn't need that for this particular hike but I had planned on the longer hike at Brins so this would have to do.  I had forgotten how UP this trail is initially and that it veers to the west before heading east; however, it is in the shade which is nice.  The trail seems much more worn than I recall from my hike in May 2012.  There was an elderly couple who needed some assistance and a hiker in front of me helped them out.  I didn't think this elderly couple would make it to the top as it's not the easiest of climbs but just as I got back from my loop about an hour later, there they were.  I gave them "kudos" and wished them luck on the way down.  I also told them to go over to the other side of the mesa where they could sit down and enjoy the views for their labors.

There were quite a few people sitting along this east side for the first 1/2 mile or so and then I was on my own for the rest of the hike.  Like last time, I tried to stay closer to the side of the mesa because that's obviously where the views are and those, my friends, are some great views almost all the way around with the key being ALMOST.  The south side had some cairn castles and little cairn forts on the exposed rock sections.  But this is Sedona so the cairns are probably for vortexes of some sort.  I did try working with my phone camera's zoom again and I'm still displeased so I may try to contact Samsung to see if there is an issue.  I also did a few videos with the phone as I continue to test whether I like it or my camera better for movies.

On the southwest side, sadly on the valley floor there are some huge houses going in and they were constructing away while I was making my way along this side of the mesa.  They've even put in a giant pond.  So it interferes with the picture taking which is disappointing.  There were two couples that I could hear in the distance off and on for the rest of the hike as I skirted around this west side.  It's amazing how rough the trail is on this whole hike with all the rocks and such.  I guess it's not really a trail per se but a path.  I still took strolls over to the edges and tried some different kinds of shots since this was going to be more of a photographic hike.

I got back to the start where I encountered that elderly couple that had just made it up.  It took them an hour :o to tackle that 1/2 mile; now that's perseverance : rambo : .  I do hope they made it down okay.  The husband said the wife read that it was rated an easy hike.  That is not how I would rate this hike as even when you're on top, it's not the easiest going either.  I think he did much better than she did but still; what an effort on their part.  I was glad to get down as it's not the easiest trail as it's slippery and so worn now.  There are step-offs that you really have to find a hand-hold to get down the bigger step downs; mostly because you don't want to slide when you land.  There was a lot of people traffic as I was coming down too.

I need to remember to hike this counter-clockwise next time.  I had my sandwich under a tree while I tried to find the directions to the Mescal Trail on HAZ.  The internet was dicey out here so I couldn't find what the TH name was and when I asked google, it said I didn't have any internet.  I guessed that it was the Long Canyon Road but that was a wrong guess. I could have started from there but it was so crowded as were all of the trailhead access points on this road.  I had to remind myself it was Tuesday as it seemed like a weekend out here.   

So I decided I would stop by the Romain Room at Sedona Consignment and check out what the new owners had done with it and then do Airport Mesa Loop.  Once I went back and looked at what was the Romain Room I knew this was not good as everything was red-tagged at 1/2 price.  Our previous contract was supposed to be honored but that was not the case nor did this person have the passion about the art as the previous owner.  I made the decision to take everything out which meant making room in Tonto Jr for all of these framed art pieces.   

Nothing like driving all that way and back for a 2.88 mile hike but it just seems like 2020 continues to bite! I think the AEG the phone's route came up of 965 was incorrect so I changed it to 503 ft. Here is the video I put together [ youtube video ] I do like the movies the Note produces, the stabilizer is great and picture quality seems nice as well. It just seems harder to hold the phone and hike and film; it's a phone balancing issue that I haven't figured out.

Here is the video from 2012 (all movies), it's interesting to look back on it vs now: [ youtube video ]

WATCH:  2.88 miles in 1:55 at avg speed 1.4MPH (4520 to 4995 feet), avg 124 bpm with max 176 bpm, burned 698 calories, 63.8 degrees and 20% humidity at 11:59AM
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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Nov 15 2020
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2020
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Hiking2.49 Miles 381 AEG
Hiking2.49 Miles      49 Mns   3.05 mph
381 ft AEG
 
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Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Clockwise. 1 lizard, 1 rabbit, 3 people on the trail.

Watch: 2.38 miles in 49:28 avg 2.8 MPH, avg 131 bpm - max 153 (15 in zone 5, 21 in zone 4, 13 in 3), burned 330 cal, 78.8 degrees, 12% humidity at 3:16PM
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Nov 13 2020
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve Loop Union, AZ 
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve Loop Union, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2020
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Hiking10.93 Miles 1,708 AEG
Hiking10.93 Miles   4 Hrs   54 Mns   2.48 mph
1,708 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
I saw that Linda had been hiking up in my area a couple weeks ago so suggested if she comes up this way again, we could hike together. And then, she took me up on it and I thot "what was I thinking" cuz I'll never be able to keep up with her let alone bag some peaks ](*,) . She assured me, however, that this would be a talking hike.

We had planned for a week ago but the temps were too hot so we arranged to meet this AM at the TH. I took along my trekking poles to help with the uphill. Surprisingly Linda kept the perfect pace for our climb up Union Peak and I was able to keep up. Quite a bit of haze to the east for our short visit at the top. On the way down we had the option to continue on the Cactus Wren so we went that way. The last I had been on this whole trail was in Jan 2014. But before we got to the bottom we were both surprised to see so much cholla on this side of the mountain and what appeared to be an old road that goes straight up that mountain... to do what?

We both enjoyed the Cactus Wren Trail; especially when we saw some sort of what looks like mining activity that must have taken place back in the day. We explored around this area by what appears to be an old road and noticed similar activity to the west of here on both sides of the trail.
https://sonoraninstitute.org/files/pdf/ ... 312012.pdf USGS Porphyry Tracts Copper, Lead, Zinc Occurrence STUDY. I also found this https://www.phoenix.gov/parkssite/Docum ... 8_Plan.pdf that is pretty interesting actually. It covers the whole valley! One of the things I picked up was: desert restoration is more costly than preservation since natural processes alone take decades to reestablish flora and fauna. Tests done at the Desert Experimental Range in Utah indicate that once damaged, desert plants may take 30 years to improve from poor to good condition and some species never recover (Ginsberg 1976)
But now after all that Rx, I found this on HAZ [ Triplog ] , check out the trip report and I think that explains it and maybe some of the other things Linda and I observed along this part of the hike. However, LINDA, you shouldn't probably watch the videos since you're not fond of flying. The area where the aircraft landed starts around the 20 minute video in the second video. I found this as well: http://www.arizonawrecks.com/wrecksfrom ... alley.html

Next up was Dixie Peak for Linda and a break for me; just didn't have it to get up there too. And since this was really Linda's hike I suggested we do Western Vista; I felt I should be able to do that one. Along the way I noticed some trail work had been done to provide for the coming rain to keep the water draining off the trail; would be nice to see it tested out. I climbed 1/2 way up Western Vista and waited at the saddle for Linda to top it off.

From there it was down from Cholla Saddle, the second area where we observed many cholla for the day, and alongside the wash and then up the last long hill to join up with Hawk's Nest and finish off our day... a little longer than I think we anticipated. Linda set a good pace for me and it ends up being my longest hike and AEG of the year... surprised? me neither :lol:

Linda agreed to help me drink my Pecan Pie Ale from AZ Wilderness Brewery and then we parted ways.

WATCH: 10.52 miles in 4:53:23 at 2.1 MPH (lowest elev 1586, highest 2227) 129 avg bpm, max 166 bpm (1:26 in Zone 5, 1:23 in Zone 4, 1:27 in Zone 3, 21 min Zone 2) Burned 1855 calories. 51.7 degrees (that can't be right) at 1PM with 35% humidity
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Nov 11 2020
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Hedgpeth 3-Summits, AZ 
Hedgpeth 3-Summits, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2020
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Hiking8.53 Miles 1,601 AEG
Hiking8.53 Miles   3 Hrs   38 Mns   2.52 mph
1,601 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I'm practicing for my hike with Linda this Friday so this seemed a good choice for what she has planned. I wanted to do Thunderbird Park and I found the 3-Summits route Jake and Barrett had taken in the past and that seemed to fit my ticket. I was going to do it in the morning but by golly, it was too cold so I waited until after lunch. Sadly, this is my biggest AEG this year :stop:

I started up the hill and realized the route I needed to be on was to the north of the hill so I went over that way and followed the trail over, up and around a little hill and down to another parking lot and then up the hill. However, I knew this was my last hill so I headed back down and realized I hadn't downloaded the route as I was just following all the optional trails that have been recorded here on RS. So I had to wait almost ten minutes⌚ for the route to load and then was able to hike a bit down the road and hand an east heading toward the big mountain in front of me. You can see the trail as it contours on the side but first you have to figure out how to get to it from the next parking lot you encounter.

So now to tackle this route which was indeed, as rocky as I had heard. I read that others said how rough it was and they were glad they wore boots... next time I'll listen. These trails had rough spots off and on the entire route. It was going to be interesting to see how this trail got me all the way to the top of this rather large mountain so it was fun to see how I would get up there. The temp was pleasant enough but there were moments that I thot maybe I should have gone in the morning but I was fine and enjoyed the whole time out there.

Cholla Loop It really is amazing what a nice route they have put together for you to get up from the west to the north side of the mountain :) using interesting switchbacks. And then you get up on the volcanic rock laden top and see you have a little more to go... and not only that, you have to go down and then back up again to get to what I assume is the true summit of Thunderbird Park mountain. The views are pretty great up here too. I could see over to where I had hiked last Friday to the Deem Hills. I would call them the little sisters to these mountains here at Thunderbird Conservation Park.

It seems like it takes quite a bit of time to get back down and just when you think you are down to the bottom there is a tad more bottom to get to. Also, the city creeps in here as does the city sounds like a blower; I do hate those things as there sound carries so far. Finally I make it around to the east side and can see my next summit in front of me. Oh, by the way, the stinkweed is something else out here. It was very tall, very thick, very healthy. However, even in this dormant state, it adds a pretty muted gold color to the landscape.

As I was looking over to this next summit I was hoping the trek would take me up the east side as that looked easier than coming up from the west, and thankfully it did. Arrowhead Point Trail seems to be quite a popular hike as the people traffic was quite significant. The lava rocks are all around as you continue up to a level ridgeline before you hit the flagged summit. I think this is the summit my brother and I did back in January 2004. I can only find 3 pictures and I can't believe that's all we took :o so I'll have to see if I can find anymore.

I spoke with a hiker who had re-located from Sierra Vista and I told him about hikearizona.com. We also discussed all the great hiking down around Sierra Vista. I snapped a few more pictures and then headed west over to the other side of the ridge and then it takes you down the mountainside via a very long switchback. Then you get to cross that rather cool bridge and head west to the other TH. Here the traffic is so loud and I find this incredibly annoying. Fortunately once I got up onto the Sunrise Trail, that sound would be less loud.

On this side I got to hike in some shade and encountered a few silent hikers and when I complained out lout to a couple more hikers coming at me, the one fellow says, I'm friendly and I'll say "hi". Once you hit the intersection to go up the mountain, I felt like I was on a hiking freeway with all sizes, shapes, colors, and ages of people and it wouldn't stop. Wow. Well I guess at this point, it provided me some entertainment as I was definitely feeling worn down. I have never hiked this far without a break before and other than my back being a little sore I felt pretty good.

After snapping a few pictures I head down and around the other side of the top. The mass of people didn't let up until I got up the hill past the Thunderbird Reservoir. I grabbed Tonto Jr. and drove into the interior near a ramada-area so that I could enjoy my beer with a nice view of the ridge. I could still see lines of people on the ridge and heading up Sunrise.

Watch 7.9 miles (mileage was off by 1/2 mile this time) 2.1 avg MPH, (1363 lowest elev, 1939 highest) avg bpm 137, high 167 (1.38 in Zone 5, 1.16 in Zone 4, 41 min in Zone 3) burned 1565 calories. 64.3 degrees at 4:32PM (huckleberry beer time :), 20% humidity
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Nov 10 2020
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2020
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Hiking2.81 Miles 518 AEG
Hiking2.81 Miles   1 Hour   3 Mns   2.72 mph
518 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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I feel like I need to do some sort of exercise everyday; especially when all I'm doing at home is scanning pictures, writing a couple historical stories, collecting research and a load of laundry...

So Lookout will be my outside gym as it's 5 minutes from my house. Today, I planned to park on the hill and hike up but then I saw a fire truck in the circle below the gate so I decided to walk up that way. There were also a few people sitting around there, one was getting a hair cut and another had some sort of big commercial movie camera. I made some comment about having a party but that didn't elicit further commentary so I don't know what that was all about.

And then as I approached the parking area I saw two more fire trucks, a big and little one. I started up the trail and scanned the mountain for the firemen or is it first responders now? Anyway, I finally saw a bunch of them just below Lookout's western hump where a few of you have done some rapelling. About this time I also ran into my former roommate/friend, Kathy, again but she was running so we just exchanged hellos. Isn't that odd I would run into her on my last two hikes and at different times here.

I tried to get a couple photos on my route up to the western saddle but am discovering that this Note's zoom is pretty bad; either that or I don't know how to use it properly. I continued my hike around the western humps and came back to the western saddle. As I hiked the trail below Lookout's western hump, some of the responders were part way down the mountain and looks like they were setting up some sort of rope system. One of them saw me and we exchanged waves and hellos.

You know it's very discouraging since all the new hikers have hit Lookout as there are trails all over the place. Really... if you come out to hike and get exercise, why are you cutting corners :( . This one side of the mountain will soon be all rock. One section has four cut-through trails. I can see where they keep putting up the big rocks to try and block them but they are going to have to resort to signs to be successful which of course, they said they don't want to do.

Watch: 2.74 in 1.04:14 at avg 2.5 mph. 134 avg bpm, 162 max (25 min in Zone 5, 15 in 4 and 16 in 3 - picture taking effected this I'm sure) burned 437 calories. 64.3 degrees, 19% humidity at 3:24PM
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Nov 08 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2020
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Hiking3.53 Miles 718 AEG
Hiking3.53 Miles   1 Hour   27 Mns   2.46 mph
718 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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I was going to do Shaw Butte but with threatening rain, it's easier and faster for me to get off Lookout so I opted for that. And now, with a cooler day, I tackled the upper route which is a 250ft gain on not the best terrain in 1/4 mile. And then it's around to the south side and up that side of Lookout with the last part being 200 feet in two tenths. And the rest is just a normal jaunt around the western humps and east.

However, I did run into my former roommate/co-worker from my days at the Biltmore in 1981. I think this is the third time we've encountered each other on the trail. We exchanged a few words but she was on limited time so we both went our own ways. The Biltmore doesn't plan to open again until January but she rather doubts that it will open then. Kathy is a Banquet Captain.

I tried to pick up my speed for the last 3/4 mile or so. Probably saw a dozen hikers and dogs (saw way too much dog crap ON the trail :( , the most I've ever seen). It was a brisk afternoon and now it's time to get groceries. That has changed during retirement as I usually had cereal for breakfast and tv dinners for work lunch; now I have to plan my meals. I actually picked up a couple tv dinners as I kind of like them and haven't had any for awhile :lol: . And guess what, I don't have to go to work tomorrow.

WATCH: 3.49 miles, 1:27:26 at 2.3 MPH, 131 avg bpm 159 max bpm (20 min, Zone 5, 36 min Zone 4, 30 min Zone 3) burned 587 calories (1 mi up, 1.22 down) 62.5 degrees 36% humidity at 3:55PM
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Nov 06 2020
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Deem Hills - Inner Figure EightPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2020
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Hiking5.10 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   2.37 mph
980 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Since I wussed out of an overnite AZT event due to the forecast, I had to pick a hike to do and this was it. Did I miss somewhere about how cool an area this is to hike? I looked thru previous trip reports and only a couple mentioned how lovely it is out here. I did learn that in the trip reports, it's better NOT to hike here when the snakes can dominate the Hills. I did see lots of former HAZers in the trip reports too; wonder where they are now?

It was warmer than I thot it was supposed to be but it didn't feel like the temperature. Besides, it was an overcast day which means, no sunglasses or a hat and that's a big deal in my book. I arrived at the east TH where there were still 3 spots available to park out of the dozen or so available spots.

I started up toward the hills and noticed right away that it is a pretty rocky trail. It was a nice up as Ups go. The scenery even at this level was not what I expected as I thot it would be like the Phx Sonoran Preserves but it's different, mostly because of all that basalt. And there is a lot in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

I eventually got over to the other side of the mountain and to an intersection. I had the route loaded but I couldn't tell which way it went first. I opted for the Up route on the east side of the hill. It's a bit roly poly and a bit rocky. And by rocky I mean the rocks are stuck into the dirt. Soon you get a good visual of the canal and I could look across to the Phx Sonoran Preserve. The breeze had picked up so that was nice.

From there it was down the hill and switching occasionally to join up with the original intersection that I had done a bit of a circle before picking my route. And even here I wasn't sure as the route on RS looked like it was covering ground I had already been on so I dropped down over the south side and more or less went east. This is the side where you see all the houses but you are looking east so you don't pay them much mind. The hillside was dotted with lots of basalt with desert flora sprouting between all of the rocks. You can see the trail stretched out before you and once you come up slightly out of the bowl I headed west and north eventually, after deciding no to a couple other trail options, with the Circumference Trail.

My route was Circumference, Palisade, Circumference, Palisade, Circumference. No wonder I was a little confused :-k . As usual I opted to go a little higher rather than the lower trail before I hooked up with the trail back to my waiting Huckleberry beer and buffalo stick. I saw about 7 hikers and 4 dogs; that's it. One of the hikers even laughed at my, what's that grey stuff in the sky observation. Anyway, I'll be adding this to my hiking repertoire except during snake season.

I did take a few too many photos but being as this was a first time hike of this area, it stands to reason. I also tried out using Video Pro on my phone. I put together a movie and included these and other photos: [ youtube video ] and I used music by HAZ's LosDosSloFolks (thank you).

WATCH: 4.79 miles (so gps. must not have locked in right away) in 2:13:25 at 2.1 avg MPH (1543 - 2072 feet), avg bpm 130, max 156 (37 min in Zone 5 max, 44 min zone 4, 51 zone 3), burned 888 calories, 72.8 degrees with 19% humidity at 10:08 AM Huckleberry beer time.
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Nov 04 2020
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Phoenix Sonoran Preserve High Point Loop, AZ 
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve High Point Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2020
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Hiking5.74 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking5.74 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   3.05 mph
800 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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yep, felt a bit like I was walking this trail in my sleep as I only had five hours. Nonetheless, here I was on one of my favorite trails enjoying the nice temperature and occasional nice breeze and not a horde of hikers. I'm likin' this part of my retirement. I did Sidewinder/Apache Vista first and then on Ridgeback and up. I handled the hill well I thot. I chatted with an older biker at the top of Ridgeback about critters we had run across while out and discussed various areas we bike/hike.

But now I had a mission, get down this mountain so I could enjoy a huckleberry morning.

Watch: 5.71 miles in 2:02:20 at 2.8 avg speed, 129 bpm (max 158) and 23 min in Zone 5, 50 in Zone 4 the rest in Zone 3 aerobic. Burned 804 calories :) (just imagine what the rest of you do on some of your hikes!) 62.5 degrees in 37% humidity altho the humidity didn't seem that high.
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Oct 31 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Mountain Preserve Loops, AZ 
Phoenix Mountain Preserve Loops, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2020
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Hiking7.38 Miles 1,342 AEG
Hiking7.38 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   2.49 mph
1,342 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Wow, what's up with this: Clouds. A nice breeze. Cool temp. Is Fall really here? Trick or Treat👻🧹👺🎃

I had a couple different routes in mind but wanted to tackle 8B so today was the day. From 38th St TH I headed for VOAZ which is a favorite of many of us who hike out here. From there it was over to 304. Saw a bunch of bike riders resting at the junction. In fact, quite a few bike riders and hikers, leashed and unleashed dogs were out this morning but there was also a lot of time when it was just me.

I haven't hiked up 8B in so long that I don't remember the last time. I had planned to come at it from 8 but changed my mind and followed 304 all the way to Joe's parking lot and then cut over to 8B and started heading up. It has a couple steep areas but not as bad as I remember from coming down it the last time.

Once you get to the saddle there are lots of people as this is an intersection where you have a few different choices. Mine would be the lovely Ruth Hamilton over to the paved hill. Today I could see all the way to Picketpost from the paved hill. They have planted some palo verde trees along side the road and have taken down the sign that used to be at the driveway of this house so maybe it sold. I guess time will tell.

I always think it is down hill from the house but there is a little up before the downhill ensues. And instead of taking 8A to the TH, it was so nice, I decided to extend my route and continued to the west and toward 8 once again. I ended up on the lower part of 1A. As I headed off the north side of 1A it seems they have laid a bunch of new rock on the hill part; it's a pain to walk downhill on. Once I hit the first junction I went down the steep little hill and around and up across Happy Hour Ridge and back to the TH. That last part of the hill up to the ridge is steep but very short. I haven't taken it in a while either so I was glad to check that one off. On the way down I saw two lizards.

Now I would start encountering more bike riders and hikers and something I haven't seen before; a gal was walking (leading) her horse.

I forgot my beer again ](*,) and I thot of it last nite but forgot to remind Alexa. Oh well, one of these times I'll remember.

Watch: 7.17 miles in 2:58. Avg speed 2.4 MPH, Avg heart rate 132 BPM, max 159. (52 minutes at Max (5), 1 hr 8 min at Anaerobic (4) and 56 min at aerobic (3)) 1222 calories burned. 62.5 degrees at 32% humidity (definitely felt the humidity) at 10:39AM.
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Oct 30 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Hood Walk, AZ 
Hood Walk, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 30 2020
tibber
Hiking2.03 Miles 22 AEG
Hiking2.03 Miles      45 Mns   2.77 mph
22 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Happy HAZoween Eve. Wanted to get a litte pre-walk in before my hike tomorrow AM. It seems if I can get in a little walk before hiking, it's a tad easier to get going on the hike. Plus I wanted to see the 'hood's decor as some houses did a nice job decorating.

RS and my watch didn't agree too much on this one today. Watch said I did 1.86 miles in 35 minutes so I think I'm going to say the watch had a technical glitch. Oh, now when I scroll down the watch says: 35 minute workout duration with 45 minute total which matches up with RS. 3.1 avg MPH, 118 bpm, 133 max (most of the minutes were at Level 3), 260 workout calories burned (that should cover that piece of cake I had :lol: ) but 270 total. (the other 10 was probably from Tibbermode)

Temp 78.8 at 6:58PM 20% humidity
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Oct 29 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2020
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Hiking2.50 Miles 377 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles      52 Mns   2.88 mph
377 ft AEG
 
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first official day of retirement after a busy three days at the office. So I went for a double. I did an 8:30 AM Strength class (first time I've done a workout class that early in many years; I prefer 9:45AM). Anyway, my body adjusted okay to this but it's an easier class. As some know, I really workout to hike.

And since the afternoon temps are reasonable for a couple days, I opted for quick loop counter-clockwise around Lookout. I never encountered one hiker :o BUT I did see a lizard. There was a nice breeze as I hiked south which seems to be the norm lately. The air in the far distance seemed smazy all the way around. 82.3 degrees at 3:52PM 15% humidity, nice breeze. Watch 52:45, 2.44 miles, 2.7 avg mph

I was curious how my hiking health stats compared to my workout class. I always seem to burn more calories hiking via my Strength classes, I think mostly because my heart rate is higher longer.

Strength Class 51:24, 270 calories, (9 min at Zone 5, 21 min at Zone 4) 126 avg bpm, max 172 bpm
Hike today 52:45, 379 calories, (22 min at Zone 5, 24 min at Zone 4) 125 avg bpm, max 175 bpm
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Oct 26 2020
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Hood Walk, AZ 
Hood Walk, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2020
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Hiking2.40 Miles 20 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles      42 Mns   3.43 mph
20 ft AEG
 
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Was supposed to workout but got delayed at the Title company thus couldn't get home in time to change and go to the club, thus Plan B.

HTB 51% 62.9 continuous heavy breeze.
Watch: 2.21 miles, avg speed 3MPH, avg bpm 107 (20 min in Level 3, 24 in Level 2), 216 calories
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Oct 24 2020
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Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2020
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Hiking3.64 Miles 483 AEG
Hiking3.64 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   2.99 mph
483 ft AEG
 
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Still hard to believe it was cloud covered all day today so I made the decision to do my first late afternoon hike since last spring. As I got out of Tonto Jr I had a rhetorical conversation:
Self - you know it's overcast so what does that mean? No hat, no sunglasses.
Self - you do realize it's only 87? What?
Self - did you notice there is even a slight breeze that is actually blowing cool air? On my!
Self - you do see that there are two rather small orbs in the sky? that's nice too.

I feel good, ya! I got up all the little hills with relative ease and even added on an additional mile. And hopefully next time I can step up and hike the higher tier. Probably saw a dozen hikers. The skies seemed fairly clear as I could see a good distance in every direction. Guess I better enjoy this temp while I can as I see it's heating up again on the 1st... of November :x .

So my first week of retirement went well with 3 good hikes and 3 gym classes at 3 different gyms including two in one day (Black Mountain hike in the AM and a class in the late afternoon). I'm lichen it :)

(For my records, Watch - 1:14 time, 3.61 miles, 2.9 avg speed, 133 avg bpm (23m at 5, 32 at 4, 19 at 3), 514 calories (yeah, some to spare), 84.1 degrees and 27% humidity.
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Oct 22 2020
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Over John Quartz Slate, AZ 
Over John Quartz Slate, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2020
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Hiking7.40 Miles 1,034 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   2.92 mph
1,034 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Hikin' on a Thursday. Still just feels like a long vacation plus I have to work Mon-Wed next week while my replacement retrieves her car from the east coast.

The entrance has a most interesting card reader set up. Picked this clockwise loop to get in some miles. It was a little warmer than I expected. The Clay Mine Trail once you come off of Go John entrance, is tapped down very nicely than when I was on it last as it just barely been cut. I, of course, was looking forward to the shade of Overton as I hiked the western side of this loop. Encountered 5 people two dogs on this section. Introduced one of the hikers to lichen. As you near the top of Overton, I saw some of the burn area so took a few pictures. This part was still in the shade and it's when you get closer to Go John that you can really see more of the burn that swiped across this section. There were a couple really green plants here and there though.

On my way down Go John I encountered 3 more people and then another 3 at the junction with Clay. The 3 at the junction were looking at a map so I advised them about the loop I just did. However, they wanted to get back to Overton and I advised them on that but the one lady with them said, "no, that's not what we want", so I walked away. I continued on Go John to the bench as you get part way up the eastern hill (checked the temp as it seemed warm, it was 80) and then continued toward the Quartz Trail. I did encounter a very nicely dressed gentleman that looked like he should be hiking in the tropics. A+ for style as everything matched beautifully. :)

I took a break at the north Quartz saddle to take a couple bites of my granola bar; however, it had chocolate in it so it was melty and hard to eat. I headed down the Quartz and Slate only seeing one other soul on a bike. So this is what it's going to be like to hike on a weekday. Got back to Tonto Jr and realized I should have brot a beer to drink but I did go ahead and have a brew when I got home; it's just not the same as sitting at the TH. The only wildlife I saw today was a coyote on the drive in, a lizard and a squirrel. Oh, the 360 distant air was VERY smazy this morning; especially around Black Mountain area it seemed; sorry Greg and Cathy.

For my personal record - Watch numbers: 7.29 on miles in 2:36 avging 2.7 MPH and 130 bpm with a high of 155 bpm. I spent 40 minutes at max Heart Zone 5, an hour at Zone 4, an hour at Zone 3. Burned 1069 calories. Watch says it was 68 degrees and 23% humidity but google said it was 80 at 17% humidity.

So far this week I did a hike on Sunday, a hike on Monday and I went to gym class, Wed I went to a new gym class at a different gym, hike today and tomorrow I'll try a different gym and class again (I now belong to 3 gyms, I'd like to say Clubs but Denny calls me out on that :lol: .) Currently that's why my retirement is like: what am I going to do for exercise today?, which reminds me, I need to go book a class for tomorrow AM.
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