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Nov 01 2002
Cakewalk
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 Glendale, AZ
Cholla Loop H-3 - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2002
Cakewalk
Hiking3.50 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   1 Min   3.44 mph
500 ft AEG
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3 3/4 mile around the loop counter clock wise

Nice day - low 70's No other people
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Sep 02 2002
Cakewalk
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 Glendale, AZ
Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2002
Cakewalk
Hiking2.30 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles
1,300 ft AEG
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Did this at the crack of dawn as a HAZ Group Hike.... Parking lot was full by 5:40 am

Did the climb in average time - hour up/45 min down It was labor day and there was about 500,000 people on the trail. :D
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May 04 2002
Cakewalk
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 Joined Feb 03 2002
 Glendale, AZ
Picacho Peak, AZ 
Picacho Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 04 2002
Cakewalk
Hiking4.00 Miles
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.33 mph
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Did the hunter trail as part of a HAZ group.

This trail was more difficult than my irregular heartbeat expected. We did summit in an hour and a half, which seems pretty respectable.
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May 04 2002
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 Glendale, AZ
Hunter Trail - Picacho PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 04 2002
Cakewalk
Hiking 1,374 AEG
Hiking
1,374 ft AEG
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Did this trail as part of a HAZ group hike on 5-4-02

I found the trail to be somewhat difficult. The first section to the saddle is switchbacks, nothing exciting there. The elevation loss from the saddle is sudden and all at once. In some places, its nearly verticle.
The cables were a great help. Then back up the backside of the mountian. If you go early, you have a good amount of shade on the back side.

I would not recommend this hike as a first hike.
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Feb 03 2002
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 Joined Feb 03 2002
 Glendale, AZ
Ford Canyon Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2002
Cakewalk
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,170 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   5 Hrs      1.90 mph
1,170 ft AEG
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The date is a guess...

Did this as part of a HAZ group hike. Ford canyon was way more scenic than I expected. It was very windy which made it a little uncomfortable.
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Dec 18 2001
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 Joined Feb 03 2002
 Glendale, AZ
Alta TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2001
Cakewalk
Hiking 1,100 AEG
Hiking
1,100 ft AEG
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Im Glad this trail finally made the list. This is one of my favorites. I prefer starting at the south side at the end of the San Juan road. During wildflower season, it can be spectacular as the trail cuts thru a wide open field of yellow and red. You may want to shuttle as its nearly 5 miles from one end to the other. This really isnt a difficult trail, but the views of the city and the estrella mountians to the south are amazing.
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Oct 20 2001
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 Joined Feb 03 2002
 Glendale, AZ
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2001
Cakewalk
Hiking 2,497 AEG
Hiking
2,497 ft AEG
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This is not a beginner trail. After about 1/4 mile from the trailhead it takes off in a big way. And it never lets up! If you dig solitude, this is your hike. The trail is in pretty poor shape, there are long stretches of loose gravel and larger rocks on the trail, A real ankle biter if your not careful especially coming down. For the last 1/2 mile, you are on your own. Look for the cairns and stay on the ridge line. The massive quartz boulders are very impressive once you reach the summit. This is a great hike to add to your collection.
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Sep 03 2001
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 Joined Feb 03 2002
 Glendale, AZ
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2001
Cakewalk
Hiking5.00 Miles 2,497 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.25 mph
2,497 ft AEG
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This remote hike is one for the resume. I found the trail to be in poor condition. The final 1/2 mile is a scramble on the ridgeline to the top. Keep focused on the house sized boulders of white quartz, and you wont get lost.

You should not attempt this trial alone due to its remote location. You will need a high clearance vehicle to make it to the trailhead.
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Jun 23 2001
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 Joined Feb 03 2002
 Glendale, AZ
Quartz Peak Trail - Sierra EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2001
Cakewalk
Hiking 2,497 AEG
Hiking
2,497 ft AEG
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So anyways, I set out to hike the Quartz Peak trail. I printed out the directions from this website. Unfortunately I mis-read the directions and about 4 miles from the trial-head I turned left instead of right. I'm driving a low clearance Tiburon. When The mileage exceeded the directions, I attempted to turn around and got stuck in the sand. I was unable to get the car free. By now its like 9:30 am and after 2 hours of trying to dig out the car. I set out on foot to find help. I remembered seeing the ranch with the cannon in the front yard, So headed for it. My cell Phone was out of range. OK so I walked for 2 hours in the 95 degree heat. By the time I reached the ranch I was out of water and over heated and of course there was noone home. I did refill my water from the garden hose and rested a minute in the shade of the carport. I set out again and ended up walking a total of 10.7 miles before I was able to get a cell call out. I saw no other human being the whole time. Finally a friend came to get me. It was a horrible experience that could have ended in disaster. Morale of the story: If the directions warn of deep sandy areas, keep your sports car out of it! I still have yet to reach the trail-head of Quartz peak!
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Jun 05 2001
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 Joined Feb 03 2002
 Glendale, AZ
Alta TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 05 2001
Cakewalk
Hiking4.50 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs      2.25 mph
1,100 ft AEG
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We shuttled this one.. One car at south end while we started at the north side. Summit quickly and follow the contours of the mountian for a few miles, then head down. A very nice, peacful trail away from the crowds. One of my favorites
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Apr 15 2001
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 Joined Feb 03 2002
 Glendale, AZ
Flatiron Hike - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2001
Cakewalk
Hiking4.80 Miles 2,780 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   4 Hrs      1.20 mph
2,780 ft AEG
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We hit this trail in the middle of wildflower season... The first 3/4 mile or so was ablaze in a carpet of yellow. The mountian was still a bit damp from melting snow from a few weeks ago. Excellent hike, spectacular vistas from the top.
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average hiking speed 1.59 mph

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