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Feb 15 2020
joebartels
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Sonoran North via Apache Wash, AZ 
Sonoran North via Apache Wash, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2020
joebartels
Hiking16.04 Miles 2,178 AEG
Hiking16.04 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   3.12 mph
2,178 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Sunrise, wildflowers, hot air balloons galore & extremely light catclaw. Very few hikers in the first ten miles. Unseen yipping coyotes and a meadowlark jlp identified was the notable wildlife.

7.76 miles in poured out a third of a bottle of water, got tired of carrying it. My fanny pack could probably hold enough water for 30 miles on these flat trails.

Roughly 1/4 billion African daisies nearing the Carefree Highway

Spanish red skin peanuts for lunch were very good, like fresh peanut butter.

South Kaibab esque torture the final couple miles. You just swear it's never going to end.

Nice to have a clue what the North Sonoran Preserve is all about. 16mi before noon so I'm still out hiking now.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Extremely promising
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Feb 11 2020
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2020
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Hiking2.37 Miles 1,194 AEG
Hiking2.37 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   1.71 mph
1,194 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Brittlebush is about to bust a move based on a few standouts and buds galore on others.

Slip 3 weeks ago today appears to be on route to full recovery.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
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Feb 09 2020
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2020
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Hiking2.78 Miles 1,268 AEG
Hiking2.78 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   1.56 mph
1,268 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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Forgot to note I saw a carpenter bee on Friday. What made it cool was stumbling upon it chitting the chat with the gentleman that taught me the difference between a bumble bee and a carpenter bee last year.

The notable bond of all these people is respect. Going a pebble heavy in the Fortress of Solitude is unwise for all.

Give a criminal a gun and your public is losin'.
Anthony L. Ray - 1988
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Feb 08 2020
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 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Willow - Massif - Salt - Dilemma - 2881 Loop, AZ 
Willow - Massif - Salt - Dilemma - 2881 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2020
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Hiking12.44 Miles 2,906 AEG
Hiking12.44 Miles   8 Hrs   3 Mns   1.78 mph
2,906 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Bruce elongated a route by @hikerdw with a side trip. We headed out with the wrestling fan Kacklepelli. To put it lightly it's a smorgasbord of views. From the makeshift trailhead we followed a powerline road that faded before passing over FR 1817. Then we were in the true origin of Willow Creek heading down.

Willow is never tough, never boring, good little workout. We were minutes from the sun the whole friggin way down. Guess who dressed lite...lol On the brightside(gasp), views popped often around the bends.

Canyon Lake Massif was the side trip. Chums has yet to chastise my naming of this little gem, borderline seal of approval! It's a treat at sunrise and sunset. Unfortunately an annoying glare in harsh light. Views down on Mormon Flat Dam stole the show in better light.

Next we took the lowest tributary of Willow to Willow proper and the final hurrah to the Salt River. Cool tickle once and appears to be very popular by an army of foot prints. A bunch of HAZ'r tracks on MapDEX too.

Up and out of Willow we scattered then I led to the horns of dilemma for lunch. Other than Black Glass Canyon I'm not a huge Goldfield fan. The Horns of Dilemma is a rock solid knockout punch. Intriguing in itself but listen kid, the views. The Four Peaks to the Rolls. A few hikes directly across the Salt I enjoy, notably for the debatable history.

After lunch Karl took the lead and it was like watching the old fern grow. Totally exaggerated because he dishes out the trash talk with the best of 'em. 2881 was on our route. There was mumble of side skirting the ascent until solid reasoning entered. Turned out to be a double false summit ascent. Easy peasy tiptoe around cholla otherwise.

Then I got a big ol' slice of humble pie descending the flipside. A steep descent down loose terrain through a never ending lightly scattered cholla mine field. The guys were extremely patient with my miserably slow three point crawl down. Got lucky without a single slip, which would have been an ugly mess.

We checked out a litchen plastered ridge then backtracked to FR 1817 then back to square one.

Synopsis
The net views are tough to beat. Thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommend for the avid. Not itchin' to return for a few years. I would not bring a dog I loved on this hike. Any car can access.
Culture
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Benchmark
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Feb 07 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2020
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Hiking2.52 Miles 1,209 AEG
Hiking2.52 Miles   1 Hour   34 Mns   1.72 mph
1,209 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Little girls pink coat on a fire hydrant at the turn into the neighborhood for days must have a story behind it :scared:

Said hello to the respectables, respected my elders regardless and throttled the challenges. Another new hello from a multi year regular. I consider it a success. Overhead newbie chit-chat in passing about the elevation impacting their pace... always interesting
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Feb 01 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Needle Vista - Hackberry - 2811 Lasso Loop, AZ 
Needle Vista - Hackberry - 2811 Lasso Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2020
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Hiking14.57 Miles 2,502 AEG
Hiking14.57 Miles   10 Hrs   59 Mns   1.56 mph
2,502 ft AEG   1 Hour   39 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Goldfields are sorta cool. First Water Creek Canyon options rank similar for myself. Neither are my favs, a trip is typically enjoyable.

Wanted to utilize Needle Vista's easy, paved and abundant parking. Check. The unofficial well used route to the tidy looking Hackberry system of trails is a fabulous option. Popular with horses but not destroyed like a historical SoMo trail that gets a bad rep.

FWC heading in exceeded my expectations. Almost 4 miles in we turned east/right to gain the blobbed ridge that separates FWC from a no name drainage with an upper origin near Cholla Tank dubbed Cholla Tank Canyon on Nov 07 2015 by Bruce. Anyhow we made adjustments to my planned route based on the terrain. Stumbled upon a pioneer if not decades sooner Oro and sun glyph overlooking Cholla Creek.

Still recovering from a slip 12 days ago on wet rock I made a crucial mistake on this hike. Brought my daypack instead of my fanny pack. Had to carry the cumbersome pack in various positions for the hike. Got a serious workout.

Four Peaks, Malpais and Canyon Lake views along with good luck route finding had our hike moving right along with smiles. As an ol' friend I haven't visited in 15 years neared I was full of anticipation. 2811 is a little gem destination. Sketchy footing and a slightly intimidating route keeps return trips to a minimum. Yellow litchen foreground with a lake and the Four Peaks views is a winner in my book. After a fab lunch we headed on down.

Bruce questioned my route and we switched it up. Bushwhacking beat the life out us. Bruce did ALL the work and I still struggled to keep up. The last tenth of a mile or so to FWC was a gift. Someone recently cut a path. A good fifteen foot tunnel at the end that would be a lot of work with anything less than a long blade chainsaw.

FWC was a welcome sight. I just wasn't finding a grove. After a while I requested a break. Felt better and moved on. Next we unexpectedly opened a can of whoopass. Needed to wade some water. No biggie, get'r over. Slippery and up to mid chest on Bruce I figured I got it. In I went. Yeah it's cold and slippery. Wait a minute, why is the water near my neck. Pack balanced on my head. A little bit of laughing. Perhaps some screaming.

Oh it gets better. Bruce lost a bag of pistachios now floating in the water. Joker suggests I pick it up on route with my mouth. The impossible happened. On the second attempt I somehow managed to throw that sucker and he caught it. I'm notoriously known for a bad throw. Either that or the forty degree swim zapped me back to life.

We almost made a bad route finding decision with daylight passing quick. A little in I pitched my plea again. For once I had a clue what I was talking about. We backed the train up and got on course to get out before the warm star said goodnight. The loop I put together didn't pan out but this was certainly memorable.

I would not bring a dog on this hike. Lots of cholla. Road was paved. Tread of hike sucked for large portions. A fit scout could knock this out easier. Some of the views will probably draw me back. Glad Denny didn't come, never would have heard the end of it. Shockingly only crossed paths with a couple in the final ten minutes of our hike.
Geology
Geology
Chalcedony
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Leaves of red maids and dudleya no flowers
Lots of Brassica tournefortii in several areas, tiny flowers at best now
Lots of Canyon ragweed in the Hackberry spring vicinity for reference
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Jan 30 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Kiwanis / Telegraph Flipper Doodle, AZ 
Kiwanis / Telegraph Flipper Doodle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2020
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Hiking4.83 Miles 1,005 AEG
Hiking4.83 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   2.36 mph
1,005 ft AEG
 
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200 cops bicycling up 7th Avenue escorted by two alternating scooter cops. The small 12 slot parking lot was full. Only passed 3 hikers going up. 100% hellos on my little tibber test, none initiated by myself.

The right clouds with the right weather makes any day great. It catapults the canyon up Kiwanis to spectacular. Well if you can get over the invasives: powerlines, brassica tournefortii, etc

Telegraph TH was maybe 1/4 full. Heading back up to to telegraph pass I was thinking some bacon zipfizz would really boost my energy level. The steeper half was the busiest I encountered. A far cry from weekend crowds. Imagine it's loaded up with before/after work regulars but I never hit those time slots to know for sure.

Kiwanis TH still had 7 cars leaving. I fear our historic treasure Los Lomitas has been discovered.
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Wildflowers Observation None
None but based on previous months rain and nearby reports there might be a wave of germination underway
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Jan 26 2020
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2020
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Hiking2.94 Miles 1,198 AEG
Hiking2.94 Miles   1 Hour   56 Mns   1.90 mph
1,198 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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LosDos guilted me into pressing my luck, so I ignored the idea of rest in favor of studying popular destination control. Parking zoo ethics were in full swing, standard compton kill or be killed.

Nice day. Like anywhere you pretty much get the respect you dish out. Your deficit is greater at the center of a big city. Luckily metro Phoenix isn't in the top 30 most populated according to thoughtco.com.

Bottlenecked above the second rail. Everyone eased up for twenty to thirty seconds. Forty-ish politely rounded the blind corner staying to the right and nobody died. A 7-9 year old did jet inbetween. That was as dramatic as it got.

Quick chat with Kevin Hebert heading down. Wanted to hit a second lap. Bases loaded, perfect weather, yadda yadda yadda. Left unscathed, unspent energy, tiny workout satisfied.
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Jan 25 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Gateway - Lookout - Desert Park Loop, AZ 
Gateway - Lookout - Desert Park Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2020
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Hiking14.50 Miles 3,107 AEG
Hiking14.50 Miles   5 Hrs   53 Mns   2.68 mph
3,107 ft AEG      28 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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Bruce's week to pick. I requested a good trail-hike since I'm not up to snuff after a short hiatus. He came back with a 5,700 AEG idea... my kind of humor but we agreed to cut out 45%

We were on the frontline of the army of hikers since the preserves don't open until 5 hrs before the day is half over. The army was spaced out hundreds of yards but not wild-approved half-mile spacing.

The ascent up Bell Pass always gives the heart a workout. A nice breeze helped and I shed my AZ winter coat, a long sleeve shirt. Bell Pass down to Windmill was pleasant. Before heading up East End we took a slightly late five mile break. I saw a jackrabbit a couple times in the distant as I was sitting down. Apparently stalked us making a full circle around. Leaving, surprised he was nearby on the flipside.

We had a small group holding handily a furlong behind us heading up East End Trail. The boulders are cool. Tom's Thumb to Lookout Trail was busy with all ages. Squeaky friendly too. Heading up Lookout Trail I expected nobody. One group of 8-10 then three or four couples in our journey out-n-back.

We got the prime end lookout spot for a break. With everything so green it was a spectacular view. Bruce asked a couple wanting their photo taken where they were from. We run across more Michigan folk than seemingly possibly by standard Vegas odds. Of course Bruce is from Michigan so I know the next five minutes of my life will be filled with stories of ice fishing, hunting and kicking back at the rotary club on twelfth street.

The least used part of Tom's Thumb Trail is heading down west. The tread is not characteristic of the park but it's one of the best stretches up or down.

Opted for Desert Park Trail to complete the loop. Upscale neighborhood hiking at it's finest in the Valley of the Sun IMHO. Easier, quicker Saturday. Fanny packed it and boy howdy is a five pound pack nice!
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Jan 24 2020
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.81 Miles 1,280 AEG
Hiking2.81 Miles   2 Hrs   1 Min   1.45 mph
1,280 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Back after a two day off streak. Slow and steady to ease back into the rat race and be sure I didn't miss any turns. I got passed by whipper snappers 10 years my senior. Hello Friday was in full swing. Very nice weather, the sun felt great. One couple was enamored by the [ Pincushion Cactus ] so I mentioned the fruit supposedly tastes like strawberries though I think they taste like water. A couple regulars kept tabs on a soaring [ Red-tailed Hawk ]
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
There has been a brittlebush in bloom somewhere in the park since last spring.
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Jan 21 2020
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2020
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Hiking2.45 Miles 1,143 AEG
Hiking2.45 Miles   1 Hour   26 Mns   1.84 mph
1,143 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Concluded 771 consecutive days hiking which began 2017-12-12.
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Jan 18 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Exploring Arrastra Mountain Wilderness, AZ 
Exploring Arrastra Mountain Wilderness, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2020
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Hiking13.46 Miles 2,286 AEG
Hiking13.46 Miles   7 Hrs   15 Mns   2.17 mph
2,286 ft AEG   1 Hour   3 Mns Break
 
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7 years ago we experienced the perfect deluge navigating Peoples Canyon. I bombed the redux with two seemingly cool alternatives. Smidge heavy on walking dirt roads to access/exit. Bypassed then eliminated known cool geology. Explored what would be cool for most other places. Mildly interesting at best. No regrets.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
subtle hints for the most part
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Jan 11 2020
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Bluff Spring Mountain LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking16.05 Miles 2,520 AEG
Hiking16.05 Miles   8 Hrs   22 Mns   2.20 mph
2,520 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break
 
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Wave Cave trailhead was like Kaibab trailhead an hour before sunrise. Kinna cool IMHO, kinna funny. Peralta trailhead was maybe a lonesome dozen cars. Cardiac Hill is virtually effortless in mid to upper thirty degree temps fending off sweat and filling the lungs with crisp air.

Creeks were easy to ford with light flow. At the Terrapin junction we made a decision to go CW instead of CCW as we've done many times. Albeit no less traveled, the experience felt refreshingly new. Only minor nuisance catclaw(entire hike), overhangs declawed from use. Wore shorts because that's how we roll in paradise. Not a scratch.

Transitioning from Needle Canyon to LaBarge Canyon the hike grasped my attention. Perfect temps, light, landscape and Autumn on the farewell pendulum swing of the season.

Marsh Valley to LaBarge Spring was the prime bite. We explored Charlebois, lunched on the outcrop at Peter's junction then checked on LaBarge Spring.

A quarter mile of the easternmost bend of Bluff Spring Canyon was the only burn area on the entire loop. Singed chaparral. Cheatgrass is blanketing the area. Bust out the purple spray paint, it's invasive!

Great hike.
Flora
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Catclaw Acacia
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Bluff Spring Charlebois Spring
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Autumn Foliage Observation Light
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Bluff Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Further back now since pipe is broke

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout 20 gallons a minute
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Jan 05 2020
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.35 Miles 2,490 AEG
Hiking5.35 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   2.11 mph
2,490 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Towards the end of yesterday's 24 miler the thought of walking today was a concern. Forgot sleep, ice cream and pickle juice puts the life right back in you after a long hike.
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Jan 04 2020
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BCT - Bumble Bee to Antelope Creek Rd, AZ 
BCT - Bumble Bee to Antelope Creek Rd, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2020
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Hiking24.23 Miles 2,027 AEG
Hiking24.23 Miles   9 Hrs   58 Mns   2.74 mph
2,027 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
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19+ mtn bikers, 2 rabbits, 2 hawks, couple doz cows, a few target shooters / sign murders, only other hiker was Bruce. Remarkable tread throughout. Very little catclaw hanging over the trail. All declawed thanks to mountain bike traffic.

The trail that contoured an unnamed tributary from Government Wash to Antelope Rd was my favorite segment in both directions. Southern views out of the winding canyon are scenic.

Even though I planned this one, ultra low enthusiasm heading in. Only dislike was the final half mile to Antelope Rd. Great to see miles roll off quicker than a snails pace for a change. A little sore near the end may have been the best part.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
one wiry lotus
couple yella daisies
lots of parish goldeneye out of bloom
lots of desert trumpet out of bloom
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Jan 01 2020
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.97 Miles 1,295 AEG
Hiking2.97 Miles   1 Hour   27 Mns   2.17 mph
1,295 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Good old fashion busy, parked half a mile away :y:

Newbies are out in full force when you hear arguing over Camelback being tougher than Piestewa. Which is like arguing Superman vs. Mighty Mouse. They both pack a punch.

A kid leading his mom near the mile rails was maybe two and a half feet tall :o
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Bart Benchmark 3127Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.21 Miles 1,131 AEG
Hiking3.21 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   1.57 mph
1,131 ft AEG   1 Hour   24 Mns Break
 
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Daytripper
Gallydoll
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My first time out this close to Bartlett in 19.5 years. Wow, been missing out on some nice terrain.

Luckily there was plenty of shoulder parking room for a small army. Pam's New Years resolution is apparently go big or go home. Turnout was good then Prince and The Revolution, I mean Terry and his entourage pulled up.

Naturally we all hiked exactly a tenth of a mile apart except for photo ops. There is a majestic saguaro heading up the first or second hill. Based on Pam's advice I took a rarely used trekking pole. It proved to be a valuable asset on a couple steep grades as a third point of contact. Which was a tad concerning thinking about the return. Cholla was abundant. Per usual, if you respect the cholla then the cholla respects you.

Wind was a tad vicious. Almost put my goggles on but didn't want the cool kids to think I was some kind of freak. No clue why Cathy hangs out with Greg's driftwood personality but man is he fast! Kinna embarrassing, I was the last one to the peak.

Pam's New Year's Peak festivities went smooth despite James and Olivia snubbing us this year. There was chat of a sub group taking a loop return. Which would've been cool but I made a promise to be home early and I can't just "drive" by Squaw.

Heading down was much easier than anticipated. Thanks to last week's saturated ground, it was more of a pillow walk vs a slidefest as anticipated.

With a half mile to go I took my first and only sip of water to flush out the champaign from earlier.

While I lack bubbly charisma, it was great to see everyone! Sorry, didn't really get to meet Wendy/Lisa/TheRevolution but looked like they had fun. The hike, terrain and views were much better than anticipated. I look forward returning to this neck of the Tonto woods a little more often.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
exactly 1 chuparosa
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Dec 29 2019
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Dec 29 2019
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Hiking2.41 Miles 1,185 AEG
Hiking2.41 Miles   1 Hour   23 Mns   1.74 mph
1,185 ft AEG
 
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35 degrees at 8am. Tried going slow. Might take several five minute breaks heading up to fend off sweating but kept the evil freeze torture risk to a minimum. Bundled up hikers heading up as I finished. I hate the cold as much as any skilled whiner but it's really only shiver-cold for a quarter mile tops.

Blast from the 50's past...
Order in the court. The judge is eating beans. His wife is in the bathtub sinking submarines.
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Dec 28 2019
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.28 Miles 1,172 AEG
Hiking2.28 Miles   1 Hour   6 Mns   2.24 mph
1,172 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Wringed out my wet socks and dried with the heater on full blast heading back from the New Years hike. It was windy. The ticket was sunny and dry! The park was busier than anticipated.
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Dec 28 2019
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Quien Sabe PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2019
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Hiking12.20 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   5 Hrs   49 Mns   2.22 mph
2,400 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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Bruce and Denny graciously invited us to their annual New Year's hike.

With a known creek crossing in the first mile... could have come prepared for wet feet on a sub 40° hike.

The trail got sloppy muddy in spots. Expected after recent rains. Albiet no walk in the park the off trail wasn't as bad as nearby Skull Mesa. Which notoriously takes your shoes off in mud gluck.

Shortly after arriving at the peak it began to snow. The snow flake show picked up. Largest snow flakes I recall since childhood.

The beautiful warm sun made an appearance on the return.

Numb wet feet are generally a recipe for the worst. While I'm not eager for a repeat I'm grateful for the opportunity to hike with these fine folk!

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water report recorded in the field on our app Route Scout Based on the flowing Creek
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average hiking speed 1.99 mph
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