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Apr 18 2009
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37 female
 Joined Mar 09 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Peak from 128th StreetPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2009
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,282 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.22 mph
1,282 ft AEG
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Just getting to the hike today was a pain because part of loop 101 was closed. However, after we got there we had a nice hike. There were quite a few people hiking the trail today. Also we saw 2 people biking on the trail. Again the dog carried all his own water. There was a small breeze during some of the hike, which was nice. Unfortunately it is starting to warm up in the city. Soon we'll have to be hiking farther from home. We drank more water today than usual. Most likely because the day was warmer and there is very little shade on the trail. The views were very nice as well. Nothing too eventful.
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Apr 12 2009
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37 female
 Joined Mar 09 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2009
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Hiking7.30 Miles 280 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   3 Hrs      2.43 mph
280 ft AEG
 
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This was a fantastic day for a hike. With the rain yesterday the ground was damp enough to keep from kicking up dust but dry enough not to be mud. White fluffy clouds in the sky and a cool breeze made this hike very pleasant.

This was the first time we actually hiked up the Bell trail and it was a blast. Before, we had stopped for lunch at the Weir trail and headed back. The scenery was very cool. We saw a few groups coming out after backpacking and one group going in. We have been wanting to try backpacking here but were unsure about where some good sites were. We explored around the area and saw some potential spots for camping. We had concerns about how crowded it might be on any given weekend because we did see the several groups who were out there this weekend.

We had lunch by Bell Crossing, relaxed for a while in the shade and then headed back out. We made really good time on the way out, making up for all of the photo ops we kept having on the way in! The dog did well today carrying all of his own water.
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Apr 04 2009
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37 female
 Joined Mar 09 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mountain Summit Trail #150Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2009
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Hiking1.80 Miles 517 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.20 mph
517 ft AEG
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Took dog and Vlado to try out my new insoles in my old boots. We did a combination of the Circumference Trail and the Summit Trail. Started the Circumference Trail clockwise and then took the turn that travels up a steep grade with some loose footing to the saddle. Stopped at the saddle for a drink and to catch our breaths. We saw several people who looked ragged from the climb up that far. I didn't have the heart to tell them that there was another climb yet to go to get to the top. I think they went back without that last climb anyway. They were wearing sneakers and made a comment when they saw us to the effect of, "Oh! That's what we need! Hiking boots!" Not that it can't be done in tennies, but there is definately some uneven footing on that trail. We continued up to the top for the lovely city views. We returned down the traditional summit trail to our car. On a side note, my insoles worked very nicely! New boots coming soon!
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Mar 28 2009
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37 female
 Joined Mar 09 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Palisade Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2009
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Hiking3.30 Miles 344 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.20 mph
344 ft AEG
 
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Hiked this as an exploration with Vlado and dog. There was hardly any info about this location on the HAZ site and my curiousity got the best of me. We hiked in the morning and had a breeze for most of the hike. For such a close location to the city we were surprised to have seen no one on the trail the entire time. We saw some people riding horses down by the canal as we were on our way out, but other than that, glorious solitude. One problem we had was that we had no idea where any of the trails went, so we ended up slipping and sliding down a hillside with loose footing just to have to climb back up it a few minutes later. I would go back to explore more of the forks that we didn't have the chance to try out this time. This would be a great hike to do when you are fed up with crowds at other locations.
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Mar 21 2009
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37 female
 Joined Mar 09 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Cave Creek / Skunk Tank LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2009
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Hiking10.20 Miles 1,120 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   5 Hrs      2.04 mph
1,120 ft AEG
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I had been wanting to hike the Cave Creek trail for some time. Vlado and I took the dog up, camped and set out the next morning. The weather was really nice and we had a breeze for most of the day. We decided to take the Skunk Tank trail to make a loop, however I don't think I would do it that way again. We really enjoyed our time by the creek and the gentle rolling up and down of the trail. Around three miles in we stopped and had lunch and then splashed around in the creek. Feeling refreshed we thought we'd tackle the climb up to the skunk tank. In retrospect we decided we would have preferred to go out the same way we came in. There wasn't a whole lot the Skunk Tank trail had going for it. A lot of climbing, no shade, no water. Well there was one very small stream where we stopped and took a breather and refilled our bottles. But overall, just a lot of work with very little reward. The views during the beginning of the climb were pretty fantastic but after that it was just tedious. The dog performed fantastically and so did we. This is the longest hike we have done together. It showed us what we can do, but we wouldn't do that particular trail again soon. Cave Creek was nice though!
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Mar 18 2009
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37 female
 Joined Mar 09 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mountain Summit Trail #150Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2009
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Hiking1.00 Miles 517 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles      45 Mns   1.33 mph
517 ft AEG
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Just me and the dog on this one this morning. I wanted something to challenge me a bit but wouldn't take all day. This was perfect for that. Unfortunately on the way down my dog saw another dog and suddenly decided he didn't want to obey my commands. Typical. Even worse was that he, being on a leash, pulled me along with him and I twisted my ankle in an unpleasant direction. The only option, aside from sliding down the rest of the mountain on my rear, was to tighten up my boot laces and continue. Which is what I did. The weather was a little warm and I wished I had started slightly earlier for going up a big hill type hiking. Nevertheless, the views were lovely. After some ice and elevation, my ankle seems to be holding up okay too.
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Mar 17 2009
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37 female
 Joined Mar 09 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Charles M. Christiansen Trail #100Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2009
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Hiking1.80 Miles
Hiking1.80 Miles   1 Hour      1.80 mph
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I finally got to go hiking with my buddy Alex (6 years old). We started at the visitor's center on 7th street and hiked along trail #100 for half an hour and then had to turn around and return. We had a fabulous time. We started at 7:30 AM when it was still nice and cool out. It still hadn't really started to warm up by time we got done. We had the opportunity to discuss Leave no Trace after he ate a banana and asked if he could throw the peel in the bushes. Another excellent opportunity for discussion arose when he asked if he could take a small rock home with him. The third time we discussed a related topic was when he asked what the "Area Closed" signs said and what they meant. I think this was an hour of really valuable respect-for-nature time for us. He wanted to keep going after we got back to the parking lot, but unfortunately we had places to go and people to see. I hope we get to go hiking together again soon!
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Mar 14 2009
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37 female
 Joined Mar 09 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Shaw Butte Trail #306Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2009
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Hiking2.70 Miles 761 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.80 mph
761 ft AEG
 
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Today we finally made an attempt to gain elevation on a hike. We had been doing mostly flat or minimal elevation gain hikes, so climbing a small mountain today was pretty tough. We didn't turn around and didn't stop and made it all the way to the top. YAY! There were a lot of people out today. I found that it is not a whole lot of fun hiking a trail with 50 other people you don't know. Regardless, it was still satisfying and gratifying to make it to the top even though we had to huff and puff our way there. Not planning to do that particular hike again soon, more for the amount of people than the climb though.
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Mar 07 2009
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37 female
 Joined Mar 09 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Camp Creek FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2009
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Hiking3.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   1.64 mph
600 ft AEG
 
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The hike started out a little chilly walking across the ridge at the beginning. I was wishing I had brought a sweatshirt. As we got going though, I felt fine. This was a really fantastic hike. There was plenty of water in the creek. The dog splashed around in it while Vlado and I tried to keep our shoes dry for the most part. We ran into a fairly large group coming out on our way in as well as a few people on horses. At the falls we had fun climbing around on the rocks and exploring a little ways upstream. We sat and sunned ourselves for a few minutes, enjoying the sound of the falls and the peace and quiet. On the return trip we saw some people with a couple of dogs. We got back to the truck almost 2 hours after setting out. This was a very nice hike!
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Mar 01 2009
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37 female
 Joined Mar 09 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2009
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Hiking2.30 Miles 587 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   1.97 mph
587 ft AEG
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I went on this hike today with Vlado and the dog. I got a little bit sunburned because it was my first day out this year sleveless and I didn't think to wear sunscreen :?
It was a good weather with a breeze on the higher areas of the trail but a little warm lower down with the mountain blocking the airflow. Vlado said the hike was a little bit long in his opinion since he hasn't been out hiking much recently. We are trying to remedy that! The mountain was fairly green today!
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Feb 21 2009
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37 female
 Joined Mar 09 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Ringtail Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2009
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Hiking2.40 Miles
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour      2.40 mph
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I hadn't been to McDowell before and I thought the dog and I could give this a try. It was an extremely easy hike. We took the Lost Dog trail to the Ring Trail and just followed the signs to make it a loop. The beginning of the hike was pretty crowded with people but once we got going we only saw a few people for the rest of the hike. As we got going we had some lovely scenic views and there was tons of cholla. So much that my dog got some stuck to his foot and it took me some effort to get it off without getting it stuck to me as well. After about 1 mile there was a sign directing us back to the parking lot indicating 1.6 miles. We took that fork and the views changed to looking at houses instead of mountains. A good portion of the trail at this point was along side roads. The trail was slightly downhill and then leveled out to be very flat. It was such an easy hike that I don't think I would do it quite that way again. There are several other trails that I think would offer more varied hiking and I'd like to try them out. Weather was really nice today!
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Feb 16 2009
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37 female
 Joined Mar 09 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2009
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Hiking2.30 Miles 587 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   1.97 mph
587 ft AEG
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I was looking for an easy hike that I could do with my dog after we have been fat and lazy all winter. This was a nice leisurely hike and we had beautiful weather for it. This is a good hike to help gear my body back up for some more challenging hikes later on!
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Nov 14 2006
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 Joined Mar 09 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
LV Yates Trail #8Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2006
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Hiking2.00 Miles 280 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.33 mph
280 ft AEG
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Not exactly sure where I went or on what trail, but I was in this general vicinity of #8 and #100. I need to hike this area more extensively when I have more time. Today I took the dog and we hiked from 3:30-4:30. There were surprisingly many people and lots of kids. It was a good short afternoon jaunt.
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Nov 11 2006
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37 female
 Joined Mar 09 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Palatki RuinsSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2006
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Hiking2.00 Miles
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   1.33 mph
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We walked around more than "hiked" at the Palatki Ruins. These were some of the better ruins I have visited. One of the benefits is that you can actually get up close to them and go inside some of them. Another benefit is there are park guides at the sites to both answer questions and to keep people from getting over zealous in exploring the ruins or creating more "art" on the walls. The walk was very pleasant and we had great weather.
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Nov 10 2006
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 Joined Mar 09 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Devil's Bridge Trail #120Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2006
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Hiking1.80 Miles 320 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles   2 Hrs      0.90 mph
320 ft AEG
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This was an incredible hike! We decided to do it at the spur of the moment and it was a great decision. The natural bridge was spectacular and the views were great. I would absolutely do this again. Not too long but worth the trip!
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Mar 26 2006
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Reverse Nature Trail #304, AZ 
Reverse Nature Trail #304, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2006
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Hiking1.50 Miles
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Did this hike again because I thought it was pretty neat the first time. This time I took mommy, Vlado, and Joey dog with me. We took a much more leisurely pace than I did on my own with the dog. Took lots of pictures and admired the flora. Since there has been some rain the plants were green and some were flowering. Again Vlado's back was acting up after about halfway. Anyway, I think this is a lovely moderately easy hike.
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Mar 23 2006
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Reverse Nature Trail #304, AZ 
Reverse Nature Trail #304, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2006
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Hiking1.50 Miles
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Took Joey dog for a hike in Piestewa. A lot of shale and difficult walking at the beginning getting up to the saddle. Once atop the saddle, I took a water break and sat on the bench. Pretty nice views. Then continued on the "nature trail" down the other side of the saddle. It was a good short hike because class was cancelled! Also wanted to try out Joey dog's new backpack on the trail now that he's had substantial around-the-neighborhood practise with it.
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Mar 16 2006
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 Joined Mar 09 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Bell Trail to the Crack - Wet Beaver CreekCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2006
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Hiking4.00 Miles 280 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   1.20 mph
280 ft AEG
 
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Took dog and Vlado along for a hike. We hiked the first two miles in to where the Bell and Weir trails split. Then took the Weir trail down to the water for lunch. It was beautiful. The scenery there is amazing. Plenty of water flowing. We saw some fish and the dog wanted to go fishing I think. After playing around on the rocks for a while we headed back. Progress was slow due to Vlado experiencing some pretty bad back pain. Overall it was a great trip and I'm definately planning on returning!
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Mar 05 2006
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 Joined Mar 09 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Treasure Loop Trail #56Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2006
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Hiking2.40 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   2 Hrs      1.20 mph
500 ft AEG
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Vlado and I did this loop in reverse with Erin, Caitlin and Caitlin's 2 friends from out of town. Neither of whom were in shape. The first half of the hike was a rough struggle for them (not a piece of cake for us, but we were going right along) and we thought they might turn around and head back after about half a mile. With a little encouragement we got them up the trail and with the tough part overwith it was easy sailing for the rest of the hike. It's a pretty tedious trip up but the views are nice and the latter half of the trip is easy. Possible for beginners if they're willing to work at it a bit!
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