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Sep 18 2021
DarthStiller
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52 male
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 Mesa, AZ
Lost Dog Wash to Taliesin OverlookPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2021
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Hiking10.40 Miles 1,044 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   2.42 mph
1,044 ft AEG
 
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I haven't been to this area or done these trails in over 10 years, so it was time to go back and check it out again. Hiked up the Lost Dog Wash Trail to the Taliesin Overlook, then hiked down to the Taliesin Trail and hiked all of that out to the Westworld Trail and then hiked back. The clouds were intermittent, so that helped keep it from getting too hot. It's definitely less humid now, which definitely makes it more pleasant. Looks like the trailhead has had significant improvements since the last time I was here. No wildlife of any interest seen. Saw more hikers than bikers.
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Sep 11 2021
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Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2021
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Hiking10.69 Miles 1,473 AEG
Hiking10.69 Miles   4 Hrs   28 Mns   2.42 mph
1,473 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Stayed close to home again for a hike. I hiked the Pass Mountain Loop and added the Amigos Wash and Noso Trail as part of it. Nothing major of note. The views on the north and east side of the loop are always the best. I always hike this loop clockwise. Going uphill on the east side seems like too much AEG at once for me to want to take on. The green is starting to fade to brown from the heavy monsoon, but there's still plenty there. Lots of bugs around as well, but not too bad. Didn't see too many bikers with this choice of trails. The hikers and the trail runners seemed to be about the same amount. Got more AEG than I've had recently, felt good to work a little more.
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Sep 04 2021
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 Mesa, AZ
Blevins TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2021
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Hiking9.80 Miles 413 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   3 Hrs   41 Mns   2.66 mph
413 ft AEG
 
My checkup at the eye doctor revealed that I had a possible partial detachment of my retina, so I had to have semi-emergency laser surgery on my eye Wednesday morning. No big deal on recovery, except that no strenuous activities for one week. Hiking is out but walking is OK :-k . Hiking the level trails at Usery is pretty much an easy walk, so I went there because it was so close to home. From the main trailhead staging area, I hiked a loop just under 10 miles: Blevins-Meridian-County Line-Ruidoso-Spillway-Levee-Moon Rock-Lost Sheep-Chainfruit-Blevins.

At the start and for the first hour or two, there were hundreds of tiny frogs all over the place. Must be due to the heavy monsoon season. By the time the clouds cleared and the sun warmed things up, they disappeared.

Along the Ruidoso Trail there was a diamondback lying across the trail. I started to take a picture of it, and then 2 older guy bikers were coming the other way. I started waving and yelling at them to stop since the snake was lying completely across the trail. The first biker made absolutely no attempt to stop or slow down and ran the snake over. As he passed me he glibly said "What's that, you have to speak louder". I told him he ran over a snake and he had another glib response. Then his buddy right behind him also ran the snake over. At this point I let the expletives fly and they kept on their way. : rambo : It's a wonder they didn't get bit. The snake slithered over to the nearest tree, buzzing the entire way. Not sure how injured it was. I managed to get another picture of it under the tree.

Saw two young coyotes hanging out on the Levee Trail looking for breakfast. Mostly bikers on the trails, but still a few hikers.
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Aug 28 2021
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 Mesa, AZ
Fantasy Island North Singletrack (FINS)Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 28 2021
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Hiking9.21 Miles 972 AEG
Hiking9.21 Miles   4 Hrs   9 Mns   2.25 mph
972 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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When I hiked the new portion of the Maricopa Trail 3 weeks ago, I discovered the new small park area in the middle of Estrella Mountain Ranch. It's centered around a small ridgeline butte and has several multi loop options. Seems like it's kind of designed for bikers (lots of ramps, braided sections, etc), but I noticed 2 bikers walking their bikes up hills that didn't seem too steep. So while there does seem to be a biker crowd here, they're pretty mellow.

I hiked figure 8 of the circumference of the ridgeline combined with the trail that follows just under the ridgeline, and a few other side trails. The area was pretty nice. The most interesting views are to the south and west off into the distant undeveloped desert. The signage isn't totally complete, but it gives enough info to let you know where you're at. The trail markers are homemade looking, but the map signs look pretty professional (although beat up a bit). I did most of the trails, but not all of them. Just enough of an excuse to go back once I need to explore more unhiked trails.
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Aug 21 2021
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 Mesa, AZ
Scorpion Alley - HawesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 21 2021
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Hiking10.18 Miles 628 AEG
Hiking10.18 Miles   4 Hrs   8 Mns   2.49 mph
628 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Started from the west end of the newly built Bush Lite Trail, where a small parking area is, and hiked it all the way to the east end. I was also wanting to hike the loop portion of it in the middle, but it looks like that part hasn't been completed yet. From the east end of Bush Lite, I hiked the Scorpion Trail south, then Scorpion Alley west and did part of the Stinger Loop. On the way back to the parking lot, I found what looks like the southern half of the Bush Lite Loop Trail. It was very faint and wasn't completely in line with what the map shows as proposed. Finished up with just over 10 miles.

Saw only bikers, and there weren't very many of them. The weather starting out was actually cool, and never really got hot. The humidity made up for that, though. Very nice to see everything so green at this time of year.
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Aug 14 2021
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LOST - Queen Creek Canyon SegmentGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 14 2021
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Hiking7.71 Miles 1,065 AEG
Hiking7.71 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.41 mph
1,065 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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This hike was much better than I expected it to be. The views make it surprisingly better than you would expect, but the running water in Queen Creek and the clouds and cooler temps made it even more pleasant.

This basically the old highway from Superior to Miami/Globe. The historical nature of it and the nice views as you ascend more than make up for the fact that it's mostly hiking on a degraded asphalt road. The trail ends just on the other side of the tunnel by the traffic pulloff. At the top I found a climbers' trail called Atlantis. Not sure how long it goes or exactly where, but it was cool to find that. From the north side of the 60, more water was cascading down the hill to the culverts under the highway and into Queen Creek Canyon. Very cool to see all this in motion. High up there the temperature were very cool and breezy.

The sun came out on the way down, lighting up the canyon and areas to the south that were hit by the fire in June. Funny that the last time I was there just 2 months ago it was on fire and now it already looks very green.

Once I got back to the Magma Ave TH, I headed down the last segment of the LOST through downtown Superior. That goes about a half mile, then cuts across Queen Creek again and follows it. There is a bridge to cross in the downtown area. About a mile or so lat the trail crosses the creek again, but that time my luck ran out. while the flow had visibly let up from early in the morning, it was still too swift and deep at this crossing for me to make it across without getting my feet drenched and maybe even loosing footing. I decided to cut the hike short a couple miles and head back. The mix of the sun, vegetation and humidity made that an easier decision that it would normally have been otherwise.

The entire hike the sound of running water was everywhere. Very nice to experience that in August in the desert.
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Aug 07 2021
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 Mesa, AZ
Maricopa Trail - Westar to EstrellaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 07 2021
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Hiking10.06 Miles 223 AEG
Hiking10.06 Miles   3 Hrs   41 Mns   2.73 mph
223 ft AEG
 
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the last segment of the Maricopa Trail was recently completed and the maps are updated on their website. the farthest west segment is 19 miles. I think there must be some alternate parking areas along the way there. The weather is too hot now for me to even think about attempting a longer hike. But from Westar Drive the trail heads east to Estrella Mountain park, and is just under 5 miles one way. That looked doable.

At Westar Drive there is a trailhead for another trail system called the Fantasy Island Northern Singletrack (FINS). I parked there and quickly found an MT trail marker and followed it. The first mile goes through a subdivision in typical MT urban hiking fashion. then it follows some sections of dirt roads, alternating with sections of singletrack connecting them until the final 2 mile segment of singletrack that connects to the Crossover Trail in Estrella Park. This last segment is the best part of the trail, and it's pretty bland. The views of Estrella Mountain are nice, as well as the faraway views to the south and west. Not much else to see, but it took care of my near pathological need to always hike a new trail.

the heat was kicking in pretty good today. Felt pretty drained when I was done. the AC felt much better and with yardwork later in the day, I spent most of the day hydrating.
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Jul 31 2021
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 Mesa, AZ
Axle Grease TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2021
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Hiking10.43 Miles 445 AEG
Hiking10.43 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   2.71 mph
445 ft AEG
 
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The construction on the trailhead here now is in full force. Entrance is now from Pima Road, not Dynamite. At first I thought it was closed because of all the recent rains. Building looks almost done and parking lot is paved.

Took the trail to the right (south) of the building over to the powerline road, then made a left onto the Temporary Connector Trail. I've done that trail before, but it looks now like half of that has been decommissioned and rerouted to join the Axle Grease Trail, which has a whole new section added on the south end. Took the Axle Grease Trail over to the State Land Temporary Road, and over to the west border of the park, then back south to the Rawhide Wash Trail. From there I took Rawhide Wash northbound to Hawknest, then westbound over to the State Land Road again, finishing up on the new section of the Axle Grease Trail back to the trailhead.

Saw 3 owls in Rawhide Wash, but they were flying away by the time I saw them. Some bikers early on, and only 2 hikers. Weather was very cool early, and didn't get hot at all. Still very humid, but much better than it's been lately. Ground was damp from the previous night's rain. Seemed more humid in the wash than on the other trails, but it was breezier up out of the wash also.
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Jul 24 2021
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 Mesa, AZ
Goldfield 311 312, AZ 
Goldfield 311 312, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2021
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Hiking5.79 Miles 578 AEG
Hiking5.79 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   2.27 mph
578 ft AEG
 
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I went out to this area again prepared to bail quickly at any point if lightning started. Most of the trails aren't too far from the trailhead, so I thought it would be a good idea to have the option for a fast bail if necessary. Fortunately it turned out not to be necessary as there was no lightning at all.

Lots of low lying clouds to start and cool by AZ standards. The humidity didn't even seem too bad. just over 2 miles in, the rain started. I was hoping it might only last about an hour and then die off. After an hour and a half, it was still going strong and getting stronger. The little washes began to run everywhere, making for some interesting scenery not usually seen in the desert.

I started hiking to the east and took the first singletrack that I hadn't done before. I marked more trail junctions of trails that I hadn't hiked yet to have a way to mark where they are to get back to them one day. There's one longer section of a trail east of all the others that I got onto and hiked all the way north up to FR3512. that trail was pretty rocky and descended into a valley before a steep climb out onto a ridge, then descended down to 3512.

Once I got to 3512, I was thoroughly drenched and ready to call it day. As soon as I got to the road, there was a Jeep with a couple and their infant in the back in a car seat. they asked me directions on how to get to FR1356, which they were pretty close to. The hike back on 3512 had a lot of water, puddles and streams all over the place. It was useful to get the mud off my boots from the trails.

Finished up with half of what I usually hike, but about what I expected (or more) with the dicey weather.
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Jul 17 2021
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Wild Horse Trail - AKA Lead TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 17 2021
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Hiking9.36 Miles 812 AEG
Hiking9.36 Miles   3 Hrs   28 Mns   2.70 mph
812 ft AEG
 
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The Hawes Pass Alliance finished a couple new trails so this seems to be the time of year to try them. Got started at 5:50am, probably a record early start for me for local hikes. I wanted to hike the Maricopa Madness trail but I wasn't sure where it started exactly, so I asked someone who knew and was very helful. I took the main road east from the trailhead towards the trail, and someone on a dirt bike mentioned my ubiquitous Steeler gear. I told him where I was from, and he was from the same area, just across the river. We talked for a bit and were on our separate ways.

Once I located it, I took the Maricopa Madness Trail north and then crossed the road and continued to the Scorpion Trail. The map that the Hawes Alliance put out show the Maricopa Madness Trail ending at the road, but on the other side there was another marker indicating that it continued westward.

After crossing the NRA Pit (??), I took the Scorpion Trail north to the Bush Highway, where the Bush Lite East Trail picks up. I took that to the loop portion of the Bush Lite Trail, then headed south and picked up the Stinger Trail to the Wild Horse Trail, and headed back to the parking lot.

Saw alot of bikers, as expected. everyone was very nice, no biker bros this time. The weather was cooler than it's been recently, but also super humid. The weather forecast had a 10% chance of rain in the morning, but thankfully no rain cells or lightning were visible in the distance through the entire hike. I was a little nervous about this after getting hit by a storm on Thursday during my usual jog on the canal by my house. They can creep up fast.

Finished up early (since I started early). At the end I was absolutley drenched in sweat, and it was not a strenous hike.
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Jul 10 2021
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Old Horse TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 10 2021
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Hiking8.85 Miles 604 AEG
Hiking8.85 Miles   3 Hrs   39 Mns   2.44 mph
604 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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I went back to this area to check some more trails that I saw a while back. I took the Cougar Trail south, then took the narrow unnamed trail that hugs the fenceline all the way down to the Old Horse Trail and headed east. I took the Quartz Ridge Trail south and took the one spur I saw 5 years ago, which didn't actually go far, just to a dirt road at the bottom of the hill. I decided to hike that road a bit and found that after a mile or so, it ends at Peralta Road. I turned back and too that road back up to the Old Horse Trail again and looped back onto the Quartz Ridge Trail. There was an even newer section I found that heads to the west and ends at the neighborhood. From there I took the narrow fence trail again back to trailhead.

Weather was super muggy and very hot. Breezes sometimes made it a little pleasant, but I was drenched for most of the hike. Saw one biker the whole time and saw a longhorn steer twice who was also walking the roads and trails. Finished up a little early and got out of the swampiness.
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Jul 03 2021
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Old Horse TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2021
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Hiking9.59 Miles 733 AEG
Hiking9.59 Miles   4 Hrs   4 Mns   2.36 mph
733 ft AEG
 
Trying to find legal places to hike with all the forest closures, just like everyone else. I haven't been out in this area for a few years, so it seemed like a good idea. Lots of parking, not too crowded. Weather was pretty humid, but the clouds kept the temperature down so it wasn't too bad. Only saw bikers, no other hikers until I was done and some arrived at the trailhead at the same time I did.

Started southbound on the Cougar Trail, then headed north towards the Lost Goldmine Trail, then south again to the Gila Monster, K, and other various trails. did a few sections of roads that I hadn't hiked before. Ended on the Old Horse Trail and hiked that back to the parking lot to complete the loop. When I got onto the Old Horse Trail, I saw a deer in the wash running away, didn't get a chance to get a pic.

Hiked one new section of single track I hadn't done before and some sections of dirt road. I was checking my old GPS tracks and official routes on HAZ for some trails south of the Old Horse Trail that I haven't done yet that look like some good options until the forests open.

Finished a little early and got out of the swelter.
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Jun 26 2021
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Verde Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2021
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Hiking9.79 Miles 413 AEG
Hiking9.79 Miles   3 Hrs   31 Mns   2.85 mph
413 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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A new section of the Verde Trail was added to MMRP, so with pretty much all the forests closed, this looked the time to do this.

Started from the main staging area and headed north on the Pemberton Trail, then turned right onto the Verde Trail, which now goes all the way out to and intersects with the Pemberton Trail. Then I took the Verde Trail to its end and turned around. On the way back I took what is now a spur trail (which used to be part of the Verde Trail) to the North Trail and hiked the north half of that loop and the Chuparosa Trail back to the Pemberton and back to the car. Before the North Trail, I saw a hiker coming the other way who warned me of a rattlesnake he saw in a bush that buzzed at him and scared him. He also mentioned it was the first one he ever saw and just moved to AZ a year ago. We talked for a bit and headed on our ways.

Most of the hikers and bikers I saw were very early, beating the heat. Did see one biker who finished right after I did. The weather wasn't too hot for me. The early start and being a little bit higher in elevation seems to have helped a bit. Saw some smoke from a fire in Fountain Hills towards the end of the hike. Looks like it might have been up near the Eagles Nest area.
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Jun 19 2021
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 Mesa, AZ
Goldfield Horse and Bike Trails, AZ 
Goldfield Horse and Bike Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2021
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Hiking10.06 Miles 909 AEG
Hiking10.06 Miles   4 Hrs   19 Mns   2.33 mph
909 ft AEG
 
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I saved these trails for this kind of weather. From the ATV trailhead at the end of Hackamore Road, east of the Blue Ridge, go east and there's a whole maze of horse/biker trails. I found some mapping on another website, but it's not useful in terms of trying to get tracks or plan out the hike. the maze doesn't go far from the trailhead, but there's so many trails that I easily did 10 miles and still didn't get close do doing them all. Most of the singletracks have numbers of 310 to 313, some aren't marked at all.

At the southeast end of this hike, I found the Black Queen Mine, which has a road that leads up to its entrance. There's alot of standing water there, though, so it doesn't look too amenable to exploration. and there's also signs noting that it's private property under video surveillance.

North of that I got off the singletracks for a bit and hiked a dirt road that dead ended on the side of a hill near the Golden Hillside Mines. After that I got back on the singletracks and took them north until I got onto FR3512 and headed south to trailhead, hitting more singletracks along the way.

Saw a dead rattlesnake that someone hung up on a saguaro, one like black snake that slithered off the trail as soon as I got close to it, and 4 deer that I kicked up as I came over ridge and surprised them. They hopped rather than ran away.

finished up before 11am while the heat was still bearable. Had lots of breezes all morning, so it was never too bad at all. Very happy and surprised I got a full 10 miles of this hike.
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Jun 12 2021
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Antelope Crk Rd to Old Sycamore Rd, BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 12 2021
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Hiking10.23 Miles 975 AEG
Hiking10.23 Miles   3 Hrs   49 Mns   2.72 mph
975 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Finally had a weekend where the traffic restrictions weren't going to cause any major backups for me on the way home, so I headed up north for another section of the BCT. Started from the Big Bug TH and headed south to where I left off last time from a month ago. Scenery was the same as the rest of what I done north of Big Bug, rolling hills, pinyon pines, and distant views of the surrounding mountains. Most of this was singletrack, there was one section of dirt road that it followed for about a half mile. Saw some deer uphill from me running through the brush. Got one picture of 2 sets of ears, but it was in focus.

Finished up fairly quickly, this section was very level with only very gradual grades. Felt a little warm, but nothing like back in Phoenix now. Traffic on I-17 is getting busier with the warmer weather and things mostly back to normal now. Only have the Copper Mountain loop to finish now, might have to wait until the fall since that one looks to be a solid 14 miles.
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Jun 05 2021
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LOST - Pinal City Panther SegmentGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 05 2021
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Hiking10.35 Miles 975 AEG
Hiking10.35 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.30 mph
975 ft AEG
 
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Headed back out to the LOST trail system by Superior since I-17 still has lane restrictions on the weekend. I got out there to find that the Telegraph Fire had started and wasn't too far away. I decided to go ahead with my planned hike despite how close it was. where I parked there was another vehicle, so they weren't evacuating everyone from this area yet.

I hiked the Apache Tears road down to Arnett Canyon, then hiked that out to its end by Perlite Road. I had a track that I downloaded that headed further south, but it turned out to be mostly a bushwhack and I was already getting kind of close to the action. the haze from the fire was getting more prominent. I headed back up to where I parked and hiked east on the Pinal Panther City LOST segment about a mile and a half and headed back. On the way back the helicopter action was beginning to pick up as they were loading up water to take over to fight the fire. Got some glimpses of the smoke and the fire from a safe distance, the telephoto lens came in handy once again. Right at the end I saw a rock with a bunch of pottery sherds on it and I saw a few more laying near it. Very surprising to see that in such and open and semi developed area.
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May 29 2021
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LOST - Arnett Canyon SegmentGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar May 29 2021
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Hiking10.43 Miles 1,076 AEG
Hiking10.43 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   2.50 mph
1,076 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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I haven't hiked any of the LOST trails yet, so this seemed like a good opportunity to do that. Andy hiked part of this before so he was interested.

We started from the Picketpost TH and hiked east into the canyon. The temperature was very cool and breezy with the shade and riparian environment. There are a lot of very nice views of Picketpost and the rock formations inside the canyon along the creek. After a mile or two, the vegetation and cottonwoods was pretty dominant.

We got to the junction with Telegraph Canyon and decided to walk down that. We got sidetracked on some fainter trails that head up over to Perlite Road, but then got back down into Telegraph Canyon. I had planned to hike in maybe 5 miles or so and then turn around. Once we got to the end of Telegraph Canyon to the road, it made more sense to just complete the loop around Picketpost since we had already hiked about halfway. The connecting trail from the road over to the AZT is very well marked and easy to follow.

Once we got to the TH again, we had only hiked about 9 miles, so we took the bypass route mini loop into Arnett Canyon again and added another mile and a bit more. It was a little warm when we finished, but not really hot. Still breezy here and there the whole time. Looking forward to hiking more of the LOST trails in this area over to Superior.
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May 22 2021
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Upper Ranch Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2021
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Hiking11.84 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking11.84 Miles   4 Hrs   29 Mns   2.68 mph
600 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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My original plans fell through to hike another section of the BCT with the I-17 lane restrictions all weekend, so I decided to head up the MSPN preserve and hike the sections of the powerline roads that I had never done yet. got started about 6:15am from Pima-Dynamite, but it felt later with the sun already above the horizon and the lot pretty full.

Just as I was starting along the Powerline Road #1, Brian was running the other way finishing up his morning run. We stopped and chatted for a few minutes and then I was on my way. I took PL Road #1, Latigo, PL Road #2, Upper Ranch, Brown's Ranch Road, Malapais, PL Road #1 again, West Express, Rawhide Wash, and PLRoad #1 straight back to the trailhead.

Biggest sight to see was the nest on Malapais Trail. I think I've seen that there last year or 2 years before. Got a good view of the mama hawk feeding her babies breakfast. the trail goes right below the saguaro they've nested in. I didn't linger too close or too long, wondering how stressful that might be for them to have the traffic below close by.

While walking in the Rawhide Wash, I thought I saw a biker zipping by the other way along the Powerline Road #1, but then I realized it was too far away to see. I turned to look and saw that it was deer running full speed. No chance at all for a picture.

Got back right around 11am and called it a day. temperature was perfect all morning, didn't even drink half my Camelbak bladder.
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May 15 2021
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Hidden Treasure Mine - Antelope Hill, BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 15 2021
DarthStiller
Hiking13.17 Miles 1,480 AEG
Hiking13.17 Miles   4 Hrs   43 Mns   2.82 mph
1,480 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Finally had a chance to head back up north and finish another section of the BCT that I skipped when I did the last sections with Bruce, Joe, and Wally. I parked along Antelope Creek Road about a quarter mile from where the BCT crosses it. As soon as I pulled into my spot, I saw a small herd of deer in the hills below. They were a little skittish, but took their time enough that I was able to get some nice pictures.

After that, I headed over to the trail and first headed south to where I left off months ago up above Government Spring. It was just under 4 miles in. It was a little bit of a climb getting back up to the road, but not bad. The wind picked up quite a bit heading up through some narrow canyons, it made it even a bit chilly at times. This section of the trail had a lot of switchbacks and even more sharp bends and turns. Very crooked track as it heads down into this area.

Once I got back to the road, I headed northbound on the trail for about 2.5 miles. The first 2 miles from the road is just another dirt road. an RV was parked along it a half mile in. The road/trail climbs to a high point, then descends to where the singletrack picks up and ascends again. an old corral and windmill are at the beginning of the singletrack. Turned around after 2.5 miles in and finished up with just over 13 miles for the day. didn't see any other hikers, bikers, horseriders, etc. Lots of traffic on Antelope Creek Road. Temps were very mild and cool. the winds picked up at times, making things cooler. Perfect weather before the heat hits in another month.
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May 08 2021
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Horse with No Name TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 08 2021
DarthStiller
Hiking11.27 Miles 1,341 AEG
Hiking11.27 Miles   5 Hrs   7 Mns   2.20 mph
1,341 ft AEG
 
My daughter was taking the SATs today and I had to pick her up at noon. The only good option was to hit the Goldfields since I drive right by the high school on the way there and back.

the weather was very cool for most of this hike. It got a little warm at the end, but not really hot. didn't even finish my bladder in the Camelbak. Saw no other hikers, bikers, or horse riders. There were a few dirt bikers who were buzzing the circuit of roads and that was about it.

I headed up FR1356 and took the Rock House Trail to the Hope is Lost Trail, then Horse With No Name to Cottonwood Wash. From there I hiked some of the single track unnamed biker/horse trails and then headed back to the Bulldog Canyon TH west of Blue Ridge, from where I started. didn't see any wildlife or anything else crazy. The scenery out in this area is really amazing, I never get tired of it. The Horse with No Name Trail probably has some of the best views this area has to offer. The hard tuft rock is easy to walk on and looks cool.

finished up in time to pick up my daughter after her SATs and headed back home for an afternoon of continue errands to run.
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