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Nov 26 2021
DarthStiller
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 Mesa, AZ
Dome MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2021
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Hiking6.76 Miles 1,299 AEG
Hiking6.76 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   1.79 mph
1,299 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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We decided to do a hike the day after Thanksgiving with our friends. I thought it would be a nice idea to try something a little more challenging than just a mostly level hike, but wasn't too hard to do or took all day. Dome Mountain fit the bill on those items, and it's very close to home as well.

We missed the turn off the road because I was trying keep up with the two older boys who were way ahead of everyone. We got on the singletrack and headed up. It was slow going the further we got and the steeper the terrain got. We still made steady progress until we got just below the peak where the trail goes right next to an exposed cliff and then heads up a very steep part next to that cliff. It really isn't too bad or very exposed, but i think the difficulty of the trail to that point had set in some fatigue, and no one was comfortable going any further. I didn't want to press the issue to make anyone feel uncomfortable, so we headed back down after a break. I was nearly 11am by that point anyway, and lunch time would be soon.

On the way down, Natasha slipped at point and twister her ankle, but was ok after a bit. She was sore later that night but ok the next day, nothing serious. Got nearly 7 miles in for the day and nearly 1500' AEG, so it was a decent hike for having the kids along.
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Nov 11 2021
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 Mesa, AZ
Pemberton Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2021
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Hiking10.77 Miles 726 AEG
Hiking10.77 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   2.75 mph
726 ft AEG
 
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With the holiday that I've turned into a 4 day weekend, I wanted to go do a hike, but didn't want to make a big deal or drive far. A quick drive up to McDowell Mtn Park seemed like the best way to go. Did a loop from the main staging area, Pemberton/Bluff/Granite. Nothing special or crazy, nice morning getting some exercise early in the sunny and cool weather. Looks like there was a setup for some kind of foot race, but it didn't seem too busy or crowded. Maybe it was for later this weekend.
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Nov 07 2021
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Lookout Mountain Summit Trail #150Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2021
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Hiking4.50 Miles 1,081 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs   24 Mns   1.89 mph
1,081 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Took Dmitri out for another Sunday morning hike since the Steelers play Monday night. I haven't hiked Lookout Mountain in well over 20 years, so this seemed the like right time. We parked at the park on the southeast side and did the circumference trail counterclockwise, incorporating an inner loop up to the summit. There are a lot of unmapped trails all over the place, which will make for some nice short family hikes in the future. The hike to the summit was a decent workout without being too strenuous. The push to the false summit was pretty steep, just enough to use your hands a bit and make it interesting. On the way down below the saddle Dmitri took a minor spill but was fine. Years ago that would have been a minor meltdown.

Thin clouds most of the morning made it cool and breezy at times and kept us from getting sunburned. Trails weren't too crowded, which is always another plus. Got lunch at really nice Eastern European restaurant close by at 7th St. and Thunderbird. Gorged on pierogies and sausage and made up for all the calories we burned and then some.
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Nov 06 2021
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Maricopa Trail - Buckeye to WestarSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2021
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Hiking16.44 Miles 797 AEG
Hiking16.44 Miles   6 Hrs   12 Mns   2.86 mph
797 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
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This was recently posted as completed on the Maricopa County website, but it doesn't appear really complete. Most of it is jeep roads that are designated as the trail. 4 to 5 miles in east of the Buckeye Regional Park TH, the signs are obvious. Before that, you need to have a GPS track. The first 3 miles from Buckeye RP walking on the roads is pretty obvious. After going thru the culverts under 85, its dicey for a bit. Follow the wash to the gate along the barbed wire fence, then follow the seriously faint trail that parallels the wash, and eventually head north. The MT hooks up with some local biker trails, the main one of which is called the Madd Bird Trail, but it's not obvious where this actually occurs. You're best bet is to hike the wash until you see the trail cross it, then turn left and follow the trail. Even after that it's confusing until you get to the dirt roads.

Because of the ambiguity of this section, I think it might be best to wait until they maybe build some of this section out so you don't get lost. On top of that, this area has a lot of target shooters very close to the trail, which can be a bit unnerving at times. This was the first hike where the shooters outnumbered the hikers, bikers, and trail runners combined.

I hiked 8.2 miles in and turned around. I wanted to do more, but had some other chores to take care of. Good thing, because my feet were pretty sore by the end. Weather was a bit warm at the end ,but not too bad. I'll try to finish this for the GPS track from the Westar side, but the in between section will be hard to reach. Scenery is typical Sonoran desert semi urban, dirt roads and whatnot.
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Oct 30 2021
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Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 30 2021
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Hiking9.32 Miles 1,164 AEG
Hiking9.32 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   2.21 mph
1,164 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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We had a party planned for Saturday night so I had to pick something close by and not too long. this one fit the bill. I did this loop a few years ago, but I think I added Black Top Mesa to it. This time was just a quick loop. One of then nicer ones to not have to drive too far and just get deep enough into the wilderness before you turn around.

at the start it was a bit chilly, I was wondering if I should have brought an extra shirt. 10 minutes later it was obviously a good thing I didn't. Clear skies all day made for some nice pics. I was messing with the settings on my camera a few days earlier and left the date and time stamp on, so all these pics have that :doh:.

A half mile from the trailhead I was just about to pass 2 older ladies hiking together when the one tripped on root and smacked her head off the ground. She had a bloody nose and was disoriented but seemed in ok shape considering. I stayed with them for a while until it seemed like it wasn't an emergency and told them I was heading on. they asked me to relay the info on their situation to the rangers at the trailhead, which I did. they had a few questions of the specifics for me, I showed them on the map at the kiosk where the spill occurred, etc. Got home before noon.
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Oct 24 2021
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Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 24 2021
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Hiking4.97 Miles 787 AEG
Hiking4.97 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   1.90 mph
787 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
Bye week for the Steelers, so I took Dmitri with me out for a quick morning hike. I wanted something close by and not too hard, so this looked like a good option. There were a few trails that I hadn't done before, so there was something new to explore. It had been already over 7 years since our last visit here, time flies.

We started on the Brittlebrush Trail and took that to the Superstition View Trail, then headed up to Old Baldy and looped around the smallerpeak on the Coyote Loop and Jackrabbit Trails. While we were on Old Baldy, I noticed trails to the east of the park on the flat area there. We headed down to that area, which joins the Silly Mountain trails at the junction of the Old Baldy and Crest Trails.

We followed those unmapped trails to where they ended on the sidewalks and then bushwhacked over the one hill to where I saw another trail on our way over. That trail headed south to a service road under the powerlines south of the park, so it seemed like the thing to do to just follow that back to the trailhead. The road were were on faded into a singletrack which meandered away from the powerlines and then went back to them, joining another service road, which took us back to the parking area.

Saw a few other hikers, but it wasn't crazy busy. Nice weather and nice to explore and discover some new trails.
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Oct 23 2021
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Big Bug TH to Farm Rd BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2021
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Hiking15.23 Miles 1,456 AEG
Hiking15.23 Miles   6 Hrs   7 Mns   2.69 mph
1,456 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
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We finally made it back to finish off the BCT. Well, most of us :lol: . we did the loop portion of the BCT from Big Bug TH to Russian Well. I decided to do the loop clockwise so the section we did before we would do in the opposite direction. That worked well until the turnoff to where we hiked before and we completely missed the trail and hiked down a dirt road. I think we still had the thoughts of the last segment in our heads where it follows roads the entire way. Fortunately, Joe caught our mistake quickly and we only hiked a quarter mile extra total.

I decided to take lunch just after we passed the final obvious sitting areas with several small boulders and banks to sit on along the trail. After a half mile through flat land with dead grass and catclaw, I noticed a jeep road just off the trail that was cut into a small hill, creating just enough of a natural seat. 20 min into our 25 break, a rhino came along the road, forcing up to get up and move. Then after he passed, the driver wanted to have small talk while we inhaled his fumes. I gave him 4 terse one word answers before he got the hint and drove away. Or not. Who cares.

Perfect weather. Cool, but not chilly. High thin clouds, but still kind of sunny, but not enough to cause a sunburn. Finished up just after 12:30. Joe met someone at the trailhead that he's seen for decades along Piestewa and finally talked to 90+ miles away. Scenery isn't spectacular, but still enjoyable for me. Nice to be away from the city.
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Oct 17 2021
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Peak 3004 Loop - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2021
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Hiking5.11 Miles 1,256 AEG
Hiking5.11 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   1.71 mph
1,256 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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With the weather getting cooler and a Steeler night game, it was time for a Sunday morning hike with the family. This loop works very nicely, close to home, short but enough AEG to make it a decent workout.

The climb up tired out Radmila and Natasha. We took a break at the saddle but were accosted by gnats. On the way down we had some drama. First, Natasha had a cactus needle poke thru the sole of her boot. That took a few minutes to pull out. Then, a few hundred yards later, Radmila fell and hit her knee on a rock. It took a few minutes for her to assess that she could keep going. For a minute it was looking like we might have to cut it short, but after a rest, Radmila was ok.

After that, no other problems. The hike up the other side isn't as steep or rocky, which made things better. There were breezes at the saddles keeping it cool. Not too many people on the Pass Mountain Trail. Finished up without further incident and had a nice lunch at a local sports bar.
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Oct 16 2021
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Elephant Mountain Trail - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2021
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Hiking8.43 Miles 2,167 AEG
Hiking8.43 Miles   5 Hrs   6 Mns   1.66 mph
2,167 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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The last time I hiked out to Rondo Spring was a good 16 years ago, so it seemed like a good time to try again. From the Spur Cross TH I took the Spur Cross and Tortuga Trails, and then took the Trail 252 bypass and then took the Elephant Mountain Trail westbound. Along 252, I tried to take the spur trail up to Peterson Spring, which I had also done 16 years ago. This time, however, I only got a few hundred feet before the trail faded away. I was moving pretty slowly anyway with the rockiness of the trails at the higher elevations here, so I decided to move on.

Before I got to the Elephant Mountain Trail junction, I saw another hiker coming the other way who seemed a little disoriented. he thought a trail junction was just ahead, when in fact it was a good half mile away. I directed him to follow the faint trail and watched to see he was on the right track.

Hiking up to the junction where you can go to Rondo Spring or Black Mesa was hard to follow, harder than when I hiked this trail just last April. The monsoon rains seem to have promoted a lot of grass growth, which made the trail hard to follow and the cairns hard to find.

Once i got to Rondo Spring, I found the Rondo Spring Trail, which heads westbound to New River. I only hiked a small bit of before I headed back. It's a 4 mile hike to the spring from New River, but according to the guide, about half of that is dirt roads. Next time I'll have to try to plan for the longer hike to the end of the single track on this trail.

Took the short way back and called it a day. Slow going along the rocky sections, but a decent hike. Saw a lot more hikers once i was back in the county park area.
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Oct 04 2021
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Mountain Bay Trail, WI 
Mountain Bay Trail, WI
 
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2021
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Hiking10.34 Miles 296 AEG
Hiking10.34 Miles   3 Hrs   59 Mns   2.95 mph
296 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
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My friend had some errands to run on Monday, so we were without the rental car to make another trip out to explore more on the Ice Age Trail. Fortunately, the Mountain Bay Trail is over 40 miles long and runs within a quarter mile of where we were staying. We got a bit of a later start than usual but were still on the trail just after 9am. The first 2 miles in was still wooded, and had a lot of color in some patches. After that, the trail goes through the town of Shawano and is mostly paved. It goes through neighborhoods mostly, which also have a lot of trees with a lot of fall color in them. It then crosses the Wolf River and goes by a paper mill before coming to a large farming field, which is where we ended our hike as we had reached the 5 mile mark, making our total for the day just over 10 miles. On the way back we saw some wild turkeys next to a corn field that was right behind some houses. Lots of nature even in the developed areas.

This was Dmitri's longest hike he's done, and he was visibly limping by the end and said his ankle was hurting. Two days later the soreness was gone.

On our way back we were getting hungry and stopped by the local Taco Bell to get a quick lunch before finishing the final 2 miles. Afterwards we went back to Lambeau Field and got a private tour from someone who works for the Packers who my coworker is friends with. Glad we got out to see more of the area and fall color before heading back to the desert.
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Oct 02 2021
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Mountain Bay-Ice Age meander, WI 
Mountain Bay-Ice Age meander, WI
 
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2021
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Hiking9.43 Miles 430 AEG
Hiking9.43 Miles   3 Hrs   39 Mns   2.58 mph
430 ft AEG
 
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Got an invite from a co worker from this area to see the Steelers play in Green Bay and I wasn't going to pass that up. Despite the dismal performance of the Steelers on game day, the weekend was a great time. Arrived with my son and my friend on Friday afternoon, and got up early Saturday to hike part of the Ice Age Trail, which seems to be the Wisconsin equivalent of the AZT.

I looked on GoogleMaps where it shows the Ice Age trail had a trailhead right off of a main highway. The trailhead is there, but it's for a system of hiking/biking trails that are adjacent to a landfill for Marathon County. The Mountain Bay Trail also runs through there, which looks like another former railroad that's been converted to biking/running path. We started on some of the system trails, a short section of the Mountain Bay, then back on the system trails until I finally found the Ice Age Trail. After looking at another map, it looks like it might have been rerouted and most of what we hiked used to be the Ice Age Trail.

Once we got on it, we hiked it north for a half mile, just past a trailehead on a dirt road, then headed back, making a loop with the Mountain Bay Trail, which coincides with the Mountain Bay Trail for several miles. the loop went around the landfill, which in one section didn't make for the best scenery. Got in just under 10 miles and called it a day. The color was really fantastic. Weather was warmer than I expected, never needed a sweatshirt. some light rain at the start, then on and off clouds. The mosquitos were pretty vicious at times, which was also unexpected for this late in the year.
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Sep 25 2021
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Meridian Mystery TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2021
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Hiking8.07 Miles 1,231 AEG
Hiking8.07 Miles   4 Hrs   1 Min   2.01 mph
1,231 ft AEG
 
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Picked the Goldfields again because it's close to home and I had various chores to get done. Started at the Bulldog Canyon area and headed west on the Wolverine Pass Trail. I missed the trail along the road, but then I found trail number 303 and took that, which then junctions with Wolverine Pass. Headed further east and went out about 2 miles on the Meridian Mystery Trail and came back, then finished a loop of Deer Tanks and FR10 back to the parking area. Slower going since the trails here are rockier than the park trails I've got a little too used to, so I only got 8 miles in. Cloudy and drizzly at the start with threatening looking clouds to the east, then sunny by the end. Saw 2 trail runners, 2 hikers, and some 4 wheelers and dirt bikers on the roads. Temps are much more comfortable, and no humidity that soaks you after a half hour.
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Sep 18 2021
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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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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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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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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
DarthStiller
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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Axle Grease TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2021
DarthStiller
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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