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Mar 01 2020
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 Mesa, AZ
Cholla TankPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2020
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Hiking8.40 Miles 943 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   4 Hrs   24 Mns   1.91 mph
943 ft AEG
 
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Took Dmitri out for another hike in the Superstitions. He handled the 8 mile last week very well, so I decided to try to step it up a bit. I decided to go out to Cholla Tank, which I hadn't been to in over a decade. Started from First Water TH and took the Second Water Trail to the trail for the cholla tank. The trail is a bit rough at first as it crosses a drainage, but then it's totally level and very easy to hike. It's still very faint, but not too hard to follow and the easiness of the hiking makes it very pleasant. Cholla Tank was full of water and very green. This would be a very nice camping area.

After that, I decided to go find the Stoker Camp, which I have never been to. having the track definitely helped, and it got us there very quickly, as well. That trail also gets faint in spots and some of the cairns can throw you off track. Interesting to see some of the older items (bed and pots) used by miners, as well as newer items (duct tape) that hikers use.

Made it back to the trailhead by noon. Saw more hikers as we got closer to the end. Also saw several groups of overnight backpackers on their way out. First water creek is running pretty well, but still easy to cross.
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Feb 29 2020
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Broadway CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 29 2020
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Hiking10.70 Miles 1,401 AEG
Hiking10.70 Miles   5 Hrs   27 Mns   1.96 mph
1,401 ft AEG
 
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Picking up from last Sunday, I decided to go back to the western Supes and hike up to the Broadway Cave for the first time ever. To add some mileage, I decided to hike the Lost Goldmine Trail from the Broadway Cave Trail over to Cloudview Road. The last time I had hiked that section of trail was a good 16 years ago or so, and I remember it was a cloudy day in August after a monsoon storm. It was cloudy, humid and wet, not typical conditions you associate with the Sonoran desert. Today was also a little atypical in the sense that everything was very green. but it was very sunny and dry. Very different conditions from the last time I was there.

Wally agreed to join for this hike since it's Supes and he hadn't hiked this section of trail in a while, also. We were the 2nd car at the TH, and the first at the cave. Nice views of the area and the saguaro forest below from up there. Looks like a mine shaft was filled in at the back of the cave. The trail up looks like it braids off in sections, but those sections seem to fade off fairly quickly and are spotty at best (I learned this on my way back down).

Before we got to the Lost Goldmine Trail, the crowds were on their way up. Saw barely anyone on the way out to Cloudview and back and then the half mile to the car saw more hikers than anyone else all day. No wildlife to speak of, but got a few interesting pics of the bomber from Falcon Field and the crowds on the Flatiron and Peak 5057.
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Feb 23 2020
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Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2020
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Hiking8.50 Miles 460 AEG
Hiking8.50 Miles   3 Hrs   54 Mns   2.18 mph
460 ft AEG
 
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I decided to skip out on Saturday's rain only because thunderstorms were in the forecast. Turns out that didn't happen, so I should have gone out. Radmila had plans for her and Natasha on Sunday, so I decided to take Dmitri out with me for this one. We started at Lost Dutchman State Park and took the Jacob's Trail southbound until the junction with the Broadway Cave trail and turned back. Once we got back in the park, we took a little roundabout way back to the car to add an extra half mile. The trails in LDSP are quite a maze in some spots.

we started just after 7:30am, and there was still a lot of cloud cover at the top of Superstition Mountain. It cleared up a bit, and then the clouds began to roll back in again towards the end of the hike. The trail was pretty muddy in spots from Saturday's rain. About 3 miles in we saw a small herd of about 7 deer, all doe. Got some nice pictures this time. Two weeks in a row now saw deer on the trails.

Siphon Draw Trail on the way back was super crowded, so we took the Mountain Bike Trail to a few other trails back to the car. This was Dmitri's longest hike to date at over 8 miles. He kept up the pace the entire time and wasn't sore when we were done. He might be ready to do some longer hikes with me soon and get out on a more regular basis if I can get him out of bed early enough.
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Feb 16 2020
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Pemberton Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2020
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Hiking6.40 Miles 270 AEG
Hiking6.40 Miles   2 Hrs   17 Mns   2.80 mph
270 ft AEG
 
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With a free Sunday and great weather, it was time to take the family out for another hike. I was thinking to take them to the Broadway Cave, but Wally pointed out that the Lost Dutchman Marathon was today, so that idea was out. I wanted to find something I haven't hike or at least recorded and saved on my GPS. Looking thru my records, I noticed that in McDowell Mt Park there is the 168th St spur trail that I didn't have recorded. It's entirely possible that I've never even hiked this trail. If I did, I don't remember it. Out and back from the main trailhead is almost 6.5 miles, perfect.

Everything in the park is still very green from the winter rains. Lots of nice open views of the Mazzies, Four Peaks, Superstitions and Mt. Ord in spots. The 168th St. spur trail is actually pretty nice and underrated. It's obviously more narrow than the Pemberton, but also has a lot more vegetation around it. Not far in we spotted a red tailed hawk sitting on a saguaro, likely looking for an early lunch. I was able to get one picture of it before it flew away. Not long after that, I saw a huge white tail buck just off the trail up ahead of us. I pointed him out to Dmitri just in time before he took when he saw us. I wasn't able to get a picture of him, and Radmila and Natasha missed it. It was at least an 8 point, huge rack, probably the biggest deer I've ever seen in AZ. These 2 wildlife sightings made the day.

Got to the end of the trail and headed back. Made very good time, nearly 3 mph. Saw lots of bikers on the Pemberton, and a few hikers, mostly as we got back to the trailhead. Saw one trail runner on the 168th St spur. Finished just after 11am and beat the lunch rush at DJs Bagel Café in Fountain Hills.
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Feb 15 2020
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Llama TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2020
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Hiking11.30 Miles 932 AEG
Hiking11.30 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.56 mph
932 ft AEG
 
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Made another road trip to Sedona to hike more unhiked trails there. I've been wanting to knock out some of the easier, tourist-ridden ones in the central area for a while now. I see them all the time driving through and I wanted to check them out.

We started just about 7:30am, just before the sun hit the horizon and lit up Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte with the golden dawn lighting. We did a counter-clockwise loop starting with the Big Park loop, then connecting to the Courthouse Butte loop, and headed north to the Llama Trail. At the high point of the Courthouse Butte loop there were very nice views to the north of the rest of Sedona. Also saw some hot air balloons on the other side of Cathedral Rock, making for some nice shots.

When we finished the Llama Trail and hit the Little Horse Trail, we had already done about 5.6 miles. I was kind of planning to go to Chicken Point or the Chapel of the Cross, but each was about a mile and a half more to hike. I needed to be back in Mesa before 6pm to finish shopping errands, so I wanted to keep the mileage no more than 12 miles. I decided to head back on Little Horse and the Bell Rock path and then did a little more of the inter-loop trails between the Courthouse Butte and Big Park loops.

Once we hit the Bell Rock Path, it was tourist central. Right off the bat we were approached by 2 older ladies saying they were lost and wanted to know how to get to the vortex. :-s I asked which one and they said Bell Rock, which was 3 miles away. The realized they didn't want to hike that far and decided to find a closer trailhead. As we hiked past Bell Rock, it was practically covered in tourists climbing all over it.

Early on we seemed run into a lot of people from PA, many of them Steeler fans. Seemed to be a running theme throughout the day. We were probably the 3rd or 4th car in the parking lot when we arrived, and when we returned it was filled and overrun with cars waiting for open spots.
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Feb 09 2020
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Maricopa Trail - White Tanks to Grand AvenuePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2020
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Hiking13.00 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.74 mph
250 ft AEG
 
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Went back to the West side again to do more of the Maricopa Trail out there. This time I started from the Trilby Trailhead, at the junction of the 303 and Grand Avenue. It's a trailhead that's solely dedicated to the Maricopa Trail. Very sparse. It was hard to spot in the dark. A handful of official parking spaces, but still plenty of room to park if they happened to all be taken (unlikely). Also had a kiosk with a map of the nearby sections of the trail and where they lead to.

From the trailhead I headed southbound, back to where Brian and I left off last weekend. This section of the trail doesn't have nearly as much single track as the section between White Tanks and the Sun Valley Parkway. Lots of jeep roads are followed, which isn't too bad. Just south of the trailhead there were a lot of spots where various trash dumps had taken place, with furniture, tires, etc. Saw a few ATVs riding the roads in the distance. There are a few sections where the vegetation has grown a lot and is very green. This will likely thin out as the temperatures climb into summer.

The views aren't super great, with the power lines around and some canal berms nearby, but the views of the surrounding mountains in the distance are nice. Lots of solitude, as well. Saw only a handful of bikers on my way back, no other hikers.
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Maricopa Trail - White Tanks to Grand AvenuePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2020
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Hiking13.50 Miles 121 AEG
Hiking13.50 Miles   4 Hrs   56 Mns   2.74 mph
121 ft AEG
 
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Went out to White Tanks to hike another portion of the Maricopa Trail northbound from the park. Got started at 6:30am in the dark and hiked well over 2 miles before the sun hit the horizon. Brian got a later start and caught up to me at about that same time. We hiked up to just past where the trail jogs to an underpass under the Sun Valley Parkway, then turned back.

The trail is all very level and smooth, making it very easy to hike. I was just short of 3mph for the majority of this hike. It was also a single track pretty much the entire way, which was nice. Nice views of the White Tanks early, and some far away views of the mountains around Lake Pleasant as you get farther north. The trail goes under some power lines and heads back to them, which wasn't the greatest. Around that area someone was flying a remote control plane that was doing some wild moves and dives.

The section around the Sun Valley Parkway also had a lot of traffic noise. There were also a lot of green around from the winter rains. Some sections has some heavier green and shady areas. Overall, not a bad hike. got some decent mileage and made good time.
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Jan 25 2020
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Bronco Trail #245Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2020
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Hiking12.00 Miles 2,030 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   6 Hrs   4 Mns   1.98 mph
2,030 ft AEG
 
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I decided to hike the Bronco and Cottonwood Trails from the Bronco Trailhead to the 7Springs area, or at least to the junction with the Skunk Tank Trail. I got about 1000 feet or so short of it when the trail had disappeared completely. Looks like the fire from 2005 to that section of the Cottonwood Trail out and it wasn't rebuilt.

Started just before 7am in the dark. It was a bit chilly but not bad. At the one saddle on the way up to the high point someone had a tent set up for an overnighter. I could hear the people inside as I walked by. Bronco Tank has some water in it. Made note of the China Wall Trail junction past that, might try that one sometime soon. Bronco starts smooth but soon gets rocky, then rockier.

The Cottonwood Trail from the junction was flat and smooth, then I lost it as it climbed and I stayed in the creek. I bushwhacked my way back up the hill to the trail, then descended as it has turned very rocky. Back in the wash, it begins to fade. It was as this point that I tripped, smacked my bad knee on a rock, and punctured my hand with a stick. Just as my knee had quit burning I noticed the blood on my hand. There was a puncture at the web of my hand between my thumb and forefinger. It wasn't all that big, but it was pretty deep. I used a handkerchief to soak up the blood and then to protect the wound while using my hiking pole. I continued on until the trail was gone beyond a doubt and I was on a steep hill sideways and the stress on my hand from the pole was making it burn more.

On the way back along the Bronco Trail I encountered several older hikers. It turned out they were all part of a big group, some of which were just hanging out at the trailhead, probably after shorter hikes. I stopped and talked to quite a few of them, both on the trail and at the parking lot.
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Jan 18 2020
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Ray Road Access Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2020
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Hiking9.60 Miles 1,075 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles   4 Hrs   6 Mns   2.34 mph
1,075 ft AEG
 
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The last time I was in this area I noticed the junctions for this trail and the Helipad Trail along the Desert Classic and made a note to come back one day and check them out. I had some things I've been meaning to get done at home, so I wanted to do a hike that wouldn't take too long. This seemed to fit the bill. I originally thought it would be in the 6 mile range, but as I carved together a route on Route Scout, the mileage added up close to 10 fairly fast.

Started from the Desert Foothills TH. There's a new restroom facility made from block with full plumbing. Wasn't there just under 2 years ago. Nice to see some improvements being done here. I headed out on the Desert Classic and turned south towards Ray Road. along the way (and on the way back), I found even more unmarked trails that look like it might be worth yet another return visit. Probably best to save that hike for the really hot weather. Although, this hike actually had more elevation gain than I was expecting, topping out over 1K AEG for the day.

On my way back I headed over to the helipad via that trail. It was interesting to find a narrow little valley that had collected some water from the wash that ran thru it and made a mini-riparian area. The views from the helipad were pretty nice, better than I expected. Just east of the helipad it looks like a filled in mine shaft and some old mining road that's been eroded away, both by nature and man made means. The road seemed to head down into the subdivision below and end between 2 houses.

Headed back down to the Desert Classic and back to the trailhead and called it a day.
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Jan 11 2020
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Fraser - Randolph LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2020
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Hiking10.40 Miles 1,215 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   1.90 mph
1,215 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
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I had never hiked Randolph Canyon, and the last time I hiked the Coffee Flat and Woodbury Trails in Fraser Canyon, it was nearly 17 years ago. With the limited trailhead access the further east you go in the Supes, this seemed like a good hike. I wasn't sure of the road condition or the trail conditions, so I asked Wally if he was interested and/or knew if it was doable hike. The tires on my vehicle are in need of a change soon, so I also asked Wally to drive for this one.

We did the loop counter clockwise, getting the off trail part done first, and also doing that section downhill. this turned out to be a good choice. Randolph Canyon had water running in it the entire way. It was actually very easy to hike, but I would imagine that hiking it uphill would be a bit harder. Silt filled in a lot of the rocks, making the hiking probably easier than normal. some sections were soupy and would result in some very soft footing. the trick seemed to be to stay towards the center of the stream, since that was where the most solid silt was. the water was still pretty shallow for the most part, and the deeper section were always narrow enough to step over.

the fire really didn't seem to harm this area very badly. Even the most cooked spots didn't look really all that different from the rest of the surrounding desert. There really weren't too many dead saguaros, except for some pockets here and there.

We stopped for lunch at the junction of the Red Tanks and Coffee Flat Trails. It was there that we saw the first other hikers all morning, after 3.5 hours. As I sat down for lunch, the one hiker was walking up to us and said, "Hey, you're Wally, right?" Not surprising.

the hike uphill along the Coffee Flat and Woodbury Trails was very rocky, as expected. There were a few flat sections here and there. The offtrail section of the hike was probably easier to hike than the trail section. At the ranch Wally pointed out where he and Denny has seen scores of pottery sherds on a previous hike. it was interesting to check that out and not see any sign of nearby ruins.

The biggest climb was along the Woodbury Trail back up to the Woodbury TH. Finished in just under 6 hours. Nice to have another hike back in the heart of the Supes, haven't been there in a while.
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Jan 05 2020
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Jane Rau Interpretive Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2020
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Hiking5.90 Miles 268 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   2 Hrs   16 Mns   2.60 mph
268 ft AEG
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Radmila wanted to take the kids out for a hike before they head back to school this week. I noticed that there's a section on the east end of the Latigo Trail that I never hiked before. I thought that maybe it was recently built, but when we got there the sign for where it leads to looked pretty faded.

From the Brown's Ranch TH, we headed south to the Latigo Trail, and then took the unnamed spur trail that goes to the entrance gate, then got back on the Latigo. We did a loop of the Latigo, Whiskey Bottle, and Chuckwagon Trails. I've never done the Jane Rau Trail, so it was the perfect trail to do at the end to add a little bit of mileage. It's very well built and has the usual informative signs about the desert flora. Finished up just under 6 miles for the day. We got done very quickly, and I even felt like doing another mile or 3, but I didn't want to push it. The kids are ok once they get going, but the 6:30am wakeup calls in the winter don't thrill them very much.
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Dec 29 2019
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Hole in the Rock - Papago ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2019
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Hiking4.60 Miles 424 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   2.23 mph
424 ft AEG
 
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Had the opportunity to get a quick morning hike in with the Steeler game time moved. Radmila mentioned Papago Park, so we went there. I parked in the west lot and we took the long way around to the Hole in the Rock. Coldest day in recent memory. Frost on the grass and rooves when we left the neighborhood and it was still very chilly at the parking lot. didn't really start to warm up until we were done. Very few people on the trails until we were done. Kept the hike short, which seemed like the best thing to keep everyone happy, the cold weather didn't exactly help with enthusiasm. Still had a nice short morning hike with the family, followed by lunch at Portillo's.
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Maricopa Trail - White Tanks to Grand AvenuePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2019
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Hiking13.50 Miles 121 AEG
Hiking13.50 Miles   4 Hrs   26 Mns   3.05 mph
121 ft AEG
 
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I saw that more sections of the Maricopa Trail have been built and decided to go hike part of it. When I was at this park earlier this month I saw a junction with the Maricopa Trail that heads north. I decided to start from the South Trail, take that to the Mule Deer Trail and head south this time.

There was a lot of fog in the morning in the shallow valley just outside the park. On the drive in, in the dark, I went through it. The visibility was very bad, I had to put the fog lights on and drive very slowly with no other traffic on the road. By the time I hit the trail, there was sufficient daylight to not cause any visibility issues hiking, but it did give some dramatic scenery during dawn.

The trail is marked very well with the MT markers, especially near any junctions with dirt roads. Some sections of the trail are along existing jeep roads, but most of it is actually a separately built single track. Sometimes the single track just parallels a road, but it does meander away after a while.

I was planning to hike a little further to Missouri where the online maps show an "access point", which is different from a trailhead, although I'm not sure why. However, there is a lot of construction going on for what looks to be another subdivision in the area, so I decided to head back.

Spotted the Goodyear blimp and some fighters from Luke AFB in the sky. also had some nice views of the snow on the mountains to the north. The Estrellas had a cloud bank along their ridgeline all day. The clouds faded as the morning progressed, but never went away completely.
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Dec 21 2019
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Broken Spoke Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2019
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Hiking10.60 Miles 610 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   2.84 mph
610 ft AEG
 
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Went back up to Brown's Ranch TH to hike some new sections of trails I noticed that I didn't hike before. The Broken Spoke has a new section on the west end of it, and there's also a new section of the Chuckwagon Trail just east of Brown's Ranch Road that I hadn't noticed before. I saw that I could incorporate both sections into one 10+ mile hike, so that looked like the way to go.

Brian joined me for this hike, but just for the first 3 miles, then he wanted to hike the Stagecoach Trail that he was supposed to hike with me 2 months ago but got sidetracked on. Those 3 miles went by like nothing. Felt more like barely 2 miles. Talking while you're hiking makes the time and effort go by fast.

My loop started with the southern section of the Chuckwagon Trail, then Watershed, Cholla Loop, Dry Gulch, Broken Spoke, West Express, Basalt Ridge, and Upper Ranch. Nothing special or crazy of note happened. More hikers and bikers encountered as I got closer to the trailhead, as expected. Weather stayed cool the whole time. Slight cloud cover helped with sun protection, but I still put up my hood for the 2nd half of the hike as a precaution.
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Dec 15 2019
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Willow Springs Canyon UpperPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2019
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Hiking5.40 Miles 673 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   1.92 mph
673 ft AEG
 
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Due to the Steeler holiday in Arizona last weekend, I missed hiking. For this weekend, the Steeler game got flexed to the night game, so that gave me an opportunity to take the family out for a morning hike. I hadn't started a hike from the Willow Canyon Trailhead, so I decided to take a ride out there and check that out.

I'm not really sure which trail we were on, or even which track I downloaded. We headed in on the main road, then crossed the wash and too another road northwest-bound to a single track. The single track then headed up a saddle and over to the other trails we had done before. There were a couple junctions for other trails before this, but I decided to stay on the track I downloaded.

I wanted to keep the hike to just over 5 miles, so at the 2.5 mark, it was either head back or try to figure out a loop option. There was a lasso loop to the west, but it seemed like it might be longer than the kids were in the mood more. I noticed that the trail we were on crossed a wash that looked like it headed over to the dirt road that goes back to the trailhead. That was was very wide and easy to walk, so it ended up being mostly and easier hike than the trail we took in.

Eventually, the wash narrowed and there were some deep pools that we would have had to get wet to cross. I saw that there was another wash further back that looked like it also headed to the road. We walked to that and it narrowed into a slot canyon before it dead ended at a dry waterfall. It was possible to crawl up the one step, but it seemed like it might a little hard for the family. We decided to head up a steep hillside and found ourselves getting farther away from the road. We eventually got back down to the wash again after the waterfall and back on the road.

Once back on the jeep road, it was an easy again back to the trailhead. We saw a few four wheelers on their way in and out and waited as they went by. Having seen no other hikers, this was the only hike I've seen more vehicle drivers than hikers on a hike.

This hike puts me over 500 miles for the year, a first for me, at least that I've kept track of. Nice to get that much in for a year. It will be nice to see if I can continue to get more miles next year than I did for the previous year.
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Ma Ha Tuak Perimeter TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2019
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Hiking11.30 Miles 2,162 AEG
Hiking11.30 Miles   5 Hrs   21 Mns   2.11 mph
2,162 ft AEG
 
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When I did the Warrior Trail 2 months ago, I noticed the Ma Ha Tauk Perimeter Trail that looked like it had been continued from the San Juan TH, where I had hiked portions of it in the early summer. Ted and I had hiked to the end of this from from the west side, I wanted to go back to see if they finished it. they did. and in the meantime, a track and description setup has been posted on HAZ for this trail.

I started off hiking up the Warrior Trail again for 2 reasons. First, to beat the sun in my eyes when I headed eastbound. Second, I hadn't done the T-bone loop portion back down to the 19th Ave TH. I hiked up the Warrior Trail in the dark with my headlamp the whole time. The chilly weather was great for keeping cool as I heated up with the steep climb. Along the ridge at the top, it got chilly quickly as I wasn't burning as much energy anymore. On my way down, I missed the "official" trail and hiked down what looked to be a trail that they're trying to decommission.

Once back at the 19th Ave TH, I took the Ma Ha Tauk Perimeter Trail westbound to where I left off before. They definitely have done a lot of work here since last June. Some sections even have posts and cables as a guardrail, not really sure why.

Back at 19th Ave once again, I hiked over to the Max Delta Trail and back on the Las Lomitas and back to the 19th Ave again to finish the day.

My route allowed me to stay in the shade for the first 3+ hours and over 6 miles before I was in direct sunlight. The cooler weather was very nice, even though I was still sweating. The weather was very hazy most of the morning, typical of the bad air this time of year.

Surprised to get another 1000+ AEG after I finished the Warrior Trail. The Ma Ha Tauk Perimeter has quite a few climbs to it and isn't really level at all. Then the Max Delta had a bit of climb, too. Nice to get a decent workout in with the extra AEG.
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Nov 30 2019
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Goat Camp - Willow / Mesquite LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2019
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Hiking13.50 Miles 2,210 AEG
Hiking13.50 Miles   6 Hrs      2.25 mph
2,210 ft AEG
 
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As part of my recent hikes to trails I've done before, but haven't done in 15+ years and never logged in on HAZ, I've been wanting to made a return to the White Tanks. I-10 construction, hot weather, and general laziness have gotten in the way of that recently. With the recent turn to cooler weather and a holiday weekend with no freeway closures, I had no excuses left to not go. I decided on the southern loop of the Goat Camp and Mesquite Trails, but added Willow Canyon.

A slow start out the door got me a post 7am start on the trail. It was still pretty cold, so I started with the hoodie up and the gloves on. Those were both shed about a mile or so in once the climb started. I decided to start straight away up the Goat Camp Trail to get the hard part out of the way first. I had also noticed on the county map that a significant section of the Goat Camp Trail is marked as a rough section to hike with loose rocks. The older I get, it becomes harder to walk down that kind of trail than up it. Plus, coming down, at that point I would have been past the 11 mile mark and very tired.

The shade in the canyons on the way up Goat Camp kept me kind of cool and not sweating too much. Saw 5 hikers on the way up, 3 seemed to only go up part way and then headed back. Once I got over the saddle, the views opened up to the north, where the snowline from the night before was very well defined. It was also at that point that I noticed a herd of deer in the canyon below me. I spent some extra time zooming in on them getting some decent shots.

The level part of the Goat Camp Trail seemed to be the nicest part of the hike. the snow to the north make for great scenery, and the trail was level, making the hiking very easy and pleasant. I barely noticed the decent that the trail begins to make to the junction with the Mesquite and Ford Canyon Trails until I looked back at one point and noticed how much higher it was where I had just hiked from.

Willow Canyon and the lower Mesquite Trails had the most traffic, as expected. Mostly standing water was in pools in the washes, but in some spots you could hear the gurgling of a slow flow of water.

I decided to make it a loop, hiking the lower trails back to where I parked. it ended up being a little longer than I expected, but not unbearable. A mild slog a times, mainly being caused by the length of the hike, but nothing horrible.

Pleasant weather the entire hike, cool temps and sunny and clear weather.
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Nov 23 2019
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Hiline Trail - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2019
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Hiking12.10 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking12.10 Miles   6 Hrs   6 Mns   1.98 mph
1,700 ft AEG
 
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Jim made plans to be in town early for the holiday and wanted to do a hike for this weekend. I was set on another Sedona hike. I hadn't ever yet hiked in the central portion of Sedona, probably because that's where most of the crowds are. The Hiline looked like an interesting trail to center around, and get a few others in as well. I was up at 3:30am and out the door by 5. After meeting up at the Happy Valley park and ride and a few stops on the way up, we started hiking at 8am.

From the Courthouse Vista TH, we headed north on the Slim Shady Trail, then took the Hiline westbound. The climb up to the Hiline didn't seem like much, but we had very nice views fairly quickly. Around the bend gave very nice views of Cathedral Rock. At the end of the Hiline Trail, we did a figure 8 with the Baldwin Trail, then headed back to the Slim Shady Trail along the Templeton Trail, then took Slim Shady back tot he car.

Saw only one hiker and one biker along the Hiline, then when we got to the Baldwin Trail, the crowds were out, but nothing too back. The west half of the Hiline Trail was very steep and rugged, making us wonder how the biker was able to get down that. The Templeton Trail was covered with the dead fall foliage, making for scenery you don't normally see much of in AZ.

The crowds really weren't bad, especially considering the weather and how close to the holiday it is. The tourists make it obvious that they're out of town and haven't seen Sedona before, which gives me more of an appreciation of how nice it is to live close enough to be there in 2-3 hours for a dayhike.

The weather started very cool, around 40 degrees, and got warm enough to shed the sweatshirt, but never hot. Very sunny all day, making for great photo conditions.

Got back home around 6pm and spent a good portion of the evening fixing the brakes on my wife's car. Very busy, but very satisfying day.
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Nov 17 2019
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Cloudburst Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking5.60 Miles 393 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   2.63 mph
393 ft AEG
 
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With the Steeler debacle happening on Thursday night, Sunday was open for a nice hike with the family. A few new trails in the northern MSPN were recently published, and I never took them up there before, so this seemed liked the way to go. I decided on a circuit with the Cloudcrest and Tarantula Trails that was between 5 and 6 miles long.

I realized at the start I forgot to pack my camera and GPS, so I had to wing it using my phone as both. Not my preferred option, especially for the camera, but the habit of redundancy helps out.

We started out on the Upper Ranch Trail, then took the Cone Mountain Trail to the Cloudcrest Trail. Then a bit further east on the Hawknest Trail, then southbound on the West Express to the Tarantula Trail, then back to the trailhead on the Hackamore and Latigo Trails.

Saw more bikers than hikers during the hike, and one group of horse riders at the start of the Latigo. Temperature seemed to be a bit warmer at the very start then at the end, which was unusual. I think the breezes picked up later, contributing to that. Much more sun than yesterday, had to keep my hood up to prevent sunburn this time.

Hit Four Peaks for lunch on the way home, nice Sunday morning.
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Javelina Mine TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking9.50 Miles 1,012 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   1.87 mph
1,012 ft AEG
 
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I decided to back to this area that I just found last month. I figured Andy would be interested and he was. I downloaded a bunch of tracks posted by other HAZ members to give myself a map of the trails in the area, and kind of winged as we went along. It was basically a longer version of the loop I did last month, plus we did the short cutoff trail at the south end near the trailhead. the only off trail section was the washes at the north end of the loop, which were easy to walk, and had tire tracks in them anyway :-k . The nicest part was the northwest end of the loop before the washes and after where I hiked last time. The scenery out here is really nice, and the trails easy to follow and to hike.

The weather was really nice. Very cool the whole time, and cloudy. the clouds gave us a break from the sun and prevented the need to have my hood up to prevent sunburn. Only saw 2 other hikers the whole time. At some point I think the word will get out about this area and the trails will get more crowded here.
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