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Mar 08 2020
Jim_H
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40 male
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 Regulus
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2020
Jim_H
Hiking4.40 Miles 2,360 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles
2,360 ft AEG
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Toe injury got substantially worse on the second lap. I'm unsure if the toe is broken, which is doubtful, or the sprain is simply a lot worse than it was. Great. At this point, I'll be lucky to hike before April and can pretty much forget laps on Piestewa, and can certainly forget my goal of 5 in a day.
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Mar 04 2020
Jim_H
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40 male
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 Regulus
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2020
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Hiking4.40 Miles 2,360 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.76 mph
2,360 ft AEG
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Laps x2. Wanted 3, only had daylight and energy for 2. I want to be able to do 3 easily, so I can do a 5 lap day.
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Mar 01 2020
Jim_H
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 Regulus
Gila Wandering, AZ 
Gila Wandering, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.00 Miles 140 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.00 mph
140 ft AEG
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Following a GPS coordinate from @HansenAZ, I set out to see if I could locate some of the curiosities he posts in his photos from along the river. I found 1 odd modern feature, and a lot of trails or game paths, but nothing like he finds. I mostly just wanted to explore a little. Had I not felt sore from the prior day, maybe I would have hiked up Oatman Mountain, but I didn't.

Interesting lava fields and area. Over by the road I took up from I-8 and the Sentinel Rd exit, close to the Hayden Rd junction, I noted a lot of flowers and other weedy vegetation in what must be a lot of old abandoned farm fields. Stranger still, was a fish farm,"Desert Tilapia", which is reported to be a disgusting fish. Why grow that in the desert?
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Feb 29 2020
Jim_H
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40 male
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 Regulus
Sheep Mountain - Gila MtnsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 29 2020
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Hiking6.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   1.13 mph
2,500 ft AEG      25 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Last year, after Tinajas Altas HP the day before, I remember this as a really hard climb. I wanted to see how it felt to hike this with fresh legs. Also, it didn't involve a lengthy drive down to the border or across the range, and it may be the biggest of the summits out here, by the stats. It was easier, but still a pretty difficult off trail hike and scramble which is harder than is reflected in the stats alone. I did find it was easier to move uphill especially above the saddle and the ridge was more fun this time. It is also a really beautiful range and mountain, and lot of fun, actually. Down was harder, but some of that was fatigue and some of that was that stuff like this is not easily practiced on South Mountain hikes or Piestewa Peak. I guess after 2 weeks since Montezuma Peak, I already lost that type of endurance? Maybe the boulders are just big, too? I parked pretty far from the GPSed TH thinking I might camp at that spot, but it was still rockier than desired. It did add some walking fitness to the hike before driving to a softer camping location.

There was water in the sheep trough at the tanks, though the tanks sounded dry when I hit them. Despite Yuma County having a wet winter, last year they were full and the middle tank was leaking water into a bucket and there was a pool below. Also, there were several decent sized pools lower down that held water which looked to be filterable. I had a tick on me near the saddle, in my shoe of all places, and what might be sheep scat was everywhere, so filter any water you intend to consume.

I love coming out to extreme southwest Arizona. If one applies the name that I often see given to this region, the Colorado Desert is my favorite desert subsection of the western North American Continent. At least, of those I have seen. Once you pass Gila Bend, everything is a lot nicer out here, both on I-8 and especially in the desert. Just bring water. 200 miles, by foot, at the beginning of summer? Death is almost certain. @LosDosSloFolks that is a movie reference, though reworded to reflect the desert. Guess?

Past Gila Bend everything seems more relaxing to me. The views across the Sentinel Plain and the openness out here are lot more enjoyable than the closed in feeling I get anywhere near Phoenix. Someday, the Rainbow Valley will be choked with houses and golf courses, right up to the base of the Estrella Mountains. Maybe, but I hope not. Still, here, where there is far less private land and even less available water, it seems like this desert is never going to be under threat of developers.

I enjoy the transition from the broad volcanic mesa tops and rounded lava dome-like mountains; Oatman, Woolsey, Table Top, and others I am unfamiliar with south of I-8, to the sudden change to dramatic and rugged fault block ranges almost entirely confined to the Mohawk Mountains and westward. Per the maps, there are other of these ranges south near and on the Cabeza Prieta NWR, but they are out of sight from the asphalt road. Fittingly, they have names like the very little known, "Granite Mountains".

The appearance of the Gila Mountains, and the other granite mountains is really impressive. The rugged craggy ridges and steep cliffs that drop down to the nearly flat desert, the deep canyons, the dry almost completely barren and eroded slopes that have virtually no vegetation make for some incredible scenery. The plant life, what little there is, is either on the flats out in front, or in the canyons themselves, and then it isn't very lush. The ridges are almost completely clean from my experience. None of the cactus, ocotillo and shrub cover that I see on the Estrella Mountains. Just agave, which is still painful to impale one's leg on.

Despite this, Bighorns likely frequent the ridges and rocky slopes, and there was what appeared to be, by its tail, a Chuckwalla sunning high on the ridge near the summit which took shelter in a crack as soon as it became aware of me. I was too early this year to hear a lot of the birds that were here last April when I did this, but weekends are best as there were no jets screeching overhead this time. Quiet and solitude. There were still a lot of hummingbirds in the canyon and near the abundant chuparosa.

I love coming out here.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Mostly chuparosa, but also brittle bush. The slopes had none of the stinky flowers that were here last spring in April.
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Feb 28 2020
Jim_H
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40 male
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Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 28 2020
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
1,200 ft AEG
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To the Gila Valley overlook. No traffic on the upper road, and then a helicopter was circling the upper road near the National Geronimo junction, making me wonder if the road was closed. It was nice to have no cars or other people up there.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
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Feb 24 2020
Jim_H
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40 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Regulus
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
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1,180 ft AEG
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Oh, it's spring! You know what that means on valley exercise hills. Very nice and lots of wildflowers too.
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Feb 20 2020
Jim_H
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 Regulus
Alta - Bajada LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2020
Jim_H
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.92 mph
1,900 ft AEG
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Out enjoying the pre-storm mild weather by doing a clockwise loop from the gate parking area on the San Juan Road. I haven't done this particular hike itself in 4 years. Bajada is pretty quiet, and with the dry January, I think it won't be busy for flowers this year.
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Feb 16 2020
Jim_H
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Montezuma Peak Summit 4354Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2020
Jim_H
Hiking9.00 Miles 2,900 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   1.38 mph
2,900 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break10 LBS Pack
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Followed Randy's directions from the south accessing the hike from Maricopa and AZ 238. Much, much nicer this way. No I-10 west of the 17 horror, and it was actually a substantially easier drive in general. Recommended if you don't live in Goodyear.

A nice day overall. Joined by a member each from AZ Strong and HHH. Pollution was rather bad, the winter haze was present. Still, it was an enjoyable way to be back out on this summit.
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Feb 14 2020
Jim_H
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Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2020
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
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1,200 ft AEG
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Holbert to the Gila Valley Overlook. Nice afternoon.
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Feb 13 2020
Jim_H
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Mormon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2020
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.73 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 
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Out early on the loop for a change partly because I wanted to hike it the way I did last summer. It was nice. I prefer late morning over afternoon and now that the sun is up higher, it is enjoyable. Winter is nearly at it's miserably end! Hopefully. Lots of birds calling in the desert, which I wanted to remember. I miss the cicadas, but they will return in a few months.
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Feb 11 2020
Jim_H
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WarAltimeter Loop, AZ 
WarAltimeter Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2020
Jim_H
Hiking8.40 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.58 mph
2,100 ft AEG
 
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I wanted to inspect the lower north slope of the Ma Ha Tuak Range of SoMo, so I did a loop up Warrior, west on Alta skipping Maricopa Peak, down to the San Juan TH or Lookout, our whatever, and then back on the perimeter trail. It was nice. No bikes, and pretty few people. Couple of friendly dogs, and one shy Javalina.
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Feb 09 2020
Jim_H
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Maricopa PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2020
Jim_H
Hiking5.85 Miles 1,970 AEG
Hiking5.85 Miles
1,970 ft AEG
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Exploring SoMo trails from a new trailhead for me. The Warrior or Hau'Pal trail going up the ridge is super smooth, seems brand new. Then, Alta to the Peak, down east on the ridge, out. Nice afternoon. Probably the best part of this area is the lack of people, even on a pretty nice Sunday afternoon. No bikes, few hikers. Quiet, and really great views. Stats seem high, but that was what the Dude's GPS and log read from January of 2018.
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Feb 07 2020
Jim_H
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Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2020
Jim_H
Hiking13.00 Miles 4,300 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles
4,300 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
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Out and back from the crosscut TH. Made it to about a little past where I did 4 years ago.
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Feb 05 2020
Jim_H
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Mormon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2020
Jim_H
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,765 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.77 mph
1,765 ft AEG
 
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Cold!! Coyotes this time, near the bottom and the Geronimo TH. Can't wait for 90+ highs so hiking is more pleasant.

Loop B.
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Feb 01 2020
Jim_H
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Black Mesa - Cave CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2020
Jim_H
Hiking12.00 Miles 3,300 AEG
Hiking12.00 Miles   7 Hrs      1.71 mph
3,300 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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I picked this hike because it was an on trail hike in an area that I have never been to that I felt would be interesting to hike and suitable for a meetup for Arizona Strong group. Though parts of the trail are difficult to follow after the fence, the hike ended up being far better than expected. Summit views were really great, and distances reached as far as the Easgletails, Bighorn, Harquahala, the Mogollon Rim, Sierra Ancha, Catalinas and I think Ragged Top or something out near the Silver Bells, as well as Table Top, plus the usual Valley ranges, peaks, and landforms. The exciting 303 was incredible! Dave joined me and it was an nice hike. I like this area, even if it is a little hard to get to for me. Cave Creek is rather attractive, as well. Can't wait to hike Pine Mountain Verde Rim this year, and I might like to summit some of the other high points up here, like the New Water Mountain HP.
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Jan 28 2020
Jim_H
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Butterfly Mountain 4119 - EstrellasPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2020
Jim_H
Hiking7.70 Miles 3,300 AEG
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3,300 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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This ends up being the last of the major off trail Estrella Summits I have done. Can't say I'd do it again. Estrella and both Montezuma Peaks were fun, this not so much. It's a nasty, rough, rocky, very thorny ridge with not much different that what is on Quartz. Something new, but I'd rather hike Montezuma Peak again.

Actually, I did enjoy my time on the summit, and on Quartz, and it was fairly quiet out here, save for a lot of airplane traffic. However, I learned that I do not have any interest in the ridge line, at all, and probably won't return this spring to explore that area at 3000' south of Montezuma Peak.
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Jan 18 2020
Jim_H
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Eagletail PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2020
Jim_H
Hiking9.80 Miles 2,000 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   6 Hrs   45 Mns   1.57 mph
2,000 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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I set out only to get as far as the base of the technical climbing. However, I questioned how close I would get after reading reports of class 4 coming off the knife edge. Even though I only got as far as the high point of the knife edge, it was pretty much a summit and was exactly what I wanted to hike, or scramble. I found the ridge warm, and I expect that it gets hot once spring and summer arrive and temperatures warm.

The desert hiking approach is quiet, but nothing spectacular. Hiking to the saddle reminded me a lot of Woolsey. The fun began once above the saddle, and the views on the ridge are excellent. The perspective here allows me to pick out the Mohawk Range, as well as the small knob Mohawk Peak north of I-8, the Copper Mountains, plus the Gila Mountains. Also, the usual Kofa summits, and the routine summits in the western desert.

Part of why I only got so far was the rough terrain which is slippery. I initially had my doubts about crossing the knife edge, as it was very rough on my feet and ankles, but it was shorter than I thought. I also spent some time exploring around the ridge below the knife edge.

Because I have the ability, and because I've been seeing them a lot these days:
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This is my second time in this range and I'm basically 0/2 for seeing any large animals. Quail in the desert washes, raptors on the drive out, and small birds in the desert, but I don't recall seeing anything once above the saddle.
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Saddle Mountain
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Jan 12 2020
Jim_H
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour      2.20 mph
1,180 ft AEG
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Done on a pleasant winter afternoon, after working my row a little at Agave Farm.

While still crowded, the New Year Promise keepers must have faded. Comparing this to equal hikes for AEG, but longer mileage hikes at SoMo, this is better for steep. Hardly felt the miles. 9 miles at SoMo the day before meant my legs were aware I had gone the distance, but the AEG challenge wasn't there so wasn't noticeable. Really, the two are apples to oranges.

Also, I stopped doing pull-ups in December when it got cold, and the wet continued. I started using my kettle-bell to do swings, essentially for the same purpose. I was able to complete a pre-hike set of 10, pretty much the same as I had done 3 to 4 weeks before.
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Jan 11 2020
Jim_H
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Mormon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2020
Jim_H
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,765 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   2.84 mph
1,765 ft AEG
 
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Mormon Loop B, National to Geronimo.

Gorgeous winter weather; clear and sunny, dry with good air quality.

Two javelina were in the neighborhood across from the 24th ST TH. Amusing. I had beef for diner, despite the pork sighting.
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Jan 04 2020
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Superstition RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2020
Jim_H
Hiking10.50 Miles 3,500 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   7 Hrs      1.68 mph
3,500 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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From the cross-Cut TH, which was over flowing, over to the usual park based hike to the top of 5024. Super busy. Even 5024 had some people there. Down the east slope descent to the trail on the ridge, which I took for some time until my turn around time. Made it 5.25 miles out on Linda's posted GPS from last year. Even though I didn't return via 5024, I doubled the miles and added 200'. Might be more, but I'll call it good enough.

The views from the ridge are scenic. The hike is a harder one. Definitely harder than a SoMo hike. If you push yourself it can be hard like an Estrella off trail hike. Finished by headlamp. Winter just isn't my season. After the sun set the backlit clouds and Estrella were pretty. The wool I had worn all day and regretted was also no longer a mistake. I'm more comfortable out here in the low 100s.
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Singleleaf pinyon

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Wet all over the place!
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