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Nov 29 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
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 University, AZ
Geronimo-National-Mormon Loop, AZ 
Geronimo-National-Mormon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2020
Jim_H
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.79 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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Last year no one noticed a math joke, I got it right away when I referenced my old log for stats. My nerd street credit is less than you'd think, though.

Anyway, I wanted something longer, but didn't think I had the time to do 9 miles on the Mormon Loop descending the Geronimo, and I didn't want to hike into the sun, so I did this. Still a decent amount of sun facing hiking, but the clouds to the south were great, and the views on the National as the sun set were too. It is much more pleasant when not 100+, as it was on my first time doing this counter-clockwise loop last October.

The air is once again rather dry and clean, save for the view out towards the west valley, mostly. The Catalina Mts were visible and crisp looking from the section of National trail east of the road, and so were a part of the Eagletails just north of Saddle Mt(Tonopah). The full moon rise was also really spectacular, rising just over the area where Roosevelt Dam should be.
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Nov 25 2020
Jim_H
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 University, AZ
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2020
Jim_H
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   6 Hrs   50 Mns   1.68 mph
3,313 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Winter isn't quite here yet despite snowbowl being open. Cold and windy enough that I definitely wouldn't want to come back in winter. Coincidentally, the highest temperature recorded in Phoenix at sky harbor since I moved here in July of 2015 was 119 degrees. It seems fitting that I now also have 119 Humphrey summits.

The trail isn't too bad, but it is pretty icy. Spikes or something would make it easier. Despite this, there were a lot of people out, but it was still not crowded. Definitely, it was nothing like my last time here.

There is still construction at the resort, which is noisy and if you are hiking when the snow canons are running you can enjoy the weird odor of reclaimed water. It's kind of musty.

I wonder what kind of a winter the mountain will have.
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Nov 19 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
National Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 19 2020
Jim_H
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,550 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   2.21 mph
1,550 ft AEG
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I thought I would head out on my favorite part of the loop hike I have done twice this month now, the National Trail west, out to as far as time would allow. Time allowed for me to get to the deep mine shaft out at the far end of the loop. I came up the Kiwanis Trail because I like that canyon and the trail above the pass. It reminds me of Finger Rock Canyon.

The trails were kinda busy today, perhaps because it was late week or because it was cooler. Still, not bad. I took pictures, but it wasn't as nice as a few days ago.
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Nov 16 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
National-Pyramid Loop, AZ 
National-Pyramid Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2020
Jim_H
Hiking8.78 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking8.78 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.39 mph
2,300 ft AEG
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Had a good time last week so I went out again today. Much hotter, or warmer, which added time. The air was also alot cleaner than over the weekend, so that was really good. Great views around sunset and I wished I had my camera. I would have enjoyed some pictures. Gavilan Peak is very easy to pick out on the National Trail.

Coming back on the National out past Goat Hill is always very nice. Still and quiet, with only a slight amount of sound from the city and the Loop 202. There wasn't much jet traffic for the airport, either. Just a few small flocks of birds flying around and getting disturbed by me passing through. One of my favorite thing about being on a desert summit, ridge, or approach is being alone in quiet and enjoying that sort of thing. It is nice to be able to find that at South Mountain.
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Nov 14 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
Mormon Loop TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2020
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
1,180 ft AEG
 
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Maybe the western end of South Mountain should be avoided this time of year? Crowded. Also very hazy air. My throat and nose were burning around noon, so it was marginally improved after 3 pm.
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Nov 11 2020
Jim_H
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 University, AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2020
Jim_H
Hiking9.50 Miles 4,400 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   7 Hrs   8 Mns   1.55 mph
4,400 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break10 LBS Pack
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Jim_H
Mountain_Rat
SpiderLegs
Perfect weather conditions for my first time up Kimball Post fire. It was about what I expected. Things will grow back, but there will be far fewer conifers present. Also, it is going be hot up here in May to July, and after if the monsoon fails yet again. Even with the summer's scant rainfall, there has been some erosion.

Really nice weather today. Seemed like January, but Matt claims that is because Phoenix is so much hotter, even in January. Maybe so. There was some lingering snow on top, too.

Time states came from @Mountain_Rat. I totally guessed about our break time, but 1 hour seems reasonable. He also said 10.54 miles and 4,700', but I don't know.
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Nov 09 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
National-Pyramid Loop, AZ 
National-Pyramid Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2020
Jim_H
Hiking8.78 Miles 2,300 AEG
Hiking8.78 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   2.77 mph
2,300 ft AEG
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From June and a high of 99 last Thursday to January and a high of 62 today, but it made for awesome hiking conditions. So, I went for one of the loops I was enjoying last year at South Mountain around this time last year. Pretty nice. Quiet, not many people out except near the road, and there was another para-sail man on a hill waiting for winds to launch. He did.

The Estrella were pretty crisp and looked great, but there still hasn't really been rain in the desert. Too bad, since I don't want to really deal with the dust over there.
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Nov 04 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
Harquahala SummitSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 04 2020
Jim_H
Hiking10.20 Miles 3,380 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   4 Hrs   55 Mns   2.31 mph
3,380 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Hadn't been out here in 22 months so why not? The air isn't really clean, with smoke or something else very noticeable. It was worse towards the city, but also to the south.

One of the more interesting summits in the western part of the state with some expansive views (normally). Very quiet with only occasional birds, but then coyotes at dusk. Well, except for the military jets low overhead.

Bring pruning shears for the thorn scrub on the trail.
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Nov 01 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
Mormon Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2020
Jim_H
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.79 mph
1,400 ft AEG
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Eagle 3186 didn't pan out so I took advantage of the hot but still fairly nice afternoon to get something in this weekend. Up Mormon, west on National, and then up to the high points on the high ridge of Corona de Loma East. Decent views, but man did smoke haze, or some type of air pollution really kill things in the last few days.

I didn't really hike 3186, but I did drive all the way out there yesterday. It is dry. Super Dry. Dusty, hot, dry, and dead. South Mountain is, too. I think it has been since March, heading towards 8 months now, since it and huge areas of the desert have had any real rain. Add in the relentless heat and those 3 weeks of 115 degree highs in August and it is no wonder places like the desert near the Eagle Tails, and desert on and around South Mountain (except irrigated stuff) looks as it does.
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Oct 26 2020
Jim_H
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 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2020
Jim_H
Hiking3.90 Miles 1,041 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.34 mph
1,041 ft AEG
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Oct 22 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
Mormon Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.50 Miles 754 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   1 Hour      2.50 mph
754 ft AEG
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Oct 21 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 via HieroPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2020
Jim_H
Hiking7.50 Miles 3,125 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   1.67 mph
3,125 ft AEG      50 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Much easier when you know where the route departs from: the rocks with the alcove just after the spring. Still kind of hot, but tolerable. However, my expectation is that mid-week during Minnesota White Dove season this remains less busy than the Siphon Draw and so while I am not likely to sudden become Mr 5057, I might come back and do this more frequently in winter months instead of 5024. Certainly more than every 3 years.

The burn doesn't look bad, opened up a lot of the brush. I rather like it. The range does look rather drab and bare though. Visibility and air quality were definitely better than Saturday or yesterday, but not great. Maybe I will return here, or do part of the ridgeline in winter once clear air returns after someone puts out that never ending fire in California. I did see a new smoke plume east of Superior. Started around 1, maybe, and it was putting up nice healthy brown plume by 4 PM. Yay!
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Oct 18 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
1,180 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Oct 17 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2020
Jim_H
Hiking3.70 Miles 860 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles
860 ft AEG
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Set out for 5057, but I HATE Arizona thorn scrub, and with the smoke haze which is back again, I turned around a little after the canyon bend. I did not regret that choice, and I won't return. In some ways, I am glad it was smokey, as I didn't waste good day on this. I had enough of thorns last week. If I do 5057, it will be a mid-week hike later when better conditions arrive.
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Oct 14 2020
Jim_H
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 Guides 59
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 Photos 8,195
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 14 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   2.03 mph
1,180 ft AEG
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Oct 09 2020
Jim_H
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 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
Mazatzal Peak SummitPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2020
Jim_H
Hiking14.25 Miles 4,300 AEG
Hiking14.25 Miles   8 Hrs      1.90 mph
4,300 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Pretty good day to do this. Air quality is relatively good, so view from Montezuma Sleeping to Mount Baldy, Humphrey, Union, Pine Mt, Signal, and Aztec, and everything in between, were nice to see. Might be the best summit in the state for viewing peaks. The hike or route is getting to feel familiar, even if it is still rather hard. Still, not likely to return for a couple of years, again. Wish I could spend more time on the summit, but its a long one, too.

Not much color to be had. The drought is taking it's toll.

Because: [ youtube video ]
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Oct 06 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 06 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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Oct 01 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
1,180 ft AEG
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Sep 26 2020
Jim_H
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 University, AZ
Humphreys Summit Trail #151Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 26 2020
Jim_H
Hiking10.25 Miles 3,313 AEG
Hiking10.25 Miles   5 Hrs   15 Mns   2.16 mph
3,313 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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For being a very busy fall weekend the summit didn't have a lot of people on it, likely because I started 15 minutes before noon. The trail was extremely busy and the downhill traffic was about as bad as it gets on Piestewa during peak season.

That said, it was still very nice on top and really beautiful. The wind is up as we enter the fall windy season, but it was still tolerable. It was relatively mild on the summit and I was comfortable in shorts and a t-shirt for a while. I would expect this to change in the next couple of weeks at the latest.

As expected, the lack of rain has left the trail powder dry the way one would find it in late June. Fall color is coming on in the Aspen and will likely peakk in the next couple of weeks as well. I really didn't see much but there is still some red hanging on in the Alpine tundra.



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Sep 22 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
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 University, AZ
Mormon Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.50 Miles 754 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles
754 ft AEG
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average hiking speed 2.22 mph
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