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Apr 14 2020
Jim_H
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 Guides 59
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 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Ben Avery Trail - Indian Spring PetroglyphsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2020
Jim_H
Hiking7.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.56 mph
600 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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Testing the toe on something out of town. Interesting area, but I guess I am a peak bagger. Walked further down the wash and came back on the hills to the south.
Flora
Flora
Owl Clover
Named place
Named place
Water Tank 726

dry Indian Spring Dry Dry
Pools in the wash.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Water Tank 726 76-100% full 76-100% full
Seemed quite full.
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Apr 13 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2020
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
1,100 ft AEG
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To the upper Geronimo TH. Lots of lupine.
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Apr 10 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
1,180 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Apr 06 2020
Jim_H
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 Guides 59
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 Photos 8,273
 Triplogs 1,787

41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Mormon Loop TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2020
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
1,180 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Apr 03 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
1,180 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Road access was easy, and all roads and parking are paved. The only obstacle are the speed humps. This hike seems to be popular. There are lots of shapely young ladies in variously tight spandex and short shorts. Very intriguing. For the ladies, there were a few shirtless and muscley gentleman. Signage is abundant, which was good as I almost got lost in the middle, at the top, and down at the bottom, too. Does it have to be so hard to follow this trail? Seemed the same as last time, save for that big rock which was missing. Stolen? No real sketchy parts, but that neighborhood at the base is kinda rough. You wouldn't want to be caught there after dark! Typical Arizona desert vegetation with abundant sea weed and kelp beds. There was a hiker in florescent tights. Oh, my!
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Apr 01 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2020
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
1,200 ft AEG
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7th St to Gila Valley overlook. Getting nice and warm. Too long after yesterday making the toe swell a little.
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Mar 31 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 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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Being as I fully expect the parks to be closed by the weekend if not sooner, I opted to try a lap. Toe seems OK with 1, but I suspect 2 would be bad. Seems it is miles and toes/foot flexing more than AEG, which is affecting it.
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Mar 29 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2020
Jim_H
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,041 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
1,041 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Went beyond the hill on the National Trail, after summiting Goaty McGoat Face Hill. Boaty's cousin.

Super windy, and not that many people. As crowded as the road coming in to the park was, the Ranger Trail wasn't really that bad. Toe recovery continues, with the thought that if the toe doesn't flex too much, I can do a lap on #300 for leg strength.
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Mar 25 2020
Jim_H
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 Photos 8,273
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Mormon Loop TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 25 2020
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.61 mph
1,180 ft AEG
 
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First outing in 2&1/2 weeks. Was able to do the hike with only moderate toe pain afterward. Promising.
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Mar 08 2020
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
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
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2020
Jim_H
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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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
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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1st trip
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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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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Sheep Mountain - Gila MtnsSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 29 2020
Jim_H
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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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
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
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
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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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 Guides 59
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 Photos 8,273
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2020
Jim_H
Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
1,180 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
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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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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
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
 no routes
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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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41 male
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 Marana, AZ
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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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2020
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
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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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Mormon Loop TrailPhoenix, 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
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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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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 Marana, AZ
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
 
no photosets
1st trip
Partners none no partners
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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average hiking speed 1.96 mph
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