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Feb 15 2020
hikerdw
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60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Mount Kimball via Finger RockTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2020
hikerdw
Hiking10.10 Miles 4,304 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   5 Hrs   43 Mns   2.07 mph
4,304 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
 
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"Put me on a highway, the interstate, a dirt road, to any place, long as I’m long gone." Blackberry Smoke

This was/is a fantastic hike. I rate it 5 stars and 3 :y: :y: :y: . We arrived at 7 AM to an empty trailhead, geared up, and ate a small breakfast. The hike to the spring allowed for a nice warm up, then the climbing started. Took a short break at the lookout point and accidently left my gloves on the ground there. Several steeper climbs, lacking any switchback relief just before the Pima Canyon trail but all good. Ryan led the way to that point but I took the led up to Mount Kimball. Reached the top and were greeted with fantastic views which we took in for several minutes. Retreated back to the Pima/FR junction and then hiked out a little ways further on the FR trail where we found a nice spot for lunch. Retraced our steps back to the trailhead, picking up my gloves along the way.

We saw no others on the trail until just before the lookout point on the return which was a nice surprise and the weather was perfect.
Named place
Named place
Finger Rock Spring

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Finger Rock Spring Dripping Dripping
Water seen from the trail above the spring.
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Feb 08 2020
hikerdw
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60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Toms Lookout Dixie, AZ 
Toms Lookout Dixie, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2020
hikerdw
Hiking14.55 Miles 2,639 AEG
Hiking14.55 Miles   5 Hrs   37 Mns   2.99 mph
2,639 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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"Let's move before they raise the parking rate."

Nice hike in the McDowell's. Blazed up Tom's Thumb before the crowds started. First time on the Lookout Trail which I really enjoyed, even spooked up a deer. Rolled down the East End Trail, Ryan looked like a big horn sheep as he easily pranced down, while I took the more conservative, save the knees approach. Used Windmill and Bell as connectors. Really like the Prospector Trail, has a remote feel to it. Took the wash to check out the Dixie Mine. Had lunch. The trails in MMRP are made for mountain biking at a fast rate of speed. I always enjoy a nice desert walk so I was grinning ear to ear during this section. Hit Marcus and knew it was a short walk back to the car. At the car I noticed a business card under the wiper, a "Hello" from @Sun_Ray. Hello back at you :)

Great hike, not to crowded, and the weather was pefect. Nice to hit groomed trails once in a while.
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Feb 06 2020
hikerdw
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60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Vista Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2020
hikerdw
Hiking5.40 Miles 384 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   2 Hrs      2.89 mph
384 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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The weather took top billing today. Although a short trail, the Vista Trail is one of the best in the park, IMO.

Been testing out GPSBabel. Like that it can be used from the command line. Lots more to learn.
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Feb 01 2020
hikerdw
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60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Springs off Little Saddle, AZ 
Springs off Little Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2020
hikerdw
Hiking10.09 Miles 2,068 AEG
Hiking10.09 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.43 mph
2,068 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
 
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The plan was to check out some of the springs off the Little Saddle Mountain Trail and then return to the trail head via Black Ridge. We modified the plan slightly due to conditions.

Nice crisp morning, always enjoy hiking the Little Saddle Mountain trail. Encountered some deadfall across the trail but easy enough to get around. Followed a use trail to Marion Spring and then hiked up to the source. Very nice spring with a nice flow. From there we jumped back on the use trail thinking it would take us to Chalk Spring but no luck. The trail ended at an old corral site and the closer we got to Chalk the thicker the vegetation got so we decided to leave it for another day and headed down to Upper Sheep Creek to check out that spring and have lunch. Nice flow at Upper Sheep Spring and a great spot to break. During lunch we could hear the barking of dogs and as we were nearing the junction to where we could either go right to finish via Black Ridge or go left which would take us back to Little Saddle, we could tell the dogs, and most likely hunters, were up on Black Ridge, where we would be hiking into, so in order to give them space to enjoy their sport we chose to go left.

Great day, although a little shorter hike than I hoped for, but that just means I'll need to go back.

Note: I forgot to resume my track after lunch so about a half mile from Upper Sheep Creek Spring is from one of my previous tracks and then joined with this track where I resumed.

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Nice flow.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Upper Sheep Creek Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Nice flow just down from were the spring is marked on the map.
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Jan 31 2020
hikerdw
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60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Hawes NE Loop, AZ 
Hawes NE Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2020
hikerdw
Hiking4.86 Miles 420 AEG
Hiking4.86 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   3.01 mph
420 ft AEG
 
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Nice hike with Kelley. Only saw a few mountain bikers along the way. We both really enjoy the desert terrain in this area and it is really green right now. Nice to be able to take advantage of our weather outside.
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Jan 28 2020
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60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Apache Bowl from Willow, AZ 
Apache Bowl from Willow, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2020
hikerdw
Hiking4.29 Miles 486 AEG
Hiking4.29 Miles   2 Hrs   44 Mns   1.74 mph
486 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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Short hike out to an area I refer to as Apache Bowl (looks like a bowl and is near Apache Gap) using horse trails, washes, and jeep trails. Kelley was hoping to find an antler which proved successful so she was very happy. Saw a group of horse riders on the jeep trail, otherwise we had the desert to ourselves.
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Jan 25 2020
hikerdw
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60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Alamo Canyon Loop, AZ 
Alamo Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2020
hikerdw
Hiking14.67 Miles 1,840 AEG
Hiking14.67 Miles   5 Hrs   59 Mns   2.73 mph
1,840 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
 
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Decided to check out Alamo Canyon so put together a loop with the old and new alignments of passage 17 of the Arizona Trail.

Recent trail maintenance was noticeable as we headed out. Headed up Alamo Canyon where the trail drops down into it. Nice scale type terrain in the canyon the entire way so easy hiking. In some areas there was a light running of water. Took a side trip to Alamo Canyon Tank No. 1 but it was dry. Started seeing old AZT trail makers towards the end of the canyon. The short off trail of this loop was across a ridge so vegetation was easy to avoid. Almost immediately we spied the new AZT alignment and at good point we dropped off the ridge line down to it for the enjoyable cruise back to to the trail head.

Saw no other hikers and only 5 mountain bikers the entire hike. This loop was filed away as a definite keeper :D


water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Picket Mill Well 26-50% full 26-50% full
Nice flow into the tank.
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Jan 18 2020
hikerdw
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60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Rock Walls off Pine Creek, AZ 
Rock Walls off Pine Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2020
hikerdw
Hiking14.48 Miles 3,369 AEG
Hiking14.48 Miles   6 Hrs   31 Mns   2.48 mph
3,369 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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While scanning the terrain planning for an upcoming hike in the Boulder Flat area I noticed what looked like rock walls with four square corners so figured it was worth checking out. In further planning I noticed what looked like a motor bike trail that could be used to get us really close to the target point. Motor bike trails are like a jeckle and hyde, on the plus side it gives you a route to follow and sometimes help you get through some thick vegetation, but on the minus side sometimes hiking deep ruts just isn't that easy.

The hike in to the turnoff to the cabin was smooth sailing, the trail is in great condition and the creek has a nice flow of water. After the turnoff to the cabin is when we started seeing the deep ruts in the trail caused by motor bike activity. Glanced in the cabin but didn't stop. Got to the junction where we needed to start our climb up but had to first check out the flow from Pine Creek as we could hear it pretty good. Started the climb up, pushing through lots of sticky plants, and digging in the heals where the granite was loose. Overshot the turnoff point slightly so backtracked a bit until we found a good point to leave the trail and make our way to the target point. I'm not that knowledgeable when it comes to rock walls so not sure if these are ruins or a corral type structure. We did notice some inner walls which I would think would be odd in a corral. We also noticed two other walls in the hike in/out.

Overall a great hike that covered some new terrain for us. Lots of running water. On the return we stopped at the picnic table at the cabin to enjoy a 5 short break, much appreciated. Passed one lone hiker on the way in, and then started seeing others on the return once we were within 3 miles of the trailhead.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Pine Creek Medium flow Medium flow
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Jan 14 2020
hikerdw
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60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Massacre 2990 Lasso, AZ 
Massacre 2990 Lasso, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2020
hikerdw
Hiking5.12 Miles 769 AEG
Hiking5.12 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   2.29 mph
769 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
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Kelley requested lunch creek side and offered to make hoagie's if I could pick a short hike with not to much AEG and running water. This was the first area that came to mind which worked out great. Had the area to ourselves which is always a plus. Fantastic day outside.
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Jan 11 2020
hikerdw
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60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
2609 Ridgeline, AZ 
2609 Ridgeline, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2020
hikerdw
Hiking9.86 Miles 2,223 AEG
Hiking9.86 Miles   6 Hrs      1.85 mph
2,223 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
 
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Arrived at the Willow Springs TH just after 7:30. One other group of HAZ hikers gearing up, nice to meet you @ThirstyLizard.

Our destination today was the 2609 Ridgeline, our second trip, with a target of exploring around the area where the ridgeline forks. Lots of off-trail and game trail hiking but we did spot small rock stacks along the way. On the way back trailhead we did some random wandering in areas you typically hike right past but today we made a close up visit.

Beautiful day.
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Jan 07 2020
hikerdw
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60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Arnett CreekGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2020
hikerdw
Hiking7.09 Miles 728 AEG
Hiking7.09 Miles   3 Hrs   42 Mns   2.17 mph
728 ft AEG      26 Mns Break
 
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Really beautiful day for this hike. The trail condition along the creek is the best I have seen, looks like some recent maintenance and re-routes have been performed. Nice water flow but easy enough to keep your feet dry at the creek crossings. We hiked up to the first site were we started to find some Apache Tear Rocks and started mining :lol: Brought back memories of when I was a lot younger where the family would come out here and do the same, with a bucket and small pick. Once done, we hiked back down to the creek and had lunch and then made our way back to the trailhead. Saw two groups of folks riding horses and two pair of other hikers. Hard to beat this weather right now.
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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Arnett Creek Light flow Light flow
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Jan 04 2020
hikerdw
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60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Three Lesser Base, AZ 
Three Lesser Base, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2020
hikerdw
Hiking12.03 Miles 1,692 AEG
Hiking12.03 Miles   5 Hrs   32 Mns   2.39 mph
1,692 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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Exploration of some of the washes around the base of the Three Lesser Peaks in the Goldfields starting from the Idaho Road TH. Stopped along the way to view the Echo and Trumpet, and the Elliptical Arch along the way. Still some running water out there, the most I have seen in Weeks Wash in a while. Beautiful day and lots of solitude.
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Jan 02 2020
hikerdw
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60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Chuparosa Canyon - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2020
hikerdw
Hiking4.11 Miles 1,114 AEG
Hiking4.11 Miles   2 Hrs   23 Mns   1.88 mph
1,114 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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Arrived to a full trailhead. This was my first trip into Chuparosa Canyon so I crossed the fence a little early but found the use trail back to the canyon fairly quick. The canyon is beautiful. Since I was alone I committed to myself (and wife) to only hiking up the side slope for an hours time starting from the trailhead so when the watch timer sounded I turned around and went back down to the base and enjoyed my lunch. While sitting there alone I actually felt a little guilty thinking about the hundreds of other hikers crammed into the Hieroglyphics Canyon - Not :D

At the trailhead walking to my car a fellow hiker asked if I had a good hike, I smiled and said "A fantastic hike".
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Dec 27 2019
hikerdw
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60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Needle Vista to Hackberry SpringPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2019
hikerdw
Hiking6.76 Miles 853 AEG
Hiking6.76 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   2.37 mph
853 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Nothing beats the scent of a wet desert so dug out the Durand's and headed out. Water flowing nicely, everywhere. Just wandered here, there, up/down washes, it was great. Hoping to see some wildlife but not on this outing. Although I prefer the warm weather I won't ever pass on the opportunity to "get wet".
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Dec 23 2019
hikerdw
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60 male
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 Mesa,AZ
Pass Mountain RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2019
hikerdw
Hiking10.38 Miles 1,995 AEG
Hiking10.38 Miles
1,995 ft AEG
 
On Friday we hiked the 3108 Ridgeline so to be fair, yesterday we hiked the neighboring Pass Mountain Ridgeline. Started from the Crismon gate which added a couple miles and allowed us to check out some new to us park trails. On this hike we dropped off the ridgeline to the west following the clearly marked trail which was a first for me. Although a little loose, I prefer this exit route.

Merry Christmas all!!
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Dec 20 2019
hikerdw
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 Mesa,AZ
Ironwood Ridgeline 3108 Loop - Goldfield MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 20 2019
hikerdw
Hiking7.33 Miles 1,793 AEG
Hiking7.33 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   1.92 mph
1,793 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
 
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We last did this fun ridgeline hike 4 years ago so time for a refresher. Our hike was done clockwise, where the guide description is written going counter clockwise. We also extended the loop east adding several extra miles.

Up to Bulldog Saddle. Windy start on this rocky trail but got the blood flowing.

Took a right on Bulldog Saddle taking a network of use trails up to the ridgeline. All the trails seems to interconnect as long as your basic direction is UP.

Right on the ridgeline and here we go. Although the route across the ridge has no trail the route is somewhat obvious as long as you pay close attention, looking for small rock stacks and human erosion. Nice views all along the way along with fun little scrambles.

At the lower saddle we took a left and headed east hiking a well defined use trail that traverses north of peak 2730, which connects with the Deer Tanks Trail, where we turned south for a bit, then located a newer trail that took us up to the saddle between peaks 2285 and 2478. Saw three deer as we headed up. From the saddle we followed a new trail west marked with pink markers down into what I refer to as the Ironwood Foothills, finally connecting to the well defined trail that takes you back to the trailhead, sometimes referenced as Meridian Mystery Trail.

Really enjoyed this extended version of this hike.
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Dec 07 2019
hikerdw
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60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Geronimo HeadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2019
hikerdw
Hiking7.68 Miles 2,523 AEG
Hiking7.68 Miles   5 Hrs   47 Mns   1.56 mph
2,523 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 
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A good day to hike Geronimo Head.

Got to the trailhead just after 7 and were on the trail heading up by 7:30. One other car parked. The trail to the arch is steep but clearly marked with a good tread. Across the two saddles, clearly marked, is in pretty good condition with just a few areas that have been eroded by the recent rains. At the ravine bed we caught up to two hikers taking a breather, where we crossed the bed and proceeded up to the ridgeline to the west. The route up is very well marked and easy to follow, and once on the ridgeline it was pretty easy off-trail hiking over to 3479 where we signed into the register. From there we dropped down and hiked across a lower ridge to 3311, the lower leg of "L" Canyon were we had lunch. After lunch we hiked back across the lower ridge and then up to 3509, and then found a good place to make our decent down and back to the trailhead. Great hike with fantastic views. We'll be back for sure.
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Dec 04 2019
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 Mesa,AZ
Wild Horse Trail - AKA Lead TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 04 2019
hikerdw
Hiking5.43 Miles 484 AEG
Hiking5.43 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   3.02 mph
484 ft AEG
 
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Hiked a favorite of Kelley's. Saw some new sign posts going up along the loop. Passed a pair of mountain bikers resting as the one reported feeling dizzy. I left him with a bag of trail mix. Actually got a little warm but a great short hike.
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Nov 27 2019
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 Mesa,AZ
Superstition Peak 5057 - Balanced Rock LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2019
hikerdw
Hiking6.87 Miles 3,048 AEG
Hiking6.87 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   1.66 mph
3,048 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
 
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This was/is a FANTASTIC hike. Route finding was straight forward following the use trail tread and rock stacks along the way. Only needed to check the GPS twice and each time was for distance not route checking. I see myself doing this lasso loop at least once a month, November - March, maybe more. Did I say I REALLY liked this hike :y:

Happy Thanksgiving to all fellow HAZ'ers out there.

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water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water less than maxwater less than max Hieroglyphic Spring Quart per minute Quart per minute
Didn't check the spring itself but there was a nice flow down the canyon.
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Nov 25 2019
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 Mesa,AZ
Wishbone Junction - Goldfields MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2019
hikerdw
Hiking5.81 Miles 725 AEG
Hiking5.81 Miles
725 ft AEG
 
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Back out to the Goldfields, this time with Kelley. Actually saw more hikers today on a Monday than we saw on Saturday. At the trailhead I parked next to a newer Tacoma, cement color, that was displaying the Hikearizona sticker. Could that have been @DixieFlyer ?
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