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Oct 12 2019
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Old Bright Angel TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2019
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Hiking15.30 Miles 3,957 AEG
Hiking15.30 Miles   12 Hrs      1.28 mph
3,957 ft AEG
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After finishing the hike I wanted to reread the trip logs for this hike because I'm fairly certain they forgot some key adjectives in describing this hike....rough, brutal, unforgiving, :pk: Hats off to dgrunning, Who preceded to knock off this trail and then moseyed on out the southern side.

The OBA had been on my radar for a couple of years after coming across it when doing the Ken Patrick. So after work Friday I drove up to the North Rim and car camped at the scenic overlook coming out of the Vermillion Cliffs (3 hours) and then for another hour off of FS 212. Got to the Kaibab TH a little before 4am which was a good thing since I was able to snag one of the last parking spots. (There was already 3-4 groups headlamps beaming prepping for their hike).

Got on the trail at 4am which I realized as I was heading in on the Ken Patrick was a little early. Knowing that the OBA was going to be a little challenging I wanted to hit it with daylight. So initially I tried for a slower pace to better time my arrival. Worked out ok on its own as night hiking is kind of slowing going anyway. The first part of Ken Patrick is a mule trail so it cuts a wide swathe and is pretty chewed up. Makes for easy following with a near full moon. About a mile in there is a junction for the Uncle Jim trail and the mule rides follow that trail and KP takes a more interior route becoming more of a single track. Still easy enough to follow. Moon put on quite a show as it was setting (nice orange hue) though I had to look over my shoulder to catch glimpses of it between the trees. I had maybe 20 minutes where I was able to enjoy a true star filled sky between moonset and the beginnings of sunrise. There are several fire meadows (areas where the trees have been destroyed by fires leaving charred fingers, down trees and unobstructed views of the night skies) that allowed me to appreciate stars that I never see from the city.

Got to the OBA around 5:20. Still plenty dark out, but the trail juncture is well signed. Headed down and lost the trail within a few switchbacks. I'm a shorts guy and I got scratched up quite a bit floundering through the growth trying to follow ghost trails and then trying to follow the downloaded route to where the trail supposedly was. Didn't really have success until the sun rose enough to illuminate the area. Even then, not sure I would have found it if not for the download. The missing trail really is not that much, but a downed tree and new growth has pretty much obscured that section. Once I got passed this section OBA was fairly easy to follow. The cut into the side of canyon was evident and still well established which turned out to be good thing because my garmin (and the downloaded route) died shortly thereafter ](*,) Also, turned out that my Go Pro - which I had gotten for my birthday - still wasn't working ](*,) ](*,) Which was really unfortunate because the views from the upper sections of this trail were awesome. The morning sunlight and the fall colors created a full spectrum of colors. Breathtaking. Got quite a bit more pin striping as I made my way down to the dy wash. Actually got my clippers out and made war on my way down. Probably lost an hour in this losing battle and will probably go unnoticed by hikers to come.

Took my time going down the dry wash. Previous write ups made this sound sketchy and without a garmin I was flying blind. There was a scattering of cairns in the wash that brought me to the "dry fall." (There were also periodic cairns along the slope of the left bank, but these should be ignored). When I hit the dry fall I left the wash and followed several closely placed cairns on the right side of the wash. A little above these was a larger cairn (about 7 high) that had me climbing higher up the slope. Got lucky, because a little to the left of this and about 5 ft lower was a flat track that turned out to be OBA (or what constitute it). This section was lightly cairned (could be more so in my opinion). I wasn't sure if was on track until I hit some rocky and relatively steep switchbacks heading down. My toes had a rough day. They ached from the cold in the morning (low 20's) and then were brutalized on the descent. They were probably getting hammered early in the descent, but I didn't notice them until now...

Sans the toes, I was feeling pretty good when I reached the first stream. I mean, the Canyon floor was practically within reach. There was a 20 ft waterfall (pretty) and then I was there. Right? Wrong! Up until this point the trail was fairly well cut (overgrown, but fairly evident). On average 12-24 inches in width. From the stream on, I was a man without a trail...or at least, what I would call a trail. I ended up crossing the stream and scrambling uphill along what may have been a very eroded trail or simply a game trail....same thing. For the first half mile, maybe a mile (it seemed like 10) I came across an occasional cairn and tried my best so stay with apparent cuts in the slope. But these cuts were usually 6 inches or less, rocky and overgrown. I tried briefly dropping down to the Canyon floor, but never found a trail and the growth chased me back to my rabbit trail. I had the stupid idea of trying to gain elevation and look down on the landscape, hoping to spy some remnants of the OBA. That was a lost hour. Ended up on the rabbit trail. There were probably several rabbit trails out there, but this one got me to a bamboo like, 8 ft high field that led to the second river crossing. I had to take my shoes/socks off for this. The first one I was able to hop across. With this crossing I thought I was home free, North Kaibab was visible just up the Canyon. Sigh. Not so.

I guess I kind of let my guard down, being so close to a real trail. After the river crossing, the trail got, if anything, worse. Not so much with foliage, but the trail seemed to average 3-6 inches wide on 60+ degree slopes with the canyon floor (river) being 30-50 ft below. (There were shelf and ledges in between trail and river. But still very precarious!). To compound matters my toes were ready to go on strike. I had one slip where if it wasn't for a conviently placed shrub I would have slipped 10 ft down one of those 60 degree slopes... There was another spot where I had to use a large tree root to cross a washed out trail section. In my mind this last stretch was dangerous and if I had encountered it at the beginning of the hike rather than at the end I probably wouldn't have done it. The trail deposited me at the bridge just below the pumpstation. (I don't think I was ever so happy to face a 3000ft climb :lol: ) Not sure what the GPS route is for this last stretch, but it is for the sure footed and Those who like to be challenged.

Hiked up North Kaibab to finish the loop. Rough climb out, but my toes were happy. With no garmin I am going to go with previous write ups for mileage. No wildlife. No hikers until Kaibab, then I encountered over 100. Wouldn't mind going back and doing trail maintenance on the upper section, but would definitely want to follow some other track on the river section.
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Oct 10 2019
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Palisade Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 10 2019
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Run/Jog6.40 Miles 590 AEG
Run/Jog6.40 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   4.57 mph
590 ft AEG
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I hadn't done Palisade this year, so after work I headed over to Deem to knock out this trail. Parked on the west side and did a CCW loop starting on the Circumference. I'm guessing it was about 1.5 miles before I hit the Palisade which I took up and over the hill down to where it connects to the water tank road. From there I jumped back on the Circumference and continued my CCW loop back to the TH. Weather was awesome. Nice breeze for the entire run. Only saw 3 hikers, a chipmunk and a bunch of lizards.
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Oct 07 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Skip Rimsza Connector - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 07 2019
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Run/Jog4.04 Miles 15 AEG
Run/Jog4.04 Miles      40 Mns   6.06 mph
15 ft AEG
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After work run. Clockwise loop. Apache Wash - Badger Brawl - connector - Skip Rimza. Nice weather. Cool breeze. Minimal wildlife...lizards and rabbits.
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Oct 06 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Andrews - Kinsey Trail MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 06 2019
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Run/Jog11.15 Miles 315 AEG
Run/Jog11.15 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   4.18 mph
315 ft AEG
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Not exactly what I intended but still a nice little jog. Started from Lost Dog Wash TH a little after 6am. Temps were cool and there was a nice breeze going on. I took Sunrise Trail up to the Andrew-Kinsey juncture and was in the shade for most of the climb. At the juncture I took Kinsey down to where the trail starts. Checked out the Ardero overlook and then retraced my steps. Kinsey is a nice trail, fairly smooth with a gradual incline. There were a couple of spots where it gets election in chunks, but they are few, short and followed by flat sections allowing for one to recatch their breath. I was surprised that the Kinsey starts up as high on the mountain as it does. There was probably a good 200-300 ft still to be lost (to reach the TH) when the trail terminated at the Western Loop Trail. Upon reaching the Sunrise Trail I continued up to the peak before returning to Lost Dog TH. Trails fairly busy. Probably saw about 50 hikers altogether, mainly on my descent on Sunrise Trail. Felt good about my run, though the time doesn't support it. I think it was my first time managing to jog all of Sunrise (except for the .2 mile summit part). That being said I was passed by a couple of runners a little lighter on their feet.
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Oct 05 2019
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Verrado PetroglyphsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 05 2019
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Run/Jog4.40 Miles 285 AEG
Run/Jog4.40 Miles   1 Hour      4.40 mph
285 ft AEG
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Short morning run. Been a while since I've been in this area so I thought it was worth a revisit. There are quite a few trails out , most of which are unofficial and some even have cute, green signs stating "no access, not part of the temporary trail system." These signs are funny for several reasons: using the word temporary on signs, for trails that have been around for nigh 7 years....empires may fall, before this temporary trail system becomes established. Some of the "no access" songs are positioned in such a way that there is justifiable uncertainty as to which trails at that juncture are off limits. In one case I think the user trail has gotten more use because people think the official/(original) is off limits. And in some cases the signs seem to be posted in the middle of user trails. Meaning, that you don't know that you are on a "no access" until you've already been on it for .2 miles or so, and then your are left with retreating and reinforcing the trail you came in on or continuing on until you come back on to the "official temporary trail." I would tell you where I jogged today, but then I might have to admit where I ought not have gone. :--: Needless to say I did a nice CCW loop and saw the petroglyphs. Saw a few rabbits and quail and that was it. Little chilly this morning. Fall is in the air :)
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Oct 01 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Circumference Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 01 2019
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Run/Jog6.07 Miles 890 AEG
Run/Jog6.07 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   4.55 mph
890 ft AEG
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After work jog. Started from the east side (next to the dog park) and did a CCW loop on the Circumference. Weather was awesome again and I thought I did pretty good, but my time was consistent with previous runs. No wildlife except for a multitude of small lizards....well into the 20's. Encountered 8 hikers and 4 bikers. My hat off to the bikers; this a rocky trail and cannot be easy to bike. Looks like there was a fire on the west side of the hill. Scorched the flat part of the trail and seemed to be contained to the area. Did not impact the trail. Just the views.
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Sep 30 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Ranger Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Sep 30 2019
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Run/Jog4.44 Miles 804 AEG
Run/Jog4.44 Miles   1 Hour   9 Mns   3.86 mph
804 ft AEG
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After work jog. Time may not be the best, but this is not an easy trail for me to run. Did an in and out, starting from the horse corral, which is now the official starting point for the Ranger Trail. (The park got rid of the Ranger Ext., which never made much sense anyway). Went up to Goat Hill and back down. Weather was awesome! No wildlife and only two hikers.
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Sep 28 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Mohave Connector Trail #202Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2019
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Hiking2.62 Miles 165 AEG
Hiking2.62 Miles   1 Hour   6 Mns   2.38 mph
165 ft AEG
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Squeezed this hike in between responsibilities. Parked at the 32 ndon't St. TH . Very limited parking....enough 15 cars. Cars were actually lining up to take the next vacated space. I had to wait myself, but only for a couple of minutes. (I think a lot of hikers park diagonally across the street (SW side of the stoplight) and then just walk from there). Took the Quartz in and then turned onto the Mojave Connector. At the top of the saddle I headed CCW. Doing this, actually takes you off the Mojave Connector trail onto a user trail, but this user trail is well worth doing. I missed the turn for the first peak so I ended up hitting it from the more northern access point doing an in and out on that peak. Came back down on same trail and continued the loop CCW and hit the next peak to the west (with the hitching rail) and then switchbacked down to the Mojave trail. At this point there is a juncture for the Mojave Connector trail which I took back to the Quartz trail. This is a nice little loop that doesn't see that much traffic. I nice alternative to the crowded trails.
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Sep 27 2019
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South Cliff Walk Badger Connector - SPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Sep 27 2019
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Run/Jog6.43 Miles 11 AEG
Run/Jog6.43 Miles   1 Hour   9 Mns   5.59 mph
11 ft AEG
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After work run. Wanted to get a run in with the connector trail. The connector trail itself is nothing special, but it makes for a nice loop. Trails were in great shape. No mud at all. Weather was awesome. Low 80's with the occasional cloud. Encountered 6 bikers. Wildlife minimal.....quail, rabbit, bunch of lizards and a keening hawk (which was kind of cool).
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Sep 26 2019
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Cholla Loop H-3 - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Sep 26 2019
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Run/Jog3.57 Miles 550 AEG
Run/Jog3.57 Miles      47 Mns   4.56 mph
550 ft AEG
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After work run. Typical Cholla/Coachwhip loop going clockwise. Managed to dodge the raindrops and trail was in surprisingly good shape. My work had a downpour in the morning, but apparently this trail didn't get hit that hard. Saw about 5 hikers and 15 trail runners...luckily they were all going the other direction so I isn't feel pressured. Beautiful weather though a little humid.
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Sep 22 2019
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Rim Trail - GC South RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2019
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Hiking3.20 Miles 200 AEG
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200 ft AEG
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Combined the stats of two hikes into one. This was a post (day after) R2R hike. A little stiff but not too bad. Early morning walk from the lodge to the general store. Ilke's fire(?) caused a horrible haze throughout the canyon. General store rocks! Great selection though prices are high....though Mountain Dew is cheaper than in the valley :D . Bussed back with groceries. Later morning hike with wife and daughter up to Lookout Point. This section of the rim trail provided great views of Bright Angel Trail. Much nicer to be looking down on that trail than coming up it :sweat: . Bussed back to the lodge. Nice, easy way to wrap up the canyon.
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Sep 21 2019
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Rim to RimNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2019
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Hiking23.90 Miles 11,000 AEG
Hiking23.90 Miles   11 Hrs   45 Mns   2.03 mph
11,000 ft AEG
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This had been in the works for a year to celebrate the big 50! My loving wife got rooms on both sides of the rim so I could start and end the journey in comfort. Honestly, didn't get to appreciate the cabin on the north rim that much as I was too excited to sleep. Got maybe an hour of sleep before my sisters arrived from Phoenix and we made ready for our departure.

Side note. My sisters are occasional hikers, but were determined to celebrate this day with me. So after working a full day at their jobs, they drove up from the valley to do R2R with me. Left the north rim around 1am with a nice breeze and temps in the low 30's. I didn't think it felt that bad, though my sisters had different opinions. We were a sight! Not naming names, but some of us had socks on our hands and multiple layers of clothing. :lol: Luckily it was very dark out with very few people on the trail so no one was judging our hiking attire.

A little bummed that my first time on NK was in complete darkness. I had a feeling that I was missing all kinds of fantastic views as we were heading down. Because of the mule trains, the trail is composed of a soft compact powder, and between the 3 of us hiking and the wind, our headlamps illuminated a white haze that reminded me of snow flurries that accompanied us for the first mile. A couple of features that I was able to enjoy despite the darkness were the bridges. I had no Idea that there were so many bridges involved with this hike. Most were crossed in daylight and were more functional than aesthetic. But for me they provided additional charm to an already fantastic trail and some of the early ones I think would have been fantastic to cross in the daylight. The other feature was the water. There were a couple of seeps that muddied the trail in the first couple of miles. But the falls and the accompanying river was awesome. We heard the roaring of the water first and then we were able to see the silver glow of the water as it cascaded into the canyon. We found that we got a better "look" at this when we turned off out headlamps. From that point on the water was with us almost all the way to Indian Gardens. I've heard the Vishnu schist can be murder to hike because of the heat. :y: But it was ideallic for this hike. Some of this was in the darkness, but most in the early morning light. Very beautiful. The bridge at Ribbon Falls was out. Couldn't see it clearly because of the darkness, but it was obviously in bad shape. Hit Phantom Ranch a little after 8am. First time there. Not impressed. Smell of mules and latrines seemed pervasive, though I imagine you'd become accustomed to it.

Crossed the silver bridge and started up BA a little before 9am. Never been on this lower section before. Really enjoyed it. The climb up the corkscrew was nice. Still early so it was not hot. Still had the water off and on along the way. :) Wasn't too steep and it interacted with the landscape nicely. Surprised that there was some descending before the climbing (just prior to Pipe Creek).... I thought it would be all uphill. Didn't care for the soft sand just after the Colorado, but it didn't last as long as I thought it would. Crossing the streams along the way provided a nice diversion and some entertainment as my sisters tried to keep their feet dry. The hike from Indian Gardens to the top was brutal. It's hard to believe that you can have 4 miles of steady uphill hiking, but that is what we were faced with. I don't think it would be so bad if there was some variation to the trail surface or inclination, but it is pretty consistent throughout. I had been through this before so I was mentally prepared for this challenged. My sisters however......they were now 30+ hours without sleep, no acclimation to this elevation and minimal hiking prior to this journey were a little distraught. (Truthfully, one was in good shape being a regular at "boot camp" workouts. The other, who had been a fairly regular gym rat and/or hiker but because of work had fallen off wasn't doing so well). We got into a routine of doing a couple of switchbacks and then resting. It was slow going at times and there was some colorful vocabulary along the way. We had people waiting for us up top so eventually I was encouraged to go ahead and let people know of our impending arrival. Reaching the top I discovered that not everyone had arrived from the north rim yet, so our slower pace was actually good (in that regard). Really wanted to finish this journey together. So after resting briefly, I headed back down with Carrie's husband. Met them about a mile down and together we made our way up the final few switchbacks. Great feeling cresting the top with my sisters at my side and family waiting atop. :y:

Little annoyed with technology. My garmin was on the friezes again. It died before I finished. But it was already disappointing before then. It had me at 40+ miles at Indian Gardens :? To add to the frustration, my wife had bought me a Go Pro so she could partake in the journey and about 4 hours into the hike that went on the fritz as well ](*,) . Got some pictures thanks to my sisters phones.

Wildlife was minimal. Saw some deer in a couple of spots and squirrels galore the closer we got to the top.

Hikers....too many to count. Over 40 on the north side of Phantom Ranch and easily 3x that on BA. Surprised at the number of trail runners we encountered...in the 20's. Surprised at how empty BA was initially. Numbers didn't really pick up until the last several miles. Also, surprised that we didn't encounter mules on the trail. Passed a pack watering at Indian Gardens, but nothing on the trails.

A HUGE THANK YOU to my sisters Tracy and Carrie for doing the insane and making this more than just a hike and one I will never forget. To my mom, who flew all the way from St. Louis to be here for this day and was as excited and proud as we were for the accomplishment. Her joy and enthusiasm was infectious. She had shirts made for everyone to commemorate the event. Ans shw was there to send us off and their to see our "smiling faces" when we breached the top. And a HUGE THANK YOU to my incredible wife who made this dream a reality. She has spent a year planning and orchestrating this to make this birthday what it was. I consider myself to be one of the luckiest men alive to have a wife who not only tolerates but supports my obsession. :app: :app: :app:

50 is not looking so bad :y:

PS. My sister, who were "hating" me as we made our way to the top. Are now, annoyed with their performance and are already talking about a "rematch" with the trail. :D
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Sep 20 2019
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Transept TrailNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2019
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Hiking3.52 Miles 50 AEG
Hiking3.52 Miles
50 ft AEG
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Short hike on the north rim. Ended up doing a loop. From the lodge took the Transept along the rim to the camp ground/general store. Some nice views along the rim, but the trail quickly gets away from the "meat" of the canyon. Still spectacular. Wanted to get some water for upcoming hike, but options were very limited. Nothing bigger than 20oz bottle :? I get it. The Canyon country is all about "refill"...."reuse". Walked through the campground and picked up the Bridle Path to get back to the lodge. Saw quite a few deer (no fear....but at least they paused from the eating to look at me as I walked by), Kaibab squirrel and several chipmunks. Mileage includes my meander through the store.
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Sep 18 2019
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Warrior TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2019
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Hiking2.28 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking2.28 Miles      53 Mns   2.58 mph
1,060 ft AEG
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Day off. Got a quick hike in on the Warrior. 26 up. Saw two hikers. One guy in blue jeans :? He was making great time, but he had to be uncomfortable. At 6am the weather was ideal :)
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Sep 15 2019
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Pyrite Summit - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Sep 15 2019
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Run/Jog7.13 Miles 179 AEG
Run/Jog7.13 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   4.65 mph
179 ft AEG
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Morning run. Got on the trail around 6am. Went in on the Turnbuckle and then took Granite Falls out to the Pyrite Trail. Fairly flat up to this point, but the Pyrite gets some elevation. The hike from the south end is a nice gradual journey with some short steep sections to get the heart pumping. It interacts nicely with the hills and is more of a single track than most of the other trails out there. Trails didn't look as if they had gotten any rain from last night's storm, but there was quite a bit of debris (some of it fairly large) that had gotten deposited onto the trail from last night's wind. Checked out the Summit Trail while I was out there. Nice views to the west and south. Went down the backside of the Pyrite Trail. Bruttle! Up or down. (But most of the elevated trails in the Skyline Park are like this). Took Chuckwalla Trail back to Granite back to Turnbuckle which I took back to the TH. Everything was gravy after descending Pyrite. No wildlife. 17 hikers, 1 biker. Managed to run the whole loop. 51 minutes to the summit.
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Sep 14 2019
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Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2019
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Hiking5.21 Miles 1,205 AEG
Hiking5.21 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   2.82 mph
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Morning hike. Got there around 6am and found only a few parking spots left. Luckily I was planning on doing the Freedom Loop and one of those parking spots happened to be at the cul de sac. Did the loop CCW. Was able to (slowly) jog the whole loop, excluding the Summit section. :DANCE: First time successfully accomplishing that...there are two climbs that have always got me walking in the past. This is a rough trail to jog. Very rocky throughout with some pretty steep inclines. Saw 18 on this part of the. Felt like I saw 1800 on the summit section. Conga lines in both directions with multiple bottlenecks. :? Amazing the amount of traffic this trail gets. Followed the lines up and down and then finished my jog on the Freedom trail back to the Cul de sac.
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Sep 12 2019
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Cholla Loop H-3 - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Sep 12 2019
mt98dew
Run/Jog3.60 Miles 550 AEG
Run/Jog3.60 Miles      52 Mns   4.15 mph
550 ft AEG
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My go to spot for a quick run. Clockwise loop. Knee acted up on the downward section, luckily I was able to walk it off. Great weather. Saw 6 hikers and some lizards while I was out.
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Sep 10 2019
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Sidewinder - Apache Wash Loop ConnectorPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Sep 10 2019
mt98dew
Run/Jog3.70 Miles 30 AEG
Run/Jog3.70 Miles      39 Mns   5.69 mph
30 ft AEG
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After work run. From Apache Wash TH took the Sidewinder to the Apache Wash Trail. Took this out to the connector high brought me back to the Sidewinder. Took the Sidewinder back south to the Apache Wash Trail which I took back to the TH. Sounds more confusing than it really was. Saw one trail runner just as I was finishing. Temps were nice. Decent breeze with the occasional cloud. Minimal wildlife: chipmunk and some quail.
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Sep 09 2019
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Peak 2075 - Rose Garden Lane - PhoenixPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2019
mt98dew
Hiking2.61 Miles 506 AEG
Hiking2.61 Miles   1 Hour   6 Mns   2.37 mph
506 ft AEG
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Easy after work hike. Went up the east side to the peak and then back down to the saddle. At the saddle I took a trail (looked like a former road) down the west side. Once at the bottom went CCW and hit the upper of the three tiered cut in the side of the mountain. Don't think I've ever been up there before. Not what I expected. Higher and a more isolated feeling than I anticipated. Wildlife minimal. Few lizards and quail. Weather was nice a few clouds and decent temps.
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Sep 08 2019
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Warrior TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2019
mt98dew
Hiking2.35 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking2.35 Miles      55 Mns   2.56 mph
1,060 ft AEG
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Morning hike. Up in 27. Based on that number, it takes me longer to come down than to go up :? Parking lot filled to capacity and then some. Counted 27 cars not including what was on the street. Never realized that this was such an active TH in the weekend. No wildlife. Met 12 hikers and two runners. Hanks to the clouds, I was in the shade for most of the climb up. Still humid though.
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average hiking speed 2.29 mph
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