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Apr 11 2021
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 11 2021
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Run/Jog6.60 Miles 961 AEG
Run/Jog6.60 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   4.30 mph
961 ft AEG
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Early morning jog at SoMo. Started from the Pyramid TH just after 6am. Parking lot was only half full. Did what I think of as the reverse Bursera. I took the Pyramid trail into the wash where the Gila trail starts. The Gila trail is not signed, but it a low lying trail that parallels the Bursera just to the north. There is a small saddle that needs to be negotiated. The climb on the east side is switchbacked and on the west fairly gradual so it is not too bad. Much more gentle than the Bursera. The Gila does tie into the Bursera. First I went right and did the “tail” up to the National and then I jogged back, past the Gila, and continued on the Bursera. I ended up hiking a couple of spots on the backside as these old legs couldn’t handle the terrain. As I reached the ridge line, 8 came across the new trail that drops down the south side. There was a post at this juncture with what I thought was somewhat confusing descriptors. Wasn’t too worried about since I knew what I wanted to do. I continued along the ridge line, gaining more elevation. Views were ok. But once again, air quality wasn’t as crisp as I’ve seen it. Took the Bursera down to where it connects to the Pyramid and the Pyramid back to the TH. Nice loop, with nice morning temperatures.
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Apr 10 2021
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Lower Sonoran Trail - FHPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 10 2021
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Run/Jog5.89 Miles 396 AEG
Run/Jog5.89 Miles   1 Hour   17 Mns   4.59 mph
396 ft AEG
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Returned to Fountain Hills to knock off another one of these trails. Got to the Adero TH just before 6am. Love this TH. The views from here can be astonishing. Though today wasn’t quite as crisp and clear as I have liked, the sun was just getting ready to crest Four Peaks. Today’s plan was to do a loop involving the Lower Sonoran trail. Went in on the Promenade trail, which is basically a road, to access the Lower Sonoran. I took the Lower Sonoran (LS) to where it connects with the Sonoran trail. The LS is a nice single track that contours to the slopes of the Mcdowells offering some nice views to the East. It actually does more ups and downs than I remember. It seemed like anytime I went into a fold of the slope I lost and gained elevation, but almost always gradually. Ideal for biking and running. The plan was to go back on the Sonoran trail. But as I was doing the loop I realized that there were a couple of connector trails between the Lower Sonoran and the Sonoran trails. So as I was looping back on the Sonoran I went down the first connector I came to, then continued on the LS until I came to the next connector which I took back up to the Sonoran. Both connector trail were short, the second, ridiculously so being .02 miles. I was surprised at how close the Sonoran trails were to each other. The connector trails do offer nice options for loop lengths. From here I took the Sonoran trail back to the Promenade. The Sonoran is a nice single track, but it is much more aggressive in how it tackles elevation. The trail actually has a chained railing to help hikers negotiate a rocky section. Seemed superfluous and think most hikers would look at railing and :? . Took the Promenade back t9 the TH. Temps were fantastic! No wildlife except for a rabbit. Minimal traffic; 2 hikers and a runner.
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Apr 05 2021
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Marcos De Niza - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 05 2021
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Run/Jog3.77 Miles 347 AEG
Run/Jog3.77 Miles      51 Mns   4.44 mph
347 ft AEG
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Funny how there are 332 write ups for a trail that has never gotten a trail description in HAZ! :lol: I know I’ve done this trail a couple of times but always combined it with something. I knew where the Marcos began, but I honestly wasn’t sure where the terminus was. Nice to have that cleared up. Had the day off so I was able to get a weekday morning hike in. Got to the Javelina TH a little before 8am. Happy to find there was parking available. Did this hike as a loop. Went in on what I considered to be the Beverly Canyon trail ( now seems to be part of the Pima loop) and took that to the west end of the Marcos de Niza. Jogged most of this loop, but not this first climb up the ridge. Too steep for me. After that it was a pleasant roller coaster ride from one high point to the next. A little rocky in spots, but not too bad. From there I kind of cut through the Pima loop and took user trails to connect back to the Beverly. Gave me a chance to utilize some trails that I haven’t done in a long time. Thx for the description Linda!
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Apr 04 2021
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Brins Mesa Trail #119Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2021
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Hiking15.28 Miles 541 AEG
Hiking15.28 Miles   4 Hrs   26 Mns   3.45 mph
541 ft AEG
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Early morning hike in Sedona. As I was driving to the TH I discovered that my Red Rock pass had expired so I ended up parking at the Chuck Wagon/Girdner TH. (This is just off of Dry Creek Rd). No fee is required for parking here and there is enough room for 5 vehicles. Went in on Chuck Wagon trail. Great little trail! Nice single track that does a lot of twisting and weaving as it plays across the iconic red rocks and juniper pines that provide decent amounts of shade. Going this direction you are typically losing more elevation than you are gaining so it is a nice way to start a hike. Definitely better than taking the forest road in. I was saddened to see that the manzanita near the Brins Mesa TH are suffering from something. It is an even mix of brown and green, but something is attacking them :( . First time on this part of Brins Mesa. The west in my opinion is much nicer than the east end. It is a solid single track that is bordered by hills and mountains that can be glimpsed between a variety of pines that shade the trail. The trail gains elevation slowly, except for one short steep hill just prior to the Soldier Pass junction. It was still relatively early and I was surprised to find myself somewhat chilly in this area. Went off trail a couple of times while I was on the Brins, following user trails, hoping to discover a hidden gem. Neat little trails, though they tended to fade away or cross over with a multitude of other trails. Alas, no hidden gems :( And I actually had to backtrack .5 miles to cover the part of the Brins that I missed by wandering off trail. From the top of Brins Mesa down is a rough descent. Hard on my knees. Much steeper than the backside. More exposed. Offering some nice views, but minîmal shade. Took Cibola next. Fun little up and over trail. Met a caravan of 10 that slowed me down some. Keep trying to. get my wife to do this trail with me, but no luck so far. Next Jordan trail. Another great trail. Text book Sedona trail...trees, red rock, great views! Brought me to Devil’s Sink. From here I hopped on the Tea Cup trail. Starts off as a road, but quickly transitions into a single and gains more elevation than I remember. It accomplishes this with a lot of sweeping switchbacks that forested so it is not too bad. Passed a 6 person yoga class splayed out on one of the larger rock formation....only in Sedona :) Next, I was briefly on the Sugarloaf trail. There is more to this trail than what I did. I was using it more as a connector trail to reach Thunder Mountain trail. Cool trail. It gains more elevation than you’d think and ironically not as much as you want. It gains enough elevation where you can get some good views, though you do have some average looking homes nestled on million dollar property. Today was kind of hazy, so even the distant views weren’t quite as sharp as I’ve seen. Very little shade on this trail. Next I came to Chimney Loop. It brought me around the north facing of one of Sedona’s more iconic rock formations. I gained a decent amount of elevation on this guy in a short amount of time. A lot of effort was put into constructing this trail....a lot of stairs! Finally connected to the Lizard Head trail to take me home! I want to say this is one of the “newer” trails in the Sedona system (10-15 years old?) and it has not weathered its time well. There are some abrupt ups and downs as it makes its way around Capitol Butte and the stairs that were there even two years ago have washed away. There are some intriguing user trails that head up into the mountain that bears exploring. Briefly hopped back on the Chuck Wagon to return to a full TH (6 cars) and a street liiinnnneedddddd with cars. It’s crazy how busy this area gets!!
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Mar 31 2021
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Ridgeline Trail - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2021
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Hiking3.27 Miles 149 AEG
Hiking3.27 Miles      45 Mns   4.36 mph
149 ft AEG
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After work jog at Thunderbird Park. Did a convoluted lasso. Going CCW swung out wide on the Coachwhip and user trails then took the Ridgeline to the Sunrise....hit the peak and then continued down and wrapped around the east side of the mountain. Reconnected back with the Coachwhip and took that back to the TH. Not one of my favorite area, but it is awfully convenient!
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Mar 30 2021
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Overton Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 30 2021
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Run/Jog3.43 Miles 553 AEG
Run/Jog3.43 Miles      39 Mns   5.28 mph
553 ft AEG
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After work jog. Went to visit the hills of LosDos, otherwise known as the Cave Creek preserve. Did a quick loop involving a small part of the Go John and then the Overton to make a CCW loop. This is another nice trail to run. Going clockwise there is a little uphill section to tackle, but after that it is all downhill. Very smooth and easy to follow. The lower section sees a lot of horse activity so is very powdery. Today was no exception...dodging horses on both ends of the loop. Encountered 1 biker and over 20 horse riders :o . Some were probably repeats as I hit them at both ends of the loop. Nice day to be out. Sunny, but not hot and there was a nice breeze.
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Mar 28 2021
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Cholla Flats LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 28 2021
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Run/Jog4.20 Miles 248 AEG
Run/Jog4.20 Miles      48 Mns   5.25 mph
248 ft AEG
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Slept in a little today so I decided to do something close to home. Got to the Pyramid TH just before 6:30am. Got to say I’m liking the 202 loop! Easy drive. After yesterday’s long hike this was a nice change....Cholla Flats is pretty much that....flat. Decided to do the loop in a clockwise fashion this time. Got to say, I think that is the way the way to go. There are a couple of hills that have to be tackled, but they are short and you are always rewarded with a downhill slope after. Encountered 19 hikers, but only 3 on the Cholla section. No wildlife. At 6am, temps were great in the 50’s.
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Mar 27 2021
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Black Canyon City TH to Little Pan Loop - BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2021
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Hiking21.00 Miles 1,170 AEG
Hiking21.00 Miles   6 Hrs   9 Mns   3.41 mph
1,170 ft AEG
 
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Beautiful near full moon out this morning. I was hoping to enjoy some of it on my hike but alas I did not get to the TH until just before 6am. Missed the “moonset”, but started at a good time for the early morning lighting. No need for a headlamp. I realized halfway out to Black Canyon City that I forgotten my Garmin ](*,) , but I wasn’t that worried because I had done this trail a couple of times before. Love this section of the BCT. About a mile in and you get some of the best views that this trail has to offer. I remember the first time I did this trail how amazed I was with how the canyon opens up. It still I impresses. The Agua Fria was flowing decently, but it was easily crossed. Some productive individual placed some decent sized logs across the water. (We’ll see how long that lasts through the year). The climb out of the canyon seems daunting, but it shouldn’t be. The trail is in no hurry to get anywhere and takes an amazing amount of time to reach the high point with a lot of sweeping twists and turns. Ideal for bikers and runners alike. :) Trail is well marked and easy to follow. There are a couple of road crossings, but all instances are well signed. The trail is also in great shape though it gets a little rocky after the second road crossing.

I went in thinking I knew where I was going. In my mind I wanted to turn around at the top of Little Pan Loop, but in my mind I was seeing the Boy Scout Loop juncture. Needless to say, I cruised by the Little Pan Loop juncture without realizing it. I realized what had happened when I got to the second major crossing of the Agua Fria. This actually wasn’t a bad occurrence. Last year, when I had tried to this southern leg of BCT I wasn’t able to because the Agua Fria was flowing so strongly. So I ended up doing a section that I had missed last year. That being said I did not do the loop. When I hit the sand (there was no water flowing at this spot, though there were pools of water), I turned around and headed back. Weather was beautiful!!, though windy! Surprisingly not a lot of activity on the trail. Wildlife was only quail and rabbits. Only one runner and 1 hiker west of the Canyon and the flowing water. Lot more activity once I got within 1.5 of the TH. Mileage is just a guess, but I think it is pretty close to what I did.
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Mar 24 2021
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Jasper Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 24 2021
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Run/Jog5.74 Miles 66 AEG
Run/Jog5.74 Miles   1 Hour   7 Mns   5.14 mph
66 ft AEG
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After work jog. Wanted to get a loop involving the Jasper trail. The stables were in full action today. Saw 3 different groups of 5+ riders make their way around the Go John TH. Chilled in my car waiting for the riders to get ahead of me. The riders ended up going down Jasper so ended up doing that on my return trip. Went in on Go John to Quartz to Flat Rock to Military to Slate to Jasper and then back on Go John. First time doing this larger loop in this direction. Like Go John. There is some up to it but it super smooth...ideal for running. Same with the Quartz. Love this trail. Either direction. First time going down Flat Rock and then connecting to the Military. I’ve always done this going the other direction and I think I prefer it that way. Slate is an awesome trail. Love the rock work! Little bit more up going this direction than I remember, but not too bad. Jasper is a really short trail - more of a connector trail. And is definitely a trail used by the horses. Trail is very powdery with horse apples galore! No wildlife. Trails relatively busy....17 hikers, 4 bikers and 1 runner. Weather was great again.
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Mar 23 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
H-3a - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 23 2021
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Run/Jog3.98 Miles 64 AEG
Run/Jog3.98 Miles      56 Mns   4.26 mph
64 ft AEG
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After work jog. Did a clockwise loop with one of my “go to” trails (Cholla). Not a fun trail to run....very rocky. But the elevation change is nice and the distance is good if you are pressed for time. Threw on the H-3a for a little more distance. This is an in and out mid way through the loop. (This would be an expected place where a user trail would develop, but Thunderbird Park has very few unofficial trails. Hope I don’t jinx that. Personally don’t mind user trails, but they do have a tendency to spider web over time). Weather couldn’t have been nicer. Cool temps, clouds and a nice breeze.
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Mar 22 2021
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Pointe Tapatio Golf Course Loop #1Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 22 2021
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Run/Jog4.11 Miles 860 AEG
Run/Jog4.11 Miles      47 Mns   5.25 mph
860 ft AEG
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After work jog. Went through the tunnel under 7th St and did a CCW loop incorporating the Christiansen (101) and some user trails that went around the central hill in this area. Never summited the hill, but the user trail creates a sweet single track that contours around its slopes. In my opinion, one of the more enjoyable loops in central Phoenix. Weather was great....again. No wildlife.
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Mar 21 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
Morning Vista Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 21 2021
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Run/Jog7.00 Miles 78 AEG
Run/Jog7.00 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   5.75 mph
78 ft AEG
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Early morning run in the McDowells. Wanted to get a loop involving Morning Vista. I’ve done most of the trails out here at one time or another, but I don’t think I’ve ever been on the Morning Vista.....if I’ve had it’s been a long time. Took the Black Hills trail to get to the Morning Vista. The Vista is not that far from the TH (via Black Hills... .6 miles), but I don’t think it gets a lot of use. It’s a narrow single track that descends gradually to the east. Not very long. Only about .8 miles from end to end. Had to back track a little once I reached the end to reconnect to the 136 Express trail. I would imagine that this is a great trail for biking as it is one of the more “twisty” trails out there. Nice for running as well. From there I took the Turpentine over to the Whiskey Bottle. It’s been years since I’ve been on the Turpentine. Solid single track. From the there took Whiskey Bottle back to the TH. Great loop! Weather was awesome with temps in the 50’s. Not much wildlife, except for quail....a lot of quail.
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Mar 16 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 16 2021
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Run/Jog4.74 Miles 612 AEG
Run/Jog4.74 Miles      57 Mns   4.99 mph
612 ft AEG
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After work jog at the Sonoran South. Got to the Desert Vista TH around 4pm and did a lasso. Going in on the Hawk Nest and then doing a CCW loop on the Dixie Mine. Not a huge fan of the Hawk Nest....(it’s a short, up trail that I always have to do when hiking at this TH), but I do enjoy the Dixie Mine Loop. Some nice elevation as it goes around the mountain. Great weather made for active trails. No wildlife, but encountered 24 hikers, 2 runners.....(one runner was running so hard I looked behind him to see what was chasing him :lol: ...he was cruising!) and a biker.
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Mar 14 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
Dysart Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2021
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Hiking4.89 Miles 155 AEG
Hiking4.89 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.67 mph
155 ft AEG
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Talked my wife into going on a hike with me....settled on doing a loop involving the Rainbow, Dysart and Toothacher trails. This was a bit more than we anticipated, but my wife stepped up and seemed to have a nice time, though she was a little sore afterwards. This was her first time doing the western part of the Dysart and anything past the Quail juncture on the Rainbow. Weather was nice.. Temps in the 60’s with a nice breeze. No wildlife. Saw a decent number of users from hikers to bikers to horseback riders.
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 Phoenix,Az
Bajada Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2021
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Hiking9.78 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking9.78 Miles   2 Hrs   44 Mns   3.58 mph
300 ft AEG
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Early morning hike in SoMo. I had thought of doing something to the north, but the weather made me decide to do something closer to home. I hadn’t done Bajada in awhile and never in March so..... got to the Ranger TH around 6:30. There were scattered clouds in the sky which quickly moved on. Temps were in the 40’s and with the occasional wind it made me glad that I opted for a jacket. The trail was wet, but not muddy with an occasional puddle. Bajada is not one my favorite trails....it’s rocky and has minimal views. Weather seemed to make it a little more enjoyable. There were hints of life in the desert. Both the chuparosa and creosote were showing some yellow. Hopefully with the promise of more to come. Decided to make a loop, by taking the National to the Ranger trail.on the way I stopped by and visited Goat Hill. Took the Ranger back to the TH. No wildlife, but trails were fairly active.....saw over 20 users between the National and the Ranger (no one on the Bajada). Not my favorite, but any day hiking is a good day :)
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 Phoenix,Az
Geronimo Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2021
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Hiking5.10 Miles 1,177 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   3.64 mph
1,177 ft AEG
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After work hike. Did an in and out on Geronimo. Parking has changed a little at the “trail head”. They’ve placed several large boulders in front of a common parking area. Not a huge deal....there wasn’t a lot of room for parking there anyway and one can still park along side the road.....you just may have to walk a little further, depending on the number of trail users. Nice day for a hike.. temps were great, with a pleasant breeze. One of the more rugged and infrequented trails in SoMo. That being said, still encountered 8 hikers. Wildlife was minimal. Couple of chipmunks and a gecko.....a Trekkin Gecko. :) Always nice to see a member of the HAZ community and its been awhile since I’ve seen Kelli.
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 Phoenix,Az
Lost Mine - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2021
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Hiking4.93 Miles 929 AEG
Hiking4.93 Miles   1 Hour   31 Mns   3.25 mph
929 ft AEG
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Early morning hike at SoMo. Thanks to the 202 it was an easy transit to get to the Pyramid TH.....I have no excuse not to be hitting this more often. Got to the TH a little after 5:30am. Surprised to find that I was the first car there. Wanted to get a loop involving Lost Mine. I’ve come down this beast often enough, but it’s been awhile since I’ve gone up it. It’s definitely one of the steeper trails out there. From the top I took the National Trail over to the Lost Ranch Ruin trail. It’s been awhile since I’ve been on that as well. Upper part is very nice with some sweet views of the canyon to the north. It gets a little steep and slippery for a time before becoming more manageable. Took some user trails to get back to the beginning of the Pyramid trail to close the loop. Good workout for a 5 mile loop. Saw a handful of hikers near the end, but pretty much had the trails to myself. No wildlife. Though I did here some coyotes howling forlornly in the distance. Not your typical coyote “talk”. Lucky enough to catch sight of a falling star at the start of the hike. Made a wish....we’ll see what happens. :D
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Mar 06 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
China Wall Trail w/Bronco Creek #287Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2021
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Hiking12.81 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking12.81 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   2.68 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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Met up with the Chris to visit China. This had been on my radar years back, fallen off, and then back on when Chris brought it up a month ago. Got to the TH around 6:15am. Just enough light to negotiate the trail without any problems. The Bronco Trail is in fine shape. A little rocky on some of the slopes, but easy to follow. The turn for 287 (Bronco Creek trail) isn’t quite as obvious as I expected. Luckily Chris had downloaded the route and was ready for the turn. Once we got onto to the trail it was fairly easy to follow up to the corral. It appears this portion of the trail gets enough traffic that it is self evident. The corral is still in pretty good shape, though there is now a skull decorating one of the posts. From the corral the trail becomes less established. There is a fence that takes off from the corral and heads in a southerly direction. On the way in we went to the right of this fence and paralleled it until it ended at Jacks Spring where we entered a wash. Followed the wash for a ways (maybe .5 miles) until it “Y”ed. Turned left at this point and quickly left the wash and started going cross country. (On the way back, I noticed that if we had turned right at this first “Y” another 20 feet up the wash there would have been another “Y” with an open, cairned wash that would have gotten us up to the a saddle without all the vegetation that we dealt with on our entry. At the saddle we made a slight inadvertent detour. We hugged the eastern slope, when we should have stayed on the northern slope. Luckily we hadn’t gone too far before we realized our mistake. The northern slope is pretty open. Easy to avoid vegetation. The cairns and the “trail” will come and go as we continued west, gaining elevation in surprisingly mild manner. When you start to see slabs of rock that is the beginning of the China Wall. The Wall was always on our right as we ascended the slope. The Wall would kind of come and go in chunks. Some portions more impressive than others. For me the pay off wasn’t really until we reached the top of the slope and the views opening up to the west. Wow! Much nicer than I anticipated. Added bonus...the wall, unexpectedly, continued up and over the slope, adding a nice foreground characteristic to the expansive view. On the way back, I was pressed for time, so left Chris moving at his own pace. I didn’t save as much time as I anticipated as I veered off trail and had to some minor bushwhacking to get back on trail. Luckily a downed mylar ballon and Chris’s shouts got me back on track without too much time lost. I wished I had had more time to explore the area. Thought I saw a cut in the mountain off to the north and both Bronco Butte and Butte Peak were “baggable”. Might be worth a return visit. Weather was perfect! 60’s for most of the hike with a strong breeze for a good portion of it. No wildlife and no others to be seen. Thanks for the invite Chris, good company solid hike!
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Mar 04 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
Shadow Mountain Big Loop #310Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2021
mt98dew
Hiking3.18 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking3.18 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   2.98 mph
340 ft AEG
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After work hike. Not one of my favorite places to hike, mainly because there is no designated place to park. I usually park on the street (north side), which is what I did today. Once I get on the trails there not bad. Did a loop going CCW. Hit some of the knolls along the way and then when I circled the southern end, I went up the back side and bagged the southern peak. This elevation is a little lower than the northern peak, but not by much. Lot of different user trails in this system. I used some that I hadn’t done in a while. Weather was perfect. Enjoy while we can. Only encountered 3 hikers. No wildlife.
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Mar 02 2021
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Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2021
mt98dew
Hiking5.14 Miles 1,205 AEG
Hiking5.14 Miles   1 Hour   59 Mns   2.59 mph
1,205 ft AEG
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Had the day off to take care of a few things and while I was out I got a hike in at Piestewa. First, did the Freedom trail going CCW and then summited. Great day for a hike. Cool temps with a nice breeze. The Freedom trail is in good shape....not getting abused and mangled like the Summit trail. Decent number on the Freedom trail (23), compared to the Summit (121). Still, the crowds weren’t as bad as they were a few Saturday’s ago. Noticed that they are redoing the parking at the end of the cul de sac. Inconvenience for now, but I am sure it will be nice when they are done.
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