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Aug 10 2020
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 Phoenix,Az
Baseline Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Aug 10 2020
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Run/Jog2.70 Miles 460 AEG
Run/Jog2.70 Miles      36 Mns   4.50 mph
460 ft AEG
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Short after work run. Little different than previous loops on the Baseline. Went in on the Horseshoe and from there took the connector to the Baseline. Did the Baseline CCW and then back out the way I came. Uneventful...no "stubs", "trips", or "falls". No wildlife and I honestly don't think anyone else was in the park.
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Aug 07 2020
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 Phoenix,Az
Great Horned Owl Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Aug 07 2020
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Run/Jog7.42 Miles 463 AEG
Run/Jog7.42 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   4.45 mph
463 ft AEG
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After work "slog". I have found it incredibly tough to venture back on the trails after my week in Pinetop/Sedona, both because of the downgrade in scenery as well as the increase in temps. Finally forced myself out Friday afternoon. Got to the TH around 5:30. Temps were still toasty at 108 :sweat: . I did my usual loop when doing this trail. Went in on the Hawk Nest and the took the Toetoise and the Verde trails to get to the Great Horned Owl. Did the GHO going clockwise. Once I finished the loop I returned the way I came. Didn't see any hikers until near the end when I met a family of 3. Otherwise it was just me, a rabbit and a bunch of small lizards enjoying the afternoon sunscape. Actually had some hillside shadows in spots which was nice. No breeze to speak of.

I've actually started to keep track of my "near misses" this year, since they have become so common. There is the "stub", where my toe catches a rock, resulting in "ouch" but no balance is lost. Then there is the "trip", where toe catches rock, balance is lost, arms flail, balanced is restored and invectives stream from my lips. Then sadly there is the "fall", in which toe catches rock, balance is lost, arms flail to no avail and the descent continues to :FG: (no the other kind). This "slog" had to 2 "stubs" and 4 "trips". Happily no :rollH:
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Jul 29 2020
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 Phoenix,Az
Jordan TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2020
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Hiking3.95 Miles 182 AEG
Hiking3.95 Miles
182 ft AEG
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First time using this TH. Very nice! Parking for 20+ vehicles with bathrooms available. It does require a Red Rock Pass or a $7 daily use fee. (Rock pass is the way to go if you plan on being up there for more than 3 times in a year). Getting back there is on a dirt road and a little rocky, but passable for all cars.

Got to the TH around 5:30. Already a couple of cars there. Plan was simply to do all of the Jordan Trail. To do this I took the Jim Thompson Trail east for about .4 miles to where it connected to the start of the Jordan Trail. Took the Jordan Trail west to where it crossed the dirt road that I entered on. Just past the road the trail split. I followed the first branch north back to the parking area. This was about .4 miles. I returned the way I came back to the juncture and continued to follow the trail west. The trail did some winding as it went west gaining some elevation in the process. A little unsightly because of the telephone wires above and a small generating station that it wrapped around. I worked my past a juncture with the Ant Hill Trail and with the Cibola Trail. Got to say that even though this was a relatively short trail...more of a connector trail, used in conjunction with others....I really liked it. Interacted well with the land and a great mixture of pine trees providing ample shade and a splash of the Sedona red rock for color. Pay off was the end with the Devil's Kitchen Sink. I hadn't read about it, so I was surprised when I came upon it. Nice reward! Took Cibola to get back to the TH. Love this loop. Little bit of an up and down on Cibola, but a beautiful hike!
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Jul 29 2020
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Deadmans PassSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 29 2020
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Run/Jog4.41 Miles 200 AEG
Run/Jog4.41 Miles
200 ft AEG
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Second hike of the morning. Had family vacation obligations so I needed something I could knock out fairly quickly. Initial thought was the Mescal Trail, but that looked longer than I had time for, so I headed down to the Long Canyon TH and did an in and out with Deadman's Pass. I took Long Canyon Trail in about a mile where it connected to the start of Deadman's Pass Trail. Up to this point Long Canyon is a fairly boring trail. Sandy with a slight incline, straight and exposed. Deadman's Pass is pretty more of the same, though more rocky. It is a saddle trail. So there is a continued climb as you north to the south. Once you hit the saddle there is a steady decline as you pass the Mescal juncture and end with a connection to the Boyton Canyon Trail. Not an overly scenic trail, in and of itself, but the surrounding views are nice....duh...Sedona! Once I hit Boyton I turned around and followed the same trail back. No wildlife, though I encountered 5 hikers on Long Canyon Trail.
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Jul 28 2020
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Timber Mesa Trail #636Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 28 2020
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Run/Jog7.60 Miles 679 AEG
Run/Jog7.60 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   4.65 mph
679 ft AEG
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Having a hard time keeping up with trip logs with all the vacationing (hiking) that I’m doing. This was our last day in Pinetop, so I had to get an early hike in before we left. Got to the TH around 6am. I had been on a small part of this trail last year when I did the Osprey Trail. Decided to follow the same route this time, CCW, when doing the loop. This turned out to being a very misleading trail. By going CCW there was short, rocky climb that got me to the mesa and then after that it was flat with some minor elevation change thrown. This top section was a beautiful, smooth single track ideal for running. Temps were great and it was fairly well forested (side note: they were doing quite a bit of logging on the mesa. So it was still shady, but the growth was cut almost in half), and I thought I would have a nice time for my run. This changed though as I came to the west side of the mesa. The trail dropped down to go along the slope of the mesa. This provided some nice views to the west, but the trail became very choppy (a lot of up and down) and rocky as well. This really slowed things, but was enjoyable in its own way.

I am getting close to having done all of the trails (that are loops) in the White Mountain Trail System and this is one of the better ones out there. Close to Pinetop and Showlow so it is very accessible, but still removed so that civilization is not making its present felt. It is a solid single track all the way through, which is uncommon for many of the trails in this system. And it has a good amount of trees so it is well shaded throughout the day. (Afternoon hikes might get a little toasty on the west side because the trees are not as dense as the trail makes its way along the western slopes).

Really nice way to finish my hiking time in Pinetop. I’m already looking forward to next year.
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Jul 28 2020
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 Phoenix,Az
Sugarloaf - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 28 2020
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Hiking2.07 Miles 350 AEG
Hiking2.07 Miles
350 ft AEG
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After getting settled into our “new home” I did a short hike with Johnny hitting the Sugarloaf vista and then continuing on the loop going CCW. Johnny had knee surgery about 10 months ago so this was nice way to test out the knee. This area can get kind of confusing with all the user trails, but the trails are well signed and it is easy to figure out where you are with all the signage and maps at the junctures. Vista provided a nice look over Sedona, but there were literally 1000’s of flying ants on the butte. Never seen that many at one time. Crazy!
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Jul 27 2020
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 Phoenix,Az
Sipe White Mountain Wildlife AreaAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2020
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Hiking5.75 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking5.75 Miles   2 Hrs      2.88 mph
250 ft AEG
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This ended up being my third hike for the day....post Husley Lake and Rudd Creek. This hike, in the Sipe White Mountain Wildlife area, couldn’t have been more different from the Rudd hike if I wanted it to be. Rudd was off trail and this, for the most part was all flat, dual track. Pulled in to the visitor center and was met by a very pleasant hostess - Sue. She informed me that the visitor center was closed but that trails were open for use. Sue provided me with a map of the area and the trails. I did the the Rudd Creek Loop Trail (kind of) and the Homestead Trails. The trails have info boards posted along the way and there are occasional markers to help guide you. For a walk in “the park” it is embarrassingly easy to lose the trail. I ended up doing exactly what WilliamnWendi did in 2012. As the Rudd Creek loop trail crosses a bridge and turns north, the trail should transition from a dual track to a single track. I missed the signs the first time around and ended up following the dual track to the enclosure for the pueblo ruins and then taking the Homestead trail to the McKay Reservoir and then out to the old ranch of Joseph Nelson. The reservoir has some potential with nice viewing stations. There is evidence that it sees quite a bit of activity (from the prints in the mud around the water), but I didn’t see anything this time around. The Nelson homestead was ok. Surprised by the stone walls...I was expecting a log cabin. Impressed by the well, the layering of rocks as it went down into the earth is a testament to frontier ingenuity. On the way past the reservoir I followed what I thought was another trail, which ended up being the back end of Rudd Creek Loop. This was the best part of all the “trails”...a single track that gained some elevation. Gave a nice view of the surrounding area. Ended up repeating the dual track to the pueblo ruins.

Definitely more of a family area, than a destination hiking area. The hummingbird area at the visitor center was impressive. Their July hummingbird festival was cancelled due to the virus, but the hummingbirds didn’t know that and were putting on quite the show.. I didn’t see anything on the walk except vultures and a squirrel, but on the drive I could see deer in the distance and got a nice look at a couple of antelope. Side note: as I was driving out to my hiking spots early in the morning, I came across close to 30 deer on the side of the road...and some in the middle. Long story short, when you are in the high country, you don’t need to go to a wildlife area to see the wildlife.
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Jul 27 2020
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 Phoenix,Az
Husley Lake, AZ 
Husley Lake, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2020
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Hiking2.60 Miles
Hiking2.60 Miles
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This is a generic description of 3 separate excursions, utilizing the most noteworthy of the 3 hiking spots.

I am so bad with direction it is embarrassing :oops: . My main goal today was to do the Escudilla Trail. I made mental notes that I needed to turn in at MM 420 and drive in about 3 miles and turn left to get to the TH. Yeah, yeah.....I know (NOW, after rereading the trail description), that I needed to drive in 4.5 miles before turning left to get to the TH. Long story short, I drove in about 3.5 miles before turning around and deciding that I must have missed the turn for the TH. (At 3.5 miles in, I felt that I was practically at the peak already and couldn’t believe that the TH was so high up. So I was certain that I must have missed the turn). I ended up pulling off at two of the junctures where the road split. Both of these junctures were closed (gated), but I thought maybe....I hiked in about .5 miles on both roads to see what I could see. Obviously, neither lead to the TH, nor provided views of the trail climbing Escudilla. However, both provided nice views of forested, lower slopes of Escudilla and added up to about 2 miles. I then drove down to Husley Lake and followed a very nice user track around the lake. It was only about .6 miles to complete the loop. (The circumference of this loop will probably change in size with the seasons and the size of the lake). This is more a fishing destination rather than a hiking destination, which is why it has probably never made it on HAZ. There was actually one guy fishing there when I did the loop. There is a bathroom there and enough parking for about 10-15 vehicles. This hike also offered one of the highlights to my day. Spotted a bald eagle....very cool.
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Jul 27 2020
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 Phoenix,Az
Rudd CreekAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2020
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Hiking2.60 Miles
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This ended up being my second hike of the day. After Escudilla fell through I had quite a bit of time on my hand so decided to check out this “trail”. My memory servesd me better for this TH. I just needed to remember MM 408. The pull off is just off the 191. After slipping and sliding in the mud I settled on a good parking spot and checked out the area. Rudd Creek was dry at the TH, but it was abundant with trees. I’m guessing oak and cedars. The “trail”, in truth a game trail, headed off in a westward direction. It quickly entered a valley with gentle slopes that became steeper and turned into vertical walls as they reached the top. The valley opened up to the south and the game trail headed in that direction. By following the game trail it took me away from the creek. This wasn’t too bad since the growth around the creek was heavy and even though there was no water at the TH, there was water flowing sluggishly in quite a few spots and it was hard to tell where the water flowed due to the heavy growth. When the valley opened to,the south two hills dominated the view. The growth was sparse enough that I was able to leave the game trail and hit both these “peaks”. They were both surprisingly mesa-like and provided decent views of the surroundings, except to the north where the mesa was higher. I descended down the backside of the taller “peak” and looped around to rejoin Rudd Creek. I had to creek hop a couple of times to reconnect to the game trail which I took back to the car. Couple of notes: muddy! Not horrible so as long as I paid attention to where I was stepping. I still had to shed a few pounds a couple of times by scraping off excess mud. Also, the ants out there where demonstrating their engineering skills. There were some massive ant hills!! Some with 3-4 ft radii with nothing bigger than a pea sized pebble nearby. These areas stood out not only because of the size of the ant hill but the total lack of anything near the hill.
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Jul 26 2020
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 Phoenix,Az
Ghost of the Coyote Trail #641Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 26 2020
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Hiking16.02 Miles 880 AEG
Hiking16.02 Miles   4 Hrs   21 Mns   3.68 mph
880 ft AEG
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This trail is one of about 15 in the White Mountains Trail System.. The official TH is about 3 miles off the 260 on Burton Rd. I missed that turn off and ended up starting from the back end of the loop. Starting from this point the trail is pretty much a road. The trail is marked with metallic blazes that are numbered every quarter mile and there usually 2-3 generic markers between these numbered markers to help keep you on track. That being said I missed one of the splits in the road/(trail) and did not realize my mistake until at least .5 miles in. Backtracking I was able to identify my mistake and get back on track. For the most part the trail is fairly easy to follow as long as you look for metallic blazes up the road at every split. (The blazes should be visible up the road at every split). The exception to this is the connector trail that allows you to make this big loop into two smaller loops. The signage for this is a little confusing...at least my first time through. I ended up, inadvertently doing a figure 8. Going from trail marker 39 to 9. If you start to see yellow markings on the blazes that is an indication that you are on the connector trail. In order to do the southwestern part of the Ghost, I had to do the connector trail twice. Not too bad since it was at most .5 miles long and I was more prepared for the confusion the second time around. This actually worked out nicely in that this section was the only part of the loop that was a single track. A majority of the trail (I would say just under 11 miles) is road or atv. How very the trail from marker 9 to 20 is a single track, at times a very faded single track. And it is also the only stretch where you go through some decent sized pine trees. Much of the trail is exposed and the pine forest lasted for only short sections. I like to think there is no such thing as a bad hike. Today’s hike challenged that notion; primarily from personal issues...a fall, serious chaffing, bathroom issues and a lost electronic device detracted from what this trail had to offer. That being said I ended the hike with the best part of the figure 8. I saw some rabbits, was serenaded nicely by a red tail hawk, saw a deer bouncing across the trail and as was so appropriate saw a coyote drinking from one of the tanks.
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Jul 21 2020
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Saddle Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 21 2020
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Run/Jog2.40 Miles
Run/Jog2.40 Miles      30 Mns   4.80 mph
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After work jog. Short loop starting from the Quail Trail TH. Went in on the Quail - Saddle - Baseline - connector trail to Rainbow and then back on the Quail Trail. I had done this loop a couple of times over the years, but apparently I shortened it by about .5 miles by taking the "first right" while on the Baseline (this was the connector trail) instead of continuing on to where the Toothacher starts. Not a huge change. My goal was the Saddle trail. No wildlife and no other activity in the park. I did have to use my pass to get into the park. I was surprised by that. Typically on days like this no be mans the booth and they rely on the honor system.
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Jul 19 2020
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 Phoenix,Az
Channel Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 19 2020
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Run/Jog2.90 Miles 35 AEG
Run/Jog2.90 Miles      30 Mns   5.80 mph
35 ft AEG
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Second hike of the morning. Upon reviewing my HAZ records I discovered that I had never officially done the Channel trail....I had just done it as a link. So I wanted to get a quick loop involving the Channel trail as the main trail. Got to,the Crimson TH around 6:30. Not as busy as last time...only about 10 cars parked along the street. Did a loop going east on the Levee trail. Kind of annoying. I was heading into the early morning sun and I had forgotten my hat. Too bad, there are some decent views of the Supes going this direction. The Channel is literally about 30 ft north of the Levee trail and the two are connected by the Spillway trail (which continues on to the north). When I connected to the Channel trail I briefly followed it (actually it was a dirt road) east to see if the Channel trail continued in that direction. It did not appear to so I quickly turned around and followed the Channel trail west. The Channel trail literally parallels the Leveee trail. The distant views aren't as good because you are in a ditch, but I actually preferred this over the Levee because the ground had some variations (not much, but more than the Levee) and the nearby foliage made it slightly more interesting. Neither trails are that exciting, but they make for an easy run. Saw some quail and a rabbit. Temps were in the 90's and honestly that felt pretty nice.
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Jul 19 2020
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Old Mine Trail - Silly MtnPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 19 2020
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Hiking1.76 Miles 268 AEG
Hiking1.76 Miles      37 Mns   2.85 mph
268 ft AEG
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First hike of a daily double. These trails are ridiculously short. But the views, near and far, are pretty sweat. Wanted to get a loop involving a trail I hadn't taken credit for. Today was the Old Mine Trail. Did a CCW loop. In briefly on the Brittlebush, until the Old Mine Trail splits off from it. Took the Old Mine to the saddle. Upon reaching the saddle I had to hit the High Point Trail. From this juncture it is a close, short, fun hike to the top. Nice reward for little effort. From here I took the Crest trail to the Huff n Puff and then a short stint on the Superstition View trail. This got me to the Brittlebush trail which I took back to the TH. No wildlife and I only encountered a couple of early morning hikers.
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Jul 18 2020
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Broken Spoke Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 18 2020
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Run/Jog9.36 Miles 103 AEG
Run/Jog9.36 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   5.45 mph
103 ft AEG
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Morning run in MSPN. Got there around 6am and there was easily more than 30 cars already there. Started from the Brown Ranch TH. Wanted to get a loop involving Broken Spoke Trail. Nice loop (as always for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve). Went in on the Brown Ranch Rd Trail. Not the greatest trail, but it was the most direct route to Broken Spoke. From Brown took Corral Trail. Decent single track. One of the flatter trails in the loop (and that is saying something). Nice trail to use when trying to move east-west. This got me to the Broken Spoke Trail. I've been on this trail before, but I've never done the whole stretch at once. Pretty sweet trail! Single track that does some twists and turns as it plays with the low lying hills and washes. This is a great representation for what the trails of the MSPN are all about. This got me to the West Express trail which started the return trip. Straight forward trail....literally. Very few twists. Slightly annoying with it "speed bumps"/(moguls). Probably nice for bikers, but not so much for jogging...rough on the knees. Took Malpais trail briefly to the Hawknest. On both these trails for very short stretches, but both trails are very nice. From Hawknest I hooked up with an extension of the Brown Ranch Rd trail. Not sure if this is Brown trail or just a user trail that connects to it. In my mind it is/(or should be part of the Brown Ranch trail) and I used this to get me back to the TH. Not my favorite trail to end on, but I was fading at the end of the run and wanted to close up the loop quick. Nice run, though I wish my stamina better. Wildlife minimal...quail and rabbits. The trails were active with bikers 27, but only encountered 5 hikers. Beautiful sunrise this morning. Sunrise, clouds and MSPN called for some "Tibber time." :D
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Jul 17 2020
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 Phoenix,Az
Union Peak Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 17 2020
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Hiking5.60 Miles 265 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   1 Hour   26 Mns   3.91 mph
265 ft AEG
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After work hike. Got on the trail around 6:30. Did an in and out via the Hawk Nest, Desert Tortoise, Valle Verde, Great Horned Owl (briefly) and then Union Peak. A little toasty going in, but I was in the evening shadows for much of the return. Uneventful.. Saw a biker doing Union, which is an unusual....and an accomplishment. Pretty steep trail for biking. Spent several minutes on top Union: enjoying the views, the breeze (which only seemed to exist when I was on top of Union, and a hawk that was riding the thermals. Watched the hawk for at least 3 minutes and it never moved its wings. For a time it hovered right above. Very cool. Besides the hawk, saw the usual suspects.....lizards, rabbits, chipmunks and quail.
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Jul 14 2020
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LV Yates Trail #8Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 14 2020
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Run/Jog4.48 Miles 500 AEG
Run/Jog4.48 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   4.20 mph
500 ft AEG
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After work jog....though that is being generous. Started from the 40th st TH. Went in on the Yates. Discovered when I hit the saddle that there has been a slight change in the trail. The Yates trail on the south side of the saddle does a little switchback as it goes down the backside which is new. Unsure the reason for this change. It's a small change and doesn't really add or detract to the trail. I turned around when I hit the end of the Yates and used the Nature and Perle Trails (briefly) and then an assortment of user trails to get back to the TH. Really struggled today. The temps were the same as yesterday, but it seemed hotter. Also, I had bruised my heel on the Cholla and it was rougher to run on it than I anticipated. No wildlife. Saw 6 other hikers.
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Jul 13 2020
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H-3a - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 13 2020
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Run/Jog3.90 Miles 64 AEG
Run/Jog3.90 Miles      57 Mns   4.11 mph
64 ft AEG
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After work jog. Simple, clockwise loop involving Cholla and Coachwhip. Did an in and out on the H-3 tail. Encountered 5 other hikers, while doing the loop. No wildlife. It was suppose to be 109 out, but it wasn't that bad with the breeze.
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Jul 11 2020
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Geronimo Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 11 2020
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Hiking5.21 Miles 1,177 AEG
Hiking5.21 Miles   1 Hour   34 Mns   3.33 mph
1,177 ft AEG
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Quick, early morning hike at Geronimo. Got on the trail just before 6am. Went to to the BV lookout and back down. Uneventful. Usual round of critters...lizards, chipmunks and quail. On the return trip I noticed a trail post...a couple hundred yards from the BV parking area. The post had a spray painted "B" on it. I'm sure the marker is legit, but relatively old. Makes me wonder what the name of the trail was before Geronimo. :? On the way down I was struck with how well the trail and the surrounding mountain frames the city. There were several very photogenic scenes. Nice breeze coming from the west, but seemed to be block by the mountain more times than not.
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Gila Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Run/Jog2.28 Miles 44 AEG
Run/Jog2.28 Miles      27 Mns   5.07 mph
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After work jog. Wanted to get some time on the Gila trail. Not much of a trail....more of a crushed gravel walking path with info signs. Started on the Horseshoe trail, which is right next to it, to get some extra miles. Took the Horseshoe to the Toothacher. On the Toothacher (briefly), then the Baseline (briefly) to get to the Gila. Basically got on the Gila from the backside. So to do the whole loop I ended up doing a loop and a half. Rather boring trail, but it is an easy one to do with the heat. No wildlife and I think I had the whole park to myself....didn't see a person or car while I was there.

Ironically hiked at Spur Cross yesterday and witnessed the fire damage in the Cave Creek community. Today, on the drive home from Estrellas I witnessed the fire that had devastated the area just south of the Gila River, near the Phoenix Raceway stadium (formerly PIR). I don't think any homes were damaged in this fire, but it was still extensive.
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Jul 08 2020
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Towhee Trail - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking2.56 Miles 6 AEG
Hiking2.56 Miles      35 Mns   4.39 mph
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Short, after work hike. Wasn't looking to do much and, as far as exposure goes, this is probably one of the more shady trails in the valley. Got to the TH around 4:30. On the drive in I was surprised to see where one of the burn areas was located. I had heard about it on the news, but driving through it really brought it home. Also noted that parking for the Dragonfly trail is closed. Seems like that closure has been in place for awhile now.

Just wanted to do a loop involving the Towhee. Went CCW. In on the Spur Cross (going north) to where the Metate starts. And then took the Metate to where the Towhee splits off. Trails are well maintained despite all the growth surrounding it. After Towhee rejoined the Metate I took that back to another segment of the Spur Cross and took that back to the TH. Uneventful hike. No wildlife except for lizards and no one else on the trails.

Side note: Did a wildlife no no. Driving home I came across a rabbit in the middle of the road. It was sitting there licking its paws as I drove slowly by. I got out and approached it and it was oblivious to me. I gathered it up in a sheet and placed the little guy in the car, turned the air on high and tried to give him some water. But it seemed indifferent to my ministrations. Sadness....by the time I got home the little guy had stopped breathing :( :( Wonder if I could have done something different. I guess it just shows that you should let nature take care of itself.
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