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Jul 31 2021
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Lost Mine - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2021
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Hiking4.50 Miles 929 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   2.78 mph
929 ft AEG
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Slept in, so I didn’t want to drive too far to hike. With the 202 the south side of South Mountain is now easily accessible. :) Got to the Pyramid TH around 11:30 with only 5 other cars in the lot. I wanted to get a workout without going any great distance. So I did the shortest loop I could think of….up Lost Mine, hit the peak just to the west of where Lost Mine junctions with the National and then returned down Lost Ranch Mine. :sweat: Temps weren’t that bad. Probably in the 90’s. But humid…and no breeze. This was a straight hike…no jogging, not that I could jog much of this loop. Though I was surprised to see that it is about a mile in to get to the serious climbing section. I was also surprised to note that on the drive to the TH, that the north side of South Mountain is much greener than the south side. That being said, some of the cacti along the trail were blooming nicely, particularly the barrel and strawberry hedgehog cacti. Saw one great specimen of the hedgehog that had over 20 blooms! No wildlife today. Encountered 2 hikers and a jogger before the Bursera junction, after that I had the trails to myself :)
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Jul 29 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
Peak 2075 - Rose Garden Lane - PhoenixPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 29 2021
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Hiking2.62 Miles 506 AEG
Hiking2.62 Miles      45 Mns   3.49 mph
506 ft AEG
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After work hike. Surprised that I don’t hike this area more often. It’s very close to work and doesn’t take much time. Also surprised, that out of all the months, July is by far the most popular month to hike this peak. Odd.
Got to the TH around 4pm. Parking for this trail is at the end of a road on a cul-de-sac with enough room for about 5 cars. I’ve never had a problem here and today was no exception. Took one of the more direct routes to the top. The trail kind of spider webs after the first saddle so there might have been an alternative that was a little more direct. I stayed on what I felt was the most established trail. Hit the peak and then continued north and west down a trail that goes down the backside of the peak. The trail is well established and easy to follow. I had done this backside once before and I thought the trail spider webbed as it descended, but today it seemed to be a solid single track. I eyed what I think is “Rowdy’s Ridge line”, but (if I’m right) you have to swing around a neighborhood to get to it. If nothing else, there looks to be a lot of user trails in the area. Maybe something for a future day. When I got to the base I connected to (what I consider to be) the circumference trail and continued going in a clockwise manner. Some neat large boulders on the northeastern side. Probably the best part of the circumference. Weather was warm and humid with dark clouds building up in the Seven Springs/Spur Cross area. It was moving my direction, but I was done before it got close. No other users today and saw only 1 chipmunk.
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Jul 28 2021
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Esplanade Trail - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 28 2021
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Hiking9.26 Miles 127 AEG
Hiking9.26 Miles   2 Hrs   24 Mns   3.86 mph
127 ft AEG
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After work jog that quickly got downgraded to a hike. Got to the Apache Wash TH around 3pm. Wanted to get a loop involving the Esplanade. Did this lasso CCW: in on Apache, then Badger, then Cliff Walker and then back on the Esplanade and the Apache Wash. Not a very scenic area IMOP, but typically makes for a nice run. With my “tank” being emptier than I realized, this turned into a rather “blah” hike. Temps around 105 and minimal breeze didn’t help. Wildlife though not great was more than I anticipated….numerous lizards, about 10 chipmunks and a rabbit. Surprised at the amount of standing water still in the wash.
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Jul 27 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
Hau'Pal TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2021
mt98dew
Hiking2.28 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking2.28 Miles      54 Mns   2.53 mph
1,060 ft AEG
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After work hike. Did a simple up and back. Nice trail to get elevation. Channel 3/5 was at the TH when I got started, though it looked like they were wrapping up. They were gone by the time i returned. Another missed opportunity at fame. There were a couple of other cars in the lot, but I had the trail to myself. Temps were back to Arizona normal…105…and almost no breeze today. Good way to burn some carbs :)
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Jul 26 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
Ridgeline Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 26 2021
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Run/Jog4.00 Miles 268 AEG
Run/Jog4.00 Miles      42 Mns   5.71 mph
268 ft AEG
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After work jog. Headed out to Deem Hills and did a loop involving the Ridgeline trail. Did this loop last year from the east side. Today, I started from the west (the side with the dog park) just to compare the two. Mileage is almost the same…..4.06 to 4.00. I didn’t expect that. Today, I did the loop CCW, taking the Circumference up to the saddle and then doing the straight gradual climb of the Ridgeline. Switchbacked down the northern end of the Ridgeline and continued the loop on the Circumference. Real nice loop for me. Love the elevation change and the distance is perfect for a quick after work hike. Weather was great for July! Mid 90’s! with an occasional cloud for shade. Met three hikers around the TH, but otherwise had the trails to myself. Wildlife included a rabbit, couple of chipmunks and a roadrunner, all seen near the TH.
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Jul 25 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
Hidden Valley Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2021
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Hiking4.19 Miles 128 AEG
Hiking4.19 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   2.99 mph
128 ft AEG
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Initial thought was to go out to the McDowells but rain had me detouring to SM. Got to he TH around 5:30. Dry at the start, but within minutes a light drizzle had started. This turned into a light rain, but was over before I had finished the hike. Went up on Mormon and then took the National to Fat Mans Pass. Figured it would be easier going down the giant boulders in wet sandy shoes than up. It was fun. There was actually water flowing down one of the “drops”. You don’t see that very often. Great temps and a steady breeze made this wet outing very enjoyable. Great hike! Hard to believe it’s been close to 7 years since I last did it.
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Jul 20 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
Dixie Summit Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2021
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Hiking5.28 Miles 152 AEG
Hiking5.28 Miles   1 Hour   27 Mns   3.64 mph
152 ft AEG
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After work hike. Did a loop going CCW. Wanted to jog this, but heat and humidity had me rethinking this half through…..Definitely hiking weather :) . Hit the summit and continued on the loop. There was a high pollution advisory in effect but the air seemed pretty good and the views were nice from the top. Clouds were building up around the valley but nothing threatening. No wildlife. Met 1 hiker as I was nearing the TH. Nice to get out….even in this kind of weather.
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Jul 17 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
Cloudburst Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 17 2021
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Run/Jog5.13 Miles 117 AEG
Run/Jog5.13 Miles      54 Mns   5.70 mph
117 ft AEG
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Drove out to one of my favorite trail systems….McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Wanted to get a loop involving Cloudburst. Got to the Brown Ranch TH around 7am. Went in on the Upper Ranch trail. One of the nicer entry points into the preserve. Connected briefly to the Cone Mountain and then it was onto Cloudburst. First time on this trail. Nice single track with some sweeping curves. Ideal for bikers. From the Cone trail it is more down than up; so definitely the direction you want to be going if you are on a bike. Cloudburst ends at a crossroads of trails. Took the West Express for a short stint to connect to the Hackamore. Neat little juncture, quite a few uniquely weathered boulders pepper the landscape. On Hackamore for just over a mile to connect to Latino took Latino back to the TH. Nice run. Temps were only in the 80’s but it felt worse with the humidity. Got spit at few times by Mother Nature, so sadly Cloudburst did not live up to its name :lol: …Love the McDowells!
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Jul 14 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
H-4a - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 14 2021
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Run/Jog3.47 Miles 64 AEG
Run/Jog3.47 Miles      37 Mns   5.63 mph
64 ft AEG
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After work hike. Between long days at work and some lousy air quality it’s been hard to get any decent hiking in. Managed to get this shortie on one of the better air quality days. Parked at the 67th Ave TH. Sole purpose was to hike the H-4a, which to be honest is one of the shortest and least attractive trails you can imagine. Did a loop that I did last time that gives some elevation and a little distance. Took H-4a up to Sunrise peak and then wrapped around to the east to take Coachwhip back to the TH. Hot, but not excessively so…low hundreds today….nice for Arizona :) Encountered 4 other die hards.
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Jul 10 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 10 2021
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Hiking2.97 Miles 411 AEG
Hiking2.97 Miles      51 Mns   3.49 mph
411 ft AEG
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After work jog/hike. Jogged “Circumference” and hiked the summit. Went CCW, which is unusual for me. I think I’ve only gone this direction once before. Kind of nice. The user trails out here are many. Over the years I’ve done this trail so many times that I don’t even worry about staying on the official track. But I was curious to see if the trail signage is thorough enough to keep users on the right trail. I don’t think it is. By looking at the signage at every junction, I think it is very easy for a newbie to get off track. Not that it is a big deal. In this case, as long as a user keeps making a left at every junction they are going to create their own version of the Circumference trail. Besides, I think some of the user paths are more preferred than parts of the actual Circumference trail. Today I ended up swinging wide and high on the most northwestern hill….a hill that is actually left out of the Circumference loop. I then summited from the south side, before descending and resuming my loop. Actually saw a chipmunk. Unusual to see any wildlife in the late day heat, though today was as much humid as it was hot. And also surprisingly, I encountered 3 other trail runners doing the loop.
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Jul 03 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
Telegraph Pass - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2021
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Hiking5.33 Miles 536 AEG
Hiking5.33 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   3.55 mph
536 ft AEG
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Did a nearby hike that I surprisingly don’t do very often. Hit Telegraph Pass by way of Kiwanis. Did a simple over and back with a brief side tour to the the stone lookout tower. Kiwanis was the same, but Telegraph seemed more worn than I remember. Think this has to more to do with use than maintenance. Many of the stepping sections has smooth routes going along the side. Humid :sweat: met one trail runner on Telegraph and 2 hikers on Kiwanis. Saw 1 chipmunk and not much else.
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Jul 02 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
Valle Vista Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jul 02 2021
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Run/Jog4.37 Miles 168 AEG
Run/Jog4.37 Miles      47 Mns   5.58 mph
168 ft AEG
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After work jog at the Sonoran South. Not my favorite system, but relatively close to work and it offers short trails with some decent elevation options. Opted for one of the easier loops involving Hawk Nest, Desert Tortoise, Valle Vista and Dixie Mine Loop in that order. Went a little past Vista onto the Great Horn Owl just to add a little more distance. The goal was to do the Valle Vista so turned around shortly to finish the loop. Wasn’t too hot (100?), but it was humid :sweat: . Breeze made it bearable. Encountered several hikers. No wildlife.
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Jun 24 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
Cactus to CloudsBig Bear - Jacinto, CA
Big Bear - Jacinto, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2021
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Hiking18.98 Miles 9,100 AEG
Hiking18.98 Miles   12 Hrs      1.58 mph
9,100 ft AEG
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Cactus to the clouds failure :( But I did do Cactus to the Crowds and tacked on the Round Valley Loop :) This hike has been on my radar for awhile and my wife adjusted our vacation plans to make it happen. Got to Palm Springs on Wednesday with hotel rooms for two nights. This allowed for 5 hours of sleep and a 2am wake up call. I was traveling with family and last minute my son in law decided he wanted to hike this as well. He’s young, but hikes maybe 4-5 times a year. Wife and daughter were going to ride the tram up and meet us at the top. Using HAZ and a couple of other web sites felt pretty good for this mammoth venture.

Got to the TH around 3am and we were off. One of the descriptions that I relied on heavily had several references that we looked for as we climbed. Both as a way to gage our progress, but also to confirm that we were on trail. First “marker” were the picnic tables. About a mile in and a 1000 ft up (1 Piestewa). About .5 miles past that someone had created a workout station with a set of dumbbells and a pull up station. :o Next “marker” was Rescue Box #1. About 2.5 miles in and 2500 ft up (roughly 2.5 Piestewas). This box had waters and snack bars and is considered to be the “point of no return.” That is, if you are going to turn around, this is your last chance…to do it safely. People have died attempting this hike and apparently the deaths are just as common when people have turned around after this point. We were feeling good at this point. Actually left one of my liters in the rescue box. Trail was pretty easy to follow up to this point because of the abundant white dots that helped marked the trail. It was still dark out at this time so they were quite helpful. The white dots become less frequent as we continued so it was nice to have the downloaded route on my Garmin. The trail does “fray” quite a bit as it works its way up, but more times than not the trail “threads” would reconnect and it was only afterwards that we realized that we had been on one of those “threads.” Only once did I have to use my Garmin to get back on the main trail. We managed to keep a pretty good pace until the second rescue box, about 5400 ft up (about 5 Piestewa). About 8 miles in John started to feel guilty about the frequent breaks and urged me to continue on at my own pace. Hung with him for about .5 miles and then decided to press on with the hope hitting the peak and meeting up with John and family at the tram. That was just before what is referred to as the “traverse”; the final push to Grubb’s Notch. Wow! That had me gasping and puffing every couple of switchbacks! :sweat: :sweat: That, plus the sketchiness of the trail had me concerned for John’s ascent. Made it to Grubb’s Notch unsure what to do?? Go back and down and hike up with John (once was enough….didn’t really want to do that….not even sure if I could have to be honest) or continue to the peak and trust in John’s ability to persevere. I did neither. Upon consultation with a nearby Ranger I hung at the notch to await John’s hopeful arrival. (I was also chastised by the Ranger to never leave your “wingman” :oops: ). About an hour later, he clambered into view : app : Amazing! John hikes several times a year (4-5 miles) and he just climbed about 8 Piestewas! :worthy: We were due to meet the my wife and daughter in a couple of hours. John decided to stay at the tram station and take advantage of their concessions. I knew I didn’t have time to hit the peak in that time, but I still wanted to get some miles in so I opted to hike the Round Valley Loop. Worked out well. I got see a little more of the C to C trail and I finished the loop as the family was arriving at the Ranger station.

Not exactly the end result that I was hoping for, but an awesome shared experience and a chance to bond or perhaps lose a son in law :lol: . The attempt makes me feel optimistic for a return trip with a successful summit :) However, John said, “that next time he’ll take the tram.” :lol:
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Jun 23 2021
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Hosp Grove TrailSan Diego, CA
San Diego, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2021
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Hiking5.60 Miles 50 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.58 mph
50 ft AEG
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Third day of vacation in Cali :) I did the next closest trail system to my hotel. Hosp Grove Trail. There is also a Hosp Grove Loop in HAZ, but in my mind the Hosp Grove Trail System is an indecipherable mess…loops and hikes can be created at the hikers discretion. There are 2 designated systems that make up the Hosp trails: an East Grove and a West Hosp Grove. These systems can be easily connected but are separated by Monroe St., a major thoroughfare. None of the official trails are named, but there are colored arrows (red, green, blue, yellow) to try to distinguish the trails. They failed for various reasons. ( There were trails that were blue going one way (north), but yellow going south :? Then there were trails that had colored arrows pointing one direction but intersections were unmarked so there was no clarity which way to go for that colored arrow. This problem was compounded by the fact that for every official trail there were 2 user trail crisscrossing the landscape).

This didn’t impact me too much as I was trying to grid as many of the trails as I could in this area. Got to the West Grove TH around 5:30am. Took the first trail I could, which was heading east. This actually took me across Monroe St. to the East Grove system. Fine. Starting by going west to east and work my way south. Hit most of the trails in the area, official and user. There were a few transients camped in the area that I hiked around. Otherwise, feel pretty good about gridding the area. Did all of the east side, but didn’t touch the west. There was some strange wet stuff falling from the sky. Nice, but weird. Like to see more of it.
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Jun 22 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
Guajome Regional Park TrailSan Diego, CA
San Diego, CA
Run/Jog avatar Jun 22 2021
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Run/Jog11.20 Miles
Run/Jog11.20 Miles   2 Hrs   13 Mns   5.05 mph
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Second day of Cali vaca! :) Made this a combo hike. Noticed on some of the write ups that the San Luis Rey River trail ties into the Guajome Regional Park. So I picked up where I left off yesterday and took the San Luis to where it “connects” to the Guajome. The “connection” isn’t quite as tight as I envisioned, but it wasn’t that bad. The San Luis trail ends at the corner of highway 76 and Santa Fe Ave. There is a nice little parking area on the north side of the highway with enough room for 10 cars. An ideal spot to start the San Luis trail and (even though there is no signage for it) the Guajome Regional Park trails. From this parking area there is a dirt trail that runs adjacent to the highway. Follow this trail for about .2 miles and go under the bridge. When you come out the other side, you are in Guajome Park. I gridded the entire park going in a CCW direction, hitting anything that remotely looked like a trail. This caused some retracing of some routes, but allowed me to touch every trail….and there were/are a lot of them. There are 7 officially named trails (Willow, Summit (I think I gained 50 ft on that trail), Santa Fe, Lusieno (possibly the longest of the trails distancing about .75miles)) and about 3-4 very short user/connector trails. Most of the trails are unremarkable, being broad dirt paths wide enough to drive your car on. There is one lake in the park and another, smaller one, which I thought of more as a pond. Neither one is that visible from the trails: the pond almost entirely not and the lake from only about a quarter of the trail. The park is touted for its bird watching and there were quite a few birds there; along with ducks, geese and some sort of crane which was a treat. The one trail that deserves noting was the Nature trail. It is more of a single track that is nicely enclosed by the surrounding vegetation. A couple of bridges are used to cross water ways, but a I didn’t see any water…only growth and lily pads. Short trail. Maybe .4 miles long. All the trails were signed and there were a couple of park maps in various spots. The park maps were generic and not that helpful. Nice trails if you are a birder or in the area, but not a destination trail. There was also a campground in this park and the facilities looked pretty nice, so if you have a camper…..
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Jun 21 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
San Luis Rey River TrailSan Diego, CA
San Diego, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2021
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Hiking15.59 Miles
Hiking15.59 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   5.23 mph
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Vacationing in Cali. Stayed a few days at the Wyndham in Oceanside. Did a HAZ map search for trails in the area and this trail is literally a few blocks from where we are staying :) That’s the nice part. The trail, well….is pretty much as advertised. A paved path in the middle of the city that parallels a vegetated enshrouded river. Went from the ocean out to College St and back and during that stretch only caught 1 glimpse of the river. Otherwise it was just trees and brush where I assumed the river was. The trail was bordered by homes, freeways an airfield and a very nice park at College St. where I turned around. This might be be an ideal place to start the hike as there appears to be plenty of parking and you can go 7 miles west to the beach or 2 miles east to Guajome regional park. Not sure what the path to the east looks like (didn’t get that far), but that first mile that goes west from the park is probably the nicest stretch that I did. That trail flat and paved but there are decent sized trees on both sides of the trail and this is as good as this trail gets as far as “escaping the city”.
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Jun 16 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
Flatlander Trail - Hedgpeth HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2021
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Hiking4.19 Miles 27 AEG
Hiking4.19 Miles   1 Hour   3 Mns   3.99 mph
27 ft AEG
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Short after work hike. Got on the trail around 3:30 starting from the 59 Th Ave parking lot. Did a loop that took me over the bridge, up Arrowhead and then CCW on the Flatlander. There was never much positive to say about the Flatlander. There use to be some palo verde trees that bordered the eastern edge of the loop, paralleling the golf course. Looks like a recent fire took out the trees in the area….golf course was saved :? , making a blah trail even more so. Actually met 3 hikers going up Arrowhead from the east side. Temps were toasty…114, but there was a nice breeze from the west which makes a huge difference for me. When doing the loop I tried not to breathe deeply…air quality better than it has been, but still rough because of the fires to the east.
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Jun 13 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
Durango TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jun 13 2021
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Run/Jog3.80 Miles 36 AEG
Run/Jog3.80 Miles      38 Mns   6.00 mph
36 ft AEG
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Durango trail is relatively close to my house. So I jogged over there and hit the eastern edge of the trail and then made a loop back to my house. Most of the trail borders home and surface streets so not much to look at. Got out there around 4pm so the temps were warm, but I had a nice breeze for part of the run to help keep things cool. Did see a jackrabbit, but nothing else.
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Jun 09 2021
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 Phoenix,Az
Gila Loop Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 09 2021
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Hiking 44 AEG
Hiking      35 Mns   0.00 mph
44 ft AEG
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Short hike with mom :) . She doesn’t get out and around as easily as she use to…she did Piestewa about 5 years ago, but this was a nice outing for us. Did a short loop. Went in on the Gila, then used a connector trail that took us from the Baseline to the Horseshoe trail. Then back to the TH on the Horseshoe. Got out there around 8am so temps were still good. No wildlife…met 2 other hikers. Vegetation already looks brown…can’t imagine what it will look like after summer. Can’t go wrong when hiking with family!
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Jun 08 2021
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Beverly-Pima Connector - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 08 2021
mt98dew
Hiking5.45 Miles 277 AEG
Hiking5.45 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   3.44 mph
277 ft AEG
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With company in town I got the day off and did an early morning hike knocking off this “newest” of trails in the South Mountain. Parked at the 40th St TH and got on the trail around 5am. Surprised. Not many cars in the lot. Summer temps have really thinned out the hiking crowds. But at 5am temps were beautiful. Went in on the Beverly Canyon to where the Beverly-Pima Connector starts. This juncture is well marked and was only .3 miles in from the TH. Took this trail up the side of the hill, first east and then south as it continued to gradually gain in elevation. The trail looks like it has been around for awhile, but I had never hiked this stretch before. It is easy to follow. No user trails intermix with this stretch. When the trail comes close to the top of the hill it starts to connect to other trails, but all junctures were well signed and it was easy to this Connector Trail. Surprised as it approached the Pima Wash TH that the trail stayed to the left and came up on the entry road to the TH. (The entry road is fenced on the north, but there is an opening where this trail emerges). I wanted to make a loop with this trail so from where this trail ended I walked over to where Marcos started and did the ridge line. Over the years this trail has become pretty well defined (at least the stretch that I was on today). Easy to follow with some nice ups and downs. Surprised to see some trail signs which I guess as “officialized” this trail. Just before taking a user trail that connects to the rock house (near the beginning of the National Trail), I came across a trail marker indicating the end of the Marcos trail and the juncture with the Guadalupe Perimeter Trail. (I am not as familiar with the trails on the south side of SoMo, but this “Guadalupe Perimeter trail” is a trail I have hiked before and is on HAZ, but under a different name. The Guad trail looks as if it continues on up the ridge line). After the rock house I briefly joined the Mormon Loop trail to connect to the Javelina trail which I used to get back to the TH. Nice loop. Really enjoyed the combination of the more rugged Marcos with the ease of the Javelina and the Beverly-Pima Connector. Weather was awesome throughout! Encountered 15 hikers, 3 trail runners and 1 biker. More than expected for having a relatively empty Th. Wildlife….just one good sized squirrel.
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average hiking speed 2.5 mph
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