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May 31 2019
mt98dew
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49 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
North Wilson Mountain Trail #123Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar May 31 2019
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Hiking11.02 Miles 1,539 AEG
Hiking11.02 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.28 mph
1,539 ft AEG
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Got a late start for me...didn't get up there until just after 10am. I was surprised, the parking was full when I got there. I soon found out why as I headed up. A trail crew about 20 strong was heading down as I was heading up. Needless to say the trail was in great shape! This north side is quite a contrast compared to the "south side". A lot more vegetation with a couple of brief pine groves that added to the uniqueness of this trail. Also, there were some nice sized cliffs to the west that was a constant companion as the trail switchbacked up. In my opinion this side seemed a lot more steep than the "south side". That didn't bother me too much going up, but my toes were aching as I made my way down. The trail crew had gone up to the "Y" with Wilson Trail so it really was an nice ascent. (Kind of wonder what it was like before they had cleaned it up). The climb from the "Y" to the split for the outlooks was quite a bit overgrown. The trail was easy to follow, but lush foliage was closing in from both sides. There was another nice, but brief pine grove just after the climb and before the split for the outlooks. Hit the Sedona lookout first and then headed over to the North Canyon lookout. The trees (not pines) on the way to the North overlook were fighting something bad. A lot of the smaller saplings were dead and dying and some of the larger trees were starting to show similar indications. :( . Looked like there was smoke from a major fire to the east of Flagstaff. Hard to say with clouds in the background. Besides for the trail workers only saw 4 people the entire day and 3 of them were at the Sedona Lookout. Wildlife was minimal (lizards) but the flowers were impressive, especially from where the mesa starts up to split for the outlooks.
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May 28 2019
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Flatlander Trail H-1a - Hedgpeth HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 28 2019
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Hiking4.00 Miles 27 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles      55 Mns   4.36 mph
27 ft AEG
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After work jog. Did a lasso involving Flarlander starting from the 59th Ave. (west side) TH. Took Coachwhip over to the bridge and then CCW first on Arrowhead and then Flatlander. Used the crosswalk to connect to the Chuckwalla on the way back. Weather was great again! Surprised at the number of people on Arrowhead compared to the other trails. Encountered 19 hikers, 1 trail runner on that stretch alone compared to 2 for the rest of the trails.
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May 27 2019
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Valley View Trail #1EPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 2019
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Hiking2.84 Miles 70 AEG
Hiking2.84 Miles      54 Mns   3.16 mph
70 ft AEG
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Short after work hike. Holidays, and the lack of weekday traffic, is the best time for me to visit the Piestewa area. Started from the Dreamy Draw TH and did a loop incorporating the Valley View Trail. Went clockwise utilizing the parts of the Christiansen, Perle and user trails to make the loop work. The parking lot was near capacity but I didn't see too many people on the trails I used. Great weather. Wildlife included a squirrel, chipmunk and lizards.
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May 26 2019
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Warrior TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2019
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Hiking2.10 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking2.10 Miles
1,060 ft AEG
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Afternoon hike with family up Warrior. (Unfortunately) family is not into hiking quite like I am. Wife made it halfway before finding an ideal rock upon which to wait for our return. Daughter and family friend made it to the top with a couple of rests along the way. It is a steep, but rewarding climb. Checked out the nearby westward peak and headed back down. Trail was seeing quite a bit of action. Encountered 16 hikers and 1 trail runner ( :app: ) on the way down.
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May 25 2019
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Ocotillo Trail - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar May 25 2019
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Run/Jog13.60 Miles 699 AEG
Run/Jog13.60 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   4.80 mph
699 ft AEG
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Belated post. Did an early morning in the Sonorans last week starting from the Apache Wash TH. Got on the trails around 5:30 am. Did a loop going clockwise on the Ocotillo and Sidewinder Trails. Trails were well marked and in decent shape - a little rocky in spots, but not too bad and not for any extended period. About half way through they actually share the same trail for a short distance. So this was more of a figure "8" (and, if one was so inclined, could shorten this loop by about 4 miles). I think I discovered the secret to tackling steep climbs..... I had one fall, just before the steepest ascent on the Sidewinder Trail. It was nothing serious, but it got the blood flowing and I was able to run (jog) the entire ascent. Not sure how much that fall helped, but I was surprised at how well I took the climb :) . For the most part, trails were not that busy, once I got away from the THs. I did encounter 30 hikers, 20 bikers and 6 trail runners. Sounds worse than it really was. Parking lot was PACKED when I got back to the TH. I've never seen Apache Wash so full!! Weather was great. No wildlife, except lizards.
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May 23 2019
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49 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Warrior TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 23 2019
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Hiking3.16 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking3.16 Miles   1 Hour   16 Mns   2.49 mph
1,060 ft AEG
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After work hike. Hadn't realized that they had done a face lift to this trail until I got there. Nice to have this as an official trail. Always felt conscientious when I hiked this in the past. Also nice to have a nearby trail with sone teeth to it...and this one can bite! Very uphill, well outside my ability to jog for any stretch.....Got on the trail around 4pm. Trail actually seemed steeper to me than the original track despite what BobP says. This might be because the original was more distracting, being more rocky and interacting with nature may have kept me from realizing just how "up" it was. Trail was graded pretty much all the way to the top....ideal for running if you like 60% grades. There are still periodic laminated signs that guide you to the top.. Sounds like they have been there since the beginning of the year. Wonder when they are going to replace it with something a little more permanent. There are no signs at the top, but the trail is well enough defined that there is little chance that someone could mistakenly try to descend the wrong way. The signs make a reappearance as the T Bone Loop Trail ties back into the Ma Ha Tauk. I went for making this a true T Bone Loop by following, what are currently user trails, down to ramada area and joining up with the "original" (though that has changed quite a bit in the last several years as well) T Bone Trail. Saw some green ribbons along the way, so there is a chance that this user trail may eventually become part of the T bone Loop. Nice little loop. I'm glad the park service finally gave in and adopted this trail that was already a fairly well known and well used alternative option. Just wished that they had consulted with HAZ in regards to the naming of it. The Warrior Trail is much more appropriate than the T Bone Loop Trail.
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May 22 2019
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
West Wing MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2019
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Hiking3.60 Miles 971 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   1 Hour   23 Mns   2.60 mph
971 ft AEG
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After work hike. This trail is fairly close to work and it would seem like a natural to do at some point during the year. Anyway, got to the TH (which is actually a park/playground .3 miles away from the actual mountain. Briefly thought about parking in one of the cul-de-sacs nearer the mountain but was discouraged by the signage. That being said, I have seen others do the exact thing on almost every visit - including today) around 4 pm. Walked the streets to get to the actual trail and then did a lasso. Went up to the first split in the trail and then did a loop going CCW. Not sure if I ever did the trail in this direction before, if I have its been awhile. Nice change from my recent past approaches. Kept the loop very simple. I didn't follow any side trails to any of the official (or unofficial) vistas offered throughout the loop. Though I did hit the middle one while on top of West Wing, just so I could say that I "peaked out". Did this trail as a hike. I've tried to jog this in the past and come to the conclusion that this is lousy running trail. Very rocky!!! with a lot of up and down. Great hiking trail, though I wish the parking was closer. Weather was perfect. Just had quail and lizards on the trail with me.
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May 21 2019
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Ridgeback Trail - Sonoran Preserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar May 21 2019
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Run/Jog4.43 Miles 272 AEG
Run/Jog4.43 Miles      49 Mns   5.42 mph
272 ft AEG
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I have a backlog of trail write ups that I need to catch up on. Too much work, hiking and other activities and not enough time to encapsulate them. This was an after work run. Got to the Apache Wash TH just after 4pm. Did a clockwise lasso. Took Ocotillo to the Ridgeline - hit the vista - and then Ridgeline to Sidewinder to Ocotillo and back to the TH. Good run. Pain free for the most part (knees and feet are always chirping, some days louder than others). There had been a brief shower an hour earlier. Trails were dry, but there was a freshness to them which I always enjoy. Temps were great (still!! :D ) and there was no mugginess which is what you might expect after a May rain. Saw 4 hikers while I was out. Minimal wildlife.
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May 19 2019
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Soapberry Wash Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar May 19 2019
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Run/Jog6.80 Miles 101 AEG
Run/Jog6.80 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   4.86 mph
101 ft AEG
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Belated post. Late morning (for me) run out in the McDowells. In my honest opinion, one of the best places for running and biking in the desert. Randomly chose a trail that I hadn't taken credit for and put together a loop incorporating Soapberry Wash. Started from the Granite Mountain TH around 10am. The parking is now lined and paved, but the facilities are still under construction. Did a CCW loop involving the 136th Express, Old Paint, Soapberry, Desperado, Coyote, Granite Mountain Loop (east side) and back on Bootlegger. Most of the trails were in great shape: ideal for running. Old Paint and a good amount of Soapberry were dry, loose sandy washes not: so ideal for running. Old Paint is a broad wash. Hard to say if there is an official track within it. There were a coup,e of threads for the part that I used. I hugged the south bank for the time that I was in there. It was a good thing that I did because I was literally on the Soapberry before I knew it. (The first trail sign I saw showed the trail going both ways, which meant, there should have been an earlier sign indicating the start of the Soapberry Trail. Never saw it). Soapberry was an ok track, alternating between a sandy wash and a firm single track. There was an unexpected "Bypass option" that aloud users to avoid a short section of the wash peppered with large boulders. Didn't think the bouldery wash was that challenging. It doesn't offer a challenge for hikers or I would think for most bikers. Anyway, I did the wash first, and then did an in and out on the Bypass section. On this Bypass section there was also a very short connector trail to (I believe) the Renegade Trail which I also did. Only saw about 4 bikers and 15 hikers and most of them on the Granite and Bootlegger trails. Beautiful out there!! Palo Verdes created a sea of yellow. Just amazing!
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May 18 2019
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Lynx Recreation Trail #311 - Lake LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar May 18 2019
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Hiking2.78 Miles 126 AEG
Hiking2.78 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   1.72 mph
126 ft AEG
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Belated post. This was the first of two hikes in Prescott. Drove up with family. North side lot was full and the south side was filling when we got there around 10am. We did a CCW loop from the south parking area. As expected trails were fairly active, though not annoyingly so. The lake was nice and full causing us to do a bigger loop than we had done on previous visits. There was evidence of an even larger perimeter trail which made me think that the lake was even fuller earlier in the year. Had to walk through flowing water on the north end, near the dam. Wasn't bad, but was unexpected. Was only a few centimeters in depth. There was evidence of a "recent" burn on the west of the lake coming just to the trails edge. I don't recall that being there on my previous visit so I believe that has happened in the last couple of years. Very pleasant time with wife and family. Weather was perfect. Highlight was seeing a bald eagle perched in the top of a tree.
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May 16 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Durango TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar May 16 2019
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Run/Jog2.07 Miles 36 AEG
Run/Jog2.07 Miles      23 Mns   5.40 mph
36 ft AEG
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Quick jog between work and "home work." I have, what is for me, a "streak" going and didn't want to miss a day. Just me and the powerlines on this quick jaunt. Doing some construction just to the south of the track, (which they have been working on for the last three months or so). Looks to be a retention ditch. Very windy today. Temps in the low 90's. :)
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May 15 2019
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
H-3a - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar May 15 2019
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Run/Jog3.91 Miles 64 AEG
Run/Jog3.91 Miles      59 Mns   3.98 mph
64 ft AEG
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Short after work run at Thunderbird. Did,y usual clockwise loop with this side trail thrown in. The main trail that I used for this loop (Cholla and Coachwhip) were in their usual clear, but rocky shape. This side trail gets much action than I thought. It is narrower and the trail has quite a bit of patches of dead grass, but the grass has been well trodden, which in a way kind of accentuates the trail more. Weather was a little warm but not too bad. A good breeze kept things seemingly more cool than it probably was. Encountered 9 hikers and 1 trail runner. Wildlife was a chuckwalla and a covey of quail ( counted 13).
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May 14 2019
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Great Horned Owl Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2019
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Hiking7.07 Miles 463 AEG
Hiking7.07 Miles   1 Hour   44 Mns   4.08 mph
463 ft AEG
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After work jog - hike. Planned on jogging this as a lasso. In on Hawk Nest, then Desert Tortoise, then Valley Vista and the a clockwise loop on the Great Horned Owl. Calves cramped around mile marker 5 and ended hiking last opulent of miles. Weather was warm, but a breeze kept things nice. Trails were in good shape, but the desert grass is now dried, brown tinder. SW the usual suspects....a rabbit, some quail, a couple of chipmunks and a handful lizards. Encountered 4hikers and a biker.
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May 13 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
New River Trail - Peoria / GlendalePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar May 13 2019
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Run/Jog2.33 Miles
Run/Jog2.33 Miles      24 Mns   5.83 mph
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Picked up the New River "Trail" as it heads north. Joined the trail at Bell and took it up to Union Hills and turned around. This is an official part of the NR Trail. There were mile markers every .5 miles with the NR designation. The trail is completely paved and there are homes and businesses on the west side and a large, dry canal to the east. Really not much to get excited about. I think this is more of a biker's attraction at best. Saw 4 bikers and one runner. Wildlife included a couple of squirrels, a chipmunk and group of ducklings (didn't see mom).
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May 12 2019
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2019
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Hiking4.20 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   3.15 mph
1,100 ft AEG
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Short hike at SoMo. Did an in and out on Holbert up to Dobbins Lookout. Sunny and warm though it did start to cloud up near the end. Not too many out. I saw about 12 hikers in total. Wildlife included a couple of squirrels, chipmunks and 5 chuckwalla. Scrapes and bruises from the previous day were a non factor.
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May 11 2019
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2019
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Hiking7.04 Miles 961 AEG
Hiking7.04 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   4.31 mph
961 ft AEG
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Early morning hike/jog from the south side of South Mountain. Drove all the way around South Mountain (50 minutes) to start from the Chandler TH. Got there just after 5am. Gates weren't open yet so I parked along the street. Basically did a loop with two tails. Started off on the Pyramid and turned off at the Bursera junction. Took the Bursera to where it connected to the National trail. I turned around there and went back into the valley and followed the user (that parallels and is looked down upon by the Bursera Trail. I took this trail back to the Pyramid and the Pyramid back to the TH. Ram most of this ( more like jogged). The Bursera is pretty nice for running, It has some nice elevation change and is fairly smooth and easy to follow. However, there are some very brief, but sharp inclines on the ridgeline section. And the stretch that leads up to National is much more rugged with quite a bit of loose rock on the inclines. The user trail in the valley is very well defined and easy to follow. It has some elevation gain as it climbs to the saddle with moderate grade and there are several washes with steep banks. I was doing pretty well on the run until my foot caught a rock while descending from the saddle on the user trail. I discovered that there is a nice echo at that location when I expressed my frustration at my tumble. It's been awhile since I "christianed" a trail with my blood, so I guess I was due. Weather was awesome. Clear skies and 70's for most of the run. Minimal wildlife...rabbits and desert doves.
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Apr 30 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Ridgeline Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 30 2019
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Run/Jog4.08 Miles 268 AEG
Run/Jog4.08 Miles      58 Mns   4.22 mph
268 ft AEG
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Short after work run. Did a CCW loop involving the Circumference and Ridgeline Trails. Slow but steady pace. No snakes today, but a bunch of lizards. Met 3 hikers and a runner. Beautiful day. A few clouds, nice breeze with temps still in the 80's.
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Apr 29 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Basalt Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Apr 29 2019
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Run/Jog4.44 Miles 159 AEG
Run/Jog4.44 Miles   1 Hour      4.44 mph
159 ft AEG
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Short after work jog. Did a lasso from the west side (currently the east side access point is closed off - not sure if they are demolishing it or revamping it, but it is unaccessable right now). Went in CCW on the Circumference and then did a lasso (once again going CCW) on the Basalt, then Circumference and then again on the Basalt to close the loop. Returned via the Circumference that I entered on. Trails were pretty busy. Saw about 10 hikers, a biker, a trail runner and a couple of horsemen. Wild life included quail, a couple of chipmunks and a buzzworm. Beautiful weather! Cloudy with a nice breeze and still in the 80's :)
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Apr 20 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Hanging Gardens - PageNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2019
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Hiking1.35 Miles 119 AEG
Hiking1.35 Miles
119 ft AEG
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Belated post. Late afternoon hike with wife. Trail itself was easy to follow, though underwhelming. Surrounding scenery was very nice, though we did not stray too much from the trail. Hit the oasis and headed back. There were definitely options to do some exploring, but that wasn't in the family cards. Decent stream of people heading in and out.
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Apr 20 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Paria River Rimrock ToadstoolsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2019
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Hiking1.85 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking1.85 Miles   2 Hrs      0.93 mph
500 ft AEG
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Belated trip log. Did this hike while vacationing with my wife in April. Very cool hike. Some ups and down but I honestly didn't think it is the 500 AEG listed for this hike. Opportunity to do more exploring if you are inclined. But the toadstools are the highlight. Active TH. Probably encountered 40 hikers while we were there. No wildlife
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