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Mar 09 2019
mt98dew
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 Phoenix,Az
Lookout Mountain Summit Trail #150Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2019
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Hiking1.06 Miles 498 AEG
Hiking1.06 Miles      29 Mns   2.19 mph
498 ft AEG
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Early morning hike. Simple up and back. Brisk morning. Handful of people out. No wildlife.
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Mar 02 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Two Fences TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2019
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Hiking3.20 Miles 180 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
180 ft AEG
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Belated post. Was going to do an official right up for this trail, but lost my notes, and figured I should just log the trail while I could remember what I could. I did this trail way back in March (I think). Started from the Girdner TH off of Dry Creek RD. The Girdner TH is probably about 3 miles in from highway 89 on the left hand side of the road, (just after the entry point for parking for Devils Bridge). There's enough parking there for about 4 cars. It was a little over .8 miles in from this point to connect to the Two Fence Trail.

The Two Fence Trail takes off from the Girdner heading primarily in an east direction. The trail does mild twisting and turning as it does a gentle climb towards Dry Creek Road. The sharpest climbs occurred primarily as I traversed the washes. I recall 3 of them (there may have been a couple of even more minor ones), most of which involved the same wash. There was only one brief instance of Sedona red rock. Most of the trail was compact dirt with a couple of stony sections. Sometimes it's a mystery where a trail gets its name. Not so in this case. As the trail approached Dry Creek Rd it becomes boardered by two fences. So you are pretty much going up chute for the last .3 miles or so.....No getting lost on this trail! This trail ends, ironically, at Dry Creek Rd. with its own TH. I would guestimate that it is about 2-2.5 miles in on the left hand side of the road, with enough parking for 3-4 cars. (Basically, driving slowly along this road will allow you to see small wooden signs indicating where trails start or may cross the road). The surrounding views are beautiful, but minimal for Sedona. Many of the of the other Sedona trails will offer better views and a better experience of what it means to hike in Sedona. The Two Fence Trail is only about .7 miles long. I did this hike as an in and out, so round trip it was just over 3 miles.
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Feb 23 2019
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Hedgehog Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2019
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Hiking4.62 Miles 127 AEG
Hiking4.62 Miles   1 Hour   21 Mns   3.42 mph
127 ft AEG
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Morning hike in the San Tan's. Did a clockwise loop involving the San Tan, Hedgehog, San Tan and Moonlight Trails. After two days of wet weather I was a little worried about the trail conditions. But the trails turned out to be fine. There were a couple spots of standing water, but very little mud and otherwise solid trails. The story of this hike was the distant views of the Supes and Four Peaks. Beautiful!!! The Four Peaks looked to be covered in snow - not just the peaks, but the whole mountain. Amazing! When in view, my eyes were more on that than the trail. The trails weren't too busy. One biker and 4 trail runners.. Wildlife was a couple of chipmunks.
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Feb 21 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
South Diablo Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Feb 21 2019
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Run/Jog9.06 Miles 91 AEG
Run/Jog9.06 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   5.55 mph
91 ft AEG
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Had the day off so got an early morning run in at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Got there a bit too early and had to wait for the gates to open (6:42). Two other enthusiasts followed me into the park, but I never saw anyone while I was out on the trails. It was a surreal setting. It wasn't fog, but the clouds were hanging so low that visibility was very limited...maybe a quarter of a mile. Did a loop with South Diablo being the objective. Briefly on Brown Ranch Road trail and then took the Chuckwagon to Balanced Rock over to the Cholla Loop. CCW on the Cholla Loop to the Branding Iron. Briefly on BI to get to the Divide Trail. Even more briefly on the Divide to get to South Diablo. This is designed more with bikers in mind, but is an entertaining hiking trail. (Side note: as a hiking trail either direction is fine, but for bikers I would suggest going east to west due to the elevation change and the rock obstacles). South Diablo Trail had several splits (regular and more difficult). When faced with the split I stayed with the more difficult option. Not sure how that effects the stated mileage for this trail, probably not by much. As for hiking/jogging it. It wasn't that difficult, but biking would be different story. From South Diablo, I took Stagecoach back to the Cholla Loop. From Cholla I connected to Dry Gulch to the Corral and then Brown Ranch Toad Trail back to the TH. As much as I love the trails out there(...and I do love the trails. The best designed biking and running trails in my honest opinion), the real story today was the weather. Minimal visibility to start with a biting wind. But wind quickly brought with it.....SNOW! :y: And that snowed stayed with me for almost a full hour, alternating between icy pellets to huge half inch flakes. This made for a magically diverting run. It wasn't until the last 30 minutes when the snow suddenly transitioned into rain. I was already soaked by then so it wasn't too much of an inconvenience. Great run and the trails were in great shape except for the last stretch on Brown Ranch where I was avoiding puddles.
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Feb 20 2019
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Pyrite Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2019
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Hiking7.23 Miles 585 AEG
Hiking7.23 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   3.21 mph
585 ft AEG
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After work hike. Got to the TH around 4:30. Did a lasso, starting off on the Turnbuckle, then to Granite Falls. About 1.5 miles in came to the start of the Pyrite Trail. Took that as it headed west and then north. Trail did some gradual climbing, with some short steep sections. Trail is very different from the other Skyline trails, especially as you work your way in, becoming a nice single track removed from the rest of the park. As I gained elevation I got some nice views back into the park and unique peak-framed views to the south, west and eventually to the north. About .2 miles in, there was an obvious user trail that heads off to south. But that trail is "lined off" with rocks to help keep hikers off that trail and on the Pyrite trail. About 1.5 miles there is a trail spur that will take you to Pyrite Summit. As I was hiking the Pyrite Trail I had fun trying to guess which of the peaks was "Pyrite Peak". It took me three guesses before it became evident which of the high point was the actual peak. Hint: it is further to the north and west than you might originally think. Didn't summit today. That will be for a return trip. Back side of Pyrite trail is a quick descent with a myriad of switchbacks. It is "Turnbucklesque" in its elevation change. I roughly calculated 300ft loss in about .3 miles. This is probably one of the reasons why this is a signed one trail for bikers and horsemen. Pyrite Trail connects to the Chuckwalla Trail which I took south back to the Granite Falls Trail. Reconnecting to GF Trail, I took that east to the Turnbuckle Trail. On the Turnbuckle, I opted for the easy flat route by taking the western route back to the TH. It was pushing 7pm and fairly dim by the time I got back to the parking lot. Weather was a little chilly, but not too bad. Saw 11 hikers on my way to the Pyrite Trail, but no one after I got on it. No wildlife.
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Feb 19 2019
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Baseline Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Feb 19 2019
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Run/Jog3.44 Miles 460 AEG
Run/Jog3.44 Miles      44 Mns   4.69 mph
460 ft AEG
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Short run in the Estrellas. Did a loop incorporating most of the Baseline. Went in on the Quail. Took the Saddle over to the Baseline and then went CCW on the Baseline. Then briefly took the Toothacher to the Horseshoe. Horseshoe over to a connector trail that brought me back to the Baseline. Continued in my CCW direction until I returned to the Saddle trail. Then returned the way I came. A little chilly out, especially in the shade. Actually wore a jacket. No wildlife, but saw 3 hikers.
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Feb 18 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Quartz Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Feb 18 2019
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Run/Jog7.05 Miles 250 AEG
Run/Jog7.05 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   5.16 mph
250 ft AEG
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After work run. Went CCW. Slate-Quartz - Go John. Weather was awesome! Chilly, with beautiful cloudy skies. No wildlife. Saw 13 hikers.
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Feb 13 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Buffalo Ridge LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2019
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Hiking1.93 Miles
Hiking1.93 Miles      45 Mns   2.57 mph
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After work. Been awhile since I visited this spot. Hiked up from the south side. Quite a few threads leading up to the first low lying prominence - more than I remember from my previous visit. Once I started the climb to the main summit all the trails seem to tie into one (at least those on the south side). Decent climb to the top. Not a lot of elevation, but fairly straight up. There was a tent up there again, between the two high points. Odd. I was last up here about two years ago and there was tent up there then as well. Might be someone's home or a "get away" spot for some locals :? Whatever, if either....they actually keep it pretty clean up there. I didn't go into the site, but I didn't see any trash lying around. On the descent I went down the northern ridgeline. Trail was more faint on this side, but still followable. Once I made it down to the flatland I used the frisbee golf paths to make my way back to the parking lot. The frisbee course was crowded!! Using those paths could be dangerous if your not paying attention :) . Didn't see any hikers on the "trails" or critters anywhere. Not a great hike, but awfully convenient.
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Feb 11 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
MMRP Competitive Track - Sport LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Feb 11 2019
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Run/Jog3.06 Miles
Run/Jog3.06 Miles      33 Mns   5.56 mph
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Had the day off so I thought I would visit the competitive track on a day when it hopefully wouldn't be busy. Long drive from the west valley, especially with all the commuters on the road!! Drive time was easily 3x longer than what I spent on the trail :? Sigh. At least I knocked another trail off....and I was successful....didn't see anyone else while I was on the trail :D The trail was a nice single track with some minor ups and downs. There were 3 different spots where it offered connections to the technical track, but I stayed with the Sport Loop. Trail was nice to run, but it looked like it would be real fun to ride. Some named sections that stood out were the Double Dip and the Clay Pit areas. (I should say....fun for an experienced rider, an accident waiting to happen for someone like me :) ). Weather was nice, though a bit chilly, hovering in the upper 40's.
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Feb 10 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Cottonwood Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2019
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Hiking4.90 Miles 93 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   2.65 mph
93 ft AEG
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Nice morning hike involving the Cottonwood trail and some minor off trail mountains. Got to the Walking Jim TH a little after 8am. Surprised to notice that a new barb wire fence had been put across the start of the Walking Jim Trail. The wiring had been tramped down to the ground, so it was easy to cross, but I could to tell that the wiring was new - rust free. Didn't see any signage and the trail was still very evident but I'm wondering if something has changed?? First went down into the wash and went through the culverts to access the Cottonwood Trail. This may be a bit illicit - avoiding the Lake Pleasant Park fees but it is easy access if all your looking to do is this trail. Came upon a sad scene as I was approaching the Cottonwood trail. Saw 4 burros and what appeared to be recently deceased youngster. The 4 were standing around the one lying on the ground and didn't move as I walked by. Usually they are skittish but not so in this instance. Since I caught this trail in the middle, I first did the southern end then turned around and went to the northern end. With the exception of the very tip of the southern end (that connects to the Pipeline Trail) the southern section of the Cottonwood is very nice. A single track that interacts with the land with minimal elevation change. The northern end has the vestiges of an old road and is less imaginative with how it interacts with the land. Felt awkward when I hit the north end end because I had to go by the burros (they were located in the wash right where the Cottonwood crosses). Once I hit the northern end, I decided to to return to the wash (and the culvert) off trail as to avoid the burros. Continued the off trail mode on the west side of the road hitting a few of the nearby hills. I enjoy the off trail scrambles as much as the on trail runs. Weather was great. Didn't see anyone the whole time I was out there.
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Feb 08 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
East Wing MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2019
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Hiking2.87 Miles 457 AEG
Hiking2.87 Miles      53 Mns   3.25 mph
457 ft AEG
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After work hike. Back still sore, though once I got into the hike I don't seem to notice it as much. Did the East Wing Loop with a couple of side detours. Hit the scenic overlook on the hill just to the the north of the East Wing Trai and also did an alternate entry trail that comes in from the east. (This entry trail occur about midway through the hike just before you start to summit from the south side). Short hike with some decent elevation. Odd, I've been in this trail numerous times but I don't think I appreciated how many switchbacks were involved. The green landscape really helped to define the trail and made it obvious. Had the trail ro myself except for 3 rabbits and a drone that being flown from a nearby backyard.
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Feb 06 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Papago Buttes - Papago ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Feb 06 2019
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Run/Jog3.73 Miles 100 AEG
Run/Jog3.73 Miles      57 Mns   3.93 mph
100 ft AEG
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It's hard to believe that it has been over two years since I last visited this area. Picked up on my gridding from where I left off on my last visit. Finished all the low lying side trails that come off the trail that loops the butte on the west side of Galvin Parkway. Back was still pretty sore from the weekend so I started off gingerly, but it seemed to loosen up with the jog. Didn't get that many miles but I finished off a nice section and it was a nice way to work my way back onto the trails. Surprisingly I didn't cross paths with too many people, but I saw a lot of people out there. Saw one chipmunk and a jackrabbit. Weather was nice, though a bit chilly with the breeze. Air was crystal clear. All the mountain ranges looked extra sharp today.
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Feb 04 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
New River Trail - Peoria / GlendalePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2019
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Hiking2.21 Miles
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Continued my "hiking" of the New River Trail. Went from Northern up to Glendale and back. Entire path is paved....which I hate. Tears my knees up when I run on for long distances. "Luckily" :? my back was in bad shape, so I was just walking this stretch. The weather was great and water was flowing that's about all I can say about this "trail". This was the first stretch where there was no signage indicating the "New River" Trail. There were a couple of signs indicating this was a city trail, but no other info was provided. Enjoyed watching the planes come in to the Glendale Airport.
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Feb 03 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Gila Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2019
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Hiking0.47 Miles 44 AEG
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Not what I was planning, but a comedy of errors (not that I was laughing) led to this hike. Wanted to do short family walk with the dogs. Got the dogs loaded into the car only to discover that one of them pooped in the car ](*,) . While cleaning it up I managed to throw my back out ](*,) ](*,) . So what was suppose to be a nice start to a fun, family filled day led to the Gila Trail (still with the dogs) and a horizontal prone day thereafter. Gila Trail is not much to get excited about, but the weather made it a delightful walk, even with the bad back.
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Feb 02 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Windgate Pass Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Feb 02 2019
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Run/Jog9.72 Miles 1,130 AEG
Run/Jog9.72 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   4.42 mph
1,130 ft AEG
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Early morning run in the McDowell's. Got in line with the rest of the early birds, waiting for the gates to open at 6:54. Did a loop going clockwise. First on the Gateway and then onto Windgate. Felt good with the run for most of it. The climb from the Desert Park to Inspitation Point was a knee buckler. Lot of elevation between those two points. Bell Pass was nice and much more runnable going this direction. (I have yet to succeed in jogging up the west side of Bell Pass). I was amazed at how green the east of the McDowells were. Beautiful. After Bell Pass, I rejoined the Gateway Loop to return back to the TH. Foot traffic was very light going up Windgate and on the east side (only saw a hiker and a trail runner), but saw over 100 hikers from the top of Bell Pass back to the TH. The great weather (cloudy and in the upper 50's) seems to bring out the "inner hiker" in everyone. No wildlife.
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Feb 02 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Jane Rau Interpretive Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2019
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Hiking0.80 Miles 45 AEG
Hiking0.80 Miles
45 ft AEG
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After Windgate wind down. Drove over to Brown Ranck TH after doing Windgate to knock out this short trail. I would never drive all the way from the west valley just for this trail, but since I was in the neighborhood.... Short, paved trail, just east of the restrooms. Nice, surprisingly removed from the hustle and bustle of the TH. Kind of like a "desert cove." Rock formations and desert foliage decorate the landscape for the eye. Nice, encapsulated preview of what the rest of McDowell Sonoran Preserve offers. There is a connector trail that cuts across the front end of this trail and a couple of bridges that cross some washes in the loop section of the trail. As always, a well designed trail in the McDowell's.
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Jan 31 2019
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Gray Fox Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jan 31 2019
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Run/Jog6.00 Miles 85 AEG
Run/Jog6.00 Miles      59 Mns   6.10 mph
85 ft AEG
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After work run in the White Tanks. Did a loop with a "tail" involving the Gray Fox. Started from the Waddell TH and did a loop consisting of Waddell - Ford Canyon - Ironwood - Gray Fox (in and out) - back on the Ironwood - Ford Canyon - and then back to the TH on the Mesquite. Nice running trails. All flat. Weather was great. Cloudy with temps in the 70's. Two jackrabbits 7 bikers and a hiker.
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Jan 29 2019
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 Phoenix,Az
Apache Wash Trail - Sonoran Preserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jan 29 2019
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Run/Jog4.72 Miles 7 AEG
Run/Jog4.72 Miles      45 Mns   6.29 mph
7 ft AEG
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After work jog. Started from Apache Wash TH. and did a figurine 8, with the Apache Vista thrown in. In on the Sidewinder and then did an in and out on the Apache Vista. Back on the Sidewinder, I continued on past the Apache Wash juncture and turned on the Apache Wash Loop connector. This was maybe .5 miles past the AW juncture. This connector trail got me over to to the Apache Wash Loop which I took back toward the TH. Just as a side note, after passing the juncture with the Sidewinder Trail the AWL Trail, becomes the Apache Wash Trail. Great weather, again and because of this the trails were active. Good to see!
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Jan 28 2019
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Calderwood Butte TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jan 28 2019
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Run/Jog2.73 Miles 416 AEG
Run/Jog2.73 Miles      42 Mns   3.90 mph
416 ft AEG
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After work jog. Started from the 99Ave TH and did the summit loop and hit the spur that heads off to the south. Parking lot and trails were busy. The great weather is getting people out.
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Woods Canyon Trail #93 - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2019
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Hiking9.64 Miles 615 AEG
Hiking9.64 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   3.99 mph
615 ft AEG
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Hiked most of this trail on Sunday. Time constraints and poor planning had me turning around at about 4.75 in. Started from the ranger station around 11:30. TH is located at the southeast corner of the parking lot. There is a trail sign just off the sidewalk. Picked a good time to do the hike...the water was flowing nicely. And even though the trail doesn't interact with the river, the rumble of the river was a constant background presence. Trail actually reminded of a poor man's West Clear Creek. Trail was easy to follow. Started off by crossing a small brook that was flowing nicely. I had been on this section once before and there had been almost no water at all. So this brook might be a good indicator on whether it is worth hiking in to see if there is water flowing in Woods Canyon. After crossing the brook, I quickly passed through a gate. Careful at this point. Cows and the paths they make are prevalent and right after the gate there is a good looking cow path that takes off in a westward direction. The actual trail southwardly and is more of a road that picks up after crossing a small ditch. If you are looking there is a trail sign to help orient you. From here the trail is flat and relatively straight with some dry wash crossings. There are a couple of nicely shaded copse that become more frequent the deeper I went t into the canyon. Around 2 miles the trail climbs a little as I passed through another gate and came to the Hot Loop junction. From here the trail started to tease me with glimpses of the river, never really touching it, except around the 3.5 mile point. (That spot is a very nice Kodak moment...the Sedona red rock and the running water). For the most part the trail did a lot undulating going from hillside views over looking the river to wooded, dry wash "lowlands" that blocked views of the water, but I could tell it was just a bushwack away. The trail was easy to follow though some of the hillside sections were kind of narrow and slanted, but not at all harrowing. Really disappointed that I didn't time this out better so I could have seen how the trail ended. I guess that means a return visit is in order :) . Weather awesome. Cool and clear skies. No wildlife, but met hikers while out.
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