First Harem hike of 2021! So good to have the whole crew together again on the trail. Parked at the Quartz trail head at 104th and 102nd street. Big lot. Few cars. Portajohn! Followed the trail through the neighborhood greenways and up to the big hunk of quartz high above the main trail. Continued following a social trail up the mountain a bit after the quartz before turning back. Perfect temps today. Few other trail users, hikers, bikers, dog walkers.
Went for a ride with my neighbor Craig on the Pirate Trails this morning. We ventured towards the north end on Giddy Up, Beam Me Up, Saddle Up, 1 Up, Pirates Cove, Jump Line, Rum Runner, etc. A jolly good time.
Another fantastic New Year's Day hike with the HAZ crew. Great views from the Massif with great company and banter. Thank you so much Pam for continuing this tradition!
Bonus hike afterwards to the Horns of Dilemma courtesy of tibber!
My biking buddy Carey joined me today to check out the trails at Casa Grande Mountain Park. This is a city park with a north and south trailhead. We started from the south trailhead which is off Arica road and enters the trail system about in the middle (north/south wise). Super easy to get to. Heading south bound on I-10, take the first exit after the I-8 interchange, turn right at the Loves Truck Stop on to Arica road, and follow it (paved all the way) to the end. Parking area is dirt and there is a kiosk that shows the major park trails. There are plenty of developed social single track trails in the park as well as some 4x4 roads. We arrived at the trailhead about 9am to find other bikers and hikers staging to enter the park. We spent the day going up and down and up and down the east side of Casa Grande Mountain. The sound of the traffic on I-10 and I-8 is ever present. Views to the east include Picacho Peak and Newman(?) Peak. We started with a loop on the south side of the park, passed a couple of hikers and saw some bikers in the distance. From there we mostly followed Ridge trail to the north side of the park where we encountered many hikers and a few more bikers. Wiggled our way around and around on some XC type mountain bike trails and eventually back to our trailhead. Fun day at this park that is a relatively short distance from Phoenix metro area.
Did a ride with Carey out at Goldfields (Bulldog Canyon) this morning. Parked at the entrance gate on Hackamore and explored some of the trails on the west side of Hackamore which were pretty rough and we ended up doing quite a bit if hike a bike. Crossing over to the east side of Hackamore the trails were more fun and flowy. Only saw 2 folks on horses during the entire 3 hours we spent out on the trails.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.