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Feb 04 2013
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Arrowhead Point Trail - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2013
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Hiking2.40 Miles 385 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles      50 Mns   3.00 mph
385 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Only saw 4 people this morning! That's got to be an all time record. I guess everyone was out at baseball games or something.
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Jan 21 2013
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit and East Loop, AZ 
Piestewa Peak Summit and East Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2013
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Hiking6.50 Miles 2,646 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   1.97 mph
2,646 ft AEG      37 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
From Piestewa Peak Summit trail parking area, headed east on trail 200 to trail 202. Followed unnamed switchback trail to summits and the switchbacks back down to trail 202. Great views on the unnamed trail and dramatic drops. Only passed three others, awesome!

Continued on 202 to 8A north. 8A starts as a gently sloping ascent and then gets real steep near the junction with 8B. Followed 8B west towards parking area. 8B is somewhat primitive at spots, a real treat!

A short hike south on trail 304 to the parking area and then right onto trail 302. Continued south on 302 to trail 300 Summit trail. Big crowds on the summit trail! Awesome January day hike!
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Jan 19 2013
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Pinnacle PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2013
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Hiking3.58 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking3.58 Miles   1 Hour   46 Mns   2.39 mph
1,060 ft AEG      16 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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Crazy busy, crowded trail today. Crowds thinned a bit after the high point. Coming up the back side was a real lung burner. I would do this again, but on a weekday.
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Jan 06 2013
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Governors PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2013
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Hiking5.80 Miles 1,650 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.93 mph
1,650 ft AEG      30 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Made my first attempt at Governor's Peak today with my hiking buddy Larry. Found the trail head parking, no problem. Wandered our way across Castle Creek and found the trail head sign in sheet. Trail from here is well worn and marked. Easily missed the right at the Y and went a 1/4 mile before I figured it out and turned back. No problems following the trail until it crosses 4 Tanks Wash where it completely disappears. We hacked our way up to the saddle about 3/10 of a mile from the peak. Our late start and slow going climbing rock and dodging cactus ended today's trek short from our goal. I'll be heading back with my buddy Larry, better prepared, with an earlier start, and free of prior obligations. We both really enjoyed the hike and look forward to our return to finish it off.
Named place
Named place
Lake Pleasant
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Dec 29 2012
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Union Peak Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2012
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Hiking9.70 Miles 1,927 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   3.08 mph
1,927 ft AEG      35 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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Been wanting to do Union Peak ever since I spied it from Dixie Summit. Made the commitment for the long hike today. Didn't plan on hiking Dixie Summit, but it seemed fitting to do both peaks since I had the energy. I hadn't seen anyone for miles and was surprised to see a woman and her dog while at the summit of Union Peak. Go figure.

Started at the Desert Vista Trailhead, took Hawk's Nest to Desert Tortoise to Valle Vista to Great Horned Owl (Counter clockwise) up Union Peak back to Valle Vista all the way to Dixie Mountain Loop up to Dixie Summit and then the short way back to the Desert Vista Trailhead.
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Dec 25 2012
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
East Wing MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 25 2012
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Hiking1.80 Miles 457 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   1.35 mph
457 ft AEG
 
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Such a great hike on Sunday, I went back and did it again today!
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Dec 23 2012
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
East Wing MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2012
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Hiking1.80 Miles 457 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   1.80 mph
457 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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What a great, short hike. I wish it could have gone on much further. There's like 1000 switchbacks! So much fun.
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Dec 10 2012
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Little Jim TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 10 2012
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Hiking5.50 Miles 930 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   2.80 mph
930 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
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I did the Little Jim Loop trail this morning. 41 degrees at the trail head when I started, brrrr. I hiked it counter-clockwise which provided nice views of Lake Pleasant on the return to the trailhead. The trail was very easy to follow up to the Little Jim shortcut and became faint up to reconnecting with the Walking Jim Trail, where, surprisingly, it remained faint all the way back to the trailhead. Saw two coyotes first thing and then a burro watching me from a ridge about 2 miles in. I really enjoyed the hike, but was a little bummed that it didn't cross any of the nearby peaks and ridgelines. I would definitely do it again!
Fauna
Fauna
Wild Burro
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Dec 03 2012
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Palisade Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 03 2012
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Hiking3.00 Miles 485 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   3.00 mph
485 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Always a great, quick, hike. Made it out for sunrise this morning, which was beautiful!
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Nov 25 2012
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Arrowhead Point Trail - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2012
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Hiking2.50 Miles 385 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   1 Hour      2.50 mph
385 ft AEG
 
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Needed a quicky this morning and got out early enough to beat the crowds. Lots of trash and animal feces along the trail :( so sad.
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Nov 22 2012
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Tom's Thumb Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2012
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Hiking6.00 Miles 1,950 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.50 mph
1,950 ft AEG
 
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First time back in a year. New trail head is awesome, just like at Gateway or Lost Dog. We came in from Happy Valley and the Ranch Gate road is now [sort of] paved all the way to the trail head parking. Parking area is huge, I can't imagine it ever filling up.

Took my friends Larry and Julia, their first time. The new trail is well marked. We did the Tom Thumb trail and the Look Out trail. Tried to find the "Cave" but denied again, maybe the third time will be a charm. One of my favorite AZ hikes for sure!
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Nov 17 2012
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Union Hills LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2012
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Hiking5.80 Miles 1,530 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.49 mph
1,530 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Got out on a Saturday morning expecting crowds of hikers and mountain bikers. Hardly anyone was out! Great loop. Great climbs up to the lookouts. Great views. Hiked with my friends Larry and Julia.
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Nov 11 2012
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
West Wing MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2012
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Hiking4.00 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.85 mph
900 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Got back out to Westwing with my buddy Larry (his first time). Bagged the west peak this trip which eluded me on my last visit. I wouldn't do that side trail without a buddy! There's hardly anyone up on these trails, even on the weekends, so if you crash and burn, you're on your own! We couldn't have had better weather for the hike!! No crazy bees were seen on this trip.
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Nov 05 2012
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Cholla Loop Trail - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2012
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Hiking2.60 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles
550 ft AEG
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Jumped out for a quicky this morning. This is always a favorite on a weekday.
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Oct 21 2012
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Palisade Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2012
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Hiking3.00 Miles 344 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.02 mph
344 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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Took my wife on this loop today. Nice short hike!
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Oct 20 2012
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 20 2012
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Hiking4.40 Miles 838 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles
838 ft AEG
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Fun loop. Much nicer than I expected. Fairly busy on a Saturday morning. Clockwise provides great views of Toms Thumb and Thompson Peak.
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Oct 13 2012
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2012
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Hiking6.00 Miles 612 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.40 mph
612 ft AEG
 
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Did the Dixie Mountain loop with both summits today. Great weather. Lots of mountain bikers.
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Jul 23 2012
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
West Wing MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2012
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Hiking4.20 Miles 540 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   2 Hrs   43 Mns   1.70 mph
540 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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First time at West Wing. Awesome trails. Only saw one other person. Temperature was way too hot for me though. Saw many red, velvet beetles all over the trail. Ran into swarming bees at the top of the east overlook and also on the West Wing peak. The bees at West Wing peak chased me down the trail a bit, but I did not get stung. Flying ants were crawling all over me, I'm feeling itchy just thinking about it.

I did the extreme loop in the direction outlined on the City of Peoria site. I would have preferred to have done the "extreme" portion clockwise instead of counter-clockwise. There's a short, really steep, section that would have been easier to go up than down.
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Jul 09 2012
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 Goodyear, AZ
Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 09 2012
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Hiking5.30 Miles 436 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.12 mph
436 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
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First time at Sunrise Mountain. Parked in the school parking lot and wandered around a bit searching for the trailhead. Next time I go I'll park in the Westwing Park lot and take the trail from there.

Trail intersections were well marked and the difficult sections were a bit primitive, which was very nice. Awesome views from the ridgeline. Switchback trails climbing the mountain. Probably my new favorite urban hike!
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Jun 25 2012
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 Goodyear, AZ
Thunderbird Conservation ParkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 25 2012
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Hiking5.30 Miles
Hiking5.30 Miles   2 Hrs      2.65 mph
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Parked at 59th and Pinnacle Peak. Did the loop on the west side, crossed the bridge over 59th and returned to the parking area over the mountain on H2. Finished by 9AM. Was real hot and humid, I was soaked in sweat. Lots of cars in the lot when I started. However, trails were not crowded.
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