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Jul 12 2019
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Escondido-Pemberton-Scenic - MMRP, AZ 
Escondido-Pemberton-Scenic - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 12 2019
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Hiking10.52 Miles 846 AEG
Hiking10.52 Miles   3 Hrs   43 Mns   2.94 mph
846 ft AEG      8 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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On Friday, the 12th, I did a loop hike in MMRP starting from the Four Peaks Trailhead (formerly known as the Horse Staging Area). I hiked Escondido, Pemberton, and Scenic. I passed the intersection with Cinch, planning on going back to Pemberton and down Shallmo Wash. But it was starting to get warm, so I turned back and went down Cinch and back on Escondido.

I saw a few cyclists getting ready to ride at the parking lot, but saw no one else on the trails.

Trails were in good condition. Hiking was easy except for the heat; my GPS watch indicated a higher heart rate than I'd expect to see for the terrain and pace. I'm not as well acclimated as I was last summer.
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Mount McDowell (Red Mountain)
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Mar 17 2019
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Wagner - Granite - Bluff - MMRP LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2019
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Hiking5.58 Miles 459 AEG
Hiking5.58 Miles   3 Hrs   54 Mns   1.79 mph
459 ft AEG      47 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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On Sunday afternoon, I hiked Wagner, Granite, Bluff, and then back on Granite and Wagner. Nick told me that the flowers were thick along the Granite Trail near the wash. He was right.

I saw lots of mountain bikers, but only a few other hikers while I was out.
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Mar 15 2019
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Boulder Canyon Trail #103Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2019
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Hiking9.10 Miles 2,336 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   5 Hrs   43 Mns   2.28 mph
2,336 ft AEG   1 Hour   43 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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Marilyn, Ben, Mike, Sara, Kelly, Julie, Marta, and I hiked part of the Boulder Canyon Trail starting from the Canyon Lake Marina. We hiked together out to La Barge Creek; when I’ve hiked there in the past, the creek was either totally or mostly dry. This time, however, the creek was perhaps 30 feet wide with ankle deep water through the shallowest path to the other side. (If you purposely chose a deeper path, you might have ended up in knee deep water.) In any case, Sara, Julie, Kelly, and Marta opted to go back at this point, while Ben, Marilyn, Mike, and I continued on.

I had hoped to hike up La Barge Canyon to see the pools at the point where it starts to get hard to continue onward, but the wetness discouraged us – none of us had brought appropriate footwear for these conditions. We continued on, also crossing Boulder Creek. We found Boulder Creek to be easier to cross without getting quite as wet. We turned around at the intersection with Second Water Trail.
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Mar 10 2019
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 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Deer Creek Trail #45Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2019
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Hiking9.88 Miles 1,490 AEG
Hiking9.88 Miles   5 Hrs   23 Mns   2.58 mph
1,490 ft AEG   1 Hour   33 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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Ben, Marilyn, Nick, Mike, Marilyn, and I hiked out nearly five miles on Deer Creek Trail #45 on Sunday.

The creek was really flowing, having the most water that I've ever seen in the creek. Though to be fair, I usually visit when it's fairly dry. The water was high enough that fording the creek without getting our feet overly wet was difficult. Some of us crossed it perhaps four times on the way out before getting to a point where the next crossing would have meant getting our feet truly soaked. The current was strong there and the landing wasn't especially good had we slipped off the submerged rocks.

Davey Gowan's grave looked much the same as the last time I visited, about a year and a half ago.

The trail has seen some maintenance since then, however. Very little, if any, bushwhacking was required for the (nearly) five mile stretch that we did. It was also easier to follow and there is now a new section of trail through the eroded gully that turned me back (at around the four mile mark - just slightly past the Wilderness sign) when I was there in 2017. They've done a really nice job on these trails. Water was flowing down one of the gullies that we crossed, but was somehow routed underneath the trail that crossed over it - that bit really surprised me.

I want to get back out and do more of it when it's somewhat drier...
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Poppies, Verbena
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Mar 08 2019
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Miners Needle LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2019
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Hiking10.13 Miles 1,814 AEG
Hiking10.13 Miles   5 Hrs   42 Mns   2.16 mph
1,814 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break24 LBS Pack
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Marilyn, Marilyn, Sara, Ben, Nick, Mike, and I hiked the Miner's Needle Loop on Friday, the 8th.

This was my first time around this loop. It was a lot more scenic than I expected it to be. It's definitely worth doing.

I added on a bit of distance by hiking a short ways on Whiskey Spring #238 while the others ate lunch. I kept this diversion short, however, because it was cool and somewhat breezy that day and I didn't want the others to get cold waiting for me. As it turns out, I arrived back at the group just as they were finishing lunch. Anyway, I found there to be great views of both the Miner's Needle and Weaver's Needle at the top of the first significant hill while hiking up the Whiskey Spring Trail.

It was still wet out - Bluff Springs was wet in spots, plus we had to cross the water a few times. We found convenient stepping stones for doing so.
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Mar 03 2019
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Barks Lower Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2019
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Hiking4.50 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   1.10 mph
900 ft AEG   1 Hour   4 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
 
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On Sunday, Marilyn, Nick, and I hiked the Barks Lower Canyon Loop. The route is to take Bluff Springs #235 and then turn south at the first intersection with Barks Canyon. Dutchman Trail #104 is used to return to the trailhead.

Barks Canyon still had a decent amount of flowing water. We hiked through water, but also did some rock hopping as well as the occasional down-climb. The deepest water that I hiked through came to mid-thigh, though it would have been easy to take other paths which would have been deeper. There were a few pools which would have been swimmers had we gone that way. For the most part, route finding was easy. We mostly stayed in the channel of flowing water, but occasionally had to get out to avoid some of the really deep pools.

We all had a lot of fun on this hike.
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Mar 01 2019
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Cave-Weaver's Crosscut-Bluff Springs, AZ 
Cave-Weaver's Crosscut-Bluff Springs, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2019
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Hiking9.63 Miles 2,703 AEG
Hiking9.63 Miles   8 Hrs   5 Mns   1.58 mph
2,703 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break25 LBS Pack
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On Friday, March 1, Ben, Marilyn, Mike, and I did a lollipop hike in the Superstitions starting from the Peralta Trailhead. We hiked Bluff Springs, Cave, Peralta, Weaver's Crosscut, Terrapin, with a return on Bluff Springs.

The initial section of Bluff Springs was mostly dry, though we did see some puddles here and there. At times, we could still see snow in the distance.

The Cave Trail was surprisingly dry, though there was some water flowing down the Devil's Slide. Instead of hiking up the trough in the slide, we went up a low ridge perhaps eight feet to the right of the trough. Towards the end of the Cave Trail, I followed some cairns which led us to the Peralta Trail earlier than expected.

Passing over Fremont Saddle, the Peralta Trail was pretty wet. It wasn't muddy though. We encountered a fallen tree along the way.

We also inadvertently hiked a portion of the summit trail. We eventually realized that we were off track and backtracked to the Crosscut Trail. However, even after backtracking, it took us a while to figure out to figure out where to go. There were plenty of cairns - we followed a use path which led us astray. Once we (finally) got started on it though, it turned out to be fairly straightforward to follow. I had a lot of fun on this section. It was steeper than I expected it to be and I enjoyed the easy scrambling.

Just before the Crosscut Trail started leveling off, we encountered a pair of hikers who told us of a large balanced rock which is visible from the Terrapin Trail. The fellow who told us about it said that most hikers would probably miss seeing this rock due to its very close proximity to an adjacent wall. We watched for it and found it. The upper portion is bigger than a bus and there is indeed a very thin sliver of daylight between that upper portion and the rock next to it. There is perhaps only a twenty foot section of the Terrapin Trail from which this sliver of daylight may be seen.

We had also planned to hike Lower Barks Canyon at the end of the hike. We were tired though and it was also wetter than what we wanted to deal with. I went back on Sunday and hiked that section with a different group.
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Feb 24 2019
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2019
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Hiking7.67 Miles 1,821 AEG
Hiking7.67 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   2.35 mph
1,821 ft AEG   1 Hour   43 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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On Sunday, Michael, Aldo, Marilyn, Ben, Marilyn, and I hiked the Pine Creek Loop and a portion of the Ballantine Trail. I made it out somewhat beyond Boulder Flat before turning back.

Early on, the trails were mostly clear of the snow that accumulated on Thursday and Friday of the previous week. Higher up, however, snow covered the trail in places. Despite the wetness, the trail was firm and not especially muddy. The snow was wet and heavy. We saw broken tree branches and brittlebush plants that had been somewhat flattened by the snow.

When we arrived, there were around dozen cars in the lot, the most I've ever seen there. On the trail itself, I saw more hikers in that one day than I've seen in at least half a dozen trips to the same area.
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Feb 15 2019
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Marcus-Boulder-Coachwhip-Windmill-EE-TT - MSP, AZ 
Marcus-Boulder-Coachwhip-Windmill-EE-TT - MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2019
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Hiking10.34 Miles 2,018 AEG
Hiking10.34 Miles   6 Hrs   21 Mns   2.83 mph
2,018 ft AEG   2 Hrs   42 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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Bob, Mike, Nick, Marilyn, Nora, Sara, and Kelly joined me for a 10+ mile loop in the McDowells. We hiked: Marcus Landslide, Boulder, Pemberton, Coachwhip, Windmill, East End, and Tom’s Thumb trails.

It was a cool and cloudy day, very pleasant for hiking. Recent rain has made things even greener with abundant flowers. Trails were in good condition too.
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Feb 08 2019
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 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Wash Day plus Marcus Landslide - MMRP/MSP, AZ 
Wash Day plus Marcus Landslide - MMRP/MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2019
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Hiking12.47 Miles 1,079 AEG
Hiking12.47 Miles   4 Hrs   49 Mns   3.04 mph
1,079 ft AEG      43 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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Ben, Marilyn, Mike, Bob, and Cathy joined me for a twelve and a half mile hike that took us all the way out to Marcus Landslide (starting from the Trailhead Staging Area).

Some of us saw javelina (and ravens) on our drive into the park. Later, during the hike, we saw jackrabbits, coyotes, deer, and more ravens.

We saw lots of flowers too. The poppies are especially thick in the Marcus Landslide area. The closer we got to this trail, the more poppies we saw. We saw brittlebush, lupine, fiddleneck, and owl clover too. The brittlebush seems to be drying up somewhat, whereas the fiddlenecks are just starting to emerge.
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brittlebush, poppies, lupine, owl clover, fiddleneck
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Feb 01 2019
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Dixie Mine-Prospector-Coachwhip - MSP/MMRP, AZ 
Dixie Mine-Prospector-Coachwhip - MSP/MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2019
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Hiking10.63 Miles 1,601 AEG
Hiking10.63 Miles   4 Hrs   38 Mns   2.93 mph
1,601 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break25 LBS Pack
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Lloyd, Ben, Marilyn, Diane, Diane, and Marilyn joined me for a 10.6 mile hike in the Dixie Mine Area. We hiked out on Dixie Mine, visited the mine and the petroglyphs, then continued on Prospector, Bell Pass, and Windmill. When we got to Coachwhip, we turned right; that led us back to the Dixie Mine Trail for our return trip.

Trails were in good condition w/ many flowers along the way. We saw other trail users, mostly hikers, towards the end of our hike.
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Four Peaks
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Jan 28 2019
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 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2019
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Hiking6.46 Miles 446 AEG
Hiking6.46 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   3.13 mph
446 ft AEG      3 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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An evening hike in MMRP...

I saw a few other trail users and might have gotten an okay dusk photo, but I haven't gotten around to looking at it yet.
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Jan 25 2019
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Lost Wall Loop Plus, AZ 
Lost Wall Loop Plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2019
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Hiking11.40 Miles 2,326 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles   6 Hrs   35 Mns   2.70 mph
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Lloyd joined me for Friday's hike in the McDowells. He told me up front that he's 70 years old with a pacemaker. However, he's been doing some serious hiking recently and was ready for a hard hike.

We did a big loop starting with part of the Lost Wall Loop. Once we got to Tom's Thumb Trail, we headed down and then down some more on the East End Trail. Part way down EE, another hiker named Danny joined us. When we got to Windmill, we turned left and then left again on Coachwhip. Now in MMRP, we turned left again on Pemberton and then again on Boulder, which brought us back to the Preserve. Danny headed back to the parking lot while Lloyd and I went on to do the loop on the Marcus Landslide Trail - Lloyd told me that it'd be too short of a hike if we headed straight back at that point. Once we finished the loop, we did head back. I offered to extend the hike to 12 miles which was what Lloyd was shooting for, but he admitted that he was starting to get tired as we made our way back.

We saw many other hikers on our way. While in MMRP, we saw a few mountain bikers too.

We saw lots of flowers, especially brittlebush and poppies.

The trails were all in good condition, though Danny felt that the East End Trail was a bit loose.
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Jan 21 2019
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Battleship Mountain - SuperstitionsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2019
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Hiking12.75 Miles 2,923 AEG
Hiking12.75 Miles   8 Hrs   11 Mns   2.41 mph
2,923 ft AEG   2 Hrs   53 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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Kay, Diane, Diane, Nanci, Anne, Karin, Ben, Marilyn, and I hiked out to Battleship Mountain and back. Kay, Diane, Karin, and I went to the summit. (A women's hiking group based in Rio Verde invited me to lead this hike. I invited a few of my friends to come along too.)

This was my first time to the summit of Battleship Mountain. It was easier than I expected it to be. There is now a pretty well defined trail w/ cairns leading there and back. I had loaded the GPS route onto my watch and, though I referred to it every now and then, I didn't really use it to figure out where to go when we went to the summit.

Those who came with me were fearless, which definitely helped.

I'm not certain that we took the best or easiest path to the top - the one spot which I thought to be doubtful did have a cairn at the top of the wall though - so perhaps it was the right way. It didn't match the route shown on my watch though. I thought that we might look for an easier way on the way back, but we ended up retracing our steps (pretty much) the entire way.

Loads of fun though - highly recommended!
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Jan 18 2019
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58 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
McDowell Meander, AZ 
McDowell Meander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2019
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Hiking12.03 Miles 823 AEG
Hiking12.03 Miles   4 Hrs   36 Mns   3.21 mph
823 ft AEG      51 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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Mike, Ben, Marilyn, Kay, Diane, and Marilyn joined me for a twelve mile hike in McDowell Mountain Regional Park and nearby McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

We hiked: Wagner, Granite, Delsie, Gooseneck, Rock Knob, Pemberton, Bluff Tr Wash, Granite, Bluff, Granite, and back on Wagner.

We saw a lot of mountain bikes out in the morning - more than usual for a Friday. There was a group at Jackass Junction (near Granite Tank) that was working on fixing a flat. There's now a bike repair station there, complete with tubes in a mailbox. It works on the honor system - you take what you need and bring back supplies when you next ride by.

Anyway... all of these trails were in great shape. The desert was incredibly green w/ lots of flowering plants too.
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Jan 14 2019
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 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2019
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Hiking6.47 Miles 417 AEG
Hiking6.47 Miles   2 Hrs   13 Mns   3.21 mph
417 ft AEG      12 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
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Just one of my workout loops at MMRP. I started out just early enough that I only needed my headlamp for about the last third of the hike.
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Jan 11 2019
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 Fountain Hills,
Dixie Mine Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2019
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Hiking6.05 Miles 860 AEG
Hiking6.05 Miles   2 Hrs   46 Mns   2.19 mph
860 ft AEG22 LBS Pack
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Linda, Sara, and Marilyn joined me for an out and back hike to Dixie Mine and nearby petroglyphs.

The approach to the mine (from the road) is still deeply rutted from the rains of late summer / early fall of 2018. Much of the tamarisk in the area has been cut back - it's now possible to walk up the gate at the mine's adit without pushing through the stuff.
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 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Wash Day - MMRP, AZ 
Wash Day - MMRP, AZ
 
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Hiking9.51 Miles 676 AEG
Hiking9.51 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.59 mph
676 ft AEG22 LBS Pack
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I led a group of six through some of the washes at McDowell Mountain Regional Park.

The day started out cold - most of us wore gloves at the start of our hike.

We saw three owls several times as we made our way through one of the more canyon-like washes.
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 Fountain Hills,
Wash Day - MMRP, AZ 
Wash Day - MMRP, AZ
 
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Hiking7.30 Miles 416 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   2 Hrs   17 Mns   3.24 mph
416 ft AEG      2 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
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My wife and I did an afternoon loop in MMRP.

We started from the horse staging lot, walked across the main park road to the competitive track lot, and then hiked a short way on the Long Loop, then turned left onto a service road which we hiked for a couple of miles. Just before the rain gauge, we turned into Stoneman Wash. We followed the wash NW, crossing the Long Loop, eventually reaching Pemberton. From there we took Pemberton, Scenic, Cinch, and Escondido.

The wolfberries were very ripe and the one that I ate was quite tasty. If you get them prior to being ripe enough, they can be quite bitter.

We saw no one else in the washes that we hiked, but we saw a bunch of mountain bikers on the trails.

It was a nice afternoon in the park.
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Dec 14 2018
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 Fountain Hills,
Wash Day - MMRP, AZ 
Wash Day - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2018
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Hiking11.42 Miles 814 AEG
Hiking11.42 Miles   4 Hrs   14 Mns   3.06 mph
814 ft AEG      30 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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Mike, Nick, Bob, Sara, Kay, John, and Marilyn joined me for the Friday Morning Hike in McDowell Mountain Regional Park.

We hiked Tortoise, turned right on Pemberton and then turned right into the arroyos across the trail from the pond. We made our way up to Pemberton and then entered another wash prior to hitting the Bluff Trail. We followed this wash into Stoneman Wash where we hiked NW until we reached the Bluff Trail. We returned via Bluff, Granite, and Wagner.

Kay said that she saw an owl while we were in the arroyos, but I missed it. I did see a bunch of ravens though.

I was amazed at the amount of wolfberry bushes with fruit. Some of the fruit was quite large (for wolfberries).

When we weren't in the washes, we saw a bunch of other trail users, mainly mountain bikers.
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