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Nov 23 2016
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Lake Overlook Trail - Fountain HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2016
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Hiking1.50 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles
300 ft AEG
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This is an easy trail and really much nicer than I expected. Once you rise above beyond the homes, the views are super nice. I hiked near sunset and sunset over the lake was wonderful.
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Jan 02 2015
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Brittlebush Trail - N Maricopa MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2015
A76100
Hiking14.40 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking14.40 Miles
600 ft AEG
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Like JuanJaimeiii I found the gate closed. This is because the Park Service is working to restore the land from illegal four-wheeling damage.

I parked my vehicle at the gate and hiked in. I walked to the Brittlebrush TH, sometimes following the road, sometimes going off-trail, sometimes in a drainage. It was very easy going. This is a very lonely trail head. I was the first person (other than a Ranger) to log a hike in months. I hiked about 3 miles down the trail and then turned around, again taking some off-trail short cuts around the small mountains just south of the trailhead.

As I neared the road, I saw a boy scout troop setting up camp. I learned that they asked the Park Service for permission to camp and that this was granted. So, if you want to hike in this area, you can ask for permission to drive in to the TH and it might be granted.
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Dec 28 2014
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Camelback Summit - Cholla THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2014
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Hiking6.60 Miles 2,700 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles
2,700 ft AEG
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Nice walk up Cholla down Echo and return. From my parking spot on Invergordon it's about 6.7 Miles and 2700 ft. It seemed like 1000s of my new best friends had the same idea. Visibility from the Christmas tree at the peak was good.
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Dec 18 2014
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Verde BenchmarkPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2014
A76100
Hiking1.40 Miles
Hiking1.40 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   0.56 mph
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I call this "Python Eating an Elephant" Mountain although the official designation from the benchmark marker on top is Verde No 02.

I am so glad that I saw this trail guide entry. I have often desired to climb this peak but assumed it was not accessible. This is an off trail hike that requires some 3rd class scrambling by the off-trail path that I took. My route was similar to the prior route but I chose the final ascent by the SE Ridge Scramble. The path was reasonably solid with some loose rocks and very little cholla cactus. The views at the top are wonderful.
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Jun 11 2014
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New River RuinsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 11 2014
A76100
Hiking1.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking1.00 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   0.43 mph
500 ft AEG
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This was a fun short hike. The road to the trailhead was in good condition, and you definitely need a high clearance vehicle. There are many ruts in the road, some moderate sized rocks to dodge. I had no problems in my Escape. I parked at N33 57.777 W112 03.593, a small lot off the side of the road. The ruins are at N33 57.877 W112 03.907.

You will be bushwhacking to achieve this peak. So prepare clothing and tools as appropriate. I would recommend leather boots and a pliers as your gear. In my attempt up, I picked a line of ascent on the South ridge as it looked less steep. This turned out to be a mistake due to the preponderance of cholla. Ouch. Ouch.

As you reach the peak, there is an easy way to the summit at N33 57.874 W112 03.888. This will become easy to spot as you get higher. Once there, enjoy the ruins and great views. On the way down, my route was more to the west and south and gingerly picked my way down a trail that was almost social. I avoided most of the cholla.
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May 22 2014
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Indian Mesa RuinsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2014
A76100
Hiking6.70 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles   4 Hrs      1.68 mph
600 ft AEG
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I don’t know if you can still take the motor route from the West. A good description of reaching the message from the East is found in Dave Wilson's Hiking Ruins Seldom Seen. Reference Trial 2: Indian Mesa. Basically follow Dave Wilson's description to get from the trailhead to Cow Creek Road. Park at N33 58.780 W112 11.519. There is a $6 park fee. Leave the parking lot and hike along the road you came in on, through the gate, across the dry Aqua Fria River, and on the obvious trail, past the White Bluffs, about 2.0-2.2 miles to Cow Creek Road. (N33 57.953 W112 13.103) Turn Right toward W/NW.

At this point, I recommend a deviation from Wilson’s description. Follow Cow Creek to about 3.0 miles from the start. You will reach a ridge where you can go down, but you will also see an obvious trail that goes up and to left. (N33 58.060 W112 13.737). Follow this track up a steep path up and to the S/SW to the Ruins. (N33 57.917 W112 13.673) Enjoy exploring this area.

I enjoyed this hike. I saw no other hikers (although I did see some riders on horseback in the distance). The ruin is on the top of the mesa and the views are pretty wonderful. The ruins are very large with many buildings and rooms.
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May 21 2014
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Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 21 2014
A76100
Hiking2.90 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles
500 ft AEG
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Looking for a short hike due to limited time this afternoon. This was easy enough. I walked around for 3 miles and covered almost all of it. There is a nature trail at the trailhead to refresh your memory about the names of all those desert plants. There are also geocaches in the area.
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Mar 26 2014
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Wave CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2014
A76100
Hiking3.22 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking3.22 Miles
1,000 ft AEG
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Took my wife with me on this one. She was looking for an easy pretty hike. Blowing sand cooled it down to a delightful hike. We parked at Carney Springs Trailhead. Hiked north to the fence (N33 23 36.3 W111 22 03.9) and beyond to the turn-off from Boulder Trail to the Cave. The turnoff is located at (N33 23 43.8 W111 22 06.8) and is detected by carefully watching the trail for an offshoot trail to the left (West). After this, just follow the carnes to the cave. It's mostly a solid trail of increasing slope, until you cross the a large boulder covered drainage. It gets very steep but still walkable just before the cave. In the Cave, the views are very nice.
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Mar 23 2014
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Dragonfly Trail - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2014
A76100
Hiking3.60 Miles 350 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   2.00 mph
350 ft AEG
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Another enjoyable hike. I started at the parking lot and followed the Spur Cross Trail to the triple junking of Dragonfly, Spur Cross, and Torgua Trails. Turned South on Dragonfly to enjoy a great view from the Mesa of the City. And to the North wonderful views of Elephant, Sugarloaf, Black Mesa. When I reached the dry river bed (Cave Creek) I turned East along the Dragonfly. This is a very pleasant walk. I stopped at the Cave for a selfie and then headed back. Eventually, exited by the Jewell of the Creek gate and walked 0.25 mile back to the parking log on Spur Cross Road.
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Mar 22 2014
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Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2014
A76100
Hiking5.30 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   3 Hrs   14 Mns   1.64 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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Hike distances/altitude include Hawk's Nest Trail and Dixie Summit. This was an enjoyable easy trail. I saw about 5 pairs of hikers/mtn bikers along the path. The views from Dixie Peak are quite excellent, especially to the North. The Ocotillo and staghorn cactus were flowering with an were in bloom.
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Mar 09 2014
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Little Granite Mountain LoopPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2014
A76100
Hiking6.83 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking6.83 Miles
1,600 ft AEG
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Started from Granite Mountain Trailhead and took a few detours like Bootlegger trail I was hopping to summit Granite Mtn itself, but this will have to wait until I am wearing long pants. This is a new park and is really well signposted. The trails are very nice for mountain biking. I passed more bikers than hikers. I also saw a few horses. This is a nice park and I look forward to returning
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Mar 08 2014
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Broadway CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2014
A76100
Hiking4.00 Miles 900 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.33 mph
900 ft AEG
 
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Hiked from Broadway Trailhead (N33 24 28.8 W111 28 35.1) and follow the rocky trail. After a short time, intersect a sign indicted crossing of trail 58 and trail 60 (N33 24 37.4 W111 28 02.1) Follow trail north to Jacob's Crosscut sign (N33 25 02.4 W111 27 46.3). Then take the small trail North East rather than following Jacob's Crosscut trail to the North West. This trail leads to Monument Canyon. At a large carne with a pole sticking out (N33 25 17.5 W111 27 31.6 the "formal GPS track provided by AZ Hiking" begins. Follow the trail to the right (East) instead of following the main trail. This trail is steeper and leads to the cave entrance (N33 25 18.6 W111 27 18.4). The cave is large. On my trip there was a family there and still plenty of room. The Cave had great views of the south Phoenix area. The shade was nice.
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Feb 23 2014
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Stewart Mountain Dam - PetroglyphsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2014
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Hiking3.20 Miles 460 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   1.75 mph
460 ft AEG
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I picked this hike because I was looking for something that I could start relatively late in the day. I enjoyed the petroglyphs quite a bit. The trail was easy to follow. The trail crosses Bush Highway at about (N33 34 14.6 W111 32 40.4). The small dirt area off the west side of the road looks like it can hold one or two cars and might make an alternative trailhead. There are some nice views of the lake at the top of the closed contour at (N33 34 06.1 W111 32 21.4)This is on a side trail off the mail trail but worth a view and a good photo op.
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Feb 23 2014
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Pioneer Trail #196Globe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2014
A76100
Hiking4.60 Miles 1,644 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   3 Hrs      1.53 mph
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Nice hike. Two hints. 1. Trail road sign has been knocked down. Just before the road starts descending, you are at the trailhead. 2. There are a lot of overgrown bushes leaning into the trail. You will want to wear long pants or you may have scratched and perhaps bloody legs after the hike.
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Feb 15 2014
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Coon Bluff LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2014
A76100
Hiking5.40 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.54 mph
500 ft AEG
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I didn't quite follow the same path as the main trail. After enjoying great views on the ridge of Coon Bluff, wandered down the trail to the Salt River and the Phon D Sutton Picnic Area. Found a very cool shallow cave and small rock arch ( N33 32 53.2 W111 39 14.3 ) Began wandering back. Found an interesting mine with a metal grating covering ( N33 32 30.5 W111 38 45.8 ) Perhaps this was were barite and silver were mined many years ago. It was a quiet walk. I saw a few people enjoying the Salt River, a few more mountain biking. A few more with horses at the trailhead. No wild horses today.
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Jan 29 2014
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Scarlett CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2014
A76100
Hiking4.74 Miles 984 AEG
Hiking4.74 Miles
984 ft AEG
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Up and around and around. Enjoyed the light at the top of peak and the sealed off mine. There are lots of social trails to wander around.
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