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Nov 11 2019
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Sunrise/Andrews Kinsey/West View Overlook, AZ 
Sunrise/Andrews Kinsey/West View Overlook, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2019
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Hiking9.77 Miles 2,081 AEG
Hiking9.77 Miles   5 Hrs   21 Mns   2.02 mph
2,081 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
 
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This is a difficult hike. You start out with about 950 foot AEG in the first 1.74 miles. Then you have an easier time until 4.5 miles when you reach the West View Overlook junction. You then climb 419 feet in .5 miles to the top.

This was an early season hike for my hiking club, so we took a great deal of time. We average a little over 2 miles per hour.

The trail is very easy to follow. However, when returning on Andrew Kinsey you have to make very sure you turn left at Sunrise and not right. If you turn right, you will end up at the Lost Dog Wash trail head. Look for the horse tie up area just after you turn left onto Andrew Kinsey.

It was quite hot, about 87 degrees when we reached the parking lot at about 1:30.

Parking is at a premium. Even the overflow lot about, .10 of a mile from the trail head, was crowded. We were able to park, but those behind us may have had a problem.

You can see the Fountain Hills fountain from several places along the track and the views are amazing as you look at the mountains. You can even see Weavers Needle from the area.

I drank about 100 ounces of water and ran out just as I came to the end of the hike. However, there is water at the trail head and there's a faucet that will allow you to fill an hydration bladder.

It was fairly crowded at Sunrise, but we saw very few hikers Andrew Kinsey.

All and all a great hike.
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Nov 07 2019
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Great Horned Owl Double Lollipop Loop, AZ 
Great Horned Owl Double Lollipop Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2019
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Hiking7.91 Miles 1,140 AEG
Hiking7.91 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.64 mph
1,140 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Beautiful day for a hike, about 80 degrees. The hike combines Hawk’s Nest/Valle Verde/Great Horned Owl/Union Peak/Desert Tortoise to form a double lollipop loop.

The trail allows hikers an opportunity to stretch their legs. We easily hiked at about 2.7 miles per hour. The hike starts with a farily aggresive up hill climb, but soon levels out, with some mild hills. Union Peak is the hardest with about a 265 foot climb. However, since the climb is in about .44 miles it's steep.

The trail is easy to follow, but hikers should have a map since a wrong turn at any juctions could cause problems.
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Mar 18 2019
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Little Pan from Table Mesa Road In-Out, AZ 
Little Pan from Table Mesa Road In-Out, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2019
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Hiking8.83 Miles 1,063 AEG
Hiking8.83 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   2.72 mph
1,063 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
 
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Our intent was to hike little loop. However, we knew that the Agua Fria was impassable, due to the heavy rains. As an alternative we began the hike counter clockwise and hiked to the river, a little over 3 miles. We did spend some time at the river, determined that we didn't want to cross, turned around and hiked to the second river crossing.

At that location, about N33° 59.951' W112° 11.118', and sat on some rocks to have lunch.

The area was amazing. The temp was in the high 70's Fahrenheit and the sun shining. Some folks took off their shoes and soaked their feet in the river. It was so pleasant, we spent about 30 minutes talking, eating and enjoying the area.

😊 The desert is amazingly green. In some areas the grasses were up to our knees.

The trail is easy to follow and it's not a particularly difficult trail. It was an amazing plan B.

Returning to the trailhead, we did hear folks doing target practice, but didn't see anyone shooting so I think they were farther away than it sounded.

Definitely a great hike and worth doing.👍
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A lot of wild flowers, but other areas do have more flowers
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Feb 25 2019
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Dixie Mine-Loop, AZ 
Dixie Mine-Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2019
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Hiking10.50 Miles 1,634 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   3.21 mph
1,634 ft AEG      24 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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In order to get to the hike, you have to drive to the gated housing area in Fountain Hills. Park outside the gate (there's parking and rest rooms) and walk about .25 miles to the trailhead.

The hike is relatively easy, without long uphill or downhill stretches. Our moving average was about 2.9 miles per hour.

On this day 2/25/2019, the trail was fairly dry, with some areas of mud. The muddy areas could easily be avoided.

The lollypop loop was done counter clockwise. Dixie Mine trail to Coachwhip, Coachwhip to Windmill, Windmill to Bell Pass, Bell Pass to Prospector and Prospector back to Dixie Mine. Make sure to make a right turn from Prospector on to Dixie Mine.
The temperature was comfortably cool, but sunny, after a couple days of cold weather.

The hills still had snow cover in the shaded areas.

The desert was amazingly green with a profusion of poppies blooming, and many other flowers starting to bud.
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Huge number of poppies and many other plants starting to bloom
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Jan 14 2019
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Quartz Mine Loop Skyline Reagional Park, AZ 
Quartz Mine Loop Skyline Reagional Park, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2019
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Hiking8.79 Miles 2,150 AEG
Hiking8.79 Miles   3 Hrs   44 Mns   2.72 mph
2,150 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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This hike is at Skyline Regional Park and combines Quartz Mine/Lost Creek/Mountain Wash/Turnbuckle/Valley Vista/Turnbuckle/Mountain Wash/Lost Creek/Skyline Crest/Crest Summit/Quartz Mine to make a Lollipop loop.

The hike also includes two spurs to make a total of 9.1 mile. However, I didn't do the last part of the last spur.

The hike is quite difficult and includes several steep hills. However, the trail is easy to walk and not too rocky.

The weather was cloudy about mid 60's. At times the winds were gusty and made us feel chilly.

The desert is green and lush, due to the rains.

The park is well maintained and does have nice facilities, and best of all there were no pay stations.
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Dec 19 2018
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Crown King Rd to Bumble Bee on BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 19 2018
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Hiking10.10 Miles 1,039 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   3 Hrs   52 Mns   2.99 mph
1,039 ft AEG      29 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Perfect weather. The temps didn't get above 65 Degrees, with a cooling breeze.
The trail is quite green and lush, considering we're in a desert.
The trial is very easy, without climinbing and not too rocky.
We were able to average 3 miles per hour, moving average. However, the 10 mile hike was long.

We did run into a few folks shooting. The lead members of our hiking party heard shells bounce off some rocks. We did say something and the folks waited for us to pass.

Great, relatively easy hike
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Mar 22 2018
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Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial TrailPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2018
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Hiking7.14 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking7.14 Miles   3 Hrs   33 Mns   2.42 mph
1,800 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
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The trail is very easy to follow and walk on, and the views are stellar.

The biggest problem you will encounter is parking. I think there are about 11 spaces. We arrived about 8:10 a.m. and took the last spaces available. However, I did see a sign for a shuttle, but didn't ask about it.

Also there was a docent at the trail head and we learned a lot about the park and the men who died there.

The trails were built to honor the 19 hotshot fire fighters who died in 2013. But, I also think it's an honor to all first responders who risk their lives every day.

As you hike the first 2.8 miles you will see plaques every tenth mile or so, commemorating the men who died there. At an elevation gain of about 1200 feet, there's an observation area. Here you can see beautiful valley and the memorial where the men died. At that point there's a tribute wall where many folks have posted objects and signs honoring the 19 men.

You can then take a the Journey Trail descending 400 feet to the memorial.

The experience is extremely moving, when you think about the amazing men who perished trying to save property and lives.

Many folks have left object as signs signifying their visit and their caring for the men who died.

I was able to hike down to the memorial with a Florida First Responder and his son. We were able to talk for about 15 minutes. When he arrived at the memorial, he placed a unit badge on the memorial.

I truly think everyone should make an effort to visit the site and honor, not only those amazing men, but to also think and thank all those who risk their lives for us.

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Mar 15 2018
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Spring Valley TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2018
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Hiking7.66 Miles 906 AEG
Hiking7.66 Miles   3 Hrs   47 Mns   2.15 mph
906 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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Conditions were very good. The trail was, for the most part stable and easy to navigate. Also, conditions were dry.

I've been hiking this particular trail for the past 4 years and have found the cairns are large and easy to follow.

I have always spotted burros on the trail and today was no exception. We saw a mother (I'm not actually sure of the sex) and a juvenile. Really neat. The adult did snort and warn us away, but, of course, no danger.

In the past the cairns seemed to end just as we came to the area where we would go down to the wash. Now the trail is well marked going down to the wash and we even saw a cairn or two on the wash.

Additionally, in the past, when coming back down the wash to return to the trail, We would miss the turn off and would have to come back. There are now a couple cairns at the junction, so it's easier to find the trail back to the trail head.

Just at the junction, there are several boulders to comfortably sit and have a snack.

Great easy hike with beautiful vistas looking at lake pleasant.

The only difficult part of the hike is the drive to the trail head, but worth it.
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Mar 12 2018
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Little Pan Loop from Table Mesa Road TH - BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2018
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Hiking9.50 Miles 1,198 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   13 Mns   2.82 mph
1,198 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
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The trail and temperatures were actually perfect. A little wet in the morning, but dry when we completed the hike.

The temperature was about 75 degrees.

The elevation is fairly easy to navigate without extreme exhaustion. In fact we averaged close to 3 miles per hour.

We did the hike counter clockwise, as one of our hikers thought there was less of an opportunity to take a wrong turn.

We crossed the river in two places. Due to the lack of moisture the crossings were very easy with very little water.

Most important, at around 4.75 miles into the hike, we were hiking on jeep trails. We came upon one jeep trail labeled 9985 - DON'T TAKE IT. go up the road about 100 feet and turn left on a jeep trail labeled 9999 and 9984. A couple slower hikers went on the wrong trail and we had to scramble a bit to find them. Luckily, we hike with walkie talkies and were able communicate and set them on the correct trail.

Additionally, as you walk up the jeep trail 9999/9984 look for a small white sign with an arrow pointing left. Take that turn, go up a hill and you can see a small path. Don't stay on the jeep trails when you get to the top of that hill. The trail is easy to miss.

When you start on the back side of the loop, the trail is well marked and very easy to follow.
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Mar 05 2018
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Groom Creek Loop Trail #307Prescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2018
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Hiking9.60 Miles 1,673 AEG
Hiking9.60 Miles   4 Hrs   6 Mns   2.85 mph
1,673 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
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This was a different hike from my usual. Generally, I hike in the Phoenix area, dry and rocky with a lot of cacti, but this time we went up to Prescott.

This area is really green, with a lot of pine trees. A fairly dense forest.

we started hiking at about 10:00 am and the temperature was about 40 degrees, so it was a little cold. However, we did the loop clockwise, encountering the majority of the ascent by the time went 3.6 miles. At that time we had a total ascent of about 1,300 feet, and we were well warmed. Most folks in the group were shedding layers by the end of the first couple miles.

The trail is sandy and only minimally rocky. It's also quite easy to follow, with signs at every junction.

The sand was wet with melting snow and we did run into a little ice and mud on the trail. We did have to take care in some areas so we didn't slip and fall.

At about 3.6 miles there's a public rest room and a path to a ranger station.

If you walk to the ranger station you will see some of the best views in the area. I posted three pictures, including one panoramic picture.

The hike starts at an elevation of 6,300 feet, and we reach an elevation of about 7,700 feet when we reach the ranger station.

The altitude made it a little difficult, but the view was worth the effort.

The remaining 6 miles were quite easy and mainly down hill. The grade was easy to hike.

By the time we reached the trail end, the temperature was very comfortable and sunny.

Great hike and worth the drive
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Feb 10 2018
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Cave Creek / Skunk Tank LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2018
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Hiking10.50 Miles 2,051 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   2.49 mph
2,051 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
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The trails are very dry, looks like a spark could set off an extremely destructive fire.

Last year we had some difficulty in crossing Cave Creek, but this year it's almost dry.

At the junction where Cave Creek intersects with the Skunk Tank trail, there's an amazing location to sit on rocks and have a snack. That location is worth the hike.

Please note there are areas on the trail where there's a steep drop off on one side of the trail. If a hiker was to trip, injuries would be certain, to take care and watch the trail.
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Jan 15 2018
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Waddell-Ford Canyon-Willow-Mesquite Loop, AZ 
Waddell-Ford Canyon-Willow-Mesquite Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2018
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Hiking9.30 Miles 1,564 AEG
Hiking9.30 Miles   3 Hrs   56 Mns   2.36 mph
1,564 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
 
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I posted a route and trip log last year and there are few changes this year.

Of significance the desert is, of course much drier than last year, but the rains we had last week did fill some of the areas that we usually see water.

Of significance, we were warned that there was a wasps nest just before the abandoned dam. The nest was supposed to be on the right side as you do the last scramble to the dam and we were told to hang as far left as possible.

It was reported there would be a hole and we would hear buzzing, however, we did not see any hive.

Just a warning, be on the lookout, just in case we missed it and the hive is still there, or perhaps it was dormant due to the cooler temps.
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Mar 30 2017
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Daisy Mountain Lollipop Loop, AZ 
Daisy Mountain Lollipop Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2017
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Hiking7.00 Miles 1,522 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs   24 Mns   2.63 mph
1,522 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
 
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Easy to follow trail. Previously, the only Daisy Mountain listed trail was a 6.4 mile in out trail. This trek is a 7 mile lollipop loop.

The trail is very easy to follow, with only a couple chances to take a wrong junction.

At the stem loop junction, there's a splintered fence post standing in a cairn. Stay to the right. When you complete the loop, you will be back at the cairn, where you make another right to get back to the trail head.

The first 1.5 has a easy uphill trail. However, at the 1.5 mile mark, you will begin to climb. The climb is steady and relentless with some areas requiring a steep climb, in excess of 40%. By the 3.5 mile mark you will have recorded almost the entire 1500 ft AEG.

When you reach the final summit, there's a flag held up by some rocks and some nice rocks to sit on and have a snack. There also some logs you may want to sign. At this point the view is amazing.

The trip around the loop to the stem is the descent and is very steep, with most of the descent occurring well before the stem.

The footing on the trail is ok, without too many oh &^%%'s, do I have to go that way!

There is one area on the loop that crosses a jeep trail. Watch for the cairn an the far side of the road. Don't take the jeep trail.

All and all a beautiful hike with amazing views.
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Wonderful profusion of flowers.
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Mar 27 2017
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Sophie's FlatPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2017
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Hiking6.94 Miles 1,113 AEG
Hiking6.94 Miles   3 Hrs   48 Mns   1.94 mph
1,113 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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Parked near the Blue Tank off Blue Tank Road (N34° 00.587' W112° 41.748') and hiked about 1.3 miles along north east along a very sandy wash. We then picked up Trail A

Hiked trail A until N34° 01.529' W112° 42.002'. At this point we turned right (west) and climbed Red Top mountain (my name).

The climb is really neat with the total ascent for that section of about 450 feet in about .4 miles. The last few 300 feet ascent is hand over hand rock climbing. I wore gloves and passed my poles to the hiker ahead. I needed both hands to get to the top. Coming down was just as difficult.

Luckily my hiking group is very experienced and we've learned to trust each other.

Once you reach the top, the view is amazing, well worth the climb.

Came back from the Red Top trail and turned southwest on trail A, continuing the loop.

The last couple miles were an easy walk on Blue Tank Road. However, we did get into the wash accidentally and had to bushwhack a couple hundred yards to get to the road.

Really cool, we saw a 3 to 4 foot rattle snake under a bush. I was hoping for a picture to post, but the snake blended too well. In addition to the rattle snake, we also saw a desert turtle and a deer (I missed the other animals).

When we reached the parking lot the temperature was a pleasant 81 degrees and a light breeze was blowing throughout our hike

All and all, a great hike
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Mar 23 2017
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TomThumb-East End-Windmill-Wingate-T Thumb Lo, AZ 
TomThumb-East End-Windmill-Wingate-T Thumb Lo, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2017
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Hiking9.50 Miles 2,811 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs   21 Mns   2.26 mph
2,811 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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Combined tracks Tom's Thumb-East End-Windmill-Windgate-Tom's Thumb to make a 10 mile Lollipop loop.

The temperature was in the 60's and cloudy, making the hike comfortable and cool. During the last 3 miles, while climbing the Tom's Thumb trail from Windgate, we ran into some rain and hail. Fortunately, the rocks were not slippery and footing was fine.

The first part of the hike, starting from the Tom's Thumb trail head is steep. We hiked a steady incline of about 870 feet ascent until we reached the East End trail, about 1.5 miles into our hike.

We then began to descend rather quickly to a valley floor before climbing about 400 feet on Windgate.

Windgate is a moderate trail, with a great place to have a snack at Inspiration Viewpoint.

Following Windgate west, we turn onto the Tom's Thumb Trail. The trail begins to climb almost immediately, with the major difficult climb, coming at about .75 miles into the trail. In total we experienced over 1200 foot ascent in about 1.5 miles, before we started the decent into the Tom's Thumb trail head.

The hike was technically, not very difficult, but the length and terrain made it quite challenging. In order to accomplish the difficult ascents, we did slow our pace, reducing our overall average moving time to about 2.5 miles per hour.
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Mesquite Willow Mesquite Loop, AZ 
Mesquite Willow Mesquite Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2017
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Hiking8.42 Miles 1,503 AEG
Hiking8.42 Miles   4 Hrs   7 Mns   2.16 mph
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:y: Put together three tracks into a lollipop loop.

The first segment, Mesquite trail starts with a fairly steep uphill climb. The trail was very easy to follow and footing was good.

The next segment, Willow was also up hill, but a little easier. Made a left turn on the Ford Canyon trail and at about the half mile point we found a great place to sit down on a couple rocks for a rest and snack. The rocks were arranged like a living room without a TV and in the shade.

The last segment was mainly downhill.

The weather was extremely warm, but we had a cooling breeze for most of the hike.

Saw a large number of lizards, but no snakes.

The wildflowers blanketed the hillside and my hiking pants were yellow with pollen. It was truly an amazing site. Worth the hike, just for the flowers.
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The wildflowers blanketed the hillside and my hiking pants were yellow with pollen. It was truly an amazing site. I posted some pictures, but pictures can't do the beauty justice.
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Ford Canyon Waddle Trail, AZ 
Ford Canyon Waddle Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2017
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Hiking10.50 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.52 mph
1,400 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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My goal was Waddle trail to Ford Canyon. However, I made a right turn at the Ford Canyon junction and added an extra 3 miles.

I have to remember - make a left turn at the junction.

The desert was amazing and the bulk of the extra miles were an easy flat trail, probably less than a couple hundred feet accumulated AEG.

The weather was cool and cloudy, making it really comfortable to hike.

As usual, we met many hikers and dogs, until we began to climb the last couple miles. As usual we met some nice folks to talk to.

As we climbed to the abandoned dam, the most difficult areas were dry and the rocks easy to get over.

The Abandoned dam is one of my favorite hikes, but in the future I will try remember to turn left at the Ford Canyon Waddle junction.
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The my five years of hiking the Phoenix area, I've never seen such beautiful wild flowers. The desert was amazing
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Ford Canyon Waddle Trail, AZ 
Ford Canyon Waddle Trail, AZ
 
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Hiking10.50 Miles 1,400 AEG
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My goal was Waddle trail to Ford Canyon. However, I made a right turn at the Ford Canyon junction and added an extra 3 miles.

I have to remember - make a left turn at the junction.

The desert was amazing and the bulk of the extra miles were an easy flat trail, probably less than a couple hundred feet accumulated AEG.

The weather was cool and cloudy, making it really comfortable to hike.

As usual, we met many hikers and dogs, until we began to climb the last couple miles. As usual we met some nice folks to talk to.

As we climbed to the abandoned dam, the most difficult areas were dry and the rocks easy to get over.

The Abandoned dam is one of my favorite hikes, but in the future I will try remember to turn left at the Ford Canyon Waddle junction.
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Spur Cross toward Skull Mesa, AZ 
Spur Cross toward Skull Mesa, AZ
 
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Hiking8.23 Miles 1,310 AEG
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The group of 10 hikers set off toward Skull Mesa. Our intent was to go about 8 miles(4 miles in and 4 miles out). We did not plan to go the entire 6 plus miles to the mesa.

The weather was cool and comfortable.

We had to cross Cottonwood creek 6 times in each direction. One crossing generally has a bridge to make it easier to get across the stream, however, due to expected rain, the bridge was removed. The water was quite high and crossing, at times was difficult. Go figure, water in Arizona.

About 30 minutes after our turn around point (4 miles) it began to rain. The slippery rocks and higher water made crossing the creek more difficult.

A few of us decided to wade through the creek by the last couple crossing. Footing on the main was safe and easy to navigate, even in the rain.

I'm always amazed at the beauty of the desert, even when the conditions aren't perfect and can't wait to do the hike again.
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Bluff Spring Dutchman Loop, AZ 
Bluff Spring Dutchman Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2017
norm5715
Hiking9.62 Miles 1,723 AEG
Hiking9.62 Miles   5 Hrs   5 Mns   1.94 mph
1,723 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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We hiked with a group of 7 hikers, the oldest was me at 72 years old and my grandson was the youngest at 11 years old.

It was presidents day so we had to park about .3 miles away from the main parking lot. However, we saw very few people on the trail.

We started from the Peralta trail head and proceeded on the loop going clockwise from Bluff Springs to Dutchman.

The weather was a bit humid in the morning but seemed to dry out as we hiked.

The weather was cloudy. One hiker in our group is an avid photographer and found the light made the mountains even more beautiful.

Due to excessive rains, ending the day before the hike, we ran into a lot of mud and water. We had to cross a stream at least 10 or 15 times. The water level was high enough to cause some difficulty.

Fortunately, my shoes are water proof and my feet did stay dry. However, my grandson just gave up and waded through the water. I think that was the whole idea. Why stay dry when you can get wet. He gave the hike a 10 because of the water. When we were a mile from the parking lot, the youngest decided to run the rest of the way.

Coming back down the Dutchman trail we did run into a few more fellow hikers and a lot of dogs.
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