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May 06 2016
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 Phoenix, AZ
Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2016
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Hiking10.40 Miles 1,194 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   4.16 mph
1,194 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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Very much enjoyed this loop. Came with the thought of doing just Wind Cave, then saw it was only 3mi. So instead I went for broke and completed the Pass Mtn Loop. What a gem that was. I really like the narrow hillside trail and different terrain throughout the 7 miler. When I finished, saw that I still had time for Wind Cave if I huffed it. That was a nice trail too, just much more crowded.
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Mar 08 2016
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 Triplogs 26

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 Joined Apr 27 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Geronimo Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2016
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Hiking7.80 Miles 1,134 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   3.77 mph
1,134 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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AWESOME. But where is "Midlife Crisis"? That was my favorite trail in this hike, it wound around peak-to-peak in the middle of the park and was my longest section. I would give it 5 stars. Anyway, I started with Geronimo which I also really liked. It's just a bit hard to follow and I got lost in the wash about halfway in. I did run pretty close to a hive in the stoney ledge along the wash, but not too close.

Again though, all the scrambling and rock to rock jumps on Midlife Crisis trail was superb. I did miss the turnoff connector to Hidden Valley but found it using location on Google Maps with no issue. Thankful for the reception in the area. After that, it was a run on National and Mormon, then along Euclid back to my car. I had no problem parking just West of the 20th St. roundabout along a fence line.

This was certainly the top South Mountain set I've done.
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Mar 06 2016
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 Triplogs 26

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 Joined Apr 27 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Stony MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2016
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Hiking5.20 Miles 420 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   1 Hour   27 Mns   3.59 mph
420 ft AEG
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I'm running out of new trails to do! This was my last set in North Phoenix, and I liked it a lot. Started at Tattered Nest and picked up 100, taking it around the north side of the first mountain, then back into the middle toward Stoney. I really liked getting into this middle section. Unfortunately, later my hike took me up a hill to a house where the trail went away. I spent some time walking the neighborhood near 19th St trying to find a new entry.

Finally I found a new trail section and ran the rest back to my car. In the end, it was a chore trying to get away from civilization at this spot but still worth the stop.
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Feb 17 2016
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 Triplogs 26

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 Joined Apr 27 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Camelback Summit - Echo Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2016
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Hiking3.40 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles   2 Hrs      1.70 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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Have intentionally held off from doing this hike, but now that we'll be moving soon I elected to go with my buddy visiting from out of town. He's a bit more 'desert challenged' so we spent lots of time on breaks, but no hurry today. I was impressed with the difficulty of this one, given how popular it is. I'll be back, since it's an easy 5 mins to get there!
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Feb 14 2016
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 Triplogs 26

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 Joined Apr 27 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Hidden Valley via Mormon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2016
kwinters311
Hiking4.25 Miles 971 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles   2 Hrs      2.13 mph
971 ft AEG
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Took my friend and his wife out here, visiting from OH where it was 75 degrees colder. There were TONS of people out on this day, all different types and shapes. Everyone was in good spirits, except one guy who would not yield to a biker coming straight at him and me telling him the biker couldn't see around the bend. In fact, he got mouthy with me and all I told him was that there was a bike coming in hot! These people will get what's coming to them at some point. ](*,) Great hike as always, I'm so fortunate to live in this area.
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Feb 11 2016
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 Triplogs 26

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 Joined Apr 27 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Shaw Butte Trail #306Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 11 2016
kwinters311
Hiking5.58 Miles 1,154 AEG
Hiking5.58 Miles   1 Hour   27 Mns   3.85 mph
1,154 ft AEG
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Another record breaker today. Beautiful scenery and birds a'chirpin! Out on #100, counter-clockwise on Shaw Butte trail, up to the top and towers, around and down. My favorite part is the valley on the South side #306. Connected back to #100, out-and-back on #101, and back to #100 to bring it home.
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Feb 09 2016
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 Triplogs 26

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 Joined Apr 27 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Peak from 136th Street SpurPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2016
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Hiking3.95 Miles 1,560 AEG
Hiking3.95 Miles      52 Mns   4.56 mph
1,560 ft AEG
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Record warmth means that any desert hiker has got to get out there! I opted for a quick hike that wouldn't leave me too sore for a softball doubleheader a day later. I pushed hard on the way up, no breaks, and got to the top just as some others were leaving it all to me. Great views and visibility, I particularly like looking south from the top. En route back down I took the other peak trail to get more of a view to the north. There looks like a saguaro growing area and a service road of some sort, also fun to check out. I elected to run the whole way down, much of it gingerly as there are plenty of jagged rocks sticking up on the trail. Quick up, quick down, beautiful drive back there too.
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Feb 02 2016
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 Triplogs 26

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 Joined Apr 27 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Ridgeline Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2016
kwinters311
Hiking4.11 Miles 268 AEG
Hiking4.11 Miles   1 Hour   6 Mns   3.91 mph
268 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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Quick trip out to get myself moving. I started with the water tower, then Palisades and Basalt were easy inclines. Ridgeline was my favorite of all trails here, no surprise. I found my way to Circumference on the north side and did a solid run back to the trailhead. This wasn't a very exciting set of trails but still fun to do.
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Jan 13 2016
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 Triplogs 26

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 Joined Apr 27 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mtn Circumference Trail #308Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2016
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Hiking3.49 Miles 587 AEG
Hiking3.49 Miles   1 Hour   2 Mns   3.38 mph
587 ft AEG
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This was my second attempt at Lookout, after the infamous bee attack of Summer 2015. This time, I didn't get past the trailhead before seeing that they had taken over the drinking fountain at the 16th St trailhead. I stayed away from it and had myself a great hike. This park was bigger than I expected, with some smaller peaks tied in as well. I took the circumference trail clockwise so I could save the summit trail for last.

Conditions were great, and the summit trail was a welcome challenge. In the short hour, I did find myself wandering off the main trail accidentally many of times. There are lots of unmarked forks and trails so I couldn't avoid it. This trail had more litter than I'm used to seeing, so my pockets were full by the end of the trek. I like that there are views the whole way and good heights. I'd come back.
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Dec 30 2015
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 Joined Apr 27 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Goldmine Trail - San Tan MRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2015
kwinters311
Hiking9.40 Miles 693 AEG
Hiking9.40 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   4.31 mph
693 ft AEG
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This was a great trip and worth the admission. They keep people really honest with their fees here!

The Goldmine trail started very difficult. It is steep at the beginning! There's an offshoot to get to a peak that I used. While it was level for a bit, it quickly dipped down over the East face. I mistakenly tried to run it and ended up rolling an ankle. Knowing I had 8 more miles I took it fairly easy from there.

The trail after descending was really nice but decidedly more crowded as it weaved to the alternate parking lot. After that, I started the San Tan trail and took it to Hedgehog. I couldn't stop thinking about Ron Jeremy because of the name of this trail, haha. I really liked this trail, easily my favorite of the day and it would be stellar on a bike.

Next was the San Tan trail again which I also liked, good curves and up/down to it. The trail was never very rocky. Finally came the Dynamite trail which gave very good views and which is where I saw the traffic picking up again. I really liked this set of trails for its variety!
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Dec 24 2015
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 Joined Apr 27 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 24 2015
kwinters311
Hiking10.50 Miles 612 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   4.17 mph
612 ft AEG      5 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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Slightly cooler today, so I wasn't ecstatic about the hike going in. Once I got out there though, it was PERFECT. A light drizzle, cool weather, desert smells. I elected to run/walk most of the hike and got around the whole South preserve. This was actually much nicer than I expected, and I like the flat areas with all the cholla. There were very few people most of the hike, but some bikes on Cactus Wren and some families near the Desert Vista trailhead trails.
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Dec 17 2015
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 Joined Apr 27 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Tom's Thumb Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 17 2015
kwinters311
Hiking10.46 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking10.46 Miles   3 Hrs   50 Mns   3.69 mph
1,400 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break5 LBS Pack
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I've been waiting a long time to do this hike, and found a perfect day for it. Weekday, few people, mid 70s.

The hike up to the saddle was a challenging start, then some welcome handwork to the thumb. Back down and great views up Lookout trail, I liked how flat it was. I ran down Lookout and further down Tom's trail to the west. Great workout there and a few nice people on the way.

Hit WIndgate and on back up I go. I was getting a bit worn out by Windgate Pass, yet ran back down the other side. Then came Windmill on to East End. Why has nobody warned me about East End?? Maybe it was the 7 previous miles but this was the hardest trail I've hiked in AZ. It was nice and steep, all switchbacks, and despite plenty of water it still got me cramping up if I pushed too hard. I took PLENTY of time getting up this trail, and it was nice stopping to view the Fountain Hills fountain in the distance.

Finally I hit the top and started back down Tom's Thumb toward the trailhead. By this point going down was rough and I was spent. What a challenge! I'd love to get back there and try it again soon.
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Nov 14 2015
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 Joined Apr 27 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Quartz Ridge Trail #8APhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2015
kwinters311
Hiking7.12 Miles 415 AEG
Hiking7.12 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   3.99 mph
415 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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This may be my new favorite hike, and even on a weekend. #8A was very busy until the #8B fork, which I had done in the past. I chose to continue on #8A and it was glorious. Down into the flats, through a wash, and wide open. Until I hit 100 I saw barely anyone. 100 and 1A were as expected, but VOAZ is a great hillside trek with lots to see along the way despite its short distance. I hooked in with the circumference trail running on and off, then used the PP Rd to link to Mohave. Another good trail though much easier to get lost or take wrong turns. I used it to link back to my original #8A and to the 32nd street lot.
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Nov 05 2015
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 Triplogs 26

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 Joined Apr 27 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Levee Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2015
kwinters311
Hiking3.03 Miles 238 AEG
Hiking3.03 Miles      40 Mns   4.55 mph
238 ft AEG
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I love the Levee trail, with all the creosote on either side and a steady easy climb. I also like the narrow trail that links it with Gateway. A cooler day for a nice afternoon hike.
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Aug 26 2015
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 Joined Apr 27 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2015
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Hiking2.20 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles      57 Mns   2.40 mph
1,180 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
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Full parking lot at 6am on a Wednesday. Thanks to the guy with the 26.2 bumper sticker that felt he should pass the spot in the first lot so he could sit with his car in park waiting in line for spots at the trailhead lot 1/8 mile away.

I hadn't been here in a while but wanted a quick hike after my cat woke me up. I forgot how quickly I get up and down this one when I'm alone. I enjoyed the fitness but not the hike, this trail is just a bit too urban and superficial to me. There were lots of big bumblebees harassing people on the trail, they stayed mostly in one area though.

Overall, I just much prefer the other trails in this park and will probably stick to those in the future.
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Aug 23 2015
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 Joined Apr 27 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Peak 2429 - Phoenix PreservesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 23 2015
kwinters311
Hiking2.50 Miles 924 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles      56 Mns   2.83 mph
924 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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Hit the trailhead at 8:10. I usually like this trail in the summer because it's entirely on the West face and shaded in early morning. I was too late today, getting shade only for about 5 mins albeit in the steepest area. I always love this hike for the runnable flat areas that lead to quite steep rocky conditions. I did have a bit of trouble with bees and tarantula hawks but I'm used to being their target. This is a top 5 valley hike in my opinion.
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Jun 10 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Shadow Mountain 1779' ProminencePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 10 2015
kwinters311
Hiking1.41 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking1.41 Miles      57 Mns   1.48 mph
340 ft AEG
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Overcast and muggy today, I took a slightly different path than this one but I didn't see an option for it. I started at Acoma, took the circumference east and summited the southernmost of the mountains in this park. Can't really call it a summit or a mountain, it only took about 5 mins to get the full elevation. I came back down sketchily along the South face and hooked up with the Western part of the Circumference trail.

There is a beautiful modern church at the SW corner of the park with two rows of nice Palo Verdes, by the way. Worth a visit.

I went straight up the saddle of Prominence and down to the circumference trail to meet back with Acoma. I was dripping sweat by the end with this mugginess, it makes a huge difference when it doesn't evaporate immediately! I only ever saw 2 other people and that was on the southern mountaintop.
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May 05 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Ryan MountainInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar May 05 2015
kwinters311
Hiking3.00 Miles 1,070 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles      46 Mns   3.91 mph
1,070 ft AEG
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Had an abbreviated time in Joshua Tree NP, so I booked it up and down this one. I realized quickly in seeing everyone in long sleeves and pants that there was a reason for it. After taking the big turn, it got windy and cold. The hike was moderate but consistently upward, and I hit the very windy peak at 27 min. I spent some time at the top checking out the beautiful 360 degree views.

I slammed back down the mountain in about 20 minutes but got to take in some great views along the way. The trail was not too busy, considering it was Sunday afternoon. I would consider this again, but much preferred being down in the yuccas in a place like this.
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Apr 23 2015
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 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mountain Summit Trail #150Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2015
kwinters311
Hiking1.20 Miles 498 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles
498 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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I made great time to start this hike, and got about 2/3 up in less than 10 minutes..the sun was hotter than I expected today so I kicked it up a notch. However, I got to the first steeper section on the Easternmost section of the mountain and took what looked like the trail but was not. It led me directly to a rock outcropping and into a swarm of BEES taking up nest there. :o They weren't making any audible noise until I was too close and then a few bees flew into me and I got the picture! At that same time one of them stung me and I booked it directly down the mountain. They gave up chase after about 30 feet and I was good after that!

That is twice in a row running into bees on area trails..if you're reading this, be careful out there. I warned other hikers I passed on the way back down because though I might've gone a bit off the main trail but not more than 20 feet. That swarm is going to still be close enough to passers by.
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Apr 12 2015
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 Joined Apr 27 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Dixie Mine Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2015
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Hiking17.13 Miles 3,052 AEG
Hiking17.13 Miles   5 Hrs   8 Mns   3.54 mph
3,052 ft AEG      18 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Please read this carefully if you intend to hike Dixie Mine Trail. It does not end at the mine or even at the Coachwhip junction like the descriptions say. It goes until the junction with Pemberton trail, and is clearly marked as Dixie Mine Trail the whole way. If you want only to see the mine, that's an easy little out-and-back, just make that your turnaround. If you continue on the trail as the sign suggests, that's great too but you'll add up to 8 miles onto your trip like I did. I'll explain further down. Thankfully all ended well, but having read Dixie Mine trip logs before I went made it seem that Dixie Mine was a loop and it is not.

I started the hike at about 8:30 in the parking lot, through the gated community, and to the trailhead. I deposited my $2, studied the very general maps, and onto Dixie Mine Trail. I ran some, as I tend to do, and turned left at the 'T' onto Thompson Peak Trail. I was told that this was a steep one and they weren't kidding! This one is a burner with some rewarding views along the way. I had to take quite a few quick breathers on the way up but hit the peak at (Split 1: 4.7mi,1hr37min) into the hike. There's nothing to see at the top, and standing with all those towers isn't all that great so I started on back down.

I was really surprised at how many people I saw hiking this peak, probably 10-15 people. The way back down was easy to run and I hit the T at Dixie Mine (Split 2: 2mi, 38:54). I continued to the Dixie Mine, went up briefly to check it out, then back down. Again, the Dixie Mine Trail goes both directions from here, and I went East rather than doubling back.

Honestly, I thought the best parts of the trail were to come. The trail climbs a hill alongside the Jeep trail until it disappears. It plateaus and dips just a bit before it hits the junction with Coachwhip. Again, Dixie does not terminate there…it keeps going. This was my favorite part of the trail, as it goes slightly downhill for a LONG ways and has some great teddy bear cholla. It continues on an ascent until it leads to the termination at Pemberton Trail (Split 3: 3.6mi, 1:02:17). This area is quite remote, but a great achievement for desert lovers and masochists alike.

From here, be sure you turn left to head West/Northwest on Pemberton. It was a very flat section mostly used by bikers and was less than a mile to the intersection with Coachwhip Trail (Split 4: 0.87 mi, 12:08).

Coachwhip was tough for me, since I knew at this point that my 10 mile hike goal was going to be more like 17. I still enjoyed it and there were a lot of up-and-down sections along the way. I took a rest on the bench at Windmill Trail junction and then continued back toward the 'T' at Dixie Mine. (Split 5: 2.5mi, 39:01).

I stumbled my way back down the hill meeting up with the Jeep trail, past Dixie Mine and turned left at the junction with Thompson Peak trail. On the return trip of the final Dixie Mine Trail leg, I finally ran out of water but knew that I was going to get back fine. I did hear what sounded like an ATV coming behind me, and it turned out to be a giant swarm of BEES. They went right over my head but continued right on past. (Split 6: 2.78mi, 46:28).

I tracked the distance through the subdivision this time, and it was mostly uphill going back so I took some more breaks to avoid cramping. (Split 7: 0.57mi, 11:16) I was finally finished with this run, feeling very used up but also a major sense of accomplishment. Total was 17.13 miles at 5hrs8min.

Bottom line: Be sure you know exactly where you're going, and bring your phone as always. Mine helped me track the real trails on satellite and that was a big help. Don't expect many people in the flats areas…I saw only 3 people in about 8 miles/2 hours on a beautiful weekend day. The wildflowers were gorgeous and the cactus/ocotillo were majestic as always!
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Lots of strawberry hedgehogs, brittle bush, and ocotillos all in bloom. It was a great time of year to see some color.
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