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Nov 22 2020
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Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 22 2020
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Hiking7.32 Miles 1,923 AEG
Hiking7.32 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   2.25 mph
1,923 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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Warm and sunny on the trail. I got a mid day start. Plenty of open parking at the trail head as the early birds were all leaving. I wanted to do some more AEG to get my legs in shape, so I took Bursera to National. I thought about continuing on all the way to Pyramid since I felt pretty good after the big hill climb. But ended up taking Lost Ranch back. I was glad I did that because I was pretty wiped out when I got home. I need to get in better shape.

I love the western end of South Mountain. I saw no other people on the trail between the top of Bursera until I was back down past the ruins. A great day of hiking and solitude.
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Nov 14 2020
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Corona de Loma TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2020
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Hiking7.24 Miles 1,556 AEG
Hiking7.24 Miles   3 Hrs   6 Mns   2.34 mph
1,556 ft AEG
 
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Decided to get away from my usual hiking from the Pyramid trail head since the summit challenge was going on and I try to avoid crowds. So started on war paint and headed up Corona de Loma to Buena Vista and back down on old Man Trail. Not too many people on the trail which was nice.

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Nov 08 2020
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Bursera CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2020
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Hiking5.85 Miles 1,339 AEG
Hiking5.85 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   2.56 mph
1,339 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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A cool and cloudy day. Lots off cars at the trail head. This the Bursera Connector to Bursera Canyon. At the top I turned left and headed down the hill on the Bursera Trail. After crossing the wash at the bottom I took the Gila Trail. When I reached the top I decided to take the connector back to the Bursera Trail and then Bursera Canyon back. That made a nice loop, and it gave me the opportunity to go down Bursera Canyon.

On the way down the Bursera Canyon trail I heard the roar of fighter jet engines, looked up and saw four of them heading South away from me. A couple minutes later I heard them again. Still too far to identify. I stopped and watched and saw that they were flying in a large circle. They made at least six laps, then they weren't into a side by side formation and flew over South Mountain. Pretty cool stuff!
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Oct 30 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bursera Canyon, AZ 
Bursera Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 30 2020
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Hiking3.63 Miles 860 AEG
Hiking3.63 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   2.48 mph
860 ft AEG
 
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It's been a while since I last went hiking. I hardly leave the house. But the weather way perfect so and I had a little spare time and decided to go to South Mountain.

I started at the Pyramid trail parking lot, crossed the wash and was going to follow the trail to the east when I saw that west was also an option. That's new! The trail west went along the South side of Bursera ridge towards the big housing development. After a mile I was nearly at the end and saw that there was an option to go up the hill instead of down towards Chandler Blvd, so I took that.

It was a steep climb up to the ridge where it ran into the Bursera Trail. At the junction there was a 4x4 post that said that the trail I just took is Bursera Canyon. Cool. Something new. I took Bursera Trail back to the trail head for a nice loop. Next time I might try going the other direction around the loop.

It was very pleasant in the 80s. Hardly anyone on the trail. Glad I went out today
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Mar 26 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2020
astrobrewer
Hiking6.19 Miles 1,296 AEG
Hiking6.19 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   2.92 mph
1,296 ft AEG
 
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After a week of self isolation I had to get out. After my last (phone) meeting of the day I hit the trail. Sun was getting low so I took Gila Trail out and Bursera back because Bursera would be easier in the dark. Good choice because it was dark with only a thin sliver moon in the West. Felt good leaving the house. Gotta do this more!

Edit: Forgot to mention that as I was rushing to leave the house I couldn't find my headlamp, so I grabbed a small flashlight. When it started getting dark I realized that I left the light in the car. Oops! I had the light on my phone, but managed to find way back without having to use it.
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Jan 25 2020
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 Joined Mar 14 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
National Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2020
astrobrewer
Hiking16.19 Miles 2,918 AEG
Hiking16.19 Miles   5 Hrs   50 Mns   2.88 mph
2,918 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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2020 National Trail Trek. Almost missed it. I set my alarm for 4:00 and went to bed early. The dogs woke me up wanting to go out less than an hour after I initially feel asleep. I let them out and went back to bed. A couple hours later they had to go out again. Probably a result of getting into the trash earlier in the day. This time my sweetie let them out since she knew I had to be up extra early. At some point I woke up and saw that it was nearly 5am. Stupid alarm was set for 4:00pm not 4:00am. Oops :(

Anyway, I got to South Mountain a few minutes after 6:00, checked in, and got in line for the buses to the trail head. I just made the cut for the first bus, which I took as a good omen.

It was chilly at the start, but warmed up once the sun was up high enough. I kept up a fast pace (at least for this old guy), and only made a few stops. First stop was at Buena Vista Lookout. Phoenix parks had snacks and porta potties there. I took off the long sleeve shirt there and got right back to hiking. I considered skipping the lunch stop at Holbert Lookout's, but I'm glad I didn't. I needed those calories to finish the hike.

Still feeling great at Telegraph Pass, but the climb after that kicked my butt. I had to stop and rest at the top of the hill and guzzle s bottle of Gatorade before I was ready to continue. I was very happy when I got to the road crossing knowing that there was less than two miles of relatively level trail to go. Snapped a couple of pictures at the finish and then hoped in a van that had an empty seat.

What fun! Last year I was very sore afterwards because I hadn't been hiking at all before the Trek. This year I've been hiking every week and I expect to be much better. I finished a lot quicker, and thanks to my new boots had fewer blisters (why not none I don't know).

Thanks Phoenix Parks for putting on this excellent event! Looking forward to doing it again next year.
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Saguaro
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Chinese Wall
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Jan 18 2020
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 Joined Mar 14 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Alta - Bajada LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2020
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Hiking10.60 Miles 2,091 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   5 Hrs   12 Mns   2.28 mph
2,091 ft AEG      33 Mns Break
 
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It's been four years since I last did the Alta Bajada loop. I was in the area for the NTT shirt pick up anyway. Last time I did Bajada first, this time I did Alta first. It was a cool morning but warm in the sun. I saw the created saguaro this time. I missed it last time -- it's a lot more obvious going this direction. Stopped off at the top of Maricopa Peak to check out the view and rest a bit after the climb. Then back along Bajada which was a lot more tiring than going the other way around. All in all a good day on the trail.
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Saguaro - Crested
Culture
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Reference Mark
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Maricopa Peak
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Jan 12 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Pyramid to Goat HillPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2020
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Hiking7.62 Miles 1,816 AEG
Hiking7.62 Miles   2 Hrs   47 Mns   2.75 mph
1,816 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Spent most of the day driving back from LA, but got home with enough daylight for a home. I was going to just do a quick one up the pyramid trail and back, but ended up keeping going. By the time I got to goat hill the sun was just barely above the éstrellas so I took eliminator back down. It was getting dark by the time I made it down, but still enough light to see. As I walked through the wash I looked up and saw a coyote checking me out from above. I said "hi, coyote" and he took off. It was pretty cool.
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Jan 04 2020
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Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2020
astrobrewer
Hiking6.16 Miles 2,374 AEG
Hiking6.16 Miles   5 Hrs   29 Mns   1.27 mph
2,374 ft AEG      37 Mns Break
 
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This hike had been on my wish list for ages. It was more challenging than I expected, but the view from the top was so worth it. I will do this one again now that I know what to expect, and next time I should be able to avoid some of the tricky spots I found myself in. There were lots of people on the trail. Had to wait for the crowd to clear out a bit to get to the bench and mailbox.

There was some water flowing down the mountain. I guess left over from the December rain. I was surprised to see that there were puddles even on the plateau at the top, and the trail was wet and muddy.

It was chilly in the morning, and we were in the shade almost to the top. Once in the sun it was nice and warm. A great day for a great hike!
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Picketpost Mountain
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Jan 01 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2020
astrobrewer
Hiking6.04 Miles 1,168 AEG
Hiking6.04 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   2.97 mph
1,168 ft AEG
 
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Happy New Year! Lots of people out on the trail today. Took the Bursera Trail out and there Gila Trail back.
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Dec 29 2019
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Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2019
astrobrewer
Hiking3.81 Miles 717 AEG
Hiking3.81 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   2.63 mph
717 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Late afternoon hike to get the blood flowing. It was a fairly cool day. A fair number of people were out and about. A couple started just ahead of me. They were a little faster than I was, but they stopped periodically and I ended up staying close. Annoyingly they were carrying a radio and were blasting a football game loudly. About 2/3 of the way up the hill they stopped to rest and I passed them. After that I picked up the pace and I was motivated to stay far enough ahead of them so I wouldn't have to hear their radio.

I took the connecting trail down to the Gila Trail for the return. Happily I saw (and heard) nobody at all the back. I celebrated with a selfie at dusk.

Update: This time there were only a couple of elevation drop outs in the RS GPS track. Last time I was listening to podcasts during the hike which may have contributed to the GPS elevation issue, and this time I didn't. Or maybe the elevation drop outs could be when I took pictures with my phone.
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HAZ - Selfie
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Dec 28 2019
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 Phoenix, AZ
Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2019
astrobrewer
Hiking6.80 Miles 1,523 AEG
Hiking6.80 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   2.65 mph
1,523 ft AEG
 
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I've been wanting to get out but a cold and rainy weather kept me in. Finally felt up to a hike today. It was cold and windy, but it felt good to get out.

Edit: The Route Scout GPS track has a bunch of altitude "drop outs" where it drops to values at or below the starting altitude for seconds to minutes at at time. It's probably an issue with my phone (which has had other issues lately) and not the RS app. I imported the GPS track logged by my fitbit and it has good altitude data. It seems that this trip log entry is now magically linked to the fitbit track instead of the RS track, which is good, and the AEG reported is reasonable. Now I just have to figure out how to delete the RS track.
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Dec 07 2019
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2019
astrobrewer
Hiking4.54 Miles 6,288 AEG
Hiking4.54 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.59 mph
6,288 ft AEG
 
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Up and back. Nice cool day made it very pleasant. Lots of people out hiking this morning.

My phone was giving me problems all morning. You can see the altitude is doing funny stuff on my GPS track. When I got back to the car I forgot to stop tracking in Route Scout. Oops. I pulled over after about 3/4 mile and stopped tracking. After getting home I saw the option to delete drive out on the app and tried that, but it deleted a good portion of the hike too :( . So I posted the full track and figured I could edit later. After a lot of frustration I eventually figured out how to edit the track and fixed it. Back in the day it was as easy as loading the track from the route cloud and I wasted a bunch of time before I figured out that this just wasn't going to happen. Anyway, I finally worked it out. Whew!
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Dec 01 2019
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2019
astrobrewer
Hiking4.34 Miles 1,048 AEG
Hiking4.34 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.28 mph
1,048 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Haven't been doing enough hiking lately. Too busy taking care of things that can't wait. Hiked to top of pyramid and back to start getting in shape for NTT which is less than 2 months away. I have a long way to go 😬. It was a beautiful day. Cool, clear, and sunny. Could easily see Picacho Peak from the top as well as Tabletop. The parking at the trail head was full, but luckily the trail was not crowded. A good warm up hike.
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Nov 24 2019
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Bowen Trail - TMPTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2019
astrobrewer
Hiking4.26 Miles 556 AEG
Hiking4.26 Miles   1 Hour   56 Mns   2.24 mph
556 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Hiked the Bowen Trail to the Bowen Stone House, then took the Hidden Canyon Trail loop on the way back. Tucson Mountain Park is really beautiful. That's all I can say.
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Pincushion Cactus
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Nov 23 2019
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Hidden Canyon - Tucson Mtn Park Arizona, AZ 
Hidden Canyon - Tucson Mtn Park Arizona, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2019
astrobrewer
Hiking2.49 Miles 398 AEG
Hiking2.49 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   1.62 mph
398 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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Stayed at the Start Pass resort for the weekend and this was thought at our doorstep. This area is beautiful with forests of saguaros everywhere. Too a leisurely hike on this pretty trail mid day and didn't run into many people.
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Apr 11 2019
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2019
astrobrewer
Hiking3.20 Miles 1,350 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
1,350 ft AEG
 
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I got out of work early for a dentist appointment and decided to go for a quick hike up the Pyramid trail. Not many people out. Saw another little orange snake, this time about a third of the way up the hill.
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Apr 07 2019
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2019
astrobrewer
Hiking4.20 Miles 1,054 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   1 Hour   46 Mns   2.38 mph
1,054 ft AEG
 
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I was planning to take a quick hike up the Pyramid Trail and get to the top in time to watch the sun set. But I lost track of the time and got a late start. I got to the trailhead just a few minutes before sunset. The trail was in shadow from the start, but it was still bright out at the beginning. I saw a little reddish-orange snake a few minutes into the hike and this time I managed to get a picture. By the time I made it to the top of the hill it was getting pretty dark. I snapped a couple quick pictures, strapped on the headlamp, and hightailed it back down. There was just a new moon which didn't make much light, so I had to use the headlamp to see anything. It was a little spooky with the sound of coyotes and owls. Also the headlamp gives tunnel vision restricted to just where it is shining, and the little grasshoppers that were easy to ignore in daylight made shadows that constantly streaked back and forth through my light beam. After endless switch backs I was very happy to get back to level ground where I could relax and not worry about falling to my death. A few minutes out from the trailhead I passed another hiker with a flashlight going the opposite direction. It was a woman and she said that she was glad to see that she wasn't the only crazy person out on the trail. Night hiking is fun!
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Apr 06 2019
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2019
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Hiking3.20 Miles 1,350 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
1,350 ft AEG
 
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After a long hiking hiatus I finally made it out again. Decided to hike up the Pyramid Trail to break in my new hiking boots. Saw a decent size garter snake just before the start of the climb portion of the trail. He ducked under a bush. I saw him, but when I moved in closer he slipped away before I could snap his picture. The creosote were covered with yellow flowers and little fuzzy puff balls, and the hedgehog cactus had brilliant purple blooms all along the trail. The hike started out sunny, but the little fluffy clouds shaded the hill while I was climbing which was nice. The clouds moved away again and left me in the sun once I got down from the hill. Perfect timing.
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Creosote were in bloom as were the hedgehog cactus.
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Jan 19 2019
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National Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2019
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Hiking15.95 Miles 2,859 AEG
Hiking15.95 Miles   7 Hrs   18 Mns   2.27 mph
2,859 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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National Trail Trek 2019. This was fun and well organized. The parks folks provided coffee and breakfast at the parking lot before the start which was great since it was dark and cold. They also had a nice lunch near the half way point and free massages at the finish. I'm definitely going to do this one every year going forward. I had hiked all segments of the National Trail in the past, but never the full trail end to end because of the logistics and distance between the two ends. The NTT provided the transportation which made it easy.
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