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May 28 2022
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Carr PeakTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 28 2022
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking11.70 Miles 4,105 AEG
Hiking11.70 Miles   6 Hrs   38 Mns   2.07 mph
4,105 ft AEG      59 Mns Break
 
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Signed up for the single Peak Challenge again this year, same as last year. Hiked up to the saddle with minimal rest stops. Made pretty good time, but my legs were feeling it. Took an early lunch break at the saddle before continuing the rest of the way, and that helped. It was quite windy at the saddle, and it got windier and windier the close we got to Carr Peak. I had to tighten up the chin strap on my hat to keep from losing it. But sorrow on the peak it wasn't windy at all. Just a pleasant light breeze. But wind was cranking as soon as we started down off the peak.

That 4 mile descent down Miller Canyon is a real bitch. Steep, rocky, and it seems to go on forever. I felt much better than last year when I had to stop many times on the way down just to make it. It also helped that I knew the trail which better prepared me mentally. But my knees were feeling it by the time I got to the bottom.

All in all a great day in the Huachuca Mountains. A very well organized event by the city of Sierra Vista. I will do it again next year for sure!
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[ checklist ] Carr Peak Miller Peak
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May 21 2022
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Ranger Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 21 2022
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking10.28 Miles 2,239 AEG
Hiking10.28 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   2.62 mph
2,239 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
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Started out heading towards Eliminator. I know that the base of the hill is over a mile from the Pyramid trailhead, but Route Scout didn't announce my one mile time. I unlocked my phone and Route Scout immediately announced a mile time which was the time I'd been hiking and was more than a mile. Apparently Route Scout had stopped recording for a bunch of time right after starting. This only started happening recently and I'm going to have to figure out what phone settings I changed to cause this. I got a pretty good clue later in the hike with other phone misbehavior. Ugh!

Anyway, hiked up Eliminator and worked up a good sweat. Went east on National headed down the Ranger Trail. Somehow I have never actually hiked the Ranger Trail in all my years of hiking South Mountain. I like the Ranger Trail. It steadily climbs down from the National Trail down to the bottom of the mountain with nice long switchbacks. At some point I'll have to hike up this one, but down was very pleasant. Parts of the trail were in shade which was nice too.

Eventually Ranger ran into Los Lomitas trail which took me to the bottom of Kiwanis. I had only hiked Kiwanis from top to bottom, so going the other way was another new thing for me. I had either forgotten or never noticed that most of Kiwanis is a staircase with big steps. Not crazy about that. When I finally got back up to National Trail near Telegraph Pass I sat and took a break. There was a little lizard, also taking a break, on the rock next to mine. Once I caught my breath and drank some water it was up, up, up to the Pyramid Trail. Once I got past the stone lookout there was a nice cool breeze blowing which helped a lot. The rest of the trip was uneventful.

All in all a good hike, and I now have another good loop hike to add to the rotation.
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Wildflowers Observation None
Saguaro are blooming
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May 20 2022
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 20 2022
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking4.27 Miles 1,013 AEG
Hiking4.27 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   3.46 mph
1,013 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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Another before work hike. If I had time I would have tried to go up and down the hill twice, but I definitely didn't have the time for that. So it was up and back, and then a quick shower and race to work. Route Scout skipped a good part of the return hike, but I was able to fix most of it with Route Editor.

Back in my car after the hike as I was leaving the trailhead parking a coyote wandered past. He stood just outside the lot for a few seconds, and then crossed in front of my car and disappeared into some bushes next to Chandler Blvd. Pretty cool.
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May 18 2022
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Lost Ranch Mine TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 18 2022
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking4.05 Miles 1,080 AEG
Hiking4.05 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   2.48 mph
1,080 ft AEG
 
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It's hard to get in a decent hike before work! I got a reasonably early start and headed up the Lost Ranch Mine Trail. I had the trail to myself which I love. This is a good morning trail because it's mostly in the shade. I was going to go to where it hits National Trail, but decided that I didn't have the time for that. So I headed down Eliminator Trail back to the start. Passed several people coming up Eliminator.

Having done this loop both ways now I think I like going up Eliminator and down Lost Ranch Mine a little better. But both ways are good.
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May 15 2022
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Goat Hill Loop via Pyramid / BurseraPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 15 2022
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking10.29 Miles 2,548 AEG
Hiking10.29 Miles   3 Hrs   59 Mns   2.73 mph
2,548 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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Got a late enough start at 6am that the early bird who had occupied the closest parking spot had left already, so I got a good spot right at the trailhead this time. :y: It felt pleasantly cool at the start that I decided to do the loop even though I was starting later than I originally intended. Headed up Bursera first because I like to end on Pyramid. Saw a few folks out on the trail, but it wasn't crowded at all. When I got to National I saw another hiker coming up behind me, and that motivated me to keep up the pace. He got closer and closer and was about to catch up to me when I got to the Goat Hill spur trail. Had some water and an energy bar on Goat Hill and adjusted my boots. I spent a good while on top because it was so nice with a cooling breeze and no flies this time! Last time I was up here the flies were extremely annoying. This time they didn't even bother to show up. :y:

The rest of the hike was good, but the breeze went away after getting off the Pyramid hill and into the flatland. It was already about 90° and rapidly warming, and I was grateful for the A/C in my car when I reached the lot.

The saguaros were starting to bloom. Also saw some teeny tiny baby lizards only about 2" long scampering across the trail.
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May 11 2022
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2022
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking4.40 Miles 1,160 AEG
Hiking4.40 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   2.97 mph
1,160 ft AEG
 
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Quick hike up and down to get the old legs in shape for the big hike at the end of the month. Route Scout somehow missed recording a track for the middle of the hike, so I took distance and time from previous hikes and the overall time from Route Scout. This is the first time that has ever happened and I can only guess that maybe I put the phone in my pocket with the screen unlocked. Oops.
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May 08 2022
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Derrick - Horton LoopPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 08 2022
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking9.83 Miles 2,295 AEG
Hiking9.83 Miles   4 Hrs   51 Mns   2.25 mph
2,295 ft AEG      29 Mns Break
 
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First time hiking in this area. Love hiking in forests. Derrick trail was steady uphill. It was one of those deceiving things where it looked like we were at the top and there was nowhere left to go up, but then we turn a corner and just kept going up. There was a sign for a side trail up to Promontory Butte that we briefly considered but decided against. It was only 3/4 mile according to the sign which didn't sound bad, but checking the topo map after the hike showed that it's more than a 2000 foot elevation gain. Glad we didn't do it! The Highline trail took us through denser forest and there were areas that were very green and pretty. Highline was a bit of a rollercoaster with some fairly steep ups and downs, but not bad taking the loop counterclockwise.

It was a breezy day. NWS issued a wind advisory, but it wasn't blowing much down among the trees. We could hear the continuous whoosh of wind through the trees though. There were some scattered flowers throughout the hike. Indian Paintbrush, yellow flowers, and others. Saw at least two little bitty excited toads, a mountain king snake, lots of butterflies, squirrels and lizards too. We passed a guy who told us that a bear had been spotted in the area, but we never saw the bear.

I have to say that I was blown away by Horton Spring and how this whole creek's worth of water just comes spilling out of a hole in the side of the mountain. Maybe that's how rivers and creeks always work, but this is the first time I've seen the source up close. Very cool.
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[ checklist ] Horton Creek Horton Spring
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Wildflowers Observation Light

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Lots of water!
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Apr 24 2022
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Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2022
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking11.54 Miles 2,245 AEG
Hiking11.54 Miles   5 Hrs   48 Mns   2.22 mph
2,245 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
 
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Took the loop CCW starting from Wind Babe trailhead. The trail was literally abuzz with bees and/or flies. Especially around the Palo Verde trees that were in bloom -- which was everywhere! But the critters didn't bother us so it was ok. Lots of saguaros on the legs following the fence lines heading south and then east. Nice view looking inward away from the fence. Views of houses and civilization beyond the fence.

It was a pleasant morning with a cooling breeze, and the trail was more or less level and easy walking. Once we turned north we were surrounded by pretty saguaro forest and the trail began climbing gently as we headed toward the mountains. Not a lot of people out on the trail which was nice. Finally we got to the mountain and the trail became a little steeper. Towards the top there was a shady spot and we cooled down and rested for a few minutes. Turns out we were just a few steps from the saddle.

After the saddle the train to the north of the pass felt very different. Not many saguaros along the trail, and much more brown and less green. The view from the saddle looking north was great! The trail was also easier to walk on -- not as rocky and level or slightly downhill. Saw some wild flowers and lots of lizards. I liked this section of the trail because there was wilderness in all directions (and it was an easy walk).

Eventually the trail headed south again back toward where we started. There were more people on this part as it was closer to the trailheads. Also had to dodge a couple mountain bikes.

When we got back to the start we decided to check out the Wind Cave. Legs were a little tired after the loop trail, but it's only a mile and a half so can't be too bad. And it wasn't, but now it was noon and getting warm. Rather than crawl on all fours I got out the trekking poles to make my legs take me up the hill. It really wasn't bad, but I worked up a sweat. There was a nice cool breeze which felt very refreshing in the shade of the Wind Cave. We also watched a couple of crows in an aerial dogfight with a hawk over the Wind Cave which was cool.

All in all a very enjoyable first hike on a very pretty area.
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Wildflowers Observation None
A few patches of wildflowers north of the pass.
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Apr 23 2022
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Eliminator to Goat Hill, AZ 
Eliminator to Goat Hill, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2022
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking6.18 Miles 1,792 AEG
Hiking6.18 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   2.22 mph
1,792 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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Parking at Pyramid trailhead was full at 8:30am when I arrived. Followed other cars to a dirt area on the South side of Chandler opposite the trailhead where several cars were already parked. Decided to hike up Eliminator to avoid crowds on the major trails.

Worked up quite a sweat on Eliminator (Lost Mine?) trail. It's a steep slog from the bottom to top. From the top I headed over to Goat Hill where I sat and rested while enjoying the view. It was a hazy day, but it's nice to be on top with a 360 degree view. Saw a very pretty little bird with a bright very blue head flying around an ocotillo with bright red flowers near Goat Hill. He was only there for a couple of seconds and disappeared before my phone was out of my pocket, so no picture :(

Hiked down Lost Mine trail. I only hiked that once before and remembered hating it. But it wasn't bad this time. As I recall the other time I took that one I had new boots that were too small and my toes kept bumping the front of the shoes the whole way down that steep trail (I got larger boots right after that). Anyway, with proper fitting footwear it's not so bad.

I tried the auto-link all button for linked trails and it came up with a long list.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Ocotillos in bloom but not much else.
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Apr 02 2022
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Mesquite Canyon - Waddell - Ford Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2022
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking10.88 Miles 1,855 AEG
Hiking10.88 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   2.26 mph
1,855 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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First hike in the White Tank Mountains. Decided to take the loop counter-clockwise starting with Waddell, then Ford Canyon, and finishing with Mesquite Canyon. That was a good choice. Waddell is just a flat connector along the base of the mountains connecting the various canyon trails. Easy walking. Saw a horned toad which was pretty cool. It has been years since I last saw one of these. He posed for us and let me get several pictures. The Ford Canyon trail started out fairly level with just a gentle rise. This continued for a mile or two until we got to a scary looking warning sign saying that the trail beyond this point is hazardous! At first that seemed unwarranted, but then the trail started climbing. There were several places where the trail was steep boulders. Nothing too scary, but not something to try on a bike. The trail gained elevation quickly in this area and eventually ended up in going right up the granite waterfall.

For the next couple of miles the "trail" was really just the wash. It was either sandy or boulder-y and there were several little waterfalls along the way that had to be climbed. There were several places along the way that I thought that we were finally going to leave the wash but we kept following the wash. Yuck. Finally after way too long in the wash there was a real trail. Yay.

The rest of the Ford Canyon Trail was a regular trail heading up and out of the canyon and down the other side. Along this section the hillside was bright yellow with blooming brittlebrush. Very pretty. Also there were hedgehog cacti with pretty purple blooms. The cholla had buds that hadn't opened yet. After hiking down a ways the trail headed back uphill again. It leveled off once we got on the Mesquite Canyon Trail. It climbed a little at first, then gently went downhill. The trail got steeper in the last couple of miles. In the canyon it felt hot in the sun, but a lot of the trail had a pleasant cool breeze.

All in all a very pleasant day in a very nice area. Glad to finally hike the White Tank Mountains.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Not much at the bottom of the mountain, but once we got up a ways there was blooming brittlebrush and some orange and purple flowers.
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Mar 06 2022
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Rainbow Valley Trail - Estrella Mtn RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2022
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking12.29 Miles 1,085 AEG
Hiking12.29 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   3.01 mph
1,085 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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First time hiking Estrella Mountain Park. Picked this loop trail because it seemed like a nice distance to hike. It was a bit chilly when we first started, especially in the shade, so tried to walk quickly to stay warm. It took a couple of miles to warm up but that worked. A lot of my recent hikes have been on very rocky or steep or both trails. This was a nice change. The trail was fairly level except for a couple of climbs through passes, and mostly nice and even to walk on. So we were able to make good time and even with a few stops along the way managed to finish the 12 miles in about 4 hours.

The Rainbow Valley Trail stayed in view of civilization most of the way, so it didn't feel too wilderness-y. After the first saddle the trail is out of view of civilization for a while which is nice. We saw a few mountain bikers and a couple of other hikers, but for the most part we had the trail to ourselves. Lots of saguaros for the entire distance. Towards the end of the Gadsden trail leg we were again in view of civilization. We walked past a stone cross someone had built along Gadsden. We weren't sure if it was an "X" or a "+" but looking at the satellite view on google maps it's actually a cross. Apparently someone didn't think the beauty of the landscape was good enough and had to build 3-foot stone walls in the shape of a cross.

This hike was a nice break from the usual steep and rocky trails around AZ. The only thing this trail lacked was a real destination, but the scenery was nice and it was a very nice morning of hiking.
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Feb 05 2022
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Weaver's Needle Loop from Peralta THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2022
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking12.91 Miles 3,196 AEG
Hiking12.91 Miles   8 Hrs      1.81 mph
3,196 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
 
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Although I have lived in Phoenix for many years I've done very little hiking in the Superstitions. A friend from work said that he does this hike every year and invited me to come along, and I'm glad that I did. Three of us arrived at the Peralta trailhead at about 8am. The lot was filling up but we were able to get one of the last spots. The overflow lot was empty so we would have been ok.

I figured up Route Scout on my phone and we went to the trailhead. I guess there are multiple trails from this spot and Route Scout would not shut up! I finally had to turn down the volume. It was cold when we started, but we warmed up quickly once we started hiking. We took the loop clockwise, and I'm glad we did. Seeing Weaver's Needle for the first time in reaching Fremont Pass was spectacular!

The views in all directions were awesome. The trail was steep in places, rocky in places and mostly both steep and rocky. We stopped frequently to enjoy the scenery because it was impossible to look around while walking (or at least very risky on that uneven terrain).

There were lots of people until Fremont Pass, then only a few. We met a couple of groups who were backpacking. Just past the half way point we stopped for lunch. By then the temperature warmed up and it was a perfect clear and sunny day with just enough of a breeze to keep us comfortable on the trail.

Then the endless climb on the return leg. Definitely a workout. There were a couple of spots where it was tricky to find the trail, but we managed to stay on it, or at least get back to it without much back tracking. My old legs were definitely feeling it as we got to the end. Finally we got a view of the parking lot and it was way down there. But the trail got us there quickly and steeply.

A very enjoyable day in the Supes!
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Jan 22 2022
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National Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2022
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking15.28 Miles 2,632 AEG
Hiking15.28 Miles   6 Hrs   29 Mns   2.59 mph
2,632 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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National Trail Trek 2022. 4th year on a row for me Back to the traditional shuttle format which is way better than the virtual format from last year.

Phoenix did make some changes for Çovid. Precautions included having more buses, requiring masks on the buses, and leaving every other row of seats empty. It was a cool and overcast morning which was perfect for hiking. Lunch was right on Summit Road instead of the Holbert lookout which was a little easier. After lunch it sprinkled a bit, but not enough to make us wet. We made good time. The sun came out the last couple of miles making it a bit warm, but not too bad. Felt good at the finish. It seems that training does make a difference!
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Jan 15 2022
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Mormon Loop TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2022
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking6.68 Miles 1,460 AEG
Hiking6.68 Miles   3 Hrs   19 Mns   2.24 mph
1,460 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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At SoMo for the NTT bag pick up day, so might as well take a hike. I had never hiked from the Mormon trail head so decided to give that a go.

It's a mile of steady climbing to get up to the top but not bad. The trail was rocky, but good footing. Most of the rocks were level enough that you could walk on them. Nothing like the Holbert trail. It was plenty crowded like the Holbert trail.

At the top took a left onto Mormon loop. Took a break at the bottom near the National Trail junction for a snack, then up National Trail. Continued to Fat Man's Pass and through Hidden Valley. Then back to start again.

It was cool and overcast which made for perfect hiking conditions.
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Jan 09 2022
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Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2022
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking12.84 Miles 3,263 AEG
Hiking12.84 Miles   7 Hrs   17 Mns   2.01 mph
3,263 ft AEG      53 Mns Break
 
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Tom's Thumb has been on the list for a long time and I finally got around to it. This was my first hike from this trail head. Nice big parking lot, restrooms, and guides offering direction. The lot was pretty full, but I still managed to find a good spot.

The trail at the start was ok, but it was rocky and you have to watch where you put your feet. Not much looking around while walking or you're liable to trip and fall. A fair number of people hiking in both directions. The miles in I reached the junction with the Toms Thumb trail and turned left while everyone else heading in the same direction went the other way. Yay!

It was a cool morning, and along Tom's Thumb Trail the wind was blowing making it quite chilly. But the trail started getting steep and soon I was sweating and not feeling cold at all. The trail headed up a wash and then after a while turned right and went up towards a side ridge towards the Thumb. Lots of switch backs, then some nice views, and then finally I was up even with the Thumb. As I got closer I could see that there were more and more people. They were all coming up from the trail head on the other side which is a shorter and apparently a very popular hike.

I brought lunch to eat at the Thumb, but it was way too windy and too crowded anyway. So I headed down along the trail to a sheltered spot with a nice rock to sit on, and I rested and ate.

After lunch it was the East End Trail. Steep with lots of loose gravel made it a bit treacherous. But the views were nice. Saw the big fountain in Fountain Hills, the Supes, Sunrise Peak, and Four Peaks. Eventually the trail levelled and was much more enjoyable. Eventually I saw a sign for scenic viewpoint and checked that out. There was a nice stone bench with a view of Tom's Thumb. Then another the miles got me back to the start.

All in all very enjoyable hike. Especially the loop part because there were few other people. This is on my list of hikes to do again.
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Dec 29 2021
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2021
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking10.19 Miles 2,455 AEG
Hiking10.19 Miles   4 Hrs   4 Mns   2.58 mph
2,455 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Increasing hike length to get ready for NTT in a couple weeks. It was cool and mostly cloudy but sun came out a couple times. As usual I saw very few people once I got past the top of Pyramid hill, just the way I like it. Really a perfect day on South Mountain.

I have not been hiking enough and I felt it. Should have taken it a bit slower up Pyramid hill. My knees were aching at the top. Showing down helped that, but by the end I was feeling beat. Original plan was to stay on Bursera Trail, but when I got to Bursera Canyon fork I decided to take the easy way back.
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 Joined Mar 14 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2021
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking2.59 Miles 531 AEG
Hiking2.59 Miles   1 Hour   17 Mns   2.07 mph
531 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Short hike on the flat part of pyramid trail to get some fresh air. Lost a water bottle early on and found it on the trail retracing my route. Oops. Next time I'll hand onto my stuff better.
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Dec 25 2021
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 Joined Mar 14 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 25 2021
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking6.86 Miles 1,789 AEG
Hiking6.86 Miles   3 Hrs   3 Mns   2.39 mph
1,789 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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Christmas day hike. Nice to be out in the fresh air. Trailhead parking lot was full and there were lots of large groups out. To get away from the crowd I took Bursera to National to Lost Ranch. There were some low clouds on South Mountain when I drove there, but they were gone by the time i made it to top of National Trail. For some reason large passenger jets were flying straight over the west end of South Mountain on approach to sky harbor which was unusual and loud. Aside from that it was a perfect day on the trail.
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Nov 20 2021
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 Joined Mar 14 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Ridgeback Overlook Trail - Sonoran Pres NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2021
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking3.11 Miles 459 AEG
Hiking3.11 Miles   1 Hour   1 Min   3.27 mph
459 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Hike #1 of 4 for me in the Phoenix Summit Challenge. Got off to a late start and parking lot was completely full. Rangers allowed up to park in house trailer lot. Nice warm up hike. Not too long or too steep. Lots of PSC hikers out on the trail.
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Nov 20 2021
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Shaw Butte Trail #306Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2021
astrobrewerTriplogs 120
Hiking4.23 Miles 806 AEG
Hiking4.23 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   2.70 mph
806 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Hike #2 of 4 in the Phoenix Summit Challenge. Trail started out pretty flat, then turns up the mountain and gets steep. Not just short steep sections, but fairly long steep stretches. I didn't drink enough water on the way up because I was huffing and puffing a lot of the way. Nice view from the top, but it was a hazy day. I was feeling my legs at the end of this one with two more hikes to go.
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[ checklist ] Shaw Butte
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