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May 22 2021
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70 male
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 Gold Canyon
Boulder Canyon Trail #103Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2021
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Hiking5.58 Miles 1,509 AEG
Hiking5.58 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   2.03 mph
1,509 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Great temps today for a hike ,had to break my rule of no weekend hikes and also usually avoid consecutive day hiking. Few cars at Canyon Lake marina , on return was quite a mob all over Canyon Lake. Decided to go as far as La Barge but not the box, ended up scrambling up some rock formation overlooking the dry creek but soaked in some of the best views of the Superstition Wilderness. Appears this may be a weekend workout hike for some of the younger folks I saw , some even jogging up to the first viewpoint above the lake. Looked like a regatta going on in the lake and as mentioned parking lots were full with lots of roadside parking. Good workout with nice views but still a slog coming up from La Barge. Expect it might be the last cool day before October :(
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May 21 2021
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 21 2021
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Hiking7.12 Miles 1,769 AEG
Hiking7.12 Miles   3 Hrs   22 Mns   2.14 mph
1,769 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Cloudy day with slight drizzle beckoned me to get out for a hike without having to drive far so I picked an old standby. Arrived about 0700 to half dozen cars in the Peralta Trail head lot after passing only 2 parked at Carney Springs . Overcast at first with slight sprinkles not the best clouds at first for picture taking . The trail was not busy,passed 7 others on the way up and met two more who were heading down. I made it up in about an hour then strolled over to the needle overlook to the iconic saved pine tree. Took my time on the way down Peralta , was hoping to see a reasonable route to try to connect up to the cave trail below the slide and chute but I couldn’t find one. Still had a bit of energy left so I added the Don’s Loop as described by Carlson, nice views of Barkley Basin along here ,the trail is still discernible , always enjoy the view coming down to Peralta Trail Head from Dutchman. Nice getting out in this change of pace weather.
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May 19 2021
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
See Drew Loop, AZ 
See Drew Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 19 2021
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Hiking14.65 Miles 2,392 AEG
Hiking14.65 Miles   6 Hrs   9 Mns   2.52 mph
2,392 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Nice cool start to the day, good trail conditions on the See Spring Trail mini detour, nice to see and hear running water, met 2 backpackers which were the only 2 humans we saw on the trails today, light water flow in Christopher Creek made crossing easy. Was really really hoping to see a bear today especially after being teased about carrying bear spray, well turns out they were deterred so well they stayed out of sight :lol: Also received grief about bringing 3 hiking poles . Before the steeper portion of See trail nature is trying to reclaim it , ferns and locust are overgrown, had a couple of scratches to show for it. Upper portion of See is quite a workout, if you thought a 15 mile and 6k aeg hike already this week would slow down the energizer bunny you would be wrong but putting me in the lead did :D , I almost had a mishap with some deadfall along here too but only resulting in shoulder pain rest of the hike that’s better today . Nice views with a snack break on the rim edge before reaching the campground, while in that area @LindaAnn pointed out an odd thinning procedure the FS is using, cutting down the healthy trees and leaving the dead ones :? After the break I tried to get a head start by asking her to count tree rings on one of the recently cut trees but it didn’t stump her, good thing as I realized I didn’t know the route. Drew was for me the ideal trail to descend on plus shade and a breeze for a bonus, Highline was in good shape but there were portions unshaded and it was getting warm near the end. New loop for me and a great hike made better by marvelous company!
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Few columbine.
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May 14 2021
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Pima Canyon wash and ridges, AZ 
Pima Canyon wash and ridges, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 14 2021
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Hiking6.76 Miles 1,159 AEG
Hiking6.76 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   2.24 mph
1,159 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Parked at the Pima Canyon trail head about 0600 , which was not full , should be called Grand Central Station for all the trails accessible here, honestly For years I didn’t know the west side of the park trail heads existed :lol: Decided to make a loop from here and avoid any road walk, started by dropping into the wash by the sheltered picnic table and then taking the Pima canyon loop trail north to Beacon Hill trail. Temps were already warm but there was a breeze which kept the more intense heat away for a couple of hours. The haze visible over downtown from the Ridgeline trail correlated with the poor air quality warnings. By time I hit Mormon loop was encountering more bike riders than hikers. Went up one of the peaks above Mormon trail to check the view after back down then turned off Mormon onto National before Hidden Valley junction. On the return in order to regain some breeze left Pima Wash via Beverly Canyon trail and made Marcos de Niza the final leg. Good to get out for some early am exercise since I was already headed to Chandler for some 👶 time.
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May 13 2021
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Wave CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 13 2021
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Hiking4.31 Miles 1,015 AEG
Hiking4.31 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   2.05 mph
1,015 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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Last minute decision as I was heading towards Peralta trail head noticed only 2 cars parked at Carney so I thought why not the Wave Cave its a good workout plus good views can be enjoyed more without the crowd, went ahead and turned in to the Lost Goldmine trail head. Plenty of dust on Peralta road ,on the way in some cattle standing in the road on the way out they had moved to the shade. Saw no one on Lost Goldmine heading toward Carney, no one after either but a group of 4 were preparing to exit the cave as I arrived. Rare occurrence of having the cave to myself. Had a snack, created an echo and then departed. After the steeper portion did see a rattlesnake cross the trail in front of me , it didn’t care for my picture attempt stop which wasn’t successful as it moved into vegetation and coiled up . Tail kept moving for a solid 3 minutes while I never was able to get a clear picture :( That was it for wildlife though a cow decided to take up the whole trail and refused the cow whisperers encouragement to move. Substantial bee activity amongst the blooming ironwood and plentiful saguaros . Turned out to be a good time to find solitude at the cave , it never felt that warm until finishing up.
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May 08 2021
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 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Balanced Rock Loop, AZ 
Balanced Rock Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 08 2021
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Hiking4.39 Miles 1,294 AEG
Hiking4.39 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   1.60 mph
1,294 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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Short lasso loop so I could pass by and fist bump balanced rock, don’t worry it didn’t topple over. Very pleasant temps in the early am and with the shadow of the mountain present most of the hike. After passing by two young ladies on the way to the pools saw no one else on the trail nor in the area of the “pools” until returning, the largest pool had a little stagnant water. Was surprised to meet another hiker off trail who was on the way down from balanced rock he warned me the “trail” disappeared on him above where we met, we both agreed that crossing the rock slide section was sketchy as even some of the large boulders would move a bit and throw you off balance. It is a bit disorienting moving among the boulders below the balancing rock because you’ve lost sight of it until scrambling up on its ridge, I liked the way I chose today. Nice views back down the canyon from here. For the return backtracked only a short ways then headed north descending down to rejoin the use route for the ridgeline higher up Hieroglyphic Canyon than where I left it. Thought I was mostly following a game trail but about half way down I found out differently upon coming across a couple of cairns. Met several hikers coming up from the parking lot plus a lot of bike riders unloading their bikes there when finishing up , good to be on time to start early Mother’s Day festivities.
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May 04 2021
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 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Lost Ranch Mine -National-Pyramid, AZ 
Lost Ranch Mine -National-Pyramid, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 04 2021
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Hiking7.51 Miles 1,547 AEG
Hiking7.51 Miles   3 Hrs   23 Mns   2.42 mph
1,547 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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Tried this loop again , 3 weeks later, this time went up the correct path for Lost Ranch Mine, thanks to my hiking partner. It was warm and the air was still and hazy at the beginning and hot and still at the finish with only a mild breeze while on National, noticed less complaining about the heat than expected. Passed by but did not explore the mines in fact particularly passing quickly by the one with the large beehive. Constant conversation made the trip go by quickly, felt like a pretty good stress test on the Lost Ranch mine switchbacks. We didn’t need one but decided to take a break along Pyramid to survey the Ahwatukee real estate , lament the onset of hot weather and debate the correct spelling of Ma Ha Tuak :lol: Good to get a hike in today and enjoyed it mostly due to the company :D and being able to visit my 1 month old grandson on the way home.
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May 01 2021
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 Gold Canyon
Silly Mountain GC Loop, AZ 
Silly Mountain GC Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 01 2021
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Hiking5.51 Miles 645 AEG
Hiking5.51 Miles   2 Hrs      2.78 mph
645 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Made a loop ,first up and down Silly Mountain and then down the power line access road along SR 60 to rejoin neighborhood trails. Summer like morning already 74° at 0630, nice that the west side of the mountain is shaded until 0730. About a dozen other hikers out and about on the Silly Mountain trails which is light for a Saturday. , no one else on the Mountain Brook or Superstition Foothills trails, still need to figure out a way to miss the quarter mile of street walking on this loop. Wanted to title this “hood walk” but that name has been copyrighted :lol: and I didn’t check the mail. Only wildlife was the suicide bee that flew directly into my forehead and stung me, I’m ok in fact I think it took out a couple of wrinkles :?
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None unless you count stinknet!
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Apr 28 2021
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 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Turks Head, AZ 
Turks Head, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2021
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Hiking5.86 Miles 1,298 AEG
Hiking5.86 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   2.08 mph
1,298 ft AEG
 
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Waited for the light rain to finish but only a short window to hike before taking my wife to the dentist. Lost Goldmine always nicer when cloudy this time of year otherwise very warm along here. A few cars in the Hieroglyphic lot but no people. In fact saw no one else until surprisingly a young lady already at the top of Turks.She was enjoying the rain showers go by but she skedaddled when I arrived. There’s at least a couple of cairned routes going up but I prefer the one further north overlooking Turks backyard. After a brief visit and snack started back down. Met some volunteer trail workers from Pinal County parks and rec who said SALT was no longer maintaining this trail? I thanked them and they said if not this they would be at the bar already :lol: Felt a few rain drops but nothing significant , no wildlife today, Lost Goldmine trail is in great condition.
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Apr 26 2021
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 Gold Canyon
Pass Mountain RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 26 2021
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Hiking6.09 Miles 1,583 AEG
Hiking6.09 Miles   3 Hrs   58 Mns   1.71 mph
1,583 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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Took advantage of this cloudy day and nice breeze to do this shadeless hike. Since my partner had not been up to the Pass Mountain summit before I offered suggestions before hand , ie. gloves, helmet, rope, pads, long sleeves , of course as usual it goes unheeded :? Not sure if it was not desiring any extra adventure and or having little confidence in my navigation skills but Linda wisely downloaded a route. Afterwards to boost my feelings of accomplishment there was a comment about how a certain 10 yo : rambo : could have easily done this hike .Surprised at how few others were out today, even made Wind Cave Trail enjoyable as doubt we even came across a dozen others on it. We skipped the cave , there were a couple of ladies already there, hate to admit but the blue paint marks made a nice route to the summit on the south end which we had to ourselves, not even a bee joined us. Now heading back north wrestled with a Palo Verde tree along the short section to reach the rock formations you need to traverse in order to reach the rest of ridge line hiking route. Once on it was easy to stay on route here though a few side trails tempt one to go to the left to overlook the cliffs, vegetation was minimal.Approached the path to the summit side trail better than before by going up higher than I was usually going along here. At the summit pulled the top off the ammo can and found the hinge was broken on it , signed in, took a minute to get the top lined up and back on , no time to read the log as I could tell foot tapping intensity was increasing. The next high point along the way has a couple of cairns and a fire ring with a large rock collection, I’m suspecting some cult holds meetings here seemed even a bit weirder because we could hear the wind howling but only felt calm, saw an unusual white Boulder focal point from here another opinion suggested it was a rock covered in bird poop, :o so we decided on a snack break here. Finishing off the ridge line by scooting down the “cliffs” then hitting the dreaded scree slopes. We both managed to reach the Pass Mountain loop trail Maricopa trail junction without incident. Did spot one gnome but no wildlife. About a quarter mile from the trailhead we encountered our first hikers seen since leaving Wind Cave Trail, also for perhaps the first time no bikes today. Thanks Linda for the company and for performing the chollalectomy!
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Apr 22 2021
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 Gold Canyon
Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2021
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Hiking6.35 Miles 1,250 AEG
Hiking6.35 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.59 mph
1,250 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to get in an exercise hike before today’s chauffeuring errands start, nice cool am in Chandler so headed over to the Pyramid Trail head. Easy to get a parking spot, at 0630, met about half dozen hikers on the way up and about the same on the way down, no runners today. Slightly breezy but nothing compared to yesterday. Views were not the best as it was mildly hazy today. Made a turnaround at the start of National Trail. Really liking this trail for a workout when time is limited.
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Apr 15 2021
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 Gold Canyon
Telegraph Corona Loop, AZ 
Telegraph Corona Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2021
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Hiking9.97 Miles 1,741 AEG
Hiking9.97 Miles   4 Hrs   19 Mns   2.49 mph
1,741 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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Another stay over in Chandler had me arriving at the Telegraph Pass Trail head about 0730 to a one third filled lot. Headed up Telegraph Pass with a breeze and some partial cloud cover. Still troubled by a left quad strain so it felt good to arrive at the National Trail highpoint. Only one other hiker and her dog along National, views toward downtown and further north were hazy today. Near the Chinese wall turned down Corona de Loma and noticed a very large fresh bone in the middle of the trail, possibly Jaguar leftovers :scared: Decided to take a snack break about half way down. After stopping and solving the worlds problems at our snack break we continued descending . Surprised to see a number of hikers still coming up this late in the morning and after a short ways further but before the bottom met two lovely young ladies who were acquaintances of Linda, they spent a couple of minutes catching up, one was a haz member @danielac, it was nice to meet you. Turned onto Desert Classic Trail heading back west ,learned where I made a wrong turn before,by now the temps were warming up. We saw a large Gecko or Geico imposter but tan rather than green, Mediterranean Gecko? Then one of us was coerced into a detour to check new signage on a trail post, Guadalupe Perimeter Trail, then skipped the helipad trail and instead back to the treadmill like Desert Classic, hiking along where the scenery doesn’t change.Saw a possible landing site for the hang gliders with streamers marking it and cleared of rocks. Enjoyable hike but the last mile dragged on. Thanks for hiking Linda always learn new info about the trails here with you.
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Apr 13 2021
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 Gold Canyon
SoMo Loop, AZ 
SoMo Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2021
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Hiking7.82 Miles 1,945 AEG
Hiking7.82 Miles   3 Hrs   49 Mns   2.08 mph
1,945 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Decided I enjoy the grade coming down Pyramid Trail based on last weeks trip so I wanted to do a loop ending with it. Planned to go up Lost Mine Trail since I’ve been up Lost Ruins Trail before and I thought I knew it’s location. Hiked up to the ruins and went to the right of the ruins up the no name “trail” along the wash, steep with lots of interesting boulders and Busera trees, finally reaching a mine ,that looked fairly deep. After this there was no trail discernible, decided to keep going up to intersect National Trail, steep slope with loose rocks so ended up practically crawling up to the top to prevent sliding back.Finally reaching the top I could make out National Trail, once on it headed east and shortly went by the junction with Lost Mine Trail :( Continuing on decided to visit Goat Hill and then came around to the viewpoint ,haze was thicker and browner than last week, then one short backtrack to look for sunglasses , met a few hikers still coming up Pyramid as the temps were warming up. Nice day with more of a workout than I anticipated.
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Apr 09 2021
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 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Busera-Gila-Cholla Flat, AZ 
Busera-Gila-Cholla Flat, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2021
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Hiking8.12 Miles 1,288 AEG
Hiking8.12 Miles   3 Hrs   13 Mns   2.56 mph
1,288 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Another stay over in Chandler meant an easy drive to the Pyramid Trail Head. Before leaving for the hike did a short one mile dog jog which resulted in a left quad strain which was annoying all day, chalk it up to just another old age malady. Ended up making this a large lasso loop, went up Busera for a change instead of as usual coming down from the Gila connector. At least from above at the junction with Busera Canyon these trails are looking familiar to me. Cut over to the visible Gila Trail , took it and went up and past the Busera connector all the way back down to the junction of Pyramid. After reading the excellent guide about Cholla Flats Trail decided to try it , figuring at worse I would end up on my familiar Chandler Blvd Trail :lol: Only saw one other along this trail and they took one of the neighborhood side trails, by now it was heating up and I hoped to see an ambitious youngster with a lemonade stand in one of the many backyards I passed but alas no.Thought there was some nice 360 views of the surrounding workout trails visible, this trail is well signed, no shade however so even too warm for a spring day. Cruised back to the trail head on Pyramid. Surprised I’ve not seen a rattlesnake in South Mountain Park ! In fact no wildlife spotted today except a roadrunner with a lizard in its beak.
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Apr 07 2021
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 Gold Canyon
Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2021
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Hiking6.66 Miles 1,388 AEG
Hiking6.66 Miles   2 Hrs   32 Mns   2.63 mph
1,388 ft AEG
 
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Unexpectedly called to stay over at my sons in Chandler then had the morning free so after the dog walking decided to check out Pyramid Trail as a workout hike, did it as an out and back to National. Already seemed warm by 0800 , met about a half dozen others mostly friendly coming down Pyramid. Noticed a nice Busera tree on the way up , my recognition ability is much improved , thanks L. Took the right fork at the split section then turned around a little ways up National at the viewpoint. As earlier in the week distant views were hazy. Took breaks due to a boot mishap with the insole and to remove items from my pack, surprisingly neither were counted by RS as a break? I can see how this is attractive as a workout but will leave it to the crazy folks to do this shadeless hike in the summer.Incredible number of rooftops seen on this urban hike. Looks like I figured out how to get RS on my triplog for the first time. Will be a memorable day for me including this enjoyable workout :)
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Apr 05 2021
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 Gold Canyon
Telegraph to Dobbins Lookout, AZ 
Telegraph to Dobbins Lookout, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2021
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Hiking9.79 Miles 2,035 AEG
Hiking9.79 Miles   4 Hrs   6 Mns   2.54 mph
2,035 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Not an unpleasant start with overcast skies while looming predicted temperatures not far off from the record 98 degrees. Worked up a sweat going up Telegraph Pass to National, once there only passed 2 other hikers until the extension to Dobbins Lookout reached. New territory for me , enjoyed the views to the north toward the city from National while passing right under the towers and near the National high point. Sure seemed like Dobbins Lookout was a mirage for quite awhile as we circled in on it. Nice non rocky tread on the portion of the Holbert Trail we hiked on. Once there nice views of the city, further away there was some haziness, the breeze through the shelter where we took a break was quite cooling. Surprised but not wanting to be a complainer I didn’t mention to Linda that I noticed everyone else at the lookout had driven up in their air conditioned vehicle :? . Thank God for me as on the way back I managed to slow us down enough to prevent heat exhaustion :lol: , the sun was now intense and it was warming up quickly. On the way back Linda showed me the old Holbert Lookout, decent views , kind of a shame this CCC built project is no longer in use. Very large squirrel, probably tourist fed, at Dobbins Lookout and that was about it for wildlife. Turned out to be a perfect hike for us today as temps would have been unpleasant for any further distance. Our route scout apps didn’t quite match up , I liked my stats better so I used them :D .Somehow I managed to post it on Holbert Trail though, guess I really liked it!
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Apr 02 2021
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 Gold Canyon
Peak 3845 - Superstition MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking6.35 Miles 1,984 AEG
Hiking6.35 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   1.73 mph
1,984 ft AEG
 
Arrived early planning to beat the heat and crowds, at least I beat the heat. Steady influx of vehicles from 0600 , I had forgotten a lot of schools closed today. Temperatures were mild and there was lots of cloud cover, hazy day so views were not the best. Hikers were actually fairly spread out along Siphon Draw on the way up either to the basin or Flatiron. I took the less traveled path to head over to 3845. Most deer scat I’ve seen along this route but no live ones spotted despite having this ridge to myself after leaving the saddle above the basin. Rerouted a few folks heading up the drainage toward 4102 instead of Flatiron. Again went for the Palmer Mine Loop and then Treasure loop descent to finish it off. Was just warming up as the sun was breaking through as I finished.
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Apr 01 2021
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Brown Road ButtePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2021
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Hiking3.95 Miles 1,225 AEG
Hiking3.95 Miles
1,225 ft AEG
 
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I was inspired by a triplog by a member done on 3/20 :worthy: Thought today would be an appropriate day for a similar type trip , decided the destination was Brown Road Butte ,known locally as East Mesa’s Sky Island, makes it sound like a winner. Due to the length of this hike I left a cache of food and water near the summit the day before, that way I could take a break there or at my vehicle on each lap. Parking lot is spread out along Brown road so there was room for more vehicles when I arrived. It took me nine minutes for the first ascent , surprised to see no snow remains at the summit , I saved that route on route scout and then a cumulative route for the other 3 trips none of which I should post, if you get lost here give up hiking! The views are outstanding however , no not the view of Pass Mountain, but a tip to the single guys there’s a lovely bunch of ladies using this trail everyday! By the Second pass I was getting bored and started cleverly naming the larger boulders along the rutted road, names like Rocky 1, Rocky 2, etc. you get the drift. Didn’t help much as they were way too quiet for a Rock Band :lol: I explored a flat area to the right of where the rutted road ,hereafter RR, turned left towards the summit it looked like another road might crest here from the east but I never saw it. After getting back to the parking area I went East to further explore to see if one of the apartment complexes had their own route up. They didn’t but I didn’t feel like walking around to the RR so I went straight up the south side of the butte , the steep loose rock slope was about as good as the RR. Up top noted the prior microwave tower pads would make good helipads in case I needed one! Walked down the the lower “viewing platform “ on the south end of the flattened top a couple of times . After a while some of the crowd looked like old hands at it , noticed some of the slackers would only go down to the first flat area before turning back,some slightly stronger ones turned around at the gate at the bottom while I would return all the way to the parking lot. I’m sure that should be the official turn around point if trying to beat the Guinness book of records for this endeavor,for a presumably sane person that is. I’m sure others could get more creative with this with other varying ascents, shirtless, barefoot,backwards,on a bike, juggling etc. Surprised how much mileage and AEG you can gain here, note if you made only 26 or is it 36 trips a bunch anyway, just let some math wizard figure it out for you , you could get Cactus to Clouds elevation! I’ll save that agenda for later next week!
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Mar 31 2021
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 Gold Canyon
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2021
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Hiking4.90 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   2 Hrs   23 Mns   2.09 mph
1,440 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Was just in the area last week with Linda and realized it had been quite awhile since I had done a no frills or extras hike to the saddle and back.Wanted to get out and back before the heat kicked in, arrived at Peralta trailhead , 2 cars parked with no activity in the lot until the ranger arrived as I was pushing off. It was a breezy 62° when I arrived and still in the 70’s on leaving. Saw no one else on the trail going up and then a Dad and 2 children when I’m on the way down where the little reroute was done a few years ago. About another dozen coming up before getting back to the trailhead. Tried to keep a steady pace and arrived at my usual view spot above the saddle in 63 minutes, looked it up and in my youth at age 52 I made it up in 46 minutes, so I’m losing a minute a year. That means at age 100 it will take me about 90 minutes just extrapolating :lol: . No wildlife seen a few magenta cactus blooms.Carney Springs lot was about full when I went by at about 0830, fair number of campers still along Peralta Road, also near the new homes but before the pavement on 77 there was a 10mph no dust sign :?
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Mar 26 2021
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Dacite Super LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2021
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Hiking8.81 Miles 2,382 AEG
Hiking8.81 Miles   5 Hrs   44 Mns   1.67 mph
2,382 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
Peralta road is in great condition, lots of dispersed campers along the sides of the road , imagine they are camping in a lot of dust! Met up with @LindaAnn who wanted to see caves but no roost. Parked at Peralta trail head , started off passing by the Don’s entrance with its decorative rock art and through the lot to start Lost Goldmine Trail, passed through the fence near Carney and encountered a small group at the Wave Cave junction, encountered no one else until arriving at Fremont Saddle. Made the side trip over to Shaka Cave, the use path was better than expected and the cave larger than I anticipated, nice views and location for living in, see Linda’s photos. Lost some of our elevation gain to return to the trail up West Boulder Saddle. We conquered this beast as well as possible though I don’t recall much of it in my hypoxic fugue state,I thought I heard things said like early dismissal ,your not dying today , this isn’t Cactus to Clouds, getting closer etc. I think I did my usual stellar job of reducing Linda’s mph average! Enjoyed nice views toward 5057 and West Boulder Canyon after the hard work was done. Had a great back seat driver to get me over to the top of Dacite Mesa where we had a snack break. Love the views and hoodoo fantasy land up here, same weather of off and on winds and sun continued. Once heading toward Fremont Saddle the nice views of Peralta Canyon and Weavers needle entertained us, on arrival there a small number of hikers were present but we quickly went by them. Started going down Cave Trail where we saw no one else until Bluff Saddle Trail . The cairn farm has not been resurrected, we hopped up to Geronimo’s Cave and looked around Linda pointed out a natural formation of a Dali like skull. Further along Cave Trail I showed Linda a rock with a fulcrum that acts like a see saw , she was really impressed :D . Skeptical at first she went along with cutting over to Dutchman Trail via the non existent Don’s Trail. Parking lot was quite full and busy when we returned in the early afternoon. On the drive out started seeing parked cars shortly after passing Lost Goldmine east lot, all the way to Carney, guessing the Wave Cave was busy. Despite threatening clouds no rain until a little spitting towards the end, another nice day to enjoy some exercise outdoors with beautiful views and company.
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