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Jan 20 2021
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Guadalupe Ridge - AKA Midlife Crisis / ScottPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2021
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Hiking8.70 Miles 1,523 AEG
Hiking8.70 Miles
1,523 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
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A bit late on posting this one , at least it’s in the same month. After some pleading with @LindaAnn she kindly agreed to lead me on a guided hike to find the large Busera Tree. Does everyone besides me know you can hike from Pima Trailhead to Eagle Pass and back with barely putting your hiking shoes on National Trail? Observed that Linda really really likes this loop. Started from Pima trailhead right up Marcos di Niza , then up and down ,mostly up proceeding along the Guadalupe Ridgeline. Some skepticism raised about the tour guide however , as after crossing Beverly Canyon each hill climb was announced with “this is the last climb before the end “ :? I was granted a snack break ,fittingly near the top of Old Man Trail . After subtle hints that break time was over we proceeded down toward Buena Vista took a right on National where after a short ways I was pleased to find I could still fit through Fatman’s pass :D . Linda has perfected a nice route through Hidden Valley and Pima Wash , over ,under and around boulders to solve the puzzle. After passing under a natural bridge and over a dry water fall , all along the hike my tour guide had been pointing out Busera Trees, but now I was standing next to a huge magnificent beautiful one, I don’t think my photos captured how nice it is. We encountered a couple of rock climbers here with their pads. Linda thought she saw some graffiti on a rock but as we closed in turned out to be a mat of some sort , thought it might have been used for sliding down the smooth rocks? She packed it out. The route through the wash was new to me , scenic rock formations and dry falls were observed and solitude provided despite being so close to National Trail, finally the sandy walk parallel to the old road to finish up. Seeing the large Busera now scratched off my to do list plus a nice bonus of learning a new route . Nice one Linda, thank you.
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Jan 15 2021
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Pipeline Trail #42 - FlagstaffFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2021
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Hiking5.42 Miles 617 AEG
Hiking5.42 Miles   2 Hrs      2.83 mph
617 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Family trip to Flagstaff, rented an Airbnb near the Elden Lookout TH. Decided to get some exercise so we went to Buffalo Park where the dogs could roam. They drove back and I decided to hike it back to the Elden Lookout Trailhead. A few cross country runners out in Buffalo Park but not that busy despite being in the 50’s there was a strong steady cold breeze and some stronger gusts. Started along the AZT and Oldham trail then on to the pipeline trail. Initially mostly a road walk going past neighborhood use trails, a thinned out pine forest with tiny patches of snow along the way , a few people out walking their dogs from the neighborhoods. Further along after bending from south to easterly the trail became more interesting , the forest thickened , the trail became more of a one track and a bit rockier. Not sure I was on the true pipeline trail when coming across the old Elden homesite , grave and spring,info kiosks were present. Further along I was entertained by a Lindsey Stirling imitator perched on a rock ,a ways off trail , playing Celtic music on her violin :D Added some extra mileage with a wrong turn , made obvious by fences and no trespassing signs. Completed the hike on the Fatmans Loop to the parking lot where the trail became more crowded with families and runners.

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Jan 13 2021
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Prospector Park, AZ 
Prospector Park, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Jan 13 2021
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Run/Jog3.30 Miles 100 AEG
Run/Jog3.30 Miles      43 Mns   4.60 mph
100 ft AEG
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Slow jog around the edges of the park taking a portion of the route for the Lost Dutchman 8k trail run which I know having done it a few times. Appears it will be a virtual event this year not sure how that works but I may do it to support the community. Warmer than anticipated so didn’t need the two shirts I had on, 4 horses and riders along the same route, no others walking about until between the rodeo arena and the basketball courts, which became noticeably busier while I was out in the desert. First time I can recall doing this alone and seeing no coyotes, reminded me I dislike trying to jog in the Florida beach like soft sand.
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Jan 12 2021
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Skyline Crest Trail - Skyline RPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2021
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Hiking10.00 Miles 2,600 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   2.07 mph
2,600 ft AEG      55 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Nice hiking some new trails , pleasant weather but with occasional breezes to remind its still winter. Easy to find the trailhead the restrooms and picnic areas all appear new , also a nice bridge well designed to blend in with the environment leading to the trails, it even sports an out in the open campground. Thanks to Linda for figuring a route for us to follow in this maze of choices. Just to track distance I started route scout after coming down from the breezy Watson overlook, it tracked steady all day without reloading which has been occurring after photos lately, though it didn’t talk to me. Just as well so I could listen and learn about local landmarks, needing permits for Glacier Park and not to touch red dyed diesel fuel . Agree with other reports that they keep these trails well groomed with little vegetation, slopes on each side are loaded with cholla however so don’t roll off the trail. My favorite view of the White Tanks today was from the Javelina Summit. Saw very few other hikers with most in early afternoon as we closed in on the trailhead. Only took a few photos as I’m counting on Angela to come through, noticed her taking a few :D On the way down Valley Vista trail I thought I spotted a mysterious direct tv size satellite disc on a rock outcropping , as I came closer realized it was Angela having deployed her umbrella :oops: For some reason there were other oddly placed hill top cairns around. The sound of freedom occurred repeatedly as the park is in line with the Luke AFB flight paths providing some visual entertainment. Again thanks to Linda it was nice to cruise along without needing to focus on directions, if it was closer I’m sure I would revisit often. FYI peanut brittle beer better than anticipated!
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Jan 07 2021
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Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2021
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Hiking12.10 Miles 2,082 AEG
Hiking12.10 Miles   6 Hrs   45 Mns   2.10 mph
2,082 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Wanted to get out to the center of the wilderness for those big beautiful views, decided against using Black Mesa loop not wanting to go through the desolate Garden Valley. Taken aback seeing all the normally hidden rocks along Dutchman Trail without the obscuring vegetation. Considering the nice weather was surprised to see no other hikers on the way out though I had a bit of a late start, even then the parking lot only half full, on passing through Boulder Basin saw a few hikers coming down Black Mesa Trail. Had a nice break enjoying the views up top , just before reaching Bull Pass Trail on the way down spotted a group of 5 hikers on the way down and then 2 backpackers deciding on a campsite in Boulder Basin. No wildlife and no water to report :( . Satisfying day enjoying this part of the wilderness.
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Jan 04 2021
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Picketpost CircumferenceGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2021
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Hiking11.70 Miles 1,294 AEG
Hiking11.70 Miles
1,294 ft AEG18 LBS Pack
 
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Decided to try this after the weekend was over, good choice as only saw four other hikers, one bike rider but 3 groups of horse riders tallying 16 equestrians in all. This created a number of obstacles to avoid in order to prevent adding barn cologne to my hiking shoes. Surprisingly I saw no cattle today! After leaving the Arizona Trail behind I headed down toward FR 4 and then Telegraph Canyon. Pleasant setting in here for a coffee break with some fall foliage remaining though much of it on the ground. Further down canyon was able to take a clear path through the jungle no need for the rocky embankment escape. Some water flowing here just enough to hear it, saw the horses stop and take a sip. Went past what I would call the connector road to the Perlite Mines which resulted in a bit extra distance as I ended up coming down it eventually. Next reaching new signage at the junction of LOST 221 and Arnett Canyon I proceeded on the newly designated 221 through the gate and up to Perlite Rd ,where it’s blocked to vehicle traffic,to overlook Rt 60 and Queen Creek. Instead of dropping down just followed the road eastward staying up high past the strip mines and the backside of the Perlite Mines. On reaching the mine entrances I could hear the metal on rock of a “miner” working so I stayed out. Gathered up a few loose tears and headed back down to Arnett Canyon. Resumed the LOST 221 toward Picketpost TH. After passing the arboretum tank and before the last gate more new signage . Decided to continue on the same route I’ve taken before now designated LOST 221 back to the trailhead, sign indicated 219 was shorter by .2 miles :D

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dry Arboretum Tank Dry Dry

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Jan 01 2021
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10th Annual New Year's Day Peak Bag, AZ 
10th Annual New Year's Day Peak Bag, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2021
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Hiking2.00 Miles 560 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
560 ft AEG
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1st trip
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HAZ - Event
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tibber
wallyfrack
Picture perfect day to hike this short on distance but long on views hike. After parking in the vicinity of the mailbox without problems we gathered up supplies and started hiking but in a short ways we noticed another vehicle parked below us as we headed up FR 1821. Turns out it was the SuperstitionGuy mobile so one of today’s highlights included meeting Owen ,waiting for us at the high point after his inspiring hike using lofstrand crutches : app : he shared some stories about hikes and interesting post hike rides. Nice meeting his grandson Gavin on leave from the Army, thank you for your service young man and for taking time to join us today. Shout out to bartender Ray whose generous bar tending made the next hike up to the Horns of Dilemma most interesting. On arriving to the “dining” area with gorgeous views there was an HAZ in rocks to greet us, source remains a mystery :o . As usual the cookies and chocolate covered strawberries were tasty. Nice to finally meet Wally and seeing Terry ,Christina , Larry ,the official photographer ,and of course the chief videographer Angela again.Thanks Pam :yr: for organizing this and providing goodies and dutifully waiting for everyone to return safely.
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Jan 01 2021
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Horns Of DilemmaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2021
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Hiking3.00 Miles 420 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
420 ft AEG
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Followed along with this fine group for another hike after completing the Canyon Lake Massif, routes had been downloaded for an easy 3 mile hike. Unfortunately we didn’t follow those routes on the approach, if the route we took is ever posted, I propose naming it the champagne route. We persisted generally in the correct direction while trying various “trails” through the washes or up the hills . Finally arriving I wasn’t able to climb up the Horns, too much champagne , not enough footholds , legs too short and other excuses . Still enjoyed nice views from the base of the horns and circumventing at least the backside . Return trip was much quicker that route I’ll refer to as the sober route. Enjoyable trip with a great group, glad I joined along, thanks Angela for coming up with this idea.
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Dec 30 2020
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Lost Ranch Ruins TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2020
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Hiking7.50 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.20 mph
1,500 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Needed to pick up some items over in Chandler so decided to hike South Mountain also. Parked at the Pyramid Trailhead managed to get a spot as someone pulled out :D followed the Pyramid Trail to the Lost Ranch Ruins Trail. A few people hanging around on the foundation when I passed by. Made it down to the wash then started up the steep trail, a couple of hikers in front of me I managed to pass about 2/3 of the way. Expected it to be more difficult to find the junction with National but it was easy. Started down National coming across 4 others going opposite way. Took the Busera Trail first but then the unsigned turnoff for Gila Trail, climbing past the point I had been junctioning with the connector for Busera and then down to near the Lost Ranch Ruins. Back on the Pyramid Trail went past the parking lot to check out the portion of trail continuing west, no signage but might be considered part of Gila or Busera, was getting tired so turned around.
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Dec 28 2020
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Dacite Super LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2020
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Hiking8.20 Miles 2,395 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   1.49 mph
2,395 ft AEG      45 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
Reading these recent trip logs on Robbers Roost influenced me to take this route , then I waved to the roost as I went past. Peralta road in good condition all the way to the trailhead , the lot wasn’t full yet but the area became crowded by afternoon. Skirted by Don’s camp and took Lost Goldmine Trail to Carney Springs, encountered a man and his son and their dog ,already past the Dacite Mine turn off , who asked if they were heading to the Wave Cave. Advised them to do an about face and follow me to the fence break at Carney Springs where I advised them to then follow the white arrows. On the way to the ridgeline between frequent pauses encountered two adults and 6 school age children maybe scouts with backpacks who had stayed overnight below 5057 impressed with how easily they moved down the steep loose rocky trail. Eventually arriving at West Boulder Saddle while admiring the old now unreadable sign a young lady came up, waved and turned toward 5057, saw no one else until Fremont Saddle. I continued down to the wash which had a couple of small water puddles and then up the sparsely cairned route and over Dacite Mesa. Elected not to include Robbers Roost as I’ve been several times. Some areas of burn on the way down to Fremont Saddle not too bad as still some pine trees present, now it’s easier to see Peralta Trail . Crossed Fremont Saddle and started down the Cave Trail. Came across 3 discouraged hikers coming back up who couldn’t follow the trail describing an area with a big drop off, they elected not to follow and try again. Soon after a couple also coming up asked if I knew where I was going. David and Tanya introduced themselves and decided to follow me. Visiting from Connecticut they came here to Arizona to meet their children that live in California for the holidays because it was too locked up there. In a it’s a small world moment they mentioned they have a daughter teaching in S. Korea like myself. I forced them to take a break below Geronimo Cave where a young couple recently moved from Chicago came up to us. They were trying to follow an all trails app but complained it kept saying they were on the trail even when they couldn’t see any trail. Now as the acting trail guide the merry band followed me down the chute and slide of the smooth rocks and further , once we arrived safely at the Bluff Spring Trail junction I set them free. Uneventful travel down Bluff Spring Trail but taking my usual route of old Don’s trail over to Dutchman Trail and then back to the parking lot. Looking over Barkley Basin enjoy that expansive view still have been avoiding hiking that burn area, but thankful that I could enjoy this route today and experience all the amazing geology.
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Dec 26 2020
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Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2020
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Hiking5.60 Miles 961 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   3.05 mph
961 ft AEG
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Thought we would get rid of some overindulging holiday eating. Went with my son and his enthusiastic Bernidoodle and headed up to Lost Ranch Ruins from Pyramid parking lot. After the short trip to the Lost Ranch Ruins we reversed course and headed over to Gila Trail up to the ridgeline where we took the short connector to Busera Trail. Not too crazy with the crowd but seemed popular with dog hikers, a couple of bikers passed us. A bit chilly at first but warmed up to a nice day. Stopped at McDonald’s for breakfast to undo any calorie expenditure done :D Second time we’ve done this hike , I think the dog is ready for longer hikes.
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Dec 22 2020
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Tom's Thumb Loop off Windgate Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2020
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Hiking13.00 Miles 3,210 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   6 Hrs   5 Mns   2.33 mph
3,210 ft AEG      30 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
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Nice weather for the first hike of the winter, wasn’t sure how long I would feel like hiking so chose this due to loop options. For a weekday the parking lot was busy just not weekend mobbed. After turning on to Bell Pass Trail only encountered 3 couples coming down and one runner that passed actually on the last steep part before the saddle. Feeling pretty well after Bell Pass so decided to head up East End Trail , the top teasingly in view makes progress seem discouraging but taking a look back reveals what you gained. Started seeing some other hikers once heading toward Tom’s Thumb quite a few school aged children running around. On to the Lookout Trail only a half dozen others there, moved to a perch for a snack break. Once back on Tom’s Thumb Trail the steep switchbacks started on this well maintained trail. No water seen at the Mountain Spring but didn’t look for the spring box, before this I did go off trail about 100 yards in thick vegetation to look for it but realized later it was further down the trail :oops: Shortly after the junction of the Gateway Loop Trail spotted 3 deer on a ridge below one buck with 8 to 10 points. Pointed them out to a couple of hikers heading out who were appreciative. If I had stayed awhile may have gotten some better photos but by now I was ready to be done. Otherwise an uneventful finish to an enjoyable hike.After going up Tom’s Thumb Trail and down East End the other time I did this loop I prefer the loop in the direction I took today.

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Dec 18 2020
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Corona de Loma East - AKA Old Man TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2020
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Hiking11.02 Miles 1,710 AEG
Hiking11.02 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   2.24 mph
1,710 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
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There was an old man heading to the old man trail today. Parked at the Pima Canyon TH, headed straight over to the ridgeline trail for my usual route to Buena Vista TH , did slightly deviate from it by following the use trail along the ridgeline to connect to Mormon Loop instead of dropping down Javelina. Observed the black, brown and purple inversion layer hovering over Phoenix :o On the drive home noticed the signs read no burn day instead of wear a mask! The trails at this point were not terribly busy except it appeared a school bus had unloaded 20 children at Fat Man’s Pass . Since I had just done Corona de Loma a week ago and I needed to redeem myself on Desert Classic Trail after last weeks debacle I proceeded on down Old Man Trail,in short order was passed by four older teens that looked like cross country runners , told them they were on the Old Woman’s Trail :D Stopped for a break on the way down to determine a route through the intimidating spaghetti like maze of trails below me, didn’t really help . Once on level enough ground to encounter bikers again I asked one if I was on Desert Classic but was told no , not to divulge it but this was a secret trail. Was hoping whatever neighborhood this secret trail was leading to that an Uber might be available. Instead after a short ways there was indeed a sign for Desert Classic Trail and it continued to be well signed the entire tedious way back to Pima Canyon TH, so no neighborhood walk this week. Despite the air quality it was a nice day to hike , no wildlife except one roadrunner. Next time up Old Man and down Corona de Loma.
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Dec 16 2020
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Sunrise Peak from Adero Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2020
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Hiking7.90 Miles 1,698 AEG
Hiking7.90 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.26 mph
1,698 ft AEG
 
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With such an idyllic name not sure why I haven’t been to Sunrise Peak before, however due to a late start and drive today it was high noon peak .Adero sounded more mysterious than Lost Dog plus it was a few miles closer to drive for me so decided to start at this trailhead. On the drive in I noticed quite a construction boom in Adero Canyon some may reasonably consider viewing it an eyesore, I thought it was an interesting area, off to the side was a corral containing Saguaros ,like a Christmas tree lot, waiting to see which site will be their new home. Only a few cars at the trailhead which has several functioning port a potties. Started on the Promenade Trail then quickly on to Western Loop and then Andrew Kinsey FHP, no worries as there is plenty of signage for these. Several quartz deposits along the way to entertain the rock hounds. Nice smooth trail with a steady grade , encountered only 4 other hikers going in the opposite direction. Took a few pictures at the viewpoint, again at the hitching post and the summit. Was surprised after hiking 3 plus miles to still be able to see my vehicle at the trailhead :-k Somehow I blew past the west side junction of the peak spur trail , I’ll claim it was the bright sun in my eyes, anyway ended up on the east side junction with Sunrise Trail, after the short steep peak trail there were 8 other summiteers gathered but it’s a large enough peak to accommodate with distancing. Returned the same way, a couple of ground squirrels ran across the trail before I caught a glimpse of a larger animal leaving the trail, when I passed the area I looked up and spotted a mule deer staring at me :D Saw no other wildlife or humans until just near the trailhead. Without stopping continued on the Overlook Trail from the trailhead , 1.2 miles RT, to its end. Nice placque placed there with an outline and identification of the skyline. If timed right would be an excellent spot for viewing the fountain. Might be ideal adventure for out of town guests to get a nice view of the Verde Valley and fountain without too much effort or for even less effort the Easy Access Trail. Enjoyable day with a variety of scenery.
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Dec 14 2020
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Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2020
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Hiking9.50 Miles 1,194 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   4 Hrs      2.85 mph
1,194 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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Didn’t feel like making a long drive or hiking in a burn area but wanted to get some exercise so it was back to Usery Park and the Pass Mountain LoopTrail. Did the basic loop except again avoiding the southwest portion by taking the extra loop around Cats Peak. Parked along Meridian near the end of Meridian Trail. Did the loop CCW , only half dozen other hikers encountered on the way to the saddle. About the same numbers between the viewpoint and Wind Cave. Spotted separately a bobcat and a coyote darting across Blevins Trail but wasn’t quick enough to get a photo. Savored the surrounding views while taking an extended coffee break near peak 2525 above the Maricopa Trail junction. Perfect hiking weather today.
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Dec 11 2020
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Telegraph Corona Loop, AZ 
Telegraph Corona Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2020
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Hiking12.80 Miles 1,650 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   5 Hrs      2.79 mph
1,650 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
 
Stayed over in Chandler so decided to try another SOMO hike. Had never been to Desert Classic TH so parked there in a half full lot. About a mile from the trailhead ran into a heavy fog but it soon lifted. Had never taken Telegraph Pass Trail before, saw about a dozen others either going up or coming down, went by the chained off petroglyphs. In a short while ran into a road and the sign for National Trail. Clouds were lifted up enough to make for decent views to the North as I was heading East. After a short while came to a familiar portion of the National Trail,just past the Chinese Wall I turned down Corona de Loma, it’s a nice trail, not as steep as I anticipated, looks like a nice workout though to come up it. If I do this again would go CCW. Took a coffee break,in cold weather I carry a thermos with me, about halfway down Corona de Loma. On reaching the signpost at the bottom thought there should be a sign for Desert Classic Trail but there was not. Seemed like going right was correct so I did, a passing mountain biker confirmed I was on the correct trail. Not sure what happened after this, if I was on Desert Classic it seemed the trail was designed to follow a drunken sailor. In the end I took some use trails way too far south and ended up “hiking “ through some nice neighborhood mazes. That’s all I want to say about that :oops: . Returned to the trailhead in time to see some hang gliders launching.
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Dec 08 2020
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Tortilla TH to Tortilla WellPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 08 2020
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Hiking10.00 Miles 1,190 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   5 Hrs      2.50 mph
1,190 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break22 LBS Pack
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This past spring I came across the broken glass jar of the fence line register along FR 213 next to the cairn by the remaining gateway pole , found the small notebook also blowing in the breeze so I rescued it from the summer monsoon season. No one pm me to request it so I finally got around to the mission of returning it today. Spent some time rebuilding the cairn before placing the new non glass jar containing the old and a new blank notepad. The cairn would have been bigger if there were more rocks out here :D Undisturbed by other hikers or vehicles I continued on past the old ranch site to the start of Peter’s Trail, on the way passed by the so called Environmental Monitoring Station , as it was there in April I was surprised to see it bereft of bullet holes, only the concrete pad along FR 213 shares this distinction. Peters trail had minimal vegetation leading up to the first creek crossing but after the crossing the trail looked too painful to proceed on. Decided to start heading up the creek bed instead of the trail , the last couple of times here it was flowing like a river of course now bone dry. This was a pleasant stroll. Smooth sandy tread, minimal vegetation , Sycamore Trees with some gold leaves remaining , red tinged cliffs rising above the interesting narrow passage and no significant boulders to circumvent. Instead of trying to reaquire Peters Trail to venture further when the creek bed turned Easterly so did I, after less than a mile stumbled onto Hoolie Bacon Trail, ended up doing a reverse of Carlson’s trip 41. On the road back saw one modified Jeep coming outbound right after passing the iconic T structures at the old ranch site, then about halfway back on the road walk a couple of hikers also heading out. It was breezy all day with temperature of 59° when I started and 70° when I departed, clouds had interesting patterns all day. Finally mission accomplished.
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Dec 04 2020
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Silly Mountain to LDSP, AZ 
Silly Mountain to LDSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 04 2020
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Hiking11.05 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking11.05 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   2.60 mph
980 ft AEG      25 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
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Had the notion for awhile to walk out my back door and go to the park. Not likely on anybody else’s wish list. Started the neighborhood trails up the east side of the Silly Mountain complex, exited north at the last saddle before dropping down to the TH parking lot. Couple of miles of road walking past the barking junkyard dogs brought me to the Broadway Trailhead. The small lot was full, surprised by the ominous sign saying entering burn area but only saw about an acre of scorched desert. Couple of groups heading back to the parking lot before I went by the unofficial trail to the cave . The tread on this portion of the Lost Goldmine and Jacob’s Trail is terrible until just past the cave turnoff, no where to step except on the ankle busting rocks. Only saw one other hiker from the cave turnoff to LDSP , I complained to him about ruining my solitude :D . Enjoyed walking past the canyons on my right and looking over the East Valley to my left, extra nice having the sun at my back the entire time. When I approached Siphon Draw I called my wife for a ride back, based on her ETA went to the Prospectors View junction and took it and then Treasure Loop, timed it perfectly for her arrival. Now I can put to rest this idea about a walk to the park.
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Dec 02 2020
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Pass Mountain RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2020
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Hiking7.70 Miles 1,750 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   1.51 mph
1,750 ft AEG      20 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
 
Starting gate disappointment at the Usery entrance as I intended to buy a coupon book and was told they had been out for a month and were waiting for a new supply ](*,) , I like to use them at the self pay Goldmine trailhead in San Tan ,thought about backtracking to Meridian but decided to pay up and park at the less crowded Pass Mountain trailhead . Plans being undeterred I started from there in a brisk mid morning breeze and headed up to the the surprisingly not very busy Wind Cave Trail. After the Wind Cave made a brief visit to 3127 and then proceeded north to scramble up the rocky portion of the ridgeline, I prefer this to down climbing it. First time noticing some blue spray paint on the route above the wind cave as previously there were only white splotches Saw no one else from the Wind Cave Trail end to reaquiring the Pass Mountain Loop trail on the return, I did look back and see a couple of people on 3127 as I was heading up to the 3312 summit. The ridgeline route is discernible from use or on the rocky portions a few cairns. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the views were today, had thought the wind would have kicked up obscuring dust but instead seem to clear the air. Could see downtown Phoenix, the stadium in Glendale and over to the WhiteTanks, the McDowells ,Thompson Peak, the Goldfields, Superstition Mt. ,Weavers Needle, Saguaro Lake, Mt. Ord. After filling up with views and a lunch break headed down the scree slopes in a westerly direction. After the tougher hiking on the descent the hiking was much easier on reaching the Pass Mountain Loop and Maricopa Trail junction. I carried hiking poles which are a hindrance with the scrambling but were sure helpful coming down. No wildlife spotted today and fortunately minimal bee activity.
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Nov 30 2020
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 Joined Dec 10 2016
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Old Turk's Head - Peak 2777Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2020
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Hiking4.60 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.12 mph
1,100 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Wanted to see if the collared ram photographed by Wally was still in the neighborhood. Breezy day was getting warm until the cloud cover came in later. Second outing of the day so later than usual start. Followed the well cairned route up to the top ,there will be some cholla on the ground that may jump up, didn’t care for the last part going under the overhanging rocks after observing multiple broken off pieces on the ground. One other hiker up top we mumbled at each other something about not expecting company. Lingered for awhile scanning the area with binoculars but no wildlife spotted, specifically no posing bighorn :( Thought about adding a circumference of Turks Head but decided against and headed back, passed only one couple heading out on Lost Goldmine on my way back.
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