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Aug 25 2018
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47 male
 Joined May 20 2018
 Glendale
Coach Whip, AZ 
Coach Whip, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2018
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Hiking6.02 Miles 1,103 AEG
Hiking6.02 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   2.15 mph
1,103 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
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Couldn't get out of town this weekend so I hit up Thunderbird Conservation Park. Parked at Pinnacle Peak and then took Coach Whip to Ridgeline, to Sunrise then headed up the second mountain via Cholla Loop and back to the parking area.

Always a nice little hike but always busy. Even getting out before the sun was up there were people like myself out with flashlights. Lots of dogs as well.
Aug 18 2018
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47 male
 Joined May 20 2018
 Glendale
Garden Valley LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 18 2018
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Hiking5.10 Miles 542 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   2 Hrs   52 Mns   1.78 mph
542 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
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Made it out to the Superstition Mountains for the first time since the 90's (damn I'm feeling old). Drove an hour and got out right at sunrise, temperature was already 85 degrees. The trail is nice at the beginning. It's well defined and clean. But becomes very rocky once you're into the riverbed (which is to be expected) so watch your step, it would be very easy to twist an ankle. The first mile and a half I was in total shade due to the valley. I never saw or heard anyone else on the trail so the only bothersome thing out was the mosquitoes. In several places there was standing water from the recent storms - hence the mosquitoes - with loads of tadpoles swimming around. The only other wildlife I saw, was what I thought, were a couple of small Gartersnakes. It moves quickly across my path and I barely had time to snap a bury picture. The second one I saw was swimming in one of the larger puddles but he never kept his head out long enough for a picture, so I moved on.

I enjoyed hike. Four out of five stars from me. There was nothing strenuous about it. The hardest part if I had to pick one would be like all the others, the hike up out of the canyon, but this wasn't bad at all. With the sun on your back about this time, temps now in the 90's, makes it harder than it is. I did take extra water with me on this hike simply because I haven't been out this way in such a long time, and I'm glad I did. With a 3 liter hydration bladder, I took any extra liter of water as well. I finished the hydration bladder coming up that last hill. With less then a mile to go, most on the road heading back to the parking area, I drank half of the last litter because I knew I was done. So it worked out.
Aug 04 2018
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47 male
 Joined May 20 2018
 Glendale
Fisher Point via Sandys Canyon TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 04 2018
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Hiking6.76 Miles 572 AEG
Hiking6.76 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.95 mph
572 ft AEG      47 Mns Break
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Decided to get out of the heat and took a day hike up to Fisher Point (just south of Flagstaff) Via Sandy's Canyon Trail. 70 degrees to start the day with a high of 82. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL HIKE! From the trail head you follow the path down into the canyon. At first it's a little rocky, down the first 1/2 mile or so. But once into the canyon it flattens out and opens as you head North toward Fisher Point and really lets you know you're out in nature.

In the hottest part of summer here in the valley the cooler temps and green trees of Flagstaff were a welcomed sight. Tall and towering compared to the desert we're surrounded by. As you hike what is a small part of the Arizona Trail, the path evens out and widens. Each trail that intersects is well identified and easy to follow. (Kudos to the Coconino Parks and Rec. Department)

The hike to Fisher Point is just over 2 miles. Easily done within an hour. But please take the time and enjoy your surrounding. The small cave at Fisher Point is cool to explore. I won't go into to much detail, but take a flashlight and go inside, you'll love it.

Just before the cave the trail splits right (east) into Walnut Canyon or left (north *Arizona Trail) to Flagstaff. We went East further into the canyon were the trail shrinks a bit into a narrow path with much overgrowth around the creek, in which I never did see any water. I loved the winding trial through this area but we only ventured another 1 1/2 before we turned around and backtracked out.

Overall I loved this hike, although a squirrel, witch eluded my hiking partner by running right behind him, was the only wildlife I saw.
Jun 17 2018
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47 male
 Joined May 20 2018
 Glendale
Arrowhead Point Trail H-2 - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 17 2018
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Hiking2.26 Miles 475 AEG
Hiking2.26 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   1.70 mph
475 ft AEG
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Did the up and back on Arrowhead Point this morning with my Grand-Kiddos and nephew. Three, six and ten but they did it. So as you can imagine there were no speed records broke today. We didn't do the entire loop, simply made it to the flag on the summit then came down the same way. On the way down I ended up carrying the three year old most of the way, so I'm tempted to add a thirty pound pack in the info section, lol. Overall nice hike. Got out at sunrise so the temp was nice and the trail was as described probably a thousand times so I won't bother. But I enjoyed a great fathers day. I hope everyone else did as well.
May 26 2018
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 Glendale
Arrowhead Point H-2 - Cholla Loop H-3, AZ 
Arrowhead Point H-2 - Cholla Loop H-3, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 26 2018
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Hiking6.10 Miles 1,029 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.29 mph
1,029 ft AEG
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Took off for a hike this morning, bright and early (4:30am), to catch the sunrise at Thunderbird Conversation Park. It's close so why not. Armed with my Nikon Camera, hoping to get some great pictures, and water I started up Arrowhead Point H-2 at 5:20. Right about the time the sun should have been breaking over the horizon. But no such luck. This is my first time hiking in over a year and the day I decide to go, it's overcast until after 7. Oh well. I didn't let that stop me.

Arrowhead trail is always a good hike. It's rocky, lots of loose rock, but it's not something that should deter your enjoyment of the hike. The first elevation is a great workout for the legs. Lots of high steps with sturdy rocks. The trail was clean, I didn't see a lot of trash like I have in the past. After about 15 minutes of continuous upward climb the trail levels out some, well a slight incline but after the leg workout it feels flat. I got some good pictures from this spot. The second elevation part comes up to the top of the mountain where the flag flies and you can rest. The view isn't spectacular, houses upon more houses, but it still nice to be on top. Many people stop here and return down the same trail. I continued down the backside where the trail becomes more rocky. Lots of loose rock. You can slip easily if you're not paying attention. This will take you to the pedestrian bridge that crosses over 59th ave and connects to Coach Whip. This will put you at right about 2 miles.

I took Coach Whip to Cholla Loop and started up the second mountain of the day. It was fairly steady on the west side and doesn't get to incline until the north side (about a mile in). Then the upward climb begins. The trail cuts back South and you begin to climb, but this is actually an easier climb than Arrowhead. I enjoyed this part and took many more pictures. From here you reach the top and another flag. It felt good to see it flying in the breeze on Memorial Weekend. Down this way was again rocky and there are many switchbacks. Next time I might start this way to come up those switchback to see if the gain is any different.

Cholla loop ends pretty much back at the parking lot and my app had told me I walked 4.8 miles. To finish up I decided to take a lap around the Flatlander Trail H-1a near the parking lot. It was very nice, soft and sandy. By the time I reach my car I was at 6.1 miles.

Overall a great hike, the overcast was nice, better then the heat, and there was a breeze the entire time. I had a great morning.
average hiking speed 1.97 mph

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