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Oct 22 2021
PhxRiles
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 Phoenix, AZ
Corona de Loma TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2021
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Hiking5.02 Miles 888 AEG
Hiking5.02 Miles   2 Hrs   41 Mns   2.49 mph
888 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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This is what I would call one of my LSD trips (Lost Soul in the Desert). I'd scouted the route beforehand, and thought of going the Chinese Wall route and then back to the Corona de Loma TH where I parked. I started on the Guadalupe Perimeter Trail, but instead of following that all the way around, went north on one of the sub-trails/Desert Classic until I finally hit Corona de Loma. Followed CdL over to Old Man's Trail. The trail wasn't easy to see, but there were two people going up that I spotted and followed them. I'm kinda wondering how the trail got its name, since it's really not made for an old man. :D Not exactly easy going up, and I was thinking "This is gonna be fun coming back down." Lots of loose rock and switchbacks. I was thinking about some of the comments I'd read from those who had hiked Old Man's Trail recently. Made it up to the saddle, admired the wonderful views and took a break. Slowly and carefully made my way back down. Thankful for my pole which helped me brace. Retraced my steps somewhat when I got back down using the sub-trails to get back to the trailhead.

The word "peripatetic" comes to mind describing this hike, and so many in the mountain preserves. I'll start thinking I'll go one route, and get out there and create my own hike.

No snakes but did see a lone coyote early in the hike.
Oct 21 2021
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CCRP to New River Road - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2021
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Hiking6.01 Miles 806 AEG
Hiking6.01 Miles   2 Hrs   38 Mns   2.61 mph
806 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Started 6:30am. Cool to start with but warmed up quickly. I'd done this section a year ago and felt like doing it again. Went east of 7th St. for about 2 miles. Returned to parking area and then went west of 7th St. for a little more than a mile. Clear day with good views.

I knew it would be one of the more remote sections of the Maricopa Trail, but I saw no one...not a soul...while I was out there. There was one other car in the small trailhead lot when I returned.
Oct 16 2021
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Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2021
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Hiking5.16 Miles 1,554 AEG
Hiking5.16 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.38 mph
1,554 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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Took advantage of good early morning hiking conditions to explore the Sonoran Preserve area. I ended up doing a little of several trails instead of the complete Dixie Mountain Loop. Started at 6:20am, ended 8:45am. Similar to many other Preserve hikes in the Phoenix Mountains...the trail system allows you to pretty much create your own hike.

Good views of the W. Valley area, average number of hikers out early. Nothing outstanding about today's hike...no rattler excitement or coyotes. On the western part of the DM trail I could see large construction cranes just west of I-17 around where the 303 joins. Not sure if those might be for.
Oct 09 2021
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Love Valley TrailSan Diego, CA
San Diego, CA
Hiking avatar Oct 09 2021
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Hiking3.98 Miles 1,148 AEG
Hiking3.98 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   2.49 mph
1,148 ft AEG
 
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This was recommended by a friend of a friend who lives on Palomar Mountain in southern CA. I was staying at my friend's cabin on Palomar and wanted a good, short hike.

To get to the trailhead, take CA 76 west from the junction with CA 79. Go 4 miles past Lake Henshaw to San Diego County S7 (East Grade to Palomar Mt.). Go to milepost 3.4 and the trailhead will be a pullout on the left side of the road.

There is a gate at the trailhead. Walk around the gate to the left through the entrance. The trail is an old forest road that winds gradually downhill. Lots of oak trees and some sotols and similar type bushes along the way. You'll get great views of Lake Henshaw below along with surrounding mountains. At .82 you'll come to a meadow where the road forks. Either road will lead you through the meadow in Love Valley. I took the left fork and it meandered around the meadow. At the 2 mile mark I came to a fence line and the road mostly ended. I'm thinking you could continue across the meadow and return to the forest road, but I chose to retrace my footsteps on the original route.

October temps were in the high 40s when I started, with clear weather. By the time I returned to the trailhead, it was in the high 50s and I was ready to get rid of my jacket and jogging pants.

Suggestions for post-hike activities: wine tasting at Menghini and Volcan Mountain Wineries near Julian, or sampling pies at either California Mountain Bakery (in Wynola) or Mom's Pies (in Wynola or Julian).
Oct 04 2021
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Trail 1533 Loop TNF, AZ 
Trail 1533 Loop TNF, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2021
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Hiking7.49 Miles 993 AEG
Hiking7.49 Miles   4 Hrs   5 Mns   1.83 mph
993 ft AEG
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Met Mr. LosDos at Spur Cross TH at 5:45am. First signs of light when we started, about 70 degrees with a slight breeze. We started along Spur Cross Trail and followed that along the creek. No water running in the lower area until you get to the wooden sign at Cave Creek Trail #4. Even that was pretty much pools, not so much running. Once we started up #1533 you could hear the creek running.

A number of cockleburs along the SX trail. Same with small toads, some of which were red-spotted toads. No sign of Sonoran mud turtles that Mr. LosDos had sighted once previously.

Made the #1533 loop, there were two gates along the way that Mr. LosDos said weren't there previously. A number of painted lady butterfiles along the way. Also sighted a red velvet ant along the SX trail returning.

The REAL fun didn't begin until we joined the Metate Trail. I consider Mr. LD to be my good-luck charm as far as running into rattlers. He always seems to find them; I never do. He did mention that they tend to come out around 8-9am once the sun's up. About 9:15 we're walking along the Metate with me as the "snake detector" in front, with him about 5' behind me. We're between the Towhee Trail junctions, and I'm walking with my head down. First mistake. Suddenly he shouts "Stop! Back up!" Soon as he spoke I knew what was happening. I literally jumped backwards past him and turned around. There next to a large rock was a 3' Western Diamondback, coiled and ready to strike. Two more steps and I probably wouldn't be writing this. Adrenalin rush executed. Lesson learned: Stay alert.
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Jul 27 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Badger Springs TrailCamp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2021
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Hiking3.30 Miles 234 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   2.36 mph
234 ft AEG
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Needed some place cooler, a little out of town, and remote to get away from all the noise and disconnect. Had been out here before and this filled the bill. Not a long hike but relaxing. Started around 9:30am and the trail pretty much follows Badger Springs Wash to the Agua Fria River. Some puddles and trickling water in the wash, and the river was flowing with a small waterfall just upstream from the wash. Very nice when you get back to the river when it's flowing. Muddy in spots but not too bad. Saw a lot of zebra-tailed lizards, especially near the trailhead. Too fast to get any decent photos.

No one else on the trail, not surprisingly. There was a semi in the parking area when I pulled up, but he was long gone by the time I finished. On the way back I checked out the High Desert Trail in Rock Springs. A short, 1.8 mile nature trail type in a park area. Just north of Rock Springs on Jacie Ln.

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Pools from recent rain, trickling as you get closer to Agua Fria River. Somewhat muddy near the river.
Jun 22 2021
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Horton Creek Trail #285Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2021
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Hiking7.10 Miles 1,222 AEG
Hiking7.10 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   2.08 mph
1,222 ft AEG5 LBS Pack
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Needed to get out of town for a day hike in a cooler location. Prescott or Payson? I'd covered Prescott before, so Payson won out. I'd researched Horton Creek a little, and it sounded like what I needed. So I left the Valley at 4:35am and headed north to Kohls Ranch.

Smoke wasn't too bad until I got around Rye. Somewhat hazier from there on and I could definitely smell it. I noticed signs along SR87 saying it was closed, probably around Pine/Strawberry. Same with SR260 at milepost 291, probably around Heber. But I was OK getting to Horton Creek.

Got to the TH at 6:30am. Only one other pickup in the lot. The advantage of getting there early! Started at 6:40am and my car thermometer read 53 degrees. Perfect. And I'm in just a long-sleeve polyester shirt and gym shorts.

Pine-scented air (mixed with occasional smoke), a babbling brook, and solitude. A comfortable hike through the forest, with gentle uphill at the end leading to Horton Spring. Two logs fashioned into a small bridge to walk across the creek. Several different varieties of butterflies at the spring. I'd say the creek was running moderately (I supposed anything with water qualifies as "moderate" these days). Sighting of the day was a small horned toad at the Highline Trail junction. I almost stepped on him since he blended in so well.

Didn't run into anyone on the way up, but about a dozen on the way down. Most of that was in a single group of 8-9 guys.

Someone had previously recommended Crosswinds Restaurant in Payson for their pies, so I treated myself to lunch there and brought an apple pie home. Have to see how it rates. (Looking back, it was nighthiker that recommended Crosswinds' pie. Thanks for the recommendation!)

Also had to make a brief pit stop at Payson GC. I always remember the 2014 Tee Pee Open when another fellow and myself aced the 14th hole. Two holes-in-one in the same group on the same hole.
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Jun 11 2021
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Volcan Mountain TrailSan Diego, CA
San Diego, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 11 2021
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Hiking5.34 Miles 1,345 AEG
Hiking5.34 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   2.58 mph
1,345 ft AEG
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The trailhead is approximately 2+ miles north of Julian, CA. To get there, enter Julian from the east on CA Hwy. 78. Go through town until you hit the 4-way stop. Go straight on Farmer Rd. for 2+ miles until you hit Wynola Rd. You'll see signs for Menghini Winery and Volcan Mountain Winery. Turn right and then make a quick left on the continuation of Farmer Rd. Park along Farmer Rd. The trailhead is actually a gravel road that leads off Farmer Rd. to the gate that starts the trail.

The first 1.4 miles is uphill through oaks, manzanita and grassland. It's a steady climb. You'll get good views of the surrounding area as you climb. At .35 miles you'll see the Five Oaks Trail, a 1.2 mile offshoot trail that's more shaded and a more gradual climb. The path continues until the Five Oaks Trail intersects at the 1.4 mile mark. From here it's a more open, gradual climb through grassy hills. At 2.1 miles there's an overlook to the west with a telescope. Another .4 miles leads you to the summit at 2.5 miles. There's also a lookout with views to the east of the Salton Sea, Mt. San Jacinto, the Pacific Crest Trail and Granite Mountain.

I arrived around 7:30am, cool, clear but comfortable conditions. About 60 degrees to start. I left my fleece and long pants in the car, knowing it would get warmer as I hiked. Reasonably clear for a SoCal day, so I had decent views of the area. I took the Summit trail going up, a steady, uphill climb. The trail is a good path, used both by hikers and bikers, fairly wide. Took me about an hour to reach the summit. There's a small tower at the summit surrounded by a fence. On the way down I took the Five Oaks Trail just to see what it was like in comparison. More shaded, a more gradual descent. It's a hiking-only trail. Lots of birds and lizards. I returned to the trailhead a few minutes after 10am.

An added bonus...Menghini and Volcan Mountain Wineries located very close to the trailhead. Tasting rooms open at 11am. Makes for a relaxing post-hike stop. The staff at both wineries was very friendly. Another worthwhile break is Mom's Pie House in both Julian and Wynola. Their bumbleberry (blueberry, blackberry and boysenberry) crumb pie is wonderful.
Apr 23 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Brown's Ranch Road Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2021
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Hiking8.09 Miles 1,242 AEG
Hiking8.09 Miles   2 Hrs   57 Mns   2.74 mph
1,242 ft AEG
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Early morning start at 6:30am from Brown's Ranch TH in Scottsdale. Started on the main Brown's Ranch Road Trail through the desert to the summit spur trail. Took about 40-45 minutes to reach the summit on Brown's Mt. Last 0.2 mile is uphill and scrambly in spots but nothing horrible. Great views all around from the summit. Saw a few hikers and mountain bikers after I started but that thinned out once I got off the main trail. Only two couples on the spur summit trail.

From there I headed back to Powerline Road #2 and east to the 118th St. trail. South to Latigo Trail and back to the TH. No one on the powerline road, a scattered few on Latigo.

Took a brief break at the TH and then went out to part of the Cone Mountain Trail. Saw plenty of lizards and a roadrunner. A few cactus, creosote and palo verde in bloom. No other exciting critters.
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Apr 13 2021
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Bronco TH to Bartlett Dam RD - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2021
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Hiking7.32 Miles 1,297 AEG
Hiking7.32 Miles   2 Hrs   44 Mns   2.68 mph
1,297 ft AEG
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Figured if I'm going to do the segment from Bronco toward FH 1058, this would be a good day. Fairly comfortable to start at 8:15am, a little breeze was helpful. No one at the TH parking lot. This time I started on the correct side of the road (east side), and I didn't have to worry about snow. On the way in I saw a roadrunner dart across the road, as well as a cardinal. I enjoy this part of the Maricopa Trail because it's more hiking than just in-town canal walking. Lizards, several more cardinals, and a squirrel were visible. Tried to get a photo of one of the cardinals but he wouldn't let me get close enough for a camera-phone shot. Still looking for that 100-pointer (rattler). They're out there somewhere. It's warm enough and I'd figure they'd be out in these more remote locations.

A few cacti and wildflowers in bloom, purple or magenta flowers.

I did 3.6 miles each way. Made it from the TH to a fence post marker at 3.6 miles before returning on the same route. Never passed anyone on the trail.
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Mar 31 2021
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Maricopa Trail - Grand Avenue/WestwingPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2021
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Hiking8.18 Miles 295 AEG
Hiking8.18 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   2.89 mph
295 ft AEG
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A little bit of each side of Grand Ave. on the Maricopa Trail. Started from Trilby Trailhead (not much more than a dirt parking lot). You turn off Grand Ave. onto 163rd Ave., then make a quick right on the first street and take that to the dirt lot. Went east along the trail for about 2.5 miles. Flat, dusty, windy with a lot of creosote bushes and grass. Saw no one, not surprisingly. This was just covering ground on the MT completing another section. On the good side, I'm out there alone with my thoughts, away from everything, no interruptions. It's good to see the desert and the surrounding mountains. At least they don't nag at you or ask you for anything except your companionship.

West of Grand from Trilby was more of the same. I did another 2 miles out to Picacho Wash, a huge flat area before you get to the power lines. Maybe the most exciting thing was finding a Callaway Diablo ball on the trail, in the middle of nowhere. I don't even think it was one of LosDos' 5-wood shots. Good news is it's playable...at least for me.
Mar 16 2021
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Bronco Trail #245Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2021
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Hiking7.40 Miles 1,292 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   1 Hour   52 Mns   3.96 mph
1,292 ft AEG
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Seems like there's always something of interest on my Maricopa Trail hikes lately. Today was no different. I intended to hike part of the segment from Bronco TH south toward FH 1058. Got to the TH about 8:45. It was breezy, cool (my car said 38 degrees) and cloudy. Seeing the MT trail marker near the rest room, I started hiking south...or so I thought. The first .3 to .5 mile was uphill, a short but decent uphill stretch. I continued along the ridgeline with great views of Humboldt Mountain and also to the south. I kept waiting to cross the gravel road, but it never happened. At the 2.4 mile mark I started downhill and looked at my route. Oops. That's when I realized I was on the MT going between Bronco and Spur Cross. Ah, this is the section I wanted to save for hiking with LosDos. At least I was going in the right direction! Seeing that it was clouding up and getting cooler, I decided to head back.

It wasn't long before I noticed tiny objects drifting in the air around me. Dust? Nope. Ah, flurries...snow flurries. And the flurries turned to full-on snow. Very eerie, any sounds were somewhat muffled, and the surrounding hills were obscured in a snowy fog. The wind along the ridgeline was blowing right-to-left, and the snow started accumulating along my left leg. I was in the snow for perhaps 15-20 minutes...nothing accumulating on the ground, just on me and my hat. I don't frequent snowy areas, so haven't done any snow hiking. I got a day of rain on the Camino, but no snow. So a very interesting experience.
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I'll have to take a mulligan on the Bronco to FH 1058 section. Save that for another day. The whole idea today was to cover some of this section in the Bronco area before it gets too hot. Guess I solved that problem.
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Mar 10 2021
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Bronco TH to Bartlett Dam RD - Maricopa TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2021
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Hiking8.36 Miles 1,484 AEG
Hiking8.36 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   2.85 mph
1,484 ft AEG
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Started 7:15am from the Tonto Ranger Station. Cool and clear, about 40 degrees with no breeze. After yesterday's hike from the ranger station south, I headed north toward FH 1058 and Sears Kay Ranch. This was one of the more enjoyable sections of the Maricopa Trail for me. A good workout, lots of rolling hills, very few flat spots, good views. It's about 4.25-4.5 miles from the ranger station to FH 1058. I stopped at around 4.25 miles where the trail switches down to Camp Creek. Looked like there were about 8 people doing maintenance work on the trail on the other side of the creek.

Only saw the 8 workers and then 7 other hikers in Camp Creek on the way back. Not a lot exciting to report in the way of wildlife, other than quail, rabbits, a couple ground squirrels.

Maybe some of the more knowledgeable Maricopa Trail hikers ( @DarthStiller ?) can help me. I've hiked from the Tonto Ranger Station north to FH 1058. Is there any place to park near where the MT meets FH 1058? I've checked the area around Sears Kay Ranch on the west side and there doesn't seem to be any point of real access to the trail. On the east side I tried to scout from Horseshoe Lake Rd. but the gate to the dirt road coming from the east was closed and chained. If it's possible, I'd like to use the area near FH1058 to park and hike about 4-5 miles north toward Bronco. Then later on park at Bronco and go about 4-5 miles south. Any suggestions appreciated!
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Feb 19 2021
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Black Canyon City TH to Soap Creek Rd - BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2021
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Hiking7.00 Miles 1,096 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   2 Hrs   41 Mns   2.61 mph
1,096 ft AEG
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Started at Black Canyon City TH around 9:15. Had ulterior post-hike motives (more later). Comfortable and breezy to start, probably in the mid-50s. Had the fleece and jogging pants on. Probably about 10-12 cars in the parking lot. One hiker passed me shortly after I started, plus there was a group of mountain bikers. Didn't really see them since they must've taken the Horseshoe Bend trail, while I took K-Mine.

The K-mine/Horseshoe Bend junction is about 0.9 miles along the trail. Go left for Horseshoe Bend, right for K-Mine. K-Mine goes another .25 mile before beginning a gradual downhill switchback for about .75 mile. There's gates at 1.25, 2.25 and 3 miles...remember to close them after going through. At about 3.25 miles there's some kind of mineral exploration going on, and there's a detour along the Kay Mine road. Nice views of the surrounding hills and Black Canyon City area at the 3.5 mile mark.

Highlight of the trip was about 2 miles in where I saw a cardinal. Wish I could get better photos, but you can only get so close and a camera phone doesn't take tremendous pics from a distance, even with zoom. I tried to take two photos, and one turned out. Lots of saguaros and staghorn cholla at the start, along with berry bushes.

At about 2.4 miles you cross Slate Creek. There was actually water running in the creek, had to cross stepping from stone to stone. Nice area to take a brief break.

I passed about 5-6 people the entire route. One hiker at the start, absolutely no one on K-Mine. I'm thinking this would be a wonderful place to turn an ankle or something. At least I could get reception on my phone. Passed a couple hikers, a mountain biker and a jogger on the way back after getting off the K-Mine trail. The beauty of getting away from everything and everyone!

Oh, yeah, the ulterior motive. Rock Springs Cafe is just down the road. Since I can't get to Mom's Pies in Julian, CA, and get punches on my frequent flyer card, I had to settle for lunch and picking up a lemon meringue pie at the cafe. Not to worry, I'll find another hike to work off the pie. :-)
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Feb 16 2021
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Maricopa Trail - Fraesfield to Granite Mtn, AZ 
Maricopa Trail - Fraesfield to Granite Mtn, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2021
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Hiking6.55 Miles 575 AEG
Hiking6.55 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   2.83 mph
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More Maricopa Trail this morning, this time from Fraesfield TH to Granite Mountain TH and back to Rio Verde/128th St. Started around 9am, very comfortable weather. Warm enough to go without a fleece. I passed a few people, a few mountain bikers, but not overly busy. Plenty of chollas, saguaros and palo verdes along the route. Not a lot of elevation change, but great views of the surrounding mountains. One of the highlights was sighting several phainopeplas, a black, crested bird similar to a cardinal. Had never really seen them, though I knew they were out there.
Feb 03 2021
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Maricopa Trail - Tres Rios/Estrella/I-10Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.20 Miles 135 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   2.72 mph
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I actually used Tres Rios as my trailhead for today's hike. I made up the 2 miles from Tres Rios to just short of Baseline Rd. going east from 91st Ave., where I'd stopped several days ago. Some of the folks that preceded @LosDosSloFolks on yesterday's hike in Cave Creek must have been ahead of me here. First it was discarded furniture, tires and carpet; these gave way to countless beer bottles and cans. I think it was a tie between Bud Light and Michelob Ultra, with some Corona mixed in. A few discarded masks as well, but no evidence of used TP. It's pretty level with a lot of river rock. It wasn't terribly exciting until I happened to look at the top of one of the trees in the river. A bald eagle, with its nest nearby. One of the first I've seen. I got several photos but nothing great...couldn't get close enough. Still, a sight that made the hike worthwhile. A brief spit of rain during this part of the hike.

Returning to the trailhead, I hiked west from 91st Ave. into the wetlands area of Tres Rios. A welcome change from the beer bottles and trash on the east side. Lots of marshy plants and bird life. Several Great Blue Herons, egrets and cormorants, along with Gambel's quail. Warm enough that I got rid of my jogging pants and fleece.

I passed no one on the east side of 91st Ave. and only about 4-5 couples in Tres Rios. There was a City of Phoenix crew of about 7-8 people working about a mile in. Hiking is a great form of "lockdown" getting away from the madness. You rarely have to worry about meeting numbers of people along the MT, especially early in the morning.
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Jan 15 2021
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Red Mountain Trail #43 - Prescott NFPrescott, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jan 15 2021
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Hiking6.52 Miles 1,149 AEG
Hiking6.52 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.86 mph
1,149 ft AEG
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Left home 6:00am, at Green Gulch TH 7:40am. No problems finding the trailhead, it's pretty straightforward. Coming from Phx, turn left at the stoplight on Kachina Place off AZ 69. Follow to the T intersection, turn left and then a quick right. Go 3 miles to the trailhead.

Cool to start (40 degrees) with a light breeze. I'd prepared for cooler temps by taking a knit hat, thermal bottoms, vest sweater, fleece and windbreaker. Started with all except the thermals. Very nice sunrise, as many are. From the TH take Charcoal Gulch trail #9419. It's a bit rocky, but that's just the beginning. At about 0.9 miles you'll see a signpost for Trail #43 on the right. It's on top of a berm between #9419 and #43. Follow the road for #43 for a short distance and you'll see another signpost. From here you begin to get into a more wooded area in the gulch. Shortly after a mile you'll see a wire fence on the left, which you follow and gradually begin to climb. You'll go through a gate at about 1.3 miles. Once you start climbing at about 1.5 miles, the rocks get looser. This continues until you reach another gate at 2.2 miles. The views toward Prescott Valley are wonderful. I went another .3 miles to Trail Tank, where there was a little bit of snow left in the tank. Returned carefully downhill along the same route. Never saw anyone until I was almost back to the car, where I ran into 6 people.

Seeing it was near lunch, I stopped at Lucky's BBQ at Kachina Place and AZ 69. Got their pulled pork sandwich with a side of potato salad along with spicy BBQ sauce.

I wanted to explore a little of the Lynx Lake area. Didn't see much of interest around North/South shores, so headed back and found the Homestead Trail #305. Parked just off the main road and started along the trail. It winds for .7 miles through pine and other trees. A gentle walk. Saw another small patch of snow on a north-facing slope. Also ran into a man and his puppy. Loved the smell of the pine trees!
Dec 23 2020
PhxRiles
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 Phoenix, AZ
Maricopa Trail - Scottsdale/Granite Reef/MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2020
PhxRiles
Hiking14.00 Miles
Hiking14.00 Miles
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I've spent the last week working my way along the canal from Indian Bend/Hayden out to Granite Reef dam. All canal walking, doing anywhere from 3-4 miles at a time (since I'm alone and don't have a shuttle, it works out to 6-8 miles a day). Starting around 7:15 almost every morning, I've been treated to some wonderful sunrises. Not to mention a few breezy and chilly mornings. Nothing much to stop the wind on the reservation.

Outside of the first section along the golf course, it's fairly lightly traveled. Once you get east of the 101 you're largely by yourself. Some days I pass almost no one; other days, a few bicyclists and a jogger or two. First day I made it to Longmore Rd.; second day to Center St.; third day to the landfill past Gilbert Rd.; and today out to Granite Reef dam. Parking isn't always easy on the reservation, nor is it always easy to cross the ditch that parallels the canal. One morning the wind was blowing strongly enough and it was chilly enough that I bailed out after .3 mile and went back to the car. Waited for about an hour before starting again. Several areas I just had to park off to the side of the road, like at Center St./Chaparral Rd. Today I found a blocked-off side road that was gated just below the canal on the Beeline Hwy to park. I'd walked probably 1.5 miles when a pickup slowly pulled up beside me. It was an Anderson Security guard patrolling. She asked what I was doing--I said I was hiking the Maricopa Trail. "Was that your white rig back by the highway?" (Yep, please don't tow me!). She asked how far I was going. I said toward the dam. She said I was only a mile or two away, so I made up my mind to get there. Also mentioned to me about the wild horses, javelina (pack of 4) and a bobcat. I saw the horses and a coyote, but no javelina.

Took maybe another 40 minutes to get to the dam, where I turned around and came back on the same route. I was chugging along pretty quickly the last mile, wanting to get back to the car before anyone could tow it. Maybe that's why I have the beginnings of blisters on the bottom of both feet. Normally that's not a problem, though I didn't put KT tape on my feet this morning.

Making pretty good progress. I've completed the 14-mile stretch out to the dam, almost all of South Mt., the Gateway section in Scottsdale, and from a couple miles short of Spur Cross out west past Ben Avery Shooting Range.
Dec 21 2020
PhxRiles
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 Phoenix, AZ
Maricopa Trail - Guadalupe/South Mtn/Tres RiosPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2020
PhxRiles
Hiking8.52 Miles 1,284 AEG
Hiking8.52 Miles   3 Hrs   16 Mns   2.61 mph
1,284 ft AEG
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More of the Maricopa Trail. Last week I finished the section between Pima Canyon and Harmony Park on Lindsay Rd. in Mesa/Gilbert. I needed a little "real hiking" time so decided on the National Trail section from the 202 east.

I'm not terribly familiar with the trailhead area and found out that parking is something of a challenge. Since I got there a little before 7am, it was barely light. I had an idea of where I wanted to park, but getting there wasn't easy. So I ended up parking at Vee Quiva and walking another .5 mile or so along the frontage road.

I started at Ray Rd. and the freeway, which is pretty much an underpass. It was about 40 degrees and clear. I was in the shade but the Estrellas to the southwest were in the sun. The trail meanders through the desert area, much like trails around the base of Squawestewa Peak. At a little over a mile you cross San Juan Rd. for the first time. At about 2.5 miles you cross San Juan Rd. again and come to the Bajada Trailhead. Go right to stay on the Maricopa Trail, straight to take the Bajada Trail. More meandering through the desert takes you to about 3.25 miles where you begin climbing. I stayed on the National Trail until the 4 mile mark. This leaves you part way up the hill. This is about a mile or so short of where I left off previously coming from the other direction.

Very little traffic out here. I ran into two joggers just before the 4 mile mark, a solo hiker just after I turned around, and a mountain biker near the Bajada trailhead on my way back. When I got back, I walked part way up the road toward 51st Ave. to get an idea of where the trail leads. Looks like it parallels the freeway for quite a distance.

I still need to complete the section from Telegraph Pass to a couple miles east of Buena Vista.
Dec 10 2020
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Maricopa Trail - East ValleyPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 10 2020
PhxRiles
Hiking7.80 Miles 396 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   2.79 mph
396 ft AEG
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Well, I wasn't sure if I'd get to walk today. Woke up to rain, but said "let's go!" anyway. I'd planned on more city walking than hiking, an easier day. I got to Pima Canyon at 6:45am. Still dark, rainy, and breezy, so I sat in the car hoping for a break. It finally broke at 7:45 and I took advantage. From Pima Canyon I went east along Guadalupe Rd., straight through Guadalupe. Past Kyrene Rd. to the Western Canal, where I turned south along Ken McDonald golf course. Followed the canal to Rural Rd., 4 miles from Pima Canyon. A good place to turn around just in case the weather took a turn for the worse.

There's some interesting murals along Guadalupe Rd. Otherwise not much exciting. I did come home with some booty...found a Titleist ProV1X along the edge of Ken McDonald. Always keeping an eye open for lost balls. :-) Not sure that @LosDosSloFolks would be interested in a ProV1.
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