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Jul 21 2011
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Barney LakeSierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2011
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Hiking6.50 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs      2.17 mph
1,200 ft AEG
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Jul 09 2011
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Horse Crossing Trail #20Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 09 2011
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Hiking1.70 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles      45 Mns   2.27 mph
500 ft AEG
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After spending the night at Long Lake and unsuccessfully trying to fish there Saturday morning, Carolyn and I headed over to East Clear Creek to check out the swimming holes. The road in was awfully rutted and muddy after the recent storms. We hiked down in 15 minutes and continued down stream around the bend to a nice little beach. The high temperature was 81 degrees so the water felt really refreshing. We jsut hung out reading books and sunning on the beach. The trip out was 20 minutes. this quick little jaunt to clean up was 1.7 miles with 500 feet of AEG.
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Apr 10 2011
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Lost Camp LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2011
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Hiking4.25 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.25 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.22 mph
800 ft AEG
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I got the sudden impulse to head out on a solo jaunt Sunday since the weather was so nice. I got a late start but the temps were only in the mid 60's. My original intent was to make a 7 mile loop of the Lost Camp Trail and east across the National Trail to just above Kiwanis Trail before heading back west and down that steep unnamed ridge back to 19th Avenue. But I took the wrong trail out of the lost camp area and ended up heading up the incorrect drainage. Eventually this trail petered out and I realized the error of my ways. So many use trails in this area make it slightly confusing. I came across a nice lady who told me that the trail I was looking for was just through the rear window of the lost camp building. Are you kidding me? Holy Alice in Wonderland Batman! But sure enough, after climbing through the brake in the wall there was a short scamaper down and up the drainage behind the former house to a steep trail heading up the side of the ridge. I was a little frustrated at the delay and after climbing this trail a bit I decided to head back and save this adventure for another day. (I was at a wedding the night before and not feeling 100 percent to start with so the couch was a more viable option at this point.) This aborted effort came in at 4.25 miles with 800 feet of AEG in just under 2 hours.
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Mar 28 2011
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Hau'Pal TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2011
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Hiking3.50 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   1.68 mph
1,200 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I headed up this trail at 11:50 this past Saturday morning. And I do mean up. This is one steep trail! The temperature was a plesant and breezy 69 degrees when we pushed off but we weren't moving too quickly. It took us 45 minutes to cover the .90 miles and 1,000 feet to the top ridge. We continued over to the intersection at the Alta Trail which came in at 1.25 miles in 55 minutes before heading back east across the ridge line to the Ma-Ha-Tuck Trail. This use trail was easy and fun to follow as we were surrounded by wonderful views in all directions. The distance from the Alta Trail to the Ma-Ha-Tuck Trai was 1.25 miles with a few up and down climbs, but nothing major. A really nice stretch of trail. The whole trip came in a 3.5 miles with 1,200 feet of AEG in just over 2 hours.
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Mar 13 2011
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Ranger Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2011
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Hiking4.50 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.57 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I completed this loop hike taking Ranger up to the National Trail and over to Kiwanis Trail and down. We pushed off Sunday morning at 8:10 with the temperature at 61. It was 71 degrees when we finished. Nice easy loop with good views from the top of National. It was 1.5 miles and 750 AEG up Ranger to National in about 35 minutes. Another 40 minutes along National to Kiwanis as we were rubber necking quite a bit. At the junction just before the National Trail heads down the switchbacks to Kiwanis I noticed another well defined trail heading south southwest along that ridgeline above Desert Foothills. I wonder if that trail comes out at the 17th Avenue Trailhead as that would also make a nice loop. All told, this loop came in at 4.5 miles with 1,000 feet of AEG in 1 hour and 45 minutes.
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Mar 06 2011
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Javelina - Ridgeline - Beverly LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2011
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Hiking4.50 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   2.57 mph
700 ft AEG
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I originally intended to make a solo loop hike out of the Javelina, National and Beverly Canyon Trails last Saturday afternoon but got sideways early and was pleasantly surprised. Right at that confusing 1st wash where the Javelina Trail comes to an unsigned "T" intersection I turned left instead of right. (Right is the proper Javelina Trail) Shortly thereafter I realized that I was no longer on the Javelina Trail as this trail was not a wide boulevard as is typical in south Mountain. This unmarked trail also began to climb steeply toward the ridgeline. I could see the correct Javelina Trail below me to the right but was now curious as to where this more challenging trail went so I eagerly pressed on. After this trail topped out on the ridgeline it continued climbing southwest parallel to the Javelina Trail. I was now on the Ridgeline Trail. Sweet! This intersected Javelina which ran into the Mormon Loop which would take me back to the National Trail but along the way I came across the Pima Wash Trail so I took it. Pima Wash parallels the National Trail but doesn't have the crowds and is an actual trail rather than a sidewalk. Pima Wash eventually intersected the Beverly Canyon Trail which I took back to my Jeep at the 46th street trailhead. Along the way I took the East end of the Ridgeline Trail 1/4 mile up to the ridgeline where it crossed the original trail I came up from the north side. All told, this loop came in at 4.5 miles in 1 hour and 45 minutes with 700 feet of AEG. The AEG seemed low as the 2 net climbs alone were 500 and 200 feet not including the ups and downs. Whatever. A good workout!
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Feb 26 2011
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Geronimo Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2011
Tim
Hiking6.60 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.48 mph
1,400 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I left our vehicles just down the street from the Geronimo Trailhead on Euclid Avenue and pushed off at 8:10 on a chilly Saturday morning. We'd been out late the night before so it was slower going on the steady climb up. This is a great trail as it gets little traffic and once you climb over that first saddle you leave the city behind you. As its location is somewhat obscure, there was little traffic on this trail. There is a nice little valley in the middle just before the turnoff for the Boy Scout Camp. We reached the Beuna Vista Point lookout parking lot in 1 hour and 10 minutes. There were no cars there today as the park was closed to vehicles for the Cancer Climb. We continued east on on the National Trail to the Hidden Valley Trail. This stretch is my favorite part of the National Trail as there are fewer people, lots of interesting rock formations, and the side trip through Hidden Valley is pure fun. Fat Man's Misery, the under crawl, and the tunnel provide lots of cheap entertainment. We returned down the Mormon Trail and then walked the several block back down Euclid Avenue to our cars. The enitre loop came in at 6.6 miles with 1,400 feet of AEG in 2 hours and 40 minutes.
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Feb 13 2011
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Alta TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2011
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Hiking8.90 Miles 1,850 AEG
Hiking8.90 Miles   3 Hrs      2.97 mph
1,850 ft AEG
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Dennis, Mark, Doug, Paul, Carolyn and I originally intended to make this a point-to-point shuttle hike but nobody explained to us that the gate to the San Juan Road is only open the first Saturday and Sunday of every month. Bummer. So we decided to do some sort of an out and back and started up the switchbacks. This trail is a good lung burner but the temperatures at 8:15 in the morning were in the 50's yet so it was manageable. We got to the first ridge in roughly 45 minutes and my quads were feeling it. This is when I got the bright idea to continue east along the ridge line, (there was a faint but discernable trail), until it intersected up with the Warrior Trail which we could take down to the 19th Avenue Trailhead. This would avoid back tracking down the same trail. We'd then have to take a cab back to the San Juan Road gate which got the idea voted down. It was then decided to continue up to high point on the Alta Trail before turning around and heading back. On the way back, one of the guys said he "might" join me on the journey down Warrior provided that the other guys took my car keys and picked us up. (While we didn't end up doing this, some day I'like to go up Alta and over and down Warrior. Yet another one to add to the wish list.)

The top was another 30 minutes away so by the time we got there I was loop committed. (I just don't like paying for the same real estate twice.) Carolyn, whom was just getting over a cold, stopped short of the final switchbacks leading to the top and was waiting for everybody to come back down. It had taken us an hour and 15 minutes to get to the top. I continued down the west side by myself and it was very steep and slippery in spots. It took me another 40 minutes to reach the west trailhead. This leg of the hike came in at 5.0 miles in just under 2 hours. Approximately .6 miles of that distance was the walk along the road from the gate to the actual east trailhead. I then took the National Trail for approximately 1.5 miles to where it intersected the San Juan Road. Rather than take the Bajada Trail from there, I just continued to walk the road back to my Jeep at the gate. All told, the hike came in at 8.9 miles, in 3 hours with 1,850 feet of AEG. It was an hour and 5 minutes from the west trailhead back to the gate.
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Feb 12 2011
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Mormon Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2011
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Hiking5.80 Miles 1,350 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.58 mph
1,350 ft AEG
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I pushed off from the 24th street trailhead at 10:45 with temperatures in the mid 60's on a beautiful Saturday morning. My intent was to do a loop heading up the Mormon Trail to the National Trail and then west over to the Hidden Valley Trail and return east on the National Trail to the Mormon Loop Trail and back to the 24th Street Trailhead. The Mormon Trail is a good direct climb that quickly gets the blood pumping. I encountered quite a few large groups of people so this would be better with an earlier morning start or a week day. This section of the National Trail is my favorite due to all of the boulders and rock formations. Hidden Valley was a really pleasant surprise. As I started Hidden Valley Trail from the west side I immediately came to a rock wall and it appeared the trail headed southwest up the wash. Wrong. Then I thought that the trail must just climb over the large granite boulder so that's what I started to do. Wrong. As I was on top of the boulder I noticed several west bound hikers sliding through a gap right below my feet. How cool is that! So I came back down and squeezed through that little gap , (Fat Man's Misery I guess), where I thought the trail dead ended. The trail continued to wind around and over rock formations all the way to the tunnel at its eastern end. A half mile of shear pleasure. The rest of the hike was uneventful if not over crowded. It is what it is. The entire hike came in at 5.8 miles with 1,350 feet of AEG in 2 1/4 hours.
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Jan 29 2011
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Ma Ha Tuak TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2011
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Hiking3.75 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking3.75 Miles   2 Hrs      1.88 mph
1,100 ft AEG
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Well this hike was a fine mess I got us into and goes to prove the old adage, "Those who don't prepare are preparing for failure". I got a wild hair so Carolyn and I headed out late last Saturday afternoon for a quick loop of the Ma Ha Tuak and Warrior Trails at South Mountain. I'd seen the loop on the big map and figured that it would be a relatively easy city park hike like the rest of the South Mountain Trail system. We headed out on the Ma Ha Tuak trail but hiked right past the supposed turnoff heading due west up the ridgeline and back to the Warrior trail. We ended up on a trail called the Max Delta Loop which while heading west, was well south of where we should be. Rather than hike back to the supposed turnoff, we decided to bushwhack up the face of the ridge until we intersected our original intended trail. This was very steep going with poor footing and we weren't dressed for it as we were both in shorts. Lots of Cholla. As we approached the ridgeline it became stupid steep and there was some exposure. It was decided that discretion was the better part of valor so we carefully came back down via a drainage where the footing was better. We got back to the Max Delta Loop trail and continued back around on the Ma Ha Tuak trail. I saw where we should have cut across to the west but it was no trail. There were no cairns and it was just a bushwhack straight up the ridgeline. Doable, but we weren't prepared for that kind of effort at that hour of the day. Maybe next time. And if then, I'd do the loop in a counter clockwise fashion going up Warrior and bushwhacking across and down the ridgeline to the Ma Ha Tuak. Going cross country is much easier going down as gravity is there to assist and the downward line of sight makes it much easier to follow one's bearing line. All told this little aborted adventure came in at 3.75 miles with 1,100 feet of AEG in 2 hours. If nothing else, it was a good workout.
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Jan 23 2011
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Holbert Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2011
Tim
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   3.06 mph
1,400 ft AEG
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5 of us, (Doug, Carolyn, Angela, Dennis and myself), met up at 8:00 Sunday morning originally intending to hike a car shuttle hike on the Alta Trail. Unfortunately, the park was closed to auto traffic for "Silent Sunday". We then elected to make a loop out of the Holbert, National, and Kiwanis Trails. It was 2.4 miles to the National Trail, 2.2 miles west on the National Trail over to the Kiwanis Trail and another 1.0 mile down it. We then had another 1.0 mile from the Kiwanis Trailhead through the pavilions to the main road. It was another .8 miles back to the parking lot. All told, it was 7.4 miles with 1,400 feet of AEG in just under 2 1/2 hours.
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Jan 22 2011
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San Gabriel RidgePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 22 2011
Tim
Hiking3.75 Miles 650 AEG
Hiking3.75 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   2.65 mph
650 ft AEG
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I did this as a counter clockwise loop incorporating the Desert Classic, Beverly Canyon, National and San Gabriel Ridge Trails. Joe originaly had it at 2.75 miles but I did some putzing around on the Desert Classic Trail and a few side trips to overlooks so as to end up a 3.75 miles. Just under an hour and a half with 650 feet of AEG.
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Jan 17 2011
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Corona de Loma East - AKA Old Man TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2011
Tim
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   3 Hrs      2.47 mph
1,400 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I did this shuttle hike incorporating the National Trail, Corona De Loma East Trail and the Desert Classic Trail in a counter clockwise direction. (Yes, we didn't read the trail description and came down Corona De Loma East. Some people's children!) The first 1.5 miles up the National Trail was a mind numbing walk up a dirt road with hundreds of new friends walking dogs and pushing baby strollers. Once the trail started to climb in earnest, the number of soccer moms fell off significantly and it was quite an enjoyable hike up around and through the rocks. The trail down Hidden Valley to Fat Man's Pass looked intriguing. We took the National Trail for 5.0 miles up to Corona De Loma before back-tracking to Corona De Loma East for the trip down. This intersection isn't marked, but the trail is relatively obvious and easy to follow as it climbs up and over the ridge. Then the funs starts! This sucker is steep and scree filled. We had to be very careful with our foot placements and were glad to have our poles. We didn't see a soul on this trail and really enjoyed the views and solitude on what is largely an urban hike. When the tail levels off in the flats and intersects one of the many feeder mountain bike trails on the way to the Desert Classic Trail, we looked back and were at a loss to find the trail we just came down. It is unmarked at the bottom and would be very difficult to spot without a GPS or really good directions. Once you're on the trail it's easy to follow, the trick is finding the darn thing! We followed the Desert Classic Trail around to the water tower at the end of Equestrian Road where we had left our other car. (There is public access at the water tower.) All told we had this one way hike at 7.4 miles with 1,400 feet of AEG in just under 3 hours.
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Jan 15 2011
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Telegraph Pass Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2011
Tim
Hiking6.90 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.59 mph
1,400 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I did this hike as a shuttle hike incorporating the Telegraph Pass, National, and Corona De Loma trails in a clockwise direction. We pushed off from the Telegraph Pass Trailhead a little before 9:00 on Saturday morning and and finished just after 11:30 on Warpaint Road. The route up to the pass was very crowded much like Camelback. Once we got onto the National Trail we encountered many fewer people than expected which was a good thing. We almost followed the sandy wash while on the Corona De Loma trail but correctly exited up the ridge at the right place. We only saw 2 sets of people on this steep and rocky trail. Once we were off of the ridge we came across abaout a dozen mountain bke riders on the flats to the trailhead. All told we logged the one way hike at 6.9 miles with 1,400 feet of AEG in 2 hours and 40 minutes.
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Jan 09 2011
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First Water TH to Canyon LakePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2011
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Hiking7.60 Miles 1,150 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   3 Hrs      2.53 mph
1,150 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I pushed off from First Water Trailhead at 8:30 with a temperature of 40 degrees. It was a beautiful day but slightly chilly in the shade so we kept our fleeces and long pants on. We only came across 4 groups of people the entire trip so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. On our climb out from Boulder Creek we took off the fleeces and zipped off the long pants and were quite comfortable. We finished the 7.9 miles in just under 3 hours witih 1,350 feet of AEG. We then enjoyed lunch and beers at the marina before hitch hiking back to the First Water Trailhead. We must have look quite "needy" as we got picked up right away at the bridge and were only walking a few minutes down the dirt road to First Water before another gentlemen and his daughter gave us a lift. Nice folks out in the wilderness.
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Jan 08 2011
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Sunrise Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 08 2011
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Hiking4.50 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   3.00 mph
1,200 ft AEG
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Doug, Jim and I did this as a point-to-point going west to east Saturday morning. We pushed off at 8:30 and it was a brisk 38 degrees. But there was no wind and we warmed up as soon as we started climbing. We by passed the summit so as to stay out of the wind and not catch a chill. Jim ran a good part of the way. (That's way too much work for me.) We finished in 90 minutes with 1,200 feet of AEG then headed over to the Good Egg for breakfast.
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Dec 25 2010
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Black Mesa Loop - Superstition MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 25 2010
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Hiking9.00 Miles 1,125 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs      3.00 mph
1,125 ft AEG
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I did this a quick solo hike Christmas morning so as to justify my anticipated afernoon sloth. I pushed of at 9:10 with only 7 cars in the parking lot on a clear sunny day with the temperature at 57 degrees. There was a bit of a breeze at times so it stayed cool for the two slight climbs. I didn't see a soul until returning on the Dutchman Trail when I encountered multiple groups exchanging Christmas greetings. There were 30 cars in the lot when I returned and the temperature was still a cool 68 degrees. A lovely day. All told, it was 9 miles in just under 3 hours with 1,125 feet of AEG.
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Dec 19 2010
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Boulder Canyon Trail #103Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 19 2010
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Hiking6.30 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking6.30 Miles   3 Hrs      2.10 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I made a loop hike heading out on the Boulder Canyon Trail and coming back down LaBarge Creek. We pushed off at 9:15 with the temperatures in the upper 50's. I've returned via LaBarge creek a couple of times in the past and it can be tricky and challenging depending upon the water levels. This time the creek was bone dry so we didn't have a lot of obstacles to deal with and the bush whacking was at a minimum. However, at the 2nd choke point, (ie: the 90 degree right turn to the north), we came upon two large pools of stagnant water. We traversed the first pool by slipping through a crack and hugging the canyon wall to the right. The second pool was circumvented by hugging the cayon wall to the left. After that it was a pretty simple boulder hop all the way back to Canyon Lake where we climbed up the cairned route which led back to the main trail. All told, the hike came in at 6.3 miles in 3 hours with 1,300 feet of AEG.
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Dec 18 2010
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Tom's Thumb Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2010
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Hiking4.30 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking4.30 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.91 mph
1,400 ft AEG
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I took this hike on Saturday in lieu of going to the gym. The temperature was in the mid 50's at 9:00 which made it a bit easier to climb this "stair-master". It took me 32 minutes to get to the saddle at the intersection with the East End Trail and my legs were feeling it. From there I went up to the Look Out Trail that is south of the turnoff for Tom's Thumb. It took 55 minutes to cover the 2.3 miles from the trailhead to the look out. It was overcast and a little cool but the views were awesome. On the return trip I took the "game trail" down from the saddle that follows the drainage. This was a little more difficult to follow and inovlves a lot of boulder hopping. I believe this was the former main trail before the trailhead got moved. This trail intersected with the main Tom's Thumb Trail at the turnoff for the second mountain climbers trail. The sign referenced the Gardners Wall and the Headwall climbs. All tole the hike was 4.3 miles in 2 1/4 hours with 1,400 feet of AEG.
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Dec 11 2010
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Dutchman Trail #104Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2010
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Hiking9.00 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   2.51 mph
1,400 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I took this 9.0 mile counter clockwise loop on the Dutchman over Miners Needle and back on the Bluff Spring Trail on Saturday morning at 9:00 am. The upper lot was just filling up when we pushed off and the temperature was a beautiful 58 degrees. There was virtually no water in any of the washes and we finished the loop in 3 hours and 35 minutes with 1,400 feet of AEG. We came across quite a few groups of people as it was such a gorgeous day. It was in the mid 70's when we finished just after 12:30 and both lots were filled to near capacity.
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