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Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302 - 74 members in 845 triplogs have rated this an average 3.1 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 02 2020
Hippy
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 Guides 7
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 Triplogs 628

34 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2020
Hippy
Hiking5.20 Miles 2,070 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   2.07 mph
2,070 ft AEG
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Too many people, weather's sooo nice. Almost time for me to head back North.
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Feb 28 2020
LindaAnn
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 Guides 23
 Routes 361
 Photos 2,740
 Triplogs 1,061

39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 28 2020
LindaAnn
Hiking5.63 Miles 1,878 AEG
Hiking5.63 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   2.05 mph
1,878 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Surprisingly, Daniela had never been to Squaw Peak before, so we got that taken care of today. Up to the summit first, then clockwise on the Circumference trail on the way back down. We made the loop a little bigger by going down Irregular Link then back up VOAZ. This was a good choice, since that part had the best flowers of the day. Finished up at 11:00. Fairly warm all morning, windy at the top.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Lots of flowers along Irregular Link, especially poppies; VOAZ had a lot too.
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Jan 25 2020
AsTheCrowFlies
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 Routes 10
 Photos 86
 Triplogs 10

41 male
 Joined Mar 19 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Circumference Trail w/ the Family, AZ 
Circumference Trail w/ the Family, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2020
AsTheCrowFlies
Hiking1.94 Miles 398 AEG
Hiking1.94 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   1.66 mph
398 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
Had a nice hike with the entire family for a change today. My wife decided to come with the boys and I so we didn't try and tackle the summit as her hip has been bothering her. Managed to find parking right at the Summit Trail parking lot for a change which was a little surprising.

We made it about a 3/4 for a mile before the boys started complaining that they wanted to go home so I pushed them a little further and then we turned around. I love taking them out because they always complain and go slow until we turn around and then its smooth sailing all the way back to the car.

Little do they know, slowly but surely I will be increasing the distance on them.
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Jan 03 2020
BiFrost
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 Guides 4
 Routes 345
 Photos 7,218
 Triplogs 854

50 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Irregular Link - Voaz Loop, AZ 
Irregular Link - Voaz Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2020
BiFrost
Hiking4.47 Miles 1,008 AEG
Hiking4.47 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   2.08 mph
1,008 ft AEG
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Day off work so hiked short loop in the preserve on some of my favorite trails.
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Dec 22 2019
Nate_F
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 Routes 135
 Photos 921
 Triplogs 72

48 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
North Phoenix Preserve Mystery LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2019
Nate_F
Hiking5.34 Miles 978 AEG
Hiking5.34 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.45 mph
978 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Hit the Preserve for some exercise today. Parked at the 40th st trailhead as it's close to my house. I have done pretty much everything in this area, or so I thought. So it's fun to find new paths to travel. This whole route pretty much avoids the crowds at Piestawa, Dreamy Draw, and 2-Bit, so that's good for solitude. I tried to follow the official route as best I could, but still missed a few turns here and there. Hard to get lost out here, but easy to get confused :doh: Fun little hike in the heart of the Preserve! :)
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Dec 21 2019
jochal
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 Guides 2
 Routes 22
 Photos 1,878
 Triplogs 506

36 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 21 2019
jochal
Hiking4.98 Miles 1,885 AEG
Hiking4.98 Miles
1,885 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Partners none no partners
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Nov 23 2019
Nightstalker
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 Routes 75
 Photos 5,527
 Triplogs 742

51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Dixie Peak 2,429 - Phoenix PreservesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2019
Nightstalker
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,785 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   2.27 mph
1,785 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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Enjoying the cooler temps, I took the harem on a loop through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Starting at 40th Street south of Shea trailhead, we took the old road up to Two Bit summit. From there we followed a clockwise loop on LVYates, Perl Charles, Freedom, Irregular Link, and trail 100 back to the parking lot. Good times! Lots of other hikers, many with dogs.
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Nov 15 2019
Thoreau
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 Routes 10
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 679

male
 Joined Mar 10 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 15 2019
Thoreau
Hiking3.60 Miles 1,205 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles
1,205 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
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Nov 13 2019
Hippy
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 Guides 7
 Routes 4
 Photos 1,790
 Triplogs 628

34 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Piestewa Peak, AZ 
Piestewa Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2019
Hippy
Hiking3.68 Miles 1,422 AEG
Hiking3.68 Miles   2 Hrs      1.95 mph
1,422 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Gone hikin', good to see ya on trail JimH!
Boulders for Harry Potter trivia night didn't win...baffled that there are bigger nerds than me, oh well.

Anxiously awaiting Boulder on Broadway Grand Canyon trivia :lol:
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Oct 26 2019
DarthStiller
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 Guides 17
 Routes 271
 Photos 6,461
 Triplogs 474

50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
LV Yates Trail #8Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 26 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking9.20 Miles 1,554 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   4 Hrs   34 Mns   2.01 mph
1,554 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Went back to this area to do a few more trails that I either haven't done in 15+ years, or haven't done at all. There is such a maze of unofficial trails here that I never really tried to keep track of hiking them all like I do with everywhere else I hike.

Started at the 40th St. trailhead and did and out and back on Trail 100, then did a loop down to 8B, up 302 and 304, and back to the trailhead via 1A and some unofficial trails. Got more elevation gain that I expected with the hills you have to climb over. the weather was a lot more comfortable that it was the last time I was here now that things are cooling off.
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Sep 14 2019
mt98dew
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 Guides 17
 Routes 19
 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,531

50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 14 2019
mt98dew
Hiking5.21 Miles 1,205 AEG
Hiking5.21 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   2.82 mph
1,205 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Morning hike. Got there around 6am and found only a few parking spots left. Luckily I was planning on doing the Freedom Loop and one of those parking spots happened to be at the cul de sac. Did the loop CCW. Was able to (slowly) jog the whole loop, excluding the Summit section. :DANCE: First time successfully accomplishing that...there are two climbs that have always got me walking in the past. This is a rough trail to jog. Very rocky throughout with some pretty steep inclines. Saw 18 on this part of the. Felt like I saw 1800 on the summit section. Conga lines in both directions with multiple bottlenecks. :? Amazing the amount of traffic this trail gets. Followed the lines up and down and then finished my jog on the Freedom trail back to the Cul de sac.
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Sep 11 2019
rcorfman
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 Guides 1
 Routes 100
 Photos 1,350
 Triplogs 865

59 male
 Joined Oct 17 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2019
rcorfman
Hiking6.57 Miles 2,426 AEG
Hiking6.57 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   1.95 mph
2,426 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
Decided to do something different this morning so up early and to Piestewa Peak. Started walking about quarter past five when there was barely enough light to figure out where I was going. Summitted Piestewa Peak with some friends, one of which placed a flag for 911. We stayed at the top for over 50 minutes before heading back down. On the way down, saw and talked to Joe for a quick hello - Yes, it is different that I wasn't at Deem Hills or the BCT. On the way down took the Circumference trail and when I got to the end of the road parking lot, I decided to find a couple of nearby geocaches so took the 8B and then the Mohave Ridgeline to the Peak. My legs where tired by then. Ugh.

I had really good weather today. It was very nice with a refreshing breeze on the Piestewa summit, then the circumference trail was mostly in the shade. It only started to get warm at the end climbing up to the Mojave Ridgeline and then back down.
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Jul 06 2019
Nightstalker
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 Routes 75
 Photos 5,527
 Triplogs 742

51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Mohave Trail #200Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2019
Nightstalker
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,430 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   2.22 mph
1,430 ft AEG      28 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Did a short, early, beat the heat, in-town hike this weekend. One of my favorite loops in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Most of the harem hadn't been on this loop before, so it was quite the treat. Ambulance was taking someone out when we got there at 5:20. Parking lots are under construction, cars parked everywhere along the entrance road. Trail stewards were doing maintenance on the east side trails. Humidity was up, we were soaked. Post hike treats at Snooze were excellent!
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Jun 15 2019
DarthStiller
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 Guides 17
 Routes 271
 Photos 6,461
 Triplogs 474

50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking8.20 Miles 2,210 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   4 Hrs   48 Mns   1.71 mph
2,210 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Technically, I've never hiked Piestewa Peak before. The last time I did, it was still Squaw Peak. And that was a solid 19 years ago. I think I've only ever hiked it once. Maybe twice, but I'm honestly not sure.

I figured the closest lot would be packed, so I decided to start from the Dreamy Draw area. It added some mileage as well, which I wanted. There are way too many trails in this area, and I always have a hard time figuring out which trail I'm on exactly. It took a little while to get to the Circumference Trail, mainly because I kept having to check Route Scout to see which was the best way to get there.

Once I got on the Circumference Trail, I headed counter clockwise to the junction of the summit trail. I wasn't really sure I wanted to try to do that trail today. For some reason when I got there, I felt good enough and started up. I think only two people passed me. I was able to stay ahead of many younger hikers and pass a few older ones. :y: Lots of hikers here routinely ignore the etiquette of "downhill yields to uphill", just like on Camelback. ](*,) I noticed that if you don't look up much on your way up, they tend to give you a bit more room : rambo : . I took a break by the one railing at the level spot to catch my breath and get a drink. Then, just before the final push, I had to take another break to rest my legs, which were starting to feel the burn. I did leg presses the day before, so I think tomorrow morning it's going to hurt trying to get out of bed.

At the top, everyone seemed to be on the lower peak. I got up there and noticed that the actual peak was over a bit. I made my way up there, just as much to get away from the crowd as be on the actual peak. Getting back to the trail required having to Honnold my way down a few dicey stretches due to taking a bad angle and having to move around other hikers.

Once back on the Circumference Trail, I kept on the counter clockwise loop and headed back to my car. Took the VOAZ up to Trail 100 to avoid more climbing over the higher saddle.
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May 05 2019
joebartels
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 Guides 227
 Routes 826
 Photos 11,361
 Triplogs 4,464

50 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Extended Nature Lollipop Loop, AZ 
Extended Nature Lollipop Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 05 2019
joebartels
Hiking4.38 Miles 923 AEG
Hiking4.38 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.10 mph
923 ft AEG      5 Mns Break2 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Sun 9:30 am
Just got the tibber treatment on a hello to a young couple. It's gotta be the shoes!

Sun 10:01 am
This is a really cool loop. Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, typically where you're not disliked, but damn I'm glad I changed the beat.

Rarely get out on this side of Perl Charles 1A. Realized WestWorld & Pinnacle Peak are clearly in view at prime points.

Yesterday was packed. Today maybe 50%. Bees & gnats are rolling full throttle. I'm sure they'll annoy me before the mercury destroys their life nurturing moisture. For now I have far greater anyances than bugs swarming my eyes, ears and nose.

Prehydrated as always. 2 frozen 12oz water bottles were perfect at 2.1mph, upper 80s, light breeze. Typically prefer laps as I'm not into carrying a pack on a hike under 12ish miles.
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Apr 19 2019
PatrickL
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 Guides 7
 Routes 61
 Photos 1,394
 Triplogs 396

28 male
 Joined Jan 10 2010
 Buckeye, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2019
PatrickL
Hiking5.10 Miles 1,860 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   1.61 mph
1,860 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
Counterclockwise loop from the lower parking area ending with Pie. I nearly stepped on a rattler before I even reached the trail. Had an awesome full moon which rendered my headlamp unessential.
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Mar 10 2019
joebartels
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 Guides 227
 Routes 826
 Photos 11,361
 Triplogs 4,464

50 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Pieloop, AZ 
Pieloop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2019
joebartels
Hiking5.53 Miles 1,443 AEG
Hiking5.53 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.26 mph
1,443 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
1st trip
I just walked a mile to the park and Nikki drives right up and parks... lol

Rancid drift is strong on the west side of the circ which I noted a couple months ago too.

Down on Piestewa Basin Trail #1D, cool breeze. Everything is green, heaven esque.

A lot of people out in the Irregular Link vicinity. Far from crowded. Cool to see the rarely used gems getting attention.

Changing back to sandals realized this was my first hike without insoles. Forgot to put them back in yesterday after shaking out pebbles. Always wondered if the 1/16? inch thing was necessary. Probably, but I didn't notice a difference. Perhaps on rougher terrain the foot might slide around. Then again I like my Salomons for their tight yet comfortable fit.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Dismal compared to SoMo. Interesting as the north stretch of the circ was a great wildflower show back in the late 90's.
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Feb 18 2019
emilystardust
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 Triplogs 237

37 female
 Joined Jun 23 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2019
emilystardust
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,180 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles
1,180 ft AEG
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Jan 11 2019
MandaBearPig
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 Routes 12
 Photos 51
 Triplogs 13

32 female
 Joined Jul 11 2018
 Phoenix, AZ
Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2019
MandaBearPig
Hiking3.71 Miles 1,231 AEG
Hiking3.71 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   1.92 mph
1,231 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Partners none no partners
After work decompression. Set out to do the peak but chickened out at the saddle.
Jan 02 2019
joebartels
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 Guides 227
 Routes 826
 Photos 11,361
 Triplogs 4,464

50 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Cirque du Preserves, AZ 
Cirque du Preserves, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 02 2019
joebartels
Hiking6.10 Miles 2,133 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.33 mph
2,133 ft AEG      3 Mns Break1 LBS Pack
 
no photosets
1st trip
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Wed 11:58 am
Decided on Circ. Nice guy warned me not to follow him since I was paying more attention to my HAZ leash

Wed 12:12 pm
Healthy scattering of scorpionweed

Wed 12:30 pm
Just passed a smattering of future tibber air freshener

Wed 12:35 pm
#1D is a gem. Backside of the circ is nice but #1D on the flip side swings lower so you get a larger mountain backdrop. Awesome little trench ascent on the NE end. Trail designers undoubtedly shake their heads. Luckily too far for 97.821% it's rugged natural cut is safe.

Wed 1:02 pm
Always get a kick out of post-noon good morning greetings. Naturally attributed to my glowing personality that reminds folks of a fresh joyous day.

Wed 1:14 pm
Back to civilization. Brittlebush reappears after very little since leaving the summit trail. Hint of shivering poppies on the #1C sky boardwalk.

Waypoints now work on triplogs created from RS
- some will prob hate this timestamp outline setup
easy to erase, could be a checkbox option, holding w/simplicity
- with an embedded route this bad boy oughta auto link
- be nice to have a quick popup overview map with route linked to timestamps
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Wildflowers Observation Light
lots of scorpionweed on the west & east circ
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average hiking speed 2.09 mph
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