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Telegraph Pass - South Mountain - 53 members in 626 triplogs have rated this an average 2.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 28 2019
LindaAnn
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39 female
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Telegraph Pass - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 28 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking5.18 Miles 1,196 AEG
Hiking5.18 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   2.59 mph
1,196 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Was originally going to do the usual Pyramid, but when I got out of the car and grabbed my pack, I realized I had forgotten to fill it with water. Ughhhh. I could have driven the 3-4 miles home to get water, or just head over to Telegraph, which is between my house and Pyramid, fill up with the water at the trailhead, and start from there instead. Only a few cars in the parking lot when I got there.

No breeze on the way up. Saw one tiny snake just before reaching the road. There were a few rangers working on the trail at the top of Kiwanis. Headed west on National, over to just before the junction with Ranger, where I turned around. Good breeze all along National. Got a few high clouds blocking the sunlight on my way back down Telegraph, very much appreciated. I’ve always disliked the descent down Telegraph—never good footing, too eroded, and difficult to settle into a consistent stride.
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Jul 06 2019
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Lost Ranch Mine - Holbert Loop, AZ 
Lost Ranch Mine - Holbert Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 06 2019
joebartels
Hiking16.54 Miles 3,400 AEG
Hiking16.54 Miles   7 Hrs   23 Mns   2.36 mph
3,400 ft AEG      23 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
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Excitement consumed anticipation for the big hike of the week. Diligent focused training paid off. Managed to get a good night sleep and start refreshed!

Kiwanis
Gangsters are full of poetic hellos.

Lost Ranch Mine Trail
Great rugged ridges. Nice if you enjoy desert landscape, which I do. Reminds me of the new south ridge of T Bone. Also more Quartz and Montezuma Estrella like vs East SoMo.

The Palos Verdes are a cicada symphony, it was friggin awesome!

Love a ridge that's so steep I'm in the shade at 8:10 a.m. Granted it only lasted a minute or two tops.

At the bottom in the washes is very similar to the backside of pie circ, including use-trails galore. Better ravines but not as swanky tight cool as being in the center of the sixth largest US city. Nevertheless a great place to sneak a pee!

Pyramid
Surprised a good half mile from Ranch jct is NPS freeway tread. Holy schniky I just got passed. Good thing I'm not competitive but AYFKM... yeah yeah, old guy slow poking the flats, head down, lugging a ridiculously heavy day pack... I get it but doubt he has a clue he just danced past a sleeper. Didn't smell nor mimic a sprinkler so I don't think he was Linda's sweat-stalker.

Got over excited, after a snazzy drop on Ranch Mine I expected more bite in this ascent. Obviously nothing in that old runner either. Passed back and cleared a quarter mile with little effort.

Telegraph
Birdy bath at the TH. Took advantage of the cold filtered water. Ran a half quart through my ice pack. Mixed up some lemonade. Enjoyed a lucky 13 minute break on my back on the new cement benches. Best to raise the legs over the heart but made due with the shade opportunity.

Radio Radio - Ode to Elvis Costello
Seriously questioned continuing at ~11 miles near Radio Towers.
Felt recharged after a little break.

Holbert
14.32 miles - 12:49 pm
Started with 5.6 pounds of rock solid ice, down to about 10 ounces. Not concerned with ~2.? miles to go.

Not really a big hike. Still cool to have up close Sierra Estrella views early on then Camelback - Four Peaks later on. Almost no one out now. It's just a hundred degrees vs the big bad summer your mother warned you about.

16.29 miles - 1:33 pm
LoLo ROCKS, duh! Considered The Hideout Loop. As with french fries and cheesecake you just need to know when to say when. Especially if you're out of ketchup and graham cracker crust!

Synopsis
Enjoyed portions more than anticipated. Shocked at the number and young hikers out in July. Nearly all vanished after 8am. Gleaned a couple ideas for RS and found a bug.
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Jul 05 2019
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Telegraph-Kiwanis-Ranger, AZ 
Telegraph-Kiwanis-Ranger, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking7.96 Miles 1,725 AEG
Hiking7.96 Miles   3 Hrs   1 Min   2.65 mph
1,725 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Started at 5:00 to nice temps and a good breeze. Up Telegraph, then down Kiwanis. We could smell smoke on Kiwanis, and actually looked around for anything smoldering. The people behind us did too. We finally decided it was just smoke hanging in the air from the fire to the north of the Valley. West on the gem of SoMo—Los Lomitas. Up Ranger, a side trip to Goat Hill, then back over to Telegraph. Plenty of people by then, plus some horses. Temps were still nice to finish. Good hike, and good company—Thanks, Denny!
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Jul 05 2019
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Telegraph-Kiwanis-Ranger, AZ 
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking7.96 Miles 1,725 AEG
Hiking7.96 Miles   3 Hrs   1 Min   2.65 mph
1,725 ft AEG      1 Min Break
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1st trip
I met Linda for a Friday morning hike. Telegraph parking lot has a fresh face. The trail is a little worn but it is a busy trail. Kiwanis is in pretty good shape. Los Lamitas is pristine and the highlight of this loop! Ranger, Goat hill and national all good and very dry! The temps were nice . Nice workout and my hiking partner along with the conversation were top notch 😁. Thanks Linda, you rock!
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Jun 11 2019
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Kiwanis / Telegraph Flipper Doodle, AZ 
Kiwanis / Telegraph Flipper Doodle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 11 2019
joebartels
Hiking4.73 Miles 1,023 AEG
Hiking4.73 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   2.23 mph
1,023 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Just through the ravine was a horror story quantity of gnats flying at ground level to 3 inch above the ground.

A couple solid good mornings. I'll have this trail up to Telegraph snuff in no time!

June mornings are about as good as life gets. Borderline chilly in this shaded canyon with a breeze.

Whew, luckily the gnat phobia cloud only lasted a few minutes.

Palo Verde seeds still not dried out. Limbs are drooping more than average this year.

Telegraph Trailhead is open except the bathrooms. Fountains work and a new filtered water receptacle.

Started with one 70% frozen quart. 2 miles in, 20% just water.

Probably not the wisest thing to do... beating an empty Gatorade bottle on your head and various places creates different tones!
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Jun 06 2019
joebartels
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Kiwanis - Telegraph - Piestewa, AZ 
Kiwanis - Telegraph - Piestewa, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2019
joebartels
Hiking7.40 Miles 2,248 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   3 Hrs   22 Mns   2.30 mph
2,248 ft AEG      9 Mns Break1 LBS Pack
 
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Opportunity delivered me to SoMo earlier than usual.

0.19 miles - 7:16 am
Wow, this canyon is pleasantly cool in the morning.

0.47 miles - 7:23 am
Now out of the natural canyon shade into sunlight, almost to creek dip-cross-up. Two weeks from the longest day of the year, let's keep this secret on the down low.

1.04 miles - 7:39 am
Heading into the hike I wanted to listen to Bruce Arians on sportsradio so I had the earbuds. When it was over I took 'em out and forgot to turn the volume down. Just passed two older gentleman. Wouldn't you know it, this app recording my hike starts singing roadrunner...lol Joy, now I'm "that" guy. Luckily SpiderLegs wasn't around to scold... whew!

Last year I helped a ranger with a keep volume low sign in another preserve so I feel my karma balance is still in check.

1.47 miles - 7:51 am
Heading down Telegraph. Same as I wrote in the 2000 guide, good mornings galore. Everybody, all ages, simply phenomenal.

1.83 miles - 7:58 am
Ghost Town-ish. Still too many people for me to wobble-jog the flats and easy grades.

1.95 miles - 8:01 am
Beautiful Smiles. These folks have great dental plans.

2.20 miles - 8:06 am
Mmmm, someone has mesquite blazing in their fireplace.

Telegraph Trailhead
Construction fencing is down. Still a large crew doing touch-ups. Porta-potties are still the game but looks like it'll be opening soon.

2.60 miles - 8:17 am
2 green fairy pooch wag bags ready for pick up. Self resolving issue, apparently the owners attack each other with golf clubs.

2.78 miles - 8:20 am
Now heading back up Telegraph I can see maybe 10 hikers scattered evenly up to the saddle.
Which I can appreciate because it's darn right chili until the Mercury grazes 90.

3.06 miles - 8:26 am
What we have here is a pack of tibbers! She would love the morning community ambience.

Almost back to Saddle
Apparently a one-and-done crowd, no takers on "see ya next lap"... boy tough crowd

Kiwanis Return
Warming up. Just 1 hiker ahead of me the entire way down.

Piestewa
Parking slots now painted at Navajo. Summit lot still not paved. Sign up that the entrance lot will be closed for 8 weeks.

1 Morning - 1 Post
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Mar 19 2019
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Kiwanis / Telegraph Flipper Doodle, AZ 
Kiwanis / Telegraph Flipper Doodle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 19 2019
joebartels
Hiking5.74 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking5.74 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   2.17 mph
1,200 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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Puffy clouds where out so it seemed like a good opportunity to try out a xmas present of clip on lenses for my phone. Clouds were gone upon arrival. Parked between Kiwanis & Piedres Grande. Also needed to test RS iOS 5.2.0 for a third hike. Did my best to mossy* about to trick iOS into straight lining. No dice for the third time in a row, keeps working. Doubting the little fix until a longer hike with a break but it's 3 for 3.

*Utilized my Shuttermoon Pro Lenses within steps.

Mid week and it's warming up so the number of hikers were scarce to light.

Construction at Telegraph is moving along possibly slower that Piestewa. However it was just 4 workers... 3 supervising 1. Heading back up Telegraph my hammy was screaming like a whining turtle. Pain is a frame of mind but a group was progressively gaining. It all worked out, didn't even hear 'em after the brutal flat sidewalk of death.

Impressed with the macro and circ polarizer. The wide angle is weak and I don't get the lure of fish eye. Changing is a hassle but would be easier for superstars with excellent vision and hand skills.
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Holding, except the Brittlebush is dying out for round two. Majority of poppies are on Los Lomitas from Piedras Grandes to Ranger. Nothing new along Kiwanis. Not much along Telegraph.
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Mar 15 2019
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Telegraph / Kiwanis Flipper Doodle, AZ 
Telegraph / Kiwanis Flipper Doodle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2019
mazatzal
Hiking4.00 Miles 536 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
536 ft AEG
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1st trip
A friend and I hiked Telegraph plus part of National and part of Kiwanis.
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Jan 24 2019
Tim
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 Scottsdale
Telegraph Pass - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jan 24 2019
Tim
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,460 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.20 mph
1,460 ft AEG
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This was an out and back from the Telegraph Trailhead, east on the National a little ways, with a side trip to the Holbert overlook. It was 55 degrees when I started at noon at 67 when I finished. The hike came in at 5.5 mile in 2.5 hours with 1,460 of AEG.
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Dec 13 2018
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Telegraph Pass - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking2.30 Miles 536 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles      39 Mns   3.54 mph
536 ft AEG
 
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My new norm!
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Dec 06 2018
joebartels
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 Phoenix, AZ
Kiwanis / Telegraph Flipper Doodle, AZ 
Kiwanis / Telegraph Flipper Doodle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2018
joebartels
Hiking5.26 Miles 1,184 AEG
Hiking5.26 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   3.55 mph
1,184 ft AEG
 
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After an early minute break picked up the pace to make it up. Nobody on Kiwanis.

Morning rain kept Telegraph hikers along my journey down to 10 net. Utilizing RS's current stats I got up to 8mph for a second or two on the desert tone sidewalk. New construction fences and signage at TG TH.

Figured I best throw in the lookout. Passed 6 on that short & popular add on, only 2 not seen on TG.

Happy reeling in what has to be a personal best 3.5mph. Ecstatic I never have to do it again. Overcast, 55° throughout.

Liking the new quick "recent generics" addition to +Add Triplog on RS 4.8.04. Just need to make it auto link too.
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Nov 28 2018
joebartels
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Kiwanis / Telegraph Flipper Doodle, AZ 
Kiwanis / Telegraph Flipper Doodle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2018
joebartels
Hiking4.86 Miles 1,005 AEG
Hiking4.86 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   2.41 mph
1,005 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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New paint on the new road through the ranger station.

Young, friendly female ranger working on an area near the beginning of Kiwanis. Perfect weather if a tad breezy. Flipper butterflies danced in a few areas. The lush ground hugging weeds are a bonus. Better than average non-stat
inspired hikers.

Porta potties at Telegraph Trailhead. Perhaps there for a decade, first I've noticed.

Route Scout - Triplog Embedded Route now live.
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joebartels
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Piedras Grandes - Telegraph - Holbert Loop, AZ 
Piedras Grandes - Telegraph - Holbert Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2018
joebartels
Hiking9.78 Miles 1,962 AEG
Hiking9.78 Miles   4 Hrs   36 Mns   2.36 mph
1,962 ft AEG      27 Mns Break3 LBS Pack
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1st trip
The 9? spaces at Kiwanis and the 3 or 4 at the restroom were full. Piedras Grandes is rarely open. I was the fourth to take advantages of the hundred plus spaces. Doubt it hit ten due to Joel's observation in paragraphs 3 & 4 in a guide he wrote before he became famous.

Piedras - Kiwanis
Briefly played on the large boulders then proudly merged onto Los Lomitas. Kiwanis was as busy as I've ever witnessed. Heard a RS split passing a group. Nice day. No breeze, a little sweaty even without a pack.

Telegraph
Spoke to soon. Gentle breeze switching over to Telegraph. Busy as expected. Soon found myself in a cross traffic crowd of bike carriers. Ornaments on a Water Jacket where the trail crosses the ravine and the grade eases to strolling.

Checked out stunted growth elephant trees near the rock art, never noticed prior. Telegraph TH @ 12:30 was only 90% full. Some must have walked from the school.

National
Just passed one couple and a good chat with a hard core mountain biker. Perhap a few hundred poppies. Don't get excited. Evenly spaced over several miles. Largest concentration was maybe 10 in 10 square feet. If it would rain it might be a record as flower-less poppy leaves are thick ground cover in areas.

Holbert
The gangsters on Kiwanis are nicer. Overstatement. Now late afternoon, the chipper Telegraph hikers have probably dialed down a notch.

Los Lomitas
Shockingly passed a couple in the confusing wash to Piedras Grandes. Naturally just as I commented on them being the first encountered in the area... a mountain biker approached.

Started the triplog from Route Scout, which auto transfers the stats.
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Nov 21 2018
joebartels
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Kiwanis / Telegraph Flipper Doodle, AZ 
Kiwanis / Telegraph Flipper Doodle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 21 2018
joebartels
Hiking4.80 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.13 mph
1,060 ft AEG1 LBS Pack
 
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Construction at the ranger station has flaggers directing one lane of traffic. Grateful yet surprised they'd spend an unnecessary dime instead of closing access. Perhaps it's payback for a decade of limiting access to Alta.

Poppies are out in full isolated force. Think I saw four! Creosote is holding strong. Anderson Thornbush like the rest of the Valley is cranking out a bumper crop of the cute high acidic berries. By chance on August 2nd 2018, the common name was changed in FEIS ( Fire Effects Information System )
from: Anderson wolfberry
to: water jacket

Total crock a poo, it's [ Anderson Thornbush ] here at home on HAZ. One of the first plants I identified so there might be an ever so slight emotional bond. Water jacket... psst

At any rate, it's interesting to see it's a major stake along Kiwanis. Always wondered what was mixed in with the creosote!

Only 1 hiker heading up Kiwanis. Telegraph was busy with stunning views as MM(iPhone) would say. White lined sphinx caterpillars were abundant for ten feet and that was it.

Although I've been to the Telegraph TH many times it caught my attention how subtle the hill climbs vs anywhere else in the range, save the 620 area which is unbeknown as I've never laid foot. Not one use trail along the sidewalk or visible on satellite. Shocking but there are some from Castles off Pyramid Ridge.
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a few poppies, lots of creosote blooms
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Sep 29 2018
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Desert Classic-Telegraph-National-Corona, AZ 
Desert Classic-Telegraph-National-Corona, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2018
LindaAnn
Hiking11.36 Miles 1,901 AEG
Hiking11.36 Miles   4 Hrs   11 Mns   2.79 mph
1,901 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
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1st trip
Started from Warpaint with Daniela at 6am and took Desert Classic west all the way to Telegraph Pass. Up Telegraph, then east on National to Corona. Down Corona and back to the trailhead. Not the most exciting loop, but a nice way to get some miles in.
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May 27 2018
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 Mesa, AZ
Telegraph Pass - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar May 27 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking9.80 Miles 1,575 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   2.26 mph
1,575 ft AEG
 
The first hike I ever did in AZ was the Telegraph Pass Trail on Memorial Day weekend in 1999. I was visiting a friend who lived there at the time, but I was also scoping out Phoenix and how to move here from PA. that day I hiked up to the National Trail and then headed east until I was under the towers, then headed back. I always remember that weekend it was 115, crazy hot even by our standards. This time it was much cooler, and I did things much wiser than I did 19 years ago. I also did the loop taking the National Trail to Corona de Loma and returned on the Desert Classic. I have hiked this particular loop twice before, the first time was not too long after I moved here. I think that was the first time I realized I could plan out different hikes in the park making these kind of loops. That was also I believe the longest hike I had ever done, which also broadened my horizons.

About a quarter mile after the Telegraph Pass Trail heads north from the junction with the Desert Classic Trail, there is a very well marked spur that takes you to a very prominent petroglyph site. Before this day, I have never noticed this. Funny to think that I've hiked right passed this area several times in the past having no clue it was there.

The views up along the National Trail were the best, although the weather was a bit hazy. There is a sign in register along the National Trail just under the radio towers. Not sure why, but I signed in anyway.

the Corona de Loma Trail seemed much easier to walk from the very first time I remember hiking it, about 17 years ago. But much has changed since then in terms of how and when I hike, and footwear.

The hike back on the Desert Classic always seems to be a bit of a slog. As you near the Telegraph Pass TH, there is very prominent trail to the south that heads up along the top of a ridge and then loops back to the Desert Classic. Looks like that's another hike plan for another cooler weather weekend.

After this spent the afternoon with friends in downtown Phx watching the Rattlers game, and then at their house. did some extra walking downtown from our parking garage to lunch, then to the arena, then back to the car. Probably at least an additional 2 miles of walking for the day. Very fun day, very little of which was spent at home.

My knee seems to be holding up very well recently. No pain at all the next day, and the "looseness" in it also seems to be subsiding. the brace seems to be helping with that alot, but it also tend to exacerbate my usual case of heat rash on my calves. Seems like new problems every week, but the priority level goes down each time at least.
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May 16 2018
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Telegoat Ranger Kiwa, AZ 
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Hiking avatar May 16 2018
chumley
Hiking8.19 Miles 1,869 AEG
Hiking8.19 Miles   2 Hrs   53 Mns   2.84 mph
1,869 ft AEG
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1st trip
I didn't think I had ever hiked Telegraph Pass before. Apparently it was so exhilarating the first time that I completely forgot about it.

Los Lomitas combined with the official route preloaded on Route Scout burned through my phone's 30,000mAh backup battery in 12 minutes. Apparently one of the 211 waypoints on this route occurs approximately every 14.6 feet and RS is very good at announcing all of them at a variety of distance intervals. It would be a nice hike to do alone since your Route Scout would be talking to you nonstop for the entire hike.

Not to mention, Los Lomitas is actually a very scenic trail. In the dark. I should probably do the complete loop sometime.
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May 08 2018
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Telegraph Pass - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
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Run/Jog avatar May 08 2018
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Run/Jog4.70 Miles 900 AEG
Run/Jog4.70 Miles   1 Hour   7 Mns   4.21 mph
900 ft AEG
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It's been awhile since I've done the Telegraph. Started from the Kiwanis side at 5am. Simple over and back. Didn't see any wildlife and only one hiker on the Kiwanis side. Saw close to 20 on the Telegraph side.
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Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking4.70 Miles 921 AEG
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I began my mid morning hike with a buzz in my ear. The bees were quite boisterous. If I had to guess, I would say out of discontent. They seemed to outnumber the desert blooms by an unfavorable margin. The Ironwood and Saguaro seemed to be the only ones to try and help appease them. The buzz was constant both up and down the Telegraph Pass side of my adventure. Between the bees and a few dozen hikers, this seemed to be the social half of my outing. The Kiwanis Trail was a little more tranquil.It was Quiet with only 5 other hikers and one puppy that seemed to be enjoying his time on trail.The trail even had some welcome shade for half my visit. It was a pleasant hike with a small sample of two sides of South Mountain. :y:
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Jan 28 2018
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 Payson, AZ
Super SoMo, AZ 
Super SoMo, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2018
The_N
Hiking41.71 Miles 9,951 AEG
Hiking41.71 Miles   14 Hrs   41 Mns   3.11 mph
9,951 ft AEG   1 Hour   17 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
Dallin put this route together despite having not hiked a 20-mile day in over 3 months. He sent me the route and I was in. We started up San Gabriel before sunrise. West on Guadalupe to National and down the wash between the Coronas. Fun boulder hopping, scenic wash. Took Corona de Loma back up to National. Down Telegraph, road walk to Gila and back up on Pyramid. Took Lost Mine down and Lost Ranch Ruins up. Cruised on National to San Juan lookout for lunch and over an hour long break. Then up Alta to Maricopa Peak and back down. Plans of Lomitas/Holbert went out the window. We took Ranger back up to National. Mostly shaded, which was nice. We skipped Hidden Valley and stayed on National. Sunset brought us new life. Plenty of moonlight, so no headlamps needed. Took Ridgeline to Beverly and up F.U. Hill back onto Guadalupe for our return down San Gabriel. Long day but enjoyable. Perfect weather, strong breeze most of the day. Plenty of folks out on the trails during the first half, hardly a soul after.
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