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Palisade Trail - Deem Hills - 14 members in 95 triplogs have rated this an average 2.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 18 2022
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62 male
 Joined Oct 17 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ 
Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2022
rcorfman
Hiking8.49 Miles 1,115 AEG
Hiking8.49 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   3.42 mph
1,115 ft AEG
 
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Overslept this morning so got a late start. Despite that, it was pretty nice for the whole walk. The trail was kind of busy at the start but quiet near the end.
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Sep 10 2022
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62 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ 
Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ
 
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rcorfman
Hiking8.49 Miles 1,115 AEG
Hiking8.49 Miles   2 Hrs   27 Mns   3.47 mph
1,115 ft AEG
 
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Wore an old pair of shoes one more time before throwing them out. Don't know why I've kept them. Super humid today, at least it wasn't overly hot. Shoes were totally soaked through from the sweat dripping down my legs, soaking the socks, then the shoes.
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Sep 05 2022
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62 male
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Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ 
Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ
 
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rcorfman
Hiking8.49 Miles 1,115 AEG
Hiking8.49 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   3.51 mph
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Well, well, another day where I felt good and smooth on the legs. How strange finishing the day without my clothes totally soaked.
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Sep 04 2022
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62 male
 Joined Oct 17 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ 
Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ
 
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rcorfman
Hiking8.49 Miles 1,115 AEG
Hiking8.49 Miles   2 Hrs   27 Mns   3.47 mph
1,115 ft AEG
 
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So nice not to be totally dripping in sweat at the end of my walk. I was moving a lot more smoothly today than yesterday. That was nice.
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Sep 03 2022
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62 male
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Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ 
Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ
 
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rcorfman
Hiking8.49 Miles 1,115 AEG
Hiking8.49 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   3.29 mph
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As yesterday, I felt tired when I started. The feeling never went away.
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Aug 28 2022
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62 male
 Joined Oct 17 2008
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Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ 
Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ
 
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rcorfman
Hiking8.49 Miles 1,115 AEG
Hiking8.49 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   3.42 mph
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I contemplated how much wetter I got today with the sun out compared to all the rain I walked through yesterday up on the rim.
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Aug 21 2022
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62 male
 Joined Oct 17 2008
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Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ 
Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ
 
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rcorfman
Hiking8.49 Miles 1,115 AEG
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I saw a roadrunner banging one of the last yellow caterpillars on a rock, getting it ready to eat.
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Aug 20 2022
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62 male
 Joined Oct 17 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ 
Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ
 
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rcorfman
Hiking8.49 Miles 1,115 AEG
Hiking8.49 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   3.42 mph
1,115 ft AEG
 
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After last night's rains, I thought the trail would be muddy today, but it wasn't muddy at all, just super muggy. Super sweaty, so much so that sweat dripped down my legs and soaked my socks and shoes. What the heck, we're in Arizona, not Alabama.
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Aug 14 2022
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Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ 
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rcorfman
Hiking8.49 Miles 1,115 AEG
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Well, the yellow caterpillars seem to be on their way out. Not nearly as many as there was Friday.
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Aug 10 2022
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62 male
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Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ 
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rcorfman
Hiking8.49 Miles 1,115 AEG
Hiking8.49 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   3.40 mph
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It seems the annual yellow caterpillar (or whatever those are) migration has begun. I noticed a few yesterday, but today they were all over the trail. I play a game to see how few I can step on, or maybe I should say how many I can avoid.
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Aug 06 2022
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62 male
 Joined Oct 17 2008
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Deem Hills 8.49 Miler, AZ 
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Hiking8.49 Miles 1,115 AEG
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I passed a lady on the trail, and she commented on how green everything is. She is right. After all the rains and humidity, there is lots of small plants and grass growing. The Brittlebush and the Ocotillos are leafing out. The Palo Verde are bright green and so are the Creosote. All the cacti, from Cholla to Saguaro are perking up. I imagine we'll get some late summer flowers soon enough.

The trails are no longer dusty, and all the dirt has been washed off the rock and caliche. That makes the walking a little more difficult but in general, not much of the trail has rutted, though there are some areas. The mud is gone after two days since the last rain.
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Jan 22 2022
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65 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Deem Hills - Inner Figure EightPhoenix, AZ
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johnlp
Hiking5.15 Miles 940 AEG
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Second outing in Deem Hills with my buddy Gene. He felt much better this time. Last hike was the morning after he got both a covid booster and shingles shot.
Weather was cloudy with a good breeze and a few raindrops. Not a lot of people out hiking for a Saturday. Good times. :)
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Dec 04 2021
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 chandler,az
Deem Hills - Inner Figure EightPhoenix, AZ
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johnlp
Hiking4.89 Miles 887 AEG
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Hiked with Gene, a college buddy of mine who lives nearby. We saw three coyotes in the parking lot as we arrived. Walked up on a great horned owl and saw another twice in flight. Great weather and views of hot air balloons. :)
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Nov 26 2021
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Deem Hills Ramble, AZ 
Deem Hills Ramble, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 26 2021
tibber
Hiking6.51 Miles 986 AEG
Hiking6.51 Miles   2 Hrs   13 Mns   2.96 mph
986 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Wanted to do an afternoon hike today thinking it might be hard to get parking in the AM and crowded on the trails. So after my nap😉, I headed out to the Deem Hills East parking lot that had only three cars in it. You can now go directly from Happy Valley Rd as construction is finished (probably has been finished for awhile, I just haven't been to Deem since January.) The route I had selected had several options that I could choose.

I started counterclockwise on the Circumference Trail. I enjoyed looking at the tall basalt rock fields though not in good enough light for a picture. Eventually you are parallel with the canal before heading south up a long easy grade toward the saddle. I encountered one bike rider on this part of the route. As you get toward the top you have the option to crossover to the west and catch the trail to the Ridgeline that way but I opted for the Basalt Trail that takes you to the top of the saddle.

I headed WNW on the Ridgeline Trail and probably encountered about 1/2 dozen hikers; four that I would see on the west side of the Circumference Trail. This does make a nice loop altho I do find the rocky trail annoying; still can't get past the fear of falling since my January accident. However, on this whole hike I only tripped 3 times so that's not bad. I am sure I always tripped at least that much before but now I notice every time :( .

It was nice up on the Ridgeline with views all around. I made my way back down to join back up with the Circumference Trail. I saw about 4 hikers on this part of the route until I got over by the west side where the Deem Hills Recreational Park is located. They have a restroom there which is just a hop, skip and jump from the trail if you have the need. Or you can hang out at the Park. I think I may check it out the next time I'm here. There is also ample parking if the east trailhead parking is full.

I continued on the Circumference Trail and started the slow grade up the south side of the Deem Hills. I actually passed a couple gals but I think only because they were busy talking. The last little bit up to the saddle I was at earlier does get a bit steep. From here a person can continue south of the hills or go up and around to the north which was my choice today... I had a beer waiting :lol: .

I took the Basalt Trail and eventually hooked up with the Palisade Trail. These trails split off and you can go either left or right. I thot I took the path I had taken in the past but I ended up on the Palisade Trail that takes you north and down from the Deem Hills... which I didn't know but I wasn't too worried about where it might dump me as the TH was not far away. It was nice to be on a new trail and it might be an interesting option to come up for a loop in the future.

The Palisade Trail ends up at the paved road that goes to the flat water tank, however, you go right (east) to get back to the TH. There was some photography going on of some very nicely dressed people as I passed by the open road gate. Not sure it was the best background and later I saw one of the subjects actually walking in her heels back to the TH while I was sitting in Tonto 3. Why on earth would she have not walked to that area in sneakers or something :doh: ? Saw 1/2 dozen lizards throughout the hike.

I had my Huckleberry beer, caught up on texts and FB before heading back home.

WATCH: 6.22 miles (highest point 2119, lowest 1535) avg bpm 133, max 165. 37% at max, 39% aerobic and 31% at aerobic level burning 899 calories. Starting temp 75.1 and 19% humidity finishing at 4:24PM.
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Aug 15 2021
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64 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Deem Hills Recreation Area, AZ 
Deem Hills Recreation Area, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2021
trekkin_gecko
Hiking11.31 Miles 1,787 AEG
Hiking11.31 Miles   3 Hrs   28 Mns   3.31 mph
1,787 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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1st trip
first time hiking the deem hills area
beautiful sunrise on the drive up
got going around 0610
did the circumference loop first, then the inner loop
enjoyed hiking in a new area
all the basalt was interesting
thought the inner loop was better than the outer
ridgeline and palisade trails were my favorites
not that many people out
very humid
well worth checking out new territory
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May 26 2021
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53 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Palisade Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mt98dew
Run/Jog4.08 Miles 590 AEG
Run/Jog4.08 Miles      44 Mns   5.56 mph
590 ft AEG
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After work run. Had meetings, basically at the foothills of Deem (1435) so it would have been sacrilegious not to get a hike in there. Parked on the east side and did a figure 8 involving the Palisade, Circumference and Basalt Trail (and then Circumference to get back to the TH) in that order. Started by going up the Water Tank road, paved, not ideal. But after that it was all single track with minor elevation change. All the trails are rocky, except for the last stretch of the Circumference, which caused me to keep “my eyes on the road.” Weather was nice - mid 90’s with some high clouds. Encountered 1 hiker near the beginning and that was it. Wildlife included a chipmunk and (for the area) a good sized squirrel.
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Deem Hills - Inner Figure EightPhoenix, AZ
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tibber
Hiking5.10 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   2.37 mph
980 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Since I wussed out of an overnite AZT event due to the forecast, I had to pick a hike to do and this was it. Did I miss somewhere about how cool an area this is to hike? I looked thru previous trip reports and only a couple mentioned how lovely it is out here. I did learn that in the trip reports, it's better NOT to hike here when the snakes can dominate the Hills. I did see lots of former HAZers in the trip reports too; wonder where they are now?

It was warmer than I thot it was supposed to be but it didn't feel like the temperature. Besides, it was an overcast day which means, no sunglasses or a hat and that's a big deal in my book. I arrived at the east TH where there were still 3 spots available to park out of the dozen or so available spots.

I started up toward the hills and noticed right away that it is a pretty rocky trail. It was a nice up as Ups go. The scenery even at this level was not what I expected as I thot it would be like the Phx Sonoran Preserves but it's different, mostly because of all that basalt. And there is a lot in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

I eventually got over to the other side of the mountain and to an intersection. I had the route loaded but I couldn't tell which way it went first. I opted for the Up route on the east side of the hill. It's a bit roly poly and a bit rocky. And by rocky I mean the rocks are stuck into the dirt. Soon you get a good visual of the canal and I could look across to the Phx Sonoran Preserve. The breeze had picked up so that was nice.

From there it was down the hill and switching occasionally to join up with the original intersection that I had done a bit of a circle before picking my route. And even here I wasn't sure as the route on RS looked like it was covering ground I had already been on so I dropped down over the south side and more or less went east. This is the side where you see all the houses but you are looking east so you don't pay them much mind. The hillside was dotted with lots of basalt with desert flora sprouting between all of the rocks. You can see the trail stretched out before you and once you come up slightly out of the bowl I headed west and north eventually, after deciding no to a couple other trail options, with the Circumference Trail.

My route was Circumference, Palisade, Circumference, Palisade, Circumference. No wonder I was a little confused :-k . As usual I opted to go a little higher rather than the lower trail before I hooked up with the trail back to my waiting Huckleberry beer and buffalo stick. I saw about 7 hikers and 4 dogs; that's it. One of the hikers even laughed at my, what's that grey stuff in the sky observation. Anyway, I'll be adding this to my hiking repertoire except during snake season.

I did take a few too many photos but being as this was a first time hike of this area, it stands to reason. I also tried out using Video Pro on my phone. I put together a movie and included these and other photos: [ youtube video ] and I used music by HAZ's LosDosSloFolks (thank you).

WATCH: 4.79 miles (so gps. must not have locked in right away) in 2:13:25 at 2.1 avg MPH (1543 - 2072 feet), avg bpm 130, max 156 (37 min in Zone 5 max, 44 min zone 4, 51 zone 3), burned 888 calories, 72.8 degrees with 19% humidity at 10:08 AM Huckleberry beer time.
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Sep 23 2020
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49 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Deeems Hill, AZ 
Deeems Hill, AZ
 
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chumley
Hiking2.75 Miles 396 AEG
Hiking2.75 Miles      54 Mns   3.06 mph
396 ft AEG
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This one is right up there with the Victory Steps on the list of my favorite hikes in the valley. Apparently this place burned this summer. Like everywhere else! :y: Still looks like Peoria to me. :sweat:
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Sep 07 2020
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Palisade Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
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mt98dew
Hiking2.93 Miles 590 AEG
Hiking2.93 Miles      42 Mns   4.19 mph
590 ft AEG
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Short loop involving the Palisades and Circumference trails. Go to the east side TH around 4:30. Went in on the Circumference and then then took the Palisades to the water tank road which brought me back to the TH. Rough trails to run....pretty rocky, but the elevation change is in my comfort zone. Toasty. I think it was 107 today. There was a nice breeze which actually made it kind of nice. No hikers and only a few lizards for company.
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Palisade Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
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Run/Jog6.40 Miles 590 AEG
Run/Jog6.40 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   4.57 mph
590 ft AEG
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I hadn't done Palisade this year, so after work I headed over to Deem to knock out this trail. Parked on the west side and did a CCW loop starting on the Circumference. I'm guessing it was about 1.5 miles before I hit the Palisade which I took up and over the hill down to where it connects to the water tank road. From there I jumped back on the Circumference and continued my CCW loop back to the TH. Weather was awesome. Nice breeze for the entire run. Only saw 3 hikers, a chipmunk and a bunch of lizards.
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