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Jun 23 2019
Nightstalker
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Little Jim TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2019
Nightstalker
Hiking6.00 Miles 814 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   18 Mns   2.26 mph
814 ft AEG      39 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Was planning on taking the harem up to Prescott, but with the Badger Springs fire closing the I-17 on Friday night and cooler temps in Phoenix, decided to go out to Lake Pleasant and do the Walking Jim/Little Jim loop. First vehicle in the parking area @ 5:30. Lots of trash at the trailhead, mattress, blankets, etc. Had the whole trail to ourselves with the exception of 2 burros spotted in the wash near the end of our trek. Lot's of well worn burro trails all over the place makes staying on the main trail difficult, especially on the Little Jim section and the southern return.
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Jan 13 2019
LindaAnn
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 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Hieroglyphics - 3465 Pikes Mill peaks, AZ 
Hieroglyphics - 3465 Pikes Mill peaks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking14.69 Miles 3,445 AEG
Hiking14.69 Miles   8 Hrs   54 Mns   1.88 mph
3,445 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break
 
We got started around 7:15am, just light enough to not need a headlamp. Headed out on Walkin' Jim trail. Lots of burro evidence, but none seen. With the grass growing in, the trail gets faint in places, but was overall pretty easy to follow. We made good time to Big Jim Trail then headed up to 3465. Trail was a little harder to spot in a few places, but we made it up without incident. Great views all around, with lots of snow cover on the northern horizon. It was still pretty early, so we only took a short break before heading back down. We ran across a group of 4 hikers near the bottom, but I don't think they were planning on heading up to the summit. Before the end of Big Jim, we cut southwest on a pretty good use path over to the next wash, then headed west to the ridge that leads up to Pikes. On the ridge, it's best to stay just barely to the right of the right, basically hugging the rocks the entire way; we ended up a little too far to the right and were treated to more brush and a steeper hike up than necessary. Once we topped out, it's a fairly easy hike south to Pikes. We stopped there for a minute, then headed back down and continued north to Mill. Again, I like the easy scramble up to Mill, and the view gives a unique perspective of the sheer side of 3465. Once back down from Mill, we took a short lunch break, then headed back down the ridge. On the way back down, we did a much better job of sticking close to the ridgeline, and it was an easier descent. We got back to Big Jim, then continued the Walkin' Jim loop. The southern half of Walkin' Jim was much more difficult to follow, and we had to stop and look around for the next hint of trail or a cairn many times. We saw one burro on the return. Shortly before the end of the trail, it turns sharply north to circle around the north side of the hill directly west of the parking lot; there is a shortcut that cuts across the south end of the hill and eliminates some unnecessary mileage. We took that shortcut since we have both done the official trail before. Perfect weather all day today, and a nice day to do some off trail desert hiking.
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Jan 13 2019
trekkin_gecko
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61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Hieroglyphics - 3465 Pikes Mill peaks, AZ 
Hieroglyphics - 3465 Pikes Mill peaks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2019
trekkin_gecko
Hiking14.66 Miles 3,444 AEG
Hiking14.66 Miles   8 Hrs   54 Mns   1.81 mph
3,444 ft AEG      49 Mns Break
 
1st trip
got an invite from linda to hike 3465 and a couple of other peaks nearby
really liked 3465 when i hiked it with johnlp a few years ago
just don't get over this way very often
we got going before sunrise
nice enough temps, a little damp due to overnight rains
some nice clouds over lake pleasant and the bradshaw mountains
walkin' jim to big jim and up to 3465
great views from there
dropped back down then took a faint use trail to a wash, then a ridgeline to the saddle between pikes and mill
headed first to pikes and checked out summit views and the memorial
back to the saddle then northeast to mill
nice little scramble to get up the last little bit
too bad we didn't know there was a benchmark up there
easy off trail up high
took a lunch break after mill
linda found her original route back down
much better footing and an easier grade
she also let me use one of her hiking poles which made a big difference on the descent - thank you!
finished out the loop with one little shortcut
nice day, good company and two new peaks!
needed to reclaim some off trail credibility :lol:
using linda's stats, although mine are close
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Jan 12 2019
toddak
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54 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2019
toddak
Hiking14.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   7 Hrs      2.00 mph
2,500 ft AEG
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A very fine peak hike
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Mar 24 2018
ThirstyLizard
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 cave creek, az
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2018
ThirstyLizard
Hiking9.00 Miles 500 AEG
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No elevation gain, burros, petroglyphs and a lake view was all I needed to say to get a few friends to join me on this hike. Beautiful weather and a little cloud cover helped us to enjoy this very exposed trail even more. Sadly, wildflowers were minimal. A few hyacinths on the far side and some fiddleneck just starting. There are a fair amount of ground starts, so perhaps more will appear if weather conditions permit.

Having done this trail a few times is helpful. More cairns than I remember—especially on the counter clockwise routing to the Big Jim. The trail past that point can be tricky in a few places so it is worth your while to have the track.

I suggest stopping at the petroglyphs at the start because your companions will be more eager at mile two than at mile eight to make the detour.

While I love the view to Lake Pleasant toward the end of the counter clockwise loop... it does a mental number on your head as to the finish expectation. Having encountered this “we must be close” previously, I told the fellow hikers that we still had a bit more to do. My words were
wasted as most every conversation from that point on concerned trail design and proximity to the end. They also figured out that you could finish faster walking the wash out... but they weren’t leading the hike so on we marched. Besides, I still hadn’t seen the Gila Monster I wanted to see.

Once the parking lot was undeniable, both friends remarked how much they enjoyed this trail. For myself, a stop at the Arizona Game and Fish Expo netted me my desired Gila Monster viewing opportunity.
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Some hyacinth, fiddleneck and the starts of a few others. Barrel and hedgehog starting too. Won’t be much this year.
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Mar 08 2018
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2018
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.60 Miles 2,600 AEG
Hiking12.60 Miles   7 Hrs   23 Mns   2.42 mph
2,600 ft AEG   2 Hrs   11 Mns Break
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It was Horace Greeley who once said "Go west young man"! With that in mind, Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, and I decided to venture to the West Valley and hike up to Peak 3465.

We followed the Walkin' Jim Trail in a counterclockwise direction, and we took the Big Jim Trail to and from the summit of Peak 3465. The hike was mostly through typical desert vegetation, and the views at the top were pretty cool. The trails were mostly easy to follow, but I was glad that I had downloaded the GPS track for the official route.

At the top I signed the log book, and noticed that hikerdw had signed it about 3 weeks prior.

On the hike we saw 6 wild burros, one rabbit, and no humans -- that ratio was pretty good imho!
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I was hoping to see some wildflowers, but there were none, save for some flowering ocotillos

dry Walkin' Jim Spring Dry Dry
we crossed some washes several times on the Walkin' Jim Trail, but they were dry as a bone
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Jan 07 2018
DarthStiller
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 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Little Jim TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking5.70 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   3 Hrs      1.90 mph
800 ft AEG
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Took the family out for my first hike of the new year. I had to finish up the Little Jim Trail from when I did the big loop and peak hike back in April, and this one seemed perfect.

Got to the TH and found it packed with ATVers. Just a couple of spots left. Then I found that my phone wasn't charging on the ride up because the charger came loose, so I was already at 47%. We waited 10 min until it got up to 57% and then took off.

We did the loop clockwise, which seemed like the best idea. The southern half of the loop has a lot of loose rocks, which makes for some slower going. Coming back on the smoother section of the Walkin' Jim trail was pretty nice. The temps were pretty nice, it actually seemed warmer at the beginning that at the end, but that might be because we were walking uphill. We also hiked the section of the trail I skipped last time going the long way around the hill.

Saw one other hiker the whole time. She had an unleashed dog that she told was friendly. Then Dmitri started to walk by him and he barked, so she finally grabbed him and held him while we walked by. Didn't see any burros or other wildlife the entire time. Some spots of the washes actually still had some water, which was surprising.

At the end of the hike, Route Scout wouldn't shut down. I would hit the stop button, and it would freeze. I restarted the phone twice and it would start up again recording where it left off each time. Eventually had to uninstall the entire app and reinstall it later at home to fix the problem, thereby losing the route. Fortunately, I always use RS and my Garmin Oregon, so I still recorded my route for the hike.

Nothing special or extraordinary, but a very nice Sunday hiking with the family, with the earned lazy time at home the rest of the day.
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Dec 16 2017
LindaAnn
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 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Hieroglyphics - 3465 Pikes & Mill, AZ 
Hieroglyphics - 3465 Pikes & Mill, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking15.26 Miles 3,596 AEG
Hiking15.26 Miles   10 Hrs   3 Mns   1.82 mph
3,596 ft AEG   1 Hour   41 Mns Break
 
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Started around 7:00am to a great sunrise. Passed a group of burros a few miles in, got some pics of them, then headed over to 3465. Had an early lunch at the top, then headed back down then over towards Pikes. I had pulled together a rough route, which we followed for a short distance, then climbed up a small hill for a better view, and adjusted the route a little more to the north and up the most gradual ridge we could see. It was the right call, with a fairly easy ascent. From the top we curved to the west and south over to Pikes. Got some pics, then followed the ridge north to Mill. It was a fun easy scramble up to Mill, which I enjoyed. Heading back down, I wanted to take the same ridge back down, others wanted to contour down the drainage on the north side of the ridge. We survived, but I think about halfway down, I may have said something like "I told you so." Once back on the trail, we continued along the Walkin Jim loop, making one shortcut not too far from the end, finishing up a little after 5:00. Great day, great weather, no other people seen all day.
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Dec 16 2017
The_N
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 Payson, AZ
Hieroglyphics - 3465 Pikes & Mill, AZ 
Hieroglyphics - 3465 Pikes & Mill, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2017
The_N
Hiking15.26 Miles 3,596 AEG
Hiking15.26 Miles   10 Hrs   3 Mns   1.82 mph
3,596 ft AEG   1 Hour   41 Mns Break
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1st trip
I'd never set foot on these trails before this trip, but a couple of desert peaks sounded good. Chilly start at sunrise for my underdressed self. I was the only one wearing shorts today, unfortunately. We made our way along Walkin' Jim, crossed paths with a few burros and started up 3465. Nice trail and easy to follow route to the summit. The views were better than I anticipated. Rugged peaks and colorful geology in all directions. The lake actually looks pleasant from up here. We soaked it all in during brunch. Once back in the flatlands, the off-trail fun began. We climbed a hill and eyeballed a route onto the ridge. We picked a winner. It was much easier than it looked from that hill. We strolled along the ridgeline over to Pike's, then back West along the ridge over to Mill. Both were worthy destinations. Mill was fun and required navigating through a steep, loose cholla field, then a narrow, rocky 'mini ridge' just before the top. Heading back down, I spotted the 'adventurous route' for the day and opted for new scenery, instead of returning the way we arrived, and convinced Linda to follow. The descent we ended up with was steep and loose, but complaining was kept to a minimum. We arrived at the drainage safely and followed it back to the trail to finish out the loop. Weather stayed perfect all day and we didn't encounter a single hiker throughout. I found this place to be surprisingly scnenic. Add some off-trail fun and it makes for a great day.
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Dec 13 2017
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2017
RowdyandMe
Hiking12.64 Miles 2,595 AEG
Hiking12.64 Miles   9 Hrs   34 Mns   1.54 mph
2,595 ft AEG   1 Hour   20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Apr 09 2017
DarthStiller
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 Mesa, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2017
DarthStiller
Hiking11.80 Miles 2,216 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   1.71 mph
2,216 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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I met Brian at the trailhead off Castle Hot Springs Road and we got started at about 7am. Brian has hiked this loop and done a few peaks several times, so it was nice to have someone familiar with the area since it was my first hike here. He pointed out Peak 3465 off in the distance. I knew then it was going to take some effort to get there, but it wasn’t too bad.

Within a few hundred feet of the trailhead, there was a wild burro along the trail that didn’t seem to be too happy to see us. He made a bunch of “hee haw” noises and sprinted uphill, away from the trail. He kept us in eyeshot, however, as we moved along.

We did the loop counter-clockwise, which means you hike the shorter half of the loop on your way to the peak. The trail is faint in several spots, but still pretty easy to follow. A lot of growth from the winter rains makes it even fainter in spots, but not too bad. The wildflowers are out, but they’re starting to shrivel. A lot of the grasses are already turning brown in some areas.

The area out there is really nice. Some geography seems similar to the Superstitions with the limestone cliffs. There are also some grassy meadows once the trail leaves the wash, where we saw some more burros in the distance. We noted the junction for the Little Jim Trail and made our way up to the Big Jim Trail, where we began the ascent to Peak 3465.

Big Jim Trail isn’t too steep, but there’s a lot of loose rock, which takes some time. Also, there brittlebush was rampant throughout the section up to the saddle. At this point my allergies started to kick in, adding another challenge.

It’s kind of hard to tell where the Big Jim trail ends and the “cairned route” begins. The Big Jim Trail is faint enough, and the route seems pretty much like an actual trail, with the exception of the crossing of the bouldered lava flow just below the peak. The false summit above the saddle and before the lava flow has me aggravated briefly, but we were able to move pretty quickly towards the peak, so it wasn’t so bad.

At the top, we enjoyed the 360 views briefly, and checked out the “register” in a glass jar. Looks like the rains have washed away the ink on quite a few pages. Noted some entries from some HAZ members. We didn’t bother to log an entry considering the condition of the notepad.

The descent to the level portion of the trail wasn’t too bad. Having Pima Canyon in Tucson as a recent frame of reference made this seem very easy. The hike back on the longer half of the Walkin’ Jim Trail became a bit of a slog at the end. I ran out of water with about 3 miles left, thankfully the temperature was pretty cool.
Brian noticed a gila monster sitting in a tree right next to the trail and pointed it out to me. After not seeing one in the wild for almost 18 years of hiking, I’ve seen two of them two weeks in a row. Of course, each time I had to have someone point them out to me or else I would have never seen them.

Brian mentioned that the trail tends to meander a bit as you approach the trailhead. I looked at the track on my phone and noticed that towards the end, it went around a hill, doing almost a full circular circumference, picking up on the other side. It seemed to me that if we just went over the saddle, we could pick up the trail just on the other side and save some time. We did this and it worked. The bushwhack wasn’t too bad, a little steep in spots with some loose rock, but not much worse than the trail in spots since it was already faint. Brian got ahead of me and then tried to find me once he located the trail and got sidetracked. Once I got down to the wash, I kept checking the track until I found the trail and headed back. Brian was a few minutes behind me after he noticed I was already on the trail. I think we saved almost a half mile doing this. I can hike that later on some day when I go back to hike the Little Jim loop.
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Mar 18 2017
Nightstalker
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2017
Nightstalker
Hiking9.10 Miles 1,254 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   4 Hrs   11 Mns   2.31 mph
1,254 ft AEG      15 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
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My buddy Curt joined for an impromptu trip up to Lake Pleasant to take a spin round the Walkin' Jim trail. I was hoping to see some burros today, but they were well hidden. We did spot a bunny rabbit and a rattle snake that made well aware of his presence. Also, the barrage of gun fire from nearby Morgan City Wash was our constant companion today. We completed the loop in a counter clockwise direction today. The northern half out to the Big Jim split is easy enough to follow. We got lost fewer times on the return than my last time round. 64 degrees for our 7:30 start and low 80's at our 11:30 return to the Jeep. Delicious cheese burgers at the Wild Horse West afterwards!
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Spectacular greens, yellows, and oranges
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Feb 20 2017
RowdyandMe
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 Deer Valley, AZ
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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RowdyandMe
Hiking13.25 Miles 2,672 AEG
Hiking13.25 Miles   8 Hrs   56 Mns   1.53 mph
2,672 ft AEG      18 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Fauna
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Gila Woodpecker
Geology
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Chalcedony
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Lake Pleasant
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Feb 12 2017
kingsnake
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 Sunnyslope, PHX
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2017
kingsnake
Hiking9.59 Miles 1,091 AEG
Hiking9.59 Miles   3 Hrs   56 Mns   2.44 mph
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Have a shoulder issue, so decided a more hikey, no scramble hike was in order.

Besides keeping an eye out for burros (none spotted) and petroglyphs (found the plotted ones), the other highlight of this hike is the incredible diversity of mosses & lichens on many of the rocks, particularly the small hill about a 1/3 of a mile west of Little Jim, on the northern half of the loop. There were lots of singing birds. :-)

After a beer break at the Big Jim intersection, I headed back. Despite having been out here five times — hiking Walkin’ Jim four times, and Peak 3465 the other — this was the first time I actually completed the southern half of the loop. Boy, it sure seems to drag on forever.

Any idea why the range is called the Hieroglyphic Mountains and not the Petroglyphic Mountains?

Hike Video: [ youtube video ]
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Amazing lush grasses, and even some healthy patches of weeds, but only scattered mostly microscopic flowers.
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Jan 27 2017
JasonCleghorn
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 Phoenix, AZ
Peak 2191 - Hieroglyphic MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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JasonCleghorn
Hiking3.70 Miles 602 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   2.47 mph
602 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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It was 37 at the TH and probably 20 MPH sustained winds with 35 MPH gusts. Felt good to get out as I've been in a rut. Was a little bit of ice on parts of the trail and you could tell the trail had been frozen at times. After hitting 2191 I took the trail toward 3465 for a bit then turned around. No 3465 summit today.
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Jan 21 2017
JoelHazelton
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 Phoenix, AZ
Cottonwood Creek - Hells Canyon WildernessPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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JoelHazelton
Canyoneering5.00 Miles 500 AEG
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Camped along Cow Creek Road, near the banks of French Creek, and hiked out Cottonwood Creek with a return on the Walking Jim Trail in the dark. French Creek was flooding a thin film of silty water over the road when we set up camp, and Cottonwood Creek was flowing strong as well. Beautiful time to be out there - easy hiking no matter how you choose to tackle the creek (trail or creek walking), perfect shallow flow that my dog loved splashing around in, and chilly but reasonable temps. Had a nice fire that night while listening to people drive up hills nearby. Those people came to the campsite next to us as we were going to bed. Obviously they were loud, though there was no shooting so that was nice. Around midnight we were jolted awake by loud country music as they started up their trucks and left. The rest of the night's soundtrack consisted of braying donkeys and howling coyotes. Next morning I made another foray into Cottonwood Creek for sunrise. Creek was about half of the flow and made keeping my feet dry very easy. Upon returning to camp, I saw that French Creek was totally dry.
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Jan 17 2017
norm5715
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Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2017
norm5715
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,230 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs   52 Mns   2.19 mph
1,230 ft AEG      45 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Great hike with some fairly steep inclines and, of course rocky.

There 3 places where we lost the trail and ended up walking along a wash until we could bushwhack to the official trail.

We went counter clockwise and about 1/4 mile from the Big Jim trail there's a beautiful meadow and a great view of Burro Mountain.

There's a lot of free grazing, hence a lot of cow dung to step in so watch where you're going.
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PJackalope
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 Peoria, Az
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2017
PJackalope
Hiking8.84 Miles 1,153 AEG
Hiking8.84 Miles   4 Hrs   46 Mns   2.22 mph
1,153 ft AEG      47 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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I scouted out this trail for my son's Boy Scout troop for an overnight backpacking trip - and found it to be perfect. There are many open areas on the northern portion of this loop trail. Some even had developed fire rings. To get the most out of this trail for backpacking, definitely walk this loop trail clockwise. The southern portion of the loop is a bit more rocky and hilly than its northern portion, but nothing too terribly difficult. Lots of wildlife, surprising. Saw a herd of donkeys, road runners, various birds including Harris Hawks, and a very unhappy tarantula about the size of my fist, that was really cool to see! Overall very nice trail and in easy reach of west Phoenix.
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Lots of desert grasses and cactus blooms from the recent rains.
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RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2016
RowdyandMe
Hiking10.59 Miles 1,617 AEG
Hiking10.59 Miles   4 Hrs   49 Mns   2.33 mph
1,617 ft AEG      16 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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It started out as a beautiful morning but the humidity seem to rise quickly. I only planned on doing Walking Jim and Little Jim and that's what I did. Now if the humidity would have been lower, well I might have just kept going not sure where but this is such a beautiful and peaceful piece of paradise.
I heard the Donkeys but never saw one and I never saw anyone :y: . There were two cars at the trailhead when I arrived and they were still there when I finish my hike and my beers.
I am going to look at this area a little harder and find me some more areas to explore with Rowdy as he is my copilot.
Flora
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Saguaro
Culture
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dry Walkin' Jim Spring Dry Dry
there are puddles of water all along the creek
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
Feb 27 2016
hikerdw
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60 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood CreekPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2016
hikerdw
Hiking11.80 Miles 2,189 AEG
Hiking11.80 Miles   5 Hrs   35 Mns   2.57 mph
2,189 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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CactusLauren
Nice hike with both Ryan and Lauren. The target was peak 3465 but we came up a little short so it gives us a good reason to return. On the way back down just past the saddle we ran into lindaagm and hikingwhit, nice to meet you both :) We were hoping to see some burro's which we did, 11 in all. Nice and toasty on the return back to the trailhead.
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Wild Burro
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average hiking speed 2.07 mph
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