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Sep 12 2020
DarthStiller
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51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Vista Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2020
DarthStiller
Hiking11.15 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking11.15 Miles   4 Hrs   18 Mns   2.61 mph
800 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I didn't feel like driving far, so I hiked close to home at Usery Park. There was a section of an unmapped trail I saw off of the Ruidoso Trail last March, so I planned out a circuit to hit that and a few other trails. Started from Area 10 and took Blevins over to the Merkle and Vista Trails, which I haven't hiked in about 15 years. A couple was having professional photographs of them with the pregnant mom in a white dress. The first born was not happy to be out in the desert at 6am. Along the Vista Trail, I could hear the kid screaming while the dad tried to keep him calm.

Headed east then south along the Meridian and County Line Trails, hit the unmapped trail, then back westward along the Channel Trail. I think I found one more unmapped trail while hiking along the Channel Trail. Not sure if I've hiked the Channel Trail in its entirety before, always seemed to get sidetracked.

Hazy most of the morning from the wildfires. Seemed a little brighter, but the haze was still there. Made for not many good pics other than the sun right at the horizon.
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Aug 29 2020
cw50must
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44 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Blevins TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Aug 29 2020
cw50must
Mtn Biking11.20 Miles 390 AEG
Mtn Biking11.20 Miles   1 Hour   8 Mns   9.88 mph
390 ft AEG
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Just a regular Usery Bike ride, I think everyone who bought a bike over the summer was out there today.
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Jun 28 2020
cw50must
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44 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Blevins TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 28 2020
cw50must
Mtn Biking11.85 Miles 405 AEG
Mtn Biking11.85 Miles   1 Hour   14 Mns   9.61 mph
405 ft AEG
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One of my usual routes, felt pretty good out there this morning.
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Jun 19 2020
cw50must
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44 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Sheep TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 19 2020
cw50must
Mtn Biking10.00 Miles 446 AEG
Mtn Biking10.00 Miles   1 Hour   2 Mns   9.68 mph
446 ft AEG
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I did this the opposite direction from what I usually do. Makes it sort of a new trail.
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May 03 2020
cw50must
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 Guides 11
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44 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Blevins TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar May 03 2020
cw50must
Mtn Biking10.70 Miles 115 AEG
Mtn Biking10.70 Miles
115 ft AEG
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Just my weekly mountain bike ride. The entire eastern end of the park had been taken over by bees. They were bouncing off my face and arms and I was not pleased so I cut that far corner out of my ride.
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Apr 17 2020
cw50must
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 Guides 11
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 Photos 3,416
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44 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Blevins TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Apr 17 2020
cw50must
Mtn Biking10.00 Miles 115 AEG
Mtn Biking10.00 Miles
115 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
Day off Bike ride, it was great.
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Mar 08 2020
DarthStiller
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51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Ruidoso Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2020
DarthStiller
Hiking9.70 Miles 476 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.65 mph
476 ft AEG
 
1st trip
After hiking over 10 miles and nearly 3000 feet the day before, I wasn't really sore at all. My legs must be in good hiking shape. I decided to take another hike over at Usery Park and took Dmitri again. I wanted to completely hike the Channel Trail and a few other spur trails there. We got down to the area and I ended up finding an unmapped trail heading north. I decided to take that, and then hiked the Noso Trail back down to the Channel Trail. We didn't much farther before I found another unmapped trail going north again. We took that, then headed over to the Ruidoso Trail. On that trail, I found yet a 3rd unmapped trail that headed to the west. I decided against that and kept going on the Ruidoso, on to the County Line, Meridian, and Blevins Trails back to the trailhead. Finished up with 9.7 miles total, which is an other record for Dmitri. He was getting pretty sore the last mile and a half, but pushed through very well.

It was very cloudy to start, but got a little sunny by the end. The first 2 hours, we hardly saw anyone, the last hour and a half, the crowds were out. Finished up before 11am, nice morning on the trails.
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Feb 29 2020
adenium
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Levee Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 29 2020
adenium
Hiking5.29 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking5.29 Miles      52 Mns   6.10 mph
100 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
Trail run.
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Jun 30 2019
Booneman
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40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Lost Sheep TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jun 30 2019
Booneman
Run/Jog8.50 Miles 305 AEG
Run/Jog8.50 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   7.97 mph
305 ft AEG
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1st trip
A nice, easy run through the lower section of Usery with lots of wildlife activity. I saw a desert tortoise on Blevins, a diamondback on Spillway and two javelinas just outside the park along Crimson Road.
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Jan 20 2019
DarthStiller
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51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Chain Fruit TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking7.20 Miles 410 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   3 Hrs   7 Mns   2.31 mph
410 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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I had originally planned this as a family hike, but my wife had to attend a rehearsal and my daughter had a Saturday night sleepover at her friend's house, so it ended up as another father and son hike. The Chainfruit Trail is another very new trail in Usery Park that wasn't there last October when were there last. This was a great excuse to go hike so close to home.

We started at the parking lot at the southwest corner of the Blevins Drive loop, and took the Blevins Trail to the southern terminus of the Chainfruit Trail. Heading NW along the Chainfruit, we hiked the two spur trails out to the campground areas. The second spur takes you to an RV campground, which has a half mile interpretive Nature Trail. You have to walk about 100 yards along the asphalt to get to it from the spur trail, but we didn't mind. The RV grounds were full of snowbirds. All the plates were out of state. The Nature Trail was interesting. There were 18 different plants labeled, which I took note of. they even had a Christmas cholla.

After we completed the Chainfruit Trail, we took the Lost Sheep Trail south to the Moonrock Trail, and did the spur trail that heads into the subdivision to the west. After getting back on the Moonrock, we took it around back to the Blevins again, then headed east and took the Amigos Wash Trail north, and headed back to the car on the Blevins. Totaled out at just over 7 miles, very respectable for Dmitri, who was able to keep up with no difficulties (and minimal complaints, other than the chilly weather early on).

In the Amigos Wash Trail we heard sirens from emergency vehicles driving by the park. that usually sets off the coyotes that are nearer than you would think, but we didn't hear any.

Saw about as many hikers as bikers. Finished by 11:30am and headed out for lunch. The weather was clear and very nice, but I still didn't take many pictures. Nothing to see that we hadn't seen before.
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Jan 05 2019
diesul
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45 female
 Joined Mar 29 2011
 Mesa, AZ
Chain Fruit - Lost Sheep Trails, AZ 
Chain Fruit - Lost Sheep Trails, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Jan 05 2019
diesul
Mtn Biking6.04 Miles
Mtn Biking6.04 Miles
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1st trip
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We started at the Buckhorn Campground, rode down to the Chain Fruit Trail (not yet in trail guide as the trail is only a month old), headed northwest toward the Lost Sheep Trail. We rode north on the Lost Sheep Trail out to the Nature Center and then back to the junction with Chain Fruit. We continued down Lost Sheep until we ran into Moon Rock Trail. We continued south on Moon Rock Trail until the trail turned around toward Blevins Trail. We headed north on Blevins Trail until it met back up with Chain Fruit. Returning on Chain Fruit, I took the wrong campground trail and ended up at the group campground. We turned around back to Chain Fruit, continuing until we reached the correct campground trail back to Buckhorn Campground.

Lost Sheep is a fun downhill trail from the Nature Center to Moon Rock. Moon Rock has turns with rocks that were more than my limited skill could handle without slowing down quite a bit. Blevins Trail was very sandy and a workout climbing back up to Chain Fruit in that sand. Chain Fruit is nicely packed. It was a pleasant climb with slight rolling dips along the way.
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Dec 29 2018
diesul
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 Photos 14
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45 female
 Joined Mar 29 2011
 Mesa, AZ
Blevins-Chain Fruit-Lost Sheep, AZ 
Blevins-Chain Fruit-Lost Sheep, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Dec 29 2018
diesul
Mtn Biking4.00 Miles
Mtn Biking4.00 Miles
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1st trip
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Started at Area 10 and headed out west on Blevins Trail to Chain Fruit. Off Chain Fruit, we took the spur out and back to the Buckhorn Campground. Back at Chain Fruit, we continued north toward Lost Sheep Trail. We headed north on Lost Sheep toward the Nature Center. We interrupted a family photo shoot on the trail just outside the Nature Center. We turned back around and took Lost Sheep down to Moon Rock Trail. On Moon Rock, we headed east toward Blevins Trail. At Blevins, we headed north back to Area 10. Nice bike ride and first time on Chain Fruit, Lost Sheep, and Moon Rock.
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Sep 30 2018
DarthStiller
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 Guides 25
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51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Sheep TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking6.90 Miles 385 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   2 Hrs   53 Mns   2.39 mph
385 ft AEG
 
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With the weather getting a little bit cooler and a Sunday night Steeler kickoff, this was the perfect chance to take the family out for a local hike. We haven't been out for a hike as a family since April. I saw Cannondale Kid's description for the new Lost Sheep Trail at Usery Park and that seemed like the best bet.

We started along the Blevins Trail and headed over to the Moon Rock Trail on our way to the Lost Sheep Trail and up to the Visitor Center. Up there, we hiked the Desert Hawk Loop, which is no longer a proper loop. One section of it has been closed for some reason. We hiked the entire open section, basically doing two out and backs to the closed section on either side.

After that we hiked back to the Moon Rock Trail, and hiked all of that back to the Blevins Trail and back to the car. The clouds began to roll in after an hour or so which helped to keep the temperature cool. Nice to get out with the family again for a hike.
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Sep 27 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 78
 Photos 7,395
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Sheep TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking4.70 Miles 228 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   3.07 mph
228 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
I didn't know about this little trail. I read Cannondale's write up and thought I would check it out. Walking up to the visitor center the trail is right of the building. Very nice trail. Although there is no sign at the north beginning, there is one at the south end where it connects with Moon Rock Trail. There is also a sign at the Desert Hawk Loop intersection. I hiked it south to Moon Rock and followed it to Blevins. Turned off on area 10 and walked the road for awhile. Then went into the group camping areas and found the Desert Hawk Loop and took it back to Lost Sheep and back to the car. Trail is in good shape for bike riders as well. The last years rains have put so much sand on Blevins in many area that the bike riders are probably not enjoying it nearly as much as before.
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Sep 15 2018
CannondaleKid
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 Guides 43
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70 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Usery Park Loop, AZ 
Usery Park Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Sep 15 2018
CannondaleKid
Mtn Biking12.00 Miles 699 AEG
Mtn Biking12.00 Miles   1 Hour   41 Mns   7.13 mph
699 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
 
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1st trip
15 months since I'd been riding these trails... pleasantly surprised by the new Lost Sheep Trail.
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Jul 21 2018
adenium
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Levee Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2018
adenium
Hiking4.00 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   3.43 mph
100 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
The gym was getting to be tedious, so I decided to take a brisk afternoon walk instead. Started a little after 4pm. Yep, that was hot, but at least there was a breeze.
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Feb 03 2018
adenium
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 Routes 55
 Photos 183
 Triplogs 295

46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Levee Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2018
adenium
Hiking5.26 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking5.26 Miles      49 Mns   6.44 mph
100 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
Trail run day. Nice weather for it, too.
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Jan 21 2018
adenium
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 Guides 3
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 Photos 183
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46 male
 Joined Jul 05 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Levee Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2018
adenium
Hiking5.20 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles      49 Mns   6.37 mph
100 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
Nice day for a trail run. Last time I was out here, the sun was killing me. Today it was my best friend, giving me a little warmth on an otherwise chilly afternoon.
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Dec 31 2017
Booneman
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40 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Ruidoso Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Dec 31 2017
Booneman
Run/Jog12.80 Miles 280 AEG
Run/Jog12.80 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   7.68 mph
280 ft AEG
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1st trip
Explored Usery from the East Side, starting with Ruidoso, looking for smooth routes to run.
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Jan 17 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Moon Rock TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking2.00 Miles 75 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
75 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Another Grandpa Tuesday with Lily and Isaac :D . I picked them up from school and we headed straight for our hike. We did a Moon Rock/Blevins loop. The trail is in great shape and the weather, awesome. We heard some Coyotes for the second week in a row. There was also a Humming Bird that buzzed us half a dozen times 8) . After the hike we had a snack and hit the playground that was close by. The kids had a blast and we didn't leave until about Sun down. From there we went and meet their parents for some Tuesday Tacos. :y:
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