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Shadow Mountain Big Loop #310 - 10 members in 26 triplogs have rated this an average 2.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jun 06 2021
Nate_F
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49 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Shadow Mountain Summit from Acoma THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2021
Nate_F
Hiking2.45 Miles 705 AEG
Hiking2.45 Miles   1 Hour      2.45 mph
705 ft AEG
 
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Quick hike before it got hot. At the top, good views all around. Some haze in the skies this morning. More people than usual for this mountain, but never too crowded. In a wash near the bottom of the hill, I saw what could be a gopher snake chase a pack rat. Pack rat got away and the snake missed his chance for a tasty breakfast. Not sure about the snake, but at least it wasn't rattling!
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Mar 04 2021
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Shadow Mountain Big Loop #310Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2021
mt98dew
Hiking3.18 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking3.18 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   2.98 mph
340 ft AEG
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After work hike. Not one of my favorite places to hike, mainly because there is no designated place to park. I usually park on the street (north side), which is what I did today. Once I get on the trails there not bad. Did a loop going CCW. Hit some of the knolls along the way and then when I circled the southern end, I went up the back side and bagged the southern peak. This elevation is a little lower than the northern peak, but not by much. Lot of different user trails in this system. I used some that I hadn’t done in a while. Weather was perfect. Enjoy while we can. Only encountered 3 hikers. No wildlife.
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Apr 29 2020
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Shadow Mountain Big Loop #310Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2020
mt98dew
Hiking3.18 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking3.18 Miles      45 Mns   4.24 mph
340 ft AEG
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Short after work hike. Haven't been out here in years, but I was looking for something short and in the area and this worked. There is no official TH that I know of so where one starts depends on what street/church parking you utilize. Most of the obvious avenues to the mountain occur on either the north or west sides. Since my sister use to live a few blocks to the north that has always been my starting point. Did this trail in a CCW direction. I strayed off the main trail a couple of times, getting drawn in by user trails. Still did the loop. Just a variation of it. There are very few trail markers for this trail system, so what was the intended trail and what are now communal trails will probably never be distinguished. Only mild elevation gain with this loop. Never hit a peak. Saw one trail runner and that was it.
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Dec 13 2019
WaitingForRain
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32 female
 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Shadow Mountain Small Loop #312Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2019
WaitingForRain
Hiking2.50 Miles 181 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   1 Hour      2.50 mph
181 ft AEG
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Mar 21 2017
The_Dude
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43 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Shadow Mountain Big Loop #310Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2017
The_Dude
Hiking3.28 Miles 1,153 AEG
Hiking3.28 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   2.32 mph
1,153 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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Finally had time to get out for a hike, sadly my first of the month...pulled up to the TH about 5 to get in some fun. Certainly warm out this afternoon, but I did get some late cloud cover that cooled it down a few degrees. I put together a loop on the fly to knock out most of the high points in the area, no real big peaks but at the end of the day I had squeezed over 1100' of gain out of only a bit over 3 miles. I love this little mountain, surprisingly rugged for a short in-towner. The hillsides were simply aglow with flowers, brittlebush in full bloom, and good show from the creosotes too. Dang, I need to get back into hiking shape...
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Feb 19 2017
benbacome
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44 male
 Joined Apr 09 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Shadow Mountain Big Loop #310Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 19 2017
benbacome
Hiking2.04 Miles 17 AEG
Hiking2.04 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   1.83 mph
17 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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Great short hike. Great views from the top of each little peak. Many different trails through the area so actual distance will vary depending on the path you choose. The day we did it was overcast and the rain came in as we were on the tail end of the hike. Made for a great experience. Our feet were soaked by the time we got back to the trailhead but our spirits were high. So glad I remembered the rain jackets.
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Feb 11 2017
WaitingForRain
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32 female
 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Shadow Mountain Big Loop #310Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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WaitingForRain
Hiking1.72 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking1.72 Miles
340 ft AEG
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Dec 26 2016
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Shadow Mountain Big Loop #310Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 26 2016
mt98dew
Hiking3.44 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking3.44 Miles   1 Hour   16 Mns   2.72 mph
340 ft AEG
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After work hike. Hoped to meet up with my sister who lives in the area, but no luck. Still a nice hike to do. I did what I consider to be a fair approximation of the loop. There is minimal signage and quite a few trails so ther are quite few available interpretations of the loop. I didn't hit any of the peaks and tried to avoid any radical elevations changes...trying to give my arches/tendons some more recovery time. It's been a year since I had done this trail so it was a nice refresher. Trails were busy...busy for Shadow Mountain. Passed about 10 people enjoying the weather. Clear skies today!! It would have been great to have gotten some elevation. I bet you you could have seen for miles.
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Apr 12 2016
The_Dude
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43 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Stoney Shadow, AZ 
Stoney Shadow, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2016
The_Dude
Hiking5.87 Miles 2,036 AEG
Hiking5.87 Miles   2 Hrs   23 Mns   2.69 mph
2,036 ft AEG      12 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Got in a good urban double hike this afternoon, started out by Mountain View about 4:30. Second time up Stoney Mountain, this is a fun quick one with good effort. Be aware, there is a good sized bee gathering about a tenth of a mile up the summit spur trail, it is on the left hand side of the trail in one of the numerous rock holes. They were not aggressive, but if you stumbled into the rock it would make for a pretty lousy day. After this quick one, I rolled over to Acoma to start my way up Shadow Mountain. I climbed the main peak, and then proceeded to hit every high point in the area by way of a convoluted loop. Ran into a few folks up on the summit when I had come around for a second trip up. Otherwise, very few other people out on the trail, surprising for such a great weather day.
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Feb 13 2016
CdnInAz
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57 male
 Joined Jun 02 2008
 Cave Creek, Az
Shadow Mountain Big Loop #310Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2016
CdnInAz
Hiking1.72 Miles 416 AEG
Hiking1.72 Miles      49 Mns   2.35 mph
416 ft AEG      5 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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I was on way to North Mountain but stopped on way down cave Creek Road to check for nearby trails on HAZ app (a great feature BTW). Discovered this trail, had never done, wanted something simple, so gave it a try. As the description says it is not well maintained, lots of lose rocks, and easy to miss path several areas, especially where washouts have created what looks like a better path. You can see on my GPS route that got way down below trail at one area, what I thought was path ended at ragged edge so checked HAZ and found trail by scrambling up.

But despite that I enjoyed this area, lots of nice views of mountains surrounding the valley.

Awesome weather but already hitting 70 F at 10am - winter is ending.

Edited AEG from 340 ft to my 416 - guess difference was for off trail few spots.
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Jul 03 2015
mazatzal
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Shadow Mountain Summit from Acoma THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2015
mazatzal
Hiking3.80 Miles 510 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles   2 Hrs      2.07 mph
510 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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1st trip
Went to both summits and added the loop around the south side.
Cloudy with a few sprinkles and humid but not very hot.
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Jul 02 2015
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Shadow Mountain Big Loop #310Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2015
mt98dew
Hiking3.15 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking3.15 Miles
340 ft AEG
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After work hike. Parked at my sister's house and walked in from the north side. Actually did a deformed figure 8. Since there are multiple user trails on this mountain it is hard to describe. Entered from a cul-de-sac on the north side and climbed the hills that are east of the northern most peak. Then followed some low lying trails on the east side of the mountain, which were in the shade :) to get to the southern most peak. Climbed that peak and went down the back side to connect to another low lying trail . (This low lying trail actual does a loop around the 3 peaks, but today I stayed mainly on the east side to took advantage of the shade). So on my return trip I hit some of the same low lying trails as I had used on my entry. I did exit the park a little further east than from where I had entered it, which completed the deformed figure eight. Only saw 1 trail runner while I was out and just a few lizards. It was breezy and in the mid 100's.
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Jun 10 2015
kwinters311
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 Joined Apr 27 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Shadow Mountain 1779' ProminencePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 10 2015
kwinters311
Hiking1.41 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking1.41 Miles      57 Mns   1.48 mph
340 ft AEG
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Overcast and muggy today, I took a slightly different path than this one but I didn't see an option for it. I started at Acoma, took the circumference east and summited the southernmost of the mountains in this park. Can't really call it a summit or a mountain, it only took about 5 mins to get the full elevation. I came back down sketchily along the South face and hooked up with the Western part of the Circumference trail.

There is a beautiful modern church at the SW corner of the park with two rows of nice Palo Verdes, by the way. Worth a visit.

I went straight up the saddle of Prominence and down to the circumference trail to meet back with Acoma. I was dripping sweat by the end with this mugginess, it makes a huge difference when it doesn't evaporate immediately! I only ever saw 2 other people and that was on the southern mountaintop.
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Nov 17 2014
Stoic
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45 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Shadow Mountain Summit from Acoma THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2014
Stoic
Hiking4.13 Miles 751 AEG
Hiking4.13 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   2.43 mph
751 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Took the pups on a nice morning hike. It was hard to stay on the intended route. There are a lot of trails going in every direction. I hit all the peaks on the North end. I will be back for a couple smaller peaks on the south, and to do the Mega loop.
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Aug 20 2014
paulshikleejr
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56 male
 Joined Feb 02 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Shadow Mountain Big Loop #310Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 20 2014
paulshikleejr
Hiking0.31 Miles 54 AEG
Hiking0.31 Miles      21 Mns   2.33 mph
54 ft AEG      13 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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Just a quick hike to see what can be seen.
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Jun 10 2013
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Shadow Mountain Big Loop #310Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 10 2013
mt98dew
Hiking2.80 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles      55 Mns   3.05 mph
340 ft AEG
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Short hike after work. Did loop with a jaunt to the the top of southern peak. Weather didn't seem that bad today. Had the mountain to myself, didn't see a soul.
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May 19 2013
The_Dude
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43 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Shadow Mountain Big Loop #310Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 19 2013
The_Dude
Hiking2.65 Miles 845 AEG
Hiking2.65 Miles
845 ft AEG45 LBS Pack
 
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Only had time for a quick hike today, but I was able to take out my 3 year old (she would say 3 and a half) and our Mastiff for a local. We took a trip up to the summit and then did the bigger circumference. No better training then having my 35 pound daughter up on the shoulders! Things were getting hot towards the end of the hike, I think my dog will be good and tired for the rest of the day. For being a hike right in the middle of town, we only saw 4 other hikers in an hour and a half.
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Nov 29 2012
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 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Shadow Mountain Big Loop #310Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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WaitingForRain
Hiking1.72 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking1.72 Miles   1 Hour      1.72 mph
340 ft AEG
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Nov 27 2012
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Shadow Mountain Big Loop #310Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2012
mt98dew
Hiking3.88 Miles 1,300 AEG
Hiking3.88 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   2.16 mph
1,300 ft AEG
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Started off on the Loop Trail, but ended up all over the place just doing the side trails in the area. Lots of up and downs. Crossed paths wit a couple of hikers, but not as many as I would expect. Beautiful sunset that evening.
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Dec 22 2011
joebartels
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51 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout for Shadows, AZ 
Lookout for Shadows, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2011
joebartels
Hiking5.55 Miles 1,465 AEG
Hiking5.55 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.56 mph
1,465 ft AEG
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1st trip
Since I had to be in the area I hit up a couple hikes. First Lookout Circ about 11am and it was still a tad nippy. Considerably more people out than I see in the summer. The slopes are Scotland green. Hopefully the wildflowers will come before the cheat grass takes over. On the east side I recall African Daisies from years past, perhaps they'll reappear in January! :)

I passed four teenage girls hiking and starring at their phones. I threw 'em a curve ball and said hi. If it wasn't for the water bottles I would have sworn they were lost. Yet I'm sure some manly dude in boots and such thinks the same seeing me in sandals with a GPS...lol

After some errands and a "snack" I hit up Shadow. This was my first visit ever. Cheat grass has dominated the northern approach slope. I zig zagged all over and hit all the tiny peaks. This kinna reminds me of Westwing with it's short steep slopes. There wasn't anyone else out except a neighbor walking her dog. I was thinking the people that live on SSE were pretty lucky to have a steep grade out their front door. Well that was until I went down it. I don't think I'd want to ski down that on a daily basis. I assume it's not an official trail but it's such a maze who knows. With two park rangers busy directing traffic at Camelback every day I doubt this area sees much attention. Some of the graffiti on the major peak was only a day old. Looks like it's been trashed fairly heavily for fifty years.

All that aside I enjoyed the hike. Heading back I came about 30 feet within a dog. So here I'm thinking to put my hand out for the sniff when I notice there isn't anyone around. Then he headed down off the trail. Then another. Then it dawned on me they were coyotes. After a brief wow moment I got a little concerned. This is a tiny mountain surrounded by homes. What are they doing here and why didn't they run. They did move on and didn't act funny so I figured they weren't rabid and finished the hike.
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