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Nov 18 2019
mt98dew
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 18 2019
mt98dew
Run/Jog4.92 Miles 890 AEG
Run/Jog4.92 Miles   1 Hour   16 Mns   3.88 mph
890 ft AEG
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After work jog. Got on the trail just after 4pm. Started from the park and hit the hill and the 2 peaks. Good challenging run. Vertical, and trails are at times rocky and narrow because of the rocks. Don't care too much for the initial part of the trail, but once you gain some elevation the trails are pretty nice. Saw a few lizards and 4 hikers. Perfect weather
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Apr 28 2019
Nate_F
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48 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 28 2019
Nate_F
Hiking4.79 Miles 894 AEG
Hiking4.79 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   2.21 mph
894 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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caragruey
First time hiking this one. Nice park, and you get the choice of not 1, but 2 mountains to hike as the park lies between both hills. I have hiked West Wing before, not a bad hike either. We were going to hike both mountains today but it was getting too hot, so just Sunrise today. Nice vistas at the top where you can see pretty much all of Peoria and watch the hot-air balloons. Nice to knock another West-Valley hike off the list! :)
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Apr 24 2019
ihikeaz
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 Routes 3
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61 male
 Joined Jun 08 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2019
ihikeaz
Hiking4.20 Miles 890 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.96 mph
890 ft AEG      5 Mns Break2 LBS Pack
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Quick evening trip in a race with the sunset.
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Dec 22 2018
Nightstalker
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 22 2018
Nightstalker
Hiking6.15 Miles 1,535 AEG
Hiking6.15 Miles   3 Hrs   38 Mns   2.34 mph
1,535 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break5 LBS Pack
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SCA
Redo of my hike from 3 years ago with some friends this time. Starting in the park and followed the trail around the school and up the difficult route. At the 4 way intersection, we turned south and followed the trail out to the end and then back tracked just a bit and jumped on the trail that leads down to Happy Valley road. We explored the old mining area a bit before heading back up the mountain to rejoin the trail near the top. Circled the east summit and stopped on the top to take in the view. New homes are now being built just across Happy Valley road. We hit the Village Inn at Happy Valley and Lake Pleasant for brunch, it was delicious!
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Nov 04 2018
Eartheist
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48 male
 Joined Jul 16 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Eartheist
Hiking7.88 Miles 1,612 AEG
Hiking7.88 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.85 mph
1,612 ft AEG
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The_Dude
Sunrise summit, then Westwing summit and loop. Perfect weather, long trip :zzz:
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Oct 21 2018
ihikeaz
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61 male
 Joined Jun 08 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2018
ihikeaz
Hiking4.20 Miles 890 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.52 mph
890 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
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Started at playground about 7AM. Lots of people already on the trail. I'm new to this area, so this was my first time on this trail. Once I got some elevation, the views got a lot better and the people fewer. This is a great trail for a quick hike close to home.
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Mar 11 2018
black_toes
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81 male
 Joined Sep 24 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2018
black_toes
Hiking3.71 Miles 922 AEG
Hiking3.71 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   2.10 mph
922 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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Did the skinny loop in mid-trail with MJ (see Route). Took the low trail on the way out and the high steep one on the way back. I prefer the high route for its better views and more separation from the residential area. And it is certainly the most traveled, at least today it was. A fantastic evening to be on the trail with, if you raise your eyes above the housing, great views to the distant north, to Elephant Mountain, Daisy and the Bradshaws. And, as shadows appeared so did the colorful air balloons from their station just to the north. Counted six of them. Will there be a wildflowers season? Saw no indication of one today. Even the desert bloomers seem slow to come around. No flowers on the creosote although leaves glisten and only a few crimson blooms on ocotillo. This seems to me an under-valued urban hike, particularly if you trek to the isolated west side. And the trails are as clean as any I've run across in the Valley.
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Mar 01 2018
RowdyandMe
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66 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley, AZ
Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2018
RowdyandMe
Hiking4.48 Miles 998 AEG
Hiking4.48 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   2.17 mph
998 ft AEG      15 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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Sep 19 2017
RowdyandMe
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66 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley, AZ
Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 19 2017
RowdyandMe
Hiking4.80 Miles 989 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.30 mph
989 ft AEG      35 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Very first time on this trail. It was a nice and peaceful little hike.
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Aug 30 2017
mt98dew
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 30 2017
mt98dew
Hiking4.99 Miles 890 AEG
Hiking4.99 Miles   1 Hour   17 Mns   3.89 mph
890 ft AEG
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After work hike. Been a year since I've been out here, so I thought it was worth a quick visit. Started jogging the trail, but I'm not in the jogging shape I once was, plus I still fighting a lingering cold, and this can be a rough trail to jog anyway, so I ended up walking the last 3 miles. Hit the two major peaks in the system going in CW direction. Didn't see anyone the entire time. Temps were 107 with an intermittent breeze...lousy air quality.
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Aug 11 2017
joebartels
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2017
joebartels
Hiking2.94 Miles 545 AEG
Hiking2.94 Miles   1 Hour   26 Mns   2.10 mph
545 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Tortoise_Hiker
After a two year hiatus I returned to Sunrise. A few nice moms out hiking. Toasty n schweddy. Nice to introduce Denny to a new trail. Doubt he'll make the 40 mile bike ride out for this hike but you never know. jlp road almost this far once... just sayin' :D
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Aug 11 2017
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58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking2.94 Miles 545 AEG
Hiking2.94 Miles   1 Hour   26 Mns   2.10 mph
545 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
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Joe showed me Bruce's ol neck of the woods. A couple nice ladies said hi to Joe. :( :o
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Nov 10 2016
mazatzal
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Calderwood-Sunrise-Westwing-Eastwing, AZ 
Calderwood-Sunrise-Westwing-Eastwing, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2016
mazatzal
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,640 AEG
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Headed west to check out some peaks :)

First I did the short trip up Calderwood. Next I drove over to Westwing Park and did two trips, Sunrise and Westwing. For the last one I headed up Easting.

Liked Westwing the most. Very few people on all 4 trails, 3-6 on each one.
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Sep 27 2016
The_Dude
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41 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2016
The_Dude
Hiking7.65 Miles 1,908 AEG
Hiking7.65 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   2.75 mph
1,908 ft AEG      17 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Had to get up off my butt and get back into hiking shape, thought I would get in a pair of peaks today to help that along. My wife went back to teaching this fall and it has definitely impacted my hiking time, all part of the fun. It just means I have to run around with my kids more, no worries! Sadly, this was the longest hike I have done in 3 months almost. I parked at Westwing Park about 4:30 to start my fun for the day. I hit Sunrise first on all of the 'difficult' trails, and then crossed the street to knock out Westwing. Sunrise is OK, good effort but not he most exciting. Westwing is a fun little mountain and surprisingly rugged in spots! Took a nice break on top, otherwise no stops on the rest of the hike. The only real downer to this one is hiking through the neighborhood, but it is a pretty short stretch.
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May 01 2016
AZHiker456
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39 female
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Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 01 2016
AZHiker456
Hiking11.75 Miles 1,979 AEG
Hiking11.75 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   2.47 mph
1,979 ft AEG      59 Mns Break
 
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Huge kudos to Peter for the recommendation on this one! Sunrise Mtn is a real gem for city hiking; [and from what I've read / could see of them, the same is true for the nearby West & East Wing Mtns]. As always, I was looking for something I hadn't done before; and this weekend, something close by. My weekends are usually reserved for bigger/more remote ranges, but I first wanted to have a strong finish logging double digit mileage before driving several hours one way. Sunrise Mtn [etc.] fit the bill perfectly; in addition to tons of interconnected trails, there are also a gazillion and one "routes"; in fact, many of the "routes" are so well beaten in that 'unofficial trail' would be a more fitting designation. To top things off, the surrounding terrain has lots of excellent gripping rock and very little brush. With visibility better than many *trails and *easy off-trail opportunities, [*relative to what I'm accustomed to], I didn't feel uneasy bushwacking during snake season. That said, I'm not even attempting to describe my route... please reference my GPS tracks; and trust me when I say, it will save more than 1,000 words of reading. In other words, I had myself a blast free-styling up/around Sunrise Mtn. ;)

While the Sunrise Mtn portion of my adventure totally rocked, the second half, [although still filled with fun moments], left something to be desired. From one of the peaks on Sunrise Mtn, I noticed a small but rugged looking peak a short distance away. Route Scout identified it as Calderwood Butte, and it was under 2 miles as the crow flies. Eyeballing the topo, I estimated that incorporating it would put my RT mileage at around 11-12, [exactly where I wanted to be, distance-wise], while allowing me to finish with a fun little peak in the process.

It was a solid plan, but I was up against an element I'd totally underestimated: urban bushwhacking. :o There were two main developments I had to get across to reach Calderwood Butte: the first was between Sunrise Mtn and North Lake Pleasant Pkwy, and the second was between North Lake Pleasant Pkwy and Calderwood Butte. Let's just say, not only was this the first I ever found myself switching from topo to satellite view while in route, utilizing satellite imagery while urban bushwhacking was like the 8th wonder of the world!

As I made my way across the first development, things were going very smooth. In addition to not feeling like a rat in a maze thanks to Route Scout's awesome satellite view, the development was also VERY hiker friendly, with tons of dirt roads/paths in between the homes. In fact, by the time I made it over to where I had to cross North Lake Pleasant Pkwy, I'd literally gone less than one tenth of a mile on pavement.

Unfortunately getting across the second development proved to be a less than pleasant experience. Thinking it would also be hiker friendly, I continued to head pretty much as the crow flies toward Calderwood Butte, down a dead end road; [many of the dead end roads I'd passed/seen in the first development had foot/bike paths between the houses]... well, NOT so with this one! No biggie, the satellite imagery revealed that one road over, there was an exist to the development. I'd wasted less than a quarter mile... or so I thought! Satellite imagery also showed that BOTH the road with the exit and the sidewalk were gated. Never having seen a gated sidewalk [or a gate/fence in such a neighborhood that I couldn't managed to get over/though], I think I had to see this one to believe it. Under normal circumstances, I would've had no trouble get over; but I definitely would've needed both hands/arms and climbing is still off-limits for me for a few more weeks. Thus, by the time I retraced my steps and went even further out of the way to find an unlocked exit to the development, I'd gone just over a mile extra.

The frustration did nothing but bring out the best in me though... as I approached Calderwood Butte, I noticed this FUN looking gully on the SE side. Not wanting to put forth the effort to ascend via the gully, I flew up the trail and thought to myself, 'at least I know which way I'm coming down.' :D The trail then started to switchback in an area with good-gripping rocks and very little brush. I wasted no time and headed straight toward the summit, 'as the crow files'. Upon reaching the summit, there is short spiny ridge line, which the trail skirts for the most part; however, it is very well routed. I opted for the route over the trail and headed toward the high point. For such a tiny peak, the views are really impressive! After taking a few minutes to soak them in, I head back across the summit's ridge line toward North Lake Pleasant Pkwy and began my bushwhack down the gully. It is routed, but very lightly, [likely due to Class 2, possibly Class 3 climbs]. I managed to maneuver down much easier than anticipated, [given that I did so without using my left hand/arm even once].

While I had a blast going down the gully, the fun was short lived... no sooner had I descend from the section requiring use of hands/arms when I heard the buzz of a bee... and in less than 2-3 seconds later, the F'er stung my left ear. Let's just say, I've NEVER negotiated rocky/off-trail terrain that fast in my life! I literally ran down a steep slope with somewhat loose footing, [and miraculously managed to do so without falling, crashing into a cactus and/or twisting an ankle]. I thought bees were supposed to die once they sting you, but I heard/felt buzzing around my head for a good 30-60 seconds after I got stung; it could've been a different bee, but I was stung only once and the buzzing sounded like it came from just one bee. I'm wondering if the F'er was an Africanized bee, based on the way it stung me without warning... and on how badly it hurt. I have a crazy high pain tolerance, [and have been stung by bees plenty of times in my life, although not recently], yet I've never in my life recalled feeling pain/soreness from a bee sting, aside from the moment I've been stung/a few minutes thereafter... this time, however, it throbbed for several hours. When I got back to my vehicle, I examined my ear; it was moderately red but there was no swelling, [despite the fact that the stinger was still embedded]. Removing the stinger didn't make it feel better/worse, but luckily, [now 6-7 hours later], it feels almost normal.
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Apr 14 2016
afrankie
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 Routes 40
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31 male
 Joined Sep 30 2015
 Carrboro, NC
Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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afrankie
Hiking3.20 Miles 649 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   21 Mns   2.74 mph
649 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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Took a half day from work as an out of town friend came in for the weekend and we wanted to get a quick birthday walk in before the liquid afternoon :). Nice to be able to do a mid-day hike in April.
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Apr 12 2016
uphill_junkie
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 Joined Apr 28 2010
 Tucson, AZ
Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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uphill_junkie
Hiking3.11 Miles 492 AEG
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492 ft AEG
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I lost my pink Benchmade :cry: :cry: :cry:
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Mar 25 2016
afrankie
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31 male
 Joined Sep 30 2015
 Carrboro, NC
Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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afrankie
Hiking4.20 Miles 420 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   1 Hour      4.85 mph
420 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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Figured after working for the City (Peoria) it's about time I expand my hiking horizons to figure out what we have to offer. Very impressed by the trail system - and different variations that could be carved out of the mountain. Views from atop are enjoyable, with a clean view of downtown this morning as well as the dam, 303, hieroglyphics, and other valley mountains. Not to mention I got a birds eye view of many of my work projects that are in the immediate vicinity.
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Sep 22 2015
The_Dude
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41 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise & West Wing Combo, AZ 
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The_Dude
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,962 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   2.98 mph
1,962 ft AEG      5 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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I got this idea from HippiePunkPirate's posted track, looked like a good amount of effort, and two peaks! I got started about 3:45 from the park TH and made my way up Sunrise first. I chose the difficult trail for the whole way to try and squeeze as much AEG as I could out of this one. I was surprised to have the trail to myself, I did not see anyone until I was about halfway back down again. After finishing up Sunrise, I crossed the street and made my way up West Wing. This was my first time on this mountain, I will have to come back again! There are many different track and looping options to be had for sure. I even ran into a desert tortoise on the east end of the loop. Best part, still made it over to the community center for my daughter's dance class. Good day!
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Jul 25 2015
Nightstalker
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Sunrise Mountain - PeoriaPhoenix, AZ
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Nightstalker
Hiking6.87 Miles 1,517 AEG
Hiking6.87 Miles   3 Hrs   6 Mns   2.48 mph
1,517 ft AEG      20 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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Did a sunrise hike on Sunrise mountain. Made a mega loop by heading south to Happy Valley road from the difficult/easy split on top of the mountain. With a little difficulty, I did find the trail back up to the northeast. Always a great hike. Really like this loop.
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