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South Mountain 620 Trail Loop - 6 members in 17 triplogs have rated this an average 2.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 01 2020
DarthStiller
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52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
South Mountain 620 Trail LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 01 2020
DarthStiller
Hiking7.69 Miles 860 AEG
Hiking7.69 Miles   3 Hrs   28 Mns   2.22 mph
860 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Went to the west end of South Mountain Park to hike a few trail sections that I've missed over the years. The one segment I did doesn't seem to be an official trail. I hiked the spur from the Bursera Trail that heads westward and ends quickly at a subdivision that looks like is just finished getting built.

After I got back over the saddle towards San Juan Road, I noticed a trail spur that headed down to what looked like a defunct mining road of some sort. I followed that and took it all the way over to the 202. From there I headed northwest along the 202 until I hit the Maricopa Trail as it exits South Mt. Park. The last time I hiked this segment of the MT, the 202 was under construction and my friend Ted and I had to avoid the workers. things look a litte more normal now.

Headed back to the National Trail and then back to the car. Did a shorter hike this time with the heat and humidity. I was drenched within the first mile and felt drained by the time I was done.
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Mar 26 2016
astrobrewer
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 Joined Mar 14 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Gila Bursera Short loop, AZ 
Gila Bursera Short loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2016
astrobrewer
Hiking3.81 Miles 729 AEG
Hiking3.81 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   2.60 mph
729 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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Got a late afternoon start from the trailhead at the end of Chandler Blvd. Started heading toward The Lost Ranch, but exited the wash to the west to get on the Gila trail. The Gila trail makes a nice gradual ascent through a pretty valley north of Bursera trail toward the ridge at the west end of the canyon. Being late in the afternoon the trail was in shadow. When I got to the top the trail was back in the sun again. I stopped for a minute to enjoy the awesome view to the west, then turned left and headed up the short, steep trail that connects up near the high point of the Bursera trail. Took Bursera back down to the trailhead. Nice loop trail for when you don't have a lot of time.
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Feb 28 2015
chumley
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48 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Vee Quiva, AZ 
Vee Quiva, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 28 2015
chumley
Hiking16.01 Miles 2,744 AEG
Hiking16.01 Miles   4 Hrs   46 Mns   3.49 mph
2,744 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Miserable cold, wet, rainy day that no normal person would go outdoors. So I decided to hit the casino with my tax refund! :)

I thought it would be a longer trip but I cruised. Quick "summit" brew and threw a few $ on a new car. I didn't win :( and had to settle with the easy bus ride home. Carried 2L and drank less than 1.

Note: First time HAZ trifecta: GPS track, photos, and triplog all created, edited, and posted from my phone. No other devices involved. :app:

Lost reception for a short stretch after goat I think. Phone doesn't let you preview triplog. For some reason uploading photos directly from phone strips metadata and I subsequently couldn't sync photos to track. Presumably an ios thing.
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Surprisingly little even on the west side.
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33s over 45s
Mar 29 2014
SpiderLegs
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 Guides 2
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54 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
South Mountain 620 Trail LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2014
SpiderLegs
Hiking
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1st trip
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Tried to get on this trail via the Dusty Lane/Galveston trailhead. Greeted with a sign on Dusty Lane that said no access to South Mountain. Once on Galveston there was no evidence of a small parking lot and what appears to be a new shiny barbed wire fence cutting off any access. Could see the trail on the other side of the fence, but no way to get to it. All of the property around this area sported no trespassing signs, so got the impression the folks in the neighborhood don't want anyone getting into the park from here.
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Mar 16 2014
Charger55
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
South Mountain 620 Trail LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2014
Charger55
Hiking11.00 Miles 1,150 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.44 mph
1,150 ft AEG
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Jul 16 2013
chumley
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48 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Bees Knees LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2013
chumley
Hiking5.80 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   2.83 mph
1,400 ft AEG
 
I had the rare occasion of having to convince 9L to not be lazy and get out there! (It usually works the other way around) Taking advantage of the cloudy skies and relatively cool temperatures, I decided to test out my lungs after a recent respiratory illness. Seemed to work reasonably well. A nice storm passed us to the east, and a shower threatened to our south as we got back to the car, but otherwise the weather cooperated, providing a cool breeze and a rainbow or two, but no rain or nearby lightning strikes. Nobody else out there tonight.

Started from the 17th Ave and Thunderhill storm drain access, which was a world better than the 19th Ave route, or the actual trail route west of there. Might begin from here on all future visits.
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33s over 45s
Jul 16 2013
John9L
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Bees Knees LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2013
John9L
Hiking5.80 Miles 1,400 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   2.83 mph
1,400 ft AEG
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1st trip
Good times at South Mountain. I plan on returning again to check out some of the other trails in the area. Lot's of good options out here.
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May 26 2013
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
South Mountain 620 Trail LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2013
mt98dew
Hiking11.78 Miles 1,150 AEG
Hiking11.78 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   3.37 mph
1,150 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Did this hike starting from the Estrella Ave. TH . When I got there one other car/hiker was utilizing this TH. I did this loop counterclockwise, taking a user tail that splits off from the National just before it crests the first saddle. I took this user trail to where it connected to the western tip of the Bursera. The climb was nice, especially since I was still in the morning shadows of the mountains. I was surprised by the number of hikers I met. I encountered 4 different parties as I was doing the Bursera and then I met them all again as they did their own version of the loop in the opposite direction. This made it seem busier than it really was. I was also surprised by the number of bikers that I saw as I did the western part of the National. I had not realized how popular Silent Sunday was for bikers and the back end of San Juan Rd. When I got back to the TH, there were two more cars parked along the side of the road. So this TH seems to get more use than I thought.
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Nov 24 2012
Randal_Schulhauser
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61 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Lost Ranch Mine TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Nov 24 2012
Randal_Schulhauser
Mtn Biking22.52 Miles 1,140 AEG
Mtn Biking22.52 Miles   3 Hrs   6 Mns   7.26 mph
1,140 ft AEG
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Inspired by the history (and mystery) of Lost Ranch/Golden Standard Mine => http://sierraestrella.com/gsmine.html and http://southmountainhistory.blogspot.co ... ining.html I set off on a 20+ mile loop to put me over the 100+ mile mark for mountain biking this month. Can't recall the last time I racked up that many miles in a month (probably have to go back to those Moab hiking/mountain biking/wilderness vacations with the guys I grew up with)...
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Aug 16 2012
jochal
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37 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2012
jochal
Hiking7.90 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking7.90 Miles
1,600 ft AEG
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Took Bursera, but then continued down the valley a little bit on the jeep road. Hit a couple of old, almost completely faded metal signs that say keep out, so I turned right and took the trail that connects Bursera with National farther South than the official National/Bursera intersection. Returned on National/Bursera/Valley View(?...whatever the trail is in the valley below Bursera).
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Feb 20 2011
DarthStiller
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52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Ranger Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2011
DarthStiller
Hiking11.70 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking11.70 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.13 mph
2,800 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I got started at 6:45am after waiting for Brian for a little, thinking he changed his mind. Turns out he was just a little late and caught up with me not long after I started hiking.

We took the Mine Drop Trail up first, getting the most brutal climb out of the way early. From there we took the National Trail east to the Ranger Trail and descended towards San Juan Rd until we got to the Las Lomitas Loop and took that east to the Kiwanis Trail. At that junction I was getting hungry a little earlier than usual, so I took my lunch at the picnic ramadas there before we ascended the Kiwanis Trail. The Kiwanis Trail is really a nice trail with some nice views inside that canyon and of the rock wall dams. I missed the petroglyphs that are there somewhere.

Along the National Trail we got hit by the rain, wind and clouds. I thought Brian might be put off by some of this, but he responded by declaring that this was the most awesome hike he had ever done. The low hanging clouds made for some nice views and the wind made it interesting. At one point, we could see some clouds whizzing over a saddle from the canyon below, giving us an intuitive explanation of why it's always so windy at saddles.

As we descended the Gila View Trail, the wind picked up every time the switchbacks turned N to the edge of the canyon. At the bottom we took the big spur trail towards 5th Ave. and then turned back to the TH. Nice overall hike made more interesting by the weather.
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Feb 13 2011
DarthStiller
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52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Bees Knees LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2011
DarthStiller
Hiking10.40 Miles 2,700 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   1.81 mph
2,700 ft AEG
 
I met Brian at the end of Chandler Blvd and we got started at about 6:40am. We took the Ruins Trail up to the National, came down on the Lost Mine Trail, took the Valley Trail over to the Kebo Trail, and then took the National Trail over to the Mine Drop Trail and headed home.

The unnamed trail on the map on mikes hikes.net east of the the Kebo Trail does not exist. This looks to be a bushwhack route that someone took following the wash/drainage all the way to the National Trail. We opted to not do that and just took the Kebo Trail instead.

At the bottom of the Mine Drop Trail there is a horizontal mine shaft that goes back quite a ways. I put on my headlamp and headed in about 50-100' to where it made a right turn and continued up to another bend. Looks like it could be quite an exploration for braver souls.

Temps were cool in the morning and warmed up without getting hot by the time we finished. Looking to go back again soon and finish the Gila Trail and other spur trails along the flat area to the south.
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Dec 31 2010
The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
South Mountain 620 Trail LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2010
The_Eagle
Hiking11.54 Miles 2,125 AEG
Hiking11.54 Miles   4 Hrs   29 Mns   2.57 mph
2,125 ft AEG
 
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The Last hike of the year. Went out with my buddy the turtle to the far west side of South Mountain to try something new. We started at the intersection of Galveston and 43rd Ave. After a short jaunt through the neighborhood, a light bushwhack to the power line, to the jeep road, we were on one of the new trails. We took the southernmost trail east, which we were guessing is Trail 1 or "Gila View" as some are calling it. We took this to the other end to find the Eastern TH. There really isn't a TH, but if you enter the wash just West of the pavement and go North, you soon come across the Trail. On the way back we took Trail 2, or "The Bees Knees" as some are calling it. We also took a stop up the Lost Camp Loop to visit the Mystery Structure. It was then back on trail 2 heading back to where we began. There were some nice areas on the hike, but nothing real exciting. They company, as always, was great. Thanks to Denny again for joining me on this hike and all the other hikes we did this year...

To all I hiked with this year, and to all of the rest of you wild and crazy HAZ'ers, a safe, happy, prosperous, fun filled, HAPPY NEW YEAR
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Dec 31 2010
Tortoise_Hiker
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60 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
South Mountain 620 Trail LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2010
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking11.54 Miles 2,125 AEG
Hiking11.54 Miles   4 Hrs   29 Mns   2.57 mph
2,125 ft AEG
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1st trip
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The_Eagle
Ahhh,
I got to sleep in today.Met Bruce for my last hike of the year at 7:00.We decided to check out the 620 trails on the southwest corner of South Mountain.We went in from the 51st ave side.Not really much parking.Maybe as much as Geronimo. We did the loop plus walked down the wash to see if we could tell were the trailhead is off Chandler blvd.The trail was ok and had some nice views from up top.There are a few side trails but Bruce keeped us on the right trail. Thanks for the invite Bruce. Good times as always.
Thanks to all the HAZers I had the pleasure of hiking with,meeting,or reading about this year.WOW,It was an awesome year of hiking and you all help make this site awesome as well.
Happy New Year to all of you!!!!
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Dec 11 2010
JuanJaimeiii
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54 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
South Mountain 620 Trail LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 11 2010
JuanJaimeiii
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,150 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles
1,150 ft AEG
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The hike was decent but the view was great!
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Dec 05 2010
Randal_Schulhauser
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61 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Lost Camp LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Dec 05 2010
Randal_Schulhauser
Mtn Biking22.27 Miles 1,000 AEG
Mtn Biking22.27 Miles   3 Hrs      7.42 mph
1,000 ft AEG
 
A 20+ mile ride is a perfect antidote to remove congestion from the lungs that's been "dogging" me all week (my apologies to any trail riders that thought I was coughing out a lung)!

Desert Classic to the Telegraph Pass TH and onto "Desert Classic West" - but wait - signs indicating "NO TRESPASSING" and other offensive phrases at the Desert Foothills Drive TH (near Chandler Blvd). WTF? :o Thought this was all part of the new trails opened earlier in the calendar year (blue paint blazes, cairns, obvious trail improvements, etc). Why the closure here?

Trekked along Chandler Blvd to pick up the alternate TH and head up to Lost Ranch Ruins and join onto the old jeep trail out to the extreme western reaches of Ahwatukee to the South Mountain 620 Loop Trail...
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Oct 10 2010
Randal_Schulhauser
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 Guides 71
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61 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
South Mountain 620 Trail LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Oct 10 2010
Randal_Schulhauser
Mtn Biking18.57 Miles 1,150 AEG
Mtn Biking18.57 Miles   3 Hrs      6.19 mph
1,150 ft AEG
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Just when you think you know South Mountain...
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