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Circumference Trail - Deem Hills - 21 members in 130 triplogs have rated this an average 2.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Oct 22 2019
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Circumference Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2019
RowdyandMe
Hiking7.95 Miles 1,246 AEG
Hiking7.95 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   2.32 mph
1,246 ft AEG      36 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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A great day for this hike but to much was going on at the trailhead. There were three park service trucks at the trailhead. I am not sure what was going on but it seemed to me that not all dog owners in the park were on the same page. But Rowdy and I decided to keep moving on.
The weather was perfect for this hike and we are really starting to enjoy the cooler temperatures. I have change my starting spot to the dog park which seems to be safer for car break-ins.
Today I started to notice a few different flowers on the trail blooming.
Flora
Flora
Arizona Caltrop
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
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Oct 01 2019
mt98dew
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 Guides 16
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 Photos 398
 Triplogs 1,454

50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Circumference Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 01 2019
mt98dew
Run/Jog6.07 Miles 890 AEG
Run/Jog6.07 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   4.55 mph
890 ft AEG
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After work jog. Started from the east side (next to the dog park) and did a CCW loop on the Circumference. Weather was awesome again and I thought I did pretty good, but my time was consistent with previous runs. No wildlife except for a multitude of small lizards....well into the 20's. Encountered 8 hikers and 4 bikers. My hat off to the bikers; this a rocky trail and cannot be easy to bike. Looks like there was a fire on the west side of the hill. Scorched the flat part of the trail and seemed to be contained to the area. Did not impact the trail. Just the views.
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Sep 25 2019
RowdyandMe
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 Guides 6
 Routes 358
 Photos 14,495
 Triplogs 1,633

65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Circumference Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2019
RowdyandMe
Hiking6.45 Miles 1,171 AEG
Hiking6.45 Miles   3 Hrs   7 Mns   2.50 mph
1,171 ft AEG      32 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Another quite day on the trail. A little on the humid side.
But there was just enjoy scattered clouds to keep Rowdy happy and that's what counts.
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
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Sep 03 2019
RowdyandMe
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 Guides 6
 Routes 358
 Photos 14,495
 Triplogs 1,633

65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Circumference Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 03 2019
RowdyandMe
Hiking7.59 Miles 1,318 AEG
Hiking7.59 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   2.92 mph
1,318 ft AEG      22 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
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May 16 2019
RowdyandMe
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 Guides 6
 Routes 358
 Photos 14,495
 Triplogs 1,633

65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Circumference Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 16 2019
RowdyandMe
Hiking6.04 Miles 930 AEG
Hiking6.04 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   2.22 mph
930 ft AEG      27 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Fauna
Fauna
Chuckwalla
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
Apr 23 2019
RowdyandMe
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 Guides 6
 Routes 358
 Photos 14,495
 Triplogs 1,633

65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Circumference Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2019
RowdyandMe
Hiking8.40 Miles 1,867 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   3 Hrs   53 Mns   2.45 mph
1,867 ft AEG      27 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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Flora
Flora
Desert Lavender
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
Apr 19 2019
Apartmentguy
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 Routes 31
 Photos 7
 Triplogs 45

55 male
 Joined Nov 29 2009
 Phoenix Az
Circumference Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2019
Apartmentguy
Hiking5.70 Miles 890 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   2.61 mph
890 ft AEG
 
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Beautiful weather, not very busy and no snakes.
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Apr 07 2019
Nightstalker
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 Routes 71
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Ridgeline Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2019
Nightstalker
Hiking3.82 Miles 647 AEG
Hiking3.82 Miles   1 Hour   27 Mns   2.70 mph
647 ft AEG      2 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
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wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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Feb 09 2019
AZBeaver
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 Photos 326
 Triplogs 124

65 female
 Joined Jan 04 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Circumference Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2019
AZBeaver
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,265 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   2 Hrs   52 Mns   2.92 mph
1,265 ft AEG      20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Great hike today in the Deems Hills under cloudy skies. Lots of people on the trail today. Lots of blooming brittle brush. Hiked every trail in the Deem Hills today.
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Light
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Aug 28 2018
mt98dew
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 Guides 16
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Circumference Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Aug 28 2018
mt98dew
Run/Jog6.12 Miles 890 AEG
Run/Jog6.12 Miles   1 Hour   18 Mns   4.71 mph
890 ft AEG
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After work jog. Started from the park on the west side and did the loop going CCW. Tough run today...not overly motivated....just kept the feet churning. Had the trails to myself, though I did see a hiker in the distance. Wildlife lizards and a chipmunk.
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Jun 16 2018
ihikeaz
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60 male
 Joined Jun 08 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Circumference Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2018
ihikeaz
Hiking6.90 Miles 890 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   3 Hrs   1 Min   2.86 mph
890 ft AEG      36 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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Nice day for this hike. Temp very cool for June. Started at 6AM and headed in a CCW direction around the loop. Lots of great views along the way. Talked to a very nice Ranger (Andy) for about 20 min. about all the trails in the area. Trail was in great condition and recent rain kept the dust down. No critters spotted today.
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Feb 15 2018
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Circumference Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2018
RowdyandMe
Hiking7.42 Miles 1,187 AEG
Hiking7.42 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.21 mph
1,187 ft AEG      24 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Great day for a hike but it was humid :D
I was checking out the owls but there were none in deem hills
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
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Feb 02 2018
rrshort
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61 male
 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Circumference Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2018
rrshort
Hiking1.74 Miles 890 AEG
Hiking1.74 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   1.04 mph
890 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Looking to try a new area and trail I headed for Deem Hills Park where I was going to hike part of the Circumference Trail. Found the park easily enough. Located the trail and set out on this warm afternoon. I headed to the right when I got on the actual trail The trail was fairly smooth as it wound around the side of the hills. The volcanic rock was prevalent with cacti sparingly spread throughout. The trail ascended slightly as it went along giving views of the surrounding neighborhood. A long rocky and uneven uphill section took me to the junction with the Ridgeline Trail which I made my turnaround point for the day. I made my way back to the trailhead enjoying the slightly more comfortable temps as the afternoon waned. While not wildly scenic it was still a trail worth a return visit to check out some other sections.
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Jan 01 2018
Booneman
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38 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Circumference Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2018
Booneman
Hiking6.35 Miles 948 AEG
Hiking6.35 Miles   1 Hour   8 Mns   5.60 mph
948 ft AEG
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1st trip
After hiking Gavilan Peak, I headed over to check out Deem Hills. I started counter clockwise on the circumference trail and by the time I reached the Palisades Trail I figured out where all the trails led and run a bit of all of them in a figure 8. I really liked this park, just wish it wasn't so far from home.
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Nov 27 2017
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Circumference Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2017
RowdyandMe
Hiking5.96 Miles 835 AEG
Hiking5.96 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   2.37 mph
835 ft AEG      25 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Nov 12 2017
rcorfman
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59 male
 Joined Oct 17 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
BCT Yo-Yo No Go, AZ 
BCT Yo-Yo No Go, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Nov 12 2017
rcorfman
Backpack58.15 Miles 5,714 AEG
Backpack58.15 Miles3 Days         
5,714 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
My plan was to hike from my home, to the south end of the BCT, then hike the BCT to its north end at the Prescott NF boundary, turn around, and head home. The goal was four days out and three days back for a total of ~166 miles.

In preparation, I stashed a gallon of water and food resupply at the Big Bug trailhead, 2 gallons at the Glorianna TH, 2 gallons near the Table Mesa TH, 2 gallons at the Emery Henderson TH, and a gallon at the southern end off of Carefree Hwy. I also performed some trail maintenance trimming brush from the southern end of the BCT. It's not maintained and is overgrown and I wanted an easier time through there on my return which I expected to be in the dark.

Day 1 - Sunday, 15 miles
I left my house about 2pm and saw my neighbor unpacking from a trip along the Escalante Route, GCNP. We chatted for a minute before I continued. I took my trail access into the SE side Deem Hills Park, and got on the Circumference trail and followed it up to the saddle and then took the Basalt trail down to the other side of the Circumference trail and followed it to the NW of the park where I got on the Canal road to 51st Ave, crossed the bridge over the CAP, and continued on 51st to near the 303 where I diverted east a bit to cross under it. From there I headed to Gibson Tank, an old cattle corral and watering station that was fairly large. I think it was last worked in the mid 80s, so about 30 years ago. From there, I finished my walk NW to the Carefree Hwy and about 57th ave, where there is a locked gate just west of Carefree Hwy mile 28. A bit west of the gate is a wildlife crossing in the fence that I took, then I headed east on the dirt road until I turned north onto where I believe the BCT is supposed to start, there the Bob Bentley TH may one day be built. There are no trail markers until reaching the Maricopa Trail, (which aligns with the BCT about a mile north of Carefree Hwy and a bit west of 51st Ave, north to Pioneer Rd.), not long after that, the first BCT trail signs are seen.

It was getting dark where the BCT and MT part ways and there was thick brush to the west filled with birds making quite a racket. I stopped and listened to them for a few minutes. I was able to make it past the federal pen before turning my headlamp on. The only tricky part in the dark was crossing New River. Normally I'd look for trail signs across the way but wasn't able to in the dark, so I depended on some GPS tracks I had on my GPSr to pick the trail back up on the other side.

I made it to the Emery Henderson TH a bit past seven and found my cached water and set up camp under the north most ramada. Technically, there's no camping at the TH but I figured I'd be in and out without anyone knowing I was there with a minimalist footprint. There is a camp host there now too, something I haven't seen there for a few years.

Day 2 - Monday, 23 miles
I don't know when I got up, but there was a beautiful sunrise. I was on the trail about 7. The sky was overcast and temps were perfect for hiking through the morning. I took the west side of the Boy Scout loop and then enjoyed walking through a stand of giant saguaros along one of my favorite sections of the BCT. The sun came out and it started to warm as I headed up and over the hill into the Table Mesa area. I had took a short food and water break at my water cache in Table Mesa. When I reached the Little Pan Loop, I went right to the east side. It was getting warmer as I finished the loop and I was ready for a break by the time I reached Cottonwood Gulch, about 17 miles in.

From there, I knew I could make it to the Agua Fria before 5 so no night hiking today. This is the part of the trail I'm most familiar with too as I've done it several times. I passed the only crested saguaro I know of along the BCT. If you know of any others along the BCT please let me know. Most of this section is all up hill until the final descent to the Agua Fria. When I reached the descent, I decided to call home and check on some things before finishing, as I wasn't sure I'd have phone service by the river. I did, so it didn't matter but it was nice to relax for a few minutes before finishing up for the day.

I enjoyed the day's hike, but my legs were bothering me all day, I got a blister on my right heel which totally surprised me, and a mild case of chafe which I didn't notice until I stood up after my break at Cottonwood Gulch. Thank goodness for Body Glide to finish the hike with and medicated powder before bed.

Day 3 - Tuesday, 20 miles
I was slower getting out of camp this morning than yesterday even though I started earlier. Ugh. After about 2.5 miles, I reached the next Agua Fria river crossing and stopped for a few to clean up some. I didn't feel like cleaning last night and it was a bit chilly this morning. Plus, I was stopping for water anyway as there was no reason to carry extra water for the distance from camp to here. The past few years, there has been a large pool of water here but it seems to have got washed away since last spring. The river is always changing. Slate Creek was dry and then it was warm walking to Soap Creek. I felt like I was moving okay, but I was slow. Then from Soap Creek to Black Canyon Creek I was loosing muster and halfway up from Black Canyon Creek to Maggie Mine Road, I was really flagging and stopped in some small shade and drank a bunch and ate some. That helped a bit, but I was still dragging. By the time I reached the Glorianna TH, I was ready for another break and my water cache, especially so after walking through the scorched desert from a summer wildfire. At least the trail is in good shape.

I had about 10 miles left from Glorianna to General Springs, the next water and my day's target. It was looking like I'd finish in the dark. The trail continued in and out of the burn and I was not enjoying myself at all. the whole day I'd had little energy and was wanting off trail. When it took me well over an hour to hike 3 miles and all I wanted to do was lie down, I figured it was time to go home. I tried calling my family but no answers, so I sent a text to come get me and I turned around and headed back to Glorianna TH. My wife was there waiting for me and we headed down the hill and had dinner at Chileen's in Black Canyon City. Just so you know, it was Taco Tuesday with $1 tacos.

Aftermath
Not sure what my problem was. I think I'm getting a cold as my nose is getting stuffy. Perhaps it was that, perhaps not. This morning I went and picked up all my cached water and resupply. It was nice not walking today.

More water reports
I crossed the Agua Fria in three places: The north east end of Little Pan Loop, going south from BCC TH and going north from BCC TH. The BCT crosses it in five places (in addition to the three I mentioned, the SW end of Little Pan Loop [usually has water] and way north [normally dry]). There was flowing water at all three crossings I passed. The Agua Fria goes above and under ground many times on its length, so perhaps there should be a few Agua Fria water sources?
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Nov 02 2017
Nightstalker
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 Routes 71
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Palisade Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2017
Nightstalker
Hiking2.91 Miles 534 AEG
Hiking2.91 Miles      59 Mns   3.12 mph
534 ft AEG      3 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
Partners none no partners
Route scout. 6am start - dark dark dark
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Oct 18 2017
rcorfman
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59 male
 Joined Oct 17 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Deem Hills Blanket Statement, AZ 
Deem Hills Blanket Statement, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 18 2017
rcorfman
Hiking13.17 Miles 2,038 AEG
Hiking13.17 Miles   4 Hrs      3.33 mph
2,038 ft AEG      3 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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1st trip
So last Friday I saw a neighbor out in Deem Hills hiking all the trails in the park. That sounded interesting, so I decided to do the same today. I started about quarter past 8 so it was pretty warm when I finished exactly four hours later. I covered every single trail in Deem Hills, including all the crosscut and access trails along with Water Tank Road. Well, all except the CAP Road Trail (except where the Circumference Trail follows it. I stopped for a couple minutes at the east entrance and sucked down a Gatorade under the ramada, then I stopped for maybe a minute to use the restroom at the west entrance. Obviously, I had to hike some of the trails twice but I tried to keep that to a minimum. Fun day!
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Oct 04 2017
Nightstalker
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Palisade Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 04 2017
Nightstalker
Hiking2.87 Miles 514 AEG
Hiking2.87 Miles   1 Hour   1 Min   2.97 mph
514 ft AEG      3 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
Partners none no partners
Route Scout
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Aug 07 2017
Nightstalker
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 Routes 71
 Photos 5,352
 Triplogs 674

51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Palisade Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 07 2017
Nightstalker
Hiking2.93 Miles 608 AEG
Hiking2.93 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   2.59 mph
608 ft AEG      16 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
Partners none no partners
Route scout numbers. Hiking with Tricia.
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average hiking speed 2.48 mph
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