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Deem Hills - Inner Figure Eight - 14 members in 39 triplogs have rated this an average 3.1 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 15 2021
trekkin_gecko
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63 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Deem Hills Recreation Area, AZ 
Deem Hills Recreation Area, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 15 2021
trekkin_gecko
Hiking11.31 Miles 1,787 AEG
Hiking11.31 Miles   3 Hrs   28 Mns   3.31 mph
1,787 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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1st trip
first time hiking the deem hills area
beautiful sunrise on the drive up
got going around 0610
did the circumference loop first, then the inner loop
enjoyed hiking in a new area
all the basalt was interesting
thought the inner loop was better than the outer
ridgeline and palisade trails were my favorites
not that many people out
very humid
well worth checking out new territory
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Nov 06 2020
tibber
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Deem Hills - Inner Figure EightPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2020
tibber
Hiking5.10 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   2.37 mph
980 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Since I wussed out of an overnite AZT event due to the forecast, I had to pick a hike to do and this was it. Did I miss somewhere about how cool an area this is to hike? I looked thru previous trip reports and only a couple mentioned how lovely it is out here. I did learn that in the trip reports, it's better NOT to hike here when the snakes can dominate the Hills. I did see lots of former HAZers in the trip reports too; wonder where they are now?

It was warmer than I thot it was supposed to be but it didn't feel like the temperature. Besides, it was an overcast day which means, no sunglasses or a hat and that's a big deal in my book. I arrived at the east TH where there were still 3 spots available to park out of the dozen or so available spots.

I started up toward the hills and noticed right away that it is a pretty rocky trail. It was a nice up as Ups go. The scenery even at this level was not what I expected as I thot it would be like the Phx Sonoran Preserves but it's different, mostly because of all that basalt. And there is a lot in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

I eventually got over to the other side of the mountain and to an intersection. I had the route loaded but I couldn't tell which way it went first. I opted for the Up route on the east side of the hill. It's a bit roly poly and a bit rocky. And by rocky I mean the rocks are stuck into the dirt. Soon you get a good visual of the canal and I could look across to the Phx Sonoran Preserve. The breeze had picked up so that was nice.

From there it was down the hill and switching occasionally to join up with the original intersection that I had done a bit of a circle before picking my route. And even here I wasn't sure as the route on RS looked like it was covering ground I had already been on so I dropped down over the south side and more or less went east. This is the side where you see all the houses but you are looking east so you don't pay them much mind. The hillside was dotted with lots of basalt with desert flora sprouting between all of the rocks. You can see the trail stretched out before you and once you come up slightly out of the bowl I headed west and north eventually, after deciding no to a couple other trail options, with the Circumference Trail.

My route was Circumference, Palisade, Circumference, Palisade, Circumference. No wonder I was a little confused :-k . As usual I opted to go a little higher rather than the lower trail before I hooked up with the trail back to my waiting Huckleberry beer and buffalo stick. I saw about 7 hikers and 4 dogs; that's it. One of the hikers even laughed at my, what's that grey stuff in the sky observation. Anyway, I'll be adding this to my hiking repertoire except during snake season.

I did take a few too many photos but being as this was a first time hike of this area, it stands to reason. I also tried out using Video Pro on my phone. I put together a movie and included these and other photos: [ youtube video ] and I used music by HAZ's LosDosSloFolks (thank you).

WATCH: 4.79 miles (so gps. must not have locked in right away) in 2:13:25 at 2.1 avg MPH (1543 - 2072 feet), avg bpm 130, max 156 (37 min in Zone 5 max, 44 min zone 4, 51 zone 3), burned 888 calories, 72.8 degrees with 19% humidity at 10:08 AM Huckleberry beer time.
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Mar 10 2020
Apartmentguy
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57 male
 Joined Nov 29 2009
 Phoenix Az
Deem Hills - Inner Figure EightPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2020
Apartmentguy
Hiking3.90 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   2.66 mph
980 ft AEG
 
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I am not sure if the trail I took has an official name. Part Circumference/ Part Inner Figure eight. Regardless a great hike that started at 4:00 PM. Trail itself is pretty rocky - glad I wore hiking boots. Wild flowers are out, yellow, orange and purple. Between the flowers and weeds, parts of the trail has overgrowth from the sides making the possibility of getting scratch. Saw plenty of lizards and one chipmunk? but thankfully no snakes. These trails are usually less busier then Thunderbird.
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Feb 09 2019
AZBeaver
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67 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.
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Feb 14 2017
Sun_Ray
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73 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Deem Hills - Inner Figure EightPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2017
Sun_Ray
Hiking6.50 Miles 875 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.45 mph
875 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
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1st trip
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First time to this area. Judy and I did the hike counter clockwise out of the parking lot. Only two cars in the lot at 9 AM on a Tuesday. Only negative is that the trail in many areas is rocky. I want to go back to do the Ridgeline Trail as to day we did the Circumference Trail as a figure eight.
AVE HR:104
MAX HR:140
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Dec 09 2016
Nightstalker
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Deem Hills - Inner Figure EightPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2016
Nightstalker
Hiking5.80 Miles 1,443 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   2 Hrs   1 Min   2.95 mph
1,443 ft AEG      3 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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did a modified inner figure 8 starting from Pinnacle Vista
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Nov 07 2016
uphill_junkie
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 Joined Apr 28 2010
 Tucson, AZ
Circumference Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 07 2016
uphill_junkie
Run/Jog7.58 Miles 1,291 AEG
Run/Jog7.58 Miles      3 Mns   151.60 mph
1,291 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break
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1st trip
Never been here before, and was staying at my girlfriend's house who lives a cannon's shot away, so decided to check it out. There were lots of letters, but I remembered my friend telling me to stay to the right, so we followed the 'C' trail until we hit a small parking lot at the bottom of a hill. I decided to turn around and go back up. From there, we hit the 'P', the 'B', and the 'R' trails. We kinda looped all around, which is what I think part of what we did is when people post about the figure 8 loop, so I added that as a link.
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May 06 2016
Uberdroog
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44 male
 Joined Jul 01 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Deem Hills - Inner Figure EightPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2016
Uberdroog
Hiking4.32 Miles 844 AEG
Hiking4.32 Miles   1 Hour   27 Mns   2.98 mph
844 ft AEG
 
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1st trip
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Quick loop workout.
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Apr 01 2016
Nightstalker
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Deem Hills - Inner Figure EightPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2016
Nightstalker
Hiking5.73 Miles 1,351 AEG
Hiking5.73 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   3.07 mph
1,351 ft AEG      6 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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Did a slightly modified version of the Deem Hills Inner Figure Eight this morning. There must have been a hot air balloon fest going on this morning because I counted 18 balloons to the north. There was an odd Ford Mustang in the lot this morning when I got there (I was the first one there beside this Mustang). It was parked perpendicular to the parking spaces and across from the parking spaces. I didn't see anyone in the vehicle and it was still there at the end of my hike. Creepy! Anyway, started on the Circumference Trail and headed south to the Basalt Trail, then hopped on Palisades east back to Circumference to Ridgeline to Circumference again to Basalt/Palisades to the water res road back to the trailhead. Nice to get out for a longer morning quickie with some decent elevation.
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Feb 10 2016
AZWanderingBear
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65 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Doing Deems, AZ 
Doing Deems, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2016
AZWanderingBear
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,324 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.91 mph
1,324 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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1st trip
Pretty warm for a mid-winter day. So time to work up a little sweat. Has been years since I last hiked Deem Hills. Used to live just south but moved about the time the trails were being cut into this park. Trails are in good shape. A surprising number of people were hiking and biking today.
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Lots of brittle brush and globe mallow plus some others.
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Feb 10 2016
AZBeaver
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67 female
 Joined Jan 04 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Dancing in the Deems, AZ 
Dancing in the Deems, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2016
AZBeaver
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,324 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs      2.91 mph
1,324 ft AEG      15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Wow! It was warm today doing the Deems. Not ready for hot weather but was a good day of hiking back in my old neighborhood. The flowers are starting to come out. People with panting dogs hiking in the hills. Dogs aren't ready for the heat either.
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Nov 20 2015
LindaAnn
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41 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Deem Hills - Inner Figure EightPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 2015
LindaAnn
Hiking4.52 Miles 823 AEG
Hiking4.52 Miles   2 Hrs   28 Mns   2.10 mph
823 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
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1st trip
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I guess Larry decided I wasn't too annoying to hike with, because he invited me to join him for another day of hiking, which I happily accepted. I drove out to his side of town this time, and hike #1 was Deem Hills. It was nice and cool this morning, and the scenery was great. Lots of green on the hills, which made a nice contrast with the black rocks.
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Sep 28 2015
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Deem Hills - Inner Figure EightPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2015
mt98dew
Hiking5.66 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking5.66 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   4.85 mph
980 ft AEG
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After work jog. Started from the west side from the park, which now also offers a doggie park. Did a pseudo figure 8 involving the Circumference and Basalt Trail. Weather was nice, though a little warm for this time of month. Saw a coyote and a quite a few lizards. Also saw a "snake wrangler". There was a woman on the trail with a 5 foot pole with a noose in knee high boots.
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May 24 2015
CdnInAz
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57 male
 Joined Jun 02 2008
 Cave Creek, Az
Deem Hills - Inner Figure EightPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 24 2015
CdnInAz
Hiking5.10 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   2.59 mph
980 ft AEG      10 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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did not plan to hike today after doing Thompson peak yesterday but weather is just too good to pass. Discovered another great hike close to home that I did not know about, thanks to HAZ app. This is a unique area with all the black boulders.
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Apr 05 2014
Nightstalker
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53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Palisade Trail - Deem HillsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 05 2014
Nightstalker
Hiking7.56 Miles 1,371 AEG
Hiking7.56 Miles   2 Hrs   38 Mns   2.96 mph
1,371 ft AEG      5 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Great morning for a hike! First hike in my new Keen, made in America, boots. Pretty happy with their first hike.
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Feb 22 2014
Charger55
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42 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Deem Hills - Inner Figure EightPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2014
Charger55
Hiking5.10 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   2 Hrs      2.55 mph
980 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Jan 15 2014
Stoic
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45 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Deem Hills East Meander, AZ 
Deem Hills East Meander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2014
Stoic
Hiking7.89 Miles 1,823 AEG
Hiking7.89 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   2.90 mph
1,823 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Took the puppies out on a hike this morning. Nice trails, with no mountain bikers today:) Did a couple loops, to finish the trail system.
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Dec 06 2013
MEWhiteman
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77 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Deem Hills - Inner Figure EightPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2013
MEWhiteman
Hiking5.30 Miles 991 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   3.12 mph
991 ft AEG
 
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Exercise hike.
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Jun 06 2013
MEWhiteman
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77 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Deem Hills - Inner Figure EightPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2013
MEWhiteman
Hiking5.33 Miles 906 AEG
Hiking5.33 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   3.05 mph
906 ft AEG
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Exercise hike.
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Mar 22 2013
mt98dew
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52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Deem Hills - Inner Figure EightPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 22 2013
mt98dew
Run/Jog9.90 Miles 1,400 AEG
Run/Jog9.90 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   4.75 mph
1,400 ft AEG
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Finally got a hike in after a long work week. Went out to Deems Hills which is close to where I work now and jogged most of the trails doing a loop/figure eight. Weather was ideal! No snakes today,which seems to bea common occurrence on these trails. Surprised by the number of bikers to hikers. I consider this more of a hiker trail, but I encountered more bikers than hikers.
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