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Lost Ranch Mine Trail - 20 members in 264 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 13 2021
LindaAnn
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40 female
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Lost Camp LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2021
LindaAnn
Hiking5.05 Miles 1,225 AEG
Hiking5.05 Miles   2 Hrs   16 Mns   2.23 mph
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Up Lost Ranch Mine, down Lost Ranch Ruins. Both beehives on LRM were active, so I tried to get past them quickly. Not many people out, saw one trail runner up on National, and a handful of people near the trailhead. Warm, but a nice breeze at times. Coming down LRR is not my favorite, but going this direction gave me some shade going uphill.
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 Chandler, AZ
Goat Hill Loop via Pyramid / BurseraPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2021
AZOutdoorsman
Hiking25.75 Miles 6,620 AEG
Hiking25.75 Miles   10 Hrs   8 Mns   2.97 mph
6,620 ft AEG   1 Hour   28 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Another training hike at South Mountain, combining a couple of loops 2x each. First up was the title loop - up Pyramid, across National and around on Bursera. Then hit up Eliminator coming down Lost Ranch Mine before heading back to the TH for lunch. After lunch did the same two loops, doing the first clockwise for a different view. Was a little warm, but not too bad - will definitely have to head to higher country this Sunday. A lot of folks in the AM, not too many in the PM. I didn't bother doing the little section up to Goat Hill, so subtracted that from my estimated mileage/AEG.

Two more big trainers before the first of the two upcoming GC dayhikes.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Bees Knees LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2021
tibber
Hiking6.70 Miles 1,631 AEG
Hiking6.70 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   1.84 mph
1,631 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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Linda invited me on this hike. It was all new to me and I had not hiked this section of South Mountain. On the drive west on the 202 it was interesting to see how the Sierra Estrella Mountains really curve southward. I picked out Butterfly wrong but once Linda corrected me I was able to ID a couple of the other peaks and she finished naming the rest.

Tom was also joining us on this hike; well actually it was their hike and I was joining them. Wisely Linda advised that if I had a pole to bring it. I don't think I could have completed this trek without it; actually wish I would have had the other. I had thot this hike started uphill right away but instead you have a nice hike through the desert on the Pyramid Trail and then hang a left (west) on the Lost Ranch Mine Trail to Lost Ranch Road. We did have a few bike riders pass by us until we took the turn up to the ranch. Linda knew some of the history of the area so like any good tour guide, she shared it with us and of course, then you just want to know more. I've seen pictures and would love to have that fireplace in my house; it's a beauty!

Now that she teased us with the fun part of our trek today, it was time for the hardest part and that was heading up the Lost Ranch Ruins Trail to National. It's only a 450 ft gain in 1/2 mile : rambo : on a very narrow and sometimes slippery trail. However, the big bonus is this one section where we counted at least a dozen Bursera trees so that was pretty cool. Once we finished with that straight up part Linda rewarded me with, "you're done with the hardest part". Whew! The trail still went up but at a lesser degree and it was a nicer tread. As we neared the top of this part I noticed some little lupine and a few moments later some more. They were little, but they were still wildflowers so I grabbed a photo or two.

Once we got to the saddle I could see the last of our climb to the right, north but NO, not quite. You see, you're with Linda and there's this little peak over there to the south and then she used the work "lookout" point so I thot we were heading to the flatter area. However, she did mean the peak. It really wasn't that bad of a climb up and there was a bit of a use trail so it was worth the additional effort. Now we can go back and finish up that last little hill up to National. And once you're on National Trail you have 360 views, can't beat that and it was a fairly clear day so we were lucky. It was also breezy which we appreciated for the most part during our hike so far. It did get gusty but not bad.

Our hike on National would involve a few mining stops and that was great fun :) as you got to see some of the adits and admire the quartz and surrounding flora decor. We stopped at 3 of the mine areas. Now the task of going down National which has its steep moments as well but the trail seems to be in pretty good condition. We did notice one blooming brittle bush and then some scorpion weed along the way. Pretty soon we came to a junction where we turned east on the Bursera Trail. It goes up to a little saddle before you encounter fairly steep short switchbacks that take you to the desert floor. I was glad to finally reach it.

We continued hiking somewhat to the southwest and came to the intersection with the Gila Trail where Linda asked if we wanted to see the saguaro with the arms growing up from ground level. I had remembered seeing pictures of it so I was game, since it was very close, to go see it up close and person. Just before the intersection we saw quite a bit of bladderpod (good job Linda to remember the name). Along the Gila Trail there were some poppies too; they're small but still very colorful. We admired the saguaro and took some photos. It really is one of the coolest saguaros I think.

Now back to the junction where you head east up Bursera Canyon Trail. I really started getting tired here. I think being down for the count on Tue and maybe hiking a bit too much yesterday along with the heat was catching up with me. There wasn't any great elevation changes here alto some of the switchbacks going up were a bit steep as we finished off the last climb of the day. We did encounter a hiker in this area as well. I think we only crossed paths with a few hikers earlier and that was it.

Getting down the south side was pretty straight down as well so you had to hold on with all your toes; once again, glad to have that pole. I was glad when we finally finished off that section and arrived at Linda's Trail, at least that's what we're calling it for now. It really is a fabulous new build. The tread is so very nice. We could also see the trailhead and Tonto 3 was shining brightly in the sun. There's a beer🍺 waiting for us too so that's always a good motivation to keep me moving at this point. Across the way you have views of the fields and distant mountains as well as a normal desert floor. The mountainside rose high to our left (north). There weren't many vehicles left when we returned.

From the parking lot I asked Linda about the Pyramid Trail which we could clearly see going up the mountain to our right (NNE). She shared the story of her first encounter with JJ. I know a lot of HAZers hike Pyramid so I really would like to give that one a whirl. God help me :lol: . We enjoyed my newest beer purchase and had some chips. Tom brot another Fairytale brownie which I really enjoy.

The Superstitions have their Wally and South Mountain has their Linda. I always enjoy hikes when you get to find out more of the area from the people who have spent so much time there.


WATCH: 6.68 miles 129 avg bpm with 164 max. 25% at Zone 5, 32% Zone 4, 40% Zone 3, 3% other two zones burning 1432 calories. Start was 52 degrees and 54% humidity finishing at 81 degrees
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Feb 27 2021
johnlp
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 chandler,az
Lost Mine - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 27 2021
johnlp
Hiking11.26 Miles 3,457 AEG
Hiking11.26 Miles
3,457 ft AEG
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Ascended and descended all three "Lost" trails. Visited Goat Hill as well. Wild flowers are showing up. Lupine, scorpion weed, fiddleneck, mustard, and a single poppy which I stopped to water. COVID Saturday busy. :)
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Lupine, scorpion weed, fiddleneck, mustard, and a single poppy
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Feb 10 2021
LindaAnn
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40 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Lost Camp LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2021
LindaAnn
Hiking5.16 Miles 1,303 AEG
Hiking5.16 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   2.28 mph
1,303 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Met Denny at the trailhead at 0800 and headed up Lost Ranch Mine. For some reason, I consider this one to be the easiest of the three Lost trails, but I’m not sure everyone was in agreement on that today. Some clouds and shade, but it felt a little muggy at times.

Once at the top, we made a short side trip to one of the mines, then west on National. Down Ruins, trying not to slide on the loose rock in the steepest spots. Didn’t see many people until we were nearing the trailhead, but we did notice @gummo from a distance heading up towards Bursera. Parking lot was full when we finished. Good to see Denny again, and as always, a fun hike!
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Feb 10 2021
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 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Camp LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2021
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking5.16 Miles 1,303 AEG
Hiking5.16 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   2.28 mph
1,303 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
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I hadn’t hiked with Linda in a month so we were overdue! 😁. She picked an easy one 🙄😂. It actually went pretty good. Chit chatting on the climbs always makes them feel a little easier. 😁 Linda showed me a cool little mine towards the top then we finished the loop. Linda said she thought she saw gummo over on Bursera but I’m skeptical as he had no snake in his hands! Great weather and company! Thanks for the hike Linda! Like HAZ , you rock!
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Feb 07 2021
johnlp
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 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Lost Mine - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2021
johnlp
Hiking12.20 Miles 3,540 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles
3,540 ft AEG
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Went in search of my lost beanie. No luck. Beautiful morning for a hike though. Pre-COVID crowds until the last 2 miles, then the hordes were out in full force.
Up Lost Mine>Goat Hill>Down and up Ranger>down Lost Ranch Mine>up Lost Ranch Ruins>National>Bursera
Go Chiefs! :)
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Feb 06 2021
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 Joined Apr 25 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
South Mountain Bow Tie, AZ 
South Mountain Bow Tie, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2021
desertadapted
Hiking16.00 Miles 5,200 AEG
Hiking16.00 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.91 mph
5,200 ft AEG
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1st trip
I have a mixed relationship with bow ties, stemming largely from a frustrating 45 minutes in front of a mirror on my wedding day. But I've been exploring South Mountain lately and put together a hill climb that looked like a bow tie (with a piece dangling off of it), that was almost as messy as my wedding tie.

Headed up Ranger Trail, left onto National and curved over to Pyramid. Took Pyramid over to what I think is called the Eliminator trail, which forms a loop with the Lost Ranch Mine Trail, which I took down. Headed over to the "ruins" and headed up Lost Ranch Ruins Trail. To complete the second half of the bow tie I headed down the National Trail again, this time to Busera, which I stayed on until Gila, which is on the other side of the wash from Busera. I rejoined Busera up the hill and descended back toward the parking area. At the bottom of the hill I hung a left back toward the ruins and this time went up Lost Ranch Mine Trail. Back on National I then went back down Ranger. It was really pretty out there, and these unmarked trails were surprisingly crowded. But it's nice to feel like I can discover new things in Phoenix.

Anyhow, better fiddling with a map and a hike to make an expressionistic bow tie than to tie and actual one on.
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Feb 01 2021
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 phoenix, az
South Side Somo Mix, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Feb 01 2021
trekkin_gecko
Hiking8.26 Miles 2,125 AEG
Hiking8.26 Miles   2 Hrs   47 Mns   3.04 mph
2,125 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
met fletch at pyramid early afternoon for our monday hike
it's been awhile, mostly because of covid
nice to see linda as she was finishing up her hike
went up lost ranch ruins to national, then down lost ranch mine
got back to the trailhead and was looking at the trail that goes west
fletch mentioned that she had done a three plus mile loop with bursera so we did that, too
i guess the ascent is bursera canyon trail
does the flat part have a name? there's no signage
the combo was fun and made for a worthy hike
good to hike with my climbing partner again
i like these south side trails
something different
bursera canyon was a new one - nice trail
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Jan 31 2021
johnlp
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
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johnlp
Hiking13.29 Miles 3,680 AEG
Hiking13.29 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   3.07 mph
3,680 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
Lovely day on the mountain. Flora is responding to the recent rains. Counted 56 bursera descending Lost Ranch Mine. :)
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Jan 23 2021
johnlp
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Alta TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2021
johnlp
Hiking18.20 Miles 5,339 AEG
Hiking18.20 Miles   6 Hrs   56 Mns   2.72 mph
5,339 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
Another early start to make sure I get a parking spot and enjoy the new day.
From the Pyramid trailhead I hiked up Lost Mine, down Mine Drop/Lost Ranch Mine, up Ruins, then west on National.
Went off trail at the quartz boulders to check out a mine below. Bushwhacked from there down to the Bajada, then onto the National to it's western terminus. Hiked up the Alta trail to Maricopa Peak, then down Alta to the Bajada. Took Bajada east to the Ranger trail then up to the National and Goat Hill. Hiked back to the car via Lost Mine and a little bit of Pyramid.
Cool and breezy which was perfect for a long hike. Clouds helped make the scenery even more dramatic. :)
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Jan 21 2021
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Lost Mine to Goat Hill, AZ 
Lost Mine to Goat Hill, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2021
LindaAnn
Hiking6.06 Miles 1,422 AEG
Hiking6.06 Miles   2 Hrs   38 Mns   2.38 mph
1,422 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Up Lost Mine, side trip to 2484 at the top, then over to Goat Hill. Came down Lost Ranch Mine. Some drizzly rain for the first 1.50 miles, then it cleared up. Only saw a few people, all near the trailhead. Cool temps with the clouds, felt a little warm in the sun.
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Jan 19 2021
LindaAnn
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Lost Ranch Mine to Goat Hill, AZ 
Lost Ranch Mine to Goat Hill, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 19 2021
LindaAnn
Hiking6.19 Miles 1,367 AEG
Hiking6.19 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   2.49 mph
1,367 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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After a pleasant amount of rain this morning, I decided to leave the rain jacket at home and head up to Goat Hill. Not many people out, except for one group of about 15 chatty women near the trailhead who refused to yield the trail. Finally got past them when one of the group stepped off the side of the trail and rolled down into the wash. While they stood there and watched her flail around (she was fine) I was able to get around them with a slight detour. Didn’t really see anyone else after that.

Cool and breezy on the way up Lost Ranch Mine. Some slick rocks, but nothing of concern. Almost chilly along National on the way over to Goat Hill. Retraced my steps back down, no time for anything longer today. The vegetation along Lost Ranch Mine is looking happy right now. This might be a good summertime early morning workout hike—stats are about right and there’s occasional shade.
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Jan 15 2021
LindaAnn
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Lost Camp LoopPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jan 15 2021
LindaAnn
Hiking7.10 Miles 1,536 AEG
Hiking7.10 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   2.46 mph
1,536 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Warm. Too warm for January. Up Ruins, with a side trip to 2197. East on National to Goat Hill, then back to Lost Ranch Mine and down that. Burseras and ocotillo are leafed out, especially on Lost Ranch Mine.
Flora
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Elephant Tree
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Jan 10 2021
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 phoenix, az
Goat Hill via Ranger TrailPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jan 10 2021
trekkin_gecko
Hiking7.70 Miles 2,334 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles   2 Hrs   38 Mns   3.00 mph
2,334 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
decided to hit goat hill via ranger this morning since parking isn't usually an issue
for some reason the summit road was closed at the one mile marker, making ranger parking lot full
found a spot not far away in one of the horse lots
got going around 1000
up to goat hill, seeing more people than usual, even for a weekend
west on national, down eliminator and up lost ranch mine
back on national and ranger
gave two parties directions
saw more people on the mine trails that i would have thought
air quality was much better today
cool temps, light breeze
new twist on an old standby
Named place
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Goat Hill
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Jan 10 2021
johnlp
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 chandler,az
Lost Mine - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
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johnlp
Hiking8.06 Miles 2,132 AEG
Hiking8.06 Miles
2,132 ft AEG
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Up Lost Mine to Goat Hill then down and up Ranger. Returned via Lost Ranch Mine.
Much clearer air today. Avoided a lot of people by starting early.
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Dec 30 2020
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 Mesa,AZ
Bursera CanyonPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2020
hikerdw
Hiking9.94 Miles 2,673 AEG
Hiking9.94 Miles   3 Hrs   31 Mns   2.83 mph
2,673 ft AEG
 
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Inspired by a triplog posted by @trekkin_gecko earlier this week I expanded a lasso route from Bursera Canyon we did earlier this year to check out a use trail.

Attempted to park at the bridge off Chandler Blvd but there are now No Parking signs posted so we started from the Pyramid TH. Really enjoyed this lasso loop which offers a nice warmup, a series of ups and downs, a nice downhill down a really nice section of National, then a final up and over to wrap things up.

Route Scout froze which I didn't catch till later so there is a obvious gap in the route but easy enough to visualize. I tried to fix it but couldn't figure out how to do that easily so will post it as it is, do the edits after, then update the trip stats.
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Dec 29 2020
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Lost Ranch Mine TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2020
astrobrewer
Hiking8.46 Miles 1,733 AEG
Hiking8.46 Miles   3 Hrs   26 Mns   2.58 mph
1,733 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Decided to take advantage of the full moon and do a might hike. Started within an hour before sunset and headed up the Lost Ranch trail to get up to the National Trail by sunset the moon was just rising when I got there. I started heading East on the National trail looking forward to a nice view of the moon, but clouds moved in and stayed in front of the moon until I got to the Pyramid trail. Once the clouds got out of the way it was absolutely beautiful seeing the whole landscape lit up by moonlight. I saw no other people from the time I started up lost Ranch until I got back to the car. An excellent night hike!
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Dec 28 2020
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South Side Somo Mix, AZ 
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trekkin_gecko
Hiking5.84 Miles 2,008 AEG
Hiking5.84 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   2.54 mph
2,008 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
met fletch and mike at pyramid early afternoon
they've been hiking these trails often recently
started up bursera, then hit a use trail that met up with lost ranch trail
slow going down this one for me
then went up lost mine (i think) and down eliminator
maybe @johnlp or @lindaann could tell me what to link - i'll post my route just for fun
trailhead was full, but we saw very few people on any of these trails
beautiful afternoon
saw lots of bursera trees
fun to do these again with my climbing partners
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Dec 27 2020
johnlp
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Lost Ranch Mine TrailPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Dec 27 2020
johnlp
Hiking9.47 Miles 2,146 AEG
Hiking9.47 Miles
2,146 ft AEG
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Got an early start just before first light. If you show up at sunrise, good luck finding a parking spot. Lots of people out there hiking with headlamps on.
Hiked up Lost Ranch Mine trail to the National and quite naturally on to Goat Hill. From there I went west on the National down to the connector trail. Instead of going all the way to Bursera, I hiked west on the lower Valley View/Gila/whatever it's called trail. I haven't been on this trail in almost a decade, and I haven't been missing much. Met up with the Bursera trail and took it back.
I read somewhere that hiking has increased 200% since COVID. I believe it. Lots of groups out. Many people wearing masks.
Cold to start with another pretty sunrise. Very pleasant temps later on. Clear air provided nice long range views. :)
Meteorology
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Sunrise
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