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Daisy Mountain - Anthem - 19 members in 73 triplogs have rated this an average 3.1 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 18 2021
rcorfman
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Hiking6.24 Miles 1,403 AEG
Hiking6.24 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.67 mph
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Thought I'd give Daisy Mountain another go. As with the previous two times, I parked at the east end of Circle Mt Rd off the I17 access road. Surprisingly, construction has resumed just east of the wash off of Rivera Dr, so I'm curious what access to the trails will be like in the next coming months.

The trail was steep as ever and when I reached the first summit, there was a group of about 10 people so I didn't bother to stop but forced a nod and smile as I gasped for breath walking past happy for a respite from the ascent. As I was descending between summits, I caught up to a lady wearing headphones walking a bit slow. I said hi. Nothing, I said hi again, louder. Nothing. She stopped in the middle of the trail playing with the play list on her phone. I tried getting her attention some more to no avail. I gave up and just sort of brushed by her. It's amazing how oblivious some people are to their surroundings. I made it up to the second summit and again just kept going.

The rest of the hike was pretty non-descript except I ended up with a large blister on one of my toes. That was odd. I took some scissors and snipped it open so it will drain and stay drained and heal. In my experience, that seems to be the best remedy.

One strange thing though. The hike started out very windy, then was calm on the peaks and then windy again below the mountain. Hmm.
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Mar 29 2021
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Hiking6.24 Miles 1,403 AEG
Hiking6.24 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   2.42 mph
1,403 ft AEG   15 Hrs    Break
 
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I parked at the east end of Circle Mt Rd east of I-17. I like parking there to hike Daisy Mountain as it's easy to get to, easy to park at, and it doesn't piss off the Anthem residents.

My plan for this was to find an old geocache that was archived back in 2014 to ensure it was still there and then relist it. The hide was just off the southern summit. Funny thing though, when I reached where the cache would be, I found another that was recently hidden. Hmm, it seems I need to pay closer attention to what is happening in the geocaching scene. So once I found that I noticed that there is another new cache a bit north of the north summit. Hmm. I went and found that cache too on my lollypop loop of Daisy Mt.
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Mar 13 2021
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Hiking3.63 Miles 1,302 AEG
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Second hike of the day after Apache Peak in the morning. Not far away was Daisy Mountain which we hiked from the east side. It follows the ridgeline with some great views as it basically stays on the ridge to the summit. The weather got progressively worse and sprinkled on and off so didn’t spend much time on top. Leaving the summit the wind was blowing strong as a couple of trail runners passed heading down another way. Quick exit back to the vehicle.
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Jan 30 2021
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Hiking9.00 Miles 2,307 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   2.57 mph
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After being harassed at the parking by a nearby homeowner the last time I was out here, I decided to try a different starting point. Turn right at the north end of the RV dealership at Circle Mountain Rd. I parked at the end of the road but you can get a bit closer parking at the end of Rivera Dr. At the end of Rivera Dr, there is a path that turns into a nice trail that takes you right to the Daisy Mountain trail.

Daisy Mountain has two peaks that are close to the same height. I really don't know which is taller, but at the first one (the south peak), I took the trail down the ridge to the SSE to find a geocache that I hadn't got around to finding in the close to six years it's been hidden. The trail goes down to an old road that you can take to Honda Bow Rd. The cache is hidden on the southern most peak at the end of the ridge so that's where I went.

After finding the cache, I headed back up Daisy Mtn. On the climb it became apparent to me that I haven't been hiking enough and my AEG has been sorely lacking. None the less, I summitted then continued the loop over to the north summit where I stopped for a few minutes to take some pictures (get my breath back).

Once rested, I continued the loop to the north down the mountain and back to the start. I passed an equestrian on the way down and also a couple of deer hunters at the north end of the loop where there's a trailhead/road.
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Jan 24 2021
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Hiking6.50 Miles 2,000 AEG
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Nov 29 2020
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Hiking4.50 Miles 1,500 AEG
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Oct 27 2020
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Hiking5.00 Miles 1,500 AEG
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May 19 2020
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Hiking6.50 Miles 2,000 AEG
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May 03 2020
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I have done this one a few times. This time I was told that a loop could be made south and then back east again back to the trail head. This proved to work for a lot of the way, until we got to deadman's wash. From there we were without a trail and had to trail blaze the rest of the way back. This was slow going and not something I would necessarily recommend. We did come across several other trails along the way but none of them took us quite in the direction we needed to get back. Ultimately it was fun but something I probably would not do again. The silver lining was all the wildlife we saw, such as several mule deer, roadrunners, and quail. Did not run into many people on the main part of the trail, probably six in total. Total distance hiked was around 7-8 miles.
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Hiking6.53 Miles 1,620 AEG
Hiking6.53 Miles   3 Hrs   1 Min   2.28 mph
1,620 ft AEG      9 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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Hiked Daisy mountain with my wife as the first of our "Corona" hikes.

The idea behind a "Corona" hike is to find a trail where there are very few people likely to be present so social distancing is easy.

Given that Daisy mountain is a bit of a drive or most people in the Phoenix metro area and it's a fairly difficult hike we figured it wouldn't be too crowded.

Turns out we were right and after the initial trailhead, which had a fair number of people on it, we passed less than a half dozen parties during the entire hike.

We've hiked Daisy mountain before but this time we skipped the loop and just did the summit and back. A lot of the cactus and other vegetation was in flower and it was very pretty.

Definitely recommend as a good corona hike.
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Mar 13 2020
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Lovely day for a hike, then another thunderstorm rolled in and it got even better
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Dec 22 2019
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Hiking11.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
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Hiking5.66 Miles 896 AEG
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Quick morning hike up around Daisy. We did not make it to the summit due to the heat. I would suggest a very early start in the summer (big surprise). Great trail.
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Apr 30 2019
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Hiking6.61 Miles 1,438 AEG
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Since it cooled off so much from a few days ago, I was able to hike Daisy Mountain starting fairly late in the morning.

I turned onto National Way, used a few feet of the first driveway on the left to turn around and parked next to the park as suggested. As I was pulling my pack out of my truck, the man from the house whose driveway I used started complaining to me about using his driveway. Really? Then he started saying how there is no parking on any streets in Anthem. Really? I smiled and said I wouldn't use his driveway to turn around next time. I felt like asking him what he expected living next to a park and a trailhead. I almost suggested if people parking next to the park bothered him so much, he should rally to have some parking slots painted at the trailhead where there's easily room for three cars.

Started the hike by first going a short distance off the path to find a geocache. A rat moved in and was using the cache container as a wall for its home. Once I put things back, it was once again, I believe, a happy rat.

Shortly after the trail turned to singletrack, I came upon a desert tortoise in the middle of the trail. It's shell was a bit over a foot long. I don't come across tortoise that often, so this was a treat.

The trail up to the summit was steeper than I remembered, but it's been close to ten years since I've been out here. Once at the summit, I continued following the trail over to where the flag is, then continued following the trail down the mountain to the northwest. I thought the trail looped back, at least that's what I remembered, but it appeared to be heading back north and northeast, so I cut down the hill west bound where, I ended up running into the trail again. I could have followed the trail maybe 200 yards farther north to the old road where the trail headed down to where I picked it up again. A satellite view might help you here.
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Hiking7.60 Miles 2,300 AEG
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gavilan peak and daisy mountain have been on our list for awhile
john suggested we hit them this morning

gavilan peak
got going around 0600 and found a decent place to park at the end of the road in a little turnaround
there have been comments about access; this part looks like it's all owned by a real estate developer
went up the west ridge
the resident pit bull mix followed us most of the way up the trail, turning back at the final scramble
gaining 750 feet in a half mile, this was a steep one
surprisingly good use trail up to a saddle, then a fun scramble up solid rock
exposure was minimal and footing was good on this part
didn't stay long on the peak, but there were good views of the surrounding area
the scramble down was fine, but the scree slide below the saddle was slow going
back to the car and on to the next one
1:06 with a four minute break

daisy mountain
found the little park @azwanderingbear mentioned and set out around 0730
the first mile and a half are pretty flat, followed by a moderate grade and then a steep ascent, especially above the saddle
the ridge was fun with great views, hitting three high points in total
went to the north summit with the flag, bench and adirondack chair but didn't stay long due to some gnats
bug free morning if you were moving
nice views, especially of gavilan, and a worthy peak
good footing on a well established trail which was nice on the descent
i would do this one again
daisy would make a nice workout hike if you lived nearby
2:19 with a three minute break
using john's mileage and my elevation gain

done by 1000, hit the brass rail for breakfast afterwards with my brother, his girlfriend and their kids
easter brunch at the ole brass rail :lol:
fun times and two new peaks
thanks john, great idea :)
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Apr 07 2019
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Hiking6.73 Miles 1,450 AEG
Hiking6.73 Miles   3 Hrs   58 Mns   1.97 mph
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Quick Sunday hike to stretch the legs. Temps were starting to get warm and the once green desert floor has started to turn brown. I still managed to capture some cool wildflowers, especially on the Northern slopes of the mountain. Spotted some decent pieces of quartz and jasper as well. We did see a couple of snakes, including a baby rattler that was dead on the side of the path. :(
Nice to see someone added a permanent bench on the summit by the flag. Looking out around the valley, the views were great.
I see you Gavilan, someday... :lol:
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Hiking4.19 Miles 592 AEG
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Didn’t have time to climb to the top. Went about 2 miles then followed some single track or bike trails back to the trailhead to make a nice loop. Weather was pleasant and the wildlife was out in force. Saw quail, jack rabbits, and had some coyotes yipping near by.
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Hiking7.20 Miles 1,621 AEG
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The Harem hikers tackled Daisy Mountain this Saturday. Great sunrise. Cold start. Windy on top. Went to Mr. Gyro for lunch and Columbia Outlet afterwards!
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Dec 09 2018
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Hiking6.67 Miles 1,474 AEG
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Hiked Daisy Mountain Loop with my wife and two friends. It was the first time we had hiked this trail and it was a bit of an exploration.

Parking was easy, there was no a parking lot because the trailhead was located in a residential neighborhood. There was plenty of street parking although certain streets had signage indicating that you could not park there. The trail was not popular and there were only a few cars parked near the trailhead.

Similarly the traffic on the trail was light. We saw a few groups going up and but it was much less populated then the more common hikes like Camelback and Piestewa.

The trail was excellent. True to the name there was a fair amount of wildflowers with daises being prominent even though we were well past the season for such things. We also saw an interesting caterpillar. I suspect this trail is a good one for wildlife if you are there during the right time of year.

The first two miles of the trail were mild with only slight elevation gains. This part was not technical although there was the occasional loose or large rocks. On the way in we passed two trail junctions, at each of them we took a right which turned out to be the "correct" way to do the trail. Almost the entire elevation gain occurs in the 3rd mile. It is a bit of a relief to stop and catch your breath at the first summit, a large cairn marks the spot. On the next peak over an American flag can be seen. After resting for a bit we continued on to the second peak. There were three lawn chairs by the flag as well as a waterproof box with a several log books in it. We wrote something in log books, took some photos by the flag, and took a break on the lawn chairs (at least those that weren't already broken).

From here we could have come back the way we came or continued on, we opted for the loop. The descent on the loop seemed to be less steep and tricky then the ascent coming out. The path was easy to follow and there was only one slightly confusing part where the trail crossed a dirt jeep road but there was a cairn on the opposite side that made the path forward clear. The remainder of the hike out was uneventful as we were soon retracing our steps on the non-loop portion of the trail.

This was an excellent challenging hike and has the advantage of not being very crowded even during the high season for hiking. We will definitely have to add this to our list of regular fitness hikes, it was a lot of fun!
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Daisies and other wildflowers we present in several sections despite the season
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Oct 06 2018
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Hiking6.82 Miles 1,483 AEG
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Beautiful area and beautiful weather! I have always wanted to hike this mountain and finally got around to it!
Not too far from my house and trail was easy to access; although you must park in a neighborhood, just be responsible.
The hike goes along a jeep trail for a mile or two before heading up the mountain, a good way to warm up. The trail then loops around and then up the mountain. There, you find the summit and a pretty ridge to walk on as you visit a couple of other peaks. There is an American flag and some chairs on the other peak as well as a summit register. I met 3 friendly ladies up there who shared their snacks with me and a couple others who hiked up from their house in the neighborhood. Also a couple motorcycles trying to get to the top of the mountain. Couldn't do that in Phoenix!
I'll have to check out nearby Gavilan Peak someday. All in all, a great hike!
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