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Pointe Tapatio Golf Course Loop #1 - 7 members in 158 triplogs have rated this an average 2.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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May 12 2019
Nate_F
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 Phoenix, AZ
Lookout Mountain Connector #25Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2019
Nate_F
Hiking6.79 Miles 1,009 AEG
Hiking6.79 Miles   2 Hrs   28 Mns   2.87 mph
1,009 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
I hiked Trail #25 Lookout Mountain Connector in its entirety today! I've hiked Lookout for years and have known about this connector trail but have never done it. It's been here a long time, but probably doesn't see much traffic. In its entirety anyways. I'm guessing it was built to serve Pointe Resort guests a walking path to the mountain. Since then, golf courses and homes have been built. The trail can be hard to find in some places, so just stick to the cart path on the course. This is a nice trail, though, not too difficult, just a little route-finding is all. This is a good trail if you want to hike Lookout Mountain and add some distance to your hike! :)
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Nov 13 2018
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 Phoenix,Az
Pointe Tapatio Golf Course Loop #1Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 13 2018
mt98dew
Run/Jog4.83 Miles 860 AEG
Run/Jog4.83 Miles      55 Mns   5.27 mph
860 ft AEG
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Belated post. After work run. Started from the North Mountain Visitor Center around 4:30. Went through the tunnel and then CCW by making a right (heading south) just past the resort. This took me up and over a saddle to the backside of some nice looking homes. Then followed the trail as it curved east and a little north to hook up with the Christiansen Trail. I then took the Christiansen Trail almost all the way to the Cave Creek tunnel. Just before the tunnel, I followed a side trail (north) that forced me to duck through some low hanging foliage, while crossing a wash, that would get me to a trail that gradually gained a little bit of elevation as it wend its way west along the large central hill in this area. This trail that circles the large hill has been "designed" by bikers over the years and I really enjoy it whenever I hike/jog it. It has a great flow to it, interacts nicely with its surroundings and provides some nice subtle elevation change. This trail eventually connects back to the Lookout Connector Trail and then back to the Christiansen which I took back to the TH. The views aren't that great, being in the center in Phoenix, but the trail is pretty sweet and you can't beat the convenience. No wildlife. Met 2 bikers and a hiker.
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May 19 2018
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 Tucson, AZ
Charles M. Christiansen Trail #100Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar May 19 2018
SpiderLegs
Run/Jog4.30 Miles 490 AEG
Run/Jog4.30 Miles      53 Mns   4.87 mph
490 ft AEG
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The good part about this spring is that I've taken the advice of my allergist and not hiked or run on days with pollution warnings. First time in 30 years I've escaped some sort of prolonged sinus infection. Downside is that my legs and lungs are way out of shape right now and I'm starting from scratch. Easy 12 minute miles around the loop from the visitors center over to Cave Creek Road tunnel, up around the Golf Course Loop and back. Ran the flats and downhills and walked up the hills.

Sort of bittersweet, taking a final tour of my favorite urban trails for the next 5 weeks. Getting ready to move to Tucson and with shopping for flooring, furniture and paint don't have time on the weekends now to drive more than 20-30 minutes for trail access.

The Golf Course Loop has been discovered now, I saw more people on it this morning than ever before. Saw almost 10 people on that section of my loop. Plus evidence in 3-4 spots closer to Thunderbird of bum's nests that were not there the last time I was on this loop.

Finished off by seeing the first rattlesnake of the season trolling around a few yards away from my car.
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Mar 03 2018
rcorfman
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60 male
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 Phoenix, AZ
Funfundzwanzig, AZ 
Funfundzwanzig, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2018
rcorfman
Hiking25.74 Miles 6,353 AEG
Hiking25.74 Miles   12 Hrs   47 Mns   2.24 mph
6,353 ft AEG   1 Hour   18 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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My friend Jeremy put together this route several years ago. It is a walking path connecting the five phoenix summits of Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak, North Mountain, Shaw Butte, and Lookout Mountain. I did this last year too.

We started the climb up Cholla Trail a bit past 5am and finished at the Lookout Mt trailhead a bit before 6pm. It was a long but fun day. Various people started with us and ended their hike earlier and a couple, including my daughter, joined us at North Mountain and finished up with us.

I'm pretty tired from both the early wakeup and all the walking. We had a beautiful day for the hike too. It wasn't too chilly when we started and was never too hot either.

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Feb 11 2018
SpiderLegs
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 Tucson, AZ
Charles M. Christiansen Trail #100Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Feb 11 2018
SpiderLegs
Run/Jog10.60 Miles 1,060 AEG
Run/Jog10.60 Miles   2 Hrs      5.30 mph
1,060 ft AEG
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For anyone that likes good Chicago pizza, go to Spinatos on 7th Street, however don't go there the night before you go out for a long run or hike. The pizza was pretty tasty last night with a couple of beer's from Flagstaff's Mother Road Brewery. But it made for an uncomfortable run this morning, took almost an hour before I felt halfway decent. Left from the trailhead on 7th Avenue and headed down to the lower dam and up the Central Avenue climb to skirt the midsection of North Mountain. Then circled back around to catch Trail 100, took that over to Trail 101 up to the social trail along 7th Street and caught Trail 100 just before the tunnel. There is a sign on Trail 101 stating that the main trail on the east side of North Mountain is closed for construction.

Headed under the tunnel at 7th Street and kept going to Cave Creek, the new trail work along 100 is quite apparent. The section from the top of the saddle down to Cave Creek is the smoothest I've ever seen in the 15+ years I've been hiking or running that trail. What used to be a short technical section is now an easy jaunt. Headed up to the Golf Course Loop over to Trail 25, back to 100 to 306 and back to my car with a few little extra loops and zig zags to hit the two hour mark.

Just bought an Osprey Duro 1.5 liter running vest and it's quickly turning into one of my favorite packs. Little bit heavier than my Nathan vest, but it doesn't bounce around as much and fits a lot better. Could be a contender for my next pack to do a Grand Canyon run/hike.
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Feb 01 2018
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 Tucson, AZ
Charles M. Christiansen Trail #100Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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SpiderLegs
Run/Jog4.10 Miles 440 AEG
Run/Jog4.10 Miles      40 Mns   6.15 mph
440 ft AEG
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Lunch run
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Jan 13 2018
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 Tucson, AZ
Charles M. Christiansen Trail #100Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jan 13 2018
SpiderLegs
Run/Jog8.60 Miles 798 AEG
Run/Jog8.60 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   5.73 mph
798 ft AEG
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It seemed like a good idea at the time, go for a pre-dawn run before I had to work this morning. Hit Trail 100 from the 7th Avenue trailhead at 5:30 AM and thought it's been awhile since I've run with my headlamp, a nice change of pace. Cruised up Trail 100 up to 101 and then cut back over to 100 from there. Went through the tunnel under 7th Street and continued on 100 to the tunnel on Cave Creek. Turned around there and headed up the Tapatio Loop. While at the point where I was the furthest from my car I was zoning out and thinking how cool it is to still be running in the dark. So of course a rock jumped up out of nowhere and splayed me out. Got up, dusted myself up and assessed the damage.

Looking down, one hand felt like it was broken and the other hand was profusely bleeding. But I still had over 4 miles to cover to get back to my car. Wrapped one hand in a bandana and grit my teeth for the run back to my car. Headed home and immediately started icing my hand, luckily not broken just really sprained. Upshot is that I figured out a way to get out of doing dishes for the next few days.
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Jan 03 2018
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 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Pointe Tapatio Golf Course Loop #1Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2018
kingsnake
Hiking2.92 Miles 480 AEG
Hiking2.92 Miles   1 Hour      2.92 mph
480 ft AEG
 
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Quick jaunt around my "back yard". ATV cut donuts into park land just off 12th St, north of of Peoria. I followed the tracks north, up trail, towards the small ridge, where the tracks turned along the last path south of the ridge's crest. I lost track of the ATV tracks where that trail joins the main wide trail across the 7th St / Thunderbird / Cave Creek Rd triangle. Also, multiple vehicle tracks departing resort land, off the back of the driving range, heading into park land.
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Dec 09 2017
SpiderLegs
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 Tucson, AZ
Pointe Tapatio Golf Course Loop #1Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Dec 09 2017
SpiderLegs
Run/Jog8.20 Miles 880 AEG
Run/Jog8.20 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   5.47 mph
880 ft AEG
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A little LSD run to get the weekend started, 90 minutes seems to be the perfect amount of time. Long enough to cover a fair amount of ground, yet not so much that I spend the rest of the day recovering on the couch. One of the many reasons to live in Phoenix were days like this, 55 degrees & sunny with just a hint of a breeze to start the run. By the time I was finished it was about 70 degrees.

Started at the visitors center parking lot to the tunnel at Cave Creek, went north along Thunderbird which is quickly becoming one of my favorite stretches of trails in the North Mountain area. Went back to the visitors center and hopped on the bandit trail to #101, then back to #100 over to #306 to make essentially a big figure 8 loop. Still had 15 minutes left to run, so finished up with another out and back on the bandit trail along 7th Street.

This week has been a week of odd sighting on the trail. On Thursday saw someone riding an ATV in the park and this weekend had my first encounter with one of those new "E-Bikes". These are mountain bikes with a small electric motor that is supposed to "assist" on uphill sections of trail. However this bike was being ridden by a rather corpulent fellow who wasn't peddling at all and using the motor to guide him around the trail. I'm not sure that I like this new type of bike.
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Nov 18 2017
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SpiderLegs
Run/Jog4.50 Miles 460 AEG
Run/Jog4.50 Miles      50 Mns   5.40 mph
460 ft AEG
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First trail run in a while, I'm at the age where it's tough to admit that it's better to lay low for 3-4 weeks and let injuries heal than to push it and be out of commission for a few months. Eased back in with a low key spin around Trail 100 starting from the North Mountain Visitors Center heading east through the tunnel over to Cave Creek Road. Then headed up on parts of the Golf Course Loop for a bit of AEG and get away from the crowds.
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Oct 11 2017
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 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Pointe Tapatio Golf Course Loop #1Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2017
mt98dew
Hiking3.67 Miles 860 AEG
Hiking3.67 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   3.44 mph
860 ft AEG
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Short after work hike. Started from the Shaw Butte/North Mountain Visitor Center. Did a loop. I went through the tunnel and took the trail just east of the resort. Followed it to the electrical pole and then took the ridgeline to the top of the peak. Enjoyed the views from the top for few seconds - looked kind of hazy out today - and then took the trail down the east side and connected to the Christiansen. Followed the Christiansen east for a short ways to the hill that is central to this area. Went up the hill and then looped back to the tunnel on the Lookout Connector Trail. Temps were a little warmer than they have been the last few days, but still nice out. Saw 16, yes 16 (Wow) bikers heading in as I was connecting back to the Christians.en. That's the largest biking group that I can recall seeing. Also, saw some rabbits, a chipmunk and some quail. Nice to revisit this old haunt. Didn't see any "Kingsnakes" out today. :sweat: :lol:
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 Tucson, AZ
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Phoenix, AZ
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Run/Jog7.50 Miles 677 AEG
Run/Jog7.50 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   5.36 mph
677 ft AEG
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Very mellow run in perfect temps to stretch my legs. Crowded trails this morning, think everyone is out enjoying fall in Phoenix.
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Sep 09 2017
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Phoenix, AZ
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SpiderLegs
Run/Jog7.10 Miles 638 AEG
Run/Jog7.10 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   5.33 mph
638 ft AEG
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Took a self imposed rest week and this was my first trail run in almost 10 days. Looking for something without a huge amount of gain to loosen my legs a bit and shake off the cobwebs. Started off at the North Mountain Visitor's Center and took Trail #100 over to Cave Creek, then veered north to hook up with Kingsnake's loop. Have to sheepishly admit that because I run and hike with blinders on, sometimes I miss things. It took a hike with my wife earlier this year to find this trail. We were hiking on Trail #100 and she asked if this was another trail in-between a break in the vegetation and if so, where did it lead? So took that trail and discovered this extra trail that's never crowded and makes a nice loop back to 7th Street.

Made it back to 7th Street and still needed to get in another 15 minutes, so took the bandit trail along 7th Street down to the #101 connecter back to #100, then circled back to my car. Trails are crowded this morning, looks like fall/winter hiking season has started.
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Aug 12 2017
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Run/Jog6.70 Miles 781 AEG
Run/Jog6.70 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   5.36 mph
781 ft AEG
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Hot, muggy and miserable morning for a trail run. High humidity combined with not even the hint of a breeze made this by far the worst run of the summer. Set out to do 90 or so minutes and cut it short. Usually weigh myself before a run to see how much water I need to drink once I'm done, I lost almost one pound per mile this morning it was so humid.

Took Trail #100 from the visitors center under the tunnel and over to Cave Creek. Kept going and turned around at the first big hill near the power line (AKA "Jason's Pole" - Jason Cleghorn's turn around point when he first moved to town and this was his trail of choice). Zipped back across Cave Creek and hooked up with Kingsnake's Golf Course loop and did the northern portion of it along Thunderbird. From there worked my way back to the visitors center.

The summer rains have taken their toll on portions of this trail, some of the trail has been reduced to a small gulley filled with loose rocks.
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May 05 2017
kingsnake
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59 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Pointe Tapatio Golf Course Loop #1Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 05 2017
kingsnake
Hiking2.80 Miles 441 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles      59 Mns   2.85 mph
441 ft AEG
 
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Got rattled about 50 ft. from where I previously got rattled by what I recall to be a similar looking snake.
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Feb 11 2017
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 Phoenix, AZ
Funfundzwanzig, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Feb 11 2017
rcorfman
Hiking25.79 Miles 6,345 AEG
Hiking25.79 Miles   12 Hrs   45 Mns   2.20 mph
6,345 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Several years ago, my friend Jeremy devised this walkable route through the Phoenix Mountains Preserve that climbs the five peaks: Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak, North Mountain, Shaw Butte, and Lookout Mountain. The route is a bit over 25 miles and German for 25 has fun in it twice, so that's why this is named Funfundzwanzig.

Six of us started just past 5 am, at the Cholla Trailhead and worked our way up Camelback Mt in the dark using our headlamps. Once on top, we took in the views for a few minutes. There were only a couple others at the summit while we were there, but on our way down the Echo Canyon trail, there were many people on their way up for the sunrise.

By the time we reached the Echo Canyon trailhead, it was light enough to stow our headlamps, where we then worked our way through Paradise Valley and into the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. We took a short break at the top of the Piestewa Peak Park, then made the short jaunt down to the summit trail where it got really busy with people heading up. Once on top, we took another short break before heading back down. It was nice to turn off of the summit trail towards Dreamy Draw and get away from all the people.

A friend was waiting for us with some water and Gatorade at Dreamy Draw. We took a short break there and fueled up. Our friend joined us as we got on trail 100 and headed towards North Mountain. Two of us were slowing down through here so we made a few stops to let them catch up and to eat and rest a bit.

We reached the North Mountain trailhead/park at 7th St. & Peoria, just as Jeremy's wife drove up with food and drink and chairs. The trail magic was much appreciated. We had travelled about 18 miles to here and the two that were slowing decided to call it a day, and the one that joined us at Dreamy Draw was done too, so we were down to four for the final three peaks of the day.

After the lunch break, the climb up North Mountain went fairly quick. From the summit, we had a good view of Piestewa Peak and our next two peaks. Camelback was out of view. The drop from North Mountain down is pretty steep and rocky but went quick enough and not long after, we were starting to climb Shaw Butte. The climb up the butte was easier than anticipated since it joins the old road to Cloud Nine and then levels off for awhile before finishing the ascent to the summit where we rested for a few more minutes before heading down the antenna service road.

When we reached the Visitor Center, we were getting pretty tired and sore and a bit chafed too since the day was humid and we had been sweating a lot. We got some water and took a short break, but we all wanted to get this hike finished so we didn't tarry.

It was a relief knowing that we only had a few miles left and one more peak. Our target was in sight and it was nice to see it near as we closed the distance. As we approached the climb, a lady was on the side of the trail and mentioned what a nice time of day it was to be out. We all thought that was funny since we had been out since before sunrise. The climb up Lookout Mountain was as steep as I remembered it, but even though I was tired, I knew it was the last effort of the day and worked my way to the top.

Lookout is a great mountain to end this hike on since the four other peaks we climbed are in view: Camelback, Piestewa, North Mountain, and Shaw Butte. We did the celebratory fist bumps and made the obligatory badassery comments to eachother, then headed down to the Lookout Mt. trailhead where one of the guys that bailed at North Mountain was waiting for us with celebratory beer. What a funfundzwanzig day!
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Feb 19 2016
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 Sunnyslope, PHX
Pointe Tapatio Golf Course Loop #1Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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kingsnake
Hiking2.78 Miles 369 AEG
Hiking2.78 Miles      57 Mns   2.93 mph
369 ft AEG
 
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Otherwise clear sky marred by flourescent green inversion layer in south valley: https://youtu.be/ec ... FZPQ

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Feb 11 2016
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kingsnake
Hiking2.99 Miles 296 AEG
Hiking2.99 Miles      57 Mns   3.15 mph
296 ft AEG
 
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Jan 22 2016
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Pointe Tapatio Golf Course Loop #1Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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kingsnake
Hiking3.64 Miles 567 AEG
Hiking3.64 Miles   1 Hour   19 Mns   2.76 mph
567 ft AEG
 
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Have been working 12-hour days on re-doing my personal web site ( http://prestonm.com ) in Wordpress to enable blogging. Have been considering it for some time. Recent events have put the match to that kindling.
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Jan 06 2016
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Pointe Tapatio Golf Course Loop #1Phoenix, AZ
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kingsnake
Hiking4.66 Miles 481 AEG
Hiking4.66 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   3.11 mph
481 ft AEG
 
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Figured I'd take advantage of a brief window of non-downpour. 53°, partly cloudy, and slightly cool, when I started at 0930. Signs of slight erosion and washout. Some muddy, but not slippery, areas. Sandy areas had compacted. Hard areas actually had some give in them. Trail 100 had a sign warning of flooding in the tunnel under Cave Creek Rd. Tunnel was fine, but there was a large puddle -- really more of a lake -- on the east side. (Jimmy Houston was fliming a show on it.) Found a bum nest to add to my "Better Bum Nests & Gardens" collection. No hikers; no MTBs. (Which is rare.) 54°, and quite chilly (the wind had come up), when I finished at 1105.
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