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Jul 03 2022
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41 female
 Joined Oct 21 2016
 Tempe, AZ
Shaw Butte - North Mtn LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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MAPTriplogs 79
Hiking6.24 Miles 1,538 AEG
Hiking6.24 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   2.88 mph
1,538 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Fun little loop! Climbing up the west side of N Mountain is kind of the highlight since the trail is actually a trail instead of a road. Got lucky with clouds but otherwise there’s no pockets of shade on this loop. Lovely in the evening tho and a close fast hike.
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Feb 15 2022
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 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Shaw Butte - North Mtn LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Nate_FTriplogs 113
Hiking6.63 Miles 1,628 AEG
Hiking6.63 Miles   2 Hrs   28 Mns   2.74 mph
1,628 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Quick hike in the Preserve trying to get myself back into shape. Hit both mountains and saw quite a few people for a Tuesday morning.
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Feb 13 2022
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44 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Shaw Butte - North Mtn LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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The_DudeTriplogs 358
Hiking4.89 Miles 917 AEG
Hiking4.89 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   3.15 mph
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Great pre-superbowl hike. Hit the 7th Ave th at 830 and went ccw to warm up the legs and get the flat walk out of the way. Made the climb up with only two short breaks, felt pretty good about that. Might be in better shape than I thought. Hit the peak, and did the western prominence for good measure. Took the somewhat off trail descent down the ridge and took a little break to enjoy the scenery. Lots of folks out, but nothing crazy. Good track all the way.
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Dec 26 2021
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Shaw Butte - North Mtn LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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ScaredyCatTriplogs 74
Hiking7.36 Miles 1,728 AEG
Hiking7.36 Miles   3 Hrs   46 Mns   2.23 mph
1,728 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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Had no plans to hike Christmas weekend. However, a covid scare annexed me from family gatherings. Quickly started improving so an unplanned hike the next day at least!

Had never combined these 2 peaks into a single hike so away I went. Took a shorter, steeper route than previously up Shaw butte + quickly turned right when nearing the peak to avoid the pavement.

Retraced my steps nearly to the starting point b4 veering off toward N Mtn. Weaved left of the mtn b4 turning onto 101. This brought me back to where people were. Quickly losing light but turned right for the 2nd peak. Timed perf for an amazing 🌇 at the top.

Then retraced my steps again since I was now in darkness. Will save a longer loop for when I start a bit earlier. More adventurous possibilities out there than expected 🙂
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Oct 24 2021
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 Joined Oct 23 2017
 Tempe
Shaw Butte - North Mtn LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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KingLeonidasTriplogs 139
Hiking1.73 Miles 706 AEG
Hiking1.73 Miles   1 Hour   22 Mns   1.96 mph
706 ft AEG      29 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
 
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This one was a bit of a mess. Victoria and I joined a social meetup group for a hike as participants. From the beginning I suspected things would not go well. For one the trail chosen had an unusual (read non-standard name) the event organizers were using all trails (1st mistake there) and the route was actually a combination of several trails combined into a loop. The statistics (length, elevation gain, etc.) didn't seem right (seemed way too low) but because it wasn't a standard route I didn't have a quick reference to confirm. I had done most of the route previously and suspected that a portion of it that they planned to do was a pretty technical (i.e. sketchy) steep downhill route that is very slippery. I had done this section before and would do it again but I definitely wouldn't bring a bunch of amateurs along. I hade hiked with the organizer before and was familiar with their hiking skill level so I suspected it might be a bit of an "interesting" trip.

Arriving that morning it was fairly warm and crowded. There were a lot of people late (on account of having to park far away) and by the time everyone was at the trailhead it was clear we were going to have a late and even warmer start. The icing on the cake was that there were quite a few people (the organizer included) that had been partying it up the previous night and were quite hungover. It did not go well for them.

It was immediately apparent that they had underestimated the hike. The route was moderately steep but nothing crazy for the area. Within a few hundred feet of the trailhead the pace slowed to a craw as the entire group had to stop every 100' or so to let the organizer and a few other hungover folks catch up and catch their breath. It was pretty comical. Victoria got impatient with this right away (as this was supposed to be our weekly fitness hike) and started hiking laps up and down the trail. Eventually when we reached the paved and steep section of the trail the group split into 2 sections with the more fit and less hungover half going ahead at a faster (but still pretty leisurely pace) with the hangover club bringing up the rear. The comedy came to a head when we reached the top and it became clear that the rout selected was the steep and sketchy one Victoria and I had done previously. I recommended against continuing on (someone might have gotten injured and several of the participants may not have made it for other reasons) and so we all called it a hike early and went to brunch

Comedy gold that one was!
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May 07 2021
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53 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Shaw Butte - North Mtn LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 07 2021
mt98dewTriplogs 1,875
Hiking5.90 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   1 Hour   26 Mns   4.12 mph
1,600 ft AEG
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Day off allowed for a rare weekday morning hike. Started from the 7th Ave TH, which was surprisingly full for a weekday morning. Did the loop counter clockwise. Went up the backside of North Mountain, then down the nicely paved road. I think it’s been over a year since they resurfaced. Got to be honest, I don’t miss the old torn up surface. Then continued over to Shaw Butte and went up the road and then down the backside. Touched the fences on both peaks. Jogged what I could. Trails were busy. Counted 59 hikers (with a small mixture of runners) for each peak (108 total). Wildlife minimal...couple of chipmunks. Note: there was a sign saying that parking and the lower part of the road for Shaw Butte would be closed starting 5/17.
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Jan 10 2021
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Shaw and North Mountains Loop, AZ 
Shaw and North Mountains Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2021
tibberTriplogs 1,276
Hiking6.99 Miles 1,624 AEG
Hiking6.99 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   2.57 mph
1,624 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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gotta hike with Linda on Tue so did a practice hike with some elevation. I'd like to be able to complete the peaks she and/or I chooses one of these times :lol: So I checked out some routes and found this one Bruce did ten years ago with the off trail up the west side of North Mountain.

I did the loop counterclockwise. I got up Shaw nicely I thot. I feel I'm getting a little stronger with all the hiking I am now able to do. There were other hikers enroute but not too bad. I circled the towers and then headed over to the western tower before heading to Cloud Nine area. The skies were the clearest I've seen them during my last few hikes.

I continued on my merry way down the backside of Shaw Butte and headed over to Trail 100. I saw a hiker to the south of my track but Bruce's went the opposite way a little further north on 100. However, it looks like the other route ends up on the same route before that last push to the top of North Mountain. As I got on this trail I remember that I took it down about 4 years ago. It starts off fairly reasonably and then has a bit of a steep stretch until it hits a little ridgeline and then hits another steep stretch to a side ledge. I did take a few quick pauses :sweat: in the steep sections.

It's here where the narrow trail forks and I went east but the trail seemed to dissipate so I went back and went west to a saddle ridge where you than go straight up the west side of the mountain. (part of Bruce's route is not quite right on the side ledge anymore altho I'm not sure why; it's just a little blip off). Quite a bit of exposure and loose track here as you ascend pretty much straight up; thus a couple more short pauses. Finally, victory as I looked at the towers straight above me. And now to get around this and hit the pavement for a quick trip down a very busy mountain back to the VC via 100 as I don't like hiking alongside/above the road.

And, of course, it was beer time with plenty of entertainment in the VC parking lot.

WATCH: 6.94 miles in 2:49:38. avg bpm 138, max 169 (1:08 in Zone 5, 41 min Zone 4, 44 min in Zone 3 burning 1194 calories (beer, peanuts and Reuben coming right up :lol: ) 62.5 to start and 17% humidity. Finish 4:07PM.
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Jan 02 2021
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51 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Shaw Butte - North Mtn LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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ddgrunningTriplogs 422
Hiking5.89 Miles 1,525 AEG
Hiking5.89 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   2.54 mph
1,525 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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Finally knocked this one off the list. While it’s been on the to-do list for some time, I never have been able to get very excited about this hike. Probably as a result of my meh attitude, I give it a meh rating. Really seems to be best suited for getting in a local hill workout. It does deliver there, whether it’s the smooth asphalt climb up the north/east side of North Mountain, or the mostly dirt road up the north side of Shaw Butte, or the more steep/rugged climb up the northwestern draw up North Mountain. That said, it’s a little far from my east valley home for such purposes. So, it will probably be awhile before this one pops up again on my to-do list.
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Dec 15 2020
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66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Shaw Butte - North Mtn LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 15 2020
tibberTriplogs 1,276
Hiking7.32 Miles 1,557 AEG
Hiking7.32 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   2.65 mph
1,557 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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This is a practice/warm up hike to triplog 1000 hopefully coming up on Thurs. I found a cohort to hopefully join me for that. Meanwhile, I decided on this loop that I've never done before using the main routes. I bandaged up my heels and took off in the 48 degree temps to tackle North Mountain first. I haven't been up here since they refurbished the route to it and up it. All I gotta say is WOWSZA, that's nice!

I trudged my way up not having to worry about footing. It's still steep. Traffic wasn't too bad with a mix of friendly hellos and nothing. Wish the nothings wouldn't annoy me so. I made it to the sign and took the picture of the high five for completing the mission. Just to the NE is a pullout area that has an interestingly decorated Xmas tree. I grabbed some pics before sitting on the stone bench to re-set my bandages that had come off again. I tightened my shoe laces hoping that would keep them in place. I still have to get the tape Linda recommended.

And then it was down we go. I filmed a bit of it and got some pictures of the railings shadows as for some reason, I found the shadows patterns very artsy looking. I ran into a couple girls that were just getting to the pavement who said how much further. I said "not much" but chuckled and said, "it's pavement so it's not bad". Then as I got near the intersection to go west, an elderly person with a trekking pole was moving pretty fast so I got out of his way. I would see him later on the hike.

Anyway, it's a little longer than I thot to hook up with 100 and then back on the 306 to head up toward Shaw Butte. This south side hill is always a bit of a bugger for me. It comes in six tiers and that's how I tackle it. Believe it or not, I could feel the humidity heading up it but the cool air helped me keep a decent pace. It seemed just a tad harder only because I had done North Mountain but I did okay. I swung over to the western butte and then up the paved hill in the very cold air caused by the shade, up and around the main towers and down. The Christmas Palo Verde has some decorations on it that glitter nicely in the sun. They've rocked a bunch of this and that makes it a little harder to maneuver down.

There were quite a few hikers out today. I saw two squirrels. It was 12:30 which is what I expected it would be by the time I finished so I was pretty hungry.

Here is a video I put together of movies and pics: [ youtube video ]

WATCH: 7.08 miles in 2:53 at 2.4 MPH avg speed, 127 avg bpm, 158 max (50 min in Zone 5, 32 in Zone 4, 1:11 in Zone 3, 20 in Zone 2), burned 1106 calories (Hello Arby's Reuben). 48.1 degrees at 12:22PM with 44% humidity. I think the temp readings run low. Phx weather says temp at 11:51 was 57 degrees and 29% humidity. The temp and humidity must be from when I started which was around 9:30AM and matches up better with Phoenix weather.
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Dec 05 2020
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 The Basin
Shaw and North Summits and Romp, AZ 
Shaw and North Summits and Romp, AZ
 
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survivordudeTriplogs 224
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.46 mph
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Repeat of a loop I did couple years ago.. started at 19th and Sweetwater and headed up the small ridge leading up to the first tower and then up to Shaw Butte. Down the south side of Shaw and then up the west side of N Mountain down the south side of N Mountain and to the parking lot off 7th St. Followed the path along 7th to the Visitors Center and then followed #100 around to the S of Shaw. There is a cool wash behind the houses I followed for about a mile right back to Sweetwater. Fantastic weather out there.. not a soul but me on both of the 2 ascents, but tons of people everywhere else.
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Oct 22 2020
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 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Shaw Butte - North Mtn LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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LindaAnnTriplogs 1,573
Hiking6.87 Miles 1,576 AEG
Hiking6.87 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   2.75 mph
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Boring, but easy, way to get two peaks. Parked at the Visitor Center. Did North first, then over to Shaw. Warm, but not too bad.
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Sep 23 2020
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Shaw Butte - North Mtn LoopPhoenix, AZ
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ScottHikaTriplogs 31
Hiking7.21 Miles 1,592 AEG
Hiking7.21 Miles   2 Hrs   24 Mns   3.00 mph
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I like Shaw Butte and they have a first class visitors center on 7th street. This is not what you would call a pretty hike this time of year. Brutal record breaking heat and little rain has fried all but the most hardy of desert plants. It is without a doubt always a great exercise park, however.

I did Shaw Butte first (not my first time) from the visitor's center. The temps this time of year are generally a bit over 100, so many people opt to go in the evening, as did I. This was a counterclockwise loop. It's a wide maintained road up the front (north) side that utility trucks use to service the towers on top. I actually prefer to do a clockwise loop, but it doesn't work as well when adding North Mountain. Shaw Butte is well traveled and easy to follow, just a bit of scree on the backside switchbacks to watch out for. The 360 north valley views are really stunning.

After reaching the main Shaw Butte summit, I like to add the 2nd peak 1960 with tall KPHF-FM (Christian Radio) tower. It gives great view of north west valley. Then a quick trip (careful footing) down the 306 trail and over to the 100 Charles Christiansen. This trail follows the valley between Shaw Butte and North Mountain to the next destination. I decided to take the pass around the north side of North on the 101 trail and then hook up with tower road off of 7th for the 3rd peak.

They really did a good job making North Mountain a family friendly summit hike. It was closed it seemed forever in 2019 and 2020, but the end result is worth it in my opinion. There are now guard rails safe for pets and kids, and it is one of the few summit trails that is paved. It is just about .8 mile to the top and very popular. Even in September, there were no less than 100 people on the hill this evening. The wide lanes don't really feel crowded though. They also added a new guard rail along 7th street for a quick safe connector back to the visitor center. At a little over 7 miles and 1600 elevation it is as easy or hard as you choose make it.
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Mar 15 2020
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53 male
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 Phoenix,Az
Shaw Butte - North Mtn LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mt98dewTriplogs 1,875
Hiking6.14 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking6.14 Miles   1 Hour   34 Mns   3.92 mph
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Morning hike. Started from the 7th Ave. TH. Went CCW. Up the back side of North Mountain and then down the new and improved road. This was my first time on it since the road (trail) has been reopened. Surface of the road is in great shape, but it already has dirt and gravel on parts of it from the recent rains. They have constructed a wall on the "cliff" side for a good portion of it and it looks as if they have gotten rid of the parking lot that had been located at the end of the road. Before I got to the end of the road I took the 101 trail in toward the Shaw Butte trail and then went up the north side of Shaw Butte. Touched the fence and then continued around to close the loop. Jogged what I could. Trails were busy!

Side note...it looks as if the 101 trail has been rerouted, or if nothing else, an alternative branch has been created. As I was taking the 101 from the N Mountain road it split as it started to wrap around NM. The newer branch heads directly towards the visitor center paralleling N 7th St. I took the old branch the heads in toward Shaw Butte. There are still trail markers along this branch so it still seems to be considered part of the 101 trail.
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Nov 13 2019
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 Tempe, AZ
Shaw Butte - North Mtn LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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chumleyTriplogs 1,703
Hiking6.48 Miles 1,546 AEG
Hiking6.48 Miles   2 Hrs   13 Mns   2.99 mph
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The visitor center was open until 8pm so we took advantage of the late gate entry for a night loop that includes the newly opened Tower Road and new connector trail to the visitor center.

The road is an engineering marvel and features a compacted dirt path on the shoulder for hikers and runners who prefer to avoid the harsh pavement. The new connector trail is nearly ADA compliant- extra wide and flat with a safety railing! Lol.

Otherwise, full moon, good views, and about a dozen encounters with those birds that sit in the trail with glowy eyes that fly only when you get about 10 feet from them.

So, yeah, North Mtn Tower Road is officially open again.
The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department along with the entire project team, is pleased to announce that the North Mountain Tower Road will be opening on Friday, November 1, 2019.
Tower Road Improvements Include:
+ Wall structures and safety rails
+ Drainage improvement structures
+ New antenna tower
+ Asphalt roadway
+ Restoration/re-vegetation of constructed impact areas
+ Removal of the old small parking lot (on 7th Street) and relocation of lot gate
What’s New:
+ New connector trail (Trail 101), from the North Mountain Visitor Center to the Maricopa Trail.
+ New connection path from North Mountain Park to the 7th Street sidewalk. This path will allow hikers access to the bottom of the Maricopa Trail where the paved road starts.
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Jun 02 2018
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 Oro Valley, AZ
Shaw Butte - North Mtn LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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SpiderLegsTriplogs 779
Hiking7.20 Miles 1,771 AEG
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Another stop on my goodbye tour of local Phoenix trails that more than likely I may not return to. Got my start in trail running, hiking and peak bagging from the 7th Avenue trailhead almost 20 years ago. Back then it was the closest trail to my old house near MetroCenter. I've always enjoyed this loop so gave it one last whirl.

Started at the 7th Avenue trailhead and headed down to the south dam, then up the backside of North Mountain. Wanted to do my usual loop where I drop down the front side of North Mountain and catch Trail #101. But once on the top of North Mountain you are greeted with a large fence, flags and no trespassing signs blocking you from doing this. So just turned around, went down the way I went up and hit Trail #100. Took Trail #100 through the valley and headed up the front side of Shaw Butte. From there went down the backside with a short excursion to the smaller peak on the western edge.

Still tweaking a new workout routine where you make your slow, easy runs super slow and super easy and make your hard workouts really hard. This meant walking up all of the climbs in order to keep my breathing and heart rate lower. See how this works at the end of the summer.
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May 01 2018
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 Tempe, AZ
Shaw Butte - North Mtn LoopPhoenix, AZ
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chumleyTriplogs 1,703
Hiking6.33 Miles 1,995 AEG
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Perfect night to knock out another alltime unique. Got rained on, big wind, cool views, and ideal temps. You can’t let 75 degree days in May go unappreciated.
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Mar 24 2018
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 Peoria, Az
Shaw Butte - North Mtn LoopPhoenix, AZ
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PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking6.16 Miles 1,582 AEG
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Easy loop trail up to Shaw Butte and North Mountain this morning with the scouts. We all made it!! Congrats. :y:
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Mar 18 2018
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North Mountain Phoenix Preserve, AZ 
North Mountain Phoenix Preserve, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2018
PJackalopeTriplogs 39
Hiking7.62 Miles 1,693 AEG
Hiking7.62 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   2.82 mph
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What looked like a pretty straight-forward hike turned into a nice bit of exploration. Starting from the Peoria ave parking lot and working in a clockwise motion, I tackled Shaw Butte first. The trail was steep in sections, but for most part nothing too difficult. Once up on the ridge followed the service road up to the top then back down to north side of preserve. Continued on and intersected the Charles Christiansen trail 100 and headed towards the visitor center before back tracking to head south for the loop up to North Mountain. Turns out the service road up to North Mountain is closed. So, I continued south on trail 100 before finding the backside of the described loop to start my assent to the top. The trail is not one of the more popular ones and I got a side tracked a couple of times, but nothing too bad. The climb to North Mountain was steep, rocky, and loose. Pleasantly surprising. Once on top headed down the south side which was just as steep.

Overall, an great hike! And like everyone on this forum knows, March is a heck of a time to be outside in the Valley of the Sun. The sky was a deep cobalt blue with thin whispy clouds streaking across the sky. The sun was warm, but not hot, and the oh so slight chill on the air made the hiking weather just about perfect as perfect can be. Enjoy!!
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Mar 03 2018
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Funfundzwanzig, AZ 
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rcorfmanTriplogs 1,438
Hiking25.74 Miles 6,353 AEG
Hiking25.74 Miles   12 Hrs   47 Mns   2.24 mph
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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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41 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Shaw and North Summits and Romp, AZ 
Shaw and North Summits and Romp, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2018
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Hiking8.01 Miles 2,029 AEG
Hiking8.01 Miles   3 Hrs   16 Mns   2.45 mph
2,029 ft AEG
 
No time for anything out of town so decided to keep it interesting by going up the northwest side of Shaw Butte up to the antennas. Enjoyed the views for a minute and then headed down the and over to North Mountain using the top secret west side ascent. Hung out for another quick minute and then down the 44 trail. Got down to the parking lot and it was empty? Walked over to the connector trail to finish my loop and there was a fence blocking the whole trail. Lets just say I finished the loop. Actually almost circumferenced the whole east and north sides of that part of the park. Ended up in some concrete bottomed wash running between houses. Followed that out to Sweetwater and then back to the Jeep. Nice urban adventure
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