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Roadrunner Trail - Lake Pleasant - 6 members in 11 triplogs have rated this an average 3.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Mar 07 2020
mt98dew
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 Guides 17
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Roadrunner Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 07 2020
mt98dew
Run/Jog7.18 Miles 115 AEG
Run/Jog7.18 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   4.49 mph
115 ft AEG
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Early morning run out at Lake Pleasant. Started from the Beardsley TH just after 6am. It was about 2.5 miles in on the Beardsley to reach the Frogs Tank trail juncture. In the past I have been on the Beardsely a couple of times and really like this trail. Starts off by going through a nicely vegetated water area. There are two bridges here and some standing water, (I can honestly say that I can't ever recall having seen the water flowing). Still a very unexpected experience in the middle of the desert. The trail then briefly piggybacks a road before passing through a gate and entering the Lake Pleasant boundaries....(This makes the Beardsley TH a very nice starting point for accessing some of the Lake Pleasant trails without having to pay the onerous entrance fee). The Beardsley trail then becomes a nice single track following the contours of the hills gaining and then losing some elevation as it does. Ideal for jogging. At 2.5 miles I took the Frogs Tank Trail. This is one of several "trails" that is part of the LP trail system that is not yet in HAZ. The reason for this became quickly evident....it is as much a dirt road as it is a trail and it extends for a total of .3 miles. However, this trail does bring you in sight of the lake and more importantly (to me) the Road Runner trail. I did have to walk across a road and a parking lot to get to the trail, but it was only a couple of hundred yards. They were having some sort of event today (fishing...boat racing??). They were getting tents and concessions set up as I passed through. The Road Runner trail is like a chameleon. It only lasts for about a mile, but during that length the trail conditions change noticeable 3 different times. The trail starts off as a nice single track with some nice views and easy access to the water. Then about .3 miles in it changes to a sandy path, the kind of path I've seen in more current subdivisions. After crossing a cement drain gutter it returns to its single track trail "motif". As the trail nears the Visitor Center it changes again becoming a unmaintained rocky path. This is very brief, but still an odd way to end (or depending on where you start) begin a trail that is otherwise fairly well established. After this rocky section there is also a dilapidated asphalt path that I had to use to get to,the actually TH. For as rough as this last section looked the visitor center was very nice. There was a playgrpund off to the side and a nice observation deck overlooking the dam and the lake.

Love rivers and streams, not a huge fan of the lake scene so the views didn't overwhelm me. That being said I appreciated the views going back with the Bradshaws in the background. There were a couple of Kodak moments. Met a couple of people "on" the trail. I don't think they were actually hiking the trail, they were using it more as an avenue to get to the water, which is probably the predominant function of this trail. I did encounter one biker on the Beardsley. Wildlife was minimal...several rabbit and CLOUDS of gnats! I'm pretty sure I had a few for breakfast. There were also some Hohokam ruins off the trail. The signage there is faded and the ruins are obsolete. If there hadn't been signage there telling me that it was a ruin site, I never would have known. Nice to get this trail off the get er done list. :)
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Dec 13 2019
Hippy
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 Guides 7
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34 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Roadrunner Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2019
Hippy
Hiking3.88 Miles 115 AEG
Hiking3.88 Miles   2 Hrs      1.94 mph
115 ft AEG
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Sunset/Full Moon hike with Rangers at LP.
Over twenty people showed up to hike, very fun group.
Nice little loop hike.
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Jul 20 2017
RowdyandMe
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 Guides 6
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66 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley, AZ
Roadrunner Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2017
RowdyandMe
Hiking2.02 Miles 195 AEG
Hiking2.02 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   1.81 mph
195 ft AEG      25 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Perfect water tempertures for swimming. :y:
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
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Feb 05 2017
AnGl
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28 male
 Joined Feb 06 2017
 Surprise AZ
Roadrunner Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 05 2017
AnGl
Hiking0.85 Miles 115 AEG
Hiking0.85 Miles      15 Mns   3.40 mph
115 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break5 LBS Pack
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At the time of writing, the bridge is currently out, ergo right now is a good time if you would like to just post up right by the water's edge. Take the short trip down from the south entrance and just enjoy the blissful surroundings with little-to-no other visitors. We spend about an hour at the water's edge listening to music (quietly) with our dog. Feel free to wave at the few people across the water that took the opposite entrance! :DANCE:
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Jan 15 2017
DarthStiller
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50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Beardsley Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 15 2017
DarthStiller
Hiking11.90 Miles 1,374 AEG
Hiking11.90 Miles   5 Hrs      2.38 mph
1,374 ft AEG
 
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Since the Steeler game got moved to the night game, I decided to go out in the morning and get my first hike in for 2017. I noticed that there are more trails up by Lake Pleasant, so I went up that way. From the Beardsley CRP TH (or the Agua Fria TH, depending on what reference you're reading), I took the Beardsley Trail northward. Along the way up, I took a side trip out on the Frog Tanks and Roadrunner Trails. At the end of the Roadrunner Trail, there is another spur trail that takes you over and up to a butte/island jutting from the shoreline in towards the lake. There was also a small Hohokam ruin right along the Roadrunner trail with a few faded signs giving some rudimentary info.

After I got back on the Beardsley Trail, I headed north again until I got to the beginning of the Wild Burro Trail by the campground, and then headed back. On the way back I encountered quite a few mountain bikers, but no hikers. There was some rain on the way back, but nothing really bad, just some drizzle. The weather was cloudy, but very cool and pleasant. Very near the trailhead is a stream crossing that looks like it's from the lake. Lots of riparian style vegetation in that area, making for not the usual desert scenery.
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Mar 20 2016
laissezfaire
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 Routes 14
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43 female
 Joined Dec 26 2013
 Anthem, AZ
Roadrunner Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2016
laissezfaire
Hiking0.85 Miles 115 AEG
Hiking0.85 Miles
115 ft AEG
 
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A nice, easy, and short hike. One to do with kids or non-hiking friends if you want to make sure not to hike them to death. :lol:
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Jan 20 2016
mtabbert
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 Triplogs 428

67 male
 Joined Mar 05 2013
 Payson, AZ
Roadrunner Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2016
mtabbert
Hiking2.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
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Sep 29 2015
RowdyandMe
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66 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley, AZ
Roadrunner Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2015
RowdyandMe
Hiking1.83 Miles 172 AEG
Hiking1.83 Miles   1 Hour      2.15 mph
172 ft AEG      9 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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My very first time at Lake Pleasant. We had a great time will have to come back again and checkout more of this lake.

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Lake Pleasant 51-75% full 51-75% full
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Aug 01 2015
JasonCleghorn
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 Routes 161
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44 male
 Joined Nov 11 2014
 Anthem, AZ
Roadrunner Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 01 2015
JasonCleghorn
Hiking1.25 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking1.25 Miles
300 ft AEG
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Family trip...
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Apr 06 2014
winotron
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37 male
 Joined Nov 12 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Roadrunner Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2014
winotron
Hiking0.85 Miles 115 AEG
Hiking0.85 Miles   1 Hour      1.70 mph
115 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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After hiking the Walkin' Jim Trail we stopped by Lake Pleasant to enjoy the water and cool off. We walked through Scorpion Bay, picked up some drinks from the convenience store, and marveled at the fact that anyone can spend $700,000 on a boat.

We drove back to the visitor center and walked along the Roadrunner Trail, and walked down to the water. Really not much of a trail but rather a means to access the water. It felt like it was 90 degrees today, so the cold water felt amazing. I was surprised how clear and clean the water looked. Loved the way the deep blue water looked surrounded by desert. We sat in the water so long I got a sweet sunburn. :)

We left the lake feeling fulfilled but hungry, so we stopped by Wild Horse West on the way out and had some of the best burgers we've had in a long time. Swiss burger on rye with jalapenos...try it!
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Jul 21 2011
joebartels
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Roadrunner Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 21 2011
joebartels
Hiking1.70 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles      45 Mns   2.27 mph
150 ft AEG10 LBS Pack
 
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Scenic hike along the South Park Shore of Lake Pleasant.

From the main western trailhead the trail takes off just right of the restrooms. As of this writing signage was absent. A wooden pole and well defined trail let you know you're on path. The trail heads over to the visitors center. Along the way you pass several access spurs to rammadas and the campgrounds. I suspect few hike this end-to-end, rather just accessing the lake. Nevertheless I found it quite enjoyable in mid day heat in July no less. The views heading east to west on the return are borderline phenomenal for moments. The color of the water is unreal.

It's a pretty trashy place. Though about what I expected for a such a popular place. The lake seems busier than the Salt River or Verde lakes. On a hot Thursday in late July I didn't expect to see a Police Command post nor so many people. Yet I didn't cross paths with any on the trail.

I'm glad I got the opportunity to hike this little trail. I wouldn't recommend driving too far. If you live in the NW valley it's worthy if you are looking for an easy family hike. It may be a zoo on some weekends.
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