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Sugarloaf Mountain 2884 - 1 member in 5 triplogs has rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 20 2015
BobP
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 Guides 2
 Routes 186
 Photos 4,027
 Triplogs 2,383

59 male
 Joined Feb 26 2008
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sugarloaf Mountain 2884Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2015
BobP
Hiking2.73 Miles 837 AEG
Hiking2.73 Miles
837 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Because its there.
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If you like this triplog you must be a friend of BrunoP
Jan 26 2014
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 Guides 14
 Routes 113
 Photos 4,567
 Triplogs 2,331

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 Joined Oct 29 2005
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sugar Loaf to Verde / Needle Rock, AZ 
Sugar Loaf to Verde / Needle Rock, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2014
topohiker
Hiking38.13 Miles 5,435 AEG
Hiking38.13 Miles   14 Hrs   36 Mns   2.99 mph
5,435 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I've always wondered about the Sugarloaf exit across from the 4-peaks exit. This was one area that I've never explored.

This was my first time using the HAZ route manager to create a route. I plotted a path from the bee-line to the Verde river. It used ATV trails 420, 1855, 1856 1096 and finally 160. I noticed that the route made a U around a canyon and a wash. I zoomed in and made a 'shortcut' route through the canyon and wash.

Now the hike. There's an extra big trail head for ATV staging. Within 1 mile from the TH, there was three camps of people target shooting. The route curved around Sugarloaf mountain and dropped into the Sycamore creek. There was a couple of people camping down here. I checked out the gauging station and noticed a couple of motorcycles going down the 'shortcut" route. I continued on the main route and went around the Sheep Mesa to Lonely mountain. Then the trail got rough and nasty in some spots. Soon I was on ridge line looking West to the Verde. One the more distinct landmarks was Dynamite Road going into the Verde. That was the end of the road. I got to the Verde and found another road that lead to the Needle Rock area. There's a lot of cattle paths in the area. I went between the cattle paths and road over to the Needle rock area and had lunch there.

I headed back and found another path to the a rock beach area by the Verde. Now it was a long slow climb out the Verde to Sugarloaf area. I contemplated taking the 'shortcut' route back. It was pitch black when I hit the intersection. The shortcut was a well-defined motorcycle path. I broke two of my nigh hiking rules:
-don't night hike on a trail you don't know
-don't night hike with water or water crossings

I gambled that if the motorcycles can do this shortcut, I can do it in the dark.

The motocross section started out with narrow trail/trench that went up and down / up and down very steep grades. Eventually it gave away to a hard pack wash that lead to the canyon with the Sycamore creek. The creek was dry at the first, but the water appear shortly and got deeper. I hit a choke point where I had to scrambles over a couple of boulders. The canyon's not that long and I made it to the Sheep camp without getting wet. The rest of the hike was just climbing out to the trail head.

It was a long, but fun hike. There's a lot more to explore in the area. I'll be back.

Pictures and routes will follow.
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Nov 30 2012
Hippy
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 Guides 8
 Routes 4
 Photos 1,834
 Triplogs 643

35 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Sugarloaf Mountain 2884Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2012
Hippy
Hiking2.20 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles
600 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
:-$ This never happened...

Kidnapped neighbor and their truck. Hour drive out. Hour up then down. Hour drive home.

Cartwheel. Dead baby javelina.

Left offering of half bottle whiskey on top of truck for rednecks...bottle was gone and truck was safe upon our return...classsic.
**Edit: Yes, we actually brought the whiskey specifically for this purpose yet as a joke as per the triplog...I still can't believe it worked!**

Went out half expecting a trail. There's not more than a game trail with a cairn here and there. Not hard but a lot of scree to slip up and down. Description was right on, I don't use GPS so this was a nice surprise.
Fauna
Fauna
Javelina
Culture
Culture
Cartwheel
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Oct 30 2011
johnr1
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 Guides 4
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74 male
 Joined Dec 22 2007
 tempe, az
Sugarloaf Mountain 2884Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 30 2011
johnr1
Hiking3.80 Miles 838 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
838 ft AEG      36 Mns Break
 
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Finally bagged this one after promising every time I went to Jacks or the Rim to do it. See the hike description for the trip report
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Nov 29 1998
mazatzal
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sugarloaf Mountain 2884Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 29 1998
mazatzal
Hiking2.20 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour      2.20 mph
600 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Went up Sugarloaf Mtn. I think we parked a bit higher up than John's description but perhaps the track has changed since 1998...
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average hiking speed 2.4 mph

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