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Nov 27 2020
LosDosSloFolks
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65 male
 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, AZ
CCRP Super Loop, AZ 
CCRP Super Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 27 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking11.81 Miles 1,248 AEG
Hiking11.81 Miles   5 Hrs   51 Mns   2.31 mph
1,248 ft AEG      44 Mns Break
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I've always wanted to do a loop around the entire perimeter of Cave Creek Regional Park. Mrs. SloFolks is still not able to hike so I had to find a surrogate to do this loop with me. Angela the "tibbernator" was nice enough to join me so we could both work the remaining L-Tryptophan out of our system from our Thanksgiving dinners yesterday. :)

We did a CCW loop starting from the P.A. Seitts Trailhead using the Military, Flat Rock, Quartz, Go John, Overton, Slate, and Flume trails. Route shown in photoset. 8am start and the weather was beautiful for the duration of the trek.

Things looked nice considering the lack of rain until we reached the northern section of the loop and encountered the burn area from the East Desert Fire from last May. I only took one photo of the burn as it was just too depressing. The loss of all the saguaros and flora is very disheartening. :(

We stopped at a ramada near the Nature Center and had some lunch then continued east on the Slate trail. Once on the Flume trail we did some detective work and ascertained how the namesake flumes were being used to direct water for sluicing pay dirt for gold back in the day. Those miners were not lazy!

Great hike with great company. Thanks for joining me Angela. You are handling retirement very well. :lol:
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Cottonwood trees are starting to turn on Cave Creek.
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Some Desert Senna and an unidentified yellow bloomer.
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Nov 18 2020
LosDosSloFolks
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 Cave Creek, AZ
CCRP 4 Trail Loop, AZ 
CCRP 4 Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking5.37 Miles 570 AEG
Hiking5.37 Miles   1 Hour   53 Mns   2.98 mph
570 ft AEG      5 Mns Break4 LBS Pack
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CW lasso loop from the P.A. Seitts trailhead using the Slate, Quartz, Flat Rock, and Military trails. [ photo ] Ran into HAZ members Brian (SunRay), wife Judy, and good dog Kai on the Slate trail. :) They were hiking the same loop but CCW. I would end up seeing them again on the old Military Trail. They entered the trail system from the west whereas I came in through State Trust land from the southeast so the tails of our lassos were opposing.

When will it ever rain?

P.S. I got passed by a middle aged couple on the Quartz trail and the woman had on SO MUCH PERFUME it hung in the air for a quarter mile along the trail and it was STINKY! Please don't do that...and oh yeah, the boyfriend/husband called me "Chief". [-( ](*,)
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Nov 18 2020
Sun_Ray
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Slate Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 18 2020
Sun_Ray
Hiking5.42 Miles 526 AEG
Hiking5.42 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   2.90 mph
526 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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Judy and I are trying to hike together every Wednesday as her schedule is a lot busier than mine....her golf and hiking with a girlfriend so she can go a little faster. Started out on Slate Trail then Military, up Flat Rock transition to Quartz and Slate once again. Her pick. Ran in to Greg (LosDosSloFolks) for the second week in a row! Always nice to see him even if it’s for a brief chat.
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Nov 11 2020
Sun_Ray
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72 male
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Quartz Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2020
Sun_Ray
Hiking5.34 Miles 740 AEG
Hiking5.34 Miles   2 Hrs   23 Mns   2.89 mph
740 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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So nice to be able to start the hike a little later in the morning. It was 40* at my house at 5:30 AM but 53* when we got to the Slate Trail TH at around 8:30. We hiked Slate to the Quartz junction and turned left until we got to Flat Rock junction and went the half a mile down to the Military Trail junction and turned around. This mile gives the hike some added elevation. Continued on Quartz to the high point where you can look down on the Go John Trail. Retraced path, except for Flat Rock, back to the car.

Nice to see Greg sitting on a bench at the Quartz/Flat Rock junction. Whenever I hike in this area I'm thinking of him and keeping an eye out, so it was not a surprise when we got close and he said hi. Nice for Judy and him to meet. Not many large long hair black dogs out on the trail so from his high point bench stop he could see us coming for quite a ways.
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Nov 11 2020
LosDosSloFolks
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 Cave Creek, AZ
CCRP 6 Trail Loop, AZ 
CCRP 6 Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 11 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking7.01 Miles 827 AEG
Hiking7.01 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   2.94 mph
827 ft AEG      12 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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Same solo loop as 3 days ago [ photo ] but I retraced my steps and went CW instead. The gain seemed more difficult for me going this direction but my overall time was much faster. Maybe because I didn't bring a camera... :-k .

I'm trying to work on quickening my pace as I have a 12 miler coming up soon with a stronger HAZ hiker and I don't want to slow them down too badly. 8-[

I took my first break at the 4.5 mile mark near the high point of the Flat Rock Trail. I pulled out my Gatorade and when I looked back up a dear old friend was coming up the trail towards me. I had not seen him since we last hiked together to the 6L Ranch back in March. Since then he has undergone major surgery on his leg. Great to see him hiking again like nothing ever happened. :y: I had no camera with me so here he is back in March... [ photo ] .

That's right, it's Kai! He had his two pet humans with him, @Sun_Ray (Brian) and his wife Judy whom I had not yet met. Nice to meet you Judy, Kai has said nothing but nice things about you :) .

We spent a few minutes catching up then hiked down the Flat Rock where I turned off on the Military Trail to head back to the creek. Even when terribly dry, the desert up here is extremely beautiful.
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Nov 08 2020
LosDosSloFolks
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LosDosSloFolks
Hiking7.01 Miles 827 AEG
Hiking7.01 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   2.55 mph
827 ft AEG      10 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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Mrs. SloFolks is on a hiatus from hiking, so since I was alone I kept this one close to home. Nice little lasso loop starting at the P.A. Seitts trailhead using the Military, Flat Rock, Quartz, Go John, Jasper, and Slate Trails. Route shown in photoset. So nice to have cool temps at the start and throughout the hike.

Near the head of Go John Canyon I heard the sound of rattling antlers and 5 seconds later two mule deer bucks bound across the trail about 20 yards in front of me and continued to head butt and clank their antlers together. [ photo ] This is too early for the rut so I think these two were probably young buck siblings just practicing their machismo for next spring. They would stop and nibble then fight a little then stop and nibble. This went on until they finally smelled or saw me and then they took off like the wind.

Saw a few bikers and once on the Go John and Slate I had a "Dear Diary" moment...I actually passed other hikers. :o
This doesn't happen much and hasn't in some time, (I refer you to my HAZ name). I became very confused and disoriented at this prospect. For those of you that have hiked with me I swear this is the truth. The different groups I passed weren't even disabled or anything. :D The creek was dry on both crossings. I sure hope we get some rain tonight as projected. :pray:
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Oct 22 2020
tibber
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Over John Quartz Slate, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Oct 22 2020
tibber
Hiking7.40 Miles 1,034 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   2.92 mph
1,034 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Hikin' on a Thursday. Still just feels like a long vacation plus I have to work Mon-Wed next week while my replacement retrieves her car from the east coast.

The entrance has a most interesting card reader set up. Picked this clockwise loop to get in some miles. It was a little warmer than I expected. The Clay Mine Trail once you come off of Go John entrance, is tapped down very nicely than when I was on it last as it just barely been cut. I, of course, was looking forward to the shade of Overton as I hiked the western side of this loop. Encountered 5 people two dogs on this section. Introduced one of the hikers to lichen. As you near the top of Overton, I saw some of the burn area so took a few pictures. This part was still in the shade and it's when you get closer to Go John that you can really see more of the burn that swiped across this section. There were a couple really green plants here and there though.

On my way down Go John I encountered 3 more people and then another 3 at the junction with Clay. The 3 at the junction were looking at a map so I advised them about the loop I just did. However, they wanted to get back to Overton and I advised them on that but the one lady with them said, "no, that's not what we want", so I walked away. I continued on Go John to the bench as you get part way up the eastern hill (checked the temp as it seemed warm, it was 80) and then continued toward the Quartz Trail. I did encounter a very nicely dressed gentleman that looked like he should be hiking in the tropics. A+ for style as everything matched beautifully. :)

I took a break at the north Quartz saddle to take a couple bites of my granola bar; however, it had chocolate in it so it was melty and hard to eat. I headed down the Quartz and Slate only seeing one other soul on a bike. So this is what it's going to be like to hike on a weekday. Got back to Tonto Jr and realized I should have brot a beer to drink but I did go ahead and have a brew when I got home; it's just not the same as sitting at the TH. The only wildlife I saw today was a coyote on the drive in, a lizard and a squirrel. Oh, the 360 distant air was VERY smazy this morning; especially around Black Mountain area it seemed; sorry Greg and Cathy.

For my personal record - Watch numbers: 7.29 on miles in 2:36 avging 2.7 MPH and 130 bpm with a high of 155 bpm. I spent 40 minutes at max Heart Zone 5, an hour at Zone 4, an hour at Zone 3. Burned 1069 calories. Watch says it was 68 degrees and 23% humidity but google said it was 80 at 17% humidity.

So far this week I did a hike on Sunday, a hike on Monday and I went to gym class, Wed I went to a new gym class at a different gym, hike today and tomorrow I'll try a different gym and class again (I now belong to 3 gyms, I'd like to say Clubs but Denny calls me out on that :lol: .) Currently that's why my retirement is like: what am I going to do for exercise today?, which reminds me, I need to go book a class for tomorrow AM.
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Oct 06 2020
LosDosSloFolks
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 Cave Creek, AZ
CCRP 7 Trail Loop, AZ 
CCRP 7 Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 06 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking7.03 Miles 884 AEG
Hiking7.03 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   2.26 mph
884 ft AEG      20 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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6 am start. We linked seven trails in the Cave Creek Regional Park to make a loop. CCW route shown in photoset. Used the Military, Flat Rock, Quartz, Go John, Jasper, Slate, and Flume trails. It got very warm the last couple of miles. When will summer ever end? ](*,)

If cooler temps ever arrive I'd like to add the remainder of the Go John and the Overton trail to this loop to create an 11 mile "super loop" around the park.
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Sep 29 2020
LosDosSloFolks
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 Cave Creek, AZ
CCRP 4 Trail Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Sep 29 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking5.37 Miles 570 AEG
Hiking5.37 Miles   2 Hrs   31 Mns   2.32 mph
570 ft AEG      12 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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A hike we like that is close to home to get in a few miles. CCW lasso loop starting at the P.A. Seitts Trailhead using the Military, Flat Rock, Quartz, and Slate trails. Route shown in photoset. We were planning on a 7 mile loop bringing the Go John Trail into the mix but the smokey air and a last minute dentist appointment nixed that.

On the way in to the State Land Trust we were greeted by a young Diamondback Rattlesnake in the trail. It was still dark but I heard him and got a photo. Afterward we assisted him off the trail.

The creek was not running but everything was green and pretty aside from the dead Stinknet that seemed to be everywhere on the east side of the creek. On the return part of the lasso we visited the rock Cathy tripped over earlier this month so she could make peace with it. [ photo ] It is now known as "smash face rock".
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Sep 09 2020
LosDosSloFolks
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 Cave Creek, AZ
CCRP 4 Trail Loop, AZ 
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LosDosSloFolks
Hiking5.37 Miles 570 AEG
Hiking5.37 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   2.60 mph
570 ft AEG      5 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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Nice little lasso loop trail in the Cave Creek Regional Park but starting from the P.A. Seitts Trailhead. State Land Trust permit required to enter from the east side like this. Route shown in photoset. Solo hike this morning as Mrs. SloFolks is still recovering from her fall on this same trail last week. Turns out she has a hairline fracture on the left side of her face.

A marvelous 57 degrees at the start. Temps briefly dropped to downright chilly when I crossed Cave Creek but then the giant orb started to do it's thing! Nice breeze for the duration of the hike. :y:

Saw several mountain bikers, and one couple with a dog who was not a good boy. :( Total nutcase German Shorthair Pointer. Nice to feel these cooler temps without the 2 hour drive.
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May 19 2020
LosDosSloFolks
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 Cave Creek, AZ
East Desert Fire Lasso Loop, AZ 
East Desert Fire Lasso Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 19 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking6.50 Miles 810 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   2 Mns   2.20 mph
810 ft AEG      5 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
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Went out not only for some exercise but to also scope out the extent of the damage caused by the "East Desert" fire near our home. We started at 5am from the P.A. Seitts Trailhead and after crossing the creek (still flowing!) we entered the Cave Creek Regional Park through permit only State Trust Land.

We decided that a CCW loop using the Military, Flat Rock, Quartz, Go John, and Slate trails would give us some good vantage points of the burn. Good news to report...the entire southern 2/3 of the park is untouched by the fire. As we approached the northern section of Go John loop we could smell the fire. The footprint of the 50% contained fire shown on the incident report shows the northern section of the Go John Trail was taken by the fire. [ photo ] By the time we were getting close enough for some photos a helicopter did several passes over our heads. I'm not super-smart, but I can take a hint. We backtracked back down to the Quartz trail to take to the Slate and then completed the loop.

I sure hope no long lasting damage was done to the northern section of the park and the Go John Trail. That section of the Go John is my favorite even with the encroachment of development from the north. I'll have to wait until the fire crews have left to get in closer to really see the extent of the burn. Stay tuned!
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 Sunnyslope, PHX
Overton Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2020
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Hiking7.88 Miles 959 AEG
Hiking7.88 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   2.81 mph
959 ft AEG
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I’m not concerned about coronavirus 🦇🍜, so much as I am being able to find things open if I travel for an “away” hike. For instance, a trip to the Mogollon Rim will probably require refueling, and it would be nice after eating gorp all day to get some more substantial hiking food on the return home, while rehydrating with a few cold beers. (Especially since National Beer Day is Tuesday!) 🍻

So, I headed off to CCRP. It was still an hour drive.

I purposefully left my hiking poles behind after not using them last week at Granite Mountain - MSP. They are missing the tips anyway. I guess I like to maximize ROI. 😁

I hiked clockwise, Overton Trail, Go John Trail, Quartz Trail and Slate Trail. Much of Overton was in shadow at 8:00 a.m.

The strawberry hedgehog were in full bloom, but I saw not a single other cactus flower. Not even a cholla bloom, like I had in my backyard a few days earlier. That was a bummer, as cacti have the most beautiful flowers. 🤗

Go John Trail was the only segment of my loop where I saw no other people. Plenty of “social distance” as it were.

I started encountering people again on Quartz Trail. Due to Sino Sinus Syphilis, most kept a distance when I passed them, some even going so far as to stop and turn their backs to me. 🙄

Hike Video: https://vimeo.com/470771317
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The hillsides surrounding the trailhead were golden with brittlebush (not globe chamomile). Lots of lupine. Strawberry hedgehog in full bloom. No other cactus flowers. Also spotted desert wishbone bush, desert globemallow, Mexican gold poppy, filaree, owl clover, globe chamomile (aka stinknet), scorpion weed, desert chicory, California goldfields, flat top buckwheat, barestem larkspur, plus others.
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Mar 21 2020
tibber
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Slate Quartz GoJohn, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Mar 21 2020
tibber
Hiking7.45 Miles 1,247 AEG
Hiking7.45 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   2.71 mph
1,247 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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4-3-2020 Saturday as I am posting this late. I thot the parking lot might be full but not even close. Still on the hunt for wildflowers, this trail usually never lets me down; until today.

Nonetheless, it’s a nice little hike that started out with a rattle. Shortly down the trail some teenage girls said there was a rattler on the trail. When I asked “where”, they said “right there”. Well I looked and couldn’t see until I saw. I walked toward it a bit and it rattled ferociously; so, I decided to shoot it… with my camera. I only took a video since it was so noisy. I politely asked the snake to move and could see that wasn’t going to happen so I went around it to the right and told the girls to follow me. I threw a few rocks in the area to the upper side of the snake and then guided them through. They were truly scared as they thanked me profusely.

As other hikers approached, I warned of the rattler and needless to say, once again, I stayed to the middle of the trail. You see, at the ranch I would have killed it thus there would be no fear. But those were different days and I think even now if I had the option, I would pass.

So off I went down Jasper to Slate Trail. It was a pretty day out :DANCE: . The trail is so nice as are the views. I only encountered about 4 people before I turned on to Quartz Trail where I encountered about 4 people as well. The quartz area is always pretty cool to see and now I was also seeing more wildflowers including smatterings of poppies. This trail gradually goes up as it snakes around the hillsides. I was surprised that the hillsides didn’t have more Brittlebush blooming as there was so much of it.

I finally reach the junction with the Go John and headed east. I would see limited smatterings of wildflowers and lots of globe chamomile. That’s when it dawned on me that maybe all that chamomile (stinknet) didn’t leave any room for other wildflowers to sprout up as in past years. I could be wrong. It was still very green and with the blooming Brittlebush scattered about it would get my attention from time to time. On this side of the trail I think I encountered about 4 hikers as well. Heading around the hill there is this one area that usually has some delphinium but not today.

I always like the view coming off the hill to the back (north) side of this route. The wildflowers were almost nada this whole side. There is another area before you go in to cross a wash that usually has poppies but NOTHING today :( . I decided I would rest a bit at the bench before heading up the hill. While there I saw some bike riders coming and they also decided to rest so I waited for them before I proceeded. Fortunately, they didn’t dawdle too long.

This is really a great hill as the grade is so nice and so is the trail. And there were at least a few more wildflowers that got my attention from time to time. Still, not to the levels I am used to. Probably encountered half-dozen people on the hill. If it had been earlier in the afternoon, I would have taken Overton but I was starting to get hungry and it would be about 5:15 by the time I finished.
Going down the hill to the trailhead you get the Brittlebush-lined trail and other spurts of flowers including Scorpionweed. Once toward the bottom, there are a few nice areas of poppies and lupine so that was a nice way to end the hike :) . There were still people heading up the trail.

This time I brot my Huckleberry Beer with me so I popped it open and sat in the back of Tonto for a spell. Sure was a good beer. I’m down to about 9 now unless my Montana cousins picked some up for me before they were all out for good.

Three videos today, the first has a little rattler action:
Part 1 - [ youtube video ] (Jasper, Slate, Quartz)
Part 2 - [ youtube video ] (Quartz, Go John)
Part 3 - [ youtube video ] (Go John)
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Mar 20 2020
Sun_Ray
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72 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Quartz Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2020
Sun_Ray
Hiking5.38 Miles 601 AEG
Hiking5.38 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   2.46 mph
601 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to burn off some stress. We got off the trail when we could to keep our 6 feet of separation. Need to start earlier than 9:30 as most of the people we saw were in the last hour of our hike....I like it to warm up a bit before we get started. Brittlebush is about 90% out. See Route Scout for our route.
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Some poppies but mostly Brittlebush.
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Feb 28 2020
Sun_Ray
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 Scottsdale, AZ
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Sun_Ray
Hiking5.32 Miles 601 AEG
Hiking5.32 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.64 mph
601 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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Just me today. Fairly warm but overcast so no need for sunglasses. Slate Trail-Quartz-out and back on Flat Rock, to high point on Quartz them returned.
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Jan 23 2020
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Quartz Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 23 2020
Sun_Ray
Hiking3.87 Miles 463 AEG
Hiking3.87 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.58 mph
463 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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With Judy and Kai. 9 AM start, 51 degrees. Go John, Quartz, Slate, Jasper, Go John.

AVE HR: 99
HIGH HR: 131
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Jan 11 2020
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Slummin' with the SloFolks, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jan 11 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking9.10 Miles 1,150 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   2.23 mph
1,150 ft AEG      15 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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1st trip
We met HAZ member Tibber for the first time at the New Years Topper hike to Bart Benchmark. We casually mentioned we had some little used trails that entered into the CCRP trail complex and that she should come up and hike with us sometime. We never expected she would actually take us up on it. :scared: Maybe her sense of adventure is piqued by 'slumming' with the new (and slower) HAZ members. :-k

Anyway, mid morning start from the "secret" Surrey Hills Trailhead in Cave Creek for the girls while I drove to the P.A. Seitts trailhead which would be our exit point later in the day. Route shown in photoset. I hiked in and met them on the far eastern end of the Slate Trail. We did a quick climb up the Louis Menk Overlook Trail and then north to see the old Cave Creek cemetery where over 30 original settlers are still interred.

After rock hopping across the creek we took the Military Trail up through Go John Canyon, then over to the Quartz Trail using the new Flat Rock connector. We opted to loop around back to the Slate using the Go John to add some distance and AEG. My GPS had us at 9.1 miles but Tibber's Route Scout showed 8.2 so I'm going with that. Speaking of Route Scout, Joe's @joebartels app on Angela's phone scared the bejeezus out of me. Every mile this thing makes a different noise and then tells you pertinent info regarding your hike. I've never heard this thing before but the time I did today it made a rattlesnake noise that almost made me soil myself. At least I didn't scream.

We saw some nice looking horses on the trail along with a few hikers and mountain bikers. For a weekend I thought it would be busier. After the hike we went to Tonto Bar and Grill for a late lunch and some adult beverages. No photos, but it was G-O-O-D tasty! Thanks for joining us Angela...HAZ rocks!
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Jan 11 2020
tibber
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Slummin' with the SloFolks, AZ 
Slummin' with the SloFolks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 11 2020
tibber
Hiking8.28 Miles 684 AEG
Hiking8.28 Miles   4 Hrs   24 Mns   2.03 mph
684 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Got a chance to slum with Greg and Cathy to check out their unique way of getting to the GoJohn area of Cave Creek. I met them at their house, got a short tour (what a great house and location with Black Mountain as your backyard) and then loaded up in their ride. Greg dropped us below a little hill across Cave Creek Rd (Surrey Hills TH) that we would hike from and he would meet us coming off of the P.A. Seitts trailhead. This was all new to me so I was excited to see their route. Sadly they are building a lot of modern houses at the start of this multi-trail TH.

We headed west and hooked up with Greg not too far from the eastern part of the Slate Trail (I had no idea it came clear over here). Our first detour was the Louis Menk Overlook that is a little hill where the trail loops you around for some very nice 360 views and includes a couple benches. The view east is of the Surrey Hills, to the north is Spur Cross, to the west CCRP and south is the cityscape in the far distance.

Our next detour would be to the old Cave Creek Cemetery grounds. There is a marker there with a tall saguaro behind it. It's a very flat and somewhat less brushy area. There is an old telephone line nearby. We commented about being able to call home or some such thing.

We went back to the Slate Trail and took it to cross the creek. They said the creek was way down but you can see how high it was with the debris caught in the dilapidated Salt Cedar bushes. Once across the creek is the start of the loop and we headed NE near the river on the unmarked Military Trail. Greg shared with me some of the history of the area in regard to the route the military on horseback took via the wagons which would have to go around this area rather than thru it. Before we turned to the NW, we looked back at the remaining color on the trees along Cave Creek and at a couple greens of the Rancho Manana Golfcourse as well as their palm trees. Greg tells me it is the 5th green that we can see so well on the side of a hill.

The trail is very nice as we continued on our way. I noticed some stacked rocks that looked like it might have been from an old mine. They had not seen that before so we went and investigated. It was obviously filled in where the adit might have been. A little further down the trail you can see a new house going up to the north which totally spoils the view of course; such a shame. I see there is also another house out there altho you couldn't see it that well from the trail.

Eventually we continued up the long hill to reach the junction with the Quartz Trail where we took a break. We also encountered a bike rider here and two horseback riders. Next up would be to hike north to hook up with the GoJohn Trail as our goal today was 7-8 miles. We noticed a lot of brittlebush ground cover on the mountain as we hiked on its side over to GoJohn. We ran into a few more hikers before we reached the GoJohn.

On the GoJohn Trail, it wasn't too busy as we headed up and down the hill to the junction with the Jaspar Trail. Along the way we noticed some pretty-colored rockery and also caught a cactus wren going off rather loudly. I filmed it and Cathy commented they sound like a car having trouble getting started. Finally the wren quit yelling as her mate finally joined on the top of the saguaro.

Meanwhile, Greg was waiting for us at the Jaspar Trail which we used to join up with the Quartz/Slate Trail as we would swing back to the east. The Quartz/Slate Trail has some nice cactus along the way and we encountered a hiker we had seen earlier who was looping the other way. We passed by the intersection with the Quartz Trail and just a tad later the Flume Trail and continued on the Slate Trail which was covered for much of the way in Greg's favorite PHYLLITE. It is such fascinating material and when you're with the King of Phyllite, it gets noticed and appreciated much more.

Along this part of the Slate Trail there is a nice stance of saguaros right next to the trail and of course, on the hillsides. Eventually the Slate takes you back to the junction to where you started the loop just before crossing Cave Creek. Once again, it was amazing to see how high and wide the debris had gotten. And now at this point, I'm hiking for a TontoRita which Greg had told me about a few miles back. We take the exit off the Slate Trail to the PA Seitts TH on E Cloud Road.

After a quick stop at their house to change shoes/shirts we headed to Tonto Grill. Luckily we got a good table inside the bar and it was 25% off so even better. And yes, the TontoRita lived up to its name.Thank you for the company, hike and dinner; can't get much better than that. We walked over to the Half Way House to check it out. Greg recommends and you can sit and watch the golfers tee off. We finished off the day with coffee at their very nice abode before they finally sent me on my way home.

PS. On behalf of all of us hikers, thx to these two for helping to pay the taxes for many years to buy a lot of this preserve. It certainly was a worthwhile cause.

Here are two videos from our journey around Cave Creek Recreation Park and past its east boundary. All of the music is provided by HAZ's LosDosSloFolks:

Video 1 from Surrey Hills via Slate to Quartz junction:
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Video 2 from Quartz junction to Go John to Jaspar and on Slate... if it would ever upload. It's failed three times which is frustrating because then I have to figure out where the glitch is. ](*,) 1-19-2020 after a couple different tries, we now have success [ youtube video ]
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brittlebush ground cover.
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Nov 30 2019
Sun_Ray
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72 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Quartz Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2019
Sun_Ray
Hiking3.66 Miles 434 AEG
Hiking3.66 Miles   1 Hour   27 Mns   2.61 mph
434 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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8:45 AM start with Judy and Kai. Started off cool but warmed up fast. Great way to start the day!
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Nov 13 2019
LosDosSloFolks
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65 male
 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, AZ
CCRP 7 Trail Loop, AZ 
CCRP 7 Trail Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2019
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking7.11 Miles 970 AEG
Hiking7.11 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.25 mph
970 ft AEG      20 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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This was just a workout hike but we made the loop a little larger and took a few photos so I thought we might as well post a log.

We started at the P.A. Seitts Trailhead and did a CCW loop using the Military, Flat Rock, Quartz, Go John, Jasper, Slate, and Flume trails returning us back to the trailhead. The batteries died in my GPS so I don't have the route to post, but those of you familiar with the park will know the loop. Next time we plan on adding the northern section of the Go John and the Overton into the mix which should make the loop about 12 miles. Need a cooler day for that though. We were freezing at the start today, but as soon as the sun came over Black Mountain it got almost too warm.
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