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Cactus Wren Trail - Sonoran Preserve - 18 members in 55 triplogs have rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Apr 07 2021
tibber
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Union Peak Loop plus, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Apr 07 2021
tibber
Hiking7.49 Miles 1,097 AEG
Hiking7.49 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   2.96 mph
1,097 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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continuing on my owl check-up I decided to hike in the Phoenix Sonoran South Preserve. I headed up the Hawk's Nest Trail and caught some photos of two owlets and their mom, and then finally the third raised up so I got the family portrait. There were two other photographers there as well as a few other bystanders.

I could have stayed longer as I also took some movies but I still needed to get my hike in before it warmed up. So I headed up the hill and turned east to hook up with the Valle Vista Trail, Cactus Wren, Great Horned and then UP. Kept my eye out for snakes as it's certainly the season. As I was on the side of Union the lizards really came out and I actually got a few pics. I also saw a couple small patches of Stinknet :( . I got up the peak pretty well and then came right back down and headed to the TH via Great Horned, Valle Vista and Desert Tortoise. At the junction with the Hawk's Nest Trail I went back up to check out the owls again and got a few pictures and a great movie of the eldest moving around in the nest.

I saw lots of lizards today, 2 blooming hedgehogs and some blooming creosote. I also saw several Desert Senna along the Cactus Wren Trail. I'm thinking I may have seen a dozen bikers and dozen hikers which isn't that many for this area. Altho I don't think many hike that northeast section of the Preserve.

Here is the 3 minute owl video that includes some more pictures of the owls. The end clip is rather interesting as the older owlet attempts to reposition.
[ youtube video ] Oh, the music I picked is called "Learn to Fly" but it was purely by accident that was the title.
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Jan 04 2021
Sun_Ray
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72 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Cactus Wren Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2021
Sun_Ray
Hiking7.73 Miles 807 AEG
Hiking7.73 Miles   3 Hrs   21 Mns   2.62 mph
807 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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With 16 years of hiking and recording on HAZ it’s really getting difficult for me to select a local hike as I’m burned out on most. It’s been a few years since if hiked out of the Phoenix Preserve Desert Vista TH. Here’s what Kai and I did this morning. Hawk’s Nest :next: Valle Verde :next: Cactus Wren CW :next: Great Horned Owl :next: Valle Verde :next: Desert Tortoise :next: Hawks Nest. Not a lot of traffic this morning with a 8:30 start and several long distance vista views. Plus it’s only 24 minutes from my house. I’ll be back soon.
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Nov 13 2020
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Union-Dixie-Western Vista, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Nov 13 2020
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Hiking11.32 Miles 1,894 AEG
Hiking11.32 Miles   4 Hrs   54 Mns   2.41 mph
1,894 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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Met up with Angela at the Desert Vista TH just after 0800 and we got started. Cool, but no breeze. We headed over to Union Peak first. Hazy views to the east and southeast.

From there, we looped around and headed over towards Dixie Mtn. I was surprised to see several areas with mining evidence along Cactus Wren Trail. Definitely getting warm by the time we reached the turnoff for Dixie Summit. I headed up there real quick, then we continued along the loop. Angela talked me into heading over Western Vista as well.

We headed up Western Vista, which at least had a mild breeze. From there, we finished out the loop back to the trailhead. Angela kindly brought refreshments (thank you!), so we relaxed for a few minutes before heading out. Good to see Angela again, and great conversation. A handful of people on the trails, almost nothing in the way of wildlife.
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve Loop Union, AZ 
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve Loop Union, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2020
tibber
Hiking10.93 Miles 1,708 AEG
Hiking10.93 Miles   4 Hrs   54 Mns   2.48 mph
1,708 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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I saw that Linda had been hiking up in my area a couple weeks ago so suggested if she comes up this way again, we could hike together. And then, she took me up on it and I thot "what was I thinking" cuz I'll never be able to keep up with her let alone bag some peaks ](*,) . She assured me, however, that this would be a talking hike.

We had planned for a week ago but the temps were too hot so we arranged to meet this AM at the TH. I took along my trekking poles to help with the uphill. Surprisingly Linda kept the perfect pace for our climb up Union Peak and I was able to keep up. Quite a bit of haze to the east for our short visit at the top. On the way down we had the option to continue on the Cactus Wren so we went that way. The last I had been on this whole trail was in Jan 2014. But before we got to the bottom we were both surprised to see so much cholla on this side of the mountain and what appeared to be an old road that goes straight up that mountain... to do what?

We both enjoyed the Cactus Wren Trail; especially when we saw some sort of what looks like mining activity that must have taken place back in the day. We explored around this area by what appears to be an old road and noticed similar activity to the west of here on both sides of the trail.
https://sonoraninstitute.org/files/pdf/ ... 312012.pdf USGS Porphyry Tracts Copper, Lead, Zinc Occurrence STUDY. I also found this https://www.phoenix.gov/parkssite/Docum ... 8_Plan.pdf that is pretty interesting actually. It covers the whole valley! One of the things I picked up was: desert restoration is more costly than preservation since natural processes alone take decades to reestablish flora and fauna. Tests done at the Desert Experimental Range in Utah indicate that once damaged, desert plants may take 30 years to improve from poor to good condition and some species never recover (Ginsberg 1976)
But now after all that Rx, I found this on HAZ [ Triplog ] , check out the trip report and I think that explains it and maybe some of the other things Linda and I observed along this part of the hike. However, LINDA, you shouldn't probably watch the videos since you're not fond of flying. The area where the aircraft landed starts around the 20 minute video in the second video. I found this as well: http://www.arizonawrecks.com/wrecksfrom ... alley.html

Next up was Dixie Peak for Linda and a break for me; just didn't have it to get up there too. And since this was really Linda's hike I suggested we do Western Vista; I felt I should be able to do that one. Along the way I noticed some trail work had been done to provide for the coming rain to keep the water draining off the trail; would be nice to see it tested out. I climbed 1/2 way up Western Vista and waited at the saddle for Linda to top it off.

From there it was down from Cholla Saddle, the second area where we observed many cholla for the day, and alongside the wash and then up the last long hill to join up with Hawk's Nest and finish off our day... a little longer than I think we anticipated. Linda set a good pace for me and it ends up being my longest hike and AEG of the year... surprised? me neither :lol:

Linda agreed to help me drink my Pecan Pie Ale from AZ Wilderness Brewery and then we parted ways.

WATCH: 10.52 miles in 4:53:23 at 2.1 MPH (lowest elev 1586, highest 2227) 129 avg bpm, max 166 bpm (1:26 in Zone 5, 1:23 in Zone 4, 1:27 in Zone 3, 21 min Zone 2) Burned 1855 calories. 51.7 degrees (that can't be right) at 1PM with 35% humidity
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Jul 19 2020
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PSPS Loop, AZ 
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Nightstalker
Mtn Biking7.80 Miles 868 AEG
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The threat of thunderstorms didn't keep Carey and I off the bikes this morning. First time riding at Phoenix Sonoran Preserve out of Desert Vista trailhead. Great sunrise views and tasty flowy trails made it worth the early morning trip.
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 Phoenix, AZ
Desert - Union - Dixie Mountain Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar May 23 2020
tibber
Hiking9.02 Miles 1,437 AEG
Hiking9.02 Miles   3 Hrs   51 Mns   2.49 mph
1,437 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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from yesterday's triplog:
"if at first you don't succeed" and "get back on the horse" hike tomorrow
I'm happy to report: Mission Accomplished and happily.

I got up 15 minutes earlier than last Saturday. The humidity would start about 8 pts less than last weekend. I wore my regular backpack and hiking boots, and tried my additional hat from https://www.outdoorstribe.com/products/foldable-sun-hat (so far a real winner thus I ordered again). The temps started in the low 70s at 6:30AM and a great breeze!

My hike started off with a bunny rabbit which was pretty cool since I saw two at the end of last evening's hike. It really is a beautiful desert here; especially as you get away from the houses. I started off on the Desert Tortoise to the intersection that I took west last time. This time the conditions were much nicer so I had no doubt about doing Union Peak (eastish). I did have to backtrack twice on the trail as I hadn't done this since 2014.

The only thing that threw me off was the C (Cactus Wren) Trail that split in two and I seemed to recall going south was the appropriate choice here and it was. You are on the Valle Verde and Cactus Wren at the same time as I think maybe the Cactus Wren does some kind of 1/2 circle. Altho looking at the Park Map, it doesn't show overlap. https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mi ... 01113&z=14

I hit the rise and then the Gt Horned Owl splits off to the east toward Union Peak. This is what I call the ramp that takes you to the Union Peak junction. You gain some elevation here before taking the turn up Union. The elevation continues to gain and just when I thot I was close to the top I came to a corner and realized, nope, not yet as I hiked around to the other side of the mountain and finally made the ridge part of the hike that takes you up and down a few times. Finally, success. I sat down and had a snack and enjoyed the views around me and there was only me on this mountain top. I spotted things here and there including the dam I can see from the floor of the North Phx Sonoran Preserve [ photo ] .

Back down I went heading back over to the Dixie Mountain Loop. I was surprised how many pictures I took :stop: on the way but those blooming saguaros are really something. Oh, and I saw a little bunny as well as all sizes of lizards; all of them too fast for photos. There is one section along the Valle Verde that has a great stance of large and fat saguaros. Of course, once I got down to the desert floor the population of people picked up (hikers and bikers). And before you knew it, I was on the Dixie Mountain Loop which gradually rises as you hike in a counter-clockwise direction.

I reached the saddle where you can hike to Dixie Peak, but not today. I opted for a snack here before pressing on to the staying on the "getting back on the horse part" of the hike for me. I had tripped several times previously already so I tried to pay extra attention; but you know how that goes. However, I hiked past the "Tib berrr" area and stayed upright for the rest of the hike. I didn't run into too many folks as I made my way around the north and west side. I gave thot to doing the Western Vista summit but I was already late for my 9:45AM beer so the beer won out; especially cuz it's one of six that I have left.

As always, I enjoyed the Teddy Cholla saddle area before completing the western part of the hike. And now to complete the hill which wasn't too bad especially as there was a light breeze. Just before Hawk Nest Trail, this one hiker walked by with his eyes straight ahead; he wasn't going to acknowledge me let alone say hello so I laughed and may have said something else under my breath. For the most part today, the hellos were unabashed. I did see a few hikers with masks again...I'm sorry, I just don't get it but whatever.

And now to get down that Hawks Nest Trail to Tonto Jr. to celebrate :y: . Kelly, I have a great idea for a hike for next fall. Let's do the high points of the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve. We can do this side in the morning (3 peaks), have lunch and do the North Preserve after (2 peaks). It's not much for you but I think it would be fun; well not exactly fun but a worthy task.

While I was enjoying my huckleberry lager, though 45 mins late, a returning hiker started his mini-van remotely before he arrived. I hope that feature comes with Tonto III in Sept. Anyway, he is from WI and moved to AZ in 2003. He likes it here as well. He was familiar a bit with MT so we talked about that for a moment. I like this having a beer in the parking lot as the last two times I've had some good conversation.

I put together a slideshow video with music by LosDosSloFolks. The video has a few more pictures including of the blooming saguaros: [ youtube video ]
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blooming saguaros, lavender, teddy cholla, buckthorn cholla, desert foothill palo verde, southwest barrel, one ratany but I'm sure there was more, creosote with puff balls
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Apr 11 2020
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 Goodyear, AZ
Union Peak Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Apr 11 2020
Nightstalker
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,240 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   2.61 mph
1,240 ft AEG      44 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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Was planning on hiking Governor's Peak today, but it was raining pretty good over by Lake Pleasant and the outlook didn't appear to be improving any time soon so we headed to Desert Vista to hike PSP. Got to the parking lot about 6:30 and it was already 30% full. Didn't run into too many other preserve users until we made our way back to Dixie Mountain Loop. Then it was a steady stream. Owl's were perky and ready to pose for some pictures. Parking lot 100% full upon return with a number of cars circling waiting for a space to open. Park ranger was passing through the lot and stationed at the entrance gate.
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 Phoenix,Az
Cactus Wren Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
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Hiking6.18 Miles 114 AEG
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After work jog. Got to the TH around 4 pm and found it close to capacity. :o Typically see 4-5 people on a busy day. Today I saw close to 80 as I did my lasso. Crazy! Went in on Hawk, then Tortoise, then Vista to get to the Cactus Wren. Then took the shorter leg of the Owl back to the Vista. Then retraced my steps to get back to the TH. Had a runner in front of me at the end who I tried to keep pace with. Never gained any ground, but my time was better because of it. Weather was great again. No wildlife except for 1 brave rabbit. Who can blame the wildlife with the city coming to the trails!
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 Sunnyslope, PHX
Hawk's Nest Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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kingsnake
Hiking7.59 Miles 995 AEG
Hiking7.59 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   2.54 mph
995 ft AEG
 
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I hiked a spastic looking figure-8 that included seven trails. If you want to follow my route, see the attached route. Or you could just wing it: With all the signage in Phoenix’s city parks, you have to try to get lost. (That said, the day before a rescue chopper was airlifting some doofus off North Mountain, across from my office window.) 🤪

All the trails were in great shape!

Brittlebush predominated — as they have for the past month throughout Phoenix — but there were also some lupine along Hawk's Nest Trail.

The flowers along this short section of Dixie Mountain Loop included desert chicory, blue dick, lupine and brittlebush.

While Hawk’s Nest Trail and Dixie Mountain Loop existed when I first hiked the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve [ photoset ] , the next five trails were either under construction or in the planning stages.

The flowers along Valle Verde Trail included lupine, globe chamomile, blue dick, fiddleneck, owl clover, scorpionweed and lots of Mexican gold poppy.

Cactus Wren Trail is also rated moderate, but other than a few wash crossings was also flat. It should be rated easy. I continued to find Mexican gold poppy and scorpionweed, while the owl clover and lupine density increased. I took some really nice photos with multiple flower species mixed tightly together. 📸

Cactus Wren Trail is where I had my first rattlesnake encounter of the spring: A small, maybe 30″, western diamondback with indistinct diamonds. A retired couple, completely unaware, were resting in the shade a few yards away. That’s the thing about rattlesnakes: They are all around you, all the time, you just never realize it because they don’t feel threatened enough to make you aware of their presence.

As elsewhere throughout the Sonoran Desert Preserve, there is very little shade on Great Horned Owl Trail. I tried to make myself small under a palo verde while I swapped out water bottles.

I was tired enough I wasn’t sure I wanted to even try Union Peak Trail, but I made it. 👍

South past Deer Valley Airport, I could clearly see Camelback Mountain, Piestewa Peak, North Mountain and Shaw Butte. The only summit flowers were the sole desert globemallow of the day.

After an extended break on Union Peak, including a hiking beer — Hofbräu Dunkel — I headed back down to the saddle, then west on Great Horned Owl Trail, where I found large, dense patches of Mexican gold poppy.

On Desert Tortoise Trail, I was in no mood to take pictures or even much notice what kinds of flowers it had, other than the ubiquitous brittlebush. (Besides the climb up Union Peak, I was under-watered for higher than expected temperatures.)

Hike Video: https://vimeo.com/470979008
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Nov 07 2019
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Great Horned Owl Double Lollipop Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Nov 07 2019
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Hiking7.91 Miles 1,140 AEG
Hiking7.91 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.64 mph
1,140 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Beautiful day for a hike, about 80 degrees. The hike combines Hawk’s Nest/Valle Verde/Great Horned Owl/Union Peak/Desert Tortoise to form a double lollipop loop.

The trail allows hikers an opportunity to stretch their legs. We easily hiked at about 2.7 miles per hour. The hike starts with a farily aggresive up hill climb, but soon levels out, with some mild hills. Union Peak is the hardest with about a 265 foot climb. However, since the climb is in about .44 miles it's steep.

The trail is easy to follow, but hikers should have a map since a wrong turn at any juctions could cause problems.
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Run/Jog6.20 Miles 114 AEG
Run/Jog6.20 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   4.96 mph
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After work jog. Did a lasso. In on the Hawk Nest, Desert Tortoise, Valley Vista and then a clockwise loop on the Cactus Wren and the northern leg of the Great Horn Owl. And then back on the Valley, Tortoise and Hawk. Trails were in good shape. Nice loop to run on. Not overly rocky, with a little elevation change to get the heart pumping. Saw 1 chipmunk and that was it. No one on the trails, though I did see people coming and going at the TH. Temps were nice at 103. Minimal breeze. When it came it was nice :) . Slower than last time...another year older and a little heavier....
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Jun 24 2018
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Great Horned Owl Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
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ihikeaz
Hiking7.30 Miles 463 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   2 Hrs   46 Mns   2.81 mph
463 ft AEG      10 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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First time hiking this trail. Once you get away from west and southern sections where it is mainly views of homes, this is a nice hike. Views to the east are excellent. Parked at the Sonoran Desert Trailhead and used the connector trails to get to this trail. Started early to avoid the heat. Only a few people on the trail. Did not see any owls although I thought I heard one. Maybe the mind playing tricks.
Didn't hike to the peak, so I'll have to do that another day. 8)
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Jun 16 2018
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Nightstalker
Hiking7.03 Miles 1,170 AEG
Hiking7.03 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.67 mph
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Led a 21 person meetup hike this morning. Had a sprinkle here and there. Love this loop.
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Run/Jog6.15 Miles 114 AEG
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After work run. Started from the Valley Vista TH. In on the Hawk Nest - Desert Tortoise - Valley Verde - and then clockwise on the Cactus Wren. Then took the northern segment of the Great Horned Owl back to the Verde Valley from which I retraced my track back to the TH. Nothing too exciting. Saw a couple of lizards and that was about it. Weather was perfect today. It was suppose to be 95, but it felt like 80 with the high clouds and breeze. Did this exact same run 2 years ago, with the same time :(
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Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
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cw50must
Mtn Biking10.80 Miles 1,296 AEG
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I've ridden here once before, but never did this route. Had a nice figure 8 set up including cactus wren and great horned owl, linked to the Dixie Mountain loop, and some connectors in there. As like most trails in the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, the trails are in great shape.
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Oct 28 2017
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Hiking8.30 Miles 463 AEG
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Union Peak Loop - PSP - Phoenix, AZ 
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tdwood
Hiking8.34 Miles 802 AEG
Hiking8.34 Miles   3 Hrs   46 Mns   2.43 mph
802 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Perfect day for this hike. Light cloud cover kept the sun intensity down. A couple of critical junctions are not signed and have been noted on the route I created. Saw very light traffic on this weekday morning.
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Apr 29 2017
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knmurphy
Hiking7.00 Miles 813 AEG
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knmurphy
Hiking6.26 Miles 569 AEG
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569 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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Very nice out there right now.
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Wildflowers Observation Extreme
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Dec 30 2016
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37 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Great Horned Owl Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2016
jochal
Hiking10.70 Miles 1,327 AEG
Hiking10.70 Miles
1,327 ft AEG
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1st trip
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average hiking speed 2.64 mph
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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