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Great Horned Owl Trail - Sonoran Preserve - 23 members in 80 triplogs have rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jan 17 2021
tibber
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Union Peak-Great Horned Owl Plus, AZ 
Union Peak-Great Horned Owl Plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2021
tibber
Hiking8.21 Miles 1,280 AEG
Hiking8.21 Miles   3 Hrs      3.00 mph
1,280 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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The parking lot was almost full to the brim so I got there just in time. For today's hike I had two options and I went for the easier by doing Union Peak toward the beginning of the hike.

I started on the Hawk's Nest Trail which is always a good way to get the heart pumped and ready. I hung a right (east) on the Dixie Mountain Loop and continued until the junction with Valle Verde. It was pretty how the sunlight backlit the cholla and the views were very clear to the east as well. I hooked up with the GO (Great Horned Owl Trail) which slowly goes up to the junction with UP (Union Peak Trail) so the peak isn't quite as tall.

I made pretty good time, it does have just a few very short steep sections just before you hit the ridge. I was abruptly stopped from getting to the actual peak as there were a couple SOTA ham radio operators doing their thing. One of them, a police captain (works for IA at the police precinct in the historic district) took time to talk to me and explained some of what was going on and who they had been talking to; including all the way to Japan and France. He used some technical terms relative to the atmosphere and how the waves travel. It was quite interesting and I actually understood it :) . I told him we had a HAZer that used to be active on our site that was a SOTA guy.

But now it was time to get back down the mountain and continue on my new venture to hike the GO (Great Horned Owl Trail) that circles Union Peak. I had not yet hiked the whole GO. Just as I headed south I heard a commotion of birds. They were having quite the conversation so I filmed about 30 seconds of it [ youtube video ] . From here the trail goes up and down a little as you circle the south side. It gets a little too close to the city before turning north to join back up with east/west traverse. There were a couple bike riders that I would have to pass three times and vis versa, so that was a little annoying.

I finished off via the Desert Tortoise Trail. It was a pretty busy day with lots of hikers that mostly stepped aside for me despite them having the right of way most of the time. The trail is a nice one really; can't complain as it's wide and mostly clear for a lot of the hike. I liked the back (east, south) part of the Great Horned but don't know that I need to do it again except to add miles.

The TH was full and there were vehicles in the horse trailer lot and the ranger was waiting for their return but soon gave up. I drank my beer and caught up on Facebook and did some other research before heading home.

WATCH: 8.04 miles, 131 avg bpm with max 163 (40 mins Zone 5 or 28%, 59 mins Zone 4 of 41%, 36 mins Zone 3 or 25%, last 5% in Zone 2 burning 1175 calories) Temp at start 53.5 and 20% humidity
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Jan 04 2021
Sun_Ray
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72 male
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 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 
Union-Dixie-Western Vista, AZ
 
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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Nov 13 2020
tibber
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65 female
 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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Sep 20 2020
The_Dude
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 Phoenix, AZ
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2020
The_Dude
Hiking5.10 Miles 1,054 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   2.73 mph
1,054 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Sunday hike with the Droog, first time I have been out with him in months. Decided to hit a local favorite for some much needed exercise. Did the loop clockwise from the Desert Vista TH, not too many people out for 8 a.m. We made our way up the Western Vista, but skipped Dixie peak. There was a crew of about a half dozen folks doing trail work just east of the Bobcat intersection, no wonder this loop always looks so nicely groomed. Boy, the desert sure is mighty dry this year.
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mt98dew
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 Phoenix,Az
Great Horned Owl Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mt98dew
Run/Jog7.42 Miles 463 AEG
Run/Jog7.42 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   4.45 mph
463 ft AEG
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After work "slog". I have found it incredibly tough to venture back on the trails after my week in Pinetop/Sedona, both because of the downgrade in scenery as well as the increase in temps. Finally forced myself out Friday afternoon. Got to the TH around 5:30. Temps were still toasty at 108 :sweat: . I did my usual loop when doing this trail. Went in on the Hawk Nest and the took the Toetoise and the Verde trails to get to the Great Horned Owl. Did the GHO going clockwise. Once I finished the loop I returned the way I came. Didn't see any hikers until near the end when I met a family of 3. Otherwise it was just me, a rabbit and a bunch of small lizards enjoying the afternoon sunscape. Actually had some hillside shadows in spots which was nice. No breeze to speak of.

I've actually started to keep track of my "near misses" this year, since they have become so common. There is the "stub", where my toe catches a rock, resulting in "ouch" but no balance is lost. Then there is the "trip", where toe catches rock, balance is lost, arms flail, balanced is restored and invectives stream from my lips. Then sadly there is the "fall", in which toe catches rock, balance is lost, arms flail to no avail and the descent continues to :FG: (no the other kind). This "slog" had to 2 "stubs" and 4 "trips". Happily no :rollH:
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 Goodyear, AZ
PSPS Loop, AZ 
PSPS Loop, AZ
 
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Nightstalker
Mtn Biking7.80 Miles 868 AEG
Mtn Biking7.80 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   6.32 mph
868 ft AEG      11 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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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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May 23 2020
tibber
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Desert - Union - Dixie Mountain Loop, AZ 
Desert - Union - Dixie Mountain Loop, AZ
 
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 21 2020
Tim
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 Scottsdale
Great Horned Owl Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Tim
Hiking7.10 Miles 680 AEG
Hiking7.10 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   2.75 mph
680 ft AEG
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Carolyn and I made a lollipop loop out of the Desert Tortoise, Valley Verde, Great Horned Owl and Cactus Wren trails. It was 66 degrees when we pushed off at 7:45 and 75 degrees when we finished. No snakes were scene. The loop came in at 7.1 miles with 690 feet of AEG in 2 hours and 35 minutes.
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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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 Cave Creek, AZ
Union Peak Summit, AZ 
Union Peak Summit, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking6.17 Miles 935 AEG
Hiking6.17 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.00 mph
935 ft AEG      40 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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We had a nice offer to hike in the Supes with @outdoor_lover and @tibber today but sadly had to decline due to a previous lunch engagement. We still wanted to get a hike in, so we copied a hike up Union Peak recently logged by @kingsnake. We cut a little mileage off one of his loops due to the heat and humidity. We were both experiencing "low energy" right from the start. :(

On the first hill up from the trailhead we stopped to see if the Great Horned Owl had any Owlettes yet. We saw her last year when we climbed Dixie Mountain. She was there and incubating some eggs but no babies have hatched yet. Maybe in a couple of more weeks.

The talking heads on the news say to stay away from crowds as a preventative measure against the CORVID-19 virus. This trailhead on a Sunday @ 8am was an absolute zoo so I'm fairly certain Cathy and I are now both infected. :scared:

Decent spring bloom display on the way up. Brittlebush and Lupine were the stalwarts but many others were blooming also. On the summit we witnessed quite a display of hundreds, if not thousands, of Arizona Blister Beatles. Like Ladybugs they congregate year after year in certain spots to party down and procreate. They were all having sex with one another like we weren't even there! :) Insex as Pam coined it last week on the 6L Ranch hike.
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Brittlebush, Lupine, Fiddleneck, Heliotrope, Scoorpionweed, Chicory, Globemallow, Owl Clover, and others.
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Mar 06 2020
kingsnake
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 Sunnyslope, PHX
Hawk's Nest Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2020
kingsnake
Hiking7.59 Miles 995 AEG
Hiking7.59 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   2.54 mph
995 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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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Dec 30 2019
sleepybear929
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 Prescott Valley,
Union Peak Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2019
sleepybear929
Hiking6.25 Miles 265 AEG
Hiking6.25 Miles
265 ft AEG
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Amazing views at the end. Not a bad hike, the only steep part was the climb to the peak but well worth it.
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Great Horned Owl Double Lollipop Loop, AZ 
Great Horned Owl Double Lollipop Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 07 2019
norm5715
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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 Phoenix,Az
Great Horned Owl Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar May 14 2019
mt98dew
Hiking7.07 Miles 463 AEG
Hiking7.07 Miles   1 Hour   44 Mns   4.08 mph
463 ft AEG
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After work jog - hike. Planned on jogging this as a lasso. In on Hawk Nest, then Desert Tortoise, then Valley Vista and the a clockwise loop on the Great Horned Owl. Calves cramped around mile marker 5 and ended hiking last opulent of miles. Weather was warm, but a breeze kept things nice. Trails were in good shape, but the desert grass is now dried, brown tinder. SW the usual suspects....a rabbit, some quail, a couple of chipmunks and a handful lizards. Encountered 4hikers and a biker.
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Oct 01 2018
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Great Horned Owl Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 01 2018
mt98dew
Run/Jog7.06 Miles 463 AEG
Run/Jog7.06 Miles   1 Hour   21 Mns   5.23 mph
463 ft AEG
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After work jog. Went to the Desert Vista TH and did a lasso. In on Hawk's Nest, Desert Tortoise and Valley Verde and then CW on the Great Horned Owl for the loop. Then returned on the aforementioned trails. Temps were only 74, but it was humid! With only a minimal breeze. Got spit on for some of the run, but it never came hard. Trails were in great shape. The trails had the fresh after rain look, but there was no water or mud to avoid. There were 8 cars in the lot. Only saw 1 hiker while I was out. No wildlife.
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Jun 24 2018
ihikeaz
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 Routes 3
 Photos 60
 Triplogs 224

61 male
 Joined Jun 08 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Great Horned Owl Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2018
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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1st trip
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
Nightstalker
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 Routes 89
 Photos 5,790
 Triplogs 914

52 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Union Peak Trail - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2018
Nightstalker
Hiking7.03 Miles 1,170 AEG
Hiking7.03 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   2.67 mph
1,170 ft AEG      42 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
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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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Mar 04 2018
cw50must
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 Guides 11
 Routes 2
 Photos 3,416
 Triplogs 293

44 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Mar 04 2018
cw50must
Mtn Biking10.80 Miles 1,296 AEG
Mtn Biking10.80 Miles
1,296 ft AEG
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1st trip
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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Feb 22 2018
caragruey
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 Guides 3
 Routes 49
 Photos 1,127
 Triplogs 59

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 Joined Feb 04 2017
 Sun City
Union Hills LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2018
caragruey
Hiking5.80 Miles 1,530 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles
1,530 ft AEG
 
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1st trip
Combined trails, hawks nest, dixie loop +summit trail, valle verde, to great horned owl, to peak 2383 aka union peak. Returned same way except took desert tortoise to trailhead. Nice hike for a nice Thursday. The Ocotillo are just starting to bloom.
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average hiking speed 2.6 mph
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