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Levee Trail - MSP - 11 members in 74 triplogs have rated this an average 2 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Feb 09 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 77
 Photos 7,153
 Triplogs 2,456

57 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2019
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking4.90 Miles 838 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles   1 Hour   31 Mns   3.23 mph
838 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
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Tortoise Hiking. Stop and smell the Petrichor.
Dec 23 2018
LindaAnn
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 Guides 16
 Routes 353
 Photos 2,094
 Triplogs 888

39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2018
LindaAnn
Hiking13.47 Miles 3,790 AEG
Hiking13.47 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   2.56 mph
3,790 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
Started from the 104th St TH, Nice & breezy all the way up to Bell Pass, no breeze at all on the east side of the pass. Made my way up to Thompson Peak, then back down. Saw a few people, but not really all that many. Warm for the last few miles. Lots of flowers all along the trails.
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Brittlebush, globemallow, poppies
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May 02 2018
RowdyandMe
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 Guides 6
 Routes 357
 Photos 14,115
 Triplogs 1,534

65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Quartz Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 02 2018
RowdyandMe
Hiking10.34 Miles 1,284 AEG
Hiking10.34 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   2.29 mph
1,284 ft AEG      28 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
Partners none no partners
Geology
Geology
Quartz
Culture
Culture
Cairn
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
Dec 10 2017
DarthStiller
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 Guides 15
 Routes 217
 Photos 5,863
 Triplogs 418

49 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 10 2017
DarthStiller
Hiking6.20 Miles 819 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.33 mph
819 ft AEG
 
1st trip
With the late kickoff for the Steeler game, I took the family out for another hike up in Scottsdale to do some sections of trails that I haven't done yet. Just as we started along the Saguaro Trail, I heard someone coming up behind us say "Darth Stiller". I turned around and saw @trekkin_gecko. Nice to meet you Kelly, and nice to see another HAZ member out on a hike.

It was sunny to start, but by the time we ended it was a bit hazy and cloudy. We did the Gateway Loop Trail clockwise, but then took the Paradise Trail down to the Levee trail on our way back to mix it up a bit and get a little more mileage. I also did a couple spurs just to map them out on my GPS while the family went ahead to the next trail junction.

Just as we were about to finish, we started talking to a horse rider coming the other direction. It turns out she actually knew a few words in Serbian since she used to be a teacher and taught some refugees from Bosnia a few years back. The horse let out a few snorts that startled Dmitri a little bit, but he was ok.

Finished up before noon and got lunch on the way home. Nice day out with the family hike, although much less intense than hike Battleship Mt. last weekend.
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Nov 25 2017
LindaAnn
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 Guides 16
 Routes 353
 Photos 2,094
 Triplogs 888

39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Thompson Peak from 104th St TH, AZ 
Thompson Peak from 104th St TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking13.11 Miles 3,764 AEG
Hiking13.11 Miles   5 Hrs   14 Mns   2.75 mph
3,764 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
Daniela and I got started from the 104th St trailhead around 6:15am. Headlamps were needed for the first few minutes, and Daniela & I shed our jackets within the first mile. We headed east on Levee, north on Paradise, east on Gateway Loop, then east on Bell Pass, and over to Prospector, then the road up to Thompson Peak. The steepness of that road always kills me. We had a nice snack break at the top, then headed back down. Only saw a few people all day, other than the usual traffic along Gateway Loop. Did not see a single biker, which was surprising. A little warm for the last few miles, but overall a great day. We finished up around 11:30, and, as promised, I had Daniela home by lunchtime.
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Nov 25 2017
The_N
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 Routes 54
 Photos 1,508
 Triplogs 325

32 male
 Joined Mar 18 2015
 Payson, AZ
Thompson Peak from 104th St TH, AZ 
Thompson Peak from 104th St TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2017
The_N
Hiking13.11 Miles 3,764 AEG
Hiking13.11 Miles   5 Hrs   14 Mns   2.75 mph
3,764 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
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1st trip
First time on this peak, for me. Started with Linda and Daniela at around 615am. 55 degrees at the start, but warmer air awaited as we got out of the low spots. I enjoyed the gradual uphill to Bell Pass. We were in the sun after that, but it felt nice out for late spring. Very dry out there, right now. We hit the road walk portion and pushed through the couple of steep sections. We enjoyed the breeze and had a snack on the summit. Skies were a little hazy and lacking clouds. Views of the Mazzies were clear, though. On our trip back down, we crossed paths with a few others heading up, but there wasn't a ton of traffic on the trails. We returned the way we came and made it home before lunch. Nice hike and decent gain, close to town.
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Oct 21 2017
BiFrost
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 Guides 4
 Routes 333
 Photos 6,613
 Triplogs 777

49 male
 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Thompson Peak-East End via 104th St, AZ 
Thompson Peak-East End via 104th St, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2017
BiFrost
Hiking20.35 Miles 5,398 AEG
Hiking20.35 Miles   8 Hrs   15 Mns   2.61 mph
5,398 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
Starting at 104th St TH we got late start 9am but with forecast high of only 85 we were not too concerned. Headed over to Bell Pass Trail and then down Prospector to Thompson Peak. We took a break on Thompson Peak and with all the dust/haze we didn't have much of a view....definitely the worst I've seen it in a while. Then down Thompson to Dixie Mine Trail to Coachwhip to Windmill and finally East End Trail. After already climbing Bell Pass and Thompson this one hurt a bit but we took another break at the top to refuel and recover. Then down Tom's Thumb and over to Gateway Loop Trail for the final stretch back to 104th St. Aside from the dust and haze it was solid loop hike in the McDowell's!
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Oct 21 2017
slowandsteady
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 Routes 67
 Photos 966
 Triplogs 694

45 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
Thompson Peak-East End via 104th St, AZ 
Thompson Peak-East End via 104th St, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 21 2017
slowandsteady
Hiking20.35 Miles 5,398 AEG
Hiking20.35 Miles   8 Hrs   15 Mns   2.61 mph
5,398 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Mar 04 2017
syoung
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 Guides 6
 Routes 23
 Photos 1,125
 Triplogs 593

40 male
 Joined May 23 2012
 Mesa, AZ
Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 04 2017
syoung
Hiking13.58 Miles 3,698 AEG
Hiking13.58 Miles   3 Hrs   41 Mns   3.88 mph
3,698 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
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1st trip
In keeping with the yearly goal of more peaks, more unique hits, and more miles, I decided to head out here. Wow. That last road is no joke. It felt never ending with a steepness I don't remember experiencing elsewhere. I think the paved portions make it seem like it isn't as steep as it is but holy crap.

I was going to attempt this last weekend but decided to do the loop around Tom's Thumb. I am glad I chose to follow lindaagm's route as it shaved a few miles off of the one I was going to use. I was gassed by the end.
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Feb 28 2017
mazatzal
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 Routes 31
 Photos 2,103
 Triplogs 1,061

61 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
MSP (south) loop, AZ 
MSP (south) loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 28 2017
mazatzal
Hiking3.50 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.47 mph
400 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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1st trip
Took out of town visitor on a short loop at Gateway TH:
Desert Park - Horseshoe - Gateway loop - Saguaro loop - Crossover - Levee - 104 St - Equestrian
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Feb 26 2017
LindaAnn
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 Guides 16
 Routes 353
 Photos 2,094
 Triplogs 888

39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 26 2017
LindaAnn
Hiking13.23 Miles 3,763 AEG
Hiking13.23 Miles   5 Hrs   16 Mns   2.69 mph
3,763 ft AEG      21 Mns Break
 
I wanted something with decent mileage & aeg, but not too far of a drive, so I headed up to Thompson Peak with Daniela. We got started around 7:00 to cool temps & cloudy skies. Saw a handful of people on the way up to Bell Pass, then nobody after that for a few miles. We saw one mule deer while on Prospector Trail. As soon as we hit the road for the peak, the clouds disappeared and we had full sun--ugh. I whined my way up to the top, where as soon as we sat down for a snack, the clouds returned and stayed with us for the rest of the hike.

The return was quiet and uneventful, but I had warned Daniela that as soon as we hit Bell Pass, it would be a zoo--and I was right. We made friends with a large group of friendly mountain bikers who were doing some sort of training, and we also managed to make another biker blush, so we had a successful day all around.
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May 27 2016
slowandsteady
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 Routes 67
 Photos 966
 Triplogs 694

45 female
 Joined Jan 05 2012
 Phoenix,AZ
104th to Thompson, AZ 
104th to Thompson, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 27 2016
slowandsteady
Hiking12.91 Miles 3,269 AEG
Hiking12.91 Miles   5 Hrs   10 Mns   2.61 mph
3,269 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
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1st trip
Parked at the 104th/Bell Trailhead.

Hiked up Bell Pass, down Prospector, up Thompson to the first level and back.
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May 14 2016
Nightstalker
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 Routes 68
 Photos 5,192
 Triplogs 637

51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2016
Nightstalker
Hiking5.60 Miles 786 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   3.00 mph
786 ft AEG      5 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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Partners none no partners
Did Gateway loop from 104th Street and added in Saguaro Loop on the way round. Got there just before 5AM and was in the shade for all but the last 15 minutes. Feels hot out already!
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Saguaro's are a blooming!
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Apr 27 2016
tibber
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 Guides 21
 Routes 555
 Photos 24,936
 Triplogs 820

63 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2016
tibber
Hiking4.96 Miles 777 AEG
Hiking4.96 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   3.31 mph
777 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
Partners none no partners
a quick between travel hike thanks to the temps being low enuf to get an after work hike in from 104th St clockwise on the Gateway Loop and then over on the Crosscut to Levee Trail.

A lovely day out. I wanted to get a good pace and it looks like I did altho I wonder about the mileage being a little off as HAZel didn't keep up with me the first bit. I did the adjustment in the Cloud when I loaded it to avoid the straight line but being as it didn't record, I'm thinking it missed 1/3-1/2 mile. I went thru the trip logs to see if anyone had done the loop like I had to get the correct mileage but to no avail. I'll have to try the route officially and make sure HAZel is with me the entire way. You just can't have anything else running unless you make sure to re-touch RS.

Anyway, not many folks out including no poop fairy to pick up the blue plastic bags. I did see a couple bike riders. As I came around on the south side heading west, the lingering palo verde's blooms was a sweet sight. It was good to get out instead of being stuck with going to the gym. I'm heading to Montana tomorrow. Sad thing is all my Iris are budding for the first time in 7 years and I'll miss getting to see them bloom all at one time; but at least I got to see a couple of the blooms.

Sorry that I haven't been able to keep up with everyone's trip logs and pictures. I feel bad as I know I'm missing a lot. I have to settle with the Comments and HAZ Forum for now and an occasional photo set and trip log. Now I'm off to Montana to hopefully close out the condo my dad was living in so I'll have one less thing to occupy my time.

Happy Trails.
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Mar 20 2016
Crzy4AZ
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 Guides 31
 Routes 96
 Photos 2,588
 Triplogs 586

46 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2016
Crzy4AZ
Hiking4.71 Miles 696 AEG
Hiking4.71 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   2.88 mph
696 ft AEG
 
Partners none no partners
From house to Paradise around counter clockwise to Gateway Saddle and around the loop. Then took Crossover Trail to Levee back to Paradise and home. Was smidge past sunset on Levee trail. Moon was so pretty.

Lousy time to saddle: 40 minutes. But was taking tons of pics.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
brittle bush intense but past peak
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Feb 12 2016
RowdyandMe
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 Guides 6
 Routes 357
 Photos 14,115
 Triplogs 1,534

65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Paradise Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2016
RowdyandMe
Hiking5.52 Miles 749 AEG
Hiking5.52 Miles   2 Hrs   52 Mns   2.42 mph
749 ft AEG      35 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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A nice and warm afternoon for a hike. I decided to hit the McDowell's and really wasn't sure which trail to do. I parked on the 104th street trailhead and just started hiking.
I kept a close eye on Rowdy and adjusted our hiking accordingly. Right know 85 seems to be a little on the warm side for him. I guess it time to break out his cooling jacket.
This was a new trail for us and it was nice and not busy at all. I did hear some small little birds but I could not seem to find them. It seemed warmer than it as and there was shade for Rowdy so that made it nice.
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Jan 10 2016
LindaAnn
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 Guides 16
 Routes 353
 Photos 2,094
 Triplogs 888

39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 10 2016
LindaAnn
Hiking13.57 Miles 3,876 AEG
Hiking13.57 Miles   4 Hrs   39 Mns   3.00 mph
3,876 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
Decided to hit Thompson Peak from the Bell/104th St trailhead. Got kind of a late start for me--a little after 9:30. Hardly any people on the trails, and the weather was really nice. Seeing the snow covered mountains to the east once I got over Bell Pass was nice too. There were a few people near the top, but none for the few minutes I was up there. Put on more sunblock, then headed back down. There were more people on the west side of Bell Pass on my way back down, but still not very many.
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Dec 30 2015
The_Dude
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 1,339
 Triplogs 336

41 male
 Joined Jun 10 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Thompson Peak from Dixie Mine THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2015
The_Dude
Hiking13.46 Miles 3,826 AEG
Hiking13.46 Miles   5 Hrs   1 Min   3.12 mph
3,826 ft AEG      42 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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1st trip
One last hike to round out the year. Took the family up to Flagstaff yesterday to play in the snow, figured that earned me a hike day. It has been three years since I did this one last, it is the only named MSP peak I have not gotten in this year. Hit the 104th trailhead about 7:15 to start my day before the sun was up. Didn't see much of the sun until I hit Bell Pass. Made my way in good time up and over. I took the cairned shortcut slownsteady mentioned, nice way to skip a bit of the road walk. Needed a few breaks getting up the tower road, just as steep as I remember it. There was a worked up top moving some heavy equipment around, he seemed none to happy to see me despite giving him a friendly hello...I got stuck behind him for a bit of the downhill as he maneuvered a skid steer down the really steep part of the road. Took one last break at Bell Pass again, then on back to the truck. Saw just a few folks in the morning, but quite a few on Bell Pass and Gateway on the way back. This makes 82 different peaks for 2015, surprised myself that I managed to get that many in without driving to every corner of the state. Happy New Year all!I
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Dec 23 2015
John9L
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 Guides 6
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 Photos 4,764
 Triplogs 1,606

40 male
 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2015
John9L
Hiking5.50 Miles 935 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
935 ft AEG
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Quick after work hike in the McDowells. I went out of my way to avoid the heavily congested areas.

Desert Park Trail :next: Horseshoe Trail :next: Gateway Loop :next: Levee Trail :next: Equestrian Bypass
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Nov 05 2015
kwinters311
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 Triplogs 26

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 Joined Apr 27 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Levee Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 05 2015
kwinters311
Hiking3.03 Miles 238 AEG
Hiking3.03 Miles      40 Mns   4.55 mph
238 ft AEG
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
I love the Levee trail, with all the creosote on either side and a steady easy climb. I also like the narrow trail that links it with Gateway. A cooler day for a nice afternoon hike.
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