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Mar 29 2020
Nightstalker
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
PSPN Sidewinder Ocotillo MTB, AZ 
PSPN Sidewinder Ocotillo MTB, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Mar 29 2020
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking13.80 Miles 1,549 AEG
Mtn Biking13.80 Miles   2 Hrs   43 Mns   6.57 mph
1,549 ft AEG      37 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Meet up with SCA at Apache Wash for a mountain bike ride. Made a new friend, Anthony, on the first ascent who ended up riding the whole loop with us. Rode all of Sidewinder and Ocotillo. Lots of hikers. Lots of dogs. Some mountain bikers. Everyone polite.
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Everything in bloom.
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Mar 28 2020
tibber
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Ocotillo Sidewinder Ridgeback, AZ 
Ocotillo Sidewinder Ridgeback, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2020
tibber
Hiking4.99 Miles 761 AEG
Hiking4.99 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   3.15 mph
761 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Wanted to get in a decent hike with some sort of elevation this weekend but where to go to avoid the overfull parking lots and trails :-k .  I was going to do the Phx Preserve Loop off of 38th St but I feared I might not be able to find a place to park.  Second choice was Go John again as it wasn't crowded at all last weekend.  But then for some reason, I came up with the Phx Sonoran Preserve as they have ample parking.

I was able to find a place to park and started hiking counter-clockwise via the VC that was quite crowded.  I headed up the trail grabbing some photos and a couple movies.  There were more people than I would have liked but thankfully the wildflowers made up for it.  I was on the north end of the Ocotillo part when I discovered my memory card was full :o .  So I had to delete some pictures from a previous hike... at least I  hoped that was what I was deleting as I really couldn't see the small screen that well.  I was already operating on a low battery.  Shame on me for not checking both before I left the house.  Lesson learned!

Anyway, the moment I left that part of my loop I didn't see anyone for a couple miles until I got to the top of Ridgeback where the throngs began.  The flowers didn't start again until I started up and alongside the Sidewinder Trail.  The poppies were backlit by the sun so that was pretty.  The poppy field that I saw on the south side of the hill a month ago weren't there anymore but when I looked left (south) there were fields of Owl Clover, bright, beautiful pinks :y: .  I hoped my photos would show you what I saw and for the most part they did.  Just think, all those people over on Ocotillo Trail would never see this beautiful scene.  I walked by it as I made my u-turn.  Some of the Owl Clover I passed a month ago was still blooming too.  

And now it was time to tackle the hill which is about 1/2 mile.  I realized what a great grade it was.  Of course, the temp was nice at 69 so I think that makes a big difference for me.  I even decided to tackle the Peak and that's where I encountered a couple families who had come up from the other side.  I actually was pretty impressed and told one younger kid to be nice to his sister (he was yelling at her) and then congratulated them both on getting up that hill.  They said thank you; how cute! 

I headed right down without stopping and encountered quite a few more people including more families.  One kid was showing off by running up the hill; as the rest of the family came up I chuckled of course; as did they because I called him a "showoff".  The wildflowers and views here are quite nice.  I tried to keep up a good pace as I headed down the side of the mountain and back to the main trail where I continued to encounter more people including additional families and of course, the bikers again.

It was a great afternoon.  I got done much sooner than I expected.  I guess when I can't film, I can really pick up my pace and that makes a lot bigger difference than I realize.  I got back to Tonto Jr and grabbed my last bottle of huckleberry lager beer :( (I now have 7 cans left), my mixed Chex and my car visor and sat down to enjoy this weather and the view.  I hoped when I saw my pictures that the Owl Clover would show up and it did.  My plan is to come back Monday after work and re-hike it including shooting video; I just can't help myself :stop: .
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Lupine, Brittlebush, Buckhorn Cholla, Poppies
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Mar 16 2020
Sun_Ray
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71 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2020
Sun_Ray
Hiking4.34 Miles 499 AEG
Hiking4.34 Miles   1 Hour   59 Mns   2.58 mph
499 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Day 5 of self directed home quarantine except for driving to an uncrowded TH. It’s hard to maintain the 6 feet of separation when almost everyone stops to pet Kai😊. Judy, Kai and I were once again at Desert Hills TH this morning. Later in the day and more poppies were open. Out and back on Sidewinder Trail. We would have liked to have gone a little longer but it was getting to hot for Kai. Am I the only one that goes nuts when time is 1:59 (not 2 hours) and AEG is 499 feet?
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Mostly Brittlebush and Mexican Poppies
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Mar 14 2020
Sun_Ray
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71 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Ocotillo Trail - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2020
Sun_Ray
Hiking5.29 Miles 558 AEG
Hiking5.29 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   2.46 mph
558 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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Judy, Kai and I with a 9:30AM start. Counter clockwise from Desert Hills Trailhead. Less wildflowers than in past years.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Brittlebush Mexican Poppies lupine
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Mar 09 2020
JoshhikesAZ
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 Joined Feb 20 2020
 Mesa
Sidewinder - Ridgeback - Ocotillo Loop, AZ 
Sidewinder - Ridgeback - Ocotillo Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2020
JoshhikesAZ
Hiking4.91 Miles 590 AEG
Hiking4.91 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   3.31 mph
590 ft AEG      45 Mns Break16.2 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
It was a nice loop, ridgecrest adds some elevation. Wildflowers all over. I didn't turn route scout on until about a mile or so into it... so add that if you read this. Its about 6.5 miles. I would want to start going up ocotillo if I do it again, then I could be at ridgecrest at sunrise
Feb 25 2020
tibber
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
O R S A - Sonoran Preserve North, AZ 
O R S A - Sonoran Preserve North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2020
tibber
Hiking4.48 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking4.48 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.83 mph
550 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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After work I wanted to see some wildflowers and based on a few HAZ trip logs, this seemed like the area to visit. I had a feeling the poppies were probably still wet and maybe a little cold from the previous day's rain but I went anyway. This is the first time I've hiked here in a clockwise direction. It's definitely easier because you get the hill/mountain 1953 out of the way right off the bat. It's really a very nice grade and pretty decent views as you make your way up. Today it was pretty windy; especially at the top.

There were plenty of wildflowers; even if the poppies were still fluted. There was lots of Phacelia Distans and Lupine providing for the purple colors today. I felt like I made good time on the hill; only encountered a few hikers. Also caught a hawk in flight (video only). As I hiked on the ridge there was a nice patch of poppies but they weren't open either. I continued down the hill and across the way I could see a hillside of open poppies so I was excited to see that up close. But before that, as I hit the bottom of the hill, I saw LOTS of Owl Clover and on both sides of the trail. Don't know that I've ever seen so much. They seemed a little scrawny but en masse, they were sure pretty. It's always hard to photograph flowers like this so low to the ground and somewhat spread out.

There was quite a bit of Desert Trumpet. I don't know about the rest of you but it seems like there is quite a bit of that this year. I rounded the corner and headed up the Sidewinder as the poppy population definitely increased and since it had been warmed by the sun almost all day; I did get a bit of a show. The poppies make such nice ground cover to show off the cactus🌵. As I looked back at the hills across the valley I appreciated the soft green grassy look it provided. I think I encountered a few people here and that was it for the day. Because it was getting late, I didn't complete the Sidewinder hike around the eastern mountain and took the Apache Wash Trail back to Tonto Jr.

A couple videos to enjoy the views and wildflowers:
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I suppose it really could be substantial if the poppies had all been open.
Lots of tall Fiddleneck.
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Feb 21 2020
LosDosSloFolks
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64 male
 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, Ariz
Sidewinder-Ocotillo Loop, AZ 
Sidewinder-Ocotillo Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking7.52 Miles 828 AEG
Hiking7.52 Miles   4 Hrs      2.26 mph
828 ft AEG      40 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Could have called this hike "Bloomapalooza Part Two" as it is the same two trails we were on 3 days ago to look for the wildflower blooms. Same trails but we did a loop using the eastern portions of the trails as opposed to the west end we did previously. I'll try to get my POS Bushnell GPS track to upload and add it to the photoset.
This trail system in the Sonoran Preserve North has some real winners. Three very distinct personalities depending on which of the three sections you choose to use...East, West, and Central.

Absolutely no daisies which the west side had in spades, but the overload of poppies and other blooms made up for it. More Mexican Gold's than you could shake a trekking pole at. Complete hillsides were covered as far as you could see. With the 1 inch of rain expected tonight the desert should explode in the coming week. The Brittlebush has budded out and the Owl Clover has finally started to bloom. Love the color of that stuff! More Lupine and Fiddleneck than three days ago too.

That about wraps it up. What a great way to get some exercise, while seeing all this color that usually doesn't show itself in the Sonoran Desert.
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Lots and lots of flowers. With more rain expected tonight and tomorrow it will only get better.
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Feb 18 2020
LosDosSloFolks
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64 male
 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, Ariz
Desert Bloomapalooza, AZ 
Desert Bloomapalooza, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 18 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking6.76 Miles 975 AEG
Hiking6.76 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.25 mph
975 ft AEG      30 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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1st trip
We normally enter this trail system from the Apache Wash Trailhead on the south end. Today we started up north at the Desert Hills Trailhead mainly because HAZ members @joebartels, @The_Eagle ,and @johnlp were up here 3 days ago and saw some great early spring wildflower bloomage. CW route shown in photoset. We did a second trip up the hill with the transmission towers using an unmarked trail to get in a little extra AEG.

We started out at 9am which turned out being a little late for comfort as it got very warm the last two or three miles. But...if we started any earlier the flowers would still be closed up and that's who we came to see. All the east facing slopes were loaded with poppies and the western slopes had the daisies. We photographed a lot of other flowers and I'll be busy trying to ID them for the photoset.

We are really liking this set of trails in the Sonoran Preserve North. Not the solitude of Spur Cross or the Tonto Forest north of town, but it's close to home, the tread is always in decent shape and one has a choice of no AEG to plenty of gain if you take in the hills and little summit trails. Bear in mind this coming from the perspective of a SloFolk retiree. :) Bottom line, it was good enough for Joe so come on up and enjoy the flowers.
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Loads of Mexican poppies, African daisies, and lupine. With one more rain the desert should really pop with the Brittlebush and the other assorted wildflowers. Maybe another "superbloom" like last year will happen.
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Feb 15 2020
The_Eagle
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64 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Sonoran North via Apache Wash, AZ 
Sonoran North via Apache Wash, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking15.94 Miles 2,078 AEG
Hiking15.94 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   3.14 mph
2,078 ft AEG      20 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
 
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I was limited to something on trail and smooth this week.

A chilly morning gave way to perfect temps. We were greeted to a nearby hot air balloon launch as we were hiking.

The other highlight, was all the flowers. Poppies, African Daisy, fiddle neck, scorpion weed, lupine etc. Gonna be a great wildflower season. Lots of hikers, bikers and runners out enjoying the day. Good hiking with lp again.
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African Daisy
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Substantial in pockets. Poppies, African Daisy, fiddle neck, scorpion weed, lupine
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Feb 15 2020
joebartels
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50 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Sonoran North via Apache Wash, AZ 
Sonoran North via Apache Wash, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2020
joebartels
Hiking16.04 Miles 2,178 AEG
Hiking16.04 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   3.12 mph
2,178 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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Sunrise, wildflowers, hot air balloons galore & extremely light catclaw. Very few hikers in the first ten miles. Unseen yipping coyotes and a meadowlark jlp identified was the notable wildlife.

7.76 miles in poured out a third of a bottle of water, got tired of carrying it. My fanny pack could probably hold enough water for 30 miles on these flat trails.

Roughly 1/4 billion African daisies nearing the Carefree Highway

Spanish red skin peanuts for lunch were very good, like fresh peanut butter.

South Kaibab esque torture the final couple miles. You just swear it's never going to end.

Nice to have a clue what the North Sonoran Preserve is all about. 16mi before noon so I'm still out hiking now.
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Extremely promising
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Feb 15 2020
johnlp
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62 male
 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Sonoran North via Apache Wash, AZ 
Sonoran North via Apache Wash, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2020
johnlp
Hiking16.04 Miles 2,178 AEG
Hiking16.04 Miles   5 Hrs   25 Mns   3.12 mph
2,178 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 no routes
1st trip
Tagged along with Bruce and Joe on their weekly hike. This one looked to have less than 10 miles of off trail hiking, no swimming, and could be completed before dark, so I was in.

Lots of hot air balloons early on followed by a solid display of wild flowers. Scenery and views were better than anticipated. Temps were brisk the first hour then delightful the remainder of the day. Trails are in good shape and well marked.

Always fun to hang with these two. :)
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Feb 01 2020
rrshort
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61 male
 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2020
rrshort
Hiking2.00 Miles 996 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   1.00 mph
996 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Having household plans change yesterday allowed me to get in a morning hike. I headed for the Desert Hills Trailhead at 7th Ave and the Carefree Highway. Another beautiful morning greeted me and again balloons dotted the sky. My plan was to do and out and back on some of the Sidewinder trail. I got underway about 8am. A gentle ascent was first up with at the top views to the north and southward made for good viewing. The trail then did as it's name implies winding it's way along the hillsides. There were the occasional flowers waiting to open up and lots of greened up Ocotillos. Hikers and bike riders showed up from time to time. A Cactus Wren at the start of the trail was the only bird that I saw all morning. I turned around at the I mile mark and retraced my steps. Another enjoyable morning in the Sonoran Preserve under my belt.
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Dec 23 2019
tibber
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Ocotillo - Sidewinder (OS), AZ 
Ocotillo - Sidewinder (OS), AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2019
tibber
Hiking3.15 Miles 376 AEG
Hiking3.15 Miles   1 Hour      3.20 mph
376 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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had planned on a 5 miler in Spur Cross to check out the Jewel color but when I got out of the vehicle and put on my vest, it was still too cold; mostly because of the wind. So on to Plan B which was here. It was still windy but didn't seem quite as cold. Weather seemed tenuous.

I started at Ocotillo and went clockwise and hiked that little connector that runs north south that eventually gets you to the saguaro that indicates your optional directions. I swung east on Sidewinder and remembered there was a nice little hill to climb; I looked forward to it and I actually passed a couple people. I looped around clockwise and then headed back down the hill and east on Sidewinder.

Ran into quite a few hikers, dogs, and bikers. Everyone seemed in a good mood, lots of hellos and even a couple Merry Christmas's. The trail is in superb condition. I was wearing my old boots for the last time. I thot they might work for these local hikes but nope. I did kick off some rocks. It was clear out today so got good long views; had to stop and snap some pictures. Plus the saguaros have their snow hats on now too. From a distance they look somewhat white altho up close the needles are more golden.

I forgot to mention that the drive on the Sonoran Desert Roadway you get to see the results from this summer's fire (closest to Cave Creek Road). It doesn't look very good; can't remember how many desert acres were burned. Okay, I think that's all I wanted to remember.
And then it was to the store to pick up some Proseco for some Cranseco (my own cranberry au jus and proseco) at my brother's house tomorrow. Ironically, the sushi gal was from the Basha's store by where I work and today was her first day at the Cave Creek/Tatum Safeway, so it was nice to see her there. I don't normally shop at this store except when coming back from a hike.
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Dec 02 2019
LosDosSloFolks
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64 male
 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, Ariz
Sidewinder-Vista-Ridgeback-Ocotillo, AZ 
Sidewinder-Vista-Ridgeback-Ocotillo, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 02 2019
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking5.80 Miles 824 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   2.20 mph
824 ft AEG      12 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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1st trip
We needed an exercise hike not too far from home to kick off December with. We found this six mile loop at the Sonoran Preserve North posted by @The_Eagle and also by @tibber. If it's good enough for those two HAZ luminaries, it's certainly good enough for the SloFolks. :D

Our route is shown in the photoset and we went CCW. It was a nice hike with a climb at the beginning and another near the end. Trail conditions on all the trails leaving the Apache Wash Trailhead always seem to be very good. Things are already starting to green up in the desert and with more rain in the forecast in a couple of days things are looking up for another nice spring bloom.

As I mention in a photo caption, the trail markers in this preserve are really poorly executed. They confuse rather than direct. The designer must be a bureaucrat that has never hiked a day in his/her life. Just go where you think you should go and ignore all the silly unreadable Carsonite posts on the trail.
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Nov 10 2019
tibber
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64 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
O S R O - Sonoran Preserve North, AZ 
O S R O - Sonoran Preserve North, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2019
tibber
Hiking5.72 Miles 726 AEG
Hiking5.72 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   3.12 mph
726 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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TRIPNOTES are great and only take a moment to record:
2.91 miles - 9:17 am
I just bet if lizards think they can get up enough speed that they can fly

3.29 miles - 9:25 am SIDEWINDER TRAIL
Whoever named this trail probably had quite the ah ha! moment

5.04 miles - 10:07 am
Guy in blue Speedo only and shoes talking to his phone.

As to this last note: It's one of those situations where you want to ask the guy if he forgot to put his pants on. He was nicely tanned. All of the folks that walked by me had a big grin and I stopped briefly to add my commentary. It's funny that, for the most part, we don't notice what people are wearing but what they are BAREly wearing :lol:

Trails were busy with hikers and bikers and all dogs were leashed. I got 100% on Good Mornings or Hellos. A couple girls were talking about how they didn't expect it to be this hot and it's 9AM. I struggled with the last of the Ridgeback Trail elevation. My confidence in elevation hiking is just shot. Hopefully it will come back but you would think with 3 good hiking weekends in a row, it would come back better. All of these last three hikes have never been this much of a struggle for me. Oh well, I'll keep trying.
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Sep 24 2019
RowdyandMe
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66 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley, AZ
Ocotillo-Sidewinder Loop, AZ 
Ocotillo-Sidewinder Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2019
RowdyandMe
Hiking10.77 Miles 840 AEG
Hiking10.77 Miles   4 Hrs   26 Mns   2.79 mph
840 ft AEG      34 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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A very nice morning for this hike no hikers at all. Once we hit the Ocotillo Trail we did come across about a half dozen or so of mountain bikers.
Really not much to see except I did enjoy seeing all the pools of water. There should be no thirsty critters out there today.
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Aug 17 2019
DarthStiller
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50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Esplanade Trail - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking11.60 Miles 425 AEG
Hiking11.60 Miles   4 Hrs   9 Mns   2.80 mph
425 ft AEG
 
1st trip
The goals for this hike was to finish off a small section of what I think is the Sidewinder Trail (about a half mile) that I never did in my hikes up here 3 years ago. I also wanted to hike up to where I had stopped last Memorial Day weekend when I hiked the Flume Trail in the Cave Creek Recreational Area without know how close I was to this trail system. Got both of those accomplished.

Most of the trails here are very flat, so I made pretty good time. The weather never got all that hot, but I was done before 11am. Saw some hikers at the beginning, but then the rest of the day saw mostly bikers. the last person I saw was at the northernmost end of the loop I did on my way back, just south of the Carefree Highway.

Nice to get some higher mileage in for a change and make better time doing it. the Cliff Walk Trail tends to have the best views because of the overlooks on the cliff, but there's not much else to see out here.
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May 27 2019
Nightstalker
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51 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Apache Wash, AZ 
Apache Wash, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 27 2019
Nightstalker
Hiking5.12 Miles 681 AEG
Hiking5.12 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   2.93 mph
681 ft AEG      3 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Nice Monday (holiday) hike. Cold, overcast, blustery, morning. Recovering from a cold, missed my normal Saturday hike.
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May 11 2019
rrshort
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 Photos 2,160
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61 male
 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Sidewinder Trail - Sonoran Perserve NPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2019
rrshort
Hiking2.55 Miles 996 AEG
Hiking2.55 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   1.46 mph
996 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Having been lazy and with packing and moving ahead this month today was right for a quick hike. So I headed to the Apache Wash Trailhead and my reliable Sidewinder/Apache Wash trails loop. got underway about 6:15 am under some what overcast skies. Eventually it changed to blue skies with light wispy clouds. The groundcover is now brown, the palo verde trees have peak but they are still providing good color to the landscape. No cholla blooms left also. A moderately busy morning with hikers, runners and bike riders. Wrapped it up in an hour and forty five minutes. By now the parking area was full with a lot of bike riders making preparations. Another nice hike under my belt
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Apr 10 2019
LosDosSloFolks
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 Photos 1,182
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64 male
 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, Ariz
Esplanade Owlets, AZ 
Esplanade Owlets, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 10 2019
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking4.50 Miles 247 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
247 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Yesterday we hiked the Dixie Mountain Loop and Summit trails [ triplog ] with one of the objectives being to see the baby owls that are visible along the trail. As mentioned in our triplog and photoset the nest was empty as they had already fledged just a few days earlier. :(

Later in the hike we ran into HAZr's RowdyandMe coming up the trail in the opposite direction. During our conversation we told him about missing out on the owls. It was RowdyandMe's trip logs that led us to the owls in the first place.

Shortly after going our separate ways he called us back and said "I know where some other baby owls are". It was like a drug deal or something. :D Maybe "I know a guy who knows a guy" was coming next. :scared: It wasn't like that at all. He simply gave us a very accurate location of a giant saguaro with directions on how to get there and that's exactly what we did this morning. Thank you Larry.

We started out at the Apache Wash Trailhead and went up the Sidewinder Trail to see the overview of this area. We then backtracked to the Apache Wash loop and connected to the Esplanade Trail which took us to the owls nest. Success :y: There were three owlets in the nest best as I could tell and they are cute little things. Worth the effort to find them for sure. This trail system seems to be geared towards cyclists but the Apache Wash trail has prospects and could even be bonafide. It warrants another look. This area like everywhere else probably looked a whole lot better 2 weeks ago!

Heading back to the trailhead and parking lot we almost stepped on another Diamondback. Two in two days that didn't rattle a warning at all. I've been making a concerted effort to keep my head up and shoulders back to help with some neck issues and this almost caused a "Code Brown" moment for me with the snake. Good peripheral vision prevented even minor soilage however. :lol:
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"In beauty happily I walk, With beauty before me I walk, With beauty behind me I walk, With beauty all around me I walk"
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