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Dec 28 2017
rcorfman
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59 male
 Joined Oct 17 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
MT - Guadalupe to Trilby, AZ 
MT - Guadalupe to Trilby, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Dec 28 2017
rcorfman
Backpack84.43 Miles 4,741 AEG
Backpack84.43 Miles4 Days         
4,741 ft AEG25 LBS Pack
 
1st trip

Day 1, 20.1 miles, 2618 AEG

My wife dropped me off at the I17/Happy Valley Park & Ride where I took the I17 RAPID bus downtown, then hopped on the light rail east to Tempe, then got on another bus (62 South) to S Hardy Dr & W Guadalupe Rd where I exited the bus and started my hike. The transit worked really well except where I messed up in Tempe and missed the 62S bus and had to wait a 1/2 hour for the next. From there, it was a short walk west to the canal where I met up with the Maricopa Trail. I noticed the first MT sign approaching the I10 overpass. The MT continues to the Pima Canyon Trailhead, South Mountain. The trailhead is currently closed for construction but should be reopening soon. It was easy enough to skirt around the construction, there just wasn't access to the parking, restrooms, and water.

Most of this day was hiking the National Trail across South Mountain. My plan was to camp right around where I would exit the park but by the time I reached Telegraph Pass, I knew I would need more water before camping. I had about half a liter when I left the park. I turned south and walked to a house hoping to get water but no one answered so I continued along the MT to 51st Ave where I turned south and stopped at another house where I was allowed to get water.

After getting water, I went back and continued along the MT for maybe half a mile where I stopped to camp. I wanted to get far enough away from the busy road where it wouldn't be as loud during the night. After setting things up, I was just about ready to start dinner when a tribal policeman saw me and stopped. Evidently I was on Gila River tribal land and wasn't allowed to camp there, so I moved my camp about 400' to the other side of the road. The road is the reservation boundary: west side is Gila River Indian Reservation land.

Day 2, 21.6 miles, 875 AEG

There was a lot of traffic noise all night and construction going on north of me so I didn't have the greatest sleep and had trouble getting going in the morning. It was a bit past eight when I continued walking NW down the MT which is the power line road here.

The MT continues down the power line road most all the way to Tres Rios. The east part of Tres Rios is abandoned and parched now. It used to be a heritage site and was a really nice area to walk around but now it is wasteland. Interestingly enough, there is a pair of bald eagles nesting in a dead tree here. The Tribal Policeman told me about the eagles and said to just be quiet as I walked past. The nest was easy to spot and I watched one of the eagles flying around.

West of 91st Ave, there's an MT sign pointing west next to a City of Phoenix sign saying No Trespassing. I decided to trespass as the two signs were contradicting eachother and, well, I'm walking the MT. The "closed area" probably extends to 97th Ave. This whole stretch is along a two lane wide dirt road that was actively being used, though it is gated at least from 91st.

From there the MT continues along Tres Rios to PIR. Most of it is tiered wetlands to the north of the trail (dirt road). Along this stretch two policeman cruised up and talked to me. They patrol the area for people illegally shooting, fishing without a license, and for not having a Tres Rios access permit. At the time, I did not know a permit was needed but it is free, is good for a month after issue, and is available at https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservices/t ... ontactustr.

Once past the wetlands portion of Tres Rios, the MT is a little more difficult to follow but manageable. I was nearing PIR and was getting low on water too, so I stopped to get a couple liters of water at a pond. Tres Rios is wetlands created from City of Phoenix Waste Water Treatment Facility. All the tiers of the wetlands help to filter and clean the water so I wanted to wait as long as possible before getting any water, if at all. Unfortunately I had to get water. The water in the pond was a bit stagnant so it wasn't the best tasting. Fortunately a short distance later, I crossed the Gila River where the water was flowing, so I dumped out what I had got and replaced it.

From Tres Rios, the MT continues past PIR along Indian Springs Rd. There was a lot of construction going on at PIR. The MT then turns south on the east entrance road into Estrella Mountain Regional Park. From there, it first follows the Desert Rose trail and is easy to follow the MT signs to the park's Nature Center.

When I reached the Nature Center, it was after five so nobody was around to ask about camping. I decided to camp at the large ramadas that were nearby with both water and a restroom and power outlets at the tables. About 3 AM, I was awoken by people talking. After a bit I noticed a police car arriving. Awhile later a deisel truck arrived. I believe it was a tow truck but didn't look to see. Finally after 4, the truck left and the police cars started to leave. I thought, good, I'll be able to sleep now, when the police parked their vehicle pointing right at me. Wonderful. I got up and talked to the police, they took my ID and I imagine checked for any outstanding warrants and whatever else they check. We talked for a bit and they left me since they decided I wasn't a bum and wouldn't freeze to death. It turns out a man was threatening suicide and once that was taken care of, they needed the ramada number to place their location on the police report and that is why they happened to see me.

So finally I thought I could get some sleep but then the coyotes lit up. They were yelping and barking and howling like crazy. There must have been well over a dozen of them and they were very close. The kept the racket up off and on for the next hour or so. Ugh.

Day 3, 23.8 miles, 651 AEG

The MT was very well signed on the Estrella Park trails, but once I passed the Nature Center, I wasn't spotting any and wasn't sure exactly where to go. From what I can tell now, there is no MT from the Nature Center to the Beaver TH, which I missed. From the Nature Center I went east on Casey Abbot Dr until I reached an old bikepath heading to the left (west) and took it until it ended, then followed Vineyard to Estrella Pkwy. While along the path, I saw one of those noisy coyotes. It turns out if I went a short distance farther on Casey Abbot Dr, I could then have turned north and crossed Vineyard at Bullard (there may be a fence so I'm not even sure that would work), then the Beaver TH would have been just to the east. As I was entering the bridge on Estrella Pkwy, I saw where the MT came up to where I was, along with an MT sign.

The MT continues north on Estrella Pkwy for about 1.8 miles. When it reaches MC85, I think I was supposed to cross to the east side of Estrella Pkwy, but missed that. When I reached Bullard Ave, I saw an MT sign pointing to the east side. I continued north but think I should have turned west onto Bullard. Instead, I turned west onto Wood Blvd, then crossed a fallow field to where I was able to pick up the MT where it headed north to Yuma Rd.

Here the MT follows Yuma Rd west for 5.7 miles, then turns north on Jackrabbit. The road is busy for a ways and it is noisy and a true urban experience. On the west end, it gets rural as you pass by cotton fields. There's about a 1.5 mile span of "no trail" as you cross under I10 on Jackrabbit then turn west on McDowell. McDowell is closed as you near Bulldozer Wash, which is where the MT is supposed to pick back up. I continued west into Verrado where I stopped at Culver's for a burger and fries and a cold drink. After my break I returned to Bulldozer Wash and tried to pick up the MT. I was hoping to see some signs but I didn't. I walked north up the dirt that started at the power poles, then crossed over to the Verrado paths west of the wash when I reached some fencing. I think I should have crossed over earlier around where the power poles turned to the substation.

I followed the Verrado foot paths up to Indian School Rd where I turned east back to Jackrabbit. At Jackrabbit, I followed some paths north where I started seeing MT signs again. Yeah!

I thought I saw a QT on Jackrabbit on Google maps but I was mistaken so when I reached the last houses before getting to the desert, I knocked on doors until someone answered and let me get some water. Actually, I only knocked on two doors. The first no one was home, and I picked the second because there was three cars in front of it.

So it was nice to get off the roads and onto some trail again. Unfortunately it took me almost all day for that to happen. As the day ended and it grew dark, I found all but one of a "Maricopa Trail" series of geocaches, saving the last for tomorrow.

Unless you're hell bent on walking all of the MT, I suggest either cycling this day's section or just skipping it altogether.

Day 4, 18.9 miles, 576 AEG

I slept pretty good especially since I was tired from lack of sleep the night before and despite some all night partiers a few hundred yards away. I was delaying getting up but then I looked to the east and could see the sunrise was going to be exceptional so up I rose. If you've never seen a sunrise from the White Tanks, I encourage you to do so. The valley stretches out uninterrupted to the east for miles and when the conditions are right, the sunrises are as good as they get. This morning's was truly spectacular.

I had a couple miles before I entered White Tanks Mountain Regional Park. I took a quick side trip to the Nature Center where I wanted to see where the last water was before leaving the park. There was a volunteer I asked while pointing to a spot on the map. She replied that there's no water in the park. I guess she's not familiar with the park as there is lots picnic areas and camping with water in it. So she asked someone in a room behind here and there was water at the place on the map I asked about, maybe two miles farther. The area was a nice picnic area with restrooms and ramadas and a playground. I stopped and got water and had some food before continuing.

I've been on all the MT from where I exited the park to where I stopped for the day previously, either walking or cycling. The trail is very flat except for where it crosses some washes. Most of it is good tread though the dust was very thick in places since it's been so long since rain. The area is not that spectacular though there are some good views of the White Tanks, Estrellas, and the mountains to the north, such as the Heiroglyphics.

I finished up at the Trilby Trailhead. Basically the trail crosses Grand Ave at 163rd ave, then turns right past the train tracks and follows the road a short distance to the trailhead. Not long after I reached Trilby, my wife showed up and shuttled me back home.
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Feb 17 2017
New2hyk
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53 female
 Joined Jan 04 2012
 scottsdale, AZ
Tres Rios WetlandsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Birding avatar Feb 17 2017
New2hyk
Birding5.00 Miles
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My first time going there with a friend. Beautiful weather. I got lot of sps. We walked all the way to end and walked back. Then drove around farm fields in Goodyear, Avondale area.
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Apr 19 2016
LindaAnn
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39 female
 Joined Dec 24 2007
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Tres Rios WetlandsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2016
LindaAnn
Hiking8.97 Miles 358 AEG
Hiking8.97 Miles   3 Hrs   59 Mns   2.50 mph
358 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Nice morning hike with a friend. He said he'd buy me lunch if I drove to his side of town. Deal.

I'm not really into birds, but it was nice to see a good variety of them up close. And I liked the turtles. Went up Monument Hill over by PIR, then turned around and headed back to the cars.
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Apr 10 2016
gummo
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 mesa
Tres Rios WetlandsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Birding avatar Apr 10 2016
gummo
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I should probably doing something more productive today than typing a triplog, like cleaning the home, grocery shopping, or updating my facebook status. But I reviewed my photos and wanted to document how my year was going. I don't know how long I walked today, but I did see a lot of birds. I wasn't expecting to see snakes here, but I ended up seeing 3, including one by my car at the end of the trip. I also didn't know that checkered gartersnakes were at Tres Rios.

I saw a lot of redwings. I might go back to photograph them later this month. I saw a few yellow-heads, lots of herons and egrets, and a few ducks. I wanted to go to Sweetwater Preserve today, but I didn't feel like driving too far. I might go tomorrow.

Here's my 2016 so far with the snake counts. I thought I saw around 40, but it's over 50. Not bad. I definitely need more sidewinder pics though. Chicks dig sidewinders. It's true.

Snakes:
- Gophersnakes: 12
- Sidewinders: 11
- Dbacks: 13
- Coachwhips:7
- Night Snakes: 5
- Spotted Leafnosed: 2
- Lyresnakes: 1
- Checkered garters: 2
- Patchnosed: 1
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Jun 13 2015
SunDevil3
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 Joined May 21 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Tres Rios WetlandsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Birding avatar Jun 13 2015
SunDevil3
Birding2.00 Miles
Birding2.00 Miles   1 Hour      2.00 mph
5 LBS Pack
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Just got my permit to visit Tres Rios the other day and decided to take my daughter out to see some birds. We got started a bit later than would have been prudent and the heat proved to be a bit much shortly into our journey (about 8:30AM.) I had not paid too close attention to where to go while here so we pretty much stuck to the south bank of the canal and looked for Egrets and Herons. I need to get back here again at dawn so it is not so brutally hot.
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Jun 11 2015
NaturalDoc
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37 male
 Joined Feb 26 2015
 Mesa, AZ
Tres Rios WetlandsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Birding avatar Jun 11 2015
NaturalDoc
Birding13.41 Miles 81 AEG
Birding13.41 Miles   5 Hrs   46 Mns   2.83 mph
81 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
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Feb 06 2015
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 Joined Aug 19 2011
 Scottsdale, AZ
More Birding/Photography Trips II, AZ 
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outdoor_lover
Hiking17.50 Miles 200 AEG
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February was a busy Month.... :sweat: Got a couple of good Tidbits of News though and I got to see both come to Fruition this Month...I'll Post the Details with my March Trips...But as a Hint for one of them, a couple of Fellow HAZer's ended up getting their Backsides Published... :D
February Trips:
Desert Botanical Gardens X 2
Kiwanis Park
Papago Park X 4
Eldorado Park
Fountain Hills Park (I dumped my Mom and Sister at my Niece's Baby Shower and went Birding instead... :lol: )
Salt River
Tres Rios (Walked all the Way to the End of the Road at 91st and Back. I could see PIR only about 1 Mile away)
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Jan 06 2015
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More Birding/Photography Trips, AZ 
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For the Month of January...Lots of Trips, some with Friends.
4 Trips to Papago
1 Trip to Gilbert Riparian Preserve
1 Trip to Tres Rios

Got a few Miles in at two of the Locations, but when it's about Birding, it's always really slow... :sweat: A couple of the Papago Trips were just at the last Minute for Potential Sunsets... :) The Town of Gilbert is really screwing with the Riparian this Year, the Ponds are terrible with very little Water in the ones that you can really view...Lots of Water in the ones you can't and where you can, the Birds are 1/4 Mile away... ;) Very Slow Birding all around the usual Places this Year except at Tres Rios...It seems to be the Best this Year, followed by the Salt River....
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Sep 28 2014
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outdoor_lover
Hiking10.00 Miles 100 AEG
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Compilation of Trips from the end of September through October...
3 Trips to Papago Park
1 Trip to Gilbert
1 Trip to Tres Rios

Should be about the last of the Dragonflies as it's starting to get too Cold...Winter Birds are starting to arrive and there will be even more soon...
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Sep 02 2014
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 Tucson, AZ
Tres Rios WetlandsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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SpiderLegs
Run/Jog3.50 Miles 38 AEG
Run/Jog3.50 Miles      34 Mns   6.18 mph
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Getting to the point in the mornings where I don't need to be out at the crack of dawn to enjoy tolerable running weather. Went out at 7:30 and it was in the upper 70's. When I crossed over the bridge into the B & M it was dry enough that the water cooled things off a few extra degrees. First time over at Tres Rios in a month or so and the trash is even worse. For some reason it looks like lots of people lose a shoe, in addition to leaving behind their beer cans, fast food wrappers and empty bladder busters from the Kwik-e-Mart.

Did an easy run, some unforeseen life changes threw me a curveball over the weekend. So not training for anything in particular anymore.

Saw the usual lots of birds, the occasional rabbit and was surprised to see an otter playing in the water as I ran by.
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Tres Rios WetlandsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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SpiderLegs
Run/Jog3.50 Miles 230 AEG
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One of my favorite places to get in an easy run and it's only 5 minutes from my house. But to get one thing off my chest, what is it about people who fish? No matter where I have gone hiking or running, if the trailhead is shared with fishermen the area is always disgusting. Pulled into the parking lot of Tres Rios over by PIR. The first quarter mile was a filled with trash, beer cans, empty gas station bladder busters, pizza boxes and other assorted fast food wrappers. Go on the other side of PIR and the trailhead for the hiking loops over there might have a banana peel or two and maybe a empty gel packet if that.

Started off the run and ran into nature's own swamp cooler. The temperature dropped about 10 degrees as soon as I crossed over the bridge by the parking area. There was a slight breeze coming off the water, almost made it feel chilly. Ran out to the top of the diversion dam and along the top of the dam for about 1.5 miles. Then came back by following one of the trails along the water back to the base of Monument Hill. Took a quick spin up to the top of Monument Hill then trotted back to my car.

Saw lots of birds, a pack of javelina and snuck up on a coyote. Was able to get within 10 yards of the coyote before he noticed me.
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Monument Hill - B&M Wildlife AreaPhoenix, AZ
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Run/Jog avatar Dec 05 2013
SpiderLegs
Run/Jog4.20 Miles 230 AEG
Run/Jog4.20 Miles      40 Mns   6.30 mph
230 ft AEG
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Another day for a leisurely run. Parked at the base of Monument Hill and ran north towards the diversion dam. Scrambled to the top of the dam and ran along the dam ended. Then worked my way back on the dirt roads just south of the dam until I got back to Monument Hill. Finished the run with a quick ascent up Monument Hill.

Only downside to the run is how much trash is still left over from the NASCAR race last month. Luckily the fans can't waddle that far and most of the trash is confined to the first third of a mile from the parking area.
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Tres Rios WetlandsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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outdoor_lover
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Change of Pace today...Decided to meet some other Birders in an area I just found out about 2 weeks ago. Got my Permit in the Mail a couple of days ago and met about 6 other people at the Parking Lot/Entrance at 5:00 A.M. this morning...

These guys are pros I'll tell ya... Mega Lenses on Mega Tripods and me with my little Point and Shoot... :sweat: But since they knew what they were doing, I got some great shots on some Birds I would have never seen or known about otherwise... :D

This is a nice little area!!! Who knew??? Lying in between South Mountain and the Sierra Estrella Ranges, it's a little Oasis out in the middle of nowhere!!! : app : And the Birds!!! I can't wait until this is actually "in season", as this is the "slow" season for the area...Wow!!!

Spent a couple of hours here and then a couple of the guys had a line on some Burrowing Owls, so a few of us took off and followed them over there...Ok, seriously, had no idea there were so many Burrowing Owls out there, wow!!!! We saw at least 7 in less than 30 minutes in different areas...What a Treat!!! :y: They are such cute little Raptors, I just love them...
Finished up about 9:30 with plenty of pictures... :sweat:

I posted 30 simply to not only show you the Birds, but also the area, since I've submitted a Description for this...And the Owls just stole the Photo Show at the end!!! :lol:

It was a good, relaxing, fun day!!! :)
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