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Buena Vista Loop - 5 members in 14 triplogs have rated this an average 2.8 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Dec 09 2018
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 Photos 416
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53 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Buena Vista LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2018
mt98dew
Hiking11.18 Miles 1,018 AEG
Hiking11.18 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   4.38 mph
1,018 ft AEG
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Use the regional map feature on HAZ to find a nearby hike that I hadn't done yet. Came up with this nice little loop. My plans were somewhat changed when I got to the park. It was Silent Sunday and road access to the top was restricted. Instead, I parked at the Kiwanis TH and took Kiwanis Trail to the National and then did the Buena Vista Loop going CW. East on the National to Corona de Loma and then down Corona to the Deser Classic. Took the Classic west to the Telegraph. Then up and over the saddle via Telegraph and Kiwanis to get back to the car. Tried to jog this, but these are some tough trails to run. Kiwanis isn't too bad, but there are some big "steps" which are no fun to run. National was nice, but it was a steady uphill climb. Signed the registry that occurs at the high point. Book is full. Time for a new one. Corona is brutal to run. Rocky and steep. Better down than up, but not by much. Classic is a nice trail to run, though the west end is a little more rocky than the east. Telegraph, tough run. Especially 9+ miles in. Some fairly steep sections got me walking :( . Kiwanis. The big steps are not much more fun going down than they are going up. Nice run, though I wasn't successful in doing it completely. Good workout. Legs were stiff on Monday. Weather was perfect. No wildlife, but saw over 50 people throughout the loop.
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Jan 06 2016
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 Photos 281
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42 male
 Joined Aug 03 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Buena Vista LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2016
knmurphy
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,018 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   3.35 mph
1,018 ft AEG
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1st trip
Not a bad loop, corona trail was nice.
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Mar 17 2014
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 Photos 392
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51 male
 Joined Mar 23 2009
 Central AZ
Buena Vista LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2014
trekkintoo
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,018 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   35 Hrs      0.27 mph
1,018 ft AEG
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great solo hike, lot of people up to hidden valley, beyond that jus the occasional biker & my thoughts :) went up to landing pad above buena vista parking lot & went alnost to tv towers before i returned back. not a fan of urban hiking but i always do like this lil hike. time for rogers cliff dwelling hike next week
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Mar 17 2014
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51 male
 Joined Mar 23 2009
 Central AZ
Buena Vista LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2014
trekkintoo
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,018 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   35 Hrs      0.27 mph
1,018 ft AEG
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Mar 16 2014
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37 male
 Joined Jan 03 2011
 chandler, Az
Buena Vista LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2014
DBmooner
Hiking10.37 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking10.37 Miles   3 Hrs   12 Mns   3.29 mph
2,100 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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Got to the pima canyon TH early but not early enough to beat the crowed. I had to park way back so instead of walking the road I went down the first trail I found witch was east pima loop. I then connected to the west pima loop (couldn't find the trail names to link them ) and connected with the ridgeline trail. I took the ridgeline to javelin trail and walked maybe 100 feet to connect to the Mormon loop witch I took to the national trail. I took national the rest of the way to Buena vista look out. On the way back I decided to go through hidden valley and once it reconnected with the national trail I stayed on it in till the parking lot. My GPS said I had done 2771 feet of AEG but that didn't seem right there was a lot of up and down but it couldn't have been that much when I reach the highest elevation it said 2.1k so I just went with that.
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Feb 14 2014
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68 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley,Az
Buena Vista LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2014
RowdyandMe
Hiking10.40 Miles 1,018 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   4 Hrs   4 Mns   2.56 mph
1,018 ft AEG15 LBS Pack
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A very nice day for a hike. I had a doctors appointment today so I wanted to find a hike close by. I decided on the Buena Vista Loop, but started it at Telegraph Pass and did the loop. I was surprised on how many people that don't work on Fridays. Hopefully tomorrow on Trap Canyon I won't see anybody.
There was quite a few plants in bloom, I was surprised. It was a good hike to try out my new hiking boots which seemed to be just fine.
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
Apr 13 2013
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60 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Buena Vista LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2013
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,018 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   3.33 mph
1,018 ft AEG
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I'm still sticking close to home :( .Nice loop.Started getting a little warm at the end. :)
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Oct 07 2011
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 Photos 47
 Triplogs 155

47 male
 Joined Apr 22 2008
 Goodyear
Buena Vista LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 07 2011
asu9165
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   3.10 mph
1,700 ft AEG
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Very nice loop. Went down the Corona(steep and very rocky). Desert Classic basically flat with some rolling hills. The upper portions of Telegraph and early portion of the National were a little steep but short lived, nice views of the valley while you walk of the National.
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Mar 06 2011
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 Routes 3
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50 male
 Joined Feb 15 2008
 Tempe, AZ
Buena Vista LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2011
shouston2
Hiking7.30 Miles 1,018 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.09 mph
1,018 ft AEG
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A quick solo hike today. Did this as a shuttle hike. Started at the Telegraph Pass TH trail, then National, and then took the Corona de Loma trail to the Warpaint TH. I really liked the Corona de Loma trail, it was pretty quiet and very tough! Happy Birthday self!
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Oct 02 2010
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 Photos 392
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51 male
 Joined Mar 23 2009
 Central AZ
Buena Vista LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 02 2010
trekkintoo
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,018 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles
1,018 ft AEG
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Apr 30 2010
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 Guides 9
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 Photos 10,969
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66 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Hidden Valley from Buena VistaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2010
The_Eagle
Hiking4.67 Miles 639 AEG
Hiking4.67 Miles   2 Hrs   56 Mns   1.59 mph
639 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Took some friends new to hiking, to this nice little hike. This is a great hike for friends and family that come into town. They get a bit of work and there is some mild bolder scrambling. You get to drive to the top of South Mountain for some great views, and then you are in another world in the Hidden Valley. The 60' long "Tunnel", and "Fat Man's Pass" are pretty neat. This seems to be Chuckwalla World up here. We saw at least a dozen on the black rocks.
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Jan 04 2010
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 Guides 2
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49 male
 Joined Dec 26 2009
 Phoenix, Az
Buena Vista LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2010
WilliamnWendi
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,018 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles   6 Hrs      1.58 mph
1,018 ft AEG
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Wendi and I did this one one yesterday. Our longest hike yet. It would have been an accomplishment if we hadn't set out to do the Buena Vista/Hidden Valley 3.5 mile hike instead of the 9.5 mile hike.
We got to the fork in the road and being such a beatiful day every mountain biker in phoenix seemed to be on the trail so we took the Corona not really knowing how many more miles that would add to the hike. Turned it into a real adventure.
We made a one change to the hike coming down Corona to the Desert Classic we crossed over the ridge to the next valley and hiked the wash to get some shade and cool down. I found a nice flat boulder that made for a nice 10' but slide. This brought us out just bit behind the Water Tower. We had planned to catch the National Trail at 48th st but running out of day we took a chance on the telegraph trail and that paid off prolly saved us 4 miles.
Didn't care for the Desert Classic portion cause of the mountain bikers but otherwise an excellant hike...If you've planned for it... Luckily I had extra water and thanks to John who supplemented our water and provided a little morale boost.
We started at noon and finished at last light cutting it real close and exhausted
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Nov 08 2008
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 Guides 1
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 Photos 41
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58 male
 Joined Mar 05 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Buena Vista LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2008
jman1283
Hiking9.50 Miles 1,018 AEG
Hiking9.50 Miles
1,018 ft AEG
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Excellent Hike. Very popular with trail runners and Mt. Bikers. Need to keep an eye and ear open as bikes approach rather quickly in spots. Actually saw some Mt. Unicyclists too! Never thought I'd see such a thing.
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Oct 31 2008
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48 male
 Joined Apr 30 2008
 Tucson, AZ
Buena Vista LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2008
azdesertfather
Hiking11.60 Miles 3,058 AEG
Hiking11.60 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.58 mph
3,058 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Did a bit more than the normal loop, as I hiked a couple of areas off trail in addition, including exploring the trail that leads almost to the Gila Valley Lookout.

My difficulty: :sweat: :sweat: 1/2 (of 5)
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average hiking speed 2.08 mph

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