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Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPN - 22 members in 127 triplogs have rated this an average 3.9 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 28 2021
Nate_F
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 Routes 177
 Photos 1,084
 Triplogs 97

49 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop and Balanced Rock, AZ 
Granite Mountain Loop and Balanced Rock, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 28 2021
Nate_F
Hiking6.25 Miles 499 AEG
Hiking6.25 Miles   2 Hrs   37 Mns   2.39 mph
499 ft AEG
 
1st trip
Humid hike this morning but the breeze and the clouds made up for it. Everything smelled so good after the rains and is green and lush. I saw so many butterflies and even a rattlesnake out there! And a beautiful crested saguaro. Had a quick side trip to the balanced rock of course!
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Sep 08 2021
Sun_Ray
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 Routes 7
 Photos 960
 Triplogs 1,137

73 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2021
Sun_Ray
Hiking3.33 Miles 426 AEG
Hiking3.33 Miles
426 ft AEG
 
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Joined 3 other Stewards on search of 3 tortoise carrying previously attached radio transponders. Once located there gps location, facing direction, wind speed and air temp are recorded. When this is done once a week their movement is tracked on a map. We are waiting for backordered gps units that when attached will broadcast the location data.
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Brian
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday......there is no SOMEDAY!
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Aug 22 2021
Nightstalker
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 Routes 96
 Photos 5,957
 Triplogs 1,023

53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Chuckwagon Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Aug 22 2021
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking13.00 Miles 867 AEG
Mtn Biking13.00 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   7.09 mph
867 ft AEG      35 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Went for a Sunday ride with Carey out of Browns Ranch. Saw a Gila Monster on Turpentine trail. Lots of hikers and bikers.
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Jun 26 2021
Nightstalker
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 Routes 96
 Photos 5,957
 Triplogs 1,023

53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Granite Mountain El Diablo Loop, AZ 
Granite Mountain El Diablo Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 26 2021
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking14.20 Miles 725 AEG
Mtn Biking14.20 Miles   2 Hrs   24 Mns   7.54 mph
725 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
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1st trip
With all the National Forests closed, took the bike out with Carey and did a nice counter clock-wise loop at Brown's Ranch. Saw a whole bunch of mountain bikers and only a few hikers.
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May 01 2021
Sun_Ray
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 Routes 7
 Photos 960
 Triplogs 1,137

73 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 01 2021
Sun_Ray
Hiking5.10 Miles 320 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles
320 ft AEG
 
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Off trail reptile survey with Citizen Science Group on East and South side of Granite Mo. 6 AM until noon.
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Brian
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday......there is no SOMEDAY!
Mar 14 2021
mazatzal
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 Routes 34
 Photos 2,417
 Triplogs 1,167

64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Granite Mtn Loop from Fraesfield, AZ 
Granite Mtn Loop from Fraesfield, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2021
mazatzal
Hiking9.80 Miles 970 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   4 Hrs      2.73 mph
970 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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Black Hill :next: Granite Mtn :next: Granite Mtn loop :next: Saddlehorn :next: Bootlegger :next: Turpentine :next: Black Hill
46F at the start and 56 at the end :)
Saw 2 climbers on Granite Mtn.
Flora
Flora
Fairy Duster
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Quite a few: scorpionweed, chuparosa, fairy duster, fiddleneck and lupine.
Not so much the others: 3 poppies (2 closed up) and one brittlebush flower :lol:
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Mar 24 2020
tibber
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 Guides 21
 Routes 589
 Photos 29,555
 Triplogs 1,151

66 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2020
tibber
Hiking6.07 Miles 732 AEG
Hiking6.07 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.43 mph
732 ft AEG
 
Thx for reminders from Richard and Bruce, and since the wildflower season is still active, I went to NE Scottsdale after work. The traffic is such a breeze now so it makes these distant trailheads fast to get to but even better, I get home quicker as well after without starving.

This is my first visit to the revitalized TH and it looks pretty impressive. Trying to figure out where the trail now starts was a bit interesting and after I got by the buildings, I actually ended up going left at a new intersection vs right so I had to backtrack a bit. I already knew it wasn’t going to be as spectacular out here due to no poppy sightings on the drive in and from all the foxtail grass that was inundating the ground.

Nonetheless, it’s a nice hike no matter what; gotta love these Cadillac trails :) . And yes, we were a Cadillac family growing up. I used to drive a ’63 caddy in high school (in the early 70s), called her Bertha. Anyway, I digress. I continued on thru the always cool yucca section, then the big boulder section and then around to the south and west of Granite Mountain. The intersection with one of the trails where there was an abundance of flowers last year was void. However, on the north side of the trail there was a nice grouping of the usual suspects though not as overwhelming as last year.

As I continued on, I was still impressed with the grand mixture of the golden-yellow blooms of the Brittlebush and the intense red of the Chuparosa. It really was stunning 8) . That lasted for quite awhile and on both sides of the trail too. And as with most wildflower hikes, it’s much more impressive in person as it’s hard to photograph. I feel the movies, this year, are a much better reflection of the landscape.

And as was mentioned in previous trip logs this year, most of the flora is on this SE section of the Loop. The color seems to stop rather abruptly but that’s a good thing as I’m also trying to get in a good hike which is hard to do when there’s non-stop distractions. This west section has its own beauty too and you have nice views of the mountains across the way (Brown).
I would see occasional wildflowers such as lupine and poppies, some in big patches. The poppies were mostly far away but the lupine was closer to the trail.

As I rounded this back section, I was surprised to encounter an elderly couple. They didn’t seem the type that could handle a 6-mile loop. We made some comment about the birds don’t have the virus but recollected they had caused it in the past. They got off the trail quite a bit, I guess trying to keep their distance; if I had known I would have extended that courtesy but it’s not seemed to be an issue in all the hiking I’ve been doing the last ten days.

I continued on my merry way still bringing out the camera from time to time. Sadly, Route Scout pulled its “I’m not going to work for awhile so maybe you should consider investing in a separate GPS device” routine; but hopefully when I replace my phone, that won't be an issue. It worked fine the last two hikes. I’m wondering if I could find a cheap apple phone to use for Route Scout? Oh well. I have finally made it to the north side now and kept my eye out for that beautiful crested saguaro. Maybe someday I’ll extend my hike and go visit it.

Not much in the way of wildflowers over here really and that’s normally the case although the usual areas where I remember seeing them last year, I saw them this year. I made somewhat decent time here as I made my way east. I got some nice clear views of the Mazzies (zoomed view in movie mode) and I zoomed in for a couple photos of the dam and water behind it :D .

Up the little hill with a neat view to the Four Peaks I encountered a few bicyclers here before continuing on my way for the last mile or so. The Brittlebush are pretty on this section and it’s also in the shade a bit. There were some nice stances of lupine. Heading south you get nice views of the Supes too so I did a little zoom action between saguaros and such. Would love to go out in the western Supes again but the traffic is just too scary right now. So I’ll just have to enjoy from afar or watch some of my videos.

Once again, the color dries up a bit here but you still have stately saguaros and of course Granite Mountain. I would encounter about ½ dozen hikers as I made my way back to Bootlegger Trail and the TH. The light has changed a bit so the scenery is a little different. I thot it was interesting that the last few wildflower hikes I had done there was so much Globe Chamomile taking up valuable landscape and here it was the Foxtail Grass; either way, it’s too bad but what can you do? It does look like they are going to do some kind of trim work around the trailhead area to remove some dead trees.

A nice hike everyone can enjoy. There were at least a dozen bikers on the trail and maybe two dozen hikers which I thot was light compared to what I thot there would be. And every time I hike in this area, I think what fun it would be to ride a bike here. I didn’t think I would take that much video, as I have awesome video from last year (see the trip report https://hikearizona.com/x.php?I=4&ZTN=19207&UID=11058) but I did.

Video 1 - [ youtube video ]
Video 2 - [ youtube video ]
Video 3 - [ youtube video ]
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Fiddleneck, 1 Xmas Cholla, Lupine, Poppies, Cane Cholla, Lavendar, Heliotrope, Chia, Globe Mallow, Banana Yucca
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Mar 22 2020
The_Eagle
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 Guides 9
 Routes 805
 Photos 10,311
 Triplogs 1,630

65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking5.97 Miles 456 AEG
Hiking5.97 Miles   3 Hrs   1 Min   2.00 mph
456 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I took Deb back to enjoy the Flora.

Once again perfect weather out there and the flora did not disappoint
Flora
Flora
Chia Owl Clover
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Mar 22 2020
kyleGChiker
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 Guides 1
 Routes 23
 Photos 351
 Triplogs 30

male
 Joined May 28 2019
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2020
kyleGChiker
Hiking6.72 Miles 702 AEG
Hiking6.72 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   2.96 mph
702 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Went hiking with my mom to enjoy the beautiful Sunday afternoon together. We went at a fast pace to finish by sunset. Took the trail out to balanced rock to enjoy the sunset out there. It was gorgeous scenery!

Nice hike away from the crowds and away from the city. Favorite part was the last 2 miles (counter-clockwise loop). There are many saguaros and wildflowers on that section.
Flora
Flora
Owl Clover
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Most of the flowers were on the south and west side of Granite Mountain. 6-8 species.
Mar 21 2020
The_Eagle
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 Guides 9
 Routes 805
 Photos 10,311
 Triplogs 1,630

65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Granite-Cholla-Browns loop, AZ 
Granite-Cholla-Browns loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2020
The_Eagle
Hiking14.98 Miles 1,326 AEG
Hiking14.98 Miles   5 Hrs   9 Mns   3.18 mph
1,326 ft AEG      26 Mns Break14 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
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Practicing SD, Joe and I did not hike together today.
I've had a sinus infection and some other stuff going on for the last 6+ weeks and even I don't want to hike with me.

I slept in and headed to the newly (for me) remodeled Granite Mountain TH. I was thinking it would be the least popular (least busy) in the Sonoran North Preserve. Maybe that was so, but it was plenty busy. I did a loop that went out to and up Browns Mountain

For those of you flower children out there, I suggest the 6.25 mile Granite Mountain Loop CCW, or just a shorter trip that includes the south side of Granite Mountain. I consider the flowers extreme there right now.

Brittle Bush, Owl Clover, Poppies, Fiddleneck, Scorpion weed, Fairy Duster, Blue Dicks, Chuperousa, Globe Mallow and many more. Adding a green desert and deep blue sky and puffy clouds, made this a memorable route today.

Lots-o-hikers, lots-o-bikers, 5 horses and drop dead gorgeous weather.

Be safe out there
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Brittle Bush, Owl Clover, Poppies, Fiddleneck, Scorpion weed, Fairy Duster, Blue Dicks, Chuperousa, Globe Mallow and many more
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Mar 20 2020
mazatzal
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 Routes 34
 Photos 2,417
 Triplogs 1,167

64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2020
mazatzal
Hiking6.00 Miles 820 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.67 mph
820 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Bootlegger - Saddlehorn - Granite Mtn loop - Bootlegger
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Mar 01 2020
Nightstalker
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 Routes 96
 Photos 5,957
 Triplogs 1,023

53 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Mspn Mtb, AZ 
Mspn Mtb, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Mar 01 2020
Nightstalker
Mtn Biking16.20 Miles 1,083 AEG
Mtn Biking16.20 Miles   3 Hrs   16 Mns   7.42 mph
1,083 ft AEG   1 Hour   5 Mns Break13 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Mountain bike ride at MSPN today with 100's of my closest hiking and mountain biking friends ;)
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Feb 02 2020
Sun_Ray
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 Routes 7
 Photos 960
 Triplogs 1,137

73 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 02 2020
Sun_Ray
Hiking3.18 Miles 232 AEG
Hiking3.18 Miles   1 Hour   24 Mns   2.42 mph
232 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Judy, Kai and I for a short hike to take advantage of beautiful weather. Lots of folks with the same idea!
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Brian
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday......there is no SOMEDAY!
Jan 29 2020
mazatzal
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 Routes 34
 Photos 2,417
 Triplogs 1,167

64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Coyote Canyon Loop MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2020
mazatzal
Hiking3.90 Miles 370 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   2.93 mph
370 ft AEG
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Did this short, nice loop with a visitor. Still some water in the little canyon. Got sprinkled on :)
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Flora
Saguaro - Crested
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Jan 16 2020
wolfman200
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 Triplogs 3

34 male
 Joined Nov 19 2019
 Tempe, AZ
Granite Mountain-Coyote Canyon Loop, AZ 
Granite Mountain-Coyote Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2020
wolfman200
Hiking6.56 Miles 325 AEG
Hiking6.56 Miles   2 Hrs   43 Mns   2.49 mph
325 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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1st trip
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First time back in the McDowell Mountains after a couple years. The coyote canyon portion was fun and interesting, the rest of the hike was pleasant but very flat. Lots of vegetation as well as hawks and a deer. This would be a great trail to bring kids and new hikers.
Jan 01 2020
mazatzal
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 Routes 34
 Photos 2,417
 Triplogs 1,167

64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Black Hill Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2020
mazatzal
Hiking8.00 Miles 570 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs      3.00 mph
570 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
Black Hill- ServiceRd#4 - Dixileta - Whiskey Bottle - Turpentine - Bootlegger - Saddlehorn - Granite Mtn loop - Granite Mtn trail - Black Hill - Morning Vista - 136th St Express - Monument

Nice views to snowy Mazzies :)
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Dec 07 2019
mt98dew
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 Guides 24
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 Photos 416
 Triplogs 1,785

52 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Dec 07 2019
mt98dew
Run/Jog6.25 Miles 320 AEG
Run/Jog6.25 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   5.77 mph
320 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Not what I had planned, but it turned out to be a nice mid morning run. Then again, how could it be bad when it is in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve?? Love these trail! :D and the Granite Mountain Loop is no exception. Started from the Granite Mountain TH around 8:30 (which is late for me). Went in on the Bootlegger to Saddlehorn and then went CCCW on the Granite Mountain. It was a fun trail to run. Elevation gain was minimal and done in a very gradual manner. I like this because it allows me to decide how "aggressively" I want to tackle the ascent. I didn't read about this trail before doing it and I was surprised that it was as long of a loop. I guess that is in part because of all the twists and turns the trail does as it loops the mountain. Views were great. Incredibly clear to the north and east! No wildlife. Minimal activity on loop, but encountered over 15 hikers/bikers on the Bootlegger
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Dec 04 2019
Oregon_Hiker
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75 male
 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Balanced Rock Loop - MSPN, AZ 
Balanced Rock Loop - MSPN, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 04 2019
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking4.31 Miles 345 AEG
Hiking4.31 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   2.05 mph
345 ft AEG      52 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Having some guy time with my nine year-old grandson was overdue so we headed for the Granite Mountain Trailhead in the North McDowell Sonoran Preserve to do some hiking. The plan was to hike to Balanced Rock and we made a loop out of it by taking the Bootlegger Trail - Saddle Horn Trail - Granite Mtn Loop to the Balanced Rock Trail and then returning via the Powerline Road. The granite rock formations and views towards the Mazatzal Mtns make this one of my favorites for a local scenic desert hike.
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Nov 17 2019
Thoreau
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 Routes 10
 Photos 466
 Triplogs 679

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 Joined Mar 10 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Granite Mountain Loop Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Nov 17 2019
Thoreau
Mtn Biking11.92 Miles 899 AEG
Mtn Biking11.92 Miles   1 Hour   26 Mns   8.32 mph
899 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Oct 29 2019
LosDosSloFolks
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 Photos 1,931
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66 male
 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, AZ
Balanced Rock Trail - MSPNPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2019
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking4.28 Miles 510 AEG
Hiking4.28 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.85 mph
510 ft AEG      20 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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1st trip
A friend came into town from St. Louis and had seen a photo of Balanced Rock somewhere and asked to see it. So we took him to see it. :D His 80th B-Day is coming up and he sure didn't act his age. Mrs. SloFolks and myself knew we would have to hike at his pace, which we assumed would mean slowing down a tad. That wasn't the case at all. Old people Rock! :y:
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