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Yavapai Point Trail - Lake Pleasant - 11 members in 16 triplogs have rated this an average 3.9 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Dec 30 2019
nikorock28
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 Routes 9
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38 male
 Joined Nov 16 2010
 Kingman, AZ
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 30 2019
nikorock28
Hiking3.40 Miles 575 AEG
Hiking3.40 Miles
575 ft AEG
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This was my first visit to Lake Pleasant. I had just enough time to hike to the point and back in the last hour before sunset. It was windy and a little cold. The view from the point was very nice. Nice little trail.
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Dec 01 2019
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2019
mt98dew
Hiking5.30 Miles 399 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.89 mph
399 ft AEG
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Early morning hike. Headed out from the Walkin Jim TH a little after 6:30. Took about .25 miles to connect to the Cottonwood Trail and from there it was a short stint on the Pipeline to get to the Yavapai Point Trail. Nice trail. Very gradual climb to overlook. Beautiful views of Lake Pleasant. Bench at top was a nice surprise, though a little chilly for staying in one place. I didn't realize that there are two access points from the Pipeline to the Yavapai. Either connection gives about the same distance. Saw one hiker while I was out. Wildlife...one hawk and of course the obligatory burros....7 in total, 3 of them young. Heard quite a few coyotes talking "late" (for them) in the morning (8am). On the drive out I saw what I think was a dead burro on the side of the road being worked over by a couple of coyotes.
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Nov 08 2019
Hippy
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34 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2019
Hippy
Hiking3.48 Miles 790 AEG
Hiking3.48 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.15 mph
790 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Short sunset hike with Lake Pleasant Rangers
I get to volunteer at Lake Pleasant for the winter and one of my Ranger friends can't wait to get me doing some Programs out there. Sweet!
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Nov 02 2019
Hippy
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34 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hippy
Hiking3.35 Miles 624 AEG
Hiking3.35 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   2.61 mph
624 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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Chase dog, Sister, her friend Joe, my two friends Celia and Tom and of course myself and Jamie went out for an easy stroll this morning.
Our first of many family friendly hikes this winter.
We are getting the kiddos (ages 11, 10, 7 and 4) interested in the Maricopa County Parks 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge but we're also doing some adult only hikes that begin with mimosas and end with mimosas!

Yavapai Overlook trail is super beautiful and familiar surroundings for yours truly. Though I'd forgotten how small Pleasant is compared to yucky ole Powell!

Very dog friendly trail is dog is smart enough to keep his face out of the cholla. Chase dog learned quickly.
Lots of wild burros out this morning too. Eeeaw!

Also, tried out RouteScout app for the first time, cool! It sang bird songs at every mile and the dog went crazy haha nice addition to HAZ!
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May 20 2017
caragruey
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 Joined Feb 04 2017
 Sun City
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 20 2017
caragruey
Hiking1.40 Miles 399 AEG
Hiking1.40 Miles
399 ft AEG
 
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Interesting light morning hike, started in on the pipeline trailhead which connects to yavapai point trail. Gorgeous views of the lake and surrounding mountains, and I always enjoy a bonus bench at the top. Well traveled with runners and other hikers.
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Mar 12 2017
Sun_Ray
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 Routes 7
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72 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 12 2017
Sun_Ray
Hiking5.12 Miles 602 AEG
Hiking5.12 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.60 mph
602 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
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Judy and I out looking for wildflowers and a burro would be a bonus. Main gate told us that the bridge on Pipeline Canyon Trial was not operational and suggested we start at the North end of the trail for a longer out and back hike. As we hiked Pipeline we came across Yavapai Point Trail so followed Pipeline to the bridge that is not operational because the ends are about 10 yards from the shore because the water line is up. On the return we hiked Yavapai and took it back to the parking lot. Moderate poppy's and brittle bush is just starting to open up. Next few weeks should be spectacular!
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Mexican poppy, brittle bush
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Feb 12 2017
DarthStiller
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51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2017
DarthStiller
Hiking10.40 Miles 1,319 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.31 mph
1,319 ft AEG
 
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Jim was back in town for a wedding and wanted to do a hike. I also had friends from Pgh in town for the Pens game Sat nite, but I was determined to get all the socializing in for one weekend. After getting home later and an early wake up, we started on the trail at 7am.

We took the Pipeline Canyon Trail straight to the Yavapai Pt. Trail and took that out and back and then took the shortcut connecting trail back to the Pipeline Canyon Trail and then to the Wild Burro Trail, down to where I left off last month from the Beardsley Trail. When we started, there was a warning sign that the Pipeline Canyon Trail was closed as the one cove where the water was higher and the bridge was out. Once we got to that point, we started to follow the contours of the land around the cove and encountered a faint trail that seemed to be made from others with same intent as us, to get around the water anyway. At one point in the corner of a ravine we even saw a cairn. The crossing of the big cove was a bit tricky, but nothing worse than anything we've encountered in the Sierra Anchas or elsewhere in the TontoNF.

the bushwhack slowed us down a bit so that when we didn't have enough time to finish the Cottonwood Trail, which I had wanted to do. 2 miles less than planned, but finishing at 11:30am seemed like a good idea since Jim had to catch a plane back to Silicon Valleyland, and I had several chores to finish at home.

weather was cool and cloudy, warmed up later with some sun breaking through. the views up north were nice, lots of infrastructure near the lake mixed with closer views.
Fauna
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Wild Burro
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Jul 23 2016
afrankie
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32 male
 Joined Sep 30 2015
 Carrboro, NC
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 23 2016
afrankie
Hiking3.30 Miles 399 AEG
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Post-sunrise hike with cloud cover at Lake Pleasant was the perfect way to kick the day off. Saw a couple burros, quail, vulture, and larger lizard on the trail, and a few others who awoke for the early am stride. Stopped for a few at the top to take in the view of the much lower lake levels - about 20' difference from my last visit to the lake at this section in the spring. Noticed the 1924 USGS Survey Marker at the top and joked that our kids would joke that at one point you had to write to DC in order to get information....

Followed the hike up with a relaxing shoreline tailgate and swim at the lake...good start to the day.
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Mar 29 2016
Frostshocknoob
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 Routes 141
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31 male
 Joined Sep 05 2014
 Phoenix, AZ
Pipeline Canyon and Yavapai Point Trails, AZ 
Pipeline Canyon and Yavapai Point Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2016
Frostshocknoob
Hiking4.92 Miles 846 AEG
Hiking4.92 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   2.32 mph
846 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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Mar 17 2016
afrankie
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32 male
 Joined Sep 30 2015
 Carrboro, NC
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2016
afrankie
Hiking3.32 Miles 546 AEG
Hiking3.32 Miles   1 Hour   23 Mns   2.77 mph
546 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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My rents flew in and its their first time visiting - wanted to get them started out with something moderate, great views, and a splash afterwards. Fun hike, even as it heated up mid-day. No better way to finish than kicking back lakeside.
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Jan 24 2016
Nightstalker
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52 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 24 2016
Nightstalker
Hiking6.57 Miles 891 AEG
Hiking6.57 Miles   2 Hrs   46 Mns   2.88 mph
891 ft AEG      29 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Impromptu hike decision late last night led me up to Lake Pleasant this morning. Started on the south end of Pipeline Canyon trail coming in from Scorpion Bay. I was the first car in the parking lot at 8:00 this morning. Ran into more people on the trail than I was expecting. Did the side trip up Yavapai Point and it was the highlight of the hike. The floating bridge was a close second. Saw two big fish near the shoreline from the bridge.
Flora
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Brittlebush
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Oct 24 2015
FLYING_FLIVER
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 Fountain Hills,
Frustum #19 and CHOLLA BM, AZ 
Frustum #19 and CHOLLA BM, AZ
 
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FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking4.84 Miles 968 AEG
Hiking4.84 Miles   4 Hrs   42 Mns   2.48 mph
968 ft AEG   2 Hrs   45 Mns Break
 
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There are two trails in the narrow Pipeline Canyon, located just west of Pleasant Lake.
I started on the Pipeline Canyon Trail, then transitioned to ‘off-trail’ to search for Frustum #19. I then went up atop Pk 2178 to locate CHOLLA BM.

Both the frustum (actually a boundary marker in the shape of a frustum) and the benchmark were set in place in 1924, a few years before the first Pleasant Lake Dam was completed. Neither one is in jeopardy of ‘going underwater’, as they are far above the high waterline.

I played alot of ‘dodge-ball’ with healthy cholla on my way up a ridge to the frustum area.
Once atop the little sloping ridge, I finally located Maricopa/Yavapai Boundary Marker #19, hiding in the low morning sun. For being so close to humanity, I was impressed with its good condition. One can see where attempts were made to dislodge the three plaques from the frustum. The plaques ‘held strong’ and are in excellent shape. The concrete around the plaques display the brunt of the ill-fated attempts to dislodge those plaques.

Next was, ‘go find the benchmark’, that was set in association with this frustum. I had the Lat/Long for the BM, so that was no problem. CHOLLA Triangulation Station (1924), is located atop Pk 2178, just 1/3rd mile up the ridge to the northwest from Frustum #19. The surveyors must have been impressed with all the cholla plants, ergo the BM’s name. No reference or azimuth marks were set.

CHOLLA BM is literally located at the end of, and in the middle of, another trail - Yavapai Point Trail. CHOLLA BM is in very good shape, considering its location.
I left Pk 2178 off-trail, transitioned back to the Yavapai Point Tr, then to the Pipeline Canyon Tr.

This was a fun, easy hike with great views of the second largest reservoir in Arizona.
Plus I located the things I set out to locate. All good things.
Flora
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Teddy Bear Cholla
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Oct 19 2015
hippiepunkpirate
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34 male
 Joined May 30 2008
 Peoria, AZ
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2015
hippiepunkpirate
Hiking5.20 Miles 720 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.97 mph
720 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break10 LBS Pack
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Early morning to try for sunrise photos over Lake Pleasant. Started at Walkin' Jim TH to avoid paying the fee, went down Cottonwood Creek for about a hundred yards and caught the trail system in. It was too cloudy for a beautiful sunrise which is okay since I underestimated the distance and wouldn't have made it to the viewpoint in time for sunrise anyway. I really enjoyed the view anyway, and the storm clouds all around were super impressive.
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Sep 27 2015
afrankie
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32 male
 Joined Sep 30 2015
 Carrboro, NC
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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afrankie
Hiking2.80 Miles 798 AEG
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798 ft AEG
 
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Great introductory hike to Lake Pleasant. Casual inclines that produce a 180 view of the Lake, a welcomed panoramic change from most other desert climbs. Lined with saguaros, the hike overlooks the Pipeline Canyon trail for much of the incline. This will be a common theme, but completing a hike with any type of water submersion is a bonus in my book! Bring a snack for the peak and enjoy the scenery - both natural and the recreationists acting a fool. Burro sightings were common as I overlooked from above.
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Mar 03 2015
muskybankr
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 Routes 25
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81 male
 Joined Dec 11 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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muskybankr
Hiking5.80 Miles 807 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   2 Hrs      3.31 mph
807 ft AEG      15 Mns Break11 LBS Pack
 
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The hiking club in our subdivision went out to Lake Pleasant to explore the two new trails off of Castle Hot Springs road which intersect the old Pipeline trail with the floating bridge which can be picturesque when the lupine and poppies are blooming. They weren’t today. The new trail, known as Cottonwood, starts right at the pay box and was pretty much nondescript. After 1.5 miles it connects to Yavapai Point trail which winds around some hills for 1.4 miles and ends up on top of a ridge on what is apparently Yavapai Point, just above Pipeline’s floating bridge. In the process this trail connects with the old Pipeline trail in a couple of places and you, of course, have the option to piece this trail into your hike, which would be recommended if the lupine are out. The views of Lake Pleasant are awesome so this will be a great hike with or without flowers. I would normally recommend skipping the Cottonwood trail, driving over to the old Pipeline trailhead, and starting out on Pipeline which connects very soon to the Yavapai Point trail. The YP trail is a new single track, and I do mean single track. With our 30 people we bumped into a crowd from Sun City coming back down from the top, something the trail makers did not have in mind when they built the 18” wide trail up the side of a steep slope but all made it safely past each other. The two trails out and back add up to 5.8 miles and 807 AEG, most of which is on the final ascent to the top of YP. We saw several wild burro on the way in and heard some more while hiking but didn’t see them. If you like new trails and new scenic perspective, try this trail mid-March. The lupine should be out.
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Feb 22 2015
burntlizard
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49 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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burntlizard
Hiking5.65 Miles 399 AEG
Hiking5.65 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.26 mph
399 ft AEG
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This is one of the newer trails in the Lake Pleasant area. The hike up was quiet and quite picturesque, as many of the Brittle brush and Jojoba plants are getting ready to explode. The Canyon Wrens were in full force and singing quite contently. I'd like to do this as a sunrise or sunset hike.
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