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Aug 11 2019
mt98dew
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Thunder Mountain TrailSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2019
mt98dew
Hiking3.60 Miles 70 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   1 Hour   9 Mns   3.13 mph
70 ft AEG
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1st trip
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This was my second hike of the day. I could have planned this a little better. A) brought my garmin. B) be a little more familiar with the trail that I wanted to hike. (Though to be honest, neither HAZ nor The maps provided by FS.usda.gov (awesome maps for the Sedona area) accurately reflect the trail as laid out by the trail markers). The indicated route in HAZ is correct, however the trail is a little longer than the downloadable route.

Started from the Andante TH around 6:30am. Initially headed east on the Andante Trail until it connected to the Thunder Mountain Trail. According to map mileage, (all mileage for this hike is based off what I from the fs.usda.gov map), it was about .6 miles to this juncture. Not overly impressed with the Andante. Scrub plant life for the most part with nearby homes just to the north. Saving grace was Thunder Mountain looming over the trail to the south. The Andante was nice for jogging. When I got on Thunder Mountain Trail I headed east for just .3 miles to where it ended with the Tea Cup/Sugar Loaf Trails. From here, I turned around and headed back to continue on the rest of TM Trail. This turned out to be a very nice trail. After passing the Andante juncture it gains some in elevation, bringing me closer in to the "confines" of Thunder Mountain. I never really get into TM, but I feel like I could at any time. I gained enough elevation that at least I didn't feel like I was flirting with people's homes like I did when I was on the Andante. I could still see the homes, but to be honest my head was very easily pulled the other way toward Thunder Mountain. Really nice close views of the mountain and the trail did a nice job of interacting with it. Between the view, the up and down nature of the trail and its rockiness, it is. It an ideal trail to jog. This is a trail that deserves to be walked. The trail then drops down and connects to what I thought was part of Chimney Loop (and HAZ indicates this as well, since according to the downloadable route this is where the trail ends). However, trail signs indicate that Thunder Mountain Trail is actually part of the track that loops around the east-south side of Chimney Rock. I got the impression that TM Trail actually ended at Thunder Mountain TH. After hitting this point, I turned around and headed back toward Andante TH. Along the way I took a user trail that took me to a multi-religious place of worship. Kind of interesting. There was a middle eastern temple with a Bhuddist statue (?), and hundreds of flags, (some very tattered), hanging from trees and also a Medecine Wheel with an info sign informing visitors of the meaning behind the wheel. Very nice hike. No wildlife. Encountered 3 bikers, several hikers and a trail runner.
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Apr 29 2019
trekkin_gecko
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61 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Thunder Mountain Sampler, AZ 
Thunder Mountain Sampler, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2019
trekkin_gecko
Hiking6.07 Miles 977 AEG
Hiking6.07 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   3.04 mph
977 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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wanted to get a hike in before it rained
started from andante trailhead around 0645
thunder mountain, sugarloaf loop and summit, teacup to soldier pass, returned on teacup and andante
city visible to the south, but nice scenery everywhere else
enjoyed all of these trails
very few people out that early on a monday morning
saw a javelina in the neighborhood and a coyote near sugarloaf
this combined with the chimney rock loop we did yesterday would make a decent hike
(i'm talking to you, @tibber :) )
had fun with family the rest of the day, too
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Oct 16 2016
nonot
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 Joined Nov 18 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Mescal Trail - SedonaSedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 16 2016
nonot
Hiking25.00 Miles 3,000 AEG
Hiking25.00 Miles
3,000 ft AEG
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