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Wild Burro Trail - Lake Pleasant - 3 members in 10 triplogs have rated this an average 3.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Nov 26 2020
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41 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Wild Burro Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 26 2020
BoonemanTriplogs 3,866
Run/Jog12.50 Miles 959 AEG
Run/Jog12.50 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   6.94 mph
959 ft AEG
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Ran and out and back from the Wild Burro trailhead to Pipeline Canyon TH, then and out and back to the Beardsley TH.
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Nov 10 2019
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36 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Wild Burro Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2019
HippyTriplogs 649
Hiking4.83 Miles 592 AEG
Hiking4.83 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.87 mph
592 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Parked at Wild Burro Day Use Area hiked out the almost 2 miles to the southern Pipeline Cyn Trailhead, went down to the water and back on pipeline then back to the car.

Easy almost 5 miles this morning.
Loaded up my backpack with 6 liters of water and my two sleeping bags to simulate some weight.
Getting my foot use to weight again is turning out to be a very easy process.
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Nov 30 2018
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60 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Wild Burro Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2018
kingsnakeTriplogs 768
Hiking5.80 Miles 593 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.68 mph
593 ft AEG
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I avoid hiking high elevations, like Strawberry Mountain, in the winter. Couple of inches of snow up there the last few days. No thanx. ✋

In previous winters, I’ve ranged far & wide, particularly to the Arizona Outback, in search of interesting hikes at lower elevations.

Last winter I started doing more hikes close to Phoenix: What I term “Locals’ Hikes“.

As our 10th anniversary was the night before, and I’d had a wee bit of champagne, I decided to hike Wild Burro Trail, Pipeline Canyon Trail and Cottonwood Trail, but only one way (north), rather than do an out & back. 🥂

Lake Pleasant’s water levels ( http://pleasant.lakesonline.com/Level/ ) are 5-9 ft. below recent years, but the high water line is much higher, and marked by a distinct change in vegetation. I’m guessing the high water level is 30 ft. above the current depth of 1,664 ft. If Lake Pleasant was another 30 ft. higher, Wild Burro Trail would be along the shoreline in many spots. Instead, the shore is a couple hundred yards off. Still, it has the only decent lake views.

The high water line of Pipeline Cove extends a quarter mile west of the trail, which you can see on satellite view. There used to be a floating bridge there, but flash floods tore it from its moorings. It may not look it, but water has a tremendous amount of force, enough even to roll the bridge’s support blocks down channel. Pipeline Canyon Bridge’s wreckage, twisted with brush & guy lines, is 100 yds. away from its original location.

Because Lake Pleasant is low, Pipeline Cove is a dry crossing.

As I descended towards Cottonwood Trailhead, while looking out at the last sliver of Lake Pleasant view, I was startled when a previously unseen wild burro snorted me. I could see his herd moving in the palo verde.

There would be some shade on Cottonwood Trail, but shade was the last thing I needed as the sky was nearly 100% overcast. (It was so foggy at 8:30 a.m., that if those burros had been in the middle of Castle Hot Springs Rd., I very well may have hit them.)

Due to the sporadic sunshine, taking decent photos on my 💩 pocket camera was difficult. There’s limited photo ops, anyway, on Lake Pleasant’s trails, particularly given the low water levels and people’s understandable reluctance to be on the water with temps in the 50s. Without flowers and bridge wreckage, I would have had nothing.

Despite the hike being short, and with minimal elevation gain, I had unusually sore quads on Saturday morning. 🤔

Hike Video: https://vimeo.com/494789451
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Nov 01 2018
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68 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley,Az
Pipeline Canyon- Wild Burro-Yavapai Point, AZ 
Pipeline Canyon- Wild Burro-Yavapai Point, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2018
RowdyandMeTriplogs 1,864
Hiking10.69 Miles 1,567 AEG
Hiking10.69 Miles   5 Hrs   13 Mns   2.35 mph
1,567 ft AEG      40 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
Apr 30 2018
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68 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley,Az
Pipeline Canyon-Wild Burro Trails, AZ 
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RowdyandMeTriplogs 1,864
Hiking9.11 Miles 1,254 AEG
Hiking9.11 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   2.24 mph
1,254 ft AEG      23 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
Apr 15 2018
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53 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Wild Burro Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mt98dewTriplogs 1,875
Run/Jog12.90 Miles 168 AEG
Run/Jog12.90 Miles   2 Hrs   36 Mns   4.96 mph
168 ft AEG
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Posting this under Wild Burro Trail, because it was my intended objective, but actually started from the Breardsley TH. Got started around 6am. I was surprised at how chilly it was as I went through the vegetated River bottom at the beginning of the hike. I would guess 10 degrees cooler compared to anywhere else on the trail (this would include the TH which was only minutes away). I had done Beardsley once before, last year, as a hike with a planned trail description which I never got around to. I remember it being a nice, but "long" trail. Today I jogged it and found it much more entertaining. It is smooth for running (or biking) with just enough up and down to challenge me and then give me "recovery time". The trail is fairly isolated, not really seeing the lake until the very end. For the last half of the Beardsley there is a road that parallels the it, so there is the occasional sounds of cars speeding by. The Beardsley trail ends where the Wild Burro Trail starts. The Wil Burro has a little bit of a climb at the beginning and at the end, but the middle part is nice and flat follows the contours of the Lake Pleasant shoreline. Because of this, there is a lot more activity "around" the trail - boats motoring on the water, campers in their pup tents, fishermen dotting the shoreline and vehicles moving along the roads that are in constant view. Still, it was a different experience jogging next to a body of water. Saw the obligatory wild burros on the Wild Burro Trail (5 of them) and a lone, noisy one on the Beardsly. Passed one hiker and one runner on the Wild Burro, but otherwise had the trails to myself. It was nice to finally do some Lake Pleasant trails ....I'd been wanting to crack the nut for a long time.
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Nov 24 2017
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40 male
 Joined May 21 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Wild Burro Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2017
SunDevil3Triplogs 90
Hiking2.02 Miles 168 AEG
Hiking2.02 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   1.35 mph
168 ft AEG      15 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Family hike with the wife, kids, and dog. Our main goal was to spot some of the trail's namesake wild burros for the first time and I am pleased to say we accomplished our goal. We actually started from the Pipeline Trailhead (as parking was scarce at the first spot i tried) and just headed on the slow steady downhill that quickly crosses the road before skirting the side of the on the hills on it's descent.

The burros were up on the ridge in several small groups and a couple of loaners off grazing on their own. I was surprised at how big a few of them were-- sort of skinny and lanky but much taller than I had imagined-- much closer to horse-height (however many hands that equal, I am not sure.)

We hiked until the sun and terrain became too oppressive for my youngest daughter and then turned back-- waving a farewell to a bunch of jack asses up on the hill as we went :)
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Jul 20 2017
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 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley,Az
Wild Burro Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 20 2017
RowdyandMeTriplogs 1,864
Hiking4.31 Miles 466 AEG
Hiking4.31 Miles   1 Hour   52 Mns   2.81 mph
466 ft AEG      20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Surprised the water was so low.
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Feb 12 2017
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 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2017
DarthStillerTriplogs 628
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.
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 Anthem, AZ
Wild Burro Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2016
laissezfaireTriplogs 17
Hiking3.59 Miles 303 AEG
Hiking3.59 Miles   1 Hour   59 Mns   2.27 mph
303 ft AEG      24 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Still a little toasty out at the end of October but still a good view of Lake Pleasant. The trail starts at the Wild Burro Day Use Area off Desert Tortoise Road in Lake Pleasant Regional Park. The hike is all along the edge of the lake or all along the edge of the empty lake bed depending on the lake's water levels at the time. You are likely to see actual wild burros on your hike so keep your camera handy. The trail is not very difficult at all and only about 2 miles one way but if you continue on to the Pipeline Canyon Trail for about another 1.4 miles, there's a cross over to the more challenging Yavapai Point that takes you to the top of a very scenic overlook with a fantastic view of the lake. Wild Burro is good for new hikers, those in need of a short jaunt or as a jump off point for the other trails that lead off from it.
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