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Jun 23 2019
Nightstalker
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 Routes 91
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52 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Little Jim TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2019
Nightstalker
Hiking6.00 Miles 814 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   18 Mns   2.26 mph
814 ft AEG      39 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Gallydoll
Was planning on taking the harem up to Prescott, but with the Badger Springs fire closing the I-17 on Friday night and cooler temps in Phoenix, decided to go out to Lake Pleasant and do the Walking Jim/Little Jim loop. First vehicle in the parking area @ 5:30. Lots of trash at the trailhead, mattress, blankets, etc. Had the whole trail to ourselves with the exception of 2 burros spotted in the wash near the end of our trek. Lot's of well worn burro trails all over the place makes staying on the main trail difficult, especially on the Little Jim section and the southern return.
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Jan 12 2019
toddak
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56 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2019
toddak
Hiking14.00 Miles 2,500 AEG
Hiking14.00 Miles   7 Hrs      2.00 mph
2,500 ft AEG
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A very fine peak hike
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Jan 07 2018
DarthStiller
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51 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Little Jim TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 07 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking5.70 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   3 Hrs      1.90 mph
800 ft AEG
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Took the family out for my first hike of the new year. I had to finish up the Little Jim Trail from when I did the big loop and peak hike back in April, and this one seemed perfect.

Got to the TH and found it packed with ATVers. Just a couple of spots left. Then I found that my phone wasn't charging on the ride up because the charger came loose, so I was already at 47%. We waited 10 min until it got up to 57% and then took off.

We did the loop clockwise, which seemed like the best idea. The southern half of the loop has a lot of loose rocks, which makes for some slower going. Coming back on the smoother section of the Walkin' Jim trail was pretty nice. The temps were pretty nice, it actually seemed warmer at the beginning that at the end, but that might be because we were walking uphill. We also hiked the section of the trail I skipped last time going the long way around the hill.

Saw one other hiker the whole time. She had an unleashed dog that she told was friendly. Then Dmitri started to walk by him and he barked, so she finally grabbed him and held him while we walked by. Didn't see any burros or other wildlife the entire time. Some spots of the washes actually still had some water, which was surprising.

At the end of the hike, Route Scout wouldn't shut down. I would hit the stop button, and it would freeze. I restarted the phone twice and it would start up again recording where it left off each time. Eventually had to uninstall the entire app and reinstall it later at home to fix the problem, thereby losing the route. Fortunately, I always use RS and my Garmin Oregon, so I still recorded my route for the hike.

Nothing special or extraordinary, but a very nice Sunday hiking with the family, with the earned lazy time at home the rest of the day.
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Dec 27 2015
JasonCleghorn
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45 male
 Joined Nov 11 2014
 Amherst, NH
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 27 2015
JasonCleghorn
Hiking10.50 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles
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So....

How well do you think a summit attempt of 3465 would go with my 66 year old Floridian father in law?

Just..... short of the saddle...

The joys of a 3.5 MPH hiker hiking with a 1.75 MPH hiker...

Saw 7 cows and a human on the trail, a first for me out there...
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Apr 25 2015
mazatzal
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63 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 25 2015
mazatzal
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,778 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   7 Hrs   10 Mns   1.93 mph
2,778 ft AEG      50 Mns Break
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Cloudy and overcast all day - kept the temps down. Hadn’t been on these trails and enjoyed the loop and spur part way up to the saddle / summit.

Got rattled at by a buzzworm but didn’t see it in a large bush. Heard 5 or 6 burros and saw 2.
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Mar 14 2015
SpiderLegs
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54 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Tucson, AZ
Walkin' Jim Loop TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2015
SpiderLegs
Hiking5.90 Miles 663 AEG
Hiking5.90 Miles   3 Hrs      1.97 mph
663 ft AEG
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Wanted to show off one of my favorite corners of the valley to a new hiking partner. So the agenda was to get out of town, find some solitude and track down some wildflowers. From reading some of the assorted triplogs from the past few weeks my expectations were low on finding a good display.

Headed out on the Walking Jim trail going counter clockwise. A few wildflowers here and there, but nothing major. Once we hit the Little Jim we were greeted with some impressive displays of wildflowers. Enjoyed a wonderful time snapping a few pics, taking in the views and looking out for burros.

Intersected back with the Walking Jim trail and the wildflowers dropped off again. So Little Jim is the way to go to see a few flowers. Despite an almost perfect day for hiking, did not see another person on the trails. I'm always surprised that such a great trail so close to town is always free and clear of crowds.
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Pretty light on the Walking Jim, saw some buds so it might look nice next week. Little Jim has the more impressive display.
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Apr 06 2014
winotron
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38 male
 Joined Nov 12 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Loop TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2014
winotron
Hiking5.50 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.36 mph
800 ft AEG      10 Mns Break3 LBS Pack
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I was looking for a fairly easy trail with solitude and some nice scenery and came across the Walkin' Jim. I was also hoping to see some water, so the fact that it was right next to Lake Pleasant was a bonus. 31 years in Phoenix and I've never been to Lake Pleasant, so this was a good opportunity. I'd never heard of this trail until a couple days ago. We just did the Little Jim Loop, and we had the whole trail to ourselves today. Not bad for a weekend. :)

Getting to the trailhead was a nice drive...not a lot of traffic at all. The trailhead was full of trucks with empty boat trailers (even though it's on the opposite side of the road where the lake was...) so I wasn't sure at first this was the trailhead. It's not marked but it's the first big pullout on the left heading north on Castle Hot Springs Rd, and the CW and CCW trails start out right next to each other in the NW corner of the lot. We chose the CCW route.

Starting out you have nice views of the Hieroglyphic Mountains and you soon cross the creek bed. Completely dry, of course, but a nice shady spot with some big Cottonwoods. The trail winds around and crosses a few washes. This area seems to be thriving...definitely more scenic than your average desert trail. The trail is faint in some areas but it is well-cairned. These first couple miles are mostly flat, but it's a nice stroll. We passed under a low wire fence and curved down into another big wash. After leaving the wash we heard a burro up on the ridge to our left and spotted a group of 3 of them up there, observing us.

Getting on the Little Jim Trail you start to elevate, and this is most of the elevation for the trip. We started to feel the heat here with virtually no shade, but it's nothing too strenuous. You cross another big wash, and I was surprised to actually see a little water left here, with the water still trickling down slowly. Halfway through the Little Jim we saw another large group of 6 or 7 burros about 50 ft away in a wash, and a couple cattle hanging out under the shade of a large mesquite tree. The burros backed off as we went by and went up to the small ridge behind them and watched us walk on until we were out of sight. Pretty cool seeing such a large group of them. :)

Once getting back on the main trail it is fairly uneventful and you mainly parallel the trail you came from on the other side of the wash. There are a few more little ups and downs but again nothing too bad. Climbing up to a small high point you have the best views yet (on this small loop, at least) of the Hieroglyphic Mountains behind you. You also have a view of the lake in the distance for a bit. The deep blue waters of the lake really stand out in the desert.

This is a great area and a great hike. Loved the contrast in environments, and all the mesquite and cottonwood trees. Next time I'll try the whole Walkin' Jim Trail, and hopefully the whole Big Jim loop eventually. :) After the hike we stopped by Lake Pleasant to take a dip in the water and cool off.
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Feb 15 2014
MEWhiteman
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77 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Walkin' Jim Loop TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2014
MEWhiteman
Hiking5.56 Miles 825 AEG
Hiking5.56 Miles   2 Hrs      2.78 mph
825 ft AEG
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Sam & I did the short loop on the Walkin' Jim and Lil Jim trails. Saw some cows and some burros.
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Nov 09 2013
Barrett
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2013
Barrett
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,778 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   2.25 mph
2,778 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
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SpiderLegs
Pulled up to the trailhead at 5:27 am to find Spiderlegs ready to rock. We decided the north Walkin' Jim was a better choice for total darkness, so off we went, only losing about 5 minutes in a clearing trying to figure out where the trail went. Soon the sky began to lighten and we had a great clear sunrise just as we started the Big Jim trail. A perfect golden 3465' was in full view and I was geeked. It's not always practical or easy, but first light makes the boring interesting, and the interesting extraordinary.
The trail ended and the cairns began - a moderate scramble with no exposure and few annoying flora passed quickly, and we were at the summit register.
We spent about 20 minutes looking for the 1902 inscription, but failed to find anything anywhere near the top. :-k
On the way down Big Jim we ran into sleepyheads NightStalker and his friend on their way up. We exchanged cookie recipes and wished them luck.
We took the Little Jim on the way back for variety, and came across a spring that wasn't on the map. Spiderlegs waypointed it, but it's hard to say whether it flows year round.
We got back to the parking lot before noon - a perfect hike of a cool mountain with another HAZ member I'm glad to have met. In the future I think I'll go back to accessing this range from Morgan City Wash though, the Walkin' Jim trails are a bit long and nondescript for my taste.
I made a short video using the music of the late Walkin' Jim Stoltz, a prolific hiker who the trails are named after.
http://youtu.be/ki3--dWXf6A
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Mar 23 2013
mt98dew
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Little Jim TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2013
mt98dew
Hiking5.48 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking5.48 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.63 mph
750 ft AEG
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Where to start??? First of all let me say I love reading all the trip logs of the areas that I hike. Every trip log adds a new unique perspective to the puzzle. Often times, I read logs before and after a hike to try to connect the dots a little bit better. If you have never hiked in this area, you are missing out. Berry Swicegood did a fantastic write up for Pike's Peak (which I feel certain is the the same as Peak 3465-Hieroglyphic Mountain). In his write up, he provides a link Jim Stotlz for whom this trail is named after. I highly recommend clicking on that link or simply You Tubing Walkin Jim Stotlz. His music and photos are truly meaningful if you have any connection to the trails you are hiking on.

As for the hike... Started off from TH going clockwise. This was a first. Previous times, I've hiked going counter clockwise. This changed things up nicely. Instead of catching glimpses of Lake Pleasant on this part of the trail I was treated to cacti covered views and jagged mountains in the distance. It was 2 miles to get to the Little Jim Trail. I was surprised that the trail to get to the Little Jim was as faint as it was. Because of the recent rains green growth was everywhere. The trail was evident, but it just had not been trodden on frequently. The same held true for the Little Jim Trail as it headed north over rolling hills. For all the healthy foliage, I was disappointed that the flowers were not more abundant. I encountered my first wildlife - a young steer, with budding horns - snorted warningly as I entered one of several washes that I had to traverse. This wash was the one just prior to the Little Jim connecting back to the Big Jim Trail. I was surprised to find what appeared to be a small, but active spring. The water originated just beyond where the trail turned up the bank, trickled for about 20 feet into a pool where it stopped.

The hike back on Big Jim was uneventful, though I was startled by two burros. I was able to catch a couple of glimpses of Lake Pleasant, but the views of the lake are much better from the southern half of the Big Jim than the northern, the elevation being higher on that part of the trail. The trail back was much more evident, making me wonder if hikers are doing in and outs, rather than loops.

My words really don't do justice for this area. There are very few trails, close to the valley, that are this easy to follow that get you this close to nature. And usually, you get this smorgasbord all to yourself. As I did today :D
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Dec 10 2012
Nightstalker
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52 male
 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Goodyear, AZ
Little Jim TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 10 2012
Nightstalker
Hiking5.50 Miles 930 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   21 Mns   2.80 mph
930 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
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I did the Little Jim Loop trail this morning. 41 degrees at the trail head when I started, brrrr. I hiked it counter-clockwise which provided nice views of Lake Pleasant on the return to the trailhead. The trail was very easy to follow up to the Little Jim shortcut and became faint up to reconnecting with the Walking Jim Trail, where, surprisingly, it remained faint all the way back to the trailhead. Saw two coyotes first thing and then a burro watching me from a ridge about 2 miles in. I really enjoyed the hike, but was a little bummed that it didn't cross any of the nearby peaks and ridgelines. I would definitely do it again!
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Nov 15 2011
MEWhiteman
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77 male
 Joined Dec 24 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Little Jim TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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MEWhiteman
Hiking5.50 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.44 mph
800 ft AEG
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Hike with 2 friends in this great area. Nice sunny but cool day. Didn't see any burros or cattle, but they left their evidence everywhere. Did spot a tarantula.
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Nov 12 2011
burntlizard
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49 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Little Jim TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2011
burntlizard
Hiking5.50 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   1.22 mph
800 ft AEG
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Went out early to look for mammals and critters alike. Bust! Got a few good bird shots though, just missed a red Cardinal photo, my camera went out of focus at the last minute(figures)

Enjoyed hearing the militia groups shooting up the desert (not)
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Oct 26 2011
burntlizard
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49 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Little Jim TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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burntlizard
Hiking5.50 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.20 mph
800 ft AEG
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Oct 03 2011
burntlizard
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49 male
 Joined Jul 14 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Little Jim TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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burntlizard
Hiking5.50 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.54 mph
800 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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This really is God's country. I came across a group of Javalina that had 2 adults and 5 babies. Further along I came across 6 wild Burros and I watched them for a few minutes. Deeper into the hike the trail becomes very faint, I lost it a few times while going across some washes, thank goodness for the Cairns. I saw another group of burros on the South side of the wash, they must be territorial because, they were in the same spot when I came back through.
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Nov 26 2010
The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Peak 3465 - Hieroglyphic MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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The_Eagle
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,778 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   6 Hrs   59 Mns   1.75 mph
2,778 ft AEG
 
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I've been eyeing this one for awhile now. My son was home on break, so it was a perfect day to eat away at the over eating from T-Day.

First....A big thanks to Bob Gregg, who has created and maintained the trails up here (quite recently actually). This was the first time I've hiked the northern portion of the loop and did not need GPS to guide me.

We followed the Walkin' Jim Trail at Cottonwood Creek, to the newly created Big Jim Trail.
The Big Jim Trail (Newly signed) takes off from the western most portion of the Wakin' Jim Trail.
This trail takes you to the saddle almost directly north of Peak. 3465. From here, my son and I cairned a trail to the top of the peak. It's about .6 mile to the peak. We thought we'd be one of the first to ever get to this remote peak..... but after reading the peak log that was placed in 1993...... we were the first since 2008.

Excellent 360 views from the top!

We were very lucky to stumble across a rock that was engraved with the name H T Sprouse Jan 26th 1902 (See my pictures).
So there was a 108 year span from first to last on the peak!
Saw 6 wild burros on the way back to the TH.

Great weather! Great Hike!
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Feb 20 2010
The_Eagle
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65 male
 Joined Jan 20 2009
 Far NE Phoenix,
Walkin' Jim Loop TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2010
The_Eagle
Hiking10.00 Miles 2,487 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   2.14 mph
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My son was home from ASU for the day with the intent of going hiking with the Old Man. We planned to go back out to this track, as last time we tried it it was later in the day, with no map or GPS. That day we followed the faint trail an Carins until we lost them 3 miles or so out, and returned to the truck via the washs.

So... with all the rain today we could have stayed home, watched some college basketball, or watched curling on the olympics... but we chose to go out and make the best of it. We were also on a mission to find the elusive wild burros that were rumored to be in the area.

A couple of takeaways from the hike today... First, I have a great time hiking with my son. Next, there's a peak out there that my son and I have a decided we "Have" to climb (Pike's Peak, has anybody out there ever climbed that one?). Last....Is this really a desert? We were both amazed at how GREEN everything was out there. Check out some of the Photos. We had a couple of side trips on this hike. One was to get to the top of a smaller peak in the area to get some better views of the Lake on the way back in.
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