first time hiking here
hit most of the trails, i think
enjoyed the high points on cholla loop, arrowhead point and the h4 loop
backtracked to hit sunrise and get double digits
lots of people out - families, dogs, audible music, people carrying dogs and kids
a little busy for me, but to be expected on such a nice weekend day
have wanted some new trails and thought it was definitely worth a visit
home in time to watch second half of Creighton vs. Marquette
big win for the blue jays!
Short, after work run. Went to the Thunderbird and parked on the 59th Ave side. Took a user trail to connect to the Chuckwalla which I took west. I sneezed and yawned and realized that I was done with that trail. (Not really. But if I had, I would have been done with the trail). Then took the H-4a ((love the name!), east to connect with the Sunrise. Hit the peak, doing a CCW loop. On the way down, I hopped onto the Ridgeline and then, east on the Zcoachwhip to get in the general vicinity of my car. Used the road for about .2 miles to get back to the car. Only saw one person on the Chuckwalla, but the rest of the trails were loaded!
After work run. Everytime I get on these trails, I just shake my head. I've said it before and I'll say again....these trails are just poorly laid out and named. It might be a little more bearable if the trail markers were more clear at some of the junction. All that being said, I went in to knock out the short segment known as Chuckwalla H-5a. Got on the trail around 4pm. Went in on the Chuckwalla and then took the Sunrise to the "peak" and then continued on the Sunrise to the amphitheater. Followed the road north to where the Iguana H-5 Trail starts and took that back to the car. Actually was a nice jog with a little elevation. Portions of the the Chuckwalla and Sunrise are a little rocky and not as conducive to running as the Iguana Trail. Not a mph, but it felt nice to get out, even for a shortie.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.