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Nov 23 2019
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51 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Shallmo Wash Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
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Run/Jog avatar Nov 23 2019
mt98dew
Run/Jog4.17 Miles 210 AEG
Run/Jog4.17 Miles      41 Mns   6.10 mph
210 ft AEG
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First of two hikes for the day. (Actually wanted to do a hike at the Ardero TH (in Fountain Hills) only to discovered that it was closed. So this turned out to be my back up for my first hike). Got to the Four Peaks TH just after 6am. There was a beautiful sunrise just starting, framing the Supes and Weaver's Needle. Unfortunately the Shallmo Wash Trail was taking me west so I wasn't able to enjoy it. The Shallmo is a pretty nice trail, though rather misleading in name since it doesn't interact with a wash. No complaints about that, since washes can make for a challenging run. The trail is a nice single track that works its way west and then east around some low lying hills. It was a little muddy in spots from the recent rain, but not too bad. I took the Pemberton for a brief time then hopped onto the Scenic Trail. I was surprised to find out that the Pemberton/Shallmo juncture was the high point for this loop. Both the Pemberton and Scenic were both down hill which made for an easy run. At the Cinch juncture I took that trail (also down hillish) to the Escondido which brought me back to the TH. Very easy run. Weather was a little chilly, but I actually like running in that kind of weather. No wildlife. I did encounter 2 trail runners and a biker.
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Jan 28 2019
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 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 28 2019
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Hiking6.46 Miles 446 AEG
Hiking6.46 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   3.13 mph
446 ft AEG      3 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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An evening hike in MMRP...

I saw a few other trail users and might have gotten an okay dusk photo, but I haven't gotten around to looking at it yet.
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Jan 14 2019
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 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 14 2019
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Hiking6.47 Miles 417 AEG
Hiking6.47 Miles   2 Hrs   13 Mns   3.21 mph
417 ft AEG      12 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
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Just one of my workout loops at MMRP. I started out just early enough that I only needed my headlamp for about the last third of the hike.
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Dec 12 2018
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59 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Shallmo-Pemberton-Scenic-Cinch - MMRP, AZ 
Shallmo-Pemberton-Scenic-Cinch - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2018
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Hiking8.80 Miles 554 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   3 Hrs   4 Mns   3.11 mph
554 ft AEG      14 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
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I hiked a figure-8 route at MMRP - Shallmo Wash, Pemberton, right at the first intersection with Scenic, then around Scenic in its entirety and back to Pemberton where I turned left, Pemberton back to Scenic, Scenic to Cinch, Cinch to Escondido, and back in on Escondido.

As I was out earlier in the day, I saw more trail users than usual. I saw mountain bikers, other hikers, and trail runners.
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Brittlebush, creosote, globe mallow, and others I haven't identified yet.
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Dec 05 2018
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59 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 05 2018
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Hiking6.41 Miles 433 AEG
Hiking6.41 Miles   2 Hrs   16 Mns   3.13 mph
433 ft AEG      13 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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Oct 31 2018
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59 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Escondido-Pemberton-Shallmo Wash Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Escondido-Pemberton-Shallmo Wash Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2018
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Hiking10.04 Miles 591 AEG
Hiking10.04 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   3.22 mph
591 ft AEG      2 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
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A late afternoon into evening loop hike in MMRP: Escondido, Pemberton, and back on Shallmo.

The Four Peaks Trailhead was bustling with activity from workers setting up for Ragnar this coming weekend. A long line of chemical toilets created a long corridor around which I had to drive in order to park. An even longer line of toilets was set up lengthwise through the parking lot. Tents made it (intentionally?) difficult to access the trails there.

I now realize that the signage that I had observed on the trails last Monday is for the upcoming Ragnar race. This matches with similar signage that I had seen last year preceding Ragnar.

Aside from the commotion at the trailhead, the trails were quiet. I was surprised that no one was around when I returned. As I recall, when I hiked there last year, there was still a presence after nightfall.
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Oct 29 2018
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59 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 29 2018
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Hiking6.51 Miles 417 AEG
Hiking6.51 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   2.81 mph
417 ft AEG      15 Mns Break28 LBS Pack
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Another night hike at MMRP: Escondido, Cinch, Scenic, Pemberton, and back on Shallmo Wash.

The Javelina Jeadquarters were still being disassembled as I left Four Peaks Trailhead. There were still a few pieces of equipment there when I returned. I saw route markers along nearly my entire hike. The only section that wasn't marked was the last little bit of the Shallmo Wash Trail. It seems that the racers were routed into the actual wash for some reason.

I was passed by a pair of mountain bikers as I was returning on Shallmo Wash. Aside from them, I saw no other trail users.

My pack was slightly heavier tonight due to bringing along my tripod. I took a few shots from the Scenic Trail Ridgeline. It was nice to get exposure bracketed shots at the base ISO of the camera.

While hiking that ridgeline, I saw a number of small reflective dots (in addition to the Javelina Jundred signage). These turned out to be the eyes of birds, most of which flew away as I approached. One did not, however. I approached within about four feet and got a few photos (I hope). I was lucky that it didn't fly away as I fumbled with getting the camera back into the correct mode for shooting hand-held after tripod use.
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Oct 22 2018
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59 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2018
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Hiking6.41 Miles 410 AEG
Hiking6.41 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   2.89 mph
410 ft AEG      5 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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Another later afternoon / early evening loop hike in MMRP: Escondido, Cinch, Scenic (long way), Pemberton, and back on Shallmo Wash.

I saw large tents and the start/finish line for the Javelina Jundred as I hiked through the Four Peaks Trailhead.

I encountered just one trail runner on my hike; I saw him as I was finishing the Scenic Trail.

Later on, when I was maybe a third of the way down Shallmo Wash, I came across a rattlesnake lying across the trail. Perhaps half a mile after that, I saw a very active pack rat hopping around, and scrambling for cover as I approached with my light.
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Oct 15 2018
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 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2018
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Hiking6.44 Miles 456 AEG
Hiking6.44 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   3.19 mph
456 ft AEG      8 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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Starting from the Four Peaks TH in MMRP, I hiked: Escondido, Cinch, Scenic (long way), Pemberton, and Shallmo Wash.

The evening was cool, at least compared to what I've been accustomed to. I one trail runner, but no mountain bikers.

I also saw a tarantula and a number of mice and/or pack rats. I saw one of these mice run into an improbably small hole. It was a small mouse though and fit without issue.
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Oct 10 2018
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 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Shallmo-Pemberton-Scenic-Cinch Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Shallmo-Pemberton-Scenic-Cinch Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2018
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Hiking6.41 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking6.41 Miles   2 Hrs   7 Mns   3.08 mph
400 ft AEG      2 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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An early evening loop hike at MMRP...

Starting from the Four Peaks Trailhead, I hiked Shallmo Wash Trail, Pemberton, Scenic, Cinch, and Escondido.

I got to look at more of the erosion caused by last week's rains. The erosion on the Shallmo Wash Trail looked better than it did when I hiked it last Wednesday. Either some trail maintenance has been done or the mountain bikers have beaten the trail back into a somewhat better condition.

I hiked the Scenic Trail from north to south. The northern end of the trail didn't seem that bad, but there were some new and deep ruts on the final descent. The trail also seems rockier in places, though it was plenty rocky to begin with.

Cinch didn't seem to be impacted much by last week's rains.

I saw a few mountain bikers just before sunset. I didn't see any - which kind of surprised me - after it got dark.
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Oct 03 2018
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59 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Escondido-Pemberton-Shallmo Wash Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Escondido-Pemberton-Shallmo Wash Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
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Hiking10.08 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking10.08 Miles   3 Hrs   11 Mns   3.23 mph
600 ft AEG      4 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
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A late afternoon & early evening hike in MMRP...

Starting from the Four Peaks Trailhead, I did a loop comprising the Escondido, Pemberton, and Shallmo Wash trails.

These trails have each seen significant erosion due to the rains of Monday and Tuesday. I encountered two mountain bikers - each indicated that riding was significantly more difficult than normal. One of them said, "I picked the wrong day to do this." Riding difficulty was likely due to both the soft conditions as well as erosion. Normally, I can ride these trails without putting a foot down; had I ridden today, I think I would have had to get off my bike at least half a dozen times.

The Escondido Trail has sections of difficulty where it crosses washes, but there are also sections with ruts in the middle of the trail.

The section of Pemberton that I hiked was probably affected the least, but there's a minor wash near the Trailhead Staging Area which caused me to lose the trail for a short ways. I'm very familiar with these trails - I don't think that this has happened before, well not on the Pemberton anyways.

Shallmo Wash Trail is possibly the most damaged of the trails I hiked. There are sections which run along the top of the bank of Shallmo Wash. There were at least two spots where perhaps half the width of the trail has been washed away.

There were also some muddy and slippery sections. My feet almost slid out from under me in one such section on the Escondido Trail.
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Sep 12 2018
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59 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2018
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Hiking6.42 Miles 420 AEG
Hiking6.42 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   3.24 mph
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I hiked a loop in MMRP with Bob on Wednesday evening. We hadn't made any arrangements to hike together - we just happened to show up at the same place at the same time. We hiked Escondido, Cinch, Scenic (long way), Pemberton, and Shallmo.

Just after passing through the Trailhead Staging Area on Pemberton, we saw a rattlesnake. Later on, when we were on the Shallmo Wash Trail, we saw a small coral snake. It was perhaps seven inches in length, though it was difficult to tell since it wasn't lying straight. I think I have photos of both.

We also saw a two pack rats, one of which was confused by our lights. I wasn't quite quick enough with my camera to get a photo though.

There were even fewer moths than there were on Monday night and far, far fewer than there were last Wednesday when I had to hold the light in my hand to keep the moths away from my head. I was able to wear my headlamp tonight, though they did tend to gather when we stopped to look at the various critters we encountered.

We saw the women's night cycling group on the Pemberton when we were still on Scenic. Later on, we saw them ride through the Four Peaks Trailhead as we were returning to our vehicles.

It's still warmish out, but it's cooler and a lot less humid than it had been in August. I'm liking these temperatures.
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Aug 28 2018
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59 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Cinch-Scenic-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Cinch-Scenic-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 28 2018
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Hiking4.61 Miles 230 AEG
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230 ft AEG      2 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
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Starting from the Four Peaks Trailhead (Horse Staging Area), I did a short loop: Escondido, Cinch, Scenic (the short way), Pemberton, and back on Shallmo Wash.

I saw several mountain bikers, though none with headlamps (yet). There was a pretty sunset.

Temperature was in the low 100s, but with low humidity. It felt pretty good.
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Aug 22 2018
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 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Shallmo-Pemberton-Scenic - MMRP, AZ 
Shallmo-Pemberton-Scenic - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2018
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Hiking9.02 Miles 548 AEG
Hiking9.02 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   3.09 mph
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A night hike in MMRP...

Starting from Horse Staging Area, out Shallmo, right on Pemberton, right on Scenic, left on Pemberton, then back on Shallmo.

It seemed like I had the park to myself. I didn't see anyone else while I was out.

Lightning and some mild wind started after sunset. The wind was welcome because it had become somewhat buggy and the wind kept the bugs out of my face.

As I was descending the last big hill on Scenic, I saw a tarantula in the middle of the trail. Later on, I saw a scorpion, but it was scurrying away - too fast to get a photo. But then I saw another, larger, scorpion as I was heading back on Shallmo. It hung out in the middle of the trail and let me get a photo. I saw another scorpion, this one on the move, a short while later. There were also a few bunnies hiding under bushes and a packrat with a long tail with a puffy tuft of fur at the end. When I got back to the parking area, I saw an owl take flight; it had been sitting atop a saguaro.

I probably would have missed those critters had I done as I normally do and done the hike in the dark. But tonight I was testing out a new headlamp (Zebralight H600Fd IV) powered by an 18650 cell. Maybe I'll start using a headlamp more often...
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Aug 13 2018
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 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Cinch-Scenic-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Cinch-Scenic-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 13 2018
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Hiking6.41 Miles 440 AEG
Hiking6.41 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   3.37 mph
440 ft AEG      4 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
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One of my training loops in MMRP...

Starting from the Four Peaks TH / Horse Staging Area, I hiked Escondido, left on Cinch, right on Scenic, left on Pemberton, and left on Shallmo Wash.

I saw just one mountain biker on the evening's hike; she was turning onto Cinch from Scenic.

Hiking up the Scenic Trail, I remembered descending that hill in the rain last Wednesday. While it's slightly more eroded than when I last did it dry, it wasn't as eroded as I was expecting, especially given the torrent of water running down the trail that I observed last week.

There's not much of a moon right now and it was getting pretty dark when I got to the Shallmo Wash Trail. I decided to use my headlamp for a change. It was kind of cool as I got to see a bunch of mice or maybe pack rats scurrying about. I have no doubt that they're around when I don't turn on my light, but am just unaware of them.
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Aug 08 2018
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 Fountain Hills,
Monsoon Hike in MMRP, AZ 
Monsoon Hike in MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 08 2018
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Hiking7.70 Miles 702 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles   2 Hrs   26 Mns   3.28 mph
702 ft AEG      5 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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A wet hike in MMRP...

I was planning on just doing one of my normal workout loops in MMRP. I figured it'd be hot and dry.

After my wife dropped me off at the entrance station, I walked through the horse staging area and then hiked Shallmo, getting what I think might be a good photo along the way. Not sure I'll be able to retrieve it because the camera seems to be dead at the moment - but the memory card might still work.

Anyway, I continued on Pemberton and started seeing lightning off in the distance. Started up Scenic and noticed rain converging on the park from both east and west. Took a photo of this phenomenon, put the camera in a plastic zip lock bag (which I maybe didn't totally zip?) and continued on. Moments later the rain started...

It was coming at me sideways from the east. Gusts of wind while hiking the ridgeline of the Scenic trail nearly caused me to lose my balance several times. As I continued on, the trail turned into a small stream, forcing me to one side and then the other (repeatedly) for better footing. At other times, I walked through the water because that was easier. The wind was especially fierce at a few points where it was funneled over the ridge by terrain to the east. The sideways rain was especially hard in these areas and gave my exposed skin a good scouring. The brim of my hat protected my face and side of my head.

I got out my headlamp for the last descent from the ridge. The rain had, somehow, started blowing at me from the other direction. I got a call from my daughter wondering where I was as I made my way down. She and my son set out to pick me up. I told them to bring lots of towels.

The rain let up somewhat by the time I got to Cinch, but a relatively minor wash was flowing pretty heavily and I had to figure out how to ford it. I tried crossing at a narrower section, but the bank on the other side was too high to go up in the wet conditions. I backtracked and crossed where the trail was. The water was about calf deep.

The rain had pretty much stopped by the time I got to Escondido. I met my kids at the entrance station. My son had driven his jeep and had somehow managed to cross three heavily flowing washes on the way to the park.

On the way back, he passed some stopped vehicles and crossed two of the washes, but at the last wash a police officer had blocked the road on the other side. We got out and crossed the wash on foot, then talked to the officer for a while. We waited and noticed that the water level was going down. But there was still a lot of debris - large rocks and some branches in the road. Four of us, myself, my kids, and another motorist spent 15-20 minutes clearing the worst of the debris. There was now a driveable path from one side to the other. Somewhat to my surprise, the cop let us all cross - first the northbound direction and then the southbound.

It turned out to be a much bigger adventure than I expected!
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Aug 03 2018
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59 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Shallmo-Escondido-Scenic Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Shallmo-Escondido-Scenic Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
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Hiking12.40 Miles 879 AEG
Hiking12.40 Miles   4 Hrs   9 Mns   3.01 mph
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A 12+ mile loop in MMRP...

Starting from the Trailhead Staging Area, I hiked Pemberton, Shallmo Wash Trail, and Escondido until I got back to Pemberton. From there, I headed back towards the TSA, but hiked the Scenic Trail (and the last bit of Pemberton) to add a bit of extra distance.

There were only two other vehicles in the lot when I arrived and mine was the only vehicle there when I returned. I saw no one else on my hike.

I did see a coyote as I was starting. I stopped by the Nature Center to talk to Ranger Amy when I was done and saw a javelina sniffing around near the picnic tables behind the building.

The temperature was in the mid-eighties when I started and around 100F when I finished. I saw the temperature on my wrist occasionally reach 105. I drank a little over 4 liters of water.
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Jul 23 2018
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 Fountain Hills,
Cinch-Scenic-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ 
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Hiking6.38 Miles 469 AEG
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A warm hike in MMRP...

According to the car's thermometer, it was 113 when I started, but had cooled down to about 100 when I was done. On the drive home, I found the 70F AC temp that my wife had set to be too cold, so I raised it to 85. The air felt oppressively hot at the start of the hike, but after about a mile, it didn't seem so bad. It certainly helped that some of the hillsides provided shade as I headed up Cinch and then again for part of Scenic approaching the top of the ridge.

I did one of my regular routes there: Escondido, Shallmo, Scenic (the long way), Pemberton, and back on Shallmo Wash.

I didn't actually encounter anyone, though I did see a mountain biker heading down Shallmo shortly before I got there - it was nearly dark then. I didn't see any critters either. Towards sunset, there was some color in the sky towards Four Peaks. Later on, as it got dark, I noticed lightning too, also in the direction of Four Peaks.
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Jul 15 2018
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 Fountain Hills,
Shallmo-Pemberton-Escondido Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Shallmo-Pemberton-Escondido Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 15 2018
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Hiking11.16 Miles 909 AEG
Hiking11.16 Miles   3 Hrs   48 Mns   2.98 mph
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An early morning loop hike in McDowell Mountain Regional Park...

Starting from Four Peaks TH / Horse Staging Area, I hiked Shallmo Wash Trail, Pemberton, and then Escondido. Midway along Escondido, I hiked the Lousley Hill loop, after which I finished on Escondido.

The morning was muggy (for AZ anyway) with temps in the low- to mid-eighties. I saw perhaps half a dozen mountain bikers, but no other trail users.

Despite the relatively cool conditions, I drank at least 4L of water.
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Jul 13 2018
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 Fountain Hills,
Wash Day - MMRP, AZ 
Wash Day - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 13 2018
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Hiking10.59 Miles 702 AEG
Hiking10.59 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   2.76 mph
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Another "wash day" for our Friday Hike in McDowell Mountain Regional Park...

Starting from the Four Peaks Trailhead (Horse Staging Area), we crossed the road, and then hiked the Technical Loop to the service road. The service road took us to Stoneman/Pemberton Wash where we went south for a while. One of Stoneman's feeder washes took us WNW for a number of miles. We eventually crossed Tonto Tank Trail and ended up in another wash which took us ESE, which eventually brought us back to the Tonto Tank Trail. We took Tonto Tank to Pemberton (which crossed Stoneman again) and then over to Shallmo Wash. For more washy goodness, we opted to hike in Shallmo Wash (proper) instead of on the trail of the same name. Shallmo Wash was especially loose and sandy; the other washes that we hiked earlier hadn't been churned up by horses and were relatively firm.

We picked up a number of balloons and other trash along the way.

We saw one rattlesnake, but it was somewhat camera shy.

We saw no other human trail users along the way, though for much of the hike we were in washes where it would be surprising to see anyone else.

I ran out of water in my 3 liter reservoir with about two miles to go. Thankfully, I still had a 40 oz bottle in my pack.
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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.

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