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Jun 30 2019
Booneman
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 Guides 9
 Routes 33
 Photos 728
 Triplogs 2,946

38 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Lost Sheep TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jun 30 2019
Booneman
Run/Jog8.50 Miles 305 AEG
Run/Jog8.50 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   7.97 mph
305 ft AEG
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1st trip
A nice, easy run through the lower section of Usery with lots of wildlife activity. I saw a desert tortoise on Blevins, a diamondback on Spillway and two javelinas just outside the park along Crimson Road.
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Mar 16 2019
mt98dew
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 Guides 16
 Routes 19
 Photos 398
 Triplogs 1,454

50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Lost Sheep TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Mar 16 2019
mt98dew
Run/Jog6.30 Miles
Run/Jog6.30 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   5.91 mph
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1st trip
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Second hike of the daily double. After playing in the Goldfields I drove over to the Crismon TH (located at the McKellips/Crismon turn) to knock out this new trail. Did a loop with a tail. Jogged in on the Crismon Wash Trail, then briefly on Blevins, Moon Rock and then in and out on Lost Sheep (the tail), continued on Moon Rock and back to the TH on the Levee a Trail. Some variation in trail conditions. Crismon, being a wash, was sandy, though not as soft as some other washes that I've been in. Crismon was well marked for the first half, but I didn't see any signage on the second half. Either I ended up in a different wash as I went or there was no signage. Either way, I followed "the footsteps (and bike tracks) of those who had gone before" and ended up on the Blevins. The Blevins, Moon Rock and Levee were nice wide compact dirt trails. Ideal for biking and running. Moon Rock was my favorite as it seemed to to have more twists and turns. Lost Sheep is a nice addition to the trail system. More of a single track with a fair number of twists and turns. Almost "McDowell Sonoran Preserveque." This trail could be renamed "Leaning Barrel Cactus Lane" as I counted 16 barrel cacti that had fallen over and had their roots exposed. :( I'm thinking a combination of too much rain and a bad soil system. Quite a contrast from my earlier hike of the day, which was isolated and partially off trail. Met a fair number of hikers, bikers and runners. Amazing...it was breezy, but not nearly as a windy as it had been earlier in the morning. Minimal flowers, but all the foliage was healthy and green. Wildlife minimal...couple of chipmunks.
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Jan 20 2019
DarthStiller
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 Guides 15
 Routes 236
 Photos 6,075
 Triplogs 440

50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Chain Fruit TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking7.20 Miles 410 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   3 Hrs   7 Mns   2.31 mph
410 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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I had originally planned this as a family hike, but my wife had to attend a rehearsal and my daughter had a Saturday night sleepover at her friend's house, so it ended up as another father and son hike. The Chainfruit Trail is another very new trail in Usery Park that wasn't there last October when were there last. This was a great excuse to go hike so close to home.

We started at the parking lot at the southwest corner of the Blevins Drive loop, and took the Blevins Trail to the southern terminus of the Chainfruit Trail. Heading NW along the Chainfruit, we hiked the two spur trails out to the campground areas. The second spur takes you to an RV campground, which has a half mile interpretive Nature Trail. You have to walk about 100 yards along the asphalt to get to it from the spur trail, but we didn't mind. The RV grounds were full of snowbirds. All the plates were out of state. The Nature Trail was interesting. There were 18 different plants labeled, which I took note of. they even had a Christmas cholla.

After we completed the Chainfruit Trail, we took the Lost Sheep Trail south to the Moonrock Trail, and did the spur trail that heads into the subdivision to the west. After getting back on the Moonrock, we took it around back to the Blevins again, then headed east and took the Amigos Wash Trail north, and headed back to the car on the Blevins. Totaled out at just over 7 miles, very respectable for Dmitri, who was able to keep up with no difficulties (and minimal complaints, other than the chilly weather early on).

In the Amigos Wash Trail we heard sirens from emergency vehicles driving by the park. that usually sets off the coyotes that are nearer than you would think, but we didn't hear any.

Saw about as many hikers as bikers. Finished by 11:30am and headed out for lunch. The weather was clear and very nice, but I still didn't take many pictures. Nothing to see that we hadn't seen before.
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Jan 05 2019
diesul
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 Photos 14
 Triplogs 13

43 female
 Joined Mar 29 2011
 Mesa, AZ
Chain Fruit - Lost Sheep Trails, AZ 
Chain Fruit - Lost Sheep Trails, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Jan 05 2019
diesul
Mtn Biking6.04 Miles
Mtn Biking6.04 Miles
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1st trip
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We started at the Buckhorn Campground, rode down to the Chain Fruit Trail (not yet in trail guide as the trail is only a month old), headed northwest toward the Lost Sheep Trail. We rode north on the Lost Sheep Trail out to the Nature Center and then back to the junction with Chain Fruit. We continued down Lost Sheep until we ran into Moon Rock Trail. We continued south on Moon Rock Trail until the trail turned around toward Blevins Trail. We headed north on Blevins Trail until it met back up with Chain Fruit. Returning on Chain Fruit, I took the wrong campground trail and ended up at the group campground. We turned around back to Chain Fruit, continuing until we reached the correct campground trail back to Buckhorn Campground.

Lost Sheep is a fun downhill trail from the Nature Center to Moon Rock. Moon Rock has turns with rocks that were more than my limited skill could handle without slowing down quite a bit. Blevins Trail was very sandy and a workout climbing back up to Chain Fruit in that sand. Chain Fruit is nicely packed. It was a pleasant climb with slight rolling dips along the way.
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Dec 29 2018
diesul
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 Photos 14
 Triplogs 13

43 female
 Joined Mar 29 2011
 Mesa, AZ
Blevins-Chain Fruit-Lost Sheep, AZ 
Blevins-Chain Fruit-Lost Sheep, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Dec 29 2018
diesul
Mtn Biking4.00 Miles
Mtn Biking4.00 Miles
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1st trip
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Started at Area 10 and headed out west on Blevins Trail to Chain Fruit. Off Chain Fruit, we took the spur out and back to the Buckhorn Campground. Back at Chain Fruit, we continued north toward Lost Sheep Trail. We headed north on Lost Sheep toward the Nature Center. We interrupted a family photo shoot on the trail just outside the Nature Center. We turned back around and took Lost Sheep down to Moon Rock Trail. On Moon Rock, we headed east toward Blevins Trail. At Blevins, we headed north back to Area 10. Nice bike ride and first time on Chain Fruit, Lost Sheep, and Moon Rock.
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Dec 03 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 78
 Photos 7,233
 Triplogs 2,565

58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Sheep TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 03 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking3.00 Miles 150 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles      57 Mns   3.16 mph
150 ft AEG
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Oct 17 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 78
 Photos 7,233
 Triplogs 2,565

58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Grandpa Day, AZ 
Grandpa Day, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 17 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking3.20 Miles 183 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   31 Mns   2.11 mph
183 ft AEG
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Out and back with Lily and Isaac. Checked out the critters in the Nature center. A little basketball then wiffleball. Out to eat with the family to celebrate mine and LiLD's birthdays. Good times!
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Sep 30 2018
DarthStiller
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 Guides 15
 Routes 236
 Photos 6,075
 Triplogs 440

50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Sheep TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 30 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking6.90 Miles 385 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   2 Hrs   53 Mns   2.39 mph
385 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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With the weather getting a little bit cooler and a Sunday night Steeler kickoff, this was the perfect chance to take the family out for a local hike. We haven't been out for a hike as a family since April. I saw Cannondale Kid's description for the new Lost Sheep Trail at Usery Park and that seemed like the best bet.

We started along the Blevins Trail and headed over to the Moon Rock Trail on our way to the Lost Sheep Trail and up to the Visitor Center. Up there, we hiked the Desert Hawk Loop, which is no longer a proper loop. One section of it has been closed for some reason. We hiked the entire open section, basically doing two out and backs to the closed section on either side.

After that we hiked back to the Moon Rock Trail, and hiked all of that back to the Blevins Trail and back to the car. The clouds began to roll in after an hour or so which helped to keep the temperature cool. Nice to get out with the family again for a hike.
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Sep 27 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
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 Routes 78
 Photos 7,233
 Triplogs 2,565

58 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Sheep TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 27 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking4.70 Miles 228 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   3.07 mph
228 ft AEG
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Partners none no partners
I didn't know about this little trail. I read Cannondale's write up and thought I would check it out. Walking up to the visitor center the trail is right of the building. Very nice trail. Although there is no sign at the north beginning, there is one at the south end where it connects with Moon Rock Trail. There is also a sign at the Desert Hawk Loop intersection. I hiked it south to Moon Rock and followed it to Blevins. Turned off on area 10 and walked the road for awhile. Then went into the group camping areas and found the Desert Hawk Loop and took it back to Lost Sheep and back to the car. Trail is in good shape for bike riders as well. The last years rains have put so much sand on Blevins in many area that the bike riders are probably not enjoying it nearly as much as before.
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Sep 15 2018
CannondaleKid
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 Guides 43
 Routes 137
 Photos 20,568
 Triplogs 1,927

69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Usery Park Loop, AZ 
Usery Park Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Sep 15 2018
CannondaleKid
Mtn Biking12.00 Miles 699 AEG
Mtn Biking12.00 Miles   1 Hour   41 Mns   7.13 mph
699 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
 
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1st trip
15 months since I'd been riding these trails... pleasantly surprised by the new Lost Sheep Trail.
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CannondaleKid
average hiking speed 2.27 mph

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