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Aug 17 2019
ddgrunning
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48 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Scorpion-Wild Horse-Usery Spur, AZ 
Scorpion-Wild Horse-Usery Spur, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2019
ddgrunning
Hiking9.88 Miles 915 AEG
Hiking9.88 Miles   1 Hour   54 Mns   5.81 mph
915 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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Trail run from Bush Highway. Toasty out, but with my Camelback bladder wrapped in tinfoil, I was able to keep it ice cold for the whole run. A few mountain bikers on the trail, but otherwise a lot of solitude--i'm sure because of the heat. It was nice to figure out I could cross Usery road at the horse lot and continue on the trail on the east side, up to the Pass Mtn junction. I never knew there was a trail over there. Some good AEG.

The powers that be have literally littered Bush highway with NO Parking signs. In some places, I understand, but others ??? For example, now you have to park about a 1/2 mile away or more from the Hawes TH off Power Road, despite huge shoulders along the road at the top of the hill. First, they closed off the de facto parking area. Now this. Seems like an obvious area to actually develop a legit parking area, given the popularity of the area.
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Jun 27 2019
CannondaleKid
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Bush Biking, AZ 
Bush Biking, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 27 2019
CannondaleKid
Mtn Biking8.50 Miles 727 AEG
Mtn Biking8.50 Miles   1 Hour   26 Mns   5.93 mph
727 ft AEG3 LBS Pack
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Another figure-eight, different route, more on-trail and less on wild horse trails while south/east of Bush, all horse trails on the other side.

Still feeling ok, but I must spend 90% of the time off-the-seat to keep the jolting to a minimum. Now that I'm concentrating more on it, I'm quite surprised just how rough the smooth trails are.
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May 16 2019
CannondaleKid
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Wild Horse Wandering, AZ 
Wild Horse Wandering, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 16 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking5.10 Miles 1,280 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   1.99 mph
1,280 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
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Just out on a rattlesnake hunt today... or so I told Tracey, you know, just so she'd give me that :x look.

I began by following actual wild horse trails into and across various washes until meeting the Scorpion Trail. I followed it to Wild Horse Trail where I met a group of mountain bikers, who said they saw a rattlesnake a few minutes earlier along Wild Horse. Just then another biker rode up so say he just saw a rattlesnake, very likely the same one the group mentioned.

So I set off along the trail. After going much farther than described and finding no trace of a snake, I figured with so many bikers on the trail the rattlesnakes would have left for less busy locales, and I resumed my off-trail wandering.

Hmmm... while I'm nearby, maybe I'll pick up the water I cached when I was in illegal trail building observation mode a few months back. Only a few problems with that... I didn't have the coordinates loaded and with the by-now very dry foliage, everything looked much different than when I cached it. So although I'm sure I was within a hundred yards, I could not find it. I guess I'll have to return when I have the exact coordinates.

Although by now it's warm enough rattlers would be avoiding direct sun, I thought I'd head back along as many soft-sandy washes as I could. And within a minute or so of doing so, something looked slightly off, and there it was... in the center of the wash, tightly coiled at the edge of the shade.

As I approached it, eerily there was no rattle, no movement, not even a hint of tongue to show concern. Even knowing it was alive, I still wondered to myself if it actually was.
I set my boot within a foot... nothing.
I touched the edge of the coil with a snake hook... nothing.
I touched the side of its head... its tongue flickered once... then absolutely nothing.
Not willing to break the peace just for what would likely be a very short video, I let well enough alone and moved on. And that would be all for today.

One last note... at 569.6 miles, my Redhead Trekker III boots bit the dust... at least the right boot did, with a hole right through the sole. Luckily I added an extra insole just before the hike.
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May 11 2019
CannondaleKid
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Scorpion Bush Loop, AZ 
Scorpion Bush Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 11 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking4.80 Miles 453 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   1 Hour   44 Mns   2.77 mph
453 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
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Just a quick and easy loop starting from the Coon Bluff/Bush Highway intersection, along wild horse trails out to Scorpion Alley, over to Scorpion, west across Bush Highway, horse trails over to Salt River Trail 100 and finally a lazy arc back to the car.
We only met one rattlesnake, which was at the edge of the Scorpion Alley Tail. After the first quick warning rattle it didn't feel threatened enough to rattle much more at all... and Tracey wasn't about to allow me to rile it up just for a video. :stop:
And so my video turned out to be a whole lot of nothing... silent rattles don't make for post-worthy video. ](*,)
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May 05 2019
CannondaleKid
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Bush Scorpion Loop, AZ 
Bush Scorpion Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 05 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking3.30 Miles 462 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles   1 Hour   18 Mns   2.54 mph
462 ft AEG3 LBS Pack
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Another lazy day of activity moderation hiking.
I started from the Coon Bluff Road/Bush Highway intersection and began by heading SW to see if the deer I scared up a few days ago were still around... they weren't.
Next I went up the hill and back NE, crossed Coon Bluff Road and headed for the hill next to Bush Highway, which entailed crossing through a barbed wire fence on each side of Coon Bluff Rd.
Climbed the hill, back down and east across Bush, along the highway until turning in at the Scorpion Trail TH, up the hill, back down to Scorpion following it until turning onto Scorpion Alley and finally following a wild horse trail back to the start.
Just went over 550 miles with these boots... almost time for retirement. They are already the most economical hiking boots I've ever owned at roughly nine cents per mile.
Hmmmm... if I use them only on flat/easy trails from now on, I wonder, can I get 600 miles out of them?
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Apr 21 2019
CannondaleKid
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Trail #100 Scorpion Stinger Loop, AZ 
Trail #100 Scorpion Stinger Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking6.00 Miles 791 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   2 Hrs   12 Mns   2.73 mph
791 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
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1st trip
After two somewhat worse-than-wished-for hikes yesterday this was supposed to be an easy out-and-back on the Salt River Trail, but as usual a loop is always more fun.
Although I was open to it, we had no snake encounters... and Tracey was just fine with that.
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Apr 19 2019
ddgrunning
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48 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Usery Area Trail Run, AZ 
Usery Area Trail Run, AZ
 
Run/Jog avatar Apr 19 2019
ddgrunning
Run/Jog12.25 Miles 1,494 AEG
Run/Jog12.25 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   5.33 mph
1,494 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
1st trip
Decided to do my last long run in training for the Whiskey Row Half Marathon as a trail run, linking various trails in the Usery area. The loop up and down Peak 2311 was a little too steep to be enjoyable as a run (coming down was steep/sketchy in running shoes, with all of the granite pebbles underfoot threatening to launch me into rollerblade mode at any second).

Overall, got in about 300 more feet of AEG that the actual half marathon. That said, I felt in the next day .... Hopefully, that means I will feel it a bit less at the actual race. We'll see!
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Mar 28 2019
CannondaleKid
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 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Scorpion Trail - HawesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Mar 28 2019
CannondaleKid
Mtn Biking2.00 Miles 155 AEG
Mtn Biking2.00 Miles      25 Mns   6.00 mph
155 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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An abbreviated ride to provide Ray a quick introduction to mountain biking.

Not being one to deprive anyone of fun, barely an eighth-mile into the ride I scared up a rattlesnake right next to the trail... yup, I did it just so Ray could enjoy the full experience of mountain biking in rattlesnake territory.
:scared:
'Scorpion' trail? I'd say more like 'Wake a Rattlesnake' trail.
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Mar 28 2019
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Scorpion Trail - HawesPhoenix, AZ
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Mtn Biking avatar Mar 28 2019
rayhuston
Mtn Biking2.00 Miles 155 AEG
Mtn Biking2.00 Miles      25 Mns   6.00 mph
155 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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Haven't seen Mark in ages. I've always been interested in mountain biking so I asked him if he would show me the ropes. Just enough to see how I liked it. I liked it. I see this in my near future.
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Mar 23 2019
ddgrunning
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 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Scorpion-Wild Horse-Bush Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Mar 23 2019
ddgrunning
Hiking11.35 Miles 951 AEG
Hiking11.35 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   6.03 mph
951 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
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Hit the trails for a trail run on the eastern half of the Hawes trail system. Parked on the Bush Highway at the entrance to the Scorpion Trail. I had parked about 30 feet beyond where trail crosses the road, but a concerned citizen decided I was a little too close to the crossing and my car would spook the horses. I was in a congenial mood, so I moved the car down another 20 feet or so.

Other than that encounter, I didn't see another soul all the way up Scorpion and on to Wild Horse to where it dumps into Usery Pass Road. At that point, I doubled back and then hung a left at the Wild Horse/Scorpion junction, and ran another 3 miles to where that trail dumps into Bush Highway just above what the short climb that the bikers call "Little Kong." From there, it was just shy of three miles on the road back to the car to complete the loop.

The desert is very green right now. A lot of lupine in full bloom in this area, and the saguaros are looking healthy.

A great time of year for an early morning stroll in the desert.
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Mar 23 2019
CannondaleKid
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Scorpion Stinger Salt Loop, AZ 
Scorpion Stinger Salt Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Mar 23 2019
CannondaleKid
Mtn Biking8.00 Miles 778 AEG
Mtn Biking8.00 Miles   1 Hour      8.00 mph
778 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
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A bit faster this time.
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Mar 21 2019
CannondaleKid
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Scorpion Stinger Salt Loop, AZ 
Scorpion Stinger Salt Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Mar 21 2019
CannondaleKid
Mtn Biking8.00 Miles 778 AEG
Mtn Biking8.00 Miles   1 Hour   34 Mns   5.11 mph
778 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
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Tracey hadn't been out on a bike for... hmmm, let's see, some two years? But when she heard how much fun I had on this loop she was ready to give it a shot.

It only took me an hour to get her bike (my old mountain bike) ready to go... you know, pump up both flat tires, clean/lube the chain, adjust the derailleurs and check the brakes.

Once we hit the trail, it only took her a mile or so before remembering which thumb or finger on which control did what. She did fine where Scorpion climbs 100' in the first mile, had to work a bit harder with the 200' more in the next mile, but once we hit Wild Horse it came easier, then heading downhill on Stinger... wow, that is a breeze!
Scorpion Alley climbs just 52' over .8 mile so it was easy enough, and of course the last mile back on Scorpion was another breeze.

Back to Bush Highway, Tracey still has some gas in the tank so we headed out toward the Salt River in what could probably be called "Wild Horse Flat" as we passed at least six separate herds of 6-8 horses out there.

Of course, I had to stop to film a colt nursing. Priceless!
1:09 Video: Wild Horse Foal Nursing

Kind of funny... when we headed back along the fence-line just west of Bush Highway there were probably two dozen people lined up along the fence, all with cameras in hand, some with lenses large enough to choke a horse...

Even funnier, as we rode by, one asked, "Is it ok be on that side of the fence?"
Of course... how else can you get closer photos of the horses?
(Don't worry, while that's what I thought, I just said "Sure!" and kept on riding.)
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Mar 18 2019
CannondaleKid
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Scorpion Stinger Salt Loop, AZ 
Scorpion Stinger Salt Loop, AZ
 
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CannondaleKid
Mtn Biking8.20 Miles 759 AEG
Mtn Biking8.20 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   7.03 mph
759 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
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CW from Bush Highway... Scorpion, Wild Horse, Stinger, Scorpion Alley, Scorpion, west across Bush Highway, miscellaneous wild horse trails and back to the start.
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Mar 16 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Misc Wild Horse Loop, AZ 
Misc Wild Horse Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Mar 16 2019
CannondaleKid
Mtn Biking10.30 Miles 1,788 AEG
Mtn Biking10.30 Miles   2 Hrs   18 Mns   4.48 mph
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CW Loop = Wild Horse, UA, Twisted Sister, Wild Horse, Stinger, Scorpion Alley, Scorpion, Wild Horse.
Even tougher workout for 2nd extended ride since back surgery.
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Mar 03 2019
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 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Stinger Trail - HawesPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Mar 03 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking6.60 Miles 490 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles   2 Hrs   40 Mns   2.48 mph
490 ft AEG
 
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Did another shorter hike with the kids again. I hadn't hike the new trails over in the Hawes Pass area, so this looked like a good hike for them. We parked along the Bush Highway again and headed north on the Scorpion Trail. then we took the right turn and headed west on the Scorpion Alley Trail, and did a counter clockwise loop on the Stinger and High Horse Trails. Then back the way we came on the Scorpion Trail(s).

Things are starting to green up alot now after the winter rains. Lots of wildflowers, as well. We saw one buckhorn cholla early on that was split open in several spots. Wondering if it's because it got too much water, or had some disease.

I found a few unmapped trails that crossed the trails we were on. The most prominent one was at the northwest corner of the Stinger Trail. It looks like it kind of parallels the north portion of the Stinger Trail, but it also heads further west. More to explore for another day.

All the snow on the mountains is gone, except for the lingering spots on Four Peaks. Still nice views to the north. Saw a few mountain bikers and 3 trail runners. Not too crowded, especially considering the nice weather.
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Jan 29 2019
CannondaleKid
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69 male
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 Mesa, AZ
CW Scorpion Plus Loop, AZ 
CW Scorpion Plus Loop, AZ
 
Mtn Biking avatar Jan 29 2019
CannondaleKid
Mtn Biking5.90 Miles 555 AEG
Mtn Biking5.90 Miles      54 Mns   6.56 mph
555 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
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1st trip
My first ride since back surgery. The steady uphill from Bush was pretty rough on the knees but easing up on the pace and they were fine. Gotta love it north-bound on the east segment of the not-fully completed Stinger Trail... barely had to pedal for more than 100 feet on the mile-long downhill run to Scorpion Alley.

The ride felt so good I have a feeling my hiking stats are gonna suffer at the expense of my mountain biking stats for 2019. No matter, at least I'll be doing a more of both this year.
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Jan 14 2019
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 Mesa, AZ
Scorpion Trail - HawesPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jan 14 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking2.00 Miles 325 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles      47 Mns   2.55 mph
325 ft AEG
 
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Tracey just bought a new Z-Pack backpack and wanted check it out on-the-trail before the 30-day return period lapses. She had it fully packed earlier so as soon as she got home from work we headed out for probably the easiest hiking trail she'll ever hike with the Z-Pack. Just a quick out-and-back so I was just along for a walk-in-the-park.
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Jan 03 2019
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69 male
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 Mesa, AZ
East Hawes MTB Trails, AZ 
East Hawes MTB Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking6.50 Miles 869 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   32 Mns   2.65 mph
869 ft AEG      5 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Loop taking in all the MTB trails east of Twisted Sister, including the as-yet-to-be-built Stinger Trail.
First hike for Tracey for 2019.
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Dec 24 2018
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 Mesa, AZ
Scorpion Trail - HawesPhoenix, AZ
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cw50must
Mtn Biking13.90 Miles 978 AEG
Mtn Biking13.90 Miles
978 ft AEG
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Wanted to check out this new trail so I did an out and back on Wildhorse while including this new section. I really enjoyed the downhill direction. the uphill isn't bad, its a gradual climb. I look forward to the other new trails being completed, should alow for some nice loop options.
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 Mesa, AZ
Scorpion & New MTB Trail, AZ 
Scorpion & New MTB Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2018
CannondaleKid
Hiking4.00 Miles 322 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   23 Mns   2.89 mph
322 ft AEG1 LBS Pack
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An out-and-back hike first on Scorpion Trail then west following the route for part of another new mountain-bike trail. This section of the trail is scheduled to be constructed this coming Saturday, December 22 between 8 am and noon.

Anyone who would like to aid in the construction of the trail, bring your gloves and tools and be out on Bush Highway near Milepost 26 by 8 am.

NOTE: For safety of all, please keep a clear line-of-sight to the horse crossing gate by parking as follows:
Northbound: Park either BEFORE the 'Horse Crossing' sign or at least 100' NORTH of Milepost 26
Southbound: Park either BEFORE the 'Horse Crossing' sign or at least 100' SOUTH of Milepost 26
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