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Chain Fruit Trail - 1 member in 13 triplogs has rated this an average 2 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 29 2022
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60 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Sheep TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2022
Tortoise_HikerTriplogs 3,069
Hiking3.10 Miles 156 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles   1 Hour   16 Mns   2.45 mph
156 ft AEG
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Sep 08 2022
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60 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Sheep TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2022
Tortoise_HikerTriplogs 3,069
Hiking3.60 Miles 181 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   1 Hour   31 Mns   2.37 mph
181 ft AEG
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Mar 24 2022
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60 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Sheep TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2022
Tortoise_HikerTriplogs 3,069
Hiking3.60 Miles 153 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.40 mph
153 ft AEG
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Made a balloonish loop out of it. Creosote still blooming with the Brittle Bush a little less and sporadic. Saw maybe half a dozen Hedgehog with a bloom or two. The normal bunnies and birds with even a couple jacks! A handful of bike riders with one lost. Getting warm.
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Nov 03 2021
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71 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Usery Park Smorgasbord, AZ 
Usery Park Smorgasbord, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2021
DaytripperTriplogs 909
Hiking10.28 Miles 557 AEG
Hiking10.28 Miles   4 Hrs   5 Mns   2.71 mph
557 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
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Parked by the AJ airport, for model planes that is, headed northwest using several trails. Mostly all hard packed dirt with minimal rocks and a gradual incline heading toward the Usery Park nature center. This route could be ideal for jogging otherwise it’s a nice stroll through pleasant desert scenery, lots of nice Saguaros. A few polite bikers to avoid, not too busy with other hikers. Just to get a bit of elevation hopped up to the top of Cats Peak. No wildlife noted except small lizards.Another nice day to be out and about.
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Sep 04 2021
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53 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Blevins TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 04 2021
DarthStillerTriplogs 628
Hiking9.80 Miles 413 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   3 Hrs   41 Mns   2.66 mph
413 ft AEG
 
My checkup at the eye doctor revealed that I had a possible partial detachment of my retina, so I had to have semi-emergency laser surgery on my eye Wednesday morning. No big deal on recovery, except that no strenuous activities for one week. Hiking is out but walking is OK :-k . Hiking the level trails at Usery is pretty much an easy walk, so I went there because it was so close to home. From the main trailhead staging area, I hiked a loop just under 10 miles: Blevins-Meridian-County Line-Ruidoso-Spillway-Levee-Moon Rock-Lost Sheep-Chainfruit-Blevins.

At the start and for the first hour or two, there were hundreds of tiny frogs all over the place. Must be due to the heavy monsoon season. By the time the clouds cleared and the sun warmed things up, they disappeared.

Along the Ruidoso Trail there was a diamondback lying across the trail. I started to take a picture of it, and then 2 older guy bikers were coming the other way. I started waving and yelling at them to stop since the snake was lying completely across the trail. The first biker made absolutely no attempt to stop or slow down and ran the snake over. As he passed me he glibly said "What's that, you have to speak louder". I told him he ran over a snake and he had another glib response. Then his buddy right behind him also ran the snake over. At this point I let the expletives fly and they kept on their way. : rambo : It's a wonder they didn't get bit. The snake slithered over to the nearest tree, buzzing the entire way. Not sure how injured it was. I managed to get another picture of it under the tree.

Saw two young coyotes hanging out on the Levee Trail looking for breakfast. Mostly bikers on the trails, but still a few hikers.
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Aug 29 2020
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45 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Blevins TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Aug 29 2020
cw50mustTriplogs 316
Mtn Biking11.20 Miles 390 AEG
Mtn Biking11.20 Miles   1 Hour   8 Mns   9.88 mph
390 ft AEG
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Just a regular Usery Bike ride, I think everyone who bought a bike over the summer was out there today.
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Jun 28 2020
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45 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Blevins TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 28 2020
cw50mustTriplogs 316
Mtn Biking11.85 Miles 405 AEG
Mtn Biking11.85 Miles   1 Hour   14 Mns   9.61 mph
405 ft AEG
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One of my usual routes, felt pretty good out there this morning.
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Jun 19 2020
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45 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Lost Sheep TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 19 2020
cw50mustTriplogs 316
Mtn Biking10.00 Miles 446 AEG
Mtn Biking10.00 Miles   1 Hour   2 Mns   9.68 mph
446 ft AEG
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1st trip
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I did this the opposite direction from what I usually do. Makes it sort of a new trail.
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May 03 2020
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45 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Blevins TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar May 03 2020
cw50mustTriplogs 316
Mtn Biking10.70 Miles 115 AEG
Mtn Biking10.70 Miles
115 ft AEG
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Just my weekly mountain bike ride. The entire eastern end of the park had been taken over by bees. They were bouncing off my face and arms and I was not pleased so I cut that far corner out of my ride.
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Jun 30 2019
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41 male
 Joined Nov 25 2008
 Chandler, AZ
Lost Sheep TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jun 30 2019
BoonemanTriplogs 3,866
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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Jun 01 2019
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53 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Chain Fruit TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jun 01 2019
mt98dewTriplogs 1,875
Run/Jog4.85 Miles 95 AEG
Run/Jog4.85 Miles      54 Mns   5.39 mph
95 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Early morning run in the Usery. Started from the McKellips Rd. TH. Got on the trails just before 5am. Did a lasso involving the Levee and then clockwise on Moon Rock to Lost Sheep to Chain Fruit to Blevins and then briefly on Moon Rock to Levee and then back to TH. All trails were in great shape and well signed. There is a slight incline as you head south to north. Not that noticeable, but it makes for a nice return on the run. Didn't see anyone on the trails. Wildlife was nice. Saw several rabbits (Jack and Peter), a coyote and (surprisingly) a deer. Finished the lasso just as as the sun was cresting the Usery so temps were nice and cool.
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Jan 20 2019
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53 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Chain Fruit TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 20 2019
DarthStillerTriplogs 628
Hiking7.20 Miles 410 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   3 Hrs   7 Mns   2.31 mph
410 ft AEG
 
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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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Dec 12 2018
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60 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Grandpa Day, AZ 
Grandpa Day, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 12 2018
Tortoise_HikerTriplogs 3,069
Hiking3.00 Miles 156 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   19 Mns   2.28 mph
156 ft AEG
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Hike with Lily and Isaac. Hiked half mile up Lost sheep then did an out and back on a new section called Chainfruit Trail. Then the half mile back on Lost sheep.
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