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Peak 3098 Spur Trail - FHP - 1 member in 14 triplogs has rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Sep 29 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak from Adero Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,690 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   13 Mns   2.77 mph
1,690 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
I have not done this hike in a while, and it was close to home, so I decided to hike it again.

I went from the Adero Canyon TH to Sunrise Peak, and on the way back I hiked up to Peak 3098, aka the West View Overlook.

There weren't many people on the trails, and the weather was nice. I am looking forward to some cooler weather so I can start doing some longer hikes in the area.
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Jul 02 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak from Adero Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,619 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   2.73 mph
1,619 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
I haven't been to the Adero Canyon TH in a while so I decided to hike from there up to Sunrise Peak. On the way back I went up to Peak 3098, aka the West View Overlook.

There were a few people out on the trails, mostly in the Scottsdale Preserve...but it certainly wasn't crowded.

There was cloud cover for the entire hike, which was nice. It was really humid however -- I was soaking wet when I got finished.

There had been a bit of rain overnight so the trail was a bit damp. It seemed like there was more rain around Sunrise Peak than elsewhere.
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Apr 02 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak from Adero Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking7.70 Miles 1,693 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles   3 Hrs   8 Mns   2.66 mph
1,693 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
I decided to stretch my legs this morning with a hike close to home.

I went up to Sunrise Peak from the Adero Canyon TH, and on the way back I went up to Peak 3098, aka the West View Overlook.

There were a few people going up and down both peaks, but I didn't see many hikers on the Andrews-Kinsey Trail, which I was on for most of the hike.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Wildflower season continues to be a dud. I saw a few ocotillo flowers; one chuparosa with some flowers on it; one globemallow that had all of 3 flowers on it; and 5-6 strawberry hedgehogs with some blooms.
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Mar 11 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak from 124th Lost Dog TrailheadPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.20 Miles 2,768 AEG
Hiking13.20 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   2.88 mph
2,768 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
I decided to do a hike not far from home and settled on this one.

I had intended to hike from the Adero Canyon TH to the Lost Dog Wash TH and back, hitting Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, aka Westview Overlook, along the way. However, the Adero Canyon TH was full (I didn't get there until around 10:30). There were a number of cars parked illegally in the bike lines on the road, but blocking bike lanes isn't my thing, so I decided just to drive to the Lost Dog Wash TH and do the hike from there.

I went from the Lost Dog Wash TH up to Sunrise Peak, and instead of going directly back to the TH, I took the Andrews-Kinsey Trail into the Fountain Hills Preserve. From there I did the Western Reserve Loop CCW up to Peak 3098, aka the Westview Overlook. From there I headed back to the Lost Dog Wash TH.

There were a lot more people on the trails than I am used to seeing, especially within a mile or so of the Lost Dog Wash TH. There were also a few people heading up to Peak 3098.

There were absolutely no wildflowers blooming. Perhaps some flowers will eventually bloom, but it is shaping up to be a dud of a spring wildflower season.

The temperature was nice for the hike and there was a breeze blowing, but it was a sunny day and there was no shade anywhere on the hike.
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Wildflowers Observation None
I did not even see one flower blooming.
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Feb 10 2021
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak from Adero Canyon THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2021
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,540 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   5 Hrs   29 Mns   2.83 mph
2,540 ft AEG   1 Hour   10 Mns Break
 
I decided to do a hike close to home today and this one fit the bill.

We hiked up to Sunrise Peak from the Adero Canyon TH, and on the way back we took the Western Loop Trail up to Peak 3098, aka Westview Overlook. After descending down the northside of 3098, to get some extra miles we did the Lower Sonoran-Sonoran Trail Loop.

It was a nice day to be out -- there was a bit of cloud cover that filtered the sun a bit, and the temperatures were nice. There were a few people out on the trail, but not as many as in other parts of the McDowells.

We saw a gopher snake on the Sonoran Trail, but that was it for wildlife.
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Ocotillo
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Named place
Fountain Lake
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
It was nice to see some leaves and flowers on some ocotillo, and the brittlebush are finally getting some leaves. This makes me hopeful that the upcoming wildflower season won't be a total bust.
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Jan 31 2021
jochal
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 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Western Loop Trail - FHPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2021
jochal
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,370 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.89 mph
1,370 ft AEG
 
no photosets
1st trip
Made a double loop out of the Western Loop, Sonoran, Lower Sonoran, and Promenade trails. I had hiked all but the Lower Sonoran before, I think it might have still been under construction when I did Sonoran previously. There is an intermediate crossover option between the Sonoran and Lower Sonoran, and I would expect at least one more crossover gets created.

Nice, partly cloudy day. Get some really good views of the surrounding mountains on these trails. There was still snow on anything over about 5500 feet.

Hardly saw anyone at all on the Sonoran trails.

Still liking the extra wide parking spots at this trailhead, though it was almost full when I got there. Cars were parked on the side of the road.
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Dec 03 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Adero Canyon - Lost Dog Wash, AZ 
Adero Canyon - Lost Dog Wash, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 03 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.10 Miles 2,820 AEG
Hiking13.10 Miles   5 Hrs   12 Mns   2.83 mph
2,820 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
I was looking for an exercise hike close to home, and decided to hike from the recently reopened Adero Canyon TH to the Lost Dog Wash TH and back. On the way to the LDW TH, I hiked up to Sunrise Peak. On the way back, I went up to Peak 3098, aka the West View Overlook.

While there isn't really anything remarkable about this hike, it was a nice day to be outside and the trails weren't very crowded.

I imagine that I will do this one another time or 2 over the winter.
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Thompson Peak
Meteorology
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Haze
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Nov 09 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Dixie Mine to Adero Canyon, AZ 
Dixie Mine to Adero Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking10.60 Miles 2,173 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   3 Hrs   59 Mns   2.94 mph
2,173 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Today I was originally going to head north and hike Mount Peeley and Sheep Mountain, but with unfavorable weather up there I decided to do this hike instead.

It was a great day to be out -- the temperature was around 60 with a bit of a breeze and some intermittent cloud cover.

I took Dixie Mine Trail and the Sonoran Trail into the Fountain Hills Preserve, and then continued on the Sonoran Trail to the Promenade Trail to the Western Loop Trail up to Peak 3098, aka the West View Overlook. Once I got up there I took a break to enjoy the views, and to my surprise I looked down at the Adero Canyon TH and it had finally reopened, after being closed for over a year and a half. The road into the TH had finally been paved to boot.

I then descended on the south side of the peak and made my way to the Adero Canyon TH. Someone drove up there and when they got out of their car I asked them how long the TH had been open and they told me that it reopened last Friday. I am glad that the TH is finally open as it will give me another option for a starting point for an intown hike.

I continued back to the Dixie Mine TH, although this time I took the Lower Sonoran Trail in getting back to the McDowell Mountain Regional Preserve.
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East End Fountain Lake Tom's Thumb
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Mar 24 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak from Golden Eagle TH, AZ 
Sunrise Peak from Golden Eagle TH, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking15.90 Miles 3,264 AEG
Hiking15.90 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   2.80 mph
3,264 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I wanted to do a hike close to home that hopefully wouldn't have too many people on the trails, so I decide to head up to Sunrise Peak from the Golden Eagle TH in Fountain Hills. The first 0.6 miles of the hike are in the Golden Eagle subdivision, then you hit the Dixie Mine Trail in the McDowell Mountain Regional Park (MMRP).

From the Dixie Mine Trail, I took a left on the Sonoran Trail. After about 0.8 miles I entered the Fountain Hills Preserve (FHP) while still on the Sonoran Trail. From the Sonoran Trail, in sequence I went on the Promenade Trail, the Western Loop Trail, the Andrews-Kinsey Trail, the Sunrise Trail, and the Sunrise Peak Spur Trail to get to Sunrise Peak.

I did not see anyone on the hike until after about 5 miles until I go to the Andrews-Kinsey Trail, where I probably saw about 5 solo hikers. There were 5-6 people atop Sunrise Peak when I got there, but there were probably 10 people up there when I left.

On the way back I decided to hike up to Peak 3098 on the Western Loop Trail, and I also included the Lower Sonoran Trail on my return.

There was a little wildlife to be seen on the hike. Atop Sunrise Peak I saw a hummingbird being chased by some sort of flying beetle; I saw what I think was a western patch-nosed snake, but I couldn't get a pic of it so I am not 100% certain; another non-venomous snake dashed across the trail right in front of me and scared the crap out of me; and on the Lower Sonoran Trail I saw a really cool bird -- a phainopepla, which is a black bird with a relatively long tail and a tufted head.

This hike was a bit long, but there were lots of wildflowers to enjoy, which made the hike better than it otherwise would have been. As the weather warms up and the wildflower display goes away, this is not a hike that I will repeat.
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Phainopepla
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
There was a very nice wildflower display on the entirety of the hike -- enjoy it while we can!
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Mar 20 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ 
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.10 Miles 2,769 AEG
Hiking13.10 Miles   5 Hrs   41 Mns   2.68 mph
2,769 ft AEG      48 Mns Break
 
I decided to head to the Lost Dog Wash TH on Shea Blvd in Scottsdale and do this hike again.

There was quite a wildflower display on the hike, particularly on the Andrews-Kinsey Trail. I'd say that the wildflowers are at their peak right now, although the creosote bushes and cactaceae haven't really started blooming yet.

There were more people than I expected at the TH, so if I go back out there in the next few days I think that I will start from Fountain Hills. I was walking along the Sunrise Trail and came upon an older woman squatted down and urinating in the middle of the trail...and of course there was the obligatory trail runner not wearing much more than a thong. I think that I need to start hiking in remote, wilderness areas in hopes of encountering more civility on a trail!
Culture
Culture
Cactuscat Pose
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Named place
Fountain Lake Four Peaks
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
There was quite a wildflower display on this hike, particularly along the Andrews-Kinsey Trail. If there had been more poppies blooming I would have labelled this as "extreme" instead of "substantial".
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Feb 25 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ 
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking13.10 Miles 3,274 AEG
Hiking13.10 Miles   5 Hrs   28 Mns   2.72 mph
3,274 ft AEG      39 Mns Break
 
It was a somewhat cool day in the Valley so I decided to head to the McDowell's for a hike and to check out the wildflowers. I started from the Lost Dog Wash TH and went up to Sunrise Peak, and then headed over to the Fountain Hills Preserve and went up to Peak 3098. The last few times that I have done this hike I went clockwise on the Western Loop Trail; to shake things up, I went CCW this time.

This is a decent hike to get some distance and elevation gain, but after you have done it a few times it isn't all that exciting. There were a few wildflowers blooming, but I'd say that it will be a couple of weeks before you'll get very excited seeing wildflowers.
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Cairn
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Wildflowers Observation Light
There were a few wildflowers in bloom throughout the hike, but it will be a couple of weeks before you'll "ooh and aah" at the wildflower display.
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Jan 27 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ 
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 27 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.70 Miles 2,871 AEG
Hiking12.70 Miles   4 Hrs   47 Mns   2.82 mph
2,871 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
 
I decided to go out and get in another exercise hike in the McDowells. There is nothing remarkable about this hike, especially since I have done it numerous times. It was a nice day out, although I may have to start earlier next time -- the temperatures were good but there was lots of sun exposure. Thankfully there was a nice breeze blowing to keep me semi-cool.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
I saw a few poppies and brittlebush blooms. A few other plants seemed like they were getting ready to bloom -- I think that we may have an early wildflower season this year.
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Jan 13 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ 
Sunrise Peak and Peak 3098, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.80 Miles 2,799 AEG
Hiking12.80 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   2.93 mph
2,799 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
I was looking for an exercise hike close to home, and decided on this one once again. It was a great day to be outside, and there weren't many people on the trail. In fact, once I got on the Andrews-Kinsey Trail I did not see any hikers or mountain bikers.

I started the hike from the Lost Dog Wash TH; went up to Sunrise Peak; took the A-K Trail into the Fountain Hills Preserve; then went up to Peak 3098; dropped down to the Promenade Trail; then took the A-K Trail back to the Scottsdale Preserve, where I retraced my route back to the TH.
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Named place
Fountain Lake
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Nov 29 2016
jochal
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 Mesa, AZ
Sonoran Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 29 2016
jochal
Hiking11.42 Miles 2,004 AEG
Hiking11.42 Miles
2,004 ft AEG
 
no photosets
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Took Sonoran Trail into the Fountain Hills Preserve area, where I did a loop of the Promenade and Western Loop Trails. Also did the Overlook Trail.
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