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Mercury Mine Loop - 7 members in 57 triplogs have rated this an average 3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Nov 09 2020
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53 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Mercury Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Nov 09 2020
mt98dew
Run/Jog2.05 Miles 589 AEG
Run/Jog2.05 Miles      28 Mns   4.39 mph
589 ft AEG
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Quick, after work jog. Started from Dreamy Draw TH. Did a clockwise loop. Jogged the whole thing, but the hills seemed especially challenging. :? Had one runner breathing up my backside on one of the hills, but I held them off with a few well placed stones.....joking. Except for the jogger and one other hiker had the trail to myself. Beautiful day...in the 60's :o With a few isolated clouds. Saw one rabbit and that was it.
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Dec 09 2019
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53 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Mercury Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Dec 09 2019
mt98dew
Run/Jog2.05 Miles 589 AEG
Run/Jog2.05 Miles      28 Mns   4.39 mph
589 ft AEG
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Short after work jog. Didn't have to dodge raindrops, but I had to deal with the aftermath. Dreamy Draw area got dumped 30 minutes before I got there so even though it wasn't raining there were several unusual water obstacles. I had to ford a stream :o just east of the Dreamy Draw parking lot. I've crossed that wash 10's of times and never seen it flowing with water like today. Pretty cool. And then the tunnel under the 51 was more a puddled marsh than the expected dry haven. You'd think a tunnel sheltered from the elements would be one of the driest sections on the trail. Just the opposite. Apparently the tunnel is a low spot, especially on the northern end and water was pooling on the cement floor :? Despite those elements it was a nice run. Trail itself was pretty firm, with a few muddy exceptions. Went clockwise. Weather was gorgeous! Loved the clouds! Saw one hiker and 2 trail runners.
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Nov 30 2019
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48 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Mercury Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2019
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.16 Miles 337 AEG
Hiking2.16 Miles      54 Mns   2.40 mph
337 ft AEG
 
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Second hike of the day, and a great way to cap off a week in Phoenix.
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Oct 23 2019
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68 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley,Az
Mercury Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2019
RowdyandMe
Hiking4.96 Miles 864 AEG
Hiking4.96 Miles   2 Hrs   54 Mns   2.07 mph
864 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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I wanted to hike further but after a while I started feeling a little light headed and decided to cut it short. The parking lot was almost full but I didn't run into many people.
The weather was nice but not much to see out here today. I just wanted to get on in before they shut it down for the next 3 or 4 years.
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Jan 27 2018
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55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Charles M. Christiansen Trail #100Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Jan 27 2018
SpiderLegs
Run/Jog7.00 Miles 794 AEG
Run/Jog7.00 Miles   1 Hour   14 Mns   5.68 mph
794 ft AEG
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Mellow figure 8 loop going eastbound from the Dreamy Draw trailhead, went out on one of the northern social trails, intersected back on #100 to #1A. Swung through the parking lot for another loop around the Mercury Mine loop. First time on this part of Trail 100, so may need to explore the eastern end a few more times.
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Nov 25 2017
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48 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Mercury Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2017
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.00 Miles 589 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles      40 Mns   3.00 mph
589 ft AEG
 
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Nov 23 2017
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48 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Mercury Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2017
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.00 Miles 589 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles      47 Mns   2.55 mph
589 ft AEG
 
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Always a down home favorite. It was pretty warm today which was disappointing. The desert is really dry right now. The creosote and brittle bush is dying.
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Aug 20 2017
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33 female
 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Mercury Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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WaitingForRain
Hiking2.00 Miles 589 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
589 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Jul 03 2017
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53 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Mercury Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 03 2017
mt98dew
Hiking2.10 Miles 589 AEG
Hiking2.10 Miles      26 Mns   4.85 mph
589 ft AEG
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Nice, short after work jog. Parked at Dreamy Draw and did a CCW loop. A few cars at the lot, but no one on the trails. Nice little breeze and I needed it...I could feel just the teasings of humidity.
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Dec 24 2016
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48 male
 Joined Feb 16 2007
 Walnut Creek, CA
Mercury Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 24 2016
JimmyLyding
Hiking2.00 Miles 589 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles      40 Mns   3.00 mph
589 ft AEG
 
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Today was great day to hike this loop. I got back about an hour before the rain. Squaw Peak tomorrow!
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Aug 07 2016
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41 male
 Joined Aug 19 2009
 The Basin
Echo/Stoney mountain loop, AZ 
Echo/Stoney mountain loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 07 2016
survivordude
Hiking4.11 Miles 855 AEG
Hiking4.11 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.42 mph
855 ft AEG
 
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Short little hike through the old stomping grounds with the Gabby dog. Trying to keep the legs moving and ready for a Humphreys summit in a few weeks. Sun is blazing even at 7AM. Saw a snake near the bridge, not a rattler.
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May 07 2016
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55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Mercury Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 07 2016
SpiderLegs
Hiking2.10 Miles 589 AEG
Hiking2.10 Miles   1 Hour      2.10 mph
589 ft AEG
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Livi-Divvi
Quick and easy stroll around the loop with some out of town guests to show them how fast it is to access trails in central Phoenix. Plus taking advantage of what is likely the last cool weekend until October.
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Jan 18 2016
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84 male
 Joined Sep 24 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Mercury Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2016
black_toes
Hiking2.14 Miles 503 AEG
Hiking2.14 Miles   1 Hour   39 Mns   2.01 mph
503 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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Although the Dreamy Draw Rec Area parking lot neared capcity and hordes milled about, it was another world on the W side of the pedestrian tunnel under 51 HW, like a time machine had thrown us back to, say, last Wednesday. We encountered maybe a dozen hikers on the trail, 3 bikers and a jogger. And for the first mile, we passed only a young woman on horseback with her dog leading the way. As we rose to the trail juncture on the NW corner, great views opened up, none better than snow-capped Four Peaks off on the horizon. The McDowells, the Brown's Ranch peaks, Pinnacle, Tom's Thumb all visible and snowless in the distance and Shadow and Lookout much closer. Also from the juncture, we saw the so-called backside of popular Peak 2429. Jason Cleghorn's Mercury Mine route of last year shows a path to get there from where we stood. Coming around to the S side of the trail, the highrises of downtown and midtown Phoenix pop into view. Haze made it next to impossible to see South Mtn and the downtown skyline. Counted three old mine shafts, now sealed, and several other suspects. My time was slow, barely 2 mph. It was the hariest hike I've done since last month's ankle sprain, and I used a lot of caution in descending several steep spots of slick and loose rock. You don't notice them with healthy legs. Nice hike otherwise on a beautiful day, first time in weeks doing a trail in shirt sleeves and shorts. The desert spring approacheth!
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Oct 23 2015
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84 male
 Joined Sep 24 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Mercury Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2015
black_toes
Hiking2.33 Miles 765 AEG
Hiking2.33 Miles   2 Hrs   16 Mns   2.00 mph
765 ft AEG   1 Hour   6 Mns Break
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Yes, it's a dinky trail, in the heart of the city, with little wildlife and only a few good vistas. But it proved enjoyable if nothing else for the fact I had never done it before. A trail decision here, a possible mountain route there, some little things to keep me interested. After plying over the rocky Mormon Tr yesterday, this was akin to walking on cloud. The up-and-down trail was mostly dirt and small rocks along with my favorite footing, solid rock. I liken the MM Loop to Scarlett Canyon, another urban trail farther north. While the MM is a prettier trail, it is noisier with the HW 51 traffic on the E side. And infested with bike riders. Nice guys but they come upon you out of nowhere. Of the 24 folks I ran into, 17 were atop two-wheelers. Scarlett is trashy, but much quieter with more wildlife and has the added advantage of an accessible summit, Pk 2050, I believe. The centerpiece of the MM Loop, Pk 1922, has no clear trail to the summit and in fact appears daunting from the trail with its steepness, rocks and brush. Did find a potential "S" route on the south and an up-and-around on the west. I could visualize myself up there someday. But maybe it was just the effects of the reputed mercury vapors that linger there in Dreamy Draw.
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Oct 15 2015
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53 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Mercury Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Run/Jog avatar Oct 15 2015
mt98dew
Run/Jog3.83 Miles 589 AEG
Run/Jog3.83 Miles      47 Mns   4.89 mph
589 ft AEG
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Started from the Dreamy Draw TH and went counterclockwise when doing this loop. When I went from the "east" to the "west" side of the loop I swung out a little further westward to add some mileage. I basically followed the trail that takes you up to the road to the homes on the hill and then followed a trail along the base of the mountain that took me toward the freeway. I then joined back up with the Mercury to finish the loop.
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Oct 12 2015
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46 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Mercury Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2015
Stoic
Hiking8.37 Miles 1,661 AEG
Hiking8.37 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   2.31 mph
1,661 ft AEG      25 Mns Break
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This trip was designed to connect a very very very small(.05 miles) portion of the Mercury Mine Loop. I also added a a portion of the Stoney Mtn Ridge Line trail and some unnamed trails near 14th st.
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Oct 10 2015
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55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Mercury Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2015
SpiderLegs
Hiking2.10 Miles 589 AEG
Hiking2.10 Miles      53 Mns   2.38 mph
589 ft AEG
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Livi-Divvi
Think I've had about 6 hours of sleep total over the past two nights and Olivia couldn't sleep either. Neither one of us had the energy to do our planned hike this morning. Instead we got out early and did a simple counter-clockwise stroll around the Mercury Mine Loop. Impressive sunrise today, looking over to see the Four Peaks with blood red clouds behind them made the hike noteworthy.
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Sep 15 2015
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46 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Mercury Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 15 2015
Stoic
Hiking5.23 Miles 1,129 AEG
Hiking5.23 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   2.38 mph
1,129 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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I only took Miss Ellie puppy with me today. She loves the ridge line trails.
We started at the Dreamy Draw parking lot. We hiked East side of the Mercury Mine Loop to the Stoney Mountain trail Summit. We then did 1 mile of Ridgeline Trail back to the Mercury Mine Loop. We backtracked some to finish the Mercury Mine Loop then back to Dreamy Draw.
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Jun 13 2015
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55 male
 Joined Jul 12 2012
 Oro Valley, AZ
Mercury Mine LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2015
SpiderLegs
Hiking2.00 Miles 589 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles      48 Mns   2.50 mph
589 ft AEG
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Both of us are in various stages of a bout with the dreaded plantar fasciitis. I haven't been out in over a week and Olivia has been sidetracked for over a month. Took it nice and easy this morning before it got too warm. Nothing too exciting, but this was the first time around the loop for Olivia. Nice to have trails like this in the middle of town.
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May 21 2015
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 Joined Mar 12 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Stony MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 21 2015
John9L
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,265 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles
1,265 ft AEG
 
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Combo hike after work.

Mercury Mine Loop :next: Stoney Mountain :next: Christiansen :next: Nature Trail
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