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Ballantine to Boulder Flat - 36 members in 132 triplogs have rated this an average 3.4 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Nov 29 2021
PeraltaPhil
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75 male
 Joined May 17 2014
 Apache Junction,
Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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PeraltaPhil
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,380 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   7 Hrs   30 Mns   1.45 mph
1,380 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break25 LBS Pack
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My goal was the Rock Tanks. I had hiked this trail in August, 2021. Reaching the Flats at 11:15 A.M., I decided to hike a little farther. It was noon when I choose to turn back at a saddle overlook. This would be the farthest I had ever hiked from AZ87. Unfortunately, I only made it to Boulder Flats today, 12:30 P.M. Clipping cats' claw along the way slowed me down and zapped my energy.

If you have been thinking of hiking this trail, "NOW" would be a good time; before the cats' claw grows back!
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Mar 06 2021
ScaredyCat
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 Phx az
Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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ScaredyCat
Hiking10.42 Miles 2,097 AEG
Hiking10.42 Miles   5 Hrs   2 Mns   2.40 mph
2,097 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
 
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Had been here 1x previously but went further back this time. Took the more strenuous option at the beginning. Continued out to the next jct. Turned off to take a couple pics at the boulders.

As we began to proceed past where I had previously been, someone rolled through pronouncing this to be a biker trail b4 nearly bumping me. We took the trail that veered left, the opposite of them. There are cairns out here so yes, it is for hikers too.

This area is a bit charred but not as severely as I feared. Not a long drive but does provide some heat relief. 🤗
Jan 18 2021
jillyonanadventure
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40 female
 Joined Jan 21 2019
 Scottsdale
Ballantine, AZ 
Ballantine, AZ
 
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jillyonanadventure
Hiking10.37 Miles 2,028 AEG
Hiking10.37 Miles   7 Hrs   4 Mns   1.68 mph
2,028 ft AEG      54 Mns Break
 
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When we realized our first location option was closed, I picked this one. I thought it would be interesting to check out the fire damage and wanted to go down the creek to see if there was ANY water. I’d remembered it gushing down there the past couple of times I went, but I wasn’t totally shocked to find it completely dry. We headed a few miles down the creek and it was pretty slow moving, with Boulder hopping while trying to avoid all the cat claw growing in. We opted to head out of the creek/canyon area and connect back with ballentine trail. Getting up there was not fun, lol. It was very steep, with cacti and thorns as constant obstacles. Alas, I finally made it up. :sweat: Since exploring down the canyon was off the table we decided to continue on the trail and possibly {hopefully} make it all the way to the cabin. On my previous trip, I was solo and a group of older hikers informed me that there was a rattlesnake in the cabin. That was a no go for me that day and the other time I was here I got caught in a snowstorm and had to abort ASAP! So we are hiking along and I think I forgot how much uphill this trail had! Up, up, up or up, down, up is kinda how it goes. The fire damage was sporadic and not awful, but not great either. The trail’s condition has changed and it’s definitely a place where you need to watch your feet a lot. Slippery terrain or rocky terrain with hits of bushwhacking at least every 1/4 mile. We only saw one other couple out there, and we asked if they’d made it to the cabin but they said no. They actually said they weren’t even sure if it made it through the fire, so naturally I was a bit curious. You’ll go left at the split to head over to the cabin. The trail to get there has tons of loose rock, slippery sections and cat claw everywhere. When we were approaching, we were excited to see the cabin was unharmed and still standing! It was full of random items (I.e. spam - most likely very expired, lol). I had a tad of a creepy vibe in there so we didn’t stay too long. Heading back up was much easier than the way down and we started making pretty decent time. When we arrived back at the junction, we opted to loop the other section of the beginning of the trail, since that was going to be more prime viewing for sunset. It heads up the Ridgeline and I enjoyed those views! The sunset was a stunner and we even finished before it was totally dark. Note that although the temps were in mid 70’s it actually felt quite hot on the trail several times; it’s very exposed and hard to find shade.
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Mar 23 2020
Daytripper
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71 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2020
Daytripper
Hiking9.20 Miles 2,200 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   1.90 mph
2,200 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
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Looked for a lesser used trail and a bit of a workout, this one still delivers. Three other vehicles parked when I arrived with no one at the trailhead. Took the right side of the Pine Creek Loop and met 4 young hikers coming down the steep portion, used my hiking pole to keep distance, saw no one else until on the way back. Day started off sunny and warm , clouds and breeze moved in after a couple of hours that kept the temps down always seems to me the temps are cooler after crossing the fence line anyway. Shortly before reaching the end of the Pine Creek Loop was hearing the sound of falling water in stereo from both Camp Creek and Pine Creek. Enjoyed the sound of running water on much of the route. Trails are good but be prepared for mud and running water on portions of the route. Most all the varieties of wildflowers were represented but not abundant, some decent patches of lupine. No problem rock hopping over the creek and after enjoying the scenery that would make the Flintstones feel at home reached boulder flat. Decided to take the steep rutted route over to the cabin , slid down into the little valley and across the stream . I can report after a thorough inspection of its grocery store like interior ,that there is no toilet paper at the cabin not now anyway :D ,no canned goods, actually it hardly has a roof still, the breeze today didn’t inspire confidence on standing inside. Sadly I didn’t find the bed frame outside suitable for napping and having been to the corral decided to trudge back with my now slightly heavier pack. After crossing back over the creek I ran into a couple of fellow high risk hikers one had a USS Forrestal hat on, we reminisced ,code for embellish, about our old Navy days, had to remind him divers located more pilots than the reverse. While we were occupied in conversation two lady hikers passed by, was told there was a group of 13 hikers who were marching around the Pine Creek Loop , glad I missed that ! Took a snack break by Camp Creek to enjoy the running water. Traveled the other side of the Pine Creek Loop and used a cow path to explore down to the aptly named Pine Creek, clever how the pine forest has now disguised themselves as Saguaros. After enjoying the water flowing by the empty beach headed back to the parking lot ,still with only 3 but not the same vehicles.
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Camp Creek
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Lupine was moderate, poppies, hedgehog, thistle, hyacinth, daisies
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Mar 21 2020
ddgrunning
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51 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking7.90 Miles 1,680 AEG
Hiking7.90 Miles   4 Hrs   32 Mns   2.10 mph
1,680 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
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First time on the Ballantine Trail. Driven by the TH a thousand times, but never stopped. Figured with coronavirus concerns, this would be a road less traveled. To my surprise, though, there were 20+ cars when we arrived at the TH. Still, social distancing wasn’t a problem.

The hike exceeded expectations. About 2 mi. in, I marked a nice campsite with a view. Would make a good introductory overnight backpack location.

Later on, I tagged “Picnic Rock,” which is next door to a nice little saguaro neighborhood. Speaking of saguaros, there a a lot of impressive ones along this trail.

Given the recent rains, Camp Creek was running strong and clean. I wish the trail was located a littl me closer to the creek. As it was, you have to bushwhack down and back, but it was worth it.

Just before Boulder Flat, we tromped down to the creek and ate lunch on a nice large rock and cooled our feet in the creek.

I explored the creek a bit on the way back. Saw a snake (looked like a garter), but was too slow for the camera.

Took the north side of the Pine creek loop on the return. Water was flowing strong on that drainage as well.

The final 1/2 mile parallel to the highway detracts from nature a bit, but if you focus on the giant saguaros, rather than the traffic, it’s still nice.

Seems like there were a lot more people out in nature, after everyone’s been staying isolated the last week or so.

Now back to holing up at home ....
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Feb 01 2020
jochal
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37 male
 Joined Sep 13 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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jochal
Hiking8.50 Miles 1,600 AEG
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Nice to hike this with the creeks running. Quite a few people on the Pine Creek trail, but don't think many went very far on Ballantine. Also went over to check out the cabin and corral. The corral is in good shape. The cabin is missing half the roof, but the pieces are still around.
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Jan 18 2020
hikerdw
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62 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Rock Walls off Pine Creek, AZ 
Rock Walls off Pine Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2020
hikerdw
Hiking14.48 Miles 3,369 AEG
Hiking14.48 Miles   6 Hrs   31 Mns   2.48 mph
3,369 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
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While scanning the terrain planning for an upcoming hike in the Boulder Flat area I noticed what looked like rock walls with four square corners so figured it was worth checking out. In further planning I noticed what looked like a motor bike trail that could be used to get us really close to the target point. Motor bike trails are like a jeckle and hyde, on the plus side it gives you a route to follow and sometimes help you get through some thick vegetation, but on the minus side sometimes hiking deep ruts just isn't that easy.

The hike in to the turnoff to the cabin was smooth sailing, the trail is in great condition and the creek has a nice flow of water. After the turnoff to the cabin is when we started seeing the deep ruts in the trail caused by motor bike activity. Glanced in the cabin but didn't stop. Got to the junction where we needed to start our climb up but had to first check out the flow from Pine Creek as we could hear it pretty good. Started the climb up, pushing through lots of sticky plants, and digging in the heals where the granite was loose. Overshot the turnoff point slightly so backtracked a bit until we found a good point to leave the trail and make our way to the target point. I'm not that knowledgeable when it comes to rock walls so not sure if these are ruins or a corral type structure. We did notice some inner walls which I would think would be odd in a corral. We also noticed two other walls in the hike in/out.

Overall a great hike that covered some new terrain for us. Lots of running water. On the return we stopped at the picnic table at the cabin to enjoy a 5 short break, much appreciated. Passed one lone hiker on the way in, and then started seeing others on the return once we were within 3 miles of the trailhead.

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Jan 17 2020
jtaylor
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43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2020
jtaylor
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,380 AEG
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Great morning hike with Jeff. Had never done this one before. Beautiful gem after getting away from the highway noise. Nice sunny day and great to catch up with Jeff after a few years!

Water was flowing still. Saw some lupine sprouting. Can’t wait for that...
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Jun 22 2019
Dukedante
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40 male
 Joined May 09 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Dukedante
Hiking1.64 Miles 477 AEG
Hiking1.64 Miles   1 Hour   10 Mns   1.59 mph
477 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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Super hot. Lots of highway noise. Probably would be worth it in winter when you can get far from the highway quickly. Not so much in the summer.
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May 26 2019
richvosko
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35 male
 Joined Apr 14 2019
 Tempe
Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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richvosko
Hiking8.80 Miles 1,654 AEG
Hiking8.80 Miles   4 Hrs   41 Mns   1.94 mph
1,654 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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Mar 02 2019
WaitingForRain
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33 female
 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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WaitingForRain
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,380 AEG
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hikerdw
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62 male
 Joined Aug 16 2009
 Mesa,AZ
Ballantine Rock Creek, AZ 
Ballantine Rock Creek, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2019
hikerdw
Hiking13.24 Miles 2,640 AEG
Hiking13.24 Miles   6 Hrs   27 Mns   2.30 mph
2,640 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
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With a forecast of rain at 50% we figured we'd take a chance. Got to the Ballantine TH at 7:20 and started hiking by 7:30. Lot's of water running in both Camp Creek and Pine Creek so we figured the same would be true for Rock Creek and running it was. Encountered a lot of catclaw during the off-trail hiking and it did wear after a bit. My legs were so scratched up that they almost became numb. Spooked a pair of deer near the corral. The rain started so we figured it was time to head back to the truck. Rained for about 30-40 minutes, just enough to wet the trail. Really enjoyed this outing.

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Feb 24 2019
KBKB
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60 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 24 2019
KBKB
Hiking7.67 Miles 1,821 AEG
Hiking7.67 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   2.35 mph
1,821 ft AEG   1 Hour   43 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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On Sunday, Michael, Aldo, Marilyn, Ben, Marilyn, and I hiked the Pine Creek Loop and a portion of the Ballantine Trail. I made it out somewhat beyond Boulder Flat before turning back.

Early on, the trails were mostly clear of the snow that accumulated on Thursday and Friday of the previous week. Higher up, however, snow covered the trail in places. Despite the wetness, the trail was firm and not especially muddy. The snow was wet and heavy. We saw broken tree branches and brittlebush plants that had been somewhat flattened by the snow.

When we arrived, there were around dozen cars in the lot, the most I've ever seen there. On the trail itself, I saw more hikers in that one day than I've seen in at least half a dozen trips to the same area.
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Feb 20 2019
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Ballantine Cabin & CorralPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking12.20 Miles 2,970 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   6 Hrs   43 Mns   2.50 mph
2,970 ft AEG   1 Hour   50 Mns Break
 
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I was looking for a hike to do today, and I convinced Tracie, my intrepid hiking partner, to go out to the Ballantine TH and do the corral-cabin loop hike -- we hadn't done this one in about 15 months. We added a little extra on this hike -- once we got to Boulder Flats, we went off-trail for a bit and climbed up to "The Boulders".

We did both loops CCW -- 1) the loop on the Pine Creek Trail and 2) the loop from Boulder Flats to the corral and the cabin.

There was quite a bit of water flow in both Pine Creek and Camp Creek. Once we got past Boulder Flats there was some snow on the ground, and by the time we got to the corral the ground was pretty much covered with snow. The off-trail hike from the corral to the cabin wasn't bad, although the snow made it hard to follow the use trail that is there. Someone had been hiking out there before me, and in a few places I followed their footprints in the snow.

I enjoyed the views from "The Boulders", and was glad that we took the time to go there. There was a bit of class 3 rock scrambling to get up the top of The Boulders, but it was not bad at all.

There was lots of snow atop Mt. Ord and Mazzy Peak, but hardly any on Four Peaks.
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Jan 17 2019
TheNaviG8R
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51 male
 Joined Jul 26 2008
 Mesa, AZ
Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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TheNaviG8R
Hiking4.70 Miles 1,380 AEG
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Decided to take a friend hiking today and she loved it. She accompanied my wife and I on this beautiful day. The morning was a little chili and as the day went on the layers came off. A little more difficult than the last time we remembered but we pushed on. Due to time restraints we didn't quite make it to boulder flat, but still had a great time.
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Jan 13 2019
John9L
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 Scottsdale, AZ
Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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John9L
Hiking10.38 Miles 2,303 AEG
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Met up with Kyle for a nice hike on the Ballantine Trail. We left Mesa around 7am and made the drive up. It rained overnight and there was a lot of fog out. We drove up and were hiking around 7:45am. We headed in and made the steady climb up. It was an easy going hike and it was cool and pleasant out. We arrived at the junction with the cabin and decided to keep going in Boulder Flat. This was a nice option that neither of us have taken before. We continued on and the trail made a short climb and then it was smooth going.

We arrived at an old corral around the five mile mark and could hear water flowing. We headed over to a Camp Creek to find a solid flow. We took a break here and took some pics. After a few we loaded up and made the return. It was a lot easier as most of the return hike was downhill. Along the way we saw two different groups heading in. We arrived back to the car to find a busy trailhead. We likely avoided most of the people as we returned on the Pine Creek Loop. We were done hiking around 12:30pm and I was home around 1pm. Nice day on the trails.
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Oct 23 2018
CannondaleKid
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71 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Ballantine Out & Back, AZ 
Ballantine Out & Back, AZ
 
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CannondaleKid
Hiking7.60 Miles 1,877 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   3 Hrs   57 Mns   1.92 mph
1,877 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
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On the drive approaching the Usery Pass Rd intersection on Bush Highway we noticed a big dark object on the side of the road and at the same moment both of us blurted out dead horse!

While the horse (not quite full-grown?) was laying on the shoulder and a huge mass of blood spray in the center of the road it appeared to have been moved off the road after the fact. Based on the tire marks the vehicle was probably traveling well over the 45 mph speed limit at the time... right where the rumble strips are to warn of the horse crossing area. As wide as the open area is on either side of the road I'd believe it guess it happened at night.
Sad... :x
(The horse had been removed by time we returned after the hike.)

The hike itself was the usual steady climb with an extra helping of humidity, so another 'sweat-shower' workout for me. Off-and-on dark clouds all-around and low rumblings from time-to-time but nothing provided more than a threat. Thankfully the sun only peeked through a few times so the temps stayed in the 70's and with a brisk wind the return trip was a literal breeze.
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Aug 12 2018
JuanJaimeiii
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54 male
 Joined Jan 30 2011
 Chandler, AZ
Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking7.15 Miles 1,645 AEG
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I was planning on hiking the cabin loop but didn't get started until almost 11. It was a bit too muggy and I was short on time so I turned back at the junction for the cabin. Saw a couple random wild flowers and two other hikers. Surprised to see both.
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KBKB
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60 male
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 Fountain Hills,
Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 29 2018
KBKB
Hiking7.68 Miles 1,742 AEG
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Starting mid-afternoon on Sunday, I hiked the Pine Creek Loop CCW and continued on the Ballantine Trail somewhat beyond Boulder Flat. I finished the Pine Creek Loop on the way back.

I had last hiked this trail in Sept 2017. At that time, some recent diversions had been constructed on the initial (CCW) part of the Pine Creek Loop, but some of these diversions were hard to make out and, at least one point, the new trail seemed to fade out after a while. I'm happy to say that this situation has been very much improved. I found that section to be much easier to follow than last year.

The Ballantine Trail seemed to have been cleaned up too. It seemed not quite as rocky with less encroaching vegetation. I made better time on it than normal.

I had the trail to myself during that afternoon.
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saguaro, buckhorn cholla, ocotillo
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Apr 13 2018
mazatzal
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking7.00 Miles 1,850 AEG
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Took advantage of the cooler temps today (58 at start and 68 at end) and very strong winds on the way down. Just went up to Boulder Flat and back, did the loop at the end.

There has been some trail work: the white rock ledge that spanned all the way across the trail has been broken up on the right hand side to make another easy way around it. Also quite a bit of brushing along the trail.

Only saw one hiker and a few hawks soaring in the strong winds!
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