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Silly Mountain Trail System - 27 members in 143 triplogs have rated this an average 2 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Feb 06 2021
Daytripper
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 06 2021
Daytripper
Hiking4.10 Miles 390 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   3.08 mph
390 ft AEG
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Usually hide these little trips up and over Silly Mountain Park but wanted to post a picture of the “cemetery”. Went up Old Baldy first then took Jackrabbit to Superstition View, nice views with clear blue sky. It was as busy as I was afraid of being Saturday. Went off trail from Brittlebush to the “grave” to take a couple of pictures , several I’m guessing are pet markers eg. Duke. My thrifty wife suggested if Pinal County codes are this lax for burials she wants me to scout out a front yard site for myself, will need to get the underground lines marked :D Anyway makes me wonder ,despite the park map showing it marked grave , that these are just memorial stones, something to research anyway. Because of the crowd left the Park and went over to the Powerline access road which parallels 60 almost to Bashas and then took neighborhood trails back.
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Jan 30 2021
cw50must
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44 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2021
cw50must
Hiking2.70 Miles 529 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles   1 Hour   9 Mns   2.35 mph
529 ft AEG
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Working this in to my regular rotation. Its nice out here and when I get past the intial peak there are few hikers on the eastern trails.
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Dec 24 2020
ddgrunning
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50 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 24 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking1.70 Miles 382 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   1.31 mph
382 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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Christmas Eve hike with the family. The original plan was to hike the LOST-Canyon segment over by Superior, but the wind was whipping down the canyon in about 45 miles an hour, making it a poor choice for a family friendly hike. So, we backtracked to Silly Mountain and enjoyed a trip to the High Point and back. Turned out to be perfect for our three and two-year-old grandson’s. It’s amazing how there was hardly any wind at Silly Mountain, compared to the wind storm blowing through Superior.
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Nov 13 2020
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2020
Daytripper
Hiking3.70 Miles 490 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.96 mph
490 ft AEG
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Started from the neighborhood at sun up , I guess too chilly as I saw no other hikers on the eastern side of the trail system. Did see the 3 amigos,my term for the coyotes I’ve been seeing this past month , they stare at me for a moment and then trot off. On the way home I did find a Toyota key fob in the middle of the Crest trail,fortunately I came by a young lady with an Australian shepherd heading toward the parking lot. She agreed to take the key back saving me an extra trip around :D
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Nov 12 2020
AZLumberjack
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80 male
 Joined Feb 17 2010
 Apache Junction,
Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 12 2020
AZLumberjack
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Well, I had good intentions of heading over to Silly Mountain this morning but I was interrupted by an amAZing sunrise taking place right outside my kitchen window. I was in the process of fixing a breakfast snack but had to drop everything, grab my camera and tripod and get outside quick.

I took a series of shots as the colors and lights shifted from bright to even brighter. The sunrises don't last very long around here so I had to jump around from one position to another before it was all gone, and after a couple of minutes the display was fading fast.

When it was all over, I finished my breakfast snack and, by now, it would be all crowded over at Silly Mountain so, instead, I took a couple of laps around the park. Maybe I'll make it over to Silly Mtn tomorrow.

Disclaimer: The scenery is real. The clouds are real. The colors are real but enhanced to provide visual appeal.
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Nov 08 2020
emilystardust
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 Routes 2
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38 female
 Joined Jun 23 2015
 Phoenix, AZ
Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 08 2020
emilystardust
Hiking2.60 Miles
Hiking2.60 Miles
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1st trip
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Sep 18 2020
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 Guides 7
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2020
Daytripper
Hiking3.20 Miles 650 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   2.56 mph
650 ft AEG
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Finally back in Arizona, trying to reacclimatize and get used to walking trails with lots of rocks. Decided to leave the neighborhood and traverse the Silly Mountain area going west to the trailhead parking lot using the north side of the trail system and returning east on the south side. Started on Superstition View Trail, very hazy right now. Only saw a half dozen other hikers though 9 cars in the parking lot. Had the summit to myself for the brief moment I spent there. Other than rabbits no other wildlife seen but was concentrating on keeping the ankles from turning on the rolling rocks :D .
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Apr 01 2020
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2020
Daytripper
Hiking1.90 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking1.90 Miles   1 Hour      1.90 mph
340 ft AEG
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First of April, a fine morning for a hike so out the door and on to the empty neighborhood use trails to get to the east side of Silly Mountain trail system specifically jackrabbit and superstition view trails. Surprised to learn that face masks are now recommended to hike this trail system . Authorities were concerned that with the extreme elevation of Silly Mountain summit a sneeze from there might send aerosol floating all over the East Valley. Others contend this may be a hoax. Had to cut it short today to get back and water my plantar with its spaghetti crop, I’m finding it’s more difficult to grow it here than back East.
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Feb 20 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Joined Jan 07 2017
 Fountain Hills,
Rice Peak - Pinal Co Hi Point - Silly Mtn, AZ 
Rice Peak - Pinal Co Hi Point - Silly Mtn, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 20 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking10.60 Miles 3,415 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles
3,415 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I have had the Pinal County High Point on my Radar screen for a while, so I decided to head towards Tucson and add Pinal County to my AZ County High Point list. I have now done 10 of the 15 AZ county high pointers, and hope to get at least 4 of the 5 done in the coming months. I still have to figure out what to do about Mount Graham.

I drove down and took FR 29 from Peppersauce Campground for about 1.5 miles and parked. As it turned out I could have driven another 3/4 mile or so and parked at the junction with 29-4472-4475. I was fine with parking where I was to make a more legitimate hike out of it. I think that a 2WD vehicle with decent clearance could go about a mile from the campground, but if you went much further than that it would be better in a 4WD vehicle.

My route on the way up went from FR 29 to FR 4472 to FR 4483, which led up to Rice Peak. Then I did an easy off-trail descent down the north slopes of Rice to the Pinal County High Point. I then retraced my steps back up to Rice Peak and then back to FR 4483. This time, when I got the 4483-4475 junction, I took FR 4475 just to take a different route back. I believe that @chumley drove up this road when he bagged the Pinal Hi Point, and there were some steep, steep sections of the road, which would for sure make for an adventurous drive.

On my way back into town I was driving through Gold Canyon and decided to stop off and bag Silly Mountain, since I had never done it. There is actually a decent trail system through there with lots of trails -- where else can you do a 1.8 mile hike and be on 7 trails? I did a short loop and bagged Silly Mountain, and there were a number of other trails that I did not go on.

The mileage and AEG for the 2 hikes are as follows:
Rice Peak/Pinal Co High Point: 8.8 miles with an AEG of 2,949'
Silly Mountain: 1.8 miles with an AEG of 466'

The stats above are the sum of these two.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
There were a few wildflowers in bloom on Silly Mountain -- quite a few brittlebush and globemallow, and a few creosote bush and blue dicks.
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Feb 08 2020
cw50must
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44 male
 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2020
cw50must
Hiking3.20 Miles
Hiking3.20 Miles
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I really like silly mountain for a good hike with good views and not an insane amount of climbing. I touched on all the trails, had to double up a few sections and missed some other small sections just trying to loop it all together. logged 3.2 and I was fast for me this day.
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Dec 23 2019
AZLumberjack
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80 male
 Joined Feb 17 2010
 Apache Junction,
Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 23 2019
AZLumberjack
Hiking2.40 Miles 594 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour   33 Mns   1.55 mph
594 ft AEG
 
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I haven't hiked the near-by Silly Mountain for quite a while so this morning I headed over there for a morning's workout hike. The weather was very overcast but a mild 55 degrees with a light breeze. I started before 0700 hoping to get a shot of a sunrise, but with all the clouds, that didn't happen. The parking lot only had two cars when I started so I had the trails all to myself.

I was very surprised to see the number of Saguaro that are extremely distressed and certainly won't survive much longer, I can only attribute it to the hot summers and lack of rain on a soil that doesn't hold the water. The views of Superstition Mountain are always good from the backside of the hike and everything looks fairly green yet, maybe we'll get a wet winter this year. By the time I returned to the parking lot, there was about 25 cars and hikers were still arriving, this place really packs em in.
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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
Jun 22 2019
ddgrunning
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50 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2019
ddgrunning
Hiking7.27 Miles 1,483 AEG
Hiking7.27 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   4.08 mph
1,483 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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Had planned on doing a trail run from the Broadway Cave TH, but found it closed b/c of the Woodbury Fire. So, headed to the nearby Silly Mountain trails instead. Hadn’t ever hiked there before. I think I pretty much covered it.
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May 03 2019
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 Guides 7
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 03 2019
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Hiking2.70 Miles 350 AEG
Hiking2.70 Miles
350 ft AEG
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Daily dog walk morphed in to taking Vista Trail and Huff and Puff trail just short of Silly Mountain summit. Started before sunrise with a chill in the air. Plenty of rabbits to entertain and slow us down we weren’t able to catch any :( .
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Apr 01 2019
AZLOT69
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70 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 01 2019
AZLOT69
Hiking4.00 Miles 345 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
345 ft AEG
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Great day on the trails.
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Dec 01 2018
Daytripper
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 Guides 7
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2018
Daytripper
Hiking3.85 Miles 620 AEG
Hiking3.85 Miles   1 Hour   15 Mns   3.08 mph
620 ft AEG
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Nice day to go out for a quick hike to Silly Mountain summit and surroundings before helping set up an art show at the Gold Canyon Resort. Surprisingly had the summit to myself but did not stay long, other trails were only lightly in use.
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Nov 28 2018
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 Routes 79
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59 male
 Joined Apr 02 2005
 Mesa, AZ
Grandpa Day, AZ 
Grandpa Day, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 28 2018
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking1.80 Miles 415 AEG
Hiking1.80 Miles   1 Hour   4 Mns   1.69 mph
415 ft AEG
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Isaac was sick in the am but I thought he was feeling better I was wrong. We took it easy on the uphill and Lily ran on the downhill. Afterwards on the way to the park Isaac puked all over the back seat. 😱 Cleaned him up and took him home to rest. Back in the doghouse for me. ....... the best of intentions. Lily and I finished with a game or two of hoops and her first taste of Joe’s BBQ. She approved. 👍 Feel better Isaac.
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Jul 25 2018
RickVincent
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51 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2018
RickVincent
Hiking1.50 Miles
Hiking1.50 Miles
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1st trip
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Hey, it's better than doing nothing.
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This is my gym. I have to travel down a bumpy road to get there. There are no treadmillls, no machines, and no personal trainers. I walk..I run..I breathe the fresh air. I can go any time I want, as much as I want and there is no membership fee.
Apr 21 2018
Daytripper
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 Guides 7
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 21 2018
Daytripper
Hiking3.01 Miles 425 AEG
Hiking3.01 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   2.87 mph
425 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
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Loop hike from the neighborhood but going to the summit rather than doing the usual circumference. Nice day to be outside, 2 others going up to the summit, other casual hikers and runners on the trails below,spent a couple of minutes taking in the panorama from the summit.
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Apr 14 2018
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2018
Daytripper
Hiking2.60 Miles 399 AEG
Hiking2.60 Miles      55 Mns   2.84 mph
399 ft AEG
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Nice cool morning had to keep it short due to out of town company, up and around jackrabbit trail and back to neighborhood.
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Mar 31 2018
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70 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Silly Mountain Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2018
Daytripper
Hiking4.01 Miles 443 AEG
Hiking4.01 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   2.77 mph
443 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
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In the mode of not wanting to drive anywhere on the weekend,took my usual route from the neighborhood to the power line road parallel to route 60 and then around the silly mountain parking lot. Vary the return trail each time and today added a superstition foothills community trail to get to 4 miles.
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