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Nature Trail #304 - Phx Preserves - 20 members in 227 triplogs have rated this an average 2.7 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Oct 17 2021
tibber
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1955 VOAZ Perl Charles Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Oct 17 2021
tibber
Hiking4.70 Miles 645 AEG
Hiking4.70 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.85 mph
645 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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38th St TH (quite a few cars): Well this was Plan B as the temp was warmer than what I thot it would be for Plan A which I will save for a cooler day. So off I went actually thinking of doing just a simple loop around Happy Hour Ridge (or Mount 1955 - happens to be my birth year thus why I'm running with the title) but with each little breeze I was encouraged to go further. So I thot I would hook up with VOAZ and as I circled around the west end I wondered if there was a more direct route to VOAZ.

I took a couple dips and then ended up on a trail that looked like it would at least get me to the trail that hooks up all the horseshoes. Lo and behold, after hiking almost straight up the side of the hill, I landed right at the intersection with VOAZ. They really did a good job with this trail as for some reason I was tired already but this trail lets you catch your breath as you wind your way slowly up the hill.

At the intersection with 302 there were several hikers going both directions. Two bike riders had passed by me on VOAZ and now were heading down the steep and high rock 304. We all watched in amazement as they bumped their way down. I would see several bike riders all over the trails today. I gave thot to visiting Ruth today but decided it was a tad too warm for my liking (they don't call me Tibberlocks for nothing :lol: ) so I continued on to the next shoe.

After almost completing that eastern shoe I headed back toward 100 in a northeasterly direction, once again taking some trails I hadn't done before. (By the way, I see someone has added the title Valley Throne off to the right of 1A.) I knew where I wanted to end up so that is how I decided which trails to try. It was a good day on the trail with fabulous clouds and a nice breeze from time to time. No lizards, 3 downed saguaros, a few birds.

WATCH: 4.45 miles (1964 high, 1511 low) (1.05 up, 1.04 down) 137 avg bpm 163 high. 38% at Level 5, 52% at Level 4 and the rest at 3 aerobic burning 684 calories. Starting temp 75.1 and 26% humidity finishing at 10:53AM
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Pincushion Cactus
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Oct 10 2021
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 Phoenix
Phx Mts Park Loop, AZ 
Phx Mts Park Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 10 2021
AugustWest
Hiking5.06 Miles 1,146 AEG
Hiking5.06 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   2.86 mph
1,146 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Quick loop trying to get into a more regular schedule of hiking as I am running out of excuses :?

It was really cool to start. Probably in the low 70's. Luna started hard out of the gate, but faded as we continued through the preserve. I am going to have bring her more water as she was flush out at the end of our trip together. I guess we are both getting our trail legs back. There were surprisingly few people on the trails except for Quartz Ridge which was packed, but just up to the ridge. We finished at around noon and it was in the low 80's.
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Sep 18 2021
BiFrost
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 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Preserve Loop, AZ 
Phoenix Preserve Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 18 2021
BiFrost
Hiking6.16 Miles 1,864 AEG
Hiking6.16 Miles   2 Hrs   11 Mns   2.82 mph
1,864 ft AEG
 
Afternoon hike around the preserve after the rain rolled through town. The rain dropped the temps by 15 to 20 degrees and despite being humid it was still pleasant.
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Aug 19 2021
trekkin_gecko
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8A-8-8B-8A loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Aug 19 2021
trekkin_gecko
Hiking4.94 Miles 1,071 AEG
Hiking4.94 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   3.29 mph
1,071 ft AEG
 
change of scenery this afternoon
nice little workout hike
saw just two people, which is unusual
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Jul 31 2021
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Peak 2429 Big Loop, AZ 
Peak 2429 Big Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 31 2021
BiFrost
Hiking8.02 Miles 2,645 AEG
Hiking8.02 Miles   3 Hrs   21 Mns   2.46 mph
2,645 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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Good heat hike to see how much we can take. Very hot and humid and we got pretty late start about 945. But we had plenty of water to keep hydrated. With all the rain recently some of the cactus were blooming again!
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May 03 2021
tibber
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 Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Mountain Preserve Loop clockwise, AZ 
Phoenix Mountain Preserve Loop clockwise, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 03 2021
tibber
Hiking6.68 Miles 1,192 AEG
Hiking6.68 Miles   2 Hrs   27 Mns   2.84 mph
1,192 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to get a little elevation in today and also take advantage of the mild morning temp. It seemed a bit humid for the first mile. As usual I didn't quite take the path I wanted to hook up with 8 but I got there. I never seem to take the same trail. There was some shade as I got closer to the west side of the eastern mountains. This trail is a little rocky and since I've been spoiled with hiking in the Sonoran Preserves, it was a bit annoying. Made it up to the saddle and then enjoyed the new switchback they have taking you down the south side. It's not really new but I remember the old deep ditch so well.

And then it was up the old road with its little ditches or deep ruts to the pavement that takes you to Ruth. I still miss the old gate for the house; a new gate has still not been put in but I don't know that anyone lives there anymore. It looks like some structures may have been removed. The satellite visual still shows it with the old gate.

I always like Ruth's trail. I see they have closed off the one little hill to the left (southwest). I decided to head to the top of Ruth's trail before backtracking to go down 8A. There were a few people along the way before I climbed into the deep wash where I encountered a long garter snake that was taking its time getting to its rock cave. Headed out of the wash and west to 304 to VOAZ. There is this one area with saguaros that I always admire and there was some low lying saguaro blooms that I started to take pictures of and then a hummingbird came. I was surprised to see when I got home that I got two good pictures.

Now to head up 304 and crossover to VOAZ. I felt pretty strong and thot back to certain times when these climbs would seem harder and take me longer. Now I almost enjoy them. Not that this was a tough climb by any means. Over I went and down around and over to the north side and up and over and around to the TH. However, as I got to the saddle of the first of those north hills the bees fired up and I heard them off and on for about another 1/2 mile or more. One of these times when I come over that last hill I'm going to run down to Kathy and Karl's for a break.... I'd call first. Along the way (36th St area) I see they now have a new fence and posted private property where someone has put in a nice desert oasis of some sort.

Other observations: Seemed lightly hazy all the way around in the distance. The most hummingbirds I've seen on a hike, about 7 or 8. It seemed to be no leash day. However, I was impressed with this one fellow and his leash-less dogs as they pulled off the trail and he asked them to sit and they did. But I think the dogs seemed a little tired. Nonetheless, never seen anything like that before.

I enjoyed my Grand Canyon Brewery Prickly Pear beer at 9:30; very refreshing. Then on the way home I got fuel for Tonto 3 and fuel for me in the form of a frozen cappuccino which I haven't had in ages. They also remodeled the Q-T. I seem to go inside much less since I retired.

WATCH: 6.5 miles. 129 avg bpm with a max of 152 bpm. 25% at Zone 5, 41% at Zone 4, 30% at Zone 3, 3% Zone 2 burning 845 calories. Starting temp 66.1 and 29% humidity finishing at 9:29AM.
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saguaros blooming, a few barrels blooming
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Apr 12 2021
trekkin_gecko
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Phoenix Mountain Preserve Medley, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Apr 12 2021
trekkin_gecko
Hiking8.64 Miles 1,784 AEG
Hiking8.64 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   3.28 mph
1,784 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
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did a mix of trails from 32nd & lincoln mid morning
stopped at voaz lookout for a couple minutes
be a nice spot for a coffee break : wink :
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Mar 30 2021
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Quartz Ridge Trail #8APhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Mar 30 2021
AugustWest
Hiking4.47 Miles 1,003 AEG
Hiking4.47 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   3.08 mph
1,003 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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Fun loop from a trailhead that I hadn't used before. Since I moved to Downtown Phoenix I have been really lazy eating tacos, sleeping and walking Luna to and from the dog park. This hike was attempt to get back in my groove of getting a hike or two per week in the mix.

The temps were in the high 80's to start and the parking lot at 32nd st. was mostly full. Quartz Ridge (going up and down) was the only trail all day that I would describe as busy, but far less than Piestewa or South Mountain busy.

I had most of the rest of the loop to myself with the exception of some mountain bikers on 304.

My favorite part of the day was the climb up Ruth Hamilton. The views of Piestewa with the sun just barely peaking over was beautiful.

I look forward to exploring this side of the preserve further including some trips to the summit of Piestewa as part of longer cross country rambles further north in the preserve.
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Mar 18 2021
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8A-8-8B-8A loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Mar 18 2021
trekkin_gecko
Hiking4.94 Miles 1,071 AEG
Hiking4.94 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   3.29 mph
1,071 ft AEG
 
resisted the gravitational pull of papago park this afternoon
did the 8s from 32nd and lincoln, including all of 8B
surprisingly few people out and plenty of parking at 3:00
busier coming back down 8A
saw a chuckwalla, a bunny rabbit, and two hawks up close
beautiful afternoon
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Jan 31 2021
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Preserve Loop, AZ 
Preserve Loop, AZ
 
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BiFrost
Hiking3.95 Miles 420 AEG
Hiking3.95 Miles   1 Hour   23 Mns   2.86 mph
420 ft AEG
 
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Short loop around the preserve.
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Jan 05 2021
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8A-8-8B-8A loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jan 05 2021
trekkin_gecko
Hiking4.28 Miles 990 AEG
Hiking4.28 Miles   1 Hour   18 Mns   3.29 mph
990 ft AEG
 
nice little workout hike
i like these trails
many options from 32nd and lincoln trailhead
more of this
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Jan 03 2021
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 Phoenix, AZ
Trail 8 Loop, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jan 03 2021
Nate_F
Hiking5.73 Miles 1,092 AEG
Hiking5.73 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   2.82 mph
1,092 ft AEG
 
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Quick neighborhood hike for exercise this morning. Cold. Started off near freezing and in the shadow of the mountains most of the time, but quickly warmed up. Managed to make a nice lollipop loop out of 8, 8A, 8B, and 304. Nice to see most people kindly stepping aside on the trail and covering their faces. Lots of friendly folks out there today! Still some haze but getting better.
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Dec 29 2020
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Phoenix Mountain Preserve Loop plus, AZ 
Phoenix Mountain Preserve Loop plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 29 2020
tibber
Hiking6.22 Miles 1,150 AEG
Hiking6.22 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.68 mph
1,150 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Wanted to get in a good little workout hike with some elevation. However, it was nippy so I kept thinking I wanted to change my planned itinerary. I headed up and over Happy Hour Ridge and to the Irregular to 304. I ended up sticking with my plan until at the top of 8 I decided I didn't want to go clear down to the Piestewa parking lot to catch 8B so I stayed on the north side and improvised using 8 to zig zag my way back to 38th St.

Must be a lot of out of towners as I saw people in shorts and short sleeves. I had my down vest on and barely stayed warm enough. The trails were pretty crowded with hikers and bikers and an assortment of dogs.

WATCH: 6 miles in 2:20:13 at 2.5 avg MPH, 132 bpm - 160 max bpm (45 zone 5, 46 zone 4, 49 zone 3) burned 938 calories finishing at 4:49PM (Starting temp 60.7, 33% humidity)
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Dec 06 2020
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Yates Irregular Loop, AZ 
Yates Irregular Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2020
tibber
Hiking7.10 Miles 1,192 AEG
Hiking7.10 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   2.78 mph
1,192 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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It's nice to be able to hike in the afternoon. From 38th St TH to LV Yates to Ruth and back to Yates and up the hill via 304 to hook up with the Irregular and then east and down to around the northern mountains on the north side back to the TH. Dozen hikers/bikers all in different moods it seems. Saw one squirrel. It was nice to actually do the hike I envisioned for the Phoenix Mountain Preserve as many times I change my mind... altho I did think I missed the turn to 8 and thot I might be doing 2429, whew!
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Oct 31 2020
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Phoenix Mountain Preserve Loops, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Oct 31 2020
tibber
Hiking7.38 Miles 1,342 AEG
Hiking7.38 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   2.49 mph
1,342 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Wow, what's up with this: Clouds. A nice breeze. Cool temp. Is Fall really here? Trick or Treat👻🧹👺🎃

I had a couple different routes in mind but wanted to tackle 8B so today was the day. From 38th St TH I headed for VOAZ which is a favorite of many of us who hike out here. From there it was over to 304. Saw a bunch of bike riders resting at the junction. In fact, quite a few bike riders and hikers, leashed and unleashed dogs were out this morning but there was also a lot of time when it was just me.

I haven't hiked up 8B in so long that I don't remember the last time. I had planned to come at it from 8 but changed my mind and followed 304 all the way to Joe's parking lot and then cut over to 8B and started heading up. It has a couple steep areas but not as bad as I remember from coming down it the last time.

Once you get to the saddle there are lots of people as this is an intersection where you have a few different choices. Mine would be the lovely Ruth Hamilton over to the paved hill. Today I could see all the way to Picketpost from the paved hill. They have planted some palo verde trees along side the road and have taken down the sign that used to be at the driveway of this house so maybe it sold. I guess time will tell.

I always think it is down hill from the house but there is a little up before the downhill ensues. And instead of taking 8A to the TH, it was so nice, I decided to extend my route and continued to the west and toward 8 once again. I ended up on the lower part of 1A. As I headed off the north side of 1A it seems they have laid a bunch of new rock on the hill part; it's a pain to walk downhill on. Once I hit the first junction I went down the steep little hill and around and up across Happy Hour Ridge and back to the TH. That last part of the hill up to the ridge is steep but very short. I haven't taken it in a while either so I was glad to check that one off. On the way down I saw two lizards.

Now I would start encountering more bike riders and hikers and something I haven't seen before; a gal was walking (leading) her horse.

I forgot my beer again ](*,) and I thot of it last nite but forgot to remind Alexa. Oh well, one of these times I'll remember.

Watch: 7.17 miles in 2:58. Avg speed 2.4 MPH, Avg heart rate 132 BPM, max 159. (52 minutes at Max (5), 1 hr 8 min at Anaerobic (4) and 56 min at aerobic (3)) 1222 calories burned. 62.5 degrees at 32% humidity (definitely felt the humidity) at 10:39AM.
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Oct 01 2020
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Nature Trail #304 - Phx PreservesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 01 2020
mt98dew
Hiking5.72 Miles 284 AEG
Hiking5.72 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   3.43 mph
284 ft AEG
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After work hike. Started from the 40th St. TH. a little before 4pm. Hard to believe we are in October and it was 107 today. :? Took a bunch of user trails, including doing the ridgeline of the mountains to the north of Piestewa, and then tied on to the Perle Charles Trail and took that to the north end of the Nature. From this point did the trail in a CCW lloop. First time doing this trail since they've added the colored trail signs. The parameters of the trail seemed better defined with the newer signage, but that could just be me, being familiar with the area and already knowing what to expect. Trail does a nice loop. I was in the evening shadows for most of it. Trail is rocky in long stretches and combined with the hill leaving the Piestewa cul-de-sac makes for a slow intermittent jog, at best, for this old man. When I finished the loop, I used a comcination user trails and the Charles Christiansen to get back to the TH. Didn't seen anyone on the user trails, but saw 10 hikers and 2 bikers on the established trails. Wildlife included the usual suspects...lizards, quail (surprisingly large numbers) and several chipmunks.
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Sep 25 2020
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North Phoenix Preserve Eastern Loop, AZ 
North Phoenix Preserve Eastern Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 25 2020
tibber
Hiking5.14 Miles 774 AEG
Hiking5.14 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   2.64 mph
774 ft AEG
 
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Yep, Friday. I've got 3 weeks of vacation to try and take before my retirement at the end of the year and so it starts. 6:45AM, 31% humidity, 78 degrees, no breeze to start. Headed west from 36th St TH. No breeze but there was shade. Once I got around these north side mountains and headed east a slight breeze came and was off and on for the rest of the hike. Had a route in mind last nite but the humidity was a little higher than I liked so I passed up the hill by the south parking lot and instead proceeded on the 8.

Coming out of the gully wash I ended up coming up a different trail than the normal one I am accustomed to but it's been awhile. I proceeded up the new trail that switches around as you head north. As I came up this way I was thinking how different next year will be for me. I decided I want to go up and help my cousins harvest. It's been awhile since I drove truck and I'm sure it's changed.
I have mixed memories about doing that when we had our farm back in the 60s and 70s. One time, there was a dead mouse somewhere in the truck and the smell was dreadful. I had to sit and wait for the combines to fill my truck bin and sadly the crop they were harvesting had been hailed so it took awhile for the combine bins to fill; thus my truck bin took awhile to make a load. Having a mask may have helped back then :lol:. Still remember that smell so many decades later.

Oh ya, the hike. There were a lot more people out for a Friday than I thot there would be. Everyone said hello for the most part. Saw about 3 or 4 lizards.

PS I just saw that I did 19 hikes in August :o (including my 'Hood Walks) vs the 4 or 5 I normally do
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Jun 20 2020
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Phoenix Mountain Preserve Medley, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jun 20 2020
trekkin_gecko
Hiking7.32 Miles 1,622 AEG
Hiking7.32 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   3.16 mph
1,622 ft AEG
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afternoon hike from 32nd and lincoln
should come over here more often
wanted to hit voaz and irregular link and continue breaking in the salomon ultras
success on both counts
the shoes are perfect for the pointy rocks on these trails
saw a dozen hikers, all on 8A
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Jun 07 2020
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Phx Mtn Preserve Zig Zag Shoes, AZ 
Phx Mtn Preserve Zig Zag Shoes, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 07 2020
tibber
Hiking6.69 Miles 793 AEG
Hiking6.69 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   2.85 mph
793 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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(from 38th St TH) After a false start, had to walk back a bit to get my sunglasses.

This first part of the hike wasn't what I had in mind but because I made some wrong choices of the non-named trails, I just couldn't seem get to Ruth Hamilton which was my original intent. That last zag should have been a zig or vis versa. Anyway, as I continued south zigging in an easterly direction via all sorts of non-named trails I eventually ended up at the Yates Trail 8 post still on the north side of the mountains. I should have turned east but went west. I haven't been to this part of 8 for a very long time.

I got to the top/saddle with the junction of 304, considered going 304 to 8B over to Ruth but that just didn't appeal to me. I should have taken the 304 down to Piestewa and around the middle mountain but didn't really realize I could do that; maybe next time. So I headed north on 304 and over toward 302 and the shoes. Encountered a couple un-leashed but very polite heavy-fur dogs that looked like they knew their way and were very glad they were going downhill :). I gave them the right of way. The owner seemed to care less. Oh well.

From there it was the VOAZ, Shoe 1B. As I was approaching the saddle I noticed what looked to be some sort of trail that went around the rock outcroppings here so I thot, since I had already zig-zagged so much, let's go see what this is all about. As I got past one rock outcropping I saw someone on its top busy on her phone. I continued to follow the faint trail which seemed to wrap around a second rocky top but faded out there. I went to its saddle and thot this area might make an easier Happy Hour Ridge2 for the ole girl @BiFrost @slowandsteady. The trail does wrap around and back to the main VOAZ and I continued on my way.

I decided to finish off with the 1A Shoe, Perl Charles. I hadn't done this shoe from this side for a long time. I thot it wrapped sooner than it did but it goes clear to the eastern edge of the rocky ridge where it ascends slightly to a saddle. Here I changed radio shows as I headed down via another saddle to get to the south side and then head east for my trip back to the TH. On this northern stretch, all those squats from yesterday morning's gym class were wearing me down. I did see a couple squirrels in this area. I got back to 100 and then had to find my way to cross the wash so I headed west for a bit to the sign post that has a use trail.

It's amazing that I am able to hike in the beginning of June at 6:30ish to almost 9AM and not get overly heated and enjoy a tinge of a cool breeze... either that or I'm desperate. But the gym is now open and I've been able to go to my shortened classes twice this week and stay in my little circle and clean my weights and step after. I still don't like this one instructor and her music but right now, we have limited choices as they haven't restarted all the classes yet. The classes are only half-full but this is the first week of them being offered; who knew how much I missed them but I have been doing this for twenty years which I didn't realize until I couldn't go anymore. :o

PS I took the liberty of adding some photos from the Sawtooth Fire that I picked up from FB.
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Weavers Needle
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
Jun 06 2020
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Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2020
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Hiking7.50 Miles 1,700 AEG
Hiking7.50 Miles   3 Hrs   10 Mns   2.43 mph
1,700 ft AEG      5 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Decided to do the impossible today and hike in the middle of Phoenix in June after sunrise, unfortunately everyone else decided to do the same. Arrived at 0630 to find the gate closed due to the lot being full, should have wondered about the many cars I noticed parked along Lincoln Dr. so after turning around ended up parking off Lincoln near Granada Park. That added a mile of street walking to the summit trail start, and by time I “hiked” to the the park entrance the gate was open ](*,) . The summit trail was too busy to enjoy or easily social distance still good for a workout though. After turning down on to Freedom Trail , reflected on it being well named for D Day anniversary hike, the crowd disappeared, only met about 6 hikers on the way to Irregular Link. Not busy on Perl Charles ,more bikers than hikers , only met 2 on Nature Trail. Felt a little warm by the finish but not hot, hadn’t been here in a while and hadn’t hiked on weekends much ,the crowd reminded me why. Surprised at how hazy it was today after the front came through not a good photo day but did enjoy the cooler temps. Included the estimated street hiking with today’s mileage.
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average hiking speed 2.72 mph
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