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Pipeline Canyon Trail - 17 members in 53 triplogs have rated this an average 3.1 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Feb 13 2022
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63 male
 Joined Jun 08 2005
 Phoenix, AZ
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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ihikeazTriplogs 225
Hiking5.40 Miles 408 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   1.75 mph
408 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Started hike about 7:30 in light wind and rain. Parked South trailhead on Northpark Rd. Did not realize the the water was up into the canyon by the bridge, so we had to back track and follow a game trail to the other side. No signs of the bridge that once was part of this trail. Cut over to the Yavapai point trail and hiked to the top for a great view of Lake Pleasant. Encountered several groups of hikers on the way down, but nobody coming from the south side like we did. Weather had cleared up before we reached the top, so the return hike was more enjoyable.
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Feb 06 2022
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Apache Pipeline Yavapai, AZ 
Apache Pipeline Yavapai, AZ
 
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johnlpTriplogs 4,329
Hiking12.55 Miles 2,656 AEG
Hiking12.55 Miles   4 Hrs   57 Mns   2.63 mph
2,656 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
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Unlikely hiking combo turned out great. We started with Apache Peak via the Maricopa trail on a breezy chilly morning. We warmed up quickly making our way up through some beautiful desert full of picturesque saguaros. Apache Peak has wonderful views of the surrounding area.
Next we drove west to Lake Pleasant and the Pipeline trail. The bridge is out, so our hike from the south was a short one. We drove over to the north side and completed the trail. Along the way back we hiked up to the Yavapai Point Lookout which has really nice views of the lake and mountains.
Fun day. Thanks Kelly. :)
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Feb 06 2022
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64 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Apache Pipeline Yavapai, AZ 
Apache Pipeline Yavapai, AZ
 
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trekkin_geckoTriplogs 3,587
Hiking12.55 Miles 2,656 AEG
Hiking12.55 Miles   4 Hrs   57 Mns   2.63 mph
2,656 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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john suggested apache peak for today
we had planned to do the extended hike that @bifrost and @slowandsteady did recently
set out around 0745 in 40 degree temps
the first two miles follow the maricopa trail, then we took the father's day use trail up to the peak
steeper toward the top with a little scramble up high
had some paranoia regarding the active beehive older triplogs mentioned, so when there were a few bees at the summit i wanted to head back down right away
(sorry about that, john) it's a nice summit
father's day is a good trail, but i was glad i had a hiking pole on this part
smooth sailing back to spear s trailhead
a nice peak that had been on my b list for awhile
lots of large, multi armed saguaros along the way
didn't see anyone until almost finished
we decided to head over to lake pleasant to hike pipeline canyon, which had been on john's list
parked at the south trailhead and did the shorter section first
discussed options that included wild burro, then drove to the north trailhead and did the rest of pipeline
on the return, cut over to yavapai point trail and went up to the lookout, staying on that trail on the way back
this was a nice little combo - posted our track for it
lots more to do out that way, too
fun day with a solid peak and some new trails
thanks, lp! as always, good times
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Apr 08 2021
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33 female
 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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WaitingForRainTriplogs 661
Hiking1.00 Miles 552 AEG
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The bridge was closed and so was the north entrance. Pretty disappointing.
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Dec 25 2020
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36 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Cottonwood Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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HippyTriplogs 649
Hiking7.60 Miles 567 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   3 Hrs      2.53 mph
567 ft AEG
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Threw together three little trails to get some miles for the 100 miles in 100 days Maricopa county puts on.
Lake Pleasant has got to be my favorite regional Park and it has nothing to do with the fact that it's the closest...I swear.

Saw plenty of burros. Also plenty of idiots petting and feeding the burros :x
Don't feed the wildlife you morons, it's posted everywhere!!

Anyway, Yavapai trail looked like the burros or some javelina had thrown a party, or maybe it was the wind, Cholla everywhere, strewn all about the trail! Ouch.

Happy chollamas!
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Mar 15 2020
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36 male
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Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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richvoskoTriplogs 275
Hiking19.20 Miles 1,692 AEG
Hiking19.20 Miles
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Nov 10 2019
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36 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Wild Burro Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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HippyTriplogs 649
Hiking4.83 Miles 592 AEG
Hiking4.83 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.87 mph
592 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Parked at Wild Burro Day Use Area hiked out the almost 2 miles to the southern Pipeline Cyn Trailhead, went down to the water and back on pipeline then back to the car.

Easy almost 5 miles this morning.
Loaded up my backpack with 6 liters of water and my two sleeping bags to simulate some weight.
Getting my foot use to weight again is turning out to be a very easy process.
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Nov 07 2019
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36 female
 Joined Dec 02 2009
 Grand Canyon
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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HippyTriplogs 649
Hiking4.16 Miles 541 AEG
Hiking4.16 Miles   1 Hour   46 Mns   2.55 mph
541 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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Bridge is out, I bet it's been out for a long time huh? There is a burro path to go around the Waters edge to the other half of the trail but we had the dog with us and his long fur would've been full of burrs.

We did the 3 miles let dog take a break in the car and drove around to the other trailhead to complete the trail :lol:

Did let Chase doggo swim on the other side, he absolutely loved it.
Saw two wild burros, the light grey male was aggressive and walked right in front of my car nosed then head butted the hood then made his way to the passenger side window where Jamie had his camera out for a photo.
The burro stuck his head right in and I had to back the car up in a hurry because burro did NOT light doggo. Sheesh!

I imagine tourists feed the burros which leads to this bold behavior :(


Beautiful day. Perfect weather. Trail in good condition. Lots of burro poop for traction.

This is hike #3 for 100 miles in 100 days challenge. Taking the dog along cuts our mileage down a lot but he's working up to longer trips.
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May 09 2019
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68 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley,Az
Cottonwood Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 09 2019
RowdyandMeTriplogs 1,867
Hiking6.72 Miles 951 AEG
Hiking6.72 Miles   3 Hrs   29 Mns   2.25 mph
951 ft AEG      30 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Nov 30 2018
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 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Wild Burro Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2018
kingsnakeTriplogs 769
Hiking5.80 Miles 593 AEG
Hiking5.80 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.68 mph
593 ft AEG
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I avoid hiking high elevations, like Strawberry Mountain, in the winter. Couple of inches of snow up there the last few days. No thanx. ✋

In previous winters, I’ve ranged far & wide, particularly to the Arizona Outback, in search of interesting hikes at lower elevations.

Last winter I started doing more hikes close to Phoenix: What I term “Locals’ Hikes“.

As our 10th anniversary was the night before, and I’d had a wee bit of champagne, I decided to hike Wild Burro Trail, Pipeline Canyon Trail and Cottonwood Trail, but only one way (north), rather than do an out & back. 🥂

Lake Pleasant’s water levels ( http://pleasant.lakesonline.com/Level/ ) are 5-9 ft. below recent years, but the high water line is much higher, and marked by a distinct change in vegetation. I’m guessing the high water level is 30 ft. above the current depth of 1,664 ft. If Lake Pleasant was another 30 ft. higher, Wild Burro Trail would be along the shoreline in many spots. Instead, the shore is a couple hundred yards off. Still, it has the only decent lake views.

The high water line of Pipeline Cove extends a quarter mile west of the trail, which you can see on satellite view. There used to be a floating bridge there, but flash floods tore it from its moorings. It may not look it, but water has a tremendous amount of force, enough even to roll the bridge’s support blocks down channel. Pipeline Canyon Bridge’s wreckage, twisted with brush & guy lines, is 100 yds. away from its original location.

Because Lake Pleasant is low, Pipeline Cove is a dry crossing.

As I descended towards Cottonwood Trailhead, while looking out at the last sliver of Lake Pleasant view, I was startled when a previously unseen wild burro snorted me. I could see his herd moving in the palo verde.

There would be some shade on Cottonwood Trail, but shade was the last thing I needed as the sky was nearly 100% overcast. (It was so foggy at 8:30 a.m., that if those burros had been in the middle of Castle Hot Springs Rd., I very well may have hit them.)

Due to the sporadic sunshine, taking decent photos on my 💩 pocket camera was difficult. There’s limited photo ops, anyway, on Lake Pleasant’s trails, particularly given the low water levels and people’s understandable reluctance to be on the water with temps in the 50s. Without flowers and bridge wreckage, I would have had nothing.

Despite the hike being short, and with minimal elevation gain, I had unusually sore quads on Saturday morning. 🤔

Hike Video: https://vimeo.com/494789451
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Nov 18 2018
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74 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Sun_RayTriplogs 1,187
Hiking5.10 Miles 624 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   2 Hrs   41 Mns   2.43 mph
624 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
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Judy, Kai and I started at the Southern end Trailhead. The bridge at the .7 mile mark has been severely damaged and lays twisted about 40 feet from its footings. No water in the wash today so we walked across. After about 1.7 miles we merged onto the Yavapia Point trail and took it to the bench at the end. Returned the same way. A few poppies were out and it should be a good year for brittlebush.

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Nov 01 2018
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68 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Green Valley,Az
Pipeline Canyon- Wild Burro-Yavapai Point, AZ 
Pipeline Canyon- Wild Burro-Yavapai Point, AZ
 
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RowdyandMeTriplogs 1,867
Hiking10.69 Miles 1,567 AEG
Hiking10.69 Miles   5 Hrs   13 Mns   2.35 mph
1,567 ft AEG      40 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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Aug 19 2018
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53 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2018
mt98dewTriplogs 1,875
Hiking7.05 Miles 552 AEG
Hiking7.05 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   3.68 mph
552 ft AEG
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Early Sunday morning hike. Got on the "trail" around 5:15...I actually had to wait a bit for there to be enough daylight so I could see where I was going. (A month ago I could have been on the trail at 4:45 no problem. Summer is a fading :) :( ....mixed emotions. I love the cooler temperatures, but I miss the extra hiking time). Didn't feel like paying the $7 park fee, so I parked at the Walkin Jim TH, crossed the road, "hopped" the fence and trailblazed for what I thought might be a .5 to a mile hike to reach the Pipeline Trail. I was very surprised when I stumbled across a trail about 100 yards east of the road. This trail turned out to be the Cottonwood Trail. One of several trails in the Lake Pleasant Park that have not been certified by HAZ. I ended up first following this trail north (where I discovered its name and learned if I followed the trail to its southern terminus it would connect to the Pipeline :) ). In total this trail is only about 1 mile long and even though it may not have been as direct as my initial plan to trailblaze to the Pipeline, it was definitely more convenient! When I hit the Pipeline, I first took it south to where it connected to the Wild Burro Trail. Then I turned around and followed it to its northern end. Doing this, took me just past the Cottonwood Trail which connects to the Pipeline midtrail. The Pipeline is a nice trail, a little rocky in places, but easy to follow. The bridge is gone, though it's remnants can be seen down the canyon.. Wasn't a big deal since the water is gone as well. I imagine the water levels could still change through the seasons, despite our ongoing drought. After the Pipeline, I returned via the Cottonwood Trail and took that to the major wash (about .65 miles from the Pipeline) where the culverts are visible. I went through the culverts and then climbed out of the wash at the most convenient spot to return back to the TH. (If one walks far enough down the wash you will come to where the Walkin Jim Trail crosses this wash and you could take that trail back to the TH). I had planned on hiking this trail, but ended up doing a light jog because the bugs were so bad. The air was heavy with humidity with very little breeze which didn't help. Wildlife was minimal - lizards, quail and some.rabbits, though I did hear the burros braying in the distance.
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68 male
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 Green Valley,Az
Pipeline Canyon-Wild Burro Trails, AZ 
Pipeline Canyon-Wild Burro Trails, AZ
 
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RowdyandMeTriplogs 1,867
Hiking9.11 Miles 1,254 AEG
Hiking9.11 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   2.24 mph
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Apr 23 2018
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68 male
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 Green Valley,Az
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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RowdyandMeTriplogs 1,867
Hiking3.20 Miles 399 AEG
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Apr 07 2018
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51 male
 Joined Jun 17 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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cdeperroTriplogs 40
Hiking4.83 Miles 971 AEG
Hiking4.83 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.12 mph
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Aug 27 2017
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 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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WaitingForRainTriplogs 661
Hiking4.50 Miles 552 AEG
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Linked this trail with the hike up to Yavapai Point.
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Apr 24 2017
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 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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rrshortTriplogs 174
Hiking3.90 Miles 552 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   1.20 mph
552 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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Taking a few extra days off I was able to get a weekday hike in for once. So I headed out to Lake Pleasant to do the Pipeline Canyon Trail. Arriving about 6:20 am I had the small parking area to myself. Wispy clouds in the sky had made for a nice sunrise on the drive out and it was pleasantly cool as I started out at 6:30. The trail was shaded to begin with which made for a nice start. The views that were present were nice and soon I got to the bridge. Things warmed up a little as I left the shade going up from the cove. Just in time for a quick snack break a bench appeared along the trail. I took advantage of it and its view of the lake for a few minutes. The trail continued through 2 hills and after a while I found myself at the northern terminus of the trail. I rested for a few minutes then returned the same way. It was warm but not unbearably so, a breeze now and then helped and the clouds thickened a little on the way back. The trail is rockier in some places more than other. Saw a few birds and the occasional lizard plus a great blue heron while crossing the bridge which flew off before I could capture him on camera. Very few hikers out and two different sets asked me if I had seen any burros. I really wish that I had managed to do this hike a month ago, as I imagine it was beautiful at that time. Even so it was a very enjoyable morning spent.
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Mar 12 2017
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74 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Sun_RayTriplogs 1,187
Hiking5.12 Miles 602 AEG
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Judy and I out looking for wildflowers and a burro would be a bonus. Main gate told us that the bridge on Pipeline Canyon Trial was not operational and suggested we start at the North end of the trail for a longer out and back hike. As we hiked Pipeline we came across Yavapai Point Trail so followed Pipeline to the bridge that is not operational because the ends are about 10 yards from the shore because the water line is up. On the return we hiked Yavapai and took it back to the parking lot. Moderate poppy's and brittle bush is just starting to open up. Next few weeks should be spectacular!
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Feb 12 2017
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 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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DarthStillerTriplogs 628
Hiking10.40 Miles 1,319 AEG
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Jim was back in town for a wedding and wanted to do a hike. I also had friends from Pgh in town for the Pens game Sat nite, but I was determined to get all the socializing in for one weekend. After getting home later and an early wake up, we started on the trail at 7am.

We took the Pipeline Canyon Trail straight to the Yavapai Pt. Trail and took that out and back and then took the shortcut connecting trail back to the Pipeline Canyon Trail and then to the Wild Burro Trail, down to where I left off last month from the Beardsley Trail. When we started, there was a warning sign that the Pipeline Canyon Trail was closed as the one cove where the water was higher and the bridge was out. Once we got to that point, we started to follow the contours of the land around the cove and encountered a faint trail that seemed to be made from others with same intent as us, to get around the water anyway. At one point in the corner of a ravine we even saw a cairn. The crossing of the big cove was a bit tricky, but nothing worse than anything we've encountered in the Sierra Anchas or elsewhere in the TontoNF.

the bushwhack slowed us down a bit so that when we didn't have enough time to finish the Cottonwood Trail, which I had wanted to do. 2 miles less than planned, but finishing at 11:30am seemed like a good idea since Jim had to catch a plane back to Silicon Valleyland, and I had several chores to finish at home.

weather was cool and cloudy, warmed up later with some sun breaking through. the views up north were nice, lots of infrastructure near the lake mixed with closer views.
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