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May 09 2019
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Cottonwood Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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RowdyandMe
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
kingsnake
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Wild Burro Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 30 2018
kingsnake
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. 🤔

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Nov 18 2018
Sun_Ray
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71 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Sun_Ray
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
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Pipeline Canyon- Wild Burro-Yavapai Point, AZ 
Pipeline Canyon- Wild Burro-Yavapai Point, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 01 2018
RowdyandMe
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
mt98dew
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50 male
 Joined Oct 24 2010
 Phoenix,Az
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mt98dew
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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Apr 30 2018
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Pipeline Canyon-Wild Burro Trails, AZ 
Pipeline Canyon-Wild Burro Trails, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 30 2018
RowdyandMe
Hiking9.11 Miles 1,254 AEG
Hiking9.11 Miles   4 Hrs   27 Mns   2.24 mph
1,254 ft AEG      23 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Apr 23 2018
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2018
RowdyandMe
Hiking3.20 Miles 399 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   2.37 mph
399 ft AEG      14 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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Apr 07 2018
cdeperro
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48 male
 Joined Jun 17 2013
 Phoenix, AZ
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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cdeperro
Hiking4.83 Miles 971 AEG
Hiking4.83 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.12 mph
971 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
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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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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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rrshort
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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 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Sun_Ray
Hiking5.12 Miles 602 AEG
Hiking5.12 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.60 mph
602 ft AEG      27 Mns Break
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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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DarthStiller
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50 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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DarthStiller
Hiking10.40 Miles 1,319 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.31 mph
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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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 Phoenix, AZ
Pipeline Canyon and Yavapai Point Trails, AZ 
Pipeline Canyon and Yavapai Point Trails, AZ
 
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Frostshocknoob
Hiking4.92 Miles 846 AEG
Hiking4.92 Miles   2 Hrs   42 Mns   2.32 mph
846 ft AEG      35 Mns Break
 
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 Carrboro, NC
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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afrankie
Hiking3.32 Miles 546 AEG
Hiking3.32 Miles   1 Hour   23 Mns   2.77 mph
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My rents flew in and its their first time visiting - wanted to get them started out with something moderate, great views, and a splash afterwards. Fun hike, even as it heated up mid-day. No better way to finish than kicking back lakeside.
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 Joined Apr 25 2011
 Phoenix, AZ
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking6.57 Miles 891 AEG
Hiking6.57 Miles   2 Hrs   46 Mns   2.88 mph
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Impromptu hike decision late last night led me up to Lake Pleasant this morning. Started on the south end of Pipeline Canyon trail coming in from Scorpion Bay. I was the first car in the parking lot at 8:00 this morning. Ran into more people on the trail than I was expecting. Did the side trip up Yavapai Point and it was the highlight of the hike. The floating bridge was a close second. Saw two big fish near the shoreline from the bridge.
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 Deer Valley, AZ
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
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RowdyandMe
Hiking6.00 Miles 790 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   3 Hrs   2 Mns   2.29 mph
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Started later than I had plan but it was still nice out. Not to many people out today which made it nicer. The lake its self seemed very low as the floating bridge was not floating.
Also did the Cottonwood Trail.
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Oct 24 2015
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 Fountain Hills,
Frustum #19 and CHOLLA BM, AZ 
Frustum #19 and CHOLLA BM, AZ
 
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Hiking4.84 Miles 968 AEG
Hiking4.84 Miles   4 Hrs   42 Mns   2.48 mph
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There are two trails in the narrow Pipeline Canyon, located just west of Pleasant Lake.
I started on the Pipeline Canyon Trail, then transitioned to ‘off-trail’ to search for Frustum #19. I then went up atop Pk 2178 to locate CHOLLA BM.

Both the frustum (actually a boundary marker in the shape of a frustum) and the benchmark were set in place in 1924, a few years before the first Pleasant Lake Dam was completed. Neither one is in jeopardy of ‘going underwater’, as they are far above the high waterline.

I played alot of ‘dodge-ball’ with healthy cholla on my way up a ridge to the frustum area.
Once atop the little sloping ridge, I finally located Maricopa/Yavapai Boundary Marker #19, hiding in the low morning sun. For being so close to humanity, I was impressed with its good condition. One can see where attempts were made to dislodge the three plaques from the frustum. The plaques ‘held strong’ and are in excellent shape. The concrete around the plaques display the brunt of the ill-fated attempts to dislodge those plaques.

Next was, ‘go find the benchmark’, that was set in association with this frustum. I had the Lat/Long for the BM, so that was no problem. CHOLLA Triangulation Station (1924), is located atop Pk 2178, just 1/3rd mile up the ridge to the northwest from Frustum #19. The surveyors must have been impressed with all the cholla plants, ergo the BM’s name. No reference or azimuth marks were set.

CHOLLA BM is literally located at the end of, and in the middle of, another trail - Yavapai Point Trail. CHOLLA BM is in very good shape, considering its location.
I left Pk 2178 off-trail, transitioned back to the Yavapai Point Tr, then to the Pipeline Canyon Tr.

This was a fun, easy hike with great views of the second largest reservoir in Arizona.
Plus I located the things I set out to locate. All good things.
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Oct 19 2015
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 Peoria, AZ
Yavapai Point Trail - Lake PleasantPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking5.20 Miles 720 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.97 mph
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Early morning to try for sunrise photos over Lake Pleasant. Started at Walkin' Jim TH to avoid paying the fee, went down Cottonwood Creek for about a hundred yards and caught the trail system in. It was too cloudy for a beautiful sunrise which is okay since I underestimated the distance and wouldn't have made it to the viewpoint in time for sunrise anyway. I really enjoyed the view anyway, and the storm clouds all around were super impressive.
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May 27 2015
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 Mesa, AZ
Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking0.94 Miles 67 AEG
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Pipeline Canyon TrailPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking1.23 Miles 57 AEG
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