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Jul 16 2021
tibber
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Phx Mtn Preserve on or near Trail 100, AZ 
Phx Mtn Preserve on or near Trail 100, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 16 2021
tibber
Hiking4.78 Miles 544 AEG
Hiking4.78 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.90 mph
544 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Alexa says: 90 and 49, "yep, I can do that". I chose this area as I have lots of options depending on how I'm doing. I just wanted to get around five miles in if I could. I also like this area as I don't have to worry so much about running into snakes.

It was overcast so that meant no hat, no sunglasses! I did bring my little umbrella just in case. I kind of had a sense of what route I wanted to take. I was hoping I would feel up to VOAZ but the breeze wasn't blowing in the right direction for that. There were moments when it was almost delightful out there with the key word being "moments", ha!

I basically hiked to the south of Happy Hour Ridge and over to 1A and back on 100 to meet up with 8 passing by two horseshoe options. I saw maybe 8 hikers, some with dogs and 1/2 dozen bikers. On the way back as I neared the wash areas the cicadas were most vocal and I did see a few quail out for their morning stroll. I was obviously a little slower but it was humid out there :sweat:. But something is better than nothing.

On the drive in a bunny scampered across the road in front of me, don't know why they don't scamper the opposite direction. On the drive out I saw a very little bunny and a little squirrel. I stopped by Q-Trip for my frozen cappuccino, had to get the other flavor as the one I normally get was broken. I couldn't resist the giant maple bar either. It had started to sprinkle and when I got home I could see it had rained pretty good :) .

WATCH: 4.61 miles with avg bpm 123, max 162 (10% at Max, 36% at anaerobic, the rest at aerobic) burning 597 calories. Starting temp 86 and 54% humidity finishing at 8:57AM.
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May 21 2021
tibber
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65 female
 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Mountain Preserve Western Loop, AZ 
Phoenix Mountain Preserve Western Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 21 2021
tibber
Hiking7.75 Miles 1,494 AEG
Hiking7.75 Miles   3 Hrs   16 Mns   2.50 mph
1,494 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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Whew that west side of 302 is a killer, sheesh. Very few smooth areas, that's for sure.

I was kind of thinking of a slightly bigger loop but that back side climb of Piestewa took a lot out of me. The morning started out chilly and the sky was spitting at me from time to time. It was nice to see those white puffy things with those greyer colored things, even if it wasn't for a very long time. When I woke up this AM I said, what's that smell? It was the lingering smell from what little virga hit the ground.

I got up the hill at the west end of Happy Hour Ridge and then went down the south side and made my way over to the Irregular Link horse shoe trail. I think that trail is laid out so nicely. And when I made it to the western saddle, it was a veritable wind tunnel as I observed the clear air around me including to downtown. I made it to the top and saw a person way above me; guessing he/she bagged the peak and it's quite the peak.

I hooked up with the Freedom Trail 302 forgetting that I would indeed earn my freedom on this one :sweat: ! Well that was five years ago and that hike didn't end very well. Anyway, this 302 is a rough son of a gun in parts. And FYI if you're curious like I am where some of these sayings come from; this one has several attributes if I can quote wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_of_a_gun Anyway, I made my way up to somewhere on Piestewa and if I didn't have to get back to 38th St, I would have finished it off but alas, I had a few more miles and probably not enuf energy for a summit.

I continued on down weaving through the usual throng of people. I ended up going off balance and slipping, using my recovering broken wrist to brace me. I landed a bit on the side of the hill and fortunately my wrist held up well so I was very pleased. I stayed on 302 taking a little break in some shade before going up the rest of the hill. About 1/2 dozen girls that I had seen going SW were now coming my way saying they had started backwards, ha! They were carrying their water in Starbucks cups but cruised up the hill and were apparently doing the circumference. Since I was doing a loop I went to the east to eventually catch the eastern Perl Charles 1A horse shoe trail and back to the TH. Coming off that north side of 1A is quite rocky.

When the intermittent breeze was blowing it was so pleasant, the temp was nice. The hike took me a little longer than I liked. One of these times I'd like to do a whole big loop around the Preserve so that may be a worthy goal.

WATCH: 7.49 miles. 131 Avg bpm, max 177. Zones: Max 27%, Anaerobic 35%, Aerobic 36% Weight Control 2% burning 1260 calories. Started at 69.8 degrees and 33% finishing at 10:37AM
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saguaros still blooming but waning.
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Apr 12 2021
trekkin_gecko
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63 female
 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Phoenix Mountain Preserve Medley, AZ 
Phoenix Mountain Preserve Medley, AZ
 
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 28 2021
cw50must
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2021
cw50must
Hiking4.10 Miles 1,205 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles
1,205 ft AEG
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
Another loop I like to do out at Dreamy Draw. 1A - irregular - 302 and back on 1A by the freeway. Once off the main trail from the parking lot I don't encounter many people on this route, even for a weekend. Parking was tight as usual, with people waiting for spots when I finished around 9am
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Mar 20 2021
cw50must
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
VOAZ Trail #1BPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2021
cw50must
Hiking3.94 Miles 647 AEG
Hiking3.94 Miles
647 ft AEG
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Been enjoying this route over the last year but this time did it in reverse. 1A - VOAZ - 302 - Irregular - 1A
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Jan 31 2021
BiFrost
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 Joined Nov 20 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
Preserve Loop, AZ 
Preserve Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2021
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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Oct 31 2020
tibber
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Mountain Preserve Loops, AZ 
Phoenix Mountain Preserve Loops, AZ
 
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 11 2020
Nate_F
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49 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Perl Charles Trail #1APhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2020
Nate_F
Hiking6.32 Miles 1,250 AEG
Hiking6.32 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   2.20 mph
1,250 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
Stuck close to home today for my adventuring. Got a good spot in the Dreamy Draw lot before 6 am and still dark. By the time I left, cars parked all the way down the road! No parking signs everywhere but ignored. ](*,)
That being said, I enjoyed quite a bit of solitude on the trail. I finally set out to complete the Perl Charles Trail in its entirety, confusing as it is! :lol:
All except the part from Myrtle Ave; the official trailhead.
Enjoyable hike, even hit a couple of little summits I wanted to check out. Temperatures were just right this morning! :)
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Sep 25 2020
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
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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Sep 19 2020
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 Mesa, AZ
Perl Charles Trail #1APhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 19 2020
DarthStiller
Hiking9.26 Miles 1,678 AEG
Hiking9.26 Miles   4 Hrs   32 Mns   2.10 mph
1,678 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
 
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Started from Dreamy Draw and headed towards the 1A trail southbound along the 51. There's construction there now for some kind of pipeline, so I got as far as I could, then headed north again and east, gaining elevation over the hills there. I started to follow some side trails in the big maze there, keeping in mind I wanted to eventually get over the saddle north and loop back to Dreamy Draw. I followed some official parts of 1A there, and some unofficial trails.

Once I got over the saddle, I decided to head up to Peak 2032, the trail on the south side of it is pretty steep, and my legs were feeling stronger than I expected. After that, I headed north a little more along 100, then looped back to Dreamy Draw and took 100 northbound on the west side of the 51. I took the unofficial shortcut section of 100 on the way out, and the official section over the saddle on the way back. went out just enough to get over 9 miles and get back in time to grab lunch.

Weather wasn't too hot, very breezy at the start. The more hike this area, the more trails I seem to find.
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Sep 12 2020
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 Gilbert, AZ
Phx Mtn Preserve Explore, AZ 
Phx Mtn Preserve Explore, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking13.18 Miles 4,296 AEG
Hiking13.18 Miles   6 Hrs   27 Mns   2.32 mph
4,296 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
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I was planning to head up to the Peaks/Flagstaff for some AEG and a solid tune-up hike in advance of an upcoming R2R, but logistics didn’t align—my brother (who’s is also doing R2R with me) had to work. So, I turned to more local options. I hadn’t done Piestewa Peak in years, and had never hiked any of the other trails in the Preserve, so I decided to make a morning of exploring the area. I knew the Peak was essentially a 1-mile stair climber, and I was sure I could find other stuff in the area to climb up and down for the desired AEG. I also needed a longer-ish hike to get a feel for how my new trail runners (Saucony Peregrine 10) would perform over a long distance. And, after a dozen years with my Costco High Sierra daypack, I finally decided to upgrade to a new pack (Osprey Talon 22). So, lots of gear getting a first workout on this hike.

As it was Saturday morning, and the temps had moderated a bit, I expected it to be busy, but somehow still managed to be shocked that every parking slot was filled, with dozens of cars waiting in line by 6 a.m. I ended up parking a half mile away in a neighborhood. No big deal, since I was there to hike and didn’t have a specific destination in mind.

I had planned to start the trip with a couple of ascents to the peak, but after navigating the “Piestewa rush hour” once, I decided to postpone ascent two in favor of some exploring. (As an aside, the diverse cross-section of humanity hiking Piestewa Peak on a Saturday is quite a sight.) As I peeled off onto the circumference trail to the west on my descent, I concluded that I could probably go another several years before deciding to hike Piestewa again.

Once on the circumference trail, I entered into the much more solitary portion of the hike. I passed a few hikers here and there, but had good stretches of alone time as well—especially in places where I followed a use path or climbed up to one of the intermediate summits or ridgelines.

About a third of the way through the hike, I got a text from my brother with a couple of photos and a note saying he decided to get up early and do a quick ascent of ... Piestwwa Peak and the circumference trail!!! :o :o :o I immediately called him and we laughed about the improbable coincidence of us separately deciding last minute to hike the same trail—which neither of us had hiked in many years. In fact, as we compared notes, it’s likely that we passed each other on the summit trail without even recognizing each other. Crazy! :lol:

After finishing the call, I continued to wander around the western side trails looking for stuff to climb. : rambo : I found plenty of options and was pleased with how my shoes and pack were performing. I was also happy with my new 3L hydration bladder, as well as the insulation bag I had purchased to keep it cold (a must for me, and truly one of the reasons I kept the High Sierra for so long—its insulated hydration pouch).

Eventually, I exhausted my hydration bladder and was down to a water bottle, so I made my way back to the TH, and refilled a bit for my second ascent.

By that time, the temps had warmed, the masses had cleared, plenty of parking was available, and the trail was much more manageable. That said, I was just grinding out another 1K in elevation and ready to be done for the day.

In the middle of my determined but somewhat unenthusiastic grind, I looked up the trail to see a figure that I immediately recognized—even from a distance, though I had never met him in person before. It was the elusive @joebartels, grinding out a few ascents of his own in his native environment. I flagged him down and introduced myself. We visited for a couple of minutes, and as we parted, I felt a bit of ironic redemption in meeting a fellow "hiking brother" after apparently hiking right by my "actual brother" earlier in the day. :lol: Joe indicated that he was planning another ascent, so we would probably pass again on my way down. We did, and I was glad, since I had failed to take a selfie with the legend the first go around. I fixed that on the descent and enjoyed another brief chat about HAZ and my family-focused hiking adventures. I thanked him for the great resource and community which is HAZ and finished out the hike.

Ended up with 4.2K AEG, which was the intended goal for the day, and though I was on top of Piestewa Peak twice, the "summit" experiences on the day for me occurred about half-way up/down, when I made a personal acquaintance with someone I've followed virtually all these years. Thanks again, Joe, for HAZ. : app : It'll probably be another several years before I"m back on Piestewa, but perhaps we'll meet again out in the "wild" someday. :-)
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Jul 07 2020
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 Phoenix,Az
Irregular Link Trail #1CPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jul 07 2020
mt98dew
Hiking3.00 Miles 370 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
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Short after work hike. Got to the TH around 4:30. More cars there than I anticipated....about 15. Had my garmin with me, shattered screen and all (touch screen is still currently working, though only 1/2 the screen is visible), but ended up having dead batteries so the mileage is an estimate. Took user trail and Perle Charles in to where the Irregular Link starts. Like how this trail gradual gains elevation to the saddle; ideal for jogging. From Irregular took Freedom Trail (briefly) up over the adjacent saddle. Pretty rocky section to traverse. Not much fun, but it does connect to the Voaz, so it is worth the effort. Voaz is one of the sweeter trails in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Nice interaction with the hillside, interesting geology and some decent folia to boot. Reconnected to the Perle and took that and a user back to the TH. Temps were warm. But it was a dry heat....seriously :) Not so bad when the breeze hit. Met 2 hikers while out. No wildlife except for some lizards.
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Jul 05 2020
BiFrost
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 Phoenix, AZ
Sunday Phoenix Preserve Heat Hike, AZ 
Sunday Phoenix Preserve Heat Hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2020
BiFrost
Hiking5.81 Miles 1,081 AEG
Hiking5.81 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.79 mph
1,081 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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Hiking in the heat. Really like this loop but not when it's a 110.
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Jun 20 2020
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 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Phoenix Mountain Preserve Medley, AZ 
Phoenix Mountain Preserve Medley, AZ
 
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 14 2020
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 Mesa, AZ
VOAZ Trail #1BPhoenix, AZ
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Hiking avatar Jun 14 2020
cw50must
Hiking3.80 Miles 867 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles
867 ft AEG
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did another loop out at dreamy draw. Left out on T100 to 1A up and over irregular, then took it over the next ridge to Voaz back down to 1A to t100 and back. I liked this loop a lot and will try it again the other direction.
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Jun 07 2020
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 Phoenix, AZ
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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Jun 06 2020
Daytripper
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 Gold Canyon
Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 06 2020
Daytripper
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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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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May 24 2020
cw50must
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 Joined Jun 09 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Irregular Link Trail #1CPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 24 2020
cw50must
Hiking4.46 Miles 807 AEG
Hiking4.46 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   2.68 mph
807 ft AEG
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It was one of those hikes where I was just headed to the dreamy draw trailhead and figure it out once I got there. I mostly have only biked trail 100 in this area and a few months back I went on one of these no plan hikes in the area and it turned out great so I was trying it again. this time I headed out on T100 up to the first saddle, that's all I had planned. Then I saw 1A headed up the hill so I went that way. I soon found Irregular Link and thought that sounds cool. Then I was met with a tough decision, take what looked like 1A up again or take 302 down that way, I chose 302. At another intersection I figured out that 302 was the trail that goes around Piestewa and decided I didn't want an uber ride so I took 1A down and back around by the freeway. I also saw one of those stone building/ramada like they have all over South Mountain, but this one seemed to have no access trail. Turned out to be an excellent loop, I enjoyed it. I also now have some other ideas on variations of this loop for the future.
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May 10 2020
Nate_F
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 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Another Mystery, AZ 
Another Mystery, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 10 2020
Nate_F
Hiking4.68 Miles 992 AEG
Hiking4.68 Miles   2 Hrs   4 Mns   2.36 mph
992 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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It was a beautiful morning for a stroll in the Preserve; it's easy because it's close to home and I wanted a short hike before it got too hot. Well, it was quite a surprise when I heard thunder and it started to rain on me! :o It rained pretty good for maybe half an hour then on and off the rest of the hike. With some nice breezes. In May! The smell of wet creosote was so strong and pleasant. I loved it!
This hike was a variation of the North Phoenix Preserve Mystery Loop that visits a couple peaks, a ridgeline, parts of trail 100, 1A, and the VOAZ Loop. It goes through quieter areas of the Preserve. I started from the cul-de-sac off Dunlap.
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The Saguaros were getting their crown of flowers on top pretty good now. Lots of bees buzzing around.
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Two Shoes and a Loop, AZ 
Two Shoes and a Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 10 2020
tibber
Hiking5.28 Miles 775 AEG
Hiking5.28 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   2.75 mph
775 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Tonto Jr's weather temp would determine what hike I would do today. 80 degrees at 6:15AM meant we could go to the Phx Mtn Preserve. The nice thing with the Preserve is there are lots of bail outs and lots of ways to add depending on me. On the way to 38th St TH via Mtn View Rd I saw a healthy coyote stalking thru a yard.

I had just barely started my hike when I heard a loud hum. At first I thot it was the radio I was listening to but when I pulled out the ear buds, I could still hear this droning. I thot maybe it was the traffic I was hearing, but no... Another hiker came up and I asked her, she said it was the bees and the sound gets louder as you get to the interior. So knowing that, I continued on my hike. In a few minutes the rain would start spitting for a bit as I crossed over to the 100. I hadn't hiked on this little part of the 100 for quite a while.

I took a little crossover trail to the upper trail but had to stop for a couple pictures along the way. I did forget to reset HAZel so I had to fix that part of the GPS route as it created a straight line. After each picture I have to reset HAZel so she'll stay with me. Another reason to bring my camera ](*,) . It was pretty people/dog crowded today and it was getting a bit humid. As I started nearing the saddle of VOAZ, 1B I had to pull over and put up my umbrella as it was raining pretty hard and since I didn't have my hat on, it was raining onto my face and into my eyes. As I crossed over the saddle and headed down the VOAZ, taking a couple more pictures, the rain pretty much stopped and I was able to put away my umbrella.

This little bit of rain had made the rocks slippery for the rest of the way down to the Perl Chas 1A. The wash was full of blooming Foothill Palo Verde trees so it was really pretty, especially under the grey clouds of the sky. I headed on up 1A and around to the north side enjoying the cool breeze and the wonderful smell of the desert air. I thot how lucky I was to be hiking here this morning. Needless to say I was feeling pretty chipper so my gait picked up a bit except for having to stop and take some more pictures of course.

I could see the rain all around me and wondered if it would hit the preserve again. I cross back over the 100 and up the south side of Happy Hour Ridge where I went west and around from that side just to get a little more mileage. And then back east again where I saw this one family hiking down a non-trail (a scree slide). You just have to shake your head. And then I was back down to the level and decided to take the trail up to the saddle below the spur to Happy Hour Ridge and then headed east. And the bee drone started up again as I came down the hill.

Well this was quite the right choice today as first I saw a a rabbit and then a roadrunner and then another roadrunner. This was after just seeing a hummingbird with the bright pink breast. I'm thinking, how cool to see all this wildlife action within the span of 10 minutes or so. And then this AM as I walked into work, I have to yield to a roadrunner on the sidewalk :) .

Forgot to mention, lots of thunder and lightning during the whole hike.

After the hike I was going to stop by Trader Joe's but when I got there at 8:55AM, it was a double line with folks every 6 feet. So that didn't happen, especially since I was a little hungry. It will be interesting to see what Trader Joe's is like this afternoon, it's a different one but I'm not too overly fond of waiting out in the heat; especially when I don't really need to go there. No problem getting right into the Trader Joe's off of Frank Lloyd Wright in N Scottsdale. It was very busy inside!
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lots of blooming saguaros and desert foothill palo verde. I did see some desert lavender in one section.
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