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Feb 03 2017
Steph_and_Blak
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70 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Coronado MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2017
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking3.11 Miles 807 AEG
Hiking3.11 Miles   4 Hrs   16 Mns   0.88 mph
807 ft AEG      45 Mns Break
 
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Blake and I and two friends thoroughly enjoyed hiking out to the tip of the peninsula of Coronado Mesa. We didn't really know what to expect except for incredible views and, I must add, ones that are different from nearby Black Cross Butte 3351. We kept thinking we were at the end of the mesa, but wait, it goes on! And on! We had fun scrambling up and over boulders and, in my opinion, there were really only one or two places that you had to be extra careful about falling. We were surprised to find sheep droppings (lots!) at the very end of the peninsula. Do sheep like the views too? One word of warning about the hike...Ticks are abundant.
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Jan 26 2017
hikingaz2
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76 male
 Joined Dec 16 2011
 Mesa,Az
Coronado MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2017
hikingaz2
Hiking2.40 Miles 509 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour   21 Mns   2.18 mph
509 ft AEG      15 Mns Break2 LBS Pack
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rtaylor3235
Finished our Fish Creek area hikes with Coronado Mesa, nice area, got back to TH and headed down to the SRP Gate, was open, but no need to get in any trouble on such a nice day :) Was going to stop at Tortilla Flats for a cone, but :o :o no parking spots left, was a Snowbird Heaven Day :) kept going and will take a raincheck :)
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Jan 01 2017
rayhuston
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61 male
 Joined Mar 09 2012
 Gilbert, AZ
Coronado MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2017
rayhuston
Hiking3.23 Miles 777 AEG
Hiking3.23 Miles   3 Hrs   21 Mns   1.29 mph
777 ft AEG      51 Mns Break
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kingsnake
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The forecast called for a fair amount of rain, but all we saw were a few sprinkles. We followed the route out towards the fin, but stopped short of the scramble portion. Pam, Preston and I were all content with stopping right there, taking in the views and consuming the goodies that Pam brought along. We found a nice perch, shared some bubbly, cookies, chocolate covered strawberries and a big helping of gorgeous views. We repeated until the bubbly was all gone :( .

We returned the way we came, meandering here and there in search of more views. This is a beautiful place, even with overcast skies. Afterwards, Pam and I drove out to the overlook above Fish Creek Canyon for some more views, but then the rain finally did come. We headed back to Tortilla Flat where we met up with Preston for lunch at the restaurant.

Another winner Pam. I had a wonderful time. Thank you for organizing, and thank you for the goodies!

Happy New Year!
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Jan 01 2017
kingsnake
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57 male
 Joined Dec 20 2010
 Sunnyslope, PHX
Coronado MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2017
kingsnake
Hiking3.45 Miles 766 AEG
Hiking3.45 Miles   2 Hrs   13 Mns   1.56 mph
766 ft AEG
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rayhuston
This is the third of Pam’s New Years HikeArizona get togethers I’ve done, after Vulture Peak in 2013 and Roblas Butte last year. This was the shortest, least steep, foray yet, but with views that every bit as good as previous years, if not better.

Despite many people being interested in the hike, most bailed due to expected heavy rain. That just meant more cookies & chocolate-covered strawberries for the three of us (Pam, Ray and I).

Coronado Mesa is a very basic hike, but one with spectacular canyon views, as distant as Red Mountain and Fountain Hills or, below us, multi-cascade waterfalls hundreds of feet high.

When we got to the spur, we all agreed the slickness of the rocks, and looseness of the soil, would not make it safe to negotiate our way to its far end. As I told Pam & Ray, I hike for the exercise: Finding cool things is a bonus, but I don’t need to prove anything to anyone.

We spent about 30 minutes at our rest spot / overlook, taking photos, toasting with champagne, and eating Pam’s delicious cookies and chocolate covered strawberries.

On the way back to Tortilla Flat, the two creek crossings had risen, but were still SUV-able. We ate again in Tortilla Flat, which for me was a chili dog and “Snake Venom” beer, which was quite tasty.
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Jan 01 2017
outdoor_lover
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56 female
 Joined Aug 19 2011
 Scottsdale, AZ
Coronado MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2017
outdoor_lover
Hiking3.20 Miles 750 AEG
Hiking3.20 Miles
750 ft AEG
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I've gotten to Listening to my Gut a lot more and my Stubborness has not gotten any better, so with my two Strongest Virtues, I pulled out of the Driveway into the Pouring Rain yesterday Morning. It wasn't even Light yet. And yet, I remained Optimistic even as I plowed through the Flooding across Brown Street and the Apache Trail. As I neared Canyon Lake, there was Lightning and my Heart started to Sink. If anything is going to Pound the Coffin Nails into this Hike, it would be Lightning... I continued on, passing a Waterfall next to the Road as it wound around Canyon Lake. It was still Raining pretty hard. I reached Tortilla Flat and my Heart lightened. It wasn't even Flowing across the Road yet, just Pools. The next Crossing was Flowing, but it was still extremely Shallow... I wondered with it still Raining, what it would be like in a few hours...No Matter, I had enough Cookies and Champagne to sustain the Few of Us still left in the Committed Column, for a couple of Days... :lol: By the Time I reached the "TH" at 8:30, the Rain had lessened to a Sprinkle. There was already a Vehicle there, but it was not with us. I think someone tried to Camp there and ended up sleeping in the Car... :sweat:

Before long, Preston showed with his Wife, Bernie. I thought that might be it, but then, here came Ray...There would be 3 of us to tempt the Weather Gods. :y: It was still trying to Spit and it was Chilly, but we could see Clearing Skies to our South, so away we went. We took our Time and I wasn't the only one keeping the Camera busy. The Weather was creating some Amazing Photo Ops. This Hike Promised and Delivered on the Views and the Light provided by Mother Nature was the Icing on the Cake. After a 5 minute Heavy Drizzle of Rain, (all we got on the whole Hike) there was a Toast overlooking Fish Creek and a Sweet Waterfall, followed by Goodies and more Photos... Celebrating Hiking, Friends and a New Year...The Sun started to break through and I started shedding Layers, and then it was Time to head back from whence we came....We got back to the Cars about the Time Mother Nature started wrapping the Clouds around us and Enveloping the Mountains again. By the Time Ray and I hit the Overlook near Fish Creek Hill, the Rains had started again in Earnest... On the way back to Tortilla Flat, the Wash was running much Stronger, but was narrow and still Doable... The Crossing at Tortilla Flat itself was also running but Doable as well...We met Preston and Bernie for a Late Lunch at the Restaurant there and had a nice Visit. Thanks so much for picking up the Tab Ray! :y: We all then Parted Ways until next Time which hopefully won't be another Year... Great to see you all again!

We hit an Amazing Weather Window and I was Extremely Grateful... I needed this Hike, and the Weather and the Hike Delivered everything I could Hope for... I have not been able to do a Real Hike since I Smashed and Trashed my Ankle last April, and 2016 was not a good Year. I needed to start Fresh on this Day and although the Ankle and I need more work to be 100%, this is a Start and it was a Perfect Choice. It Taxed me without Hurting me and gave me all the Information I needed to keep moving forward and gaining a Full Recovery...And I am Grateful to have Friends that Embraced a rather Tame Hike and Joined me, even with the Threat of Bad Weather... Thanks Guys... :app:
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The Blooms are already trying....

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We could see Rapids down there!

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At the Apache Trail Crossing 1 Mile East of Tortilla Flat.

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Feb 13 2012
Charger55
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40 male
 Joined Oct 19 2010
 Mesa, AZ
Coronado MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2012
Charger55
Hiking2.80 Miles 870 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles   2 Hrs      1.40 mph
870 ft AEG
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Wandering the mesa looking for wildflowers. Mexican Gold Poppies are blooming rather nicely. Not much else just yet.

In the hike description Joe mentions the peninsula fin as offering great views of Fish Creek. There's another rocky outcropping between the first and second highpoints with views that just blew me away. It was so peaceful there I could hear the water trickling through Fish Creek several hundred feet below me. It really does have a Grand Canyon feel to it.
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Apr 12 2009
JoelHazelton
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33 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Coronado MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2009
JoelHazelton
Hiking2.80 Miles 870 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles   3 Hrs      0.93 mph
870 ft AEG
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Trip two of likely several to fully explore Coronado Mesa and the expansive views down Lower Fish Creek. The wildflowers are mostly dead. Late March would probably be peak wildflower season for this area.
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Apr 11 2009
JoelHazelton
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33 male
 Joined Mar 22 2006
 Phoenix, AZ
Coronado MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2009
JoelHazelton
Hiking2.80 Miles 870 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles   2 Hrs      1.40 mph
870 ft AEG
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After an early morning hike at Massacre falls and a 3 hour nap in my truck, I decided to get up and hike Coronado Mesa. I realized my GPS was low on battery, and since I would be hiking back in the dark, I figured I should head down to the store at Tortilla Flats to get some batteries. After this minor setback, I started the hike. The weather was slightly humid, but otherwise perfect. The sky was filled with dramatic and interesting clouds and I was excited for what sunset would look like. The top of the mesa is awesome and every spot on the edge offers a different view. My favorite views of fish creek were actually near the middle of the hike rather than out on the peninsula-fin. The storm moved in around 6PM and blocked the sunset, making for another photographically unsuccessful trip. An incredibly beautiful hike, however, and I'll be back this evening and probably several more times.
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Feb 12 2009
AZLOT69
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68 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Coronado MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2009
AZLOT69
Hiking4.00 Miles 870 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.33 mph
870 ft AEG
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Wow. This hike is under rated. Its been on my list for quite a while. Being off trail I needed a time of year like this cool weather for another great bushwhack. From the trail description I was anticipating a quick easy off trail with some nice views. What the hike delivers is nothing short of exhilerating. The last half mile in and out really gets the adrenaline pumping. While there is no direct exposure, just move over to the edge either way and its straight down. I kept looking at my GPS route our leader posted and looked ahead at the peninsula that he ended up at thinking there is no way to get out there. Like so many hikes in the area as you get closer you see there is a way out there. I found this hike very rewarding. If your going to do this, now is the time of year, use your GPS route and go all the way. A lot of bang for the buck. The wild flowers were popping.
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Jan 26 2009
CannondaleKid
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69 male
 Joined May 04 2004
 Mesa, AZ
Coronado MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2009
CannondaleKid
Hiking2.95 Miles 865 AEG
Hiking2.95 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   2.01 mph
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Short hike on a breezy chilly day.

Hike photos are here:
http://www.changephoenix.com/09/2009-01-26CoronadoMesa.html
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Nov 06 2008
kanode
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71 male
 Joined Jan 07 2004
 Tempe, AZ
Coronado MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2008
kanode
Hiking3.10 Miles 870 AEG
Hiking3.10 Miles   2 Hrs   35 Mns   1.20 mph
870 ft AEG
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In general we followed Joe's route but immediately on reaching the mesa we headed east to the drop-off. ( I've taken friends and family to that point for the dramatic views and then turned around for a hike of less than a mile.)

I didn't do the last 0.2 miles of Joe's route where it hooks east. Going up wouldn't have been bad but the climb down would have been hell on my knees.
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Feb 23 2008
OhOh7
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83 male
 Joined Dec 11 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Coronado MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2008
OhOh7
Hiking5.00 Miles 870 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.25 mph
870 ft AEG
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This is a variation of the Coronado mesa trip that Joe has taken. He started just off the FR 80 that goes to Horse mesa Dam. As he says the first right turn goes to a parking area and even a road (rough) that goes up the mesa a bit. His trip went from there over Coronado mesa to the edge of the Lower Fish Creek canyon. He then went out to some overlooks and back to the TH.

Our trip started at Tortilla TH and went about 5 miles ending at the Horse mesa road lot where Joe started. Part of our hike was below the Apache trail (SW of the road) and the rest above the Apache Trail (North of the road). All of the hike was off trail. We left the Tortilla TH and went west and down to parallel the Apache trail went down to an old jeep road (not well defined) for awhile and back up toward the highway, across the highway and directly out NE to the canyon edge. Wow! As many have said, if this canyon were in any other state it would be a national park! When you drive the Apache trail down Fish Creek hill and on toward Apache Lake, you miss this lower canyon, its sheer walls and deep side canyons.

The view from the several vantage points of that canyon is quite astounding. The route taken is not really very hard with just a few hills to climb but there is a place where you can climb some rocks out to a narrow ledge and look down, down, down, Lots of photos were taken but, like the Grand Canyon, trying to catch the depth and grandeur by film is impossible. I was disappointed at the photo results because it flattens cliffs and spires. Anyway one can catch the general beauty of this area.

The first part of the route shows many canyons, the gash for Tortilla Creek and some pretty wild looking terrain. Once you cross the highway and go up the mesa the overlooks are amazing. If you just would like to se the Fish Creek canyon from Coronado Mesa, go as Joe did. By parking some cars at Tortilla TH and the others at the Horse mesa site the hike is a nice off trail journey offering quite a diverse topography. Care must be taken at the canyon edges. Those drop offs are extreme. You would hardly bounce! I have tried to include a map as I am just starting to do some GPS tracking. Hope it gets included.
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Feb 23 2008
liza_k
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48 female
 Joined Dec 04 2007
 Apache Junction,
Coronado MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2008
liza_k
Hiking5.00 Miles 870 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.25 mph
870 ft AEG
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I was with the group hike nicely described by OhOh7. A very enjoyable day with a great group of hikers!
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Sep 20 2004
joebartels
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49 male
 Joined Nov 20 1996
 Phoenix, AZ
Coronado MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 20 2004
joebartels
Hiking2.80 Miles 870 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   1.12 mph
870 ft AEG
 
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