Hiking

Google Earth

If you don't already have Google Earth on your computer.  You can download it here.  You can view the hiking routes in Google Earth by downloading the asssociated kmz files on each of the hikes webpages so you can view the hike in 3-D.

Distribution List

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Best Time to Hike In The Desert

We are fair weathered hikers, so we generally will hike between October to April.  We like avoiding the crowds, and the birds seem to be most active in the first few hours after down, so we generally will time our hikes to start within 30 minutes of sunrise.  This also gives us the rest of the day to relax. :)

Hikes

Below is a list of hikes we have documented. Listed in order that we hiked them.  Select the hike name go to the page for that hike.  There you can see more details on the hike including pictures, Printable PDF guide, Google Earth Waypoints File and GPX file downloads.

 

2017 Hikes

 

State

Hike Name

Length (Miles)

Rating (10)

Difficulty (10)

One Line Description

Date

2017 Total = 250.6 miles ( as of 2017.12.10)

Arizona

Pyramid Ranch Loop

8.4

6.0/10

6.0/10

Combine 3 hikes on South Mountain to make this loop

2017.12.10

Arizona

Black Mesa Loop

9.3

8.5/10

6.5/10

Night Hike. Previously done on 2016.02.28

2017.12.02

2016.02.28

Arizona

Cave-Skunk Creek Trails Loop

10.7

7.5/10

8.0/10

Previously done on 2017.04.15 (No photos or GPS)

2017.11.26

2017.04.15

Arizona

Go John Trail (Loop)

6.0

8.0/10

6.0/10

Enjoyable hike, city views for part of hike

2017.11.12

Arizona

Barnhardt Trail

12.6

8.0/10

7.0/10

Great views, and slope was good

2017.11.10

Arizona

Pass Mountain Trail Loop - By Night

8.0

8.0/10

6.5/10

Originally hiked in 2016, this time under a full moon

2017.11.05

Arizona

Cornucopia - Thicket Spring Loop

7.4

7.0/10

7.5/10

Nice views in the mountains

2017.10.29

Arizona

Piestewa Peak and Loop

6.2

3.0/10

7.5/10

City hiking with crowds

2017.10.25

Arizona

Garden Valley Loop

6.2

7.0/10

3/10

Pretty flat quick hike - Variant on original hike.  Adds 0.5 miles.

2017.10.21

Arizona

Woods Canyon Lake

4.0

6.5/10

3/10

Pleasant hike around a forest lake

2017.10.18

Arizona

Horton Creek Loop

10.4

6.5/10

6.5/10

Forest and stream along with high desert gives a wide range of scenery

2017.10.08

Arizona

Pine Creek and Ballantine Trail

9.5

6.5/10

8.5/10

Nice hike with good views of rock fields

2017.10.01

Wyoming

Sour Creek Loop JTY

5.9

8.5/10

7.0/10

Yellowstone: Nice hike with stream crossing and Bison encounter possible

2017.08.26

Wyoming

Ribbon Lake Loop JTY

7.1

8.5/10

7.0/10

Yellowstone: Scenic view and lakes

2017.08.25

Wyoming

Fairy Falls

7.7

9.0/10

7.0/10

Yellowstone: Great falls and nice Geyser

2017.08.25

Wyoming

Terrace Mountain

7.2

8.0/10

7.0/10

Yellowstone: Nice hike around mountain

2017.08.24

Wyoming

Monument Geyser Basin

2.8

7.5/10

7.0/10

Yellowstone: Short steep hike to Geyser area that is seldom visited

2017.08.24

Wyoming

Pebble Creek

9.4

7.0/10

8.0/10

Yellowstone: Steep mountain hike to valley.  surprisingly little wildlife to be found.

2017.08.23

Colorado

Palmer Loop

5.4

7.0/10

7.5/10

Hike about the mountains of Colorado

2017.08.19

Colorado

Mueller State Park

3.0

7.5/10

6.5/10

Nice hike in the park will little traffic

2017.08.19

Colorado

Garden Of The Gods

6.1

7.5/10

6.0/10

Nice scenery, to many people

2017.08.18

Arizona

Butcher Jones Trail

5.9

7.5/10

4.5/10

Good views of lake.  Best to do during weekdays to avoid crowds.

2017.05.17

Arizona

Flatiron via Siphon Draw

7.9

7.5/10

9.0/10

Great views but to many people

2017.04.29

Arizona

Mount Peeley

5.4

7.0/10

6.5/10

Good mountain views

2017.04.19

Arizona

Cave-Skunk Creek Trails Loop

10.8

7.5/10

8.0/10

Walk along Cave creek is quite nice

2017.04.15

Arizona

Palo Verde Trail

7.4

7.5/10

7.0/10

Nice flowers, Buzzards and Bald Eagle

2017.03.29

Arizona

Ford-Mequite Canyon Trail Loop

9.8

8.0/10

8.5/10

Wonderful wildflowers at this time of year

2017.03.26

Arizona

Peridot Mesa Wildflowers

N/A

N/A

N/A

Looks like we were about 1 week late on this one.

2017.03.19

Arizona

Rainbow Valley Trail

9.7

8.0/10

7.0/10

Nice views, best visited during wild flower season

2017.03.12

Arizona

Table Top Mountain Trail

9.3

8.5/10

8.0/10

A cactus jungle with a steep climb and excellent view.

2017.03.05

Arizona

Weavers Needle

10.0

9.5/10

10/10

Hiking, Climbing with 75lb backpack makes for quite an adventure! But great views on the needle.

2017.02.08

Arizona

Black Mountain Trail

2.4

4.5/10

5.0/10

In city hiking with nice view of Superstitions at top.

2017.02.04

Arizona

Toms Thumb

6.2

8.5/10

7.0/10

Granite wonderland with high desert views

2017.01.11

Arizona

Elephant-Spur Loop

7.0

8.0/10

6.0/10

Classic Sonoran desert scenery with some city views.

2017.01.02

 

2016 Hikes

 

State

Hike Name

Length (Miles)

Rating (10)

Difficulty (10)

One Line Description

Date

2016 Total = 112.9 miles

Arizona

Lost Gold Mine Trail

11.7

8.5/10

8.5/10

Nice open views with surprisingly little sub divisions visible

2016.12.11

Arizona

Picketpost Mountain

4.9

8.5/10

8.5/10

Steep climb to great views of the Superstitions

2016.10.09

Arizona

Browns Peak Trail

5.6

7.0/10

7.5/10

Highest point in Maricopa county

2016.09.15

Arizona

Boulder Canyon Trail - East

8.4

8.0/10

8.0/10

Nice hike with good views of the lake.

2016.04.13

Arizona

Pass Mountain Trail Loop

8.0

8.0/10

6.5/10

Nice views on the North and East parts of the hike.   Crowds at Wind Cave Trail.

2016.04.09

Arizona

AZ Boulder Canyon Loop

12.2

9.0/10

6.5/10

Super views with a bit of river rock hiking

2016.03.30

Arizona

Massacre Grounds Trail

5.5

7.0/10

4.5/10

Nice hike with great views at the end.

2016.03.23

2017.04.01

Arizona

Petrified Forest National Park

N/A

4.0/10

N/A

Just Pictures of park

2016.03.14

Arizona

Quartz Peak Trail

6.0

8.0/10

8.5/10

Great Views, feels like 12 miles

2016.03.06

Arizona

Black Mesa Loop

9.2

8.5/10

6.5/10

Gentle pleasant inclines in this hike in the Superstitions.

2016.02.28

Arizona

Saguaro NP East - Garwood Loop

6.3

9.0/10

4.0/10

A nice hike with typical Sonoran desert scenery and lots of cacti and wide variety of birds.

2016.02.19

Arizona

Garden Valley Loop

5.7

7.0/10

3.0/10

Pretty flat quick hike

2016.01.17

Arizona

Rogers Canyon Cliff Dwellings Loop

14.8

8.5/10

7.5/10

Great change in landscape and wonderful cliff dwellings, up close and personal.

2016.01.23

Arizona

Hoolie Bacon Trail - Peters Trail Loop

14.6

4.0/10

9.5/10

Two nice hikes, but off-route cat claw bushwhacking between routes is hell.

2016.02.05