In early January, our hiking club’s weekly hike found us on a steady uphill from the nearby neighborhood known as Verrado through open desert and over a couple of ridges into Skyline Park. This popular park is only a few years old, but it has become very busy especially on winter weekends. In fact, as this is being written, I am only a couple of hours from heading to Skyline Park for a Saturday morning hike. Continue reading
My favorite hike in my favorite park is the Mesquite Canyon Trail in the White Tank Mountains Regional Park. It’s not a long drive to get there either, only about 20 minutes or so. In the last few years, I’ve settled into a pattern of 4 miles (6.4 km) or so, not to exceed 5 miles. Continue reading
On a warm but cloudy day, we ventured out on our first Arizona hike of the 2018-19 season. In late November, I led a short 3.8 mile hike with our hiking club in Buckeye. It was fun to be back with the group again. In the last couple of years, we’ve added some far more experienced hike leaders than I to our group and I expect the group will have a wider variety of difficulty level and length than we’ve previously provided. Continue reading
The state is a hiker’s dream. In fact, this hiker didn’t even know he was a hiker until he came to Arizona in his retirement years. In that time, I’ve hiked over 1300 miles that I can document in the MapMyWalk application. My first hundred miles or so aren’t in that figure as I had been hiking over a year before using MapMyWalk regularly. Doing the math, I’ve hiked about 250 miles a year, though not all in Arizona. Continue reading
White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Waddell, Arizona.
This week, I was reminded of our hiking club in Arizona in a couple of ways. Yesterday (Saturday, 18 August), I got an email from the folks at MapMyWalk. It was my 5th anniversary of downloading and using the app to help map our hikes. Though I don’t use MapMyWalk for hiking exclusively, the vast majority of miles tracked with the app are in Arizona deserts on hikes, mostly with the Verrado Hiking Club. Among other details, the email pointed out that it’s tracked 1362 miles (2192 km) since I started using the app. Continue reading
I was introduced to Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area in late 2012. I have seen the former dude ranch become a part of the Maricopa County Parks System as the 2154 acres of Sonoran Desert joined the other parks in the Regional Parks System. The park has an interesting history, the dude ranch site was eventually all but stripped of the buildings and the park is returning to the natural desert from which it came. The view above is from the Spur Cross Trail and is a shot of appropriately named Elephant Mountain. Continue reading
A few weeks ago, we visited a new (to us) location to hike. The Sunset Mountain Trail in Peoria winds its way around a mountain preserve in the confines of the city. The trail is only about 4 miles (6.4 km) long, but it presents natural views and some interesting glimpses of the city that surrounds the mountain. Continue reading