Cellpic Sunday – 28 March 2021

Peoria, Arizona.

It’s about an hour’s drive from our house in Buckeye to Lake Pleasant. It’s a long way to go for a typical hike, but it’s such a beautiful location, I usually try to hike the Pipeline Canyon Trail at least once a year. That’s two-miles out, two miles back, and we get to cross a canyon on a floating bridge in the process. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 8 March 2020

Peoria, Arizona.

In the northwestern Phoenix metro area, Lake Pleasant Regional Park beckons on those hot summer days. But I’ve never been there then. Due to my heavy travel schedule this winter, I only led one hike in February, so I wanted it to be a good one. I picked Pipeline Canyon Trail, my favorite trail in Lake Pleasant Park. A relatively level trail with only about a 600-foot (183 m) altitude change, it’s only two miles in length. But there is a small parking lot with rest rooms at each end and after a short break, it’s another two miles back to the cars. We completed the hike in less than 2 hours on a beautiful spring morning. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 10 June 2018

Morristown, Arizona.

On those hot summer days, one of the best places to cool off is at Lake Pleasant or one of the other man made lakes created as water holding reservoirs near Phoenix. During the winter, the hiking trails in Lake Pleasant Regional Park present a moderate challenge and their shorter length leaves plenty of day left at the end of a morning hike. Probably my favorite trail is Pipeline Canyon. There is a parking area at each end and modern restroom facilities. The trail is a short two miles (3.2 km) long and has a moderate elevation change. At the end of the two miles, take a break at the nearby benches, grab a drink of water and maybe a snack, then head back to your car in the parking area at your starting point. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 25 February 2018

Morristown, Arizona.

Just west of I-17 and exit number 223, via SR 74, is a large man made lake of some 10,000 acres (40 sq km) known as Lake Pleasant. Originally a much smaller agricultural water storage project, the New Waddell Dam, completed in 1994, converted to a large water storage area for the Phoenix metropolitan area. Two marinas and a regional park provide just some of the attractions to this beautiful area. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 24 September 2017

Lake Pleasant, Arizona.

On this first week of Autumn in North Dakota, it’s been nice weather, so far. However, thoughts of our Arizona winters are creeping into consciousness and those desert hikes are calling. I even have a new camera, a mirrorless Sony with a very small footprint and weight factor. It will replace the much larger and heavier Nikon on our hikes. Continue reading

Lake Pleasant – An Oasis in the Sonoran Desert


Morristown, Arizona

On the north end of the Phoenix metro area you will find an embankment dam on the Agua Fria River. The New Waddell Dam provides recreation, electric power and flood protection to the Phoenix area. Completed in 1994, the reservoir behind the large dam is known as Lake Pleasant. That is not the beginning of the story for Lake Pleasant, however. Continue reading