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    Chris Newkirk saved Fossil Springs Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Newkirk saved Woodchute Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Newkirk saved Granite Mountain Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Newkirk saved See Canyon Trail #184

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Newkirk saved Wildcat Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Newkirk saved Bear Mountain Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Newkirk reviewed Flatiron Via Siphon Draw Trail

    about 1 month ago

    First off let me just say - super rewarding hike. Really hard but definitely gives you a sense of accomplishment. The views at the top are awesome.

    The bad?
    - It is annoying to pay $7 to get in and then have the trail so poorly marked.

    The advice?
    - This trail is camelback/echo x5 in difficulty. It is super challenging and super steep. It is great but very difficult. My hike registered at a little over 8 miles on my Apple Watch.

    - Once you make it to the top of the first scrambling ridge - don’t go to the right. You’ve gotta stay to the left. I did this wrong and really really paid for it. On the way down I got on the correct trail and it was substantially easier.

    - The entire hike is very rocky. From scrambling to minor climbing the majority of the hike is uphill rock. Don’t wear trail runners - get something with ankle support.

    - I’d really strongly recommend doing the hike early in the AM before the sun comes up. I started at 6:30 and if I had it to do over I’d go earlier.

    Chris Newkirk completed Flatiron Via Siphon Draw Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Newkirk reviewed Superstition Wilderness Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Done this 2x now as a backpacking practice run for the Grand Canyon.

    Honestly, if you’re not backpacking and not doing it in the heat of the day - I’d imagine it would be pretty easy.

    The river/rock crossings are kinda cool the first time you do them - but they get pretty old.

    Essentially no sun protection.
    Very little/super sketchy water holes.

    But only a very few inclines.
    You can go hours and hours without seeing anyone here.

    A good practice run for folks who are trying to get their distances up. But, nothing to write home about.

    Chris Newkirk completed Superstition Wilderness Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Newkirk reviewed Fountain Lake Overlook Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Unless you already live in Fountain Hills don’t go to the effort of driving out to this hike. Was lame

    Chris Newkirk reviewed Piestewa Nature Trail 304 Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Great little in town walk/hike.

    Chris Newkirk completed Piestewa Nature Trail 304 Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Newkirk reviewed National to Hidden Valley to Mormon Loop

    about 1 month ago

    If you want to get the perks of hidden valley without the work of Mormon trl. this one is for you.

    Chris Newkirk reviewed South Mountain National Trail

    about 1 month ago

    A good little trl. Pretty exposed.

    Chris Newkirk completed South Mountain National Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Newkirk reviewed Lookout Mountain Circumference Trail

    about 1 month ago

    A fun little in town hike.

    Chris Newkirk reviewed North Mountain National Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Short, simple. Good and quick in town exercise. Not particularly special in my opinion.

    Chris Newkirk completed North Mountain National Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Newkirk reviewed Mormon Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Great little hike. Go for it. Not difficult.

    Chris Newkirk completed Mormon Loop Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Newkirk reviewed Pinnacle Peak Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Good, worthwhile jaunt if you’re a Valley resident. If you’re a visitor there are better ones to do.

    Chris Newkirk completed Pinnacle Peak Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Newkirk reviewed Hidden Valley Trail Via Mormon Trail

    about 1 month ago

    This is my favorite trl in the Valley to take friends and guests too. Not too difficult. Cool sights at the top. Not too long. I am a fan.

    It’s easy to get turned around once you are at the top. I’d suggest taking the alltrl app to make sure you don’t end up on the National trl.

    Chris Newkirk reviewed Camelback Mountain Via Cholla Trail

    about 1 month ago

    If you’re new to the Valley and want to get to the top of Camelback - this would be the easier trl to use. Do this first. Then next time do Echo. It is a lot harder.

    Chris Newkirk reviewed Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300

    about 1 month ago

    I think this is a much more enjoyable hike than Camelback. Still a beast but terrain is more consistent.

    Chris Newkirk completed Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Newkirk reviewed Camelback Mountain Via Echo Canyon Trail

    about 1 month ago

    It is amazing. Gotta do it. But it is rough.

    Chris Newkirk saved Mount Lemmon Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Newkirk reviewed Tom's Thumb Trail

    about 1 month ago

    First of all, I’d definitely recommend doing the hike. Very clearly marked. Well maintained. Beautiful view — I did mine at sunset and it was amazing.

    My watch registered this hike at just a shy under 5 miles. And, it was a tad harder than I had anticipated it would be.

    The first .25 miles are nothing but a walk through the desert. The next .75-1 mile was essentially straight incline - you think you’re done a bunch of times. Tons of switch backs. Very little relief. The last .75 was a mixture of ups and downs but since you can see your destination it’s not bad at all.

    I’d strongly suggest not going in the heat of the sun.

    Chris Newkirk completed Tom's Thumb Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Chris Newkirk saved Humphrey's Peak

    3 months ago

    Chris Newkirk completed Rocky Ridge Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Chris Newkirk completed Soberanes Canyon Trail

    over 2 years ago