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    Dutchmans Trail

    by blueskyjohn Written May 20, 2016

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    This trail begins/ends on the Second Water Trail and travels through the Superstitions for nearly 15 miles. I hiked the 3.9 mile section from the intersection with the Black Mesa Trail to the Second Water Trail. This 3.9 mile section is mostly flat. I was happy I chose this as the final section of a loop hike. The trail is fully exposed to the sun but later in the day, the surrounding hill provide some shade as the sun begins to set. The trail is easy to follow and has some beautiful scenery.

    Equipment: Sturdy hiking boots, hat and long pants to protect against the cactus and brush. Bring a map and plenty of water.

    Directions: After passing Lost Dutchman State Park take the first right turn. Follow to the end and park.

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    Black Mesa Trail

    by blueskyjohn Written May 20, 2016

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    Fortunately, this trail does not climb to the top of Black Mesa. It does ascend slightly along the base. This trail starts at the intersection with the Second Water Trail. The Black Mesa trail travels for three miles until it eventually intersects with the Dutchman Trail. The trail is relatively easy and would be a complete joy other than the full exposure to the sun, which is brutal. The views are beautiful if you like desert scenery. About half way along the trail, Weaver's Needle comes into view.

    I recommend this trail in the morning or late afternoon. Be prepared for the full exposure to the sun!

    Equipment: Sturdy hiking boots and long pants to protect your legs from the cactus and brush. Bring a hat, map and plenty of water.

    Directions: Take the first right turn after passing Lost Dutchman State Park. Follow to the end. Trail starts at the First Water Trailhead.

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    Second Water Trail

    by blueskyjohn Written May 20, 2016

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    From the parking lot at the trail head, the route descends at an even gradual pace. The trail is 3.5 miles long but I only hiked the first 1.8 miles of it. The trail is lined with Saguaro Cactus as well as Prickly Pear and Teddy Bear Cholla. The route is wide and easy to find. After the first .3 miles there is a sign for the Dutchman Trail on the right. After another 1.5 miles the trail widens significantly when you come upon another trail post for the Black Mesa Trail. That's where I turned.

    The Second Water Trail is easy but offers no shade.

    Equipment: Sturdy hiking boots, a hat and long pants to protect legs from cactus and brush. Be sure to bring a map and plenty of water.

    Directions: Take the first right turn after passing the Lost Dutchman State Park on route 88. Follow to the end. The trail starts at the First Water Trailhead.

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    Superstition Wilderness - Difficult trails

    by blueskyjohn Updated May 20, 2014

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    Hiking in the Superstition wilderness should NOT be taken lightly. The trails are difficult and very rocky. I've seen many people trying to hike in sneakers and having a difficult time. Hiking boots with good ankle support are strongly recommended.

    As you can see from the photos, the trails are rocky and the gravel is loose. Take your time to be sure of your footing.

    Equipment: Sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support
    Trekking poles would be a good idea if you do not hike much. They assist with stability.

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    Superstition Wilderness - Peralta/Terrapin loop

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 22, 2014

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    This is a difficult hike. Plan on a lot of time and an early start. I did the trail clockwise. Most people just do an out and back hike to Freemont Saddle to view Weaver Needle. This is the first section and very steep. If you are doing the loop plane on a 7am or 8am start. Much of this first section will be in the shade.

    From the first pass, the trail descends to the left. I enjoyed this section as you have great views of Weaver Needle the entire way. The trail is also relatively easy to follow at this point.

    To continue the loop the Peralta trail will meet the Dutchman Trail. Take this going right for 1 mile. This has a difficult up hill section.

    After one mile on the Dutchman Trail you reach a post with a sign directing to the Terrapin Trail. This section feels like the longest and never ending. There is also a point when you loss sight of Weaver Needle for the remainder of the way. You will see several side trails to the right which lead to views of Weaver Needle. There is one that looks like you are continuing on the Terrapin Trail and will take you up a steep climb to a saddle and a view of the needle. This trail is marked along the way with cairns mailing you think you are going the right way. YOU ARE NOT! This is the wrong trail. The Terrapin Trail never goes on the direction toward the needle. This is why it is important to have a good trail map.

    Eventually you reach the trail junction with Bluff Springs Trail. From here it is back to the trail head but this section is longer than you think. Much longer. Every time you breach a hill you think you will see the parking area. It was defeating.

    The loop is about 12.5 miles with an altitude gain of about 3000 feet in total.

    Equipment: Very sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support
    A lot of water. More than you think you need
    A good trail map

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    Superstition Wilderness - Weaver Needle view point

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 22, 2014

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    The Superstition Wilderness Area is about 40 minutes east of Phoenix. It is a beautiful area but very extreme as far as hiking and temperatures in the summer. One of the main features and most popular destinations for the Superstitions is Weaver Needle. The easiest access to see the needle is via the Peralta Tail

    Most people hike the Peralta Trail to Freemont saddle which offers and excellent view of Weaver Needle. This trail is up hill the entire way. It is about 2.4 miles one way. Take some time to enjoy the view and return the way you came.

    Equipment: Plenty of water, especially in summer!
    Sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support
    I suggest long pants to help protect against cactus and Yucca.

    Directions: Drive east on Route 60 (Superstition Freeway) past Apache Junction. There are signs for East Peralta Road. Turn left here. The road changes to a well maintain dirt road. Follow to the end. There is a parking area and trailhead.

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    The hole-in-the-rock hill

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 2, 2011

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    The "Hole-in-the-Rock" is a very popular spot for ppl who love climbing, hiking, walking, or taking their kids out there to the Papago Park. These rock formations are accessible (even while carrying a cup of nicely hot coffee) via a smoothly going path that passes behind and around the hill. We were climbing up to the "face of the hill" to reach the chamber, although this might be dangerous for kids & inexperienced. The chamber provids a fantastic view on the city of Phoenix. A nearly constant wind blows through the openings in the rock.

    The "Hole-in-the-Rock is a series of openings (tafoni) eroded in a small hill composed of bare red arkosic conglomerate sandstone. The sandstone was first formed some 6-15 million years ago, and the tafoni are thought to have been eroded by water. An open, shelter-like chamber in the face of the formation communicates with the rear of the formation via a hole eroded completely through the rock. Another substantial opening exists in the ceiling of the chamber. There is evidence that the Hohokam, early inhabitants of the region, used and recorded the position of sunlight shining through the latter opening to mark the seasons.

    wikipedia

    Directions: The Hole-in-the-Rock
    625 N Galvin Pkwy
    Phoenix, AZ
    ph: 602-261-8318

    Hwy 143/Hohokam, take exit 4 onto Washington St East, then 56th St, then Van Buren St, then Galvin Pkwy, entrance to Papago Park will be on your right.

    Website: http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/15172

    The hole-in-the-rock hill The hole-in-the-rock hill The hole-in-the-rock hill The hole-in-the-rock hill The hole-in-the-rock hill
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  • The Arizona Cardinals at Sun Devil Stadium

    by dshinkle Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Next season the Cardinals will be playing at a new, climate controlled stadium, so this tip will no longer be relevant.

    From the freeway, Sun Devil Stadium looks amazing, like it is built into the side of a mountain. However, the sad truth is this is one of the WORST places you could ever watch an NFL football game.

    Take, for example, a game in 2003 against Green Bay. It was early September, and about 105 degrees at kickoff. As you would expect, many die hard Packer fans made the trip and they had been tailgating. They came pouring in the gate with their heavy duty #4 jerseys on, their cheese heads in place, in their jeans. Also, coming in the gate were the Cardinals fans. They are wearing shorts, and light-weight Cardinals t-shirts, carrying water, because they know that the humidity is only about 5 percent. Every sports arena in Phoenix allows you to carry water into the arena, and if don’t have it you will be sorry.

    To get a beer or get to your seat you must crowd into the tiny concourse where the line for the concessions, the long line for the bathrooms, and people trying to walk through the concourse all converge creating hot, sweaty chaos. And by halftime they were out of beer and all the water the Cardinals were selling was warm. By the third quarter they were out of water also, which was not only bad planning, but could have killed some of those cheese heads.

    The stadium is built out of concrete and bakes like an oven. The fans sit on uncomfortable metal benches. One side of the has more shade and those tickets cost more. Some people try to get the tickets high in the lower bowl because they are under an overhang.

    It isn’t all bad though… it is easy to get tickets (although they aren’t cheap), there is plenty of parking, and the stadium is next to Mill Ave, where all the great bars and restaurants are. Plus, your teams gets to play the Cardinals, usually an easy win.

    Equipment: The neighborhood is very safe and touristy. There is a nice golf course on the other side of the stadium and there are several hotels right by Mill Ave, in easy walking distance. The Mission Palms (which is great) and the Marriot Courtyard come immediately to mind.

    Address: 5th Street and Rural, Tempe

    Directions: The stadium is only about five miles from the airport, so you could easily take a taxi.

    Phone: (602) 965-5062

    Sun Devil Stadium at Night

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    Freedom Trail-Circumference Around Piestewa

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 29, 2010

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    This hike is a connector to other trails along the bottom edge of Squaw/Piestewa Mtn. I goes for about 4 miles, but I took the 2 miles at the closest spot near the road. The hike was rather easy, and most is on flat ground/sand.

    Crest of a hill on trail Steep look down to valley Hiking through the gap between hills
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    Shaw Butte Hike in North Mountains

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 29, 2010

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    This hike was a bit easier than others. It starts out on a flat trail that continues for maybe 1 1/2 miles before climbing around the butte and traversing through a crevasse between some hills. I went about 3 miles of the 4 miles around the circumference.

    View of mountain in forefront Looking u at the crest Going down loose rock face to valley
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    Lookout Mountain Hike

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 29, 2010

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    This mountain stands alone as an isolated pinnacle in the North Mountain area. It is close by Piestewa and Stoney Mtns. The hike was not all the far, but the last 200 yards was steep climbing up to the crest on loose rock, and has a 400 elevation gain over only 1/2 mile. There also is a loop hike around the mountain, which I did 1/2 of that 3 miles.

    Map of the Lookout and North Mtn area Lookout peak Getting to the crest Rough rock to scale
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    Golf at Troon

    by ddickinson Written Aug 24, 2010

    Troon Golf Course in Scottsdale was a real disappointment. The course is in great shape, but it is boring. The most interesting part of the course are the mansions along the fairways. If you want exciting desert golf, I would recommend Wolf Creek, about 60 miles north of Las Vegas. It is wild and diabolical, the complete opposite of the staid, traditional, every-hole-looks-the-same Troon.

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    Phoenix Coyotes

    by snowsk8er Written Aug 30, 2006

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    You like hockey, never been to a hockey game? Well if you're in the Phoenix area, and it's hockey season, try to make it to a Phoenix Coyotes game. They're now playing at the new state of the art Glendale Arena (soon to be renamed, I hope). Before, and after the game you can check out the new Westgate City Center, and have a beer at the Yard House, so you don't have to travel too far for a good time.
    Let's go Coyotes!

    Equipment: Might want to bring a sweater for the game, and a designated driver.

    Address: 9400 W.Maryland Ave. - Glendale, AZ 85305

    Directions: The arena, and Westgate are both located in Glendale, which is west Phoenix.

    Phone: 623.772.3200

    Website: http://www.glendalearenaaz.com

    warmin' up before the game

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    Bank One Ball Park/ Chase Field now

    by malianrob Written Jul 12, 2006

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    While in Phoenix we decided to catch a ball game. Too bad the Dodgers werent playing here. We saw the Angels vs the Diamond Backs. At first i wasnt too sure it would be a good idea. it was 117 degrees outside and i didnt know that the game was in doors. I have to saw Chase Fiels was awesome. It was nice to get in from the 117 degree heat into some nice air conditioned seats. the whole stadium was pretty nice. I have to say its different catching a game outside of LA. LA folks are just too rowdy. Rob and Koa were, of course, wearing their Dodger gear but no one said anything. The people were so friendly and we had a wonderful time. The whole place looked like state of the art.
    Also there were hardly no lines in the consession stands or the restrooms. that was kinda cool.

    Equipment: We didnt park too far away but with the blistering heat, having to walk in it was out of the question. These guys riding thier bikes with a bench on the back were all over the place. When they asked us if we wanted a lift we said YES! Basically they work on tips and it was well worth it to me.

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    NASCAR at Phoenix International Raceway

    by Karnubawax Written Jul 7, 2005

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    NASCAR now runs twice a year at PIR - a night race in the Spring and the traditional Fall race in November. The track is more or less a flat, one-mile oval, but with a weird dog-leg on the backstretch.

    Getting tickets shouldn't be much of a problem, as long as you don't wait 'till the last minute. The higher up in the stands you can get, the better. The huge stand in turn 1 is mostly for seaon ticket and weekend pass holders, but you can get good seats along the frontstretch and in turn 4 if you just want to go to the Nextel Cup race. Again, try to get as high up as possible - the sightlines in the lower rows are not as good as they are at other tracks.

    Ticket prices are relatively reasonable; Phoenix is certainly not the most expensive track to go to. But it's worth the extra money to sit up high.

    Traffic was an absolute mess getting to the race, but this was largely because of the stormy weather (PIR actually sent out a very nice letter after the event - apologizing profusely for the traffic problems and promising it wouldn't happen again). Check the website for directions and pray for the best.

    Equipment: The usual applies here - check out the website for restrictions on coolers and backpacks.

    Also, if you are a smoker, bring extra cigarettes. You can get any alcoholic concoction you think of, but for some crazy reason, cigs are almost impossible to find! And this at a NASCAR race, yet!!!

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