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4/16/09 11:22 P

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You've turned in to some hiker miss Carol Good job

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4/10/08 12:47 A

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emoticon HOJO - it's not just the 10 pounds, but I'm sure your attitude has a lot to do with it as well. It's been a long time since I did any serious hiking - 5 years of chronic knee pain sidelined me rather effectively. How, though, I have two brand new titanium knees and plan on getting back out there on Pinnacle Peak and Squaw Peak (my favorits in the immediate area) - maybe I'll see you there!

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4/9/08 1:15 P

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Let me just add a little something about hiking. I hadn't really hiked all winter and the first time I did this year (a few weeks ago) I noticed a BIG difference in the way I handled it from last time (which was aprrox last fall). I was SO energized and didn't have to stop to rest until the halfway, turn-back point! I even RAN some of it!! And I was always very scornful towards the runners (ok, jealous) and all their energy, zipping up and down the switchbacks. But this time I WAS one of them! The reason being, of course, that I was about 10 pounds lighter! Amazing what a difference that makes.

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4/9/08 12:57 P

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Thanks for the suggestions. I have Pinnacle Peak on my upcoming hike list - I hope to get to it by the end of the month. We try to get a hike in every weekend on the opposite day that we run but this upcoming weekend we run on Saturday and then we will be in Tempe for the Ironman on Sunday - the following weekend we are back in Tempe participating in Pat's Run.

I'm not a big fan hiking with crowds so maybe the tourists will be gone in few weeks.

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4/9/08 12:45 P

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I LOVE Pinnacle Peak as I live quite close. It has been tourist central lately though. I'm all for the tourists bringing money to our area, it just sort of kills the zen moment for me up on the mountain when they block the trail taking photos or let their kids run amok. But I still love Pinnacle.

My fitness goals include being able to hike Camelback. I did several years ago (when I was just visiting) and it kicked my butt. Now I'd like to kick ITS butt!

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4/6/08 11:58 P

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My "tried and true get back to when there's no time for anywhere else" has got to be our Scottsdale multi-use path and greenbelt paralleling Hayden Road. It's good for walking, biking, or skating and extends for 47 miles.

McDowell Mtn. Regional Park (east on Shea then north past Fountain Hills) has several trails ranging from easy to moderate.

Pinnacle Peak Park is another close one for a 1.75 mi. hike (each way) rated moderate by the Sierra Club - north on 101 to Princess, then Pima Rd. north to Dynamite and follow the signs.

For a little more adventure, you might want to try Lost Dutchman State Park at the foot of the Superstition Mountains (take US 60 east of Apache Junction) - offers both hiking and nature trails and has a visitor center.

Hope you find some of these to your liking .

Carol

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4/1/08 1:14 P

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Where oh where has our spark team gone? Oh where oh where could they be? Must be everyone is out enjoying this fabulous weather as I know I have been. I for one enjoy hiking a great deal and would love some input as to the best hiking trails in the Phoenix Metro area. Here are a few that I found enjoyable:
Cave Creek Trail (easy) - Tonto National Forest
Palo Verde Trail (moderate)- Tonto National Forest
Go John Trail (moderate/difficult) - Cave Creek Rec.
Overton Trail (easy/moderate) - Cave Creek Rec.

Anyone have any other suggestions for me to try?

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