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Old 10-16-2018, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Wanted to give you folks an update of my Arizona jaunt. Went to AZ first weekend in October, Friday to Monday. First night was in Kearny, Second night was in Apache Junction, last night was in Phoenix. I decided I was going to try section 16, moving North on the Arizona Trail which was the reason for going to Kearny. Never did find the trailhead, unfortunately, which is pretty surprising. So just did some driving around and a bit of hiking off highway 177. Kearny - what can you say, it's like going 2 decades back in time, nice place, but not much there. The next day I did two hikes in Apache Junction on some trails near Usury Mountain, and also the Lost Goldmine Trail. Both hikes were excellent. Sunday morning I hiked at South Mountain Park in Phoenix, also excellent. This state could be a snow-bird place in the future. I've been there two years in a row in the fall and really like it. Next fall however I am likely headed to New Mexico in search of some new trails, etc.
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Old 10-17-2018, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ
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<snip> This state could be a snow-bird place in the future. <snip>
It already is. Glad you enjoyed your visit.
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Old 10-17-2018, 08:11 AM
 
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I just moved from the Phoenix area to the northwest part of Tucson. This is a generalization but it seems that if you want to retire and play golf, move to the Phoenix area. But if you want to retire to go hiking, move to Tucson. Since moving here a quarter of my hiking and running partners are retired guys 10-20 years older than me. Over the weekend hiked with a 74 year old who had no problem climbing up 1700 vertical feet on a two mile trail.

Probably the reason why the local hiking store Summit Hut can maintain a well stocked store 10 minutes away from all of the retirement communities in this part of town.
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