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Schultz Creek Loop
August 1, 2020
by Quy Nguyen
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by David French
At Schultz Creek Trailhead. [photo by Quy]
Quy, Kevin, David, Li, Tamar, Tom

Even using the previous hike’s description for scheduling the hike, I decided against hiking 12.3 miles. The group also agreed that we will do the shorter counterclockwise loop: Rocky Ridge, Brookbank, and Schultz Creek.

Before the Museum Fire in 2019, Rocky Ridge and Brookbank trails were covered with dense forest of aspen, douglas fir, gamble oak. Now both trails are very exposed, lots of burned trees standing along the trails.

Even though the Brookbank trail is open, we shot past Brookbank at the Oldham Trailhead, which is closed. So we had to hike up the FR 557 about 0.1 miles to the Brookbank Trailhead on the left side of the road.

Li, ready to start. [photo by Tom]
Starting on the Rocky Ridge Trail. [photo by Quy]
After the initial climb, the Rocky Ridge Trail sort of levels off. [photo by Quy]
Mullein and clouds. [photo by Quy]
All right, wise guy, who did this? [photo by Quy]
Verbascum thapsus - Common Mullein [photo by Quy]
Burned trees on the Rocky Ridge Trail. [photo by Quy]o07_IMG_5620
We had to walk along the road to get to the Brookbank Trail. [photo by Quy]

The hardest part of this hike is hiking on Brookbank trail, It’s very steep and rocky without shade.

On the Little Gnarly Trail. [photo by David]
Quy, Li, Tom, Kevin, Tamar
Made it to the Schultz Creek Trail. [photo by Quy]
Bugs like it here. [photo by Li]

Due to the drought this year, even there is no water on Schultz Creek, some wildflowers are still blooming.

yellow white
pink yellow
Wildflowers. [photos by Li]
Indian Paintbrush. [photo by Li]
Quy was here. [photo by Li]
Wildflowers. [photos by Quy]

The Schultz Creek Trail is rolling with many minor up and down, no big climbs. It is good for all levels.

On a weekend it is heavily trafficked with hikers and bikers. We have to keep our ears and eyes open to yield for bikers. This dirt trail is very dusty whenever bikers pass by.

We started around 8:30 AM and done by 1:30 PM.

It’s good short loop for exercising and escaping the excessive heat from Phoenix. Thanks to everyone for coming to join my hike.

Happy Trails!

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Supplemental Report
by David French

I enjoyed the hike today except maybe the tough climb on Brookbank and all the bikers on Schultz Creek trail. Attached is the one photo I took and my GPS trek. My stats are: 9.6 miles, 5 hrs, 1400 ft elevation gain. Elevation range was 7300 to 8352.

After lunch, grocery shopping and gas fill up, I got back to Munds Park about 4:15 to a light shower. Not much moisture, but it dropped the temp to 75 degrees. Nice.

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updated August 5, 2020