Saturday, April 27, 2013

Piestewa Peak

Weather:  80°, sunny, slight breeze

Time to Summit:  28 minutes

About this hike:  I went backwards on my time!!! With the number of slower hikers I had to dodge, and a couple of heat-related breaks, I guess I should be happy I missed my old time by less than a minute.  Lots of lizards and a squirrel made me jump thinking they were rattle snakes or some other unkind desert wildlife.  Otherwise, a typical and uneventful hike up Piestewa Peak.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Two Hikes in as Many Weekends

Weather:  ~90°  & sunny

Time to Summit:  27 minutes

About this hike:  Did two Saturday hikes, one on April 20, and an evening hike on April 13.  Both times it took 27 minutes to the summit.  Sunset on the 13th was beautiful.  Otherwise these were easy, but uneventful hikes.  Piestewa Peak is quickly becoming to this season what Camelback was to last season.  At least parking's much easier and I can be on the trails after dark.  

Beautiful sunset

City lights from on high...look closely and you can see the radio towers atop South Mountain

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Piestewa Peak

Weather:  ~80°  & sunny

Time to Summit:  30 minutes

About this hike:  Uneventful Saturday morning hike at Piestewa Peak.  Unlike two Saturdays ago when it appeared cops were looking the other way, cars parked illegally on Squaw Peak Drive were being ticketed today.  Glad I discovered easy and legal parking in surrounding residential neighborhoods.  Spring wildflowers in the Preserve are absolutely beautiful.