Weather: 100° and sunny, minimal breeze
Time to summit: 35 minutes
About this hike: Did this one impulsively. I chose not to take my Saturday morning Piestewa hike due to the day's record heat warning. Today wasn't much better...in fact, a dust storm last night, fires to the north, and high heat makes for a bad air quality day. But I'm stubborn. The heat markedly slowed down what is otherwise a hike so easy I usually avoid it. Regardless, it felt so good to get my boots back on Camelback Mountain and even better to enjoy that zen summit. There were a few other diehards like myself on the trails.
Only my third time up Cholla, and I'm glad I took advantage of this Monday off work to go climb. Until Echo re-opens...