Time: 32.5 minutes
About this hike: This one felt like a bonus...mentally I was prepared for the gully washer of a Saturday Fox10's accuweather kept forecasting. I awoke to sunny Phoenix skies and puddles from overnight rain.
Of course the Valley was very humid this morning, but I was undeterred from my hike...apparently a lot of other people got the memo too. I took multiple circles around the parking lot before I could score a spot. Naturally a crowded trailhead parking lot means crowded trails. The time taken accounts for a large handicap. We had children freaking out at the rails this morning. I'm all for instilling kids with the joy of nature/hiking, but couldn't you choose something more suitable for their skill level, like South Mountain?!
Spent a lot of time at the summit...it just felt so zen and spiritual up there today. I watched airplanes approach from the north/northwest and land at Sky Harbor. I took some panos of the mountains and crazy monsoon clouds to the north and west. I tried to play with an (off leash, not permitted in the park) adorable black lab puppy. I met some interesting hikers and we shared war stories about climbing the Superstitions. All in all today was an awesome hike. Can't wait to do it again :)
|Looking north at Piestewa Peak, Mummy Mtn, McDowells|
|Looking south at Sierra Estrellas|
|Glad it waited til afternoon--but here comes the monsoon!|