Weather: 60°, sunny
About this hike: First time back to Piestewa in a while. I went with someone special :) We first tried Camelback thinking mid-afternoon on a Saturday might not be so bad. We were very mistaken. Rather than fight for a spot or visit the "secret" place, whose gates were sure to be closed, we headed to Piestewa. Speaking of closed gates, after entering the Echo Canyon parking lot at Camelback, the main entrance gate closed behind us. I guess the park rangers are serious about not letting additional cars in when parking is full.
The views weren't great today with a lot of smog/haze in the air. The past few days Superstition and Four Peaks have been snow capped and absolutely beautiful. While visible with the naked eye, a camera lens wouldn't do it justice considering all the crap in the air.