Weather: 83°, partly cloudy, very windy
Time: 27 minutes
About this hike: I awoke this morning to the glorious sound of (un-forecast) rain. The wet weather was all forecast to hit later today or tomorrow. It poured for a bit then the sun came out. I was inspired by the lower temps to go for a hike.
Piestewa was fairly empty for a weekend morning, especially when you factor in cooler temps. It was a nice hike and I made good time with precious few stops. As is typical with desert soil, the trails were dry despite the previous rain.
Around the time I was coming off the mountain some very heavy wind gusts picked up. I was nearly knocked off balance a few times, but gratefully returned to the trailhead unscathed. Clouds hung low around the Valley while the sun shone over CenPho. There was haze to the south that I can only think was dust. To be honest, with the wind gusts I'm surprised a big dust storm wasn't kicked up.
Overall a very enjoyable hike.