Weather: 43°, sunny
Time: 25 minutes
About this hike: The Valley is under a festive cold spell right now. Monday brought a rainy day, and then on Tuesday I was concerned about icy trails with all the rain + near-freezing lows. Piestewa was a good bet today because the trail gets a lot of early-morning sunshine.
I chose a sweatshirt and long workout pants. Boy was I too hot once I got moving. Even when it's cold in the Valley it's not that cold—at least to this NY boy. And all that rain didn't do a thing for the brown cloud which is still hanging over downtown and the West Valley. Maybe that's why I felt some fatigue on this hike today?
PHX PD was doing some sort of practice maneuver landing their helicopter on a flat ridge near the Piestewa summit. I had no idea such a feat was possible. At least I assume it was practice; I didn't see any injured people on the mountain. Regardless, it scared me at first considering what happened with a medical chopper over the Superstition Mountains last night.
All in all a great hike today!