Weather: 59°, sunny
Time: 27 minutes
About this hike: I thought it couldn't be done. Twenty-eight minutes was to be my record up Camelback Mountain Echo Canyon. And then somehow I did in 27. Granted, this does factor in a handicap, but regardless, I was pushing hard and rarely even stopped to take a sip of Powerade.
I'm honestly not sure that 27 minutes can be beat though. Reason is, I refuse to run on any of the mountain trails. Runners pass me constantly, especially on the way down, and I hope for their safety every time I see one. I have witnessed many an injury on those mountain trails, and I believe it is in part due to people running and tripping over rocks. Of course not bringing water, hiking at 2:00pm on a July day, and venturing off trail are all culprits as well. Like the sign at the trailhead advises, "Don't be that hiker..."
So a very enjoyable hike today. As I was leaving the PHX PD chopper was circling above and park rangers were arriving at the trailhead parking lot. I overhead a ranger say a mountain rescue was in progress...