Weather: 81°, sunny
Time: 29 minutes
About this hike: On this day when we broke a heat record in the Valley I just had to go for a hike. No biggie when you consider that I hike these same trails even in the summer (albeit in the early morning or late evening).
However, to really keep it interesting I chose an afternoon hike today. Not necessarily my first choice, but I had business to tend to up near Camelback. My hiking gear conveniently packed (and I'm a pro at changing in a car's back seat!), I headed up to Echo Canyon soon as I could.
Parking was easy to come by today, but crowds were fairly heavy. Thankfully I was able to pass most slower hikers, but you wouldn't know it from my time of 29 minutes. Warmer weather calls for more frequent hydration breaks. I spent just a short time at the summit and then made my way back down. Even from the summit I could hear my swimming pool calling my name.
So to summarize this February day—warm weather, a nice hike, pool time, and then chicken BBQ on the grill for dinner. These are the reasons we live in the Phoenix Valley...