Weather: 76°, sunny, a little breeze
Time: Not taken
About this hike: Today was supposed to be a Camelback hike. Unfortunately I got a late start this morning and by my 10:00am arrival the Echo Canyon parking lot was overloaded. Cars were in the queue waiting for a spot to open up—seriously, on a Tuesday morning!?
I sneaked down to my secret location where closed gates greeted me. Not one for circling the area, I did the unthinkable and gave up (on Camelback anyway). I pointed my car west on Lincoln Dr. and headed to Piestewa Peak where on-street parking is abundant (and legal in most neighborhoods!).
Piestewa wasn't nearly as crowded this morning and I enjoyed a nice hike. It was warmer than I would've liked, this due to my now super-late start and a potentially record-breaking forecast high of 89° today.
While I didn't officially keep my time this morning, it's safe to say I reached the summit in my usual 23-24 minute time frame.