Weather: 86º, sunny, breezy
Time: 26 minutes
About this Hike: I took advantage of a rare Saturday morning where the stars aligned such that I had a chance to hike. For some reason Piestewa was just calling out to me over my beloved Camelback.
Let's face it—I'm not in the shape I was in early 2016. During this extended period of fun-employment climbing mountains every morning was a daily routine. Lately my mountain climbing has equated to me sprinting up the stairs to my office on the eighth floor, so I wasn't disappointed by this "average" time to the summit. I did experience a little fatigue on the way up, but I never needed to all out stop for a break.
Despite being hot for October, the trails experienced typical Saturday morning crowds, but there were some quiet breaks. As I approached the trailhead I noted the parking area was very empty. Then I saw all the fire trucks—another mountain rescue in progress. It broke up as I was walking along the main road back to my car, so I'm guessing this one wasn't too severe. All in all, I enjoyed being back at Piestewa today.