Weather: 68º, partly cloudy
Time: 25 minutes
About this Hike: Not a bad time posted considering the mountain was very crowded. Pretty typical for a Saturday morning in February. This was a rough week filled with mass layoffs at work (I'm spared, for now) and some other unsettling job-related news. To say I had some anger and frustration spurring me on would be an understatement...
Otherwise the hike was very uneventful. A bottleneck always forms right as the trail gives way to the summit. This is due to some light scrambling that's required onto the summit. Rather than fight through this, I chose to just pivot and head back down.
After the hike I returned to my car which was parked on one of the surrounding residential streets. I've had my eye on a home that for sale in that neighborhood. Imagine city views and hike-out access to the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. While the $619k asking price may be just a bit out of my price range (by about half-a-million—plus I may be out of a job soon), I noticed an 'Open House' sign. Right after the hike I was far from presentable compared to the suit-and-tie clad Realtor, but I invited myself in. So anyway, peeping at an open house, and daring to dream, were definitely the highlights of this hike.