Weather: 62º, sunny
Time: 26 minutes
About this Hike: This has been a rainy, cool weekend. The past few years February's arrival has brought with it highs in the 90's. The fact our short Phoenix winter is hanging on in 2017 is nothing I'll complain about.
Despite some lingering clouds, this morning the sun was shining through. Lower temps were all but cancelled out by the notable higher humidity. I believe this is the reason for a 26 minute time to the summit.
This is the first year I've had President's Day as a paid company holiday—as did the rest of the Valley, it seems. The crowding on the mountain was bad at times today.. On the ascent there were periods of peace and respite. However, on the descent I couldn't get into a good cadence. I had other hikers constantly nipping at my heels, while less experienced hikers on their way up would stop and block the trail in front of me. Needless to say, I was grouchy by the time this one was finished.
BUT, I had to put on a happy face... Walking back to my car I ran into one of my neighbors who happened to be searching for a parking spot to do her own hike. She graciously drove me back to the residential area where I was parked. I suggested she park there as well, considering the number of cars circling the main lots....