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2010-03-27
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Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking Mar 27 2010
The Eagle
Hiking7.60 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking7.60 Miles   5 Hrs   46 Mns   1.32 mph
2,400 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I got a late start today. I was hiking with my son, home from ASU for the day, and we have 2 different ideas on early. So now it's 11am, we are driving down Olive to the gate to pay our $6, and there is a backup getting through the gate where you pay. There was 40 cars in front of me and it took 20 minutes to pay. I'd driven an hour to get there so I wasn't turning around. I waited and hoped they wouldn't be where we were going to be. Once to the Goat Camp trail head, it was fine. I'm thinking there was some sort of a get together farther in the park.

This was my son's first trip to the White Tanks, and my first time up the Goat Camp trail and to the Radio Summit. I'd seen the towers up there on my other trips, and just had to go up there. The first couple of miles up the Goat were pretty easy and boring. The rest of the trip I really enjoyed. The scramble off the Goat Camp trail up to the Radio Towers was a bit strenuous, but not that bad. Part way up we came across the Blue Dots on rocks and followed them to the top. It was 2:10 minutes for us to get to the top from the Trailhead. Once at the top....boy was it windy and much colder and 2665 feet higher. We walked around up there checking out the towers and structures. If anyone from Yuma, that has Cablevision, lost their picture today.... It was not me. There was even a building up there, that no longer had a roof, and had a "For Sale by Owner" sign on it. If anyone is interested, PM me and I'll forward the phone number and pictures. It's a fixer-upper.

We headed off to the southwest side to get out of the wind and enjoy some lunch. While eating we watched a pair of hawks soaring around looking for their own lunch...below us! The views were spectacular up top. We walked around up there for awhile longer before heading down. and took one little side trip that I'd recommend. It's an unofficial trail, but it is easy to follow. Within 20' of the two mile marker, there is a trail the bears off to the South. It travels .1 mile and 232' up to a great rocky outcrop that provides some great views and Photo Ops.

Note: I saw no Goats at all today
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