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Flatiron, AZ
2011-05-165 by
 
Phoenix, AZ
 
Hiking5.60 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns    1.27 mph
2,780 ft AEG      20 Mns Break  
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Night Iron

What a cool experience to do this hike by moonlight. I came home from work, inhaled a delicious burger with my girlfriends son Chris, then we met up with my buddy Rand and made our way out to the Mckellips TH.

We started our hike at 6:40. The sun lights up the mountain beautifully at this time of day. I snapped a few pics then stowed the camera as the light began to fade into darkness.

Somewhere past the slick rock bowl we took out the headlamps and continued on. The moonlight actually ended up rising at a low enough angle, that we could only wonder where it was. We came across several scorpions guarding the trail along the way. They seemed very docile, and not wanting to start any trouble.

We climbed the rock wall at the top just before 9pm. As we made our way across the trail to Flatiron we noticed the well-defined line of shadow-to-light that the moon was casting across the butte. We stepped into the light (unlike Carol Anne from Poltergeist) and caught our first glimpse of the moon. We switched off our headlamps and continued up to the cliffs edge where we enjoyed fantastic views of the city lights 3000 feet below us.

We made our way back down after a 20 minute break. The moon disappeared behind the canyon walls, and did not return until after we had descended past the basin.

What an incredible night for a hike. The weather was near perfect. It was still a bit windy on top of Flatiron, but less than I've ever experienced in the past. The temperature was optimal and I had good company in Chris and Rand. I look forward to more night hikes.
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