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Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking Mar 08 2012
Hiking12.70 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking12.70 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   2.31 mph
2,400 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break15 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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Needed to do a good road test on the repaired boots and it was about time to do this Loop. Wanted to throw in the two peaks, but by the time I got everything done I needed to do today, I knew that those Peaks were out of the question. Besides, the air quality sucked today, so the views would have been minimal anyway.

Got on the actual Trail at 1:20 and started out at a pretty good pace. Knowing that this was a new Trail for me, I knew it wouldn't last long before I got into "tibber" mode, and it didn't. :sweat: I must have seen a hundred lizards today, I finally quit trying to get pics of them. Tried to get some of the more colorful males, as it is the season...

Also got to see my first Crested Saguaro... :y: You know I got alot of pictures of that one...

A little more than a mile in, the climb started and my pace of course, slowed considerably. But I pushed myself as much as I could and finally made it to a small saddle. The Description stated that once you hit this point, the Trail was pretty good from then on. That's an understatement, in my opinion. If I hadn't stopped to take pics, I could have sailed through the rest of this loop very easily. Good Trail, that is either mostly level or downhill the rest of the way. It certainly didn't feel like another 7 miles.... :)

The White Tank desert is starting to look pretty sick. It is dry, dry, dry! Even the shrubs are starting to die off. This looks more like it should at the end of June, not the middle of March. It's disheartening to say the least.

Something was chattering at me from a rock far above me and I got some pics of it, thinking it was some sort of hawk, but it turns out that it was a te-wa! The pics aren't great, my camera was zoomed to the max, but kinda comical, he never shut up! Hmmm....

Got to enjoy the late afternoon sun hitting the Peaks and Valleys, and made it to the bottom and out to the road. Got to the road right at dark. I was hoping for the Moon to be out, but there was no sign of it, so I broke out the little flashlight. More for my visibility on the road, than to see by. Started hoofing it back to the car parked at the Goat Camp TH.

About halfway back to the car, there it is! The Moonrise! And it was a beauty! Of course, camera comes back out for pics, although I didn't have very high expectations with this camera. I had to try though...Every once in a while I get lucky. (With picture taking...):D

Made it back to the car finally. Nice Hike! A nice ascent to get the heart, lungs and legs going and working hard, followed by a long coast with a different view around every corner. Saw a total of 9 people all day. 6 within the first 30 minutes and 3 in the last mile of Trail. The rest of the time, I had that area completely to myself. Very peaceful and nice. Will definitely return to do the Peaks, preferably after a rain when the air is nice and clean and clear so I can really take in those killer views....Sure would like to see this range during a wet season, it has got to be something to see....

The boots passed the road test, looks like the shoe goo is going to hold, at least for awhile. It was soooo nice to not get blisters or have my feet absolutely killing me during the hike. Thanks to all of you that contributed your advice on the Forum.... :)
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