|Hiking||4.00 Miles|| 2 Hrs || ||2.00 mph|
|587 ft AEG|| || || |
This is my second hike of this trail this year but I never logged it before. I live less than 5 minutes away. Wow, what a BEAUTIFUL hike today. The filtered sun and crisp blue sky brot out the best in color. I actually hiked around the western circumference (yikes, how do you spell circumference?) and arrived back at Tonto (that's the name of my vehicle) in 45 minutes. I went without my camera and decided I needed to re-hike the trail with my camera.
The brittle brush were in high bloom but only on the southwest side of the mountains (that's why I didn't bring my camera originally because you can't see that side from the trailhead).
I was delightfully surprised at the mountain side of brittle bush. I was also fortunate to catch a prairie falcon (I mean take a picture) eating its prey.... the power of 12x optical zoom (that took about 10 mins). So about another hour later and 100 or so pictures (yes, I always take too many) I arrived back at my car getting double the exercise, double the pleasure and double the great air. It was clear all the way into downtown Phoenix, out to Spur Cross, Pinnacle Peak and Tom's Thumb.
Lookout Mtn has hiking for any level. Most of the time I used to just go to the top of the eastern mountain (it's a bit of hand over knee for just a small part and not much fun coming down), but realized, I can get almost the same level of exercise by walking faster, longer and uphill as much as possible. And you know what else is great about Lookout is not too much people traffic at all. You can totally be alone for 15 or 20 minutes.
I'm giving it a substantial wildflower rating but it's for the brittle brush. It could really be considered extreme in some parts as well.
||Wildflowers Observation Substantial
|For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination. |
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.