|Hiking||2.50 Miles|| 2 Hrs || ||1.25 mph|
|924 ft AEG|| || || |
Success at last. About 3 years ago I kept trying to find this darn Peak but I now realize my error so either the directions I orginally read were not written as well as these directions or I misread the original instructions. I suspect it's the latter. The secret is to start from the east side of the 40th St trailhead; I was always starting from the west side of the trailhead. Back in 2004 I did cover a lot of terrain and came in and out of lots of gullies trying to get to that peak though.
The wildflower rating was pretty high for this hike but initially I was wondering where all the wildflowers were. I was rewarded a little after the first quarter mile and even more so later as the lupine were prolific. This is a hike filled with beautiful sahauros, brittle brush and lupine. There is also kind of a gateway where you pass between two giant sahuaros and the bird life was very chirpy.
The people traffic wasn't too bad and the climb is pretty good for those large muscles. Once at the saddle, it is such a great reward to see Camelback Mountain. I talked to another hiker who told me it was not difficult to climb to the top of Peak 2429 (at your left)and come down around the other side back to the saddle. What was amazing as you came down the side was seeing the Scottsdale runway.
It was a little gravelly but with bigger rocks which are always easier to traverse than that little stuff that makes you feel like you're surfing.
And of course, you know me... I took way too many pictures. I am running behind on my photo posting though so I'll try and be very selective; no really.
||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.