|Hiking||5.90 Miles|| 3 Hrs 45 Mns || ||1.57 mph|
|380 ft AEG|| || || |
I started at 3:45 as this is about 15 mins from work. This is the mileage I figured based on the signs: 2.7 to Taliesin Overlook, .5 back to Old Jeep Trail intersection, 1.4 on the old Jeep Trail to Ringtail Trail and then 1.3 back to the Trailhead via Lost Dog Wash.
What a fun hike! and I got photos of all the critters within the first 40 minutes (bird, lizard, rabbits). What a beautiful trail this time of year with the brittle bush just barely starting to wane. In fact, in some areas I would say a brittle bush gathering runs through it (like A River Runs Through It). And some of the hills and mountains were covered in it. I wasn't sure my camera would pick it up but it did. There was also lupine scatterd about as well as Englemann cactus (hedgehogs). The filtered sun and mixed sky made for great photos too.
You catch views of the Four Peaks and Thompson Peak of course. You could also see the trail up to Sunrise Peak. I ended up hiking longer than I anticipated as I didn't know the exact trail mileage when I initially started. I loved going in and out of the washes and up and around the hills and such. It's just a great hike and the weather was superb.
You can also keep going west from the Taliesin Overlook to the Quartz Trail, over to Paradise and north on to the Gateway Loop area etc, all through the McDowell Preserve... no kidding.
||Wildflowers Observation Light
|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.