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Siphon Draw Trail #53
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Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking Sep 27 2009
Hiker Girl
Hiking3.90 Miles 1,113 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   3 Hrs      1.30 mph
1,113 ft AEG
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Ah, yes. My first attempt at Siphon Draw Trail. My second attempt at hiking in general. I was not expecting the incline to say the least. I fault myself for inviting my 2 neighbor-girls to come with me, however they are quite the athletes and were able to do this trail with much less effort than I.

We got an early start, around 7am. I found it necessary, being in the 100 degree margin that week. I was fine initially, we started on the Discovery Trail. I thought it was nice that they had the little bat houses, and the man made ponds for the animals to drink from. Quite a bit of wildlife was still out that morning. Jackson, my dog, was loving the new sites, sounds, and smells.

We proceeded up the trail, I took frequent breaks on just about every large flat rock I could find. The gravel was more than I had anticipated, and my shoes were not the proper type for that kind of terrain. We ended up ultimately making it to the wooden marker that says "Tonto National Wilderness" on it.

My trips more than likely take longer than usual because 1. I am VERY out of shape 2. I like to stop and take pictures.

Jackson (my dog) really seemed to enjoy himself, but was showing signs of being tired by the end. We headed back to the car, and were home around 10:30am. I really enjoyed this trail overall, and dream of someday making it to the Flat Iron. I hear it's amazing. Something to strive for I guess.
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