won't get to hike this weekend so wanted to get in a hike during the week PLUS I'm trying to get back in hiking shape. I left work 10 minutes early and hiked from the 104th Street TH. There is a sign up there, actually 2, that do NOT want people hiking after sunset or before dawn.
The temp was perfect as I had hoped. I hiked over to the Gateway Loop to hike clockwise. Between the Levee Trail Jct to the Gateway Loop Jct that road is pretty rocky; I don't recall it being that way but maybe I've just forgotten. I only saw 6 people on the way up including a runner that I thot was BobP but it was a BobBunne. My goal was to make good time and keep up the pace which I did. I did my circle at the saddle and then headed on down. I saw nary a soul the entire way down. I did take the Paradise Trail over to the Levee Trail and did stop to take a picture of some poofy clouds behind the McDowell Peaks
and the large saguaros in the foreground.
I had forgotten how long that Levee stretch can be. It's kind of fun to hike it now because the brush is growing on each side of it so it's like hiking on a lane. I ran into some folks at the Levee-104th St Jct and advised them to head over to Gateway for the more scenic route they had for 30-45 minutes of time they had. And then it was on Basha's to pick up sushi rather than my usual reward, a piece of pizza.
When I loaded up my route this AM I was surprised to see how fast I went for me. Whoo hoo! After tonite's Barbell Strength Class at the club, I will have exercised 4 days in a row; maybe I'm turning into a trekkin gecko?
Oh wait, I can't run.