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Sunrise Peak from 136th Street SpurPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2011
tibber
Hiking5.67 Miles 1,299 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   1.92 mph
1,299 ft AEG   1 Hour   13 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I got a PM to see if I could get time off to do a local hike. Fortunately, this was not a problem and I got the ok to leave at 1:30 :y: to meet Hank at the 136th St TH.

The hike was a little toasty to start but as we began to switchback up the east side of what I think is Scottsdale Mountain, we were in the shade so the temps were much more comfortable from then on. It was fun to hike up the wash and over and around the boulders and flora as well as other obstacles. Of course, the main obstructions were several dry waterfalls. These were a fun and interesting challenge. (It would be so cool to watch the water run down this area.) Other than the houses you could see above you from time to time, this was really a cool area.

After switchbacking up you soon hook up with the main trail to Sunrise Peak. On the way to the Hitching Post, we discussed Hank's cat-sitting situation and we think we finally figured out where the expression "catty" came from... ;) At the hitching post I gave my new camera's zoom a workout. I could even see the chutes of Four Peaks and could get pretty close to the towers on Mount Ord plus a good look at Sheep Mountain. While here we also noticed a squiggly trail that was going up the side of a mountain to the north of us (could be Eagle Ridge North?) so we're going to have to investigate that one of these times.

We got up to the top in time to enjoy the fountain and the light across the golden bands of the Superstitions :DANCE: . It was a delightful day on Sunrise Peak and we only saw two other people as we were leaving the top.

We headed back and of course, going down the wash was a lot easier because you have such a better vision of where to travel. It was even more fun sliding down the waterfalls :D. Toward the end it was getting a bit dark out so we missed our turn back to the TH out of the wash but realized it rather quickly when we had houses on both sides of us that weren't there on the way up :lol: .

VIDEOS:
Movie 1 is our hike thru the wash and up the switchback toward the peak: http://youtu.be/gp1PNFEeNIc Movie 2 is from our time at the top, including some zooming toward the fountain and such as well as our hike down: http://youtu.be/GzcVX4YAkSo
(FYI - I used the youtube stabilizer and I'm not sure that I like it as the scenery seems somewhat blurred and the stabilizer does quirky things with the stills. I guess the question is, do people prefer watching a clearer video that's not quite as stable or do they prefer a stable video?)
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