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Piestewa Peak Alternate Summit TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2012
Hippy
Hiking2.80 Miles 1,800 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles
1,800 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Bagged me a Peak :lol:

I beat the boys to the trailhead so launched up the alternate trail on my own, met the main summit trail at the saddle, not a soul in sight!
Took my time staring out at the smog filled city sights and went up at a daredevil pace (almost killed my poor lungs!) finally caught up with a nice elderly gentleman who was taking his time going up, I took this as a sign to let my lungs breathe so I went the rest of the way up with him.

As for the question in the forums...yes, Hiking IS Cardio! Especially if it involves Squaw Peak! :)
Took me 41 minutes to get to the Top!. Took my boyfriend 22 minutes at a maddening run...crazy boy! :D
We met up with DBMooner and had a nice chat!
And of course I met me some awesome Park Rangers named Roy & Mike!
After a quick cartwheelat the flattest area near the summit we took off down the mountain and back to the trailhead via the popular Summit Trail...at a run, ouch! My knees weren't ready for that! But had a lovely time, can't believe what a wonderful hike that is and not too far from work and home!

Tons of yellow fuzzy carpenter looking bees up top and TONS of Butterflies right at the spike!
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