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7 by photographer avatarSunDevil3
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Horseshoe Bend Overlook TrailNortheast, AZ
Northeast, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 23 2012
SunDevil3
Hiking1.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking1.50 Miles      45 Mns   3.00 mph
100 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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Another hike (sort of) in Arizona with my dog and another case of him nearly passing out from overheating. Made the drive up from Phoenix on Saturday morning and got to the HB parking lot around 11:30. Having read this was a very quick and easy hike (the validity of the very term being called into question) made the poor decision of leaving large water bladder and dog's water dish in the car. Set out on the trail just before noon and, by the time we were halfway down the hill, Walter was already panting heavily.

We reach the viewpoint and found a 3ft tall rock with a small lip at the top that gave a small patch of shade. Got the dog in the shade and sacrificed the entirety of my small Camelback by letting him drink and cool his paws in the large fill opening in the main bladder. A nice German couple held Walter while I snapped a few pics and then knew I needed to get him out of the sun and back to our main water supply in the car.

Stopped once more about halfway up the hill to give Walter the remaining water and a moment to catch his breath. This is not a difficult hike (lord knows we were passed by most of a tour bus full of geriatric Japanese women who were slowly but steadily shuffling up the hill, lace parasols in hand) BUT..... be aware that it is comprised almost entirely of very loose sand (think beach sand) and much of the walk is on a very steep hill (which you must ascend on your return to the parking lot.) So, while not difficult per se, be aware that doing this at noon when it was 102F in Page with no shade was very tough on my furry friend... pretty tough on me too.

Got some good looks at the bend but was too worried about the dog's well being (and that he might try leaping to his death to avoid having to walk back up that hill in the sun) to really enjoy it. Have to go back sometime without the dog-- no handrails means that you better have someone to hold him while you carefully enjoy the AMAZING view.
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