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Lookout Mountain Summit Trail #150Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2010
tibber
Hiking1.40 Miles 517 AEG
Hiking1.40 Miles      55 Mns   1.53 mph
517 ft AEG
 
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I haven't done a city hike since March 17th so with the cooler morning and opting not to work out last nite, I decided for a quick jaunt up the mountain. It was nice for a change just to put on regular clothes and tennis shoes and grab a bottle of water.

I headed up the mtn at 8 AM. At a little over a third of a mile(325 feet and 10 minutes) I stopped for a moment to catch my breath for the last climb part or the johnr1 part; I was surprised to see I was doing nearly 2 MPH up this mountain so far. The climbing is short and then levels out and a few minutes later I was at the top. For me, it's great that in 20 minutes you can be up 500 feet. My 360 degree view was pretty clear today :) . I took a few pics with my phone, tried to do a video but couldn't see the screen to find the appropriate function keys so I turned the phone off and headed down.

I had planned on heading west and around the western hump but when I came to the trail that heads SE I decided to take that as I hadn't been that way for quite some time. Almost immediately I remembered why I hadn't been that way as it is quite steep and slippery for the first little while. Of course coming down this mountain you encounter a little of that no matter which way you go. And then I remembered that I had a tendency to hill out if I stayed to the high side as I made my way around so I tried to take the middle trail of the 3 that circle this mountain.

There weren't a lot of hikers out but a few so that I could see the different trail options. Fortunately I stayed on the trail I wanted for my quick trip back to Tonto. I did hear what I call the "smoke alarm - change the battery" bird and saw some lizards, birds and humming birds on this short but rewarding hike. I would have continued further to do the western loop but it was getting a little warm and with chores and the work out with my trainer tomorrow, that should be sufficient exercise for the weekend.

In memory of 9/11 - Always remember, NEVER forget!
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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