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North Mountain - PhoenixPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 01 2012
Codersgirl
Hiking4.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   19 Mns   3.24 mph
600 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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A good friend completed the 2011 7 Peaks Challenge and suggested as I beginner that I should try to do the 4 Peaks in 2012 - this is where I began.
Started out at about 9 am from the Visitor Center following Trail #100 to the junction of #101. #101 was a nice stretch of well groomed trail until it met with the paved road that runs to the summit. The good thing about the journey to the top is that it's paved, which is not to say that it made it easy. This was a great challenge for me as a beginning hiker, with it's considerably steep grade my goal was to not stop until I reached the summit and I was pretty happy with myself when I did.
Coming down from the gate I was told if I wanted to get a good picture that I should take the short trail to the other side of the towers, it was good advice and the short distance was worth it for a panoramic view of the valley. I was striving for a respectable time and pushed myself to lightly jog a good distance downhill on the paved road and then periodically after leaving the pavement to return to the visitor center.
There were friendly and supportive folks all along the journey, I particularly remember a guy with a pug who as they were cruising by said I "had a good pace going"; if he hadn't been so friendly about it I'd have sworn he was mocking me! :)
It was the first of the 4 peaks I plan to keep training on to prepare for the 2012 Challenge and I can't imagine it will get mundane any time soon. Not sure on the distance though, just using the 2.3 miles described for Summit 6 - not feeling like I could have possibly been averaging more than 3 mph.
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