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National Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 02 2012
John9L
Hiking11.50 Miles 2,180 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles
2,180 ft AEG
 
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Our group met by the Central Ave entrance and started discussing what to hike. Our plan was to do a loop hike. I thought it would be a great idea to add a quick detour over to Hidden Valley while we were out. Everyone agreed and we were off.

We started on the Holbert Trail and made good pace up to the saddle. From there we connected on the National Trail and started heading for Hidden Valley. We made it several miles before night set in. As we neared the turn off for Hidden Valley we pulled out our headlamps and continued the hike. I was a little surprised to find another group out on the trail. There was roughly a dozen people that ranged in age from young to old. One of the adults was carrying a baby strapped to their chest. We hit Hidden Valley and started our return. We were making very quick time.

Before long we arrived at Buena Vista where we regrouped and began planning the next segment. By this point it was getting a little late. We were going to break up the group. Some of us were going to finish the loop while others would head back down the Holbert Trail to the car. Right before we parted we noticed a minor dust storm moving in. After seeing that we all agreed to stick together and hike out. The return was dusty but not awful. The smell reminded me of cat litter. Luckily the dust passed fairly quickly and we were back at the cars soon after. We made the last mile or so by the brightness of the moon.

Along the hike we encountered a rattle snake and a tarantula and an assortment of millipedes and other crawlers. We made fast time and covered a good amount of ground. This was a fun hike with a great group of peeps from HAZ!
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