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Geronimo Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 23 2012
outdoor_lover
Hiking6.23 Miles 1,406 AEG
Hiking6.23 Miles   3 Hrs   40 Mns   1.80 mph
1,406 ft AEG      12 Mns Break8 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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Wanted to get out and do something today. Did a Loop. Geronimo to National to Mormon. Parked at the Mormon TH and walked over to the Geronimo TH. Started late, and pretty much figured that I would finish in the dark. Wanted to be on Mormon at dark, since I am familiar with that Trail. So I pushed pretty hard on the Geronimo.

Yes, Denny, Geronimo is a nice Trail. :) This was my first time on it and I really liked it. Got to National as the Sun was setting, so I was behind in where I wanted to be at this point. 8-[ Went ahead and took a small break and then started hauling pumpkin on National. By the time I got to the Hidden Valley Junction, it was getting pretty dark, but I could still see the Trail, so I didn't pull my light out yet. I have never done National on this stretch before, so this little section between Hidden Valley and Mormon Trail was new to me.

I was about 1/2 way between the two Junctions when I started to consider pulling out my Light. About 5 steps after that thought, I hear that wonderful buzzing sound that can only come from a Rattler! :o I stopped dead in my tracks and tried to make out the location of the Snake in the dark. Luckily, it was a Black-Tail, so it contrasted with the Trail and I was able to pick him up pretty quick. He was right in the middle of the Trail!!! :o [-X After thanking him for giving me a little bit of warning, I took a couple of pictures of him... :D The Trail here is downhill, and I was grateful for the Rattle, since I had still been moving at a fairly good clip. If he hadn't warned me, I'd run right into him!!! After taking a couple of pictures, I pulled my little Flashlight out of my pack. By the time I did that, the Snake had started to retreat into the bushes alongside the Trail. I turned my Light on and watched him disappear. I thanked him again for taking the initiative to get off the Trail on his own, rather than making me force him.... :sweat: : app : That's only my third Rattlesnake encounter this season, so as unnerving as it was initially, I really was glad to see another one. :D

So, I continue on, a little bit slower, but with a light to help me. Made it to the Mormon Trail Junction and got started on it. I had to slow down on some of it, since it is a little rocky. About 1/2 way down, I rolled my pumpkin left ankle again and almost did a face plant... : rambo : Somehow, I got my hands down and my wrists held, preventing me from going down completely, so I managed to escape the Road Rash. I really turned it good this time, I could feel quite a bit of stretch on my outer ankle. I was really gimping good when I started walking again. After about 1/4 mile the pain went away, although it still felt pretty weak. Made it the rest of the way down without any more incidents, about 5 minutes before the Ranger closed the gates.... :pray:

Felt good doing this Hike and felt good when I was done, in spite of the Ankle. This is a nice Loop and this probably won't be the last time I do it, although I'll probably try to start just a tad earlier. Nice afternoon/evening Hike with a nice Sunset and cool Fauna sighting!!! :)
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