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Corona LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 02 2012
outdoor_lover
Hiking6.25 Miles 1,448 AEG
Hiking6.25 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   1.92 mph
1,448 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Decided to spend a nice afternoon on South Mountain.
Cool Clouds that were around in the Morning were gone by afternoon and replaced with brown Haze. :yuck:
Went over to the Dark Side to try out a couple of Trails I haven't done. :)
Didn't take a turn right out of the Gate :roll: and did a more Southernly Roller Coaster Route, staying in the flats a little longer than I wanted. But took the correct turns the rest of the way and got to where I needed to be anyway.
Nothing is marked over there, except a few areas of Desert Classic. Without a Topo Map, it can be a real guessing game. Sure am glad I always bring one. :)
A real Huffer going up. Steep in places and lots of loose Rock.... : rambo :
Not sure if it was Dust or something else, but once I topped out on East, my sinuses were annoyed and I started sneezing. I'm still sneezing.... :cry:
Took a tiny detour at the highest point on East and went just a smidgeon farther and up and found a great Rock Outcrop to take a nice break, eat a snack, and sneeze some more. :sweat:
Descended down to National and hit the Buena Vista Lookout. Debated about going further on National and doing the Radio Tower Summit, but took a look at the Hour and decided that I would end up descending most of the Corona De Loma Trail in the dark if I did, so will do that another day.
Made really good time going down Corona De Loma from Buena Vista to Escape, arriving right at dark.... :D
Didn't see too many critters today. A few birds, a few lizards and a Cottontail.
Nice Workout. This Hike probably has some awesome views when the Air is clean.
I'm really enjoying finding these nice little Valleys within the Range. Nice one on Geronimo and a nice one coming down Corona De Loma. Not the Playgrounds of Hidden Valley, but secluded just the same. :)
It was a good day! 8)
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