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Black Top MesaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 28 2012
chumley
Hiking11.49 Miles 2,227 AEG
Hiking11.49 Miles   4 Hrs   40 Mns   2.65 mph
2,227 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Apparently the hippy planned some kind of full moon adventure and it sounded reasonably fun, so I convinced 9L to skip his relaxing prep for his Saturday morning hike and put in a short 11 miles after dark. We timed it pretty well, and drove out and crashed the hippy's party at the TH just as they were getting ready to head out. The moon wasn't up yet, but it was still possible to hike without a light. Once the moon rose, the shadows were long making some of the footing adventurous, but it was generally just fine. I actually had to shield my eyes from the moonlight (daytime sun beach-style!) in order to keep my eyes on the trail! There was water flowing in First Water, and all of the various tributaries of Boulder canyon.

We made good time to the top, spent a little time there taking some photos and checking out the rock art. I enjoyed some pizza and a beer for dinner, and we headed back the way we came, opting against a longer loop back. There was a group camping with a nice size fire near the trail junctions at Boulder Canyon, and when at the top we saw another campfire down along Terrapin. Would have been a nice night to sleep out there! Cool temps, clear air, great views, and as always, a good group of people.
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