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Bluff Spring Mountain SummitPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2013
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking11.50 Miles 2,800 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   6 Hrs   33 Mns   2.35 mph
2,800 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break18 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Partners none no partners
We started at the Peralta parking lot at about 8 AM. and started up Bluff Spring trail.
This time, I was actually happy about the trail going "up" immediately, as it was a good way to stay warm. We started with a temperature of 28 degrees with no clouds, and no wind. As the morning moved on, the temp stayed in the lower 30s due to cloud cover now blocking the sun.
Parts of Bluff Spring Trail had running water - - - under a sheet of ice.
Now that was an interesting sight to see in that area.

By the time we started up the Ely Anderson Trail it was still in the low 30s, but that trail is steep enough to keep anyone warm. Clouds were moving in & it started to get very breezy also.
Once atop Bluff Spring summit, I immediately started to "tour" the expansiveness of the summit, while my hiking buddy decided to sit on a rock & have an early lunch. Big mistake on his part.
My exploration was stopped short by a loud call from my hungry (and now cold) hiking companion.
From 1/4 mile away, I hear, "Hey, I'm freezing over here and I'm going to start down".
I took a zoom photo of him about that time, his arms crossed and sitting idle on a rock. I guess his idleness after the Ely Anderson ascent, started to turn his perspiration into icicles. The wind didn't help his situation either. Anyway, I cut my exploration short, (you can see that on my GPS track), caught up with him on the descent, and mercilessly teased him the rest of the way down. I can do that because we've known each other for 40 years. :) :)
So now I have an excuse to go back up there & continue my exploration.

Since our "Summit Touring" was cut short, we decided to take the long way home via the Dutchman trail. This also gave us the bonus of getting some nice photos looking back at the hike area up to the summit. We finished the hike with 38 degrees temp, and as long as we kept moving, the temp really wasn't a factor. Just keep moving.
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