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Shaw Butte Trail #306
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Shaw Butte Trail #306Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 19 2013
black_toes
Hiking5.22 Miles 1,156 AEG
Hiking5.22 Miles   2 Hrs   14 Mns   2.72 mph
1,156 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
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Completed my summit "triple" by going up the steep south approach in the afternoon and returning in darkness on the same trail. Have now done all three approaches, up and back, in five days: West on the 15th, North on the 17th and now the South. There was probably an East approach as well. You can see traveling along the #306 in the inner basin where a blocked-off trail leads toward the summit from the southeast.

Left the Visitors Center about 3:30 pm, passing along the inner basin, then steeply up past the Cloud Nine ruins and up the even steeper pavement road on Shaw's western slope. I hate that one, 440 steps of lung-hell, then on up by the towers to the summit. A little warm, in the upper 80s, but still beautiful, and it is a pretty trail for a while as you start up the south slope, until you hit a jeep road. Everytime I do the South approach I remember an Asian woman months ago, high above me, with a parasol flashing in the sunlight, a heart-warming beacon that said all was right in the world. Maybe I caught it wrong, but it seemed more hikers were coming from the south than the traditionally busy north. Oh, well.
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