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Shaw Butte Trail #306
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Shaw Butte Trail #306Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 14 2013
black_toes
Hiking4.72 Miles 1,249 AEG
Hiking4.72 Miles   3 Hrs   26 Mns   1.59 mph
1,249 ft AEG      28 Mns Break
 
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Did a plain-vanilla loop starting at VC and going clockwise up the south side to the summit, then down on the north and back, finishing in darkness. Surprised to see of all the seven posted variations of routes on Shaw, this exact one was not included. And it is probably the most popular loop route for Shaw.

Enjoyed as usual the sunny flat-stretch from Cloud Nine to the high saddle. Great views to south and west. This segment's a big treat after a long steep ascent. The views as you descend on this trip are undiminished but the joy of a "reward" is gone.

On the summit, I found a lanky young man huddled on the top rocks. In the dim light he was reading, writing or sketching, his jacket oddly parked on a small bush nearer me than to him. Also a man and woman came up from the south slope and passed by quickly while I was having a sandwich. Didn't notice their route up but don't believe it was the usual one on the service road.

Stayed up there until sunset hoping to get a decent shot of the drooping windsock together with the setting sun. I love windsocks because, I guess, they are non-digital, old school. The sock indicated a modest northwest breeze, probably about 6 knots since it was hanging down about 30 degrees from horizontal. The socks stretch out fully, I've read, at 15 knots. I'm reasonably sure the sock was placed there for hang gliders.

Light traffic on the descent in the semi-dark. Counted only ten hikers, mostly young kids. Two running up. Never did see the Christmas tree mentioned in a recent triplog. Perhaps it was taken down at the point high on the northern route where I saw a lunch-board propped up with a sign advising hikers to pass through without leaving a trace.

Trying to stay in shape during the holidays. Hope to do, unlike this one, some unique hikes in 2014.
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