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Bees Knees LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2013
Hiking7.90 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking7.90 Miles   2 Hrs   48 Mns   2.82 mph
2,100 ft AEG
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Took the day off for a big interview, and decided to pack the hiking gear in the event that I felt like logging some year-end miles before the new year. I've had others comment not to give up on South Mountain just yet, and this loop was one of the suggestions. I've done Bursera as a sunrise hike many times in the past, and I've also been out to check out the graffiti covered supposed prohibition-era speakeasy--when I heard of this loop I figured it would be a quiet and decent couple of hours in South Mountain which is so attractive for a Maricopan due to its location.

I decided to do this loop in a counter-clockwise direction, and it was a last minute selection at the fork because there was a group going on the Bursera trail that was very loud and ready for New Year celebration, but very few people headed towards the graffiti. When I arrived to the speakeasy it wasn't difficult to find the trail on the backside looking up towards a steep trail climbing rapidly. I was very pleased with the challenge of this portion of the trail, and after passing a group of four coming in the opposite direction, I didn't see anybody again until after leaving the National Trail and heading east towards the highest point of the Bursera Trail.

The isolation on South Mountain was refreshing, offering plenty of time to reflect and simply enjoy being present. That said, I have to ask, what is it about hikers that makes them the most friendly and warm people on the planet? I say that seriously, I adore the friendly nature of hikers. I passed two hikers who were enjoying a break, a view, and a flask, simply admiring the view around them (looking towards the Estrellas), and we had a nice chat for about 10 minutes. It epitomized one of the secondary joys of hiking.

On to Superstition 5057 tomorrow!

....Forgot to mention, while I enjoyed the solitude at times and the general layout of the loop, the scenery left some to be desired. That, too, is something that I love about the trail options--something good to be taken from all of them!
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