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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 04 2014
bkraay
Hiking8.40 Miles 1,350 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   3.05 mph
1,350 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Well my short hike up the Pyramid Trail turned into a bit of a fun little adventure when I received notification that my daughters' flight from the midwest was being delayed. I'm not sure if this loop I did is an actual loop anywhere, so I'll describe the route and perhaps one of you South Mountain trekkers could fill me in and correct me.

I parked at the end of Chandler and essentially took the Pyramid Trail all the way to the National Trail and headed west. Opposite the Pyramid summit, the National Trail continued off to the right, and there was an unmarked trail heading left (south) which forked around a peak. I took the left and had some fun heading down some steep and loose rock, but it appeared to be a relatively unused trail which was cool. At the bottom I grabbed what was presumably the trail which went around the other side up a little bit to a mine shaft--became eerily shaken when I saw blankets deep inside and it could have been my imagination, but I swear there was movement. :o

From here I hopped onto the Lost Ranch Ruins trail back to my car. I did jump off trail at several points to look around and try snapping a photo or two. I must say I was shocked at how blistering cold it felt at the start of the National Trail and heading west!
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