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Mohave Trail #200Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2014
black_toes
Hiking3.72 Miles 1,058 AEG
Hiking3.72 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   1.91 mph
1,058 ft AEG      42 Mns Break
 
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The last of the established trails in Phoenix Mountains Presv that I hadn't done. Left from the 32nd St parking lot (I got the last space)about 3:30 and returned a little after 6.

The steep climb at the end caught me by surprise after following a gentle contour for about half the way out. I stepped over some barrier rocks across the trail and headed up, thinking the rocks not "officially" barring access.

At the end of the trail on the summit, I found another cairn, this one built around the trail post. Nice views of Camelback, downtown and, yes, of nearby Piestewa. I even found a flat place to sit on the east side for a late lunch. During that time three other hikers came up and went.

The trail post does not mark the highest point. There is a jagged piece of rock to the north, off the main trail, that, according to my GPS, is 21 feet higher. To reach the top of it was harder than I first thought. The little trail up to it soon dries out, forcing a scramble around the east side, dropping down along a steep slope then clambering up to the top using hands here and there. Was worth the effort to be able to stand on the pinnacle of what I believe is the highest point at the south end of the park. My GPS showed an el of 1,775 feet. What a magnificent lookout, and I stayed up there for a while.

Earlier I noticed a couple of young guys starting up the trail from the contour. Didn't see them again for a long time and thought they'd given up on the summit. But, as I came down from the rocky pinnacle, they were arriving at the trail post, both shirtless -- and in bare feet. I could see now that they were in their late teens, early 20s. I talked with them breifly. They spoke of pushing your "limits" and the spirituality of feeling the earth with the skin of your feet. They had my admiration for that was a rough and rocky trail they'd ascended. And there I was in my expensive "rock" boots. A year ago, I saw a young woman coming up the Mormon Trail in bare feet and thought she was nuts. Now, I'm beginning to understand the fad, or whatever it is.

Overall, another interesting hike in an unbelievable stretch of good weather.
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