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Guadalupe Ridge - AKA Midlife Crisis / ScottPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2014
ddgrunning
Hiking8.82 Miles 2,117 AEG
Hiking8.82 Miles   4 Hrs   41 Mns   2.20 mph
2,117 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Talked my wife into joining me for a So. Mo. adventure on the Guadalupe Ridge. I had heard others rave about this hike and decided I needed to get out and do it before it gets too hot!

The beginning of the hike is a mishmash of literally more than a dozen use trails that pick up around Marcos de Niza rock and head up to the top of the initial ascent. I know this is not an "official" trail, but by not establishing a designated trail, the City is letting folks really beat up the mountain on that initial climb.

Anyway, all paths seem to eventually make it to the top of the ridge. From there, the trail seems relatively well defined for the first mile and a half or so. After that, it's a real hit-and-miss affair. Part of the problem is that there are significant sections that are solid rock, so it's hard to establish a trail. Our rule of thumb when given various options was simply to "go up." This resulted in a fair amount of scrambling, but most of the time when we made it to the top of the rock formation de jure, we could see where we needed to head next.

Although the AEG on this one doesn't present as particularly challenging, much of it is hard earned, with a lot of up and down, as you ascend and descend numerous mini-peaks. (It was also a pretty warm day, and the trail is fully exposed, so heat may have made it more challenging as well).

Around the 2.7 mile mark, there was a neat rock formation that formed a cave-like shelter. The shade was nice and it was a great place to take a short break.

With the destination simply being a "dead end" into the National Trail, I was concerned that it might be a bit anti-climactic. I was wrong! Right before you begin the final descent to the national trail, you hit your highest elevation with outstanding 360 degree views of the valley. Very cool! Indeed, the whole hike has great views both to the north and to the south--that's the benefit of hiking on the ridge, right! ;)

We took the National Trail back to our car, with a detour through the ever-entertaining Hidden Valley via Fatman's Pass.

All in all, a great hike, even if a bit more challenging than anticipated.
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