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North Mountain National Trail #44
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North Mountain National Trail #44Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 06 2014
black_toes
Hiking4.67 Miles
Hiking4.67 Miles   2 Hrs   28 Mns   2.44 mph
      33 Mns Break
 
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Second straight trip to summit in a big wind. Got out the glasses and saw the windsock on Shaw Butte stretched out to the max, showing westerly direction. At 75 d, it was almost cool until I started up steeply on the pavement. The exertion warmed me up right away. Took my cap off at the lower gate, knowing it would be a battle, particularly on that southerly last turn where the wind is funneled between the mountains. Felt good for once with wind blowing through what few hairs I have left on my head. Counted 47 hikers coming up as I walked down, a far cry from peak numbers.

The ironwoods were still in magnificent bloom with no signs of the seed pods yet. Guessing the blooms will last at least another week. Counted 26 ironwoods in the inner basin. Most grow on the east side of the park. Coming back down into the inner basin I noted the elevation of what I gather the highest ironwood in the park at 1,483' el. To lengthen my trip, I walked over to the ravine in front of the N dam looking for the lowest, which my GPS said was 1,368'. There was a lower ironwood below the dam on the north but figured it was out of the park. Been over these trails so often, gotta keep my mind busy doing something. Today it was ironwoods.
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