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Hidden Valley via Mormon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2014
chumley
Hiking3.55 Miles 1,012 AEG
Hiking3.55 Miles   1 Hour   27 Mns   2.45 mph
1,012 ft AEG
 
Couldn't let the perfect weather tonight go unappreciated so I set out for a quick hike close to home.

The lot was full with a line of cars waiting so we parked just down the road. Nice hike up, cool breeze with a few light sprinkles. Between the Mormon loop junction and National a pack of coyotes was making a huge racket just over the adjacent hill. A minute later we managed to see them, with a couple perched on top of rocks. None of us had ever seen coyotes do that before. Really neat. I think they heard us because they stopped the howling, but didn't get off their rocky viewpoint.

By Hidden Valley it had gotten dark. I spotted a black-tail on the trail. It didn't rattle until I tried to get a photo. Back on National a cantankerous rattler let us know he was there long before we got close. It was too dark to find him, but we were happy for the advance notice.

The breezes kicked up on the way down, as did the lightning, though it was still over downtown. Back at the car it wasn't more than 2 minutes before it was raining sideways. Perfect timing!

Evening hikes like this in August are rare, and must be taken advantage of!
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