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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 11 2014
cdeperro
Hiking4.20 Miles 1,052 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles
1,052 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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I've been wanting to try out this trail for quite a while, but as a resident of Central Phoenix (north of downtown), driving all the way around to the opposite side of South Mountain can take a while with traffic. I bit the bullet today and headed out there, particularly because there's a temporary trailhead now so parking is a lot better. There aren't any restrooms at the trailhead yet.

I'll say that though this was a very nice TRAIL, this was not one of my favorite HIKES. Why?

1) Real housewives of Ahwatukee who never stop talking loudly.
2) Walking into the sun most of the way up. This one I can change and do a different time of day.
3) FLIES. Worse near the washes, but I don't know if it's all the rain, or the proximity to the Ahwatukee subdivisions, but I have never been bothered so much by regular flies anywhere else in the desert parks around Phoenix.

This contributed to one very good half mile split (thanks HAZ Tracks for the tracking) where I did a half mile in 8 mins 56 seconds. I hike to enjoy my surroundings, and am not usually after record times, but I was trying to get away from the talkers :) And after that, I couldn't stop for any length of time without flies swarming me. I'm sure I burned more calories than usual just from swatting flies the entire time.

The trail is very good all of the way. There's one fork, about 1/4 mile after the Pyramid Trail splits from the Bursera Trail, that is not marked but should be since clearly a lot of people take the left fork. The right fork is the Pyramid Trail.

Most of the way up I saw no one, until I got to the high point where there was a very unfriendly guy sitting, facing out, eating an apple, who never turned to look at me and did not respond to my "Howdy". Not so sure I'm liking the Ahwatukee side of South Mountain.

Anyway, I headed back down the way I came for a nice 4.2 mile round trip hike.

I may do this again a different time of day. Maybe it's only morning that brings out the unfriendly types and the flies.
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