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Goat Hill via Telegraph PassPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2014
winotron
Hiking6.13 Miles 1,465 AEG
Hiking6.13 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.72 mph
1,465 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Made the trek out to the Telegraph Pass trailhead. I live in Downtown Phoenix so it's a pretty inconvenient 30+ minute drive for me, but the hike sounded like it was worth it. I'm not sure how often I'll be coming back to this trailhead, but I'm glad I at least did it this time. Got to the trailhead a little later than I planned and I knew I'd be hiking back down in the dark. A handful of cars in the parking lot but didn't see a whole lot of other hikers.

The hike up is flat and easy until the last half mile or so, which is surprisingly steep and rocky. Really got a workout on that section. It was cool to get up to the Summit Rd. and not see any cars on it. Very quiet up there.

Hadn't been to Goat Hill since last winter so I was curious about the trail condition. The section of the National between Ranger and Goat Hill had several spots that were washed out and were just piles of loose rock. I wouldn't feel comfortable hiking this section in the dark, or riding a bike across it. Surprisingly the short trail up to Goat Hill was in no worse condition than it was last year. Enjoyed the views and the wind for a couple minutes and headed back down.

On the way back on the National I felt a sting on the back of my leg. Instinctively I swatted at it without looking, and I ended up swatting a big piece of cholla. :o Ended up picking about a dozen needles out of my fingers and back of my leg. I swatted it so hard with my hand that it felt like the needles were to the bone. Had to use my keys to pry the nugget off of my hand, and it was so deep it was pulling the skin on my fingers with it. My hands throbbed in pain for a good 10 minutes. Yikes!

It was completely dark by the time I got back to the stone house. The stone house was a little spooky in the dark! Still getting used to night hiking so I took it pretty slow coming back down. That top half mile of Telegraph Pass was not very fun to come down at night. Don't think I'll ever want to do that again. After that section it was smooth sailing, and I only saw a couple other people. Nice and relaxing walking the flat remainder of the trail and looking up at the stars. Great hike!
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