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Union Hills Night Hike, AZ
mini location map2015-04-07
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Union Hills Night Hike, AZ 
Union Hills Night Hike, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 07 2015
chumley
Hiking8.29 Miles 1,294 AEG
Hiking8.29 Miles   2 Hrs   51 Mns   3.53 mph
1,294 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Perfect weather night. Trails here are racetracks. Started just before 7 and the ranger in the parking lot said nothing despite the sign saying the park closes at 7. I assume and stand by the normal phx parks regulations that the parking lot closes at 7, but the park is open to 11. Whatever...we saw two hikers and one biker in the first 10 minutes, and nobody else all night.

Never turned on the headlamps. The city lights were just enough to keep these nicely built trails illuminated enough to keep a solid pace. HAZTracks worked flawlessly and the damn birds squawking made me jump every half mile. (That AEG is not reported here :roll: )

I was lazy and didn't go buy the Union Jacks that I thought would have been appropriate for the summit. Hop Shocks sufficed. Saw a spectacular shooting star that streaked across half the sky for 2-3 seconds. :y:

Despite the half hour break on the summit, we still managed to get back before 10. A great area for a night hike. Might be less exciting during the day. But I'll probably come back and do the north loop at night again soon.
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