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Hog Heaven Loop - McDowell Mountains
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Hog Heaven Loop - McDowell MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 13 2015
CdnInAz
Hiking4.35 Miles 1,624 AEG
Hiking4.35 Miles   4 Hrs   17 Mns   1.32 mph
1,624 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break8 LBS Pack
 
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this has been on my to do list for a while - another nice morning, cool for mid June, so did it. I read on here that it is tough at top, and it was! My average speed is very low because got off trail several times, took time to add some rock cairns and stopped to take pics. Boulder hopping going up, and granite sliding going down. Bent my hiking pole when lost my footing, and of course it broke when tried to straighten it, ah well it has served me well and perhaps saved me from an injury on that fall. On guard for snakes in many areas, tapping pole on rocks to stir them before I met them - but never saw any. A vulture swooped at me several times at top - wondered if a nest nearby - apologies Miss Bird. People have left rock cairns at many places, but I did get off trail several times - once way off, can be seen on my route. So I added new cairns at spots where I lost trail.

This loop was described Jul 13th 2014 by cherieb with no logs since so for anyone reading and wondering if should do I would say yes if comfortable with trail finding, boulder hopping and granite sliding.

A bit tough yes, but many amazing views. Have uploaded a photoset - maybe motivate anyone contemplating this loop, or show others what is up here - enjoy!

ETA - corrected AEG from 1508 default to 1624 re my GPS route.
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