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Merry Christmas Eve Shaw Butte Plus, AZ
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Merry Christmas Eve Shaw Butte Plus, AZ 
Merry Christmas Eve Shaw Butte Plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 24 2015
tibber
Hiking5.24 Miles 1,046 AEG
Hiking5.24 Miles   2 Hrs   2 Mns   2.91 mph
1,046 ft AEG      14 Mns Break
 
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been away from hiking for awhile due to a family emergency. Had planned two hikes for the Dec 11th weekend but had to go North to snowy and cold Montana and the only hiking I did was up and down 3 stories of stairs hauling stuff.

And it's going to be cold this weekend so today after working 1/2 day, came home, had lunch and hit the trail. And the sun came out :y: and I got to take my sweater off and head up the mountain. I stopped at the Christmas decorated Foothill Palo Verde tree to take a few pictures and then continue my hike to the top. I was doing well I thot. At the top, I paused to do a little FB post and soak in the sun some more.

I went down the west side below the towers; it looks like there is a bit of a clearing there with some sticks and ribbons so I'm not sure what that is about. I continued down to where the paved trail is and then up and over to the other towers. Thot it was kind of funny that I could hear the ice cream truck's music. It wasn't playing holiday tunes either but right now, I'm okay with that.

And then down by the Cloud Nine and when you make that left to go east, it looks like some trail work has been done. As I got close to where you head up to a saddle between those two smaller hills I spotted a hiker head left at the saddle. I had been wondering if that trail went anywhere the past couple hikes in this area so I followed. The trail wraps around the hill and eventually joins up with the main 306 trail. The sun was still out, the air seemed crisp and it just felt so good to be out. As I got closer to the VC, I was getting anxious to get back on the road to go get my Gingerbread Latte at Starbucks (I discovered it while in Gt Falls, they have lots of Starbucks and I had a Starbucks gift card :D ) for my reward.

The trail was not quite as crowded as usual. I actually noticed two things I hadn't seen before when hiking this trail. The hike went well and I was pretty happy with my pace. It was a great Merry Christmas Eve hike and I wish all of you a joyous holiday season!

I included some photos from this hike and some photos of the flight up over part of the canyon and I think I got some photos of Zion, as well as the weather from the snowy Great Falls trip. Yes, I grew up in this weather but it's been over 30 years so it's almost like a new phenomenon now - https://youtu.be/vr ... I5hk
Snow covered drive from Great Falls to Chester - https://youtu.be/oI ... tYtY
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