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Inspiration Point via WindgatePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2016
tibber
Hiking6.98 Miles 1,308 AEG
Hiking6.98 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   2.99 mph
1,308 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Route Scout was doing something wacky on the way up as it said I was at 3.89 mi at Inspiration Pt which can't be accurate since it's only 3.2 miles to the point from the VC. If you look at the track up, it's all over the place. So I'm not sure how accurate the 6.98 is but I'll take it I guess (I started from deep in the parking lot).

Anyway my goal was Windgate Pass. Oh well, still got most of it done. The lot was the fullest I've ever seen it and the trail sure had lots of people and bike riders but not as bad as the lot implied... after all, there are lots of trails out here. There wasn't a breeze, however, there was off and on shade. I forget how rocky this trail is and really how many ups and downs there are with about two longish hills.

One fellow I encountered said Denny was just up the trail a bit but he was off the hill to the right. I kept an eye out but no Denny. I continued on tackling those hills one foot at a time. I thot I had less to go than I did based on what Route Scout was telling me but the signs indicated otherwise. I decided after sitting a moment at Inspiration Point to head back because Route Scout said I was at 3.89 though I couldn't figure out how that could be. Anyway, I wasn't sure I had quite enough water to finish since I had another .9 to go to reach the Pass.

So I decided to head back and would try to pick up the pace to make up for not getting to the Pass. Also I wanted to see if I could find Denny but all I saw on the way back, besides other hikers, dogs and some bikers and a couple lizards was a shirt and a little camera case.

I was glad I turned around when I did because once I reached the Gateway Jct it started getting pretty warm altho there was a slight breeze. Anyway, it was a good hike altho the trail has taken a few hits in a couple places from the rain storms.
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