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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2016
Hiking6.61 Miles 1,404 AEG
Hiking6.61 Miles   3 Hrs   5 Mns   2.35 mph
1,404 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
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I was going to do Pyramid to Goat Hill [ description ] in the morning, but the weather report said that there were rain showers coming around noon and I didn't want to get caught in the rain. Finally made it out around 1:00, and there were a lot of clouds out which I hoped would keep things cool. Saw a cool looking brown snake right where the trail goes up the hill and stopped to take his picture. Looking towards Goat Hill I saw some threatening looking dark clouds. I stopped and rested at the Pyramid/National junction, and decided to go back rather than take the chance of becoming a human lightning rod at Goat Hill. On the way back I could see clouds streaming over the Estrellas which had been in sunshine earlier. As I got back to the big hill on Pyramid I saw a gray wall moving East across the valley between the Estrellas and South Mountain. About half way down the hill the gray wall got to the trailhead and I knew I was going to get wet. At the same time looking towards the North I could see clouds rolling over the National Trail ridge towards me. A couple minutes later I felt the first drops and stowed my camera in the backpack and pulled out the rain cover for the backpack. Only a few seconds later I started getting pelted with big fat rain drops and the trail had become a brown river snaking down the hill. The wind was driving the rain horizontal too. Fun. My boots are supposed to be waterproof, but they filled up with the water running down my legs. I was soaked to the bone and still pretty high up on the hill. I held onto my hat and followed the brown river down and eventually made it to the bottom. The little low spot at the bottom of the hill was a river. I found a spot with stones to step on to get across and continued on. There were a couple more impromptu river crossings and then the trail crossed the big wash. That turned out not to be as bad as it could have been as there were stepping stones to get across the widest and swiftest flow. The next wash crossing was the worst as there were no stepping stones and the water was too wide to jump across. I followed the wash upstream until I found a narrow enough spot to jump across. I was completely soaked anyway, but definitely did not want to end up falling down in swift running water. Anyway after crossing the last wash and doing a bit of cross country hiking to find the trail again the rain started easing off. My boots were full of water and squished with every step and I was totally wet. Looking off to the South I could see a dust storm coming so I picked up the pace because I had had enough interesting weather for one day. As I got back to the car I passed a lot of hikers just starting out now that the rain had passed. Good times!
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