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Governors PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2017
Hiking6.53 Miles 1,920 AEG
Hiking6.53 Miles   5 Hrs   23 Mns   1.76 mph
1,920 ft AEG   1 Hour   41 Mns Break
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Kelly, Kelly, Kelly :lol: thot I would like this. Well she was right about one part, it was beautiful. I guess I didn't realize how much up and down and up and down and up, up, up there was as the profile didn't look that dramatic. And really it's not a bad hike; not sure why I was so whiny. And after all, I did Skull Mesa in December and that seemed easier... go figure.

Anyway, it was a very nice day and the first couple miles are on trail so that was good. You hike up from the dry Castle Creek to a sort of bench-like area. We hiked thru many areas that could have been almost golf-course like for all the green thick grass. You hike above the drainage thru an ocotillo and then a cholla area before crossing over the drainage and start heading for the first hill. The hill has nice switchbacks to get you to the top and then you go down and around and up another little hill and down into the Four Tanks drainage. You cross over that and from there, it's cairnville for the rest of the hike where you try to find the best route weaving you in and around flora and rocks and up to another saddle.

At each saddle you always have wonderful views. I caught my breath and then we hung a left for our next ascent to another saddle via a rock outcropping and then the final ascent to the top of the saddle. From here, besides the great views, we would now finish off this peak hiking UP on the grass with rocks and flora scattered about. The others made it to the top rather quickly so I could hear them but not see them. I eventually found my way to where I heard the voices, did the little rock scramble and voila, I was on top as well :) . The views of the mountains and the lake were pretty cool. We had a snack and then some more photo taking before heading down the mountain.

It seemed a long ways down and I for one was glad to get back to a trail. So up we went to the saddle and then down and up to the last saddle from where we switch-backed down still admiring the green grass at our feet and on the hillside. The lake was bluer now so much prettier to take pictures of especially as we hiked above the drainage down toward what I call the bench. At the trailhead Kelly took us aside to show us the remains of an old ranching operation. Stuff like that is always fascinating. We went up to the little dam and drainage that contained the cistern which probably fed the trough below.

We had our celebratory beer before heading back to town but not before stopping to take a look at the dozen burros we spotted from the road. We pulled over and tried to get some pictures; they were pretty far away. All in all a good day, a quick get away and a hike, now that I know what it is, I would be more mentally prepared for. Thanks Kelly for dragging me up another peak; what's up with that :lol: ? Thanks Mary Jo for red beer and pizza afterward. Great to hike with Stephanie again; she's new to this so I tried to teach her cairn/trail reading.

2-1-2017 Videos are in production. Hope to be done in a couple days. I'm trying to finish my east coast and Rincon videos too. Just not enough time in my day... 2-4-17, they're finally done.
Part 1 to saddle - [ youtube video ]
Part 2 to next saddle - [ youtube video ]
Part 3 to the Peak and back to drainage (Four Tanks Cany) - [ youtube video ]
Part 4 heading over a couple more saddles - [ youtube video ]
Part 5 the ranch remains, the burros - [ youtube video ]
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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