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Lost Camp LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 08 2017
Hiking8.72 Miles 2,017 AEG
Hiking8.72 Miles   4 Hrs   7 Mns   2.19 mph
2,017 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
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An evening/night hike. Parked at Pyramid Trailhead and took Lost Ranch trail up to the National Trail. Got up to the National Trail just in time to see the sun dropping below the horizon. Then headed East toward Goat Hill. Instead of completing the Lost Camp Loop route we continued on to Goat Hill. It was dark by the time we got to Goat Hill, but the nearly full moon gave enough light that we didn't need to turn on our head lamps. After enjoying the city lights panorama from the top of Goat Hill for a few minutes we headed back to National Trail and continued East to Pyramid. I did turn my headlamp on for the steep part of the Pyramid descent -- I really didn't need it, but it's steep and there are lots of places where a mis-step could be bad. In the unlikely event that I did get hurt on the trail I didn't want to have to explain to my wife that I wasn't using the headlamp I was wearing. Once we got off the hill and back on the flat the moon provided plenty of light.

As it gets warmer I may do this one again as a night hike. I wouldn't consider Lost Ranch at night, but it was great in the late afternoon shade of the hill.
Moon Sunset
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