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Kiwanis-Ranger Loop, AZ
mini location map2018-01-29
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Kiwanis-Ranger Loop, AZ 
Kiwanis-Ranger Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 29 2018
black_toes
Hiking4.61 Miles 981 AEG
Hiking4.61 Miles
981 ft AEG
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The original intent was to do Holbert Trail, but I sailed past the turn-off and ended up west of there with a sign that said "Kiwanis Trail." C'est la vie. Been there, done that, but I've done all these trails on South Mountain, so . . . .

Started up the Kiwanis Trail in early afternoon and returned well before sunset on the Los Lomitas. Don't know why I didn't hike back up 19' of elevation on the Kiwanis just to say I got 1,000 AEG for the day. I'll blame it on the wind which was particularly strong along the National Trail's high ridgeline to where it ends near the descending Ranger Trail.

Stopped at the stone hut and watched as two chipmunks played hide and seek with me while I ate a snack. I always find stuff to entertain myself. Today, it was sizing up the "little triplets," the three little peaks a half mile east of Goat Hill. I measured the distance and elevation of each on Route Scout. Over .15 mi the little peaks descend ever so slightly as you proceed east. The westernmost one is 2,347' followed by 2,340' and the easternmost one at 2,322'. Only 25' el separate them. Oh, what fun. Except, again, for the wind, which quickly went away as I dropped down off the ridge.

It was lonely up there. From the stone hut to the National's junction with the Ranger, I saw only one human, a young jogger in black shorts and white shirt. He was the last person I saw until the Summit Highway, 8/10 of a mile away, when five or six runners came down the pavement from god knows where. They were young and looked like a cross-country team in training. The walk back to the Kiwanis TH was pleasant with the warm sunlight on my back. One of the first times this winter I hadn't concluded a hike in darkness.
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