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Governors PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 16 2018
AZWanderingBear
Hiking6.10 Miles 1,949 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   3 Hrs   18 Mns   2.06 mph
1,949 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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The cool overcast day seemed to cry out for an interesting hike with some decent elevation gain. We parked just off Caste Hot Springs road just after 10.

The trail starts easy enough, slightly uphill and crossing some washes, well marked, decent footing, well defined trail, lots of cairns. Ran into 3 other hikers coming back down about the halfway point. From here it gets interesting -- loose footing, rock scrambles, fainter trail. Had the track on Gaia on my phone and cross checked it fairly often. The trail seems to have two routes as you start up the final wash. One set of cairns keeps you low in the wash with significant scrambling. The high route run parallel on the eastern side and is much more accommodating. We figured that out on the way down.

The recent rains had left a lot of small rock pool of water in the drainages. Life is good in the hills right now.

The saddle at the top of the last wash had a surprise for us. Looking east at the at the edge of the ridge line was a small window. It is in the vicinity of N33° 58.355' W112° 22.078'.

The summit had the great views you'd expect. Seems to be a lot of construction work at historic Castle Hot Springs. Another Arizona destination in the works?

Back at the trailhead we poked around the old ruins at the mouth of the wash before heading back to find a huge garbage burger with all the fixin's.
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