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Pass Mountain RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 20 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking6.10 Miles 1,677 AEG
Hiking6.10 Miles   4 Hrs   28 Mns   1.37 mph
1,677 ft AEG
 
1st trip
I needed to do a hike that was a little rougher to test my knee out with some big plans for hikes in the summer. I normally don't like off trail hikes, but this one has a purpose, and it's a popular enough of a hike that there many sections where there actually is a trail to follow. Andy has done this hike several times, so he was willing to go with me.

We got an early 5:45am start since I only live 20 minutes away. I decided to do this hike in reverse from what it's normally done, going the Pass Mt. Loop Trail first and ascending to the ridgeline from the northeast part of the mountain. The first hour was nice in the shade since we were on the west side of the mountain. the sun hit us on the north end and stayed with us the rest of the hike.

The off trail section from the Pass Mt. loop is very easy to spot, but it fades quickly. The trail fades in and out in spots, so having a GPS track is helpful. Once on the ridgeline, the route is fairly obvious, but can get tricky in certain sections. Neither the cairns nor the spray painted arrows were nearly as horrifying as previous triplogs and forum posts make them out to be, IMO. In fact, at one spot Andy got disoriented and asked me which way to go, while I was about 50 yards behind him. I was able to see the white spray painted spots to his right, which helped direct him away from some of the more serious exposure spots that might not have been so obvious from his vantage point. At one spot along the ridgeline I spotted some deer scat, which was kind of suprising. This seems like dicey terrain for anything other than goats.

I've been dealing with knee issues since the Arcadia Trail hike and last week got diagnosed with the beginning of arthritis in my right knee. Not great news, but at least now i know what i'm dealing with. I got a new knee brace that I used for this hike and it seems to have helped out immensely. I bumped my knee pretty good at one spot, and bent it a little farther than my comfort at another spot and the rest of the day it's been feeling very good. Hoping this lasts at least thru the summer.
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