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Telegraph Pass - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 2018
DarthStiller
Hiking9.80 Miles 1,575 AEG
Hiking9.80 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   2.26 mph
1,575 ft AEG
 
The first hike I ever did in AZ was the Telegraph Pass Trail on Memorial Day weekend in 1999. I was visiting a friend who lived there at the time, but I was also scoping out Phoenix and how to move here from PA. that day I hiked up to the National Trail and then headed east until I was under the towers, then headed back. I always remember that weekend it was 115, crazy hot even by our standards. This time it was much cooler, and I did things much wiser than I did 19 years ago. I also did the loop taking the National Trail to Corona de Loma and returned on the Desert Classic. I have hiked this particular loop twice before, the first time was not too long after I moved here. I think that was the first time I realized I could plan out different hikes in the park making these kind of loops. That was also I believe the longest hike I had ever done, which also broadened my horizons.

About a quarter mile after the Telegraph Pass Trail heads north from the junction with the Desert Classic Trail, there is a very well marked spur that takes you to a very prominent petroglyph site. Before this day, I have never noticed this. Funny to think that I've hiked right passed this area several times in the past having no clue it was there.

The views up along the National Trail were the best, although the weather was a bit hazy. There is a sign in register along the National Trail just under the radio towers. Not sure why, but I signed in anyway.

the Corona de Loma Trail seemed much easier to walk from the very first time I remember hiking it, about 17 years ago. But much has changed since then in terms of how and when I hike, and footwear.

The hike back on the Desert Classic always seems to be a bit of a slog. As you near the Telegraph Pass TH, there is very prominent trail to the south that heads up along the top of a ridge and then loops back to the Desert Classic. Looks like that's another hike plan for another cooler weather weekend.

After this spent the afternoon with friends in downtown Phx watching the Rattlers game, and then at their house. did some extra walking downtown from our parking garage to lunch, then to the arena, then back to the car. Probably at least an additional 2 miles of walking for the day. Very fun day, very little of which was spent at home.

My knee seems to be holding up very well recently. No pain at all the next day, and the "looseness" in it also seems to be subsiding. the brace seems to be helping with that alot, but it also tend to exacerbate my usual case of heat rash on my calves. Seems like new problems every week, but the priority level goes down each time at least.
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