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Lookout Mountain Summit Trail #150Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 15 2018
tibber
Hiking2.90 Miles 774 AEG
Hiking2.90 Miles   1 Hour   21 Mns   2.23 mph
774 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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Today was the elevation gain day on Lookout. On my clockwise hike, I ended up going not to where I wanted which was the route from the southside to the saddle but ended up on that higher trail that takes you where you hang a right and are up on the summit in no time. Plus I missed the turn from the north side when you're heading east that I wanted to use for the circumference part on the way to the ascent I wanted. So instead, I stayed on the lower circumference until I could finally find an ascent trail; well that sucker is straight up, sheesh. Anyway, the ascent is pretty substantial there and then at that big boulder on the south side up to the summit.

I hadn't planned on summiting as I just wanted to hit that saddle. But as long as I was here, up I went and I also did that little top too figuring to add some to my AEG, altho it is really nothing. The part I hate worst about this is the going down. And to add to that misery I decided to take the route around the south side heading west on that straight down steep bedrock. Trust your feet they say which is fine on the bedrock but if you hit some of the lose rock...

I looped around the south side and on the west side I grabbed another picture of that pumpkin-colored house, altho the light wasn't the best. Next instead of following the circumference I hugged the middle mountain on the high west side. There was reports of bees for the summer but I figured they were gone now. Where do the bees go anyway? I continued around the last mountain and then came down from its saddle area heading east. At the bottom is where I started seeing some major gullies from the rain and all the way back to the TH. There wasn't this type of stuff on the other side but here, there were all sorts of gullies, one was very deep (see photo).

This time everyone said hello :) , no screaming kids and most dogs were well behaved. I was surprised I was able to get this much AEG on this little hike but that was my goal.

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