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Holbert-Kiwanis-Loop with Towers Traverse, AZ
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Holbert-Kiwanis-Loop with Towers Traverse, AZ 
Holbert-Kiwanis-Loop with Towers Traverse, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2018
ddgrunning
Hiking7.62 Miles 1,768 AEG
Hiking7.62 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   2.33 mph
1,768 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Debated between Shaw Butte-North Mountain and this loop. Never done the SB-NM loop, but I was having a hard time convincing myself that it would be a better use of my hiking time, so opted to hit up this SoMo hike instead. Any SB-NM loop cheerleaders who want to convince me I made the wrong choice?

I hadn't done the southern (upper) portion of Holbert before. After traversing along the National, we decided to off-trail it up to the towers. Nice views. Then traversed west along the fenceline to where we could turn the corner and look down on Ahwatukee and Telegraph Pass. Stopped for a snack and to enjoy the views for a bit, including a hawk of some sort, taking in the updrafts and circling below and then above us.

Took a nice ridgeline down towards TG Pass, eventually connecting with the National Trail before making the final swing around to TG Pass.

The descent on Kiwanis was nice, and then the ho-hum finish on Los Lomitas and the Box Canyon Loop trails.

A great morning to be out, though we ended up with some stop-and-go traffic on Baseline due to a very poorly managed hole-digging exercise at the 32nd street intersection. :x I deal with my fill of rush hour traffic on the weekdays, so having to battle it on a Saturday morning was no bueno. ](*,)
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