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Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 05 2019
adilling
Hiking8.61 Miles 473 AEG
Hiking8.61 Miles
473 ft AEG   3 Hrs   39 Mns Break
 
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I actually started the morning on Peralta Road, heading to the Peralta Trailhead for a Miners Needle Loop hike. I got as far as the Carney Springs Trailhead when my phone rang. I was on call and I had to work. UGH. I knew if I kept going, I would have no cell reception. So, I opted for a hike with cell coverage. I thought a nice stroll along Jacob's Trail would do the trick, so I drove over to the Broadway Trailhead, only to find it packed beyond belief. Undeterred, I went over to Lost Dutchman SP and parked at the Saguaro Lot and started out.

I noticed right away the unusual halo appearing above the massif. I have seen this phenomenon before, but this one was really defined. My photos turn out ok, but none of them captured the rainbow colors this one had. After taking some more pictures, I headed off along the trail. The park was definitely busy. I saw hikers along every trail I encountered. Once I got past the Siphon Draw, the masses disappeared. I had the trail to myself all the way to the Monument Canyon Trail junction. There were many people there, most of them heading up to Broadway Cave. I always stop and say hello to one of my favorite cacti - the one armed giant along the Monument Canyon trail before the Cave "turn off". I hope that arm hold on. One good freeze and it my be dropping that arm.

This was my turn around point. On the way back, I did run into a few other hikers, but it was very quiet on the trail. The sun came out right when I was nearing the Siphon Draw junction and lit up the mountain nicely. There was still some snow on the north facing cliffs.

I was able to work a little - phone calls and emails, hike a little, and take some pictures too. A nice and easy hike, but I still got in my miles and got some fresh air. A great day in my book.


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