|Hiking||12.20 Miles|| 6 Hrs 28 Mns ||1.89 mph|
|2,398 ft AEG|
|I had only hiked the Geronimo Trail once, nearly 19 years ago. I was thinking to hike from there all the way over to Goat Hill, or at least to the junction of the National and Ranger Trails. By the time I got to the Pyramid Trail along the National, I had enough and decided to head back. There was a lot of elevation gain along the National, which tends to slow me down. |
Got started just after 6am at the Geronimo TH on 20th St. I was still dark and a little difficult to keep on the trail behind people's houses. Once I was away from the houses and headed uphill, I was able to turn off the headlamp and hike by moonlight again. It was only a half moon, but still enough to hike by. I was surprised that along the Geronimo you can hear planes taking off from Sky Harbor. Early in the morning I though that might be because of how quiet it was, but I heard it again at the end of the hike.
There was a little spur trail near the top of the Geronimo that goes to a knoll/overlook. I saw from there that it continued further downhill. I had a longer hike planned, so I didn't explore that any further. I saw a junction for an unmapped trail just west of the towers along the National Trail, before the descent to Telegraph Pass. That might be another one to explore one day.
Didn't see any bikers along the trails all day. I guess the pilot extended Silent Sundays in SoMo are keeping them on the road up. Saw hikers here and there, and then at Telegraph Pass there were hordes.
By the time I got back to the Geronimo Trail, I was tired and my legs were stiff. I hiked through the entire distance with pretty much no breaks. I was expecting to make better time heading downhill on the Geronimo, but my legs didn't want to cooperate.
Flowers are starting to bloom already, not alot so far. The one section of the National Trail below the towers is always in shade and much greener than the rest of the park.