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Bursera Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 10 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking10.30 Miles 2,109 AEG
Hiking10.30 Miles   4 Hrs   46 Mns   2.16 mph
2,109 ft AEG
 
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Went back down to South Mountain to hike a section of the National Trail that I had hoped to do 2 weeks earlier. This time I started closer, down by the Pyramid Trailhead. The last time I hiked the trails in this area, the parking lot wasn't there and the trails didn't have official names yet. I decided to hike up the Pyramid Trail, hike west on the National Trail, and then back on the Bursera Trail.

I started just after 6am, while it was still very dark. I used my headlamp for the first mile and a half. It was pretty chilly when I started, but hiking uphill warmed me up pretty quickly. Heading west on the National Trail I checked out the mining prospects. There were a few braids of the trail that went up over peaks along the ridgeline, which I unfortunately missed a few of.

I forgot how much elevation gain the Bursera Trail has, or else I might have taken the Gila Trail back. It was kind of cloudy after the sun was up, but soon enough the sun broke through. the last few hours were very sunny and clear. Saw a few other hikers and one or two bikers. Finished about 11am, returning to a full parking lot with cars circling, waiting for freee spots to open up.
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