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Salt River Canyon View from Peak 3042Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2019
mike_berg
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,823 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.64 mph
1,823 ft AEG      20 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Harder than anticipated! The difficulty rated 3.5 per guide, but this is easily a 4.0. The official GPS route can be used as a guideline but don't try to follow it too closely unless you feel like going over a cliff or two. I should have paid more attention to Yoder's triplog below regarding routes.

Sadly I didn't achieve the ultimate goal here and turned around with a mile to go. Strength/stamina have been in the toilet lately, apparently a side effect of the acne meds I've been taking (luckily just one more month on those). In the past I've done several 20+ mile day hikes in the Supes (one being nearly 27 miles). By comparison, I barely finished the 12 mile Battleship Mountain hike I did two weeks ago.

So, in my current weakened state, I figured this would be a challenging hike but not overly difficult. Not quite. Two miles in I was already feeling pretty fatigued and even considered turning around right there. However, not wanting to throw in the towel (50% ego, 40% 3-hour round trip drive, 10% voices in head - another apparent side effect of meds) I trudged onward. Sadly, as I mentioned, I ended up turning around anyway.

I wasted a lot of energy just trying to figure out where I was going, backtracking and climbing up little hills to pick out routes, etc. The terrain is challenging and I found it hard to maintain a good sense of where I was and where I needed to go (and when I knew where I needed to go it was often hard to know how to get there!). I'll return here once I get my mojo back and - with a little luck - hopefully I can recover my dignity. I think I left it near Chalcedony Cave.

Plenty of great views out here, even if you end up walking in circles and fail to bag the peak.

I saw two nice bunnies and a seemingly ambivalent squirrel. No other hikers out there.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
A few scattered about. Nothing substantial enough to be worth photographing.
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