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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 22 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking7.75 Miles 1,478 AEG
Hiking7.75 Miles   3 Hrs   25 Mns   2.67 mph
1,478 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
 
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Headed up Pyramid, starting around 7:45. Nice & cool to start, and I was surprised that my legs weren't tired from yesterday. Chatted with two ladies who had all the details about the woman who fell and got injured on Pyramid yesterday--while her injuries weren't insignificant, she was able to walk back down with assistance from firefighters, and it sounds like she'll make a full recovery in a few months. Good to hear.

At the top of Pyramid, I headed west on National for a short distance to an old trail I had recently noticed just south of the 7.14 milepost. There's an old trail that is pretty distinct in most places. It was obviously deliberately built--switchbacks and a lot of rocks moved around to control erosion--but I don't know anything about this old trail. It follows the ridge west for a little under half a mile before it seems to end. Beyond that, the ridge drops very steeply. I didn't see any obvious mines, nor did the end really look cleared for a viewpoint (like the old trail at the east end of Goat Hill), although the views were good. Anyway, I looked around a little, then took the old trail back up to National, then back down Pyramid. Chatted with some other hikers on Pyramid too.

Near the bottom of Pyramid, I spotted a chuckwalla sunning himself on the rocks. In all the hundreds (thousands?) of miles I've done on South Mtn, I have never seen a chuckwalla west of Telegraph Pass until today. He let me take a few pictures before crawling under a rock. It was warm by the time I finished. And I could see gobs of people on Bursera--not sure why it was so popular today.
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Poppies are rapidly dwindling. Scorpionweed holding steady. A lot of other stuff is drying out too. Hedgehog cactus is starting to bloom.
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