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Lone Mountain 2809 - E J PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking5.20 Miles 1,082 AEG
Hiking5.20 Miles   3 Hrs      1.73 mph
1,082 ft AEG
 
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My wife was out of town visiting her sister for the weekend, so I took the kids over to EJ Peak for a quick Sunday morning hike.

I enjoyed this hike alot more than I expected. The trail to the peak is very well defined. It's steep in some spots and has a lot of loose scree, which makes it a little dicey, but not too bad. The climb to the top was rougher than I expected it would be for the kids, but they hung in. The views from there are really nice. When we started there were some hazy clouds around. By the time we got to the top, the haze cleared out and the lower clouds were casting some nice shadows on the surrounding mountains.

From EJ Peak the trail continued a little further along the ridgeline at the top to another peak. It faded away quickly and I headed back. I let the kids sit and rest at EJ Peak while I did this bit of exploring.

I had planned to hike the entire circumference around the mountain. We started hiking counter clockwise once we got back down, but after a mile and a half, it was already nearly 11am. The trail was crossing the ravines in the mountain, so it wasn't level at all. Lots of very steep descents with loose scree, followed by another climb right back up to the next ridge. Right as the trail turned to the north I made the call to bail on that part and go off trail to FR3554 and head back to the car. We still did over 5.5 miles, so it seemed like the right call for that day. The off trail hike to the road was easier than hiking on the actual trail.

Got back to the car before noon and got some lunch. The weather was perfect, cooler temps and lots of breezes throughout the day. This whole area I think is very underrated for the hikes that are here. Didn't see any other hikers all day, just a few campers and 4 wheelers along the road, but the crowds were pretty sparse.
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