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Hog Heaven Loop - McDowell MountainsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 27 2019
Nate_F
Hiking3.94 Miles 1,525 AEG
Hiking3.94 Miles   3 Hrs   14 Mns   1.38 mph
1,525 ft AEG      23 Mns Break
 
1st trip
Hog Heaven. This one has been on my list for a while, and with the beautiful late-May weather, I did it. This was my first time doing this one so I took my time with it. I followed the track on my Route Scout and well-placed cairns and did just fine. Mind you, this was just the loop and nothing else, so maybe my mileage was a little short. Next time, I plan on adding Tom's Thumb and going back the North side down the climber access trails to make an ultimate Hog Heaven Loop!
The weather was good; very gusty though. It can be hard to climb along the ridge when the winds are gusting; there is some exposure. Also, the dried grass meant a lot of stickers in my shoes and socks. And cuts on my legs! :sweat:
The wildlife was great on this hike. A pair of cardinals (male and female) in a tree halfway up, and a Gila Monster on the trail too! The other wildlife were the Humans going up and down the trail to Tom's Thumb. Really good hike!
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