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Parker PassPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2019
adilling
Hiking6.20 Miles 791 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles
791 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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I am slowly getting back on the trails. I needed an easy one to test my ankle strength and opted for the always wonderful Dutchman Trail up Parker Pass from First Water.

I torn a couple ligaments in my ankle in March and did not do anything to remedy that situation. In fact, I just kept on hiking in spite of my ankle telling me that was a bad idea. So, I ended up making this upper ankle sprain even worse than it was. Oh well, I did the 6 weeks of the boot and kept off it as much as possible. I am approaching the end of my 8 weeks of rehab. No more swelling and that dull pain I had for all those months is slowing going away. Now, I need to get some strength back.

I arrived at the trailhead about 530am. There were a few vehicles in the lot when I set off. I came across one group coming back up the trail right near the pass. And, on the way back, I passed a few parties heading down. Other than that, I had the place to myself.

I was considering going further and try and reach the area between Black Top Mesa and Palomino, but after 3 miles, I decided to turn back and call it a good day. I can tell my legs are out of shape as well. I averaged about 2mph on this trail, I usually fly on this part of the Dutchman. Oh well, I am out there and will only get stronger. I'll be back doing the harder ones in no time.

Not many critters out on this morning. I saw the usual speedy lizards, a few cardinals, some bunnies and some buzzards. I usually have good luck with the animals on this one. I was surprised I did not see any snakes.

The trail is looking good. A little overgrown in spots, but nothing crazy. I will come back to this one soon and do the Black Mesa Loop.
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