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Lone Mountain 2809 - E J PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2019
adilling
Hiking2.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
 
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My rehab is progressing on my ankle and I wanted to see how it would do with a little bit of elevation. I have been doing flat hikes for months. I figured this cool little trail would offer a little "up" without doing too much "up". I contemplated Peralta Trail, but this one was a good start.

I got to the trailhead in the dark. I was surprised to see other vehicles in the lot, but it looks like a bunch of bicyclists use that as a staging area for the rides up and over Usery Pass.

I headed off down the jeep road. It was a nice morning, not too humid. The trail is the same as always. Follow the Jeep trail until you see the path veer off to the left and the "no motorized vehicles" sign. There's a big set of cairns marking the summit path. This trail was a hidden gem from me for years. I did not even know it existed until last year. For being so short, it offers some nice elevation.

My ankle did ok going up. I was at a slow pace and I could feel the muscles I have not been using lately crying out in pain ha ha. But, I made it up to the top before the sun cleared the horizon. My goal was to get in a nice workout and catch a sunrise. Mission accomplished.

I was able to get some nice pics as the sun slowly cleared the cliffs to the east. Not much color, but it's always a glorious sight to behold - sunrise in the desert. I had a few other hikers joint me up at the top before I started down. The wind was really blowing hard at first. When it calmed down a little, the local residents came out to say hello - bees. The last time I was up here I was stung by a bee. This time, I got it again. I usually don't have a reaction to bee stings, but this little fellow got me good. It's still a little swollen at the sting site on my thigh 3 days later.

Going down I took it easy. I have an ankle brace that compresses and prevents side to side movement. By the time I got down, it felt ok. When I took off my boot at the truck to switch to sandals, it did not seem swollen at all. But, by the time I got home 15 minutes later, it was already puffing up. Time for a cortisone shot or something. 6 weeks on a boot, 9+ weeks of rehab and I still get some swelling after an easy hike. Ugh. Looks like I am confined to easy flat hikes still.
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