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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 24 2019
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Hiking2.43 Miles 1,184 AEG
Hiking2.43 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   1.44 mph
1,184 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
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Couldn't decide what to do, this ended up being Plan D I think. I've wanted to do this climb for a few years as I hadn't done it since 2006. So when Karl and Kathy cheered me up to Happy Hour Ridge on Friday I thot, maybe it's time to try this. So off I went. I was lucky to get a parking spot in the lot next to the trail.

And up I went with all the rest of the throngs going both ways. The trail gets your attention right away and little did I know as it's been too long, it never gives UP. Well today, I wasn't going to give up either. So I plodded along and enjoyed every section that was flat, even for a few seconds. I hated the steps so when I could walk on the sides I did.

The temperature was nice and I didn't need my hat and we had filtered sun so I didn't have to use my sunglasses either. I did my best to say hello when I could. I was wondering what the odds were that I would run into Joe but I thot I was going up pretty late so he was probably done already. Lo and behold, I did run into him not far from Camelback Viewpoint as he was coming down. He told me I was 3/4 of the way. I commented about how crowded it was; like the Summit Challenge hordes I'd seen on Shaw Butte last weekend but it's like that every weekend on Piestewa. We visited briefly as I told him this was likely my last hike of this peak as I'm just trying to get some peaks in while I am still able.

And now to finish this. Up and up and more stairs but the top was in view. One step, I mean foot, in front of the other until finally, I slithered through the crack to the open view to the east. :y: It was nice to be here again, it really has wonderful views and all the others up there with you are in such elated spirits. I could look down to the Biltmore Golf Course and remember back to my days as a cocktail waitress at the Biltmore in 1981. And of course, remember my time up here in 2004 with my brother and niece. It seemed a much easier climb back then as it did in 2006, the other time I made it up here.

A couple different folks offered to take my picture; I politely declined but I did end up taking a picture for a group of 4 others. Alas it was probably time to let others enjoy the high point of the peak so back down thru the crack I went and as I went to stop down, a person offered their hand to me and this would happen again. Not sure why they felt the need to do that but how nice! Chivalry lives. I did quite well on the way down and actually passed several people.

But then this skimpily clad fellow I had observed on the peak was in front of me. And not only that, he was holding the front of his short, short, loose shorts up in front like a woman would hold her long dress when walking up or down steps. I heard one girl comment that maybe the draw string broke. No, no that wasn't the case as I was behind him for about ten minutes.

What is it with these people who can't dress with some modicum of respect for the families that hike these trails :roll: ? Is it a mental thing (I don't mean to be mean here) but I wonder. As others pass by, you can see they are not sure how to react.

Anyway, free of that distraction I kept my eye on the trail and worked my way down as hordes were coming both ways. It was kind of like being at the airport watching all this activity as people climbed and descended this trail. I got behind a larger group for the last few turns and then finally I arrived at Tonto Jr. It was a good morning and now it was time to get some food.

Yes I know, a bit long for a two hour hike. :stop:
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