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Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2019
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Hiking5.13 Miles 784 AEG
Hiking5.13 Miles   1 Hour   44 Mns   2.96 mph
784 ft AEG
 
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Will hike for a piece of pizza. I've been on a roll with this exercise thing and even though I would have much preferred to go home and take a nap, I put on my hiking attire to do this near work hike. I parked at 104th St and hiked it clockwise as I think I've gone the other way the last couple times.

The temperature was perfect and the sun was more or less at my back. As I arrived at the loop from this connector trail I finally saw signs of human life when a bike rider went by. I passed by the VC and saw a few folks heading up that connector. I wanted to keep a good pace so I just put the pedal to the metal but you know, even when I do that, my pedal seems inferior sometimes as my foot speed will never get over the limit :lol:

As I made my way up to the saddle I spotted two downed saguaros, don't know how recent. On this part of the route I probably encountered 1/2 dozen hikers which is highly unusual since it's normally a couple dozen by now. Altho it was only around 3:45. I wrapped the saddle and headed on down as I had been making pretty good time for me. On this part I encountered only about 1/2 dozen hikers as well. You can sure tell the tourists. I almost made the mistake of continuing on the turn to Bell Pass but I know the trail to the Levee goes downhill right away so I quickly corrected my mistake.

When I turned onto the Paradise Trail that goes to the Levee Trail, I saw a fellow (I think he might have been a runner) that had a headlamp in his hand. Wondered where he was headed that he thot he might need that. Once on to the Levee Trail it's all downhill. Because of the light I could see the mountains clearly ahead way to the west so I stopped to take a photo as I was trying to ID some of them. The Levee Trail seemed longer than I remember and I was starting to think about that piece of pizza I would get to eat.

I did end up making pretty good time and felt it would help with my hiking this Sunday with Kelly. It was surprising not to run into too many folks on the trail and I have to say, that temperature bordered on nippy. Maybe that's why everyone was fully clothed this time altho a few people were wearing shorts.

PS, the piece of pizza was awesome altho I did have to warm it back up again when I got home.
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