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Phoenix Mountain Preserve North, AZ
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Phoenix Mountain Preserve North, AZ 
Phoenix Mountain Preserve North, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2020
Hiking6.78 Miles 1,201 AEG
Hiking6.78 Miles   2 Hrs   43 Mns   2.56 mph
1,201 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Planned this hike in my head and it pretty much worked out exactly as I envisioned; that doesn't happen very often. I knew it was going to be a great morning for a hike and it was. I started from the 38th St TH and headed west past Happy Hour Ridge and up and over a little hill toward Irreg C the long way. Some of the trail on the west side I don't know that I've been on before. Thot I could see tailings in one area below 1A but my zoom shot wasn't very good.

I made my way up to 1a to 1c (Irregular). There was quite a bit of people traffic along the way. I started seeing some of the remaining poppies that hadn't opened yet this morning and the usual suspect of lupine. About 1/2 way up I also got a great treat of quite a few Paleface Delphinium :) so that was fun.

And then it was down and up the other side to the high saddle of the 302/Freedom still encountering more hikers than we normally see out here; at least I think so. My goal was to get over to the 8/Yates to get to Ruth's Trail; getting there is kind of a guess but I successfully made it in a relatively veered straight line to the SE. I headed down and in and out of the wash on the 8a Quartz and headed up that little hill; didn't realize how the trail takes its time before getting to the ridge and 8b Ruth.

Once I got to the pavement by the property for sale, I didn't realize what a slight upgrade that paved hill had so I walked backward until I got to the top. I figure a lot of people walk this coming from the south. And then it was down and up the hill alongside the mountains to the east of me. There was some of the same nice flora I had seen back on the 5th; everything seems so long ago these days. I even caught a bee in a poppy so that was fun to watch it fly around.

Once I got down to the junction with the 8 Yates I headed north. I was hiking along and all of a sudden the trail veered west. I figured it might be heading around the mountain which is not necessarily the way I wanted to go so I went back and saw the post with the 8 painted on it and the normal trail had been rocked in :o . So I continued left/west and realized the trail was going to switchback east to the saddle with the bench. Guess it's been awhile since I've been on this trail (1-2-2017 and I see that my trip report has wrong numbers for the trail). Anyway, there were a couple people and their dogs wearing leashes. As crowded as these trails are right now, they should be more considerate. There was another fellow that was out hiking and he was hiking way faster than his little dog that wasn't leashed but was definitely winded, I felt bad for it.

So now it was down the other side. The temperatures continued to be wonderful aided by the slight cloud cover. It just couldn't be any nicer. I was getting hungry by now and started thinking about that beer I would have when I got home. I stopped by the DQ though to see if they had any chocolate dilly bars but they weren't open yet.

A few other notes,
  • Still a lot of people out there at various parts of the trails but not so much in the interior. I still don't quite get the mask thing when you're out hiking but I guess to each his own. Out of the 50 or so hikers I saw about 1/2 dozen were wearing them.

    There is quite a bit of quartz off and on throughout this whole hike. I guess with the filtered light it was easier to spot than normal.

    I ran into a family that had no idea where they were at when they asked me how far and they had two little ones. I suggested they should have printed out a map. I told them it was not quite a mile to the TH at 38th St but I didn't know where they came from so I didn't know how else to help. The second were two boys I encountered at the Irreg C saddle. They asked me where Piestewa Peak was as they thot it was the peak across the way and I said, "no" it's on the other side of the Preserve. I gave them two different options to get to the Peak but I saw they bailed on the VOAZ. Why do you hike in an area you've never been to without a map? ](*,)
Anyway, here is a less than 5 minute slideshow [ youtube video ] .
And here is the video of the stages of our Owls at the office [ youtube video ] You'll see momma cleaning some of her feathers, it's quite interesting.
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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