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Phx Mtn Preserve Zig Zag Shoes, AZ
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Phx Mtn Preserve Zig Zag Shoes, AZ 
Phx Mtn Preserve Zig Zag Shoes, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 07 2020
Hiking6.69 Miles 793 AEG
Hiking6.69 Miles   2 Hrs   29 Mns   2.85 mph
793 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
1st trip
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(from 38th St TH) After a false start, had to walk back a bit to get my sunglasses.

This first part of the hike wasn't what I had in mind but because I made some wrong choices of the non-named trails, I just couldn't seem get to Ruth Hamilton which was my original intent. That last zag should have been a zig or vis versa. Anyway, as I continued south zigging in an easterly direction via all sorts of non-named trails I eventually ended up at the Yates Trail 8 post still on the north side of the mountains. I should have turned east but went west. I haven't been to this part of 8 for a very long time.

I got to the top/saddle with the junction of 304, considered going 304 to 8B over to Ruth but that just didn't appeal to me. I should have taken the 304 down to Piestewa and around the middle mountain but didn't really realize I could do that; maybe next time. So I headed north on 304 and over toward 302 and the shoes. Encountered a couple un-leashed but very polite heavy-fur dogs that looked like they knew their way and were very glad they were going downhill :). I gave them the right of way. The owner seemed to care less. Oh well.

From there it was the VOAZ, Shoe 1B. As I was approaching the saddle I noticed what looked to be some sort of trail that went around the rock outcroppings here so I thot, since I had already zig-zagged so much, let's go see what this is all about. As I got past one rock outcropping I saw someone on its top busy on her phone. I continued to follow the faint trail which seemed to wrap around a second rocky top but faded out there. I went to its saddle and thot this area might make an easier Happy Hour Ridge2 for the ole girl @BiFrost @slowandsteady. The trail does wrap around and back to the main VOAZ and I continued on my way.

I decided to finish off with the 1A Shoe, Perl Charles. I hadn't done this shoe from this side for a long time. I thot it wrapped sooner than it did but it goes clear to the eastern edge of the rocky ridge where it ascends slightly to a saddle. Here I changed radio shows as I headed down via another saddle to get to the south side and then head east for my trip back to the TH. On this northern stretch, all those squats from yesterday morning's gym class were wearing me down. I did see a couple squirrels in this area. I got back to 100 and then had to find my way to cross the wash so I headed west for a bit to the sign post that has a use trail.

It's amazing that I am able to hike in the beginning of June at 6:30ish to almost 9AM and not get overly heated and enjoy a tinge of a cool breeze... either that or I'm desperate. But the gym is now open and I've been able to go to my shortened classes twice this week and stay in my little circle and clean my weights and step after. I still don't like this one instructor and her music but right now, we have limited choices as they haven't restarted all the classes yet. The classes are only half-full but this is the first week of them being offered; who knew how much I missed them but I have been doing this for twenty years which I didn't realize until I couldn't go anymore. :o

PS I took the liberty of adding some photos from the Sawtooth Fire that I picked up from FB.
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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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