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OLeary LO and Peak, AZ
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OLeary LO and Peak, AZ 
OLeary LO and Peak, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 08 2020
outdoor_lover
Hiking11.00 Miles 2,225 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles
2,225 ft AEG
 
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After Picture Canyon, I was waffling on doing this one as it was getting pretty warm. I was worried there wouldn't be enough shade. Turns out there was JUST enough. :sweat:

Didn't start until 11:30 so it was warm enough. The first mile is shaded so I wasn't feeling bad, but after that it was actually probably too warm with the intense sun to boot. But, about every couple of hundred feet or so, there would be a Pine Tree casting shade on the roadway, so it literally became a "shade to shade" hike to the top. If the shade hadn't been there, I think I would have aborted this hike for another time. The Heat and the Uphill took it's toll, but I made it and managed to enjoy the views on the way up. I hit the Peak first, knowing it was the steeper and higher of the two points and that was an interesting ascent. Just enough people have done it to make a slight use trail, but you still sank in and the effort was still there. It was kind of fun coming down as you could almost glissade it, but not quite as good as if you were on pure, very fine cinders.

Then it was over to the Lookout. I knew from Liz's triplog that I couldn't go up, but the Lookout and I exchanged hellos anyway. The Wind had come up and was almost howling at the top so it was difficult for her to hear me. But it was good. I took a small break up there and then started back down. Funny, it didn't seem as hot when you move twice as fast. :sweat: It was also after 4:00 before I headed down. Made good time back to the truck and was certainly ready to be done when I got there. :lol:

In spite of the Heat and the fact that I'm not big on Road Walks, it was a good hike and I felt like I did something. Will I do it again? Maybe, would love to go up in the Tower sometime. :)
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Almost Non-Existent, but there were a few here and there.
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