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Bursersa-National-Pyramid Loop, AZ
mini location map2020-08-22
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Bursersa-National-Pyramid Loop, AZ 
Bursersa-National-Pyramid Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 22 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking11.38 Miles 2,469 AEG
Hiking11.38 Miles   4 Hrs   8 Mns   2.85 mph
2,469 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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I was stuck in town, but wanted to get some AEG, so decided to hit up the south side of South Mountain this morning. Arrived at the trail head at a little after 6 AM, and was shocked to see it completely full and overflowing. Wasn’t what I expected for a mid August hike in Phoenix. I wonder if the increased traffic is the result of the easy access via the freeway now (?).

First time on this section of the Bursera trail. I actually liked it better than I thought I would. Saw my first speckled rattlesnake while exploring one of the high points along the ridge line. Their camouflage is finely attuned to the surroundings.

Came across a second speckled on the national trail, but he slipped under a rock before I could get a photo.

Light cloud cover, and a decent breeze along the Ridgeline kept temperatures relatively moderate, though it was starting to get toasty when I finished up about 10:30 AM.
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