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Pass Mountain RidgelinePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 01 2020
adilling
Hiking3.50 Miles 975 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles
975 ft AEG
 
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I decided to head out to see if I could catch a sunset and also the moonrise of the full moon at the same time. Pass Mountain seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

I arrived at 5pm at the Wind Cave TH and started up. It was hot, but the sun was down lower and it wasn't that bad. I made my way past the Wind Cave and started up to the ridgeline. The white paint is still there on the trail to the top and now there's some newer blue arrows all over the place on the way up. The path is pretty clear, but someone felt compelled to mark the trail every twist and turn.

Once on the ridgeline I found a nice spot that could see both sides and waited. The sunset was very subtle and muted because of all the haze/smoke/dust. No vibrant sunstars on this day. No clouds either, so it was a ho-hum sunset. The haze did make the sun very "photogenic" though.

After the sunset I moved over slightly and started setting up for the moon rise. I had calculated it would rise right over the mountain. Unfortunately, my little tripod decided to break a leg as I was setting it up. I watched the moon slowly rise above the mountain. I took quite a few handheld shots, but most of them turned out blurry. Oh well, it was nice to see the moon rise.

A nice way to spend an early evening for sure. Not many critters on the trail. There were some bees up on the ridgeline. I had to move away from my original location near the summit of the southern peak. A dark hike down. I saw one other hiker going down on the way up and another fellow came up to the summit while I was there and turned around an went right back down.
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