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Goat Hill Loop via Pyramid / Bursera Arizona, AZ
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Goat Hill Loop via Pyramid / Bursera Arizona, AZ 
Goat Hill Loop via Pyramid / Bursera Arizona, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2020
rayhuston
Hiking10.86 Miles 2,325 AEG
Hiking10.86 Miles   4 Hrs   25 Mns   2.66 mph
2,325 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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South Mountain roller coaster :y:

I took the loop in a clockwise direction. I've only done a variation of this loop once before, January 2017, in a CCW direction. Ascending the Bursera trail at the end of that hike wore me out, so I decided to get Bursera out of the way first. The slog up National seemed like it was never going to end, but what a great workout.

Goat Hill was next, then the hard part was over. A couple of miles zooming along the ridge was fun. After one last short ascent on National a quarter mile before the Pyramid trail, the rest of the hike is mostly downhill. By then, I was ready for downhill.

I crossed paths with @JuanJaimeiii at the top of Pyramid just as he was powering up the last few yards. Good to see you John!

The weather was cool when I started at 7:00am, a little warm at the end when I finished. Smoke and haze dominated the skies. My throat was getting raw towards the end and I was wheezy. Nevertheless, it was a great hike and a great workout.

My phone isn't tracking miles and elevation correctly, so I used the guide stats.
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