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Phoenix Mountain Preserve Loops, AZ
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Phoenix Mountain Preserve Loops, AZ 
Phoenix Mountain Preserve Loops, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2020
Hiking7.38 Miles 1,342 AEG
Hiking7.38 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   2.49 mph
1,342 ft AEG      1 Min Break
Route Scout GPS Route Recorded on Route Scout View
Wow, what's up with this: Clouds. A nice breeze. Cool temp. Is Fall really here? Trick or Treat👻🧹👺🎃

I had a couple different routes in mind but wanted to tackle 8B so today was the day. From 38th St TH I headed for VOAZ which is a favorite of many of us who hike out here. From there it was over to 304. Saw a bunch of bike riders resting at the junction. In fact, quite a few bike riders and hikers, leashed and unleashed dogs were out this morning but there was also a lot of time when it was just me.

I haven't hiked up 8B in so long that I don't remember the last time. I had planned to come at it from 8 but changed my mind and followed 304 all the way to Joe's parking lot and then cut over to 8B and started heading up. It has a couple steep areas but not as bad as I remember from coming down it the last time.

Once you get to the saddle there are lots of people as this is an intersection where you have a few different choices. Mine would be the lovely Ruth Hamilton over to the paved hill. Today I could see all the way to Picketpost from the paved hill. They have planted some palo verde trees along side the road and have taken down the sign that used to be at the driveway of this house so maybe it sold. I guess time will tell.

I always think it is down hill from the house but there is a little up before the downhill ensues. And instead of taking 8A to the TH, it was so nice, I decided to extend my route and continued to the west and toward 8 once again. I ended up on the lower part of 1A. As I headed off the north side of 1A it seems they have laid a bunch of new rock on the hill part; it's a pain to walk downhill on. Once I hit the first junction I went down the steep little hill and around and up across Happy Hour Ridge and back to the TH. That last part of the hill up to the ridge is steep but very short. I haven't taken it in a while either so I was glad to check that one off. On the way down I saw two lizards.

Now I would start encountering more bike riders and hikers and something I haven't seen before; a gal was walking (leading) her horse.

I forgot my beer again ](*,) and I thot of it last nite but forgot to remind Alexa. Oh well, one of these times I'll remember.

Watch: 7.17 miles in 2:58. Avg speed 2.4 MPH, Avg heart rate 132 BPM, max 159. (52 minutes at Max (5), 1 hr 8 min at Anaerobic (4) and 56 min at aerobic (3)) 1222 calories burned. 62.5 degrees at 32% humidity (definitely felt the humidity) at 10:39AM.
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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