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Horns Of DilemmaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2021
Hiking3.00 Miles 670 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs   27 Mns   1.22 mph
670 ft AEG
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I thot it would be nice to extend our hiking day after the New Year's gathering at the Canyon Lake Massif and this supposedly short hike would fit the bill. And it did for the most part except that one of the routes I downloaded had us bushwhacking up a slippery hill when there was no need. Our track on the way back was the best way to do this hike. On the way there the Horns always seemed far away even as we got closer.

We meandered up the hill via the road and then off road we went up and over... well kind of. We actually backtracked a bit and went to the right to stay closer to the track we had downloaded. This would happen again trying to stay true to the track. Pam stopped at the top of the hill and the rest of us continued on making our way to the creek area. Tom saw a path across the creek so we took that instead of hiking in the dry creek. There is a short time you end up back in the creek but then can grab the path again to the left.

We should have stayed on this track but instead saw what looked like a nice trail on the other side so we took that for awhile. We ended crossing back over the creek again to get back on the original path. However, Terry looks at the track, and Larry agrees, that we need to be on the other side of this hill to our right so up we all trod :sweat: . We eventually came to the area on top that is pretty much right in front of the Horns. Here we encounter a couple hikers and Larry and I asked them about the route they had taken. We would take that back the whole way.

Meanwhile you drop into a drainage area for a little bit before spotting the cairn for the route up. The route is fairly visible and there are cairns here and there. It's not too bad getting up to the saddle where Tom was waiting. The other two were already up on the Horns. Larry and I headed on up. We saw the other two coming down but couldn't quite figure out their route so once we were partially up we came down. By this time Tom had gone up the path and tried to climb up to the saddle but couldn't quite manage that last leg up so to speak. We continued along the north side of the Horns and then up from the west side to where the other two had gone.

And after checking out the views, we headed back down and took the route the other two hikers had pointed out and discussed. We made very good time though this path does fade a bit here and there and has some off-shoots but if you stay nearer the creek, you're good to go. Before you knew it, we were up the last hill and over to the jeep road. Pam was there to make sure we made it safely.

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Even though the Massif Horns hike was under 5 miles; I burned a lot of calories. Good thing we got cookies for fuel. I did not stop the WATCH record so both hikes show: 4.79 miles in 5:24 (includes party time) avg bpm 119, max bpm 178 (1 hr at max 5, 1:20 at anaerobic , 1:22 at aerobic, 1:14 weight control and 14 min at low intensity) Burned 1705 calories. Start temp 45.7 with haze and 28% humidity.
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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