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Phoenix Mountain Preserve Loop clockwise, AZ
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Phoenix Mountain Preserve Loop clockwise, AZ 
Phoenix Mountain Preserve Loop clockwise, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 03 2021
tibber
Hiking6.68 Miles 1,192 AEG
Hiking6.68 Miles   2 Hrs   27 Mns   2.84 mph
1,192 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Wanted to get a little elevation in today and also take advantage of the mild morning temp. It seemed a bit humid for the first mile. As usual I didn't quite take the path I wanted to hook up with 8 but I got there. I never seem to take the same trail. There was some shade as I got closer to the west side of the eastern mountains. This trail is a little rocky and since I've been spoiled with hiking in the Sonoran Preserves, it was a bit annoying. Made it up to the saddle and then enjoyed the new switchback they have taking you down the south side. It's not really new but I remember the old deep ditch so well.

And then it was up the old road with its little ditches or deep ruts to the pavement that takes you to Ruth. I still miss the old gate for the house; a new gate has still not been put in but I don't know that anyone lives there anymore. It looks like some structures may have been removed. The satellite visual still shows it with the old gate.

I always like Ruth's trail. I see they have closed off the one little hill to the left (southwest). I decided to head to the top of Ruth's trail before backtracking to go down 8A. There were a few people along the way before I climbed into the deep wash where I encountered a long garter snake that was taking its time getting to its rock cave. Headed out of the wash and west to 304 to VOAZ. There is this one area with saguaros that I always admire and there was some low lying saguaro blooms that I started to take pictures of and then a hummingbird came. I was surprised to see when I got home that I got two good pictures.

Now to head up 304 and crossover to VOAZ. I felt pretty strong and thot back to certain times when these climbs would seem harder and take me longer. Now I almost enjoy them. Not that this was a tough climb by any means. Over I went and down around and over to the north side and up and over and around to the TH. However, as I got to the saddle of the first of those north hills the bees fired up and I heard them off and on for about another 1/2 mile or more. One of these times when I come over that last hill I'm going to run down to Kathy and Karl's for a break.... I'd call first. Along the way (36th St area) I see they now have a new fence and posted private property where someone has put in a nice desert oasis of some sort.

Other observations: Seemed lightly hazy all the way around in the distance. The most hummingbirds I've seen on a hike, about 7 or 8. It seemed to be no leash day. However, I was impressed with this one fellow and his leash-less dogs as they pulled off the trail and he asked them to sit and they did. But I think the dogs seemed a little tired. Nonetheless, never seen anything like that before.

I enjoyed my Grand Canyon Brewery Prickly Pear beer at 9:30; very refreshing. Then on the way home I got fuel for Tonto 3 and fuel for me in the form of a frozen cappuccino which I haven't had in ages. They also remodeled the Q-T. I seem to go inside much less since I retired.

WATCH: 6.5 miles. 129 avg bpm with a max of 152 bpm. 25% at Zone 5, 41% at Zone 4, 30% at Zone 3, 3% Zone 2 burning 845 calories. Starting temp 66.1 and 29% humidity finishing at 9:29AM.
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saguaros blooming, a few barrels blooming
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