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Phoenix Sonoran Preserve N Highpoints - Apache, AZ
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Phoenix Sonoran Preserve N Highpoints - Apache, AZ 
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve N Highpoints - Apache, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 09 2021
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Hiking7.88 Miles 976 AEG
Hiking7.88 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   3.22 mph
976 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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I actually got started 15 minutes earlier as I managed to get up at 6AM :o , first time I've gotten up that early for a hike in a long time. As I was driving to the TH I saw a thick narrow and low haze to the east and north and then I smelled smoke. I was thinking I may have to change my hike plan but fortunately, I didn't smell it at the TH as it already seemed to be dissipating. Some of the hot air balloons flew right over the Sonoran Parkway so I tried to get some pics. I also got some pics of the balloons to the east before I started my hike and you'll be able to see that haze. Sure was weird.

Well this route wasn't exactly what I had in mind as I actually wanted to do the Apache Vista Peak and then the Apache Wash Loop. Instead I ended up doing the highpoints with Apache Wash.

I was pleased that it was still pretty cool when I started my counterclockwise hike up the Sidewinder Trail altho there was minimal breeze. I climbed up Apache Vista Peak which is a piece of cake for me at this time; guess I should enjoy that feeling. Ridgeback would be the same :) . On my way down I heard a Hang Glider and then I saw it and grabbed some photos, and then another showed up so I was able to get the twofer shots.

After coming off the west side of the Sidewinder I took the Apache Wash Trail north. This was my first time on this trail which really is surprising considering how much I've hiked out here. I really liked this Apache Wash Trail as it goes in and out of the wash as it heads east and then North to join up with either the Apache Wash Loop or a Connector to the Sidewinder which is what I ended up doing. It was then that I decided to do the Ridgeback.

I connected up with the Sidewinder Trail and took it to the junction with the Ridgeback Trail. There was a nice breeze until I started up the side of the mountain. Got to see a couple beautiful horses with their riders. I got up the hill and Ridgeback Overlook Trail peak fairly easily. The two switchback corners are surprisingly long for corners. At the junction with the Ocotillo Trail, there were three columnar saguaros with blooms on their sides so I got some photos.

On my way down I debated going back via the Apache connector and do the Sidewinder east over to the TH. I figured I better take advantage of these temps while I can so I did do the additional mileage but didn't do the Peak. It was a little warmer than I like and I was thinking about that Prickly Pear beer; even though it was before my 9:30 timeline but with another mile or so it would be 9:15 so close enough :D .

WATCH: 7.62 miles. 133 avg BPM, 158 max. 28% in Zone 5, 45% in Zone 4, 24% in Zone 3, 2% in Zone 2 burning 991 calories (Frozen Cappuccino coming my way!). Temp at start 64.3 and 34% humidity (felt that for sure) finishing at 9:14AM.
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Saguaros and Ironwoods were blooming as were a few Compass Barrels and some Palo Verdes.
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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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