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Saguaro Trail #50 - Hawes
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Saguaro Trail #50 - HawesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 19 2021
adilling
Hiking2.20 Miles 332 AEG
Hiking2.20 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   1.65 mph
332 ft AEG
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After ignoring my alarm at 0345am earlier in the day in hopes of a sunrise hike, I still wanted to get in a hike. With the temps hovering above 110, I opted for the short and sweet variety. I parked on the pullout area east of Granite Reef and started up.

I had been hydrating all day and was expecting to really feel the heat, but surprisingly, it wasn't as bad as I thought. I brought 2 liters of water and did not drink any of while hiking. I did completely chug the Poweraide I had in my little cooler afterwards though....ha ha.

The trail is a short hike up the hills overlooking Red Mountain and Granite Reef. A mountain bike trail in very good condition. I did not see a soul out on the trail, as most people possess much more sense than I. My goal was to hike up about a mile or so, take a few pictures and then hike back down. An easy 2 milers for my daily exercise.

I saw some horses in the river and some kayakers shadowing them close to Granite Reef. Lots of traffic below on the Bush Highway. After reaching the 2nd little summit and taking some pictures, I bushwhacked down looking for future photo locations as this entire area has amazing views of Granite Reef Dam, the river, Red Mountain, Camelback Mountain and the McDowells. In better sunset conditions, this would be a truly amazing spot for viewing a sunset.

After hiking back down, I saw a little color from the afterglow of the sunset, so I stopped at Granite Reef and took a few longer exposures of the river and the mountain. The bats were very happy with the explosion of mosquitos coming out for their nightly vampire search for blood. A few found me and I cut my photo session short.

Not the hike I wanted to do and not the vibrant sunset I was hoping for, but I did manage to burn off a few calories and take a few pictures.
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