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Double Tops Ridgeback - Apache Vista, AZ
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Double Tops Ridgeback - Apache Vista, AZ 
Double Tops Ridgeback - Apache Vista, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2021
Hiking6.88 Miles 936 AEG
Hiking6.88 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   3.08 mph
936 ft AEG      1 Min Break
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I was hoping I would feel like doing this route as I wanted. What did Alexa say: 79 and 45% humidity. Humidity was a little higher than I hoped but the skies were overcast so off I went. On the way, I noticed an Ironwood or could have been a Desert Orchid tree was blooming and would notice another on the way back; what a surprise as they are spring bloomers.

Not many cars at the trailhead; I keep forgetting it's not a weekend. Off I went with the sun breaking through just a little but there was a bit of a breeze. I could see the south Sonoran Preserve mountains lit up so grabbed a picture as I headed toward Ridgeback Peak. I saw a few hikers before the junction.

There was a bit of a breeze as I climbed Ridgeback. I did a pretty good job of that so I was glad. I decided to do an R2R of the peak so after I topped the peak and went down to the Ridgeback Trail Jct; I went back over the top and around to the first junction and then continued on the Ridgeback Trail. As I got near the bottom an older fellow passed me and said I was keeping a good pace and I said, "ya, cuz I'm going downhill" :lol: . It was interesting that the next few hikers were older men so I figured at this time in the AM, maybe this time slot was for those over 65, ha!

I continued on my way noticing lots of leafed out ocotillo; they were really pretty in this light so I took quite a few pictures. I was a little surprised at how many people I encountered on this side of Ridgeback and Sidewinder Trails, about six, as I rarely see anyone on this part of the trail. As I make my way on the north side of the Sidewinder I am always on the lookout for that rattler I met up with earlier this year.

I headed up the Sidewinder to Apache Vista Peak. I saw probably 1/2 dozen hikers on this and last stretch to the trailhead. I figured as long as the weather was so good, I would double the Peak. I could see clearly in all distances under this overcast sky. On the east side of Sidewinder I decided to call my brother so for this part of the hike I was doing the turn from the wind to talk and walk forward when I was listening so it slowed down my pace for the last mile. I was doing the phone call on my ear buds thus the wind noise was loud for my brother to hear.

Anyway, a great hike for me today.

WATCH: 6.61 miles, 2211 feet. 133 avg bpm, 164 max. 37% at Zone 5 max, 36% at Zone 4 anaerobic, 26% at Zone 3 aerobic burning 919 calories (Panda Express here I come :D ). Starting temp 78.8, 43% humidity finishing at 10:20AM.
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Ocotillos leafing out
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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