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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
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Hiking6.88 Miles 936 AEG
Hiking6.88 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   3.08 mph
936 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
1st trip
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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
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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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