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Lookout Mountain Summit Trail #150Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking1.13 Miles 501 AEG
Hiking1.13 Miles      41 Mns   1.70 mph
501 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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What to do in less than an hour? I hadn't done this one in a while and it seemed a good one to celebrate 66. As I was gearing up some folks asked me, "Since it looks like you've hiked out here can you advise how to get to the top; we think it's only a mile." I said, "I've been hiking the area for about 20 years. It is a lot less than a mile and takes about 20 minutes; just stay to the left more or less and I'll keep an eye on you."

I was wondering how I would do on this mostly UP hike as I passed by the three Lookout newbies. I had a hunch, they wouldn't make it. I told one of the lead hikers that there is a little hand over climbing to get to the top. It does seem you get to that part faster so I wonder if the trail has been slightly altered. My quads seemed sore after my gym class yesterday; I don't know why that easiest of my classes gets me almost every time.

And ya, I hate this little part of climbing as the rock is jagged and I don't trust my balance as much anymore. As I got to the flat part of the top, two gals said you don't have much further and I said I knew as I do this hike a couple times a year. They then said, "we just free climbed up". But, of course, these two young things did that; why make me feel so unaccomplished :lol: .

I didn't climb up and over the little southern bump but headed for the actual summit. There were lots of butterflies. I did take the little bump on the way back down (always trying to add to the AEG, ha!). As I started the rocky down-section I saw someone come up to the right of me and he made it look easy so I decided to try this side. I think it was definitely the better route and took pictures in case others want to know where it is. This is the last of the rocky section up where you stay to the left.

Once I got down to the saddle the group of three was starting their descent. I remarked that the views are good from there as well and they agreed. I passed them by and finished off the hike and thot it was great that I finally get to hike in the afternoon. There were three other hikers making their way up.

WATCH: .96 miles (high 1614, low 2130 - .41 up, .46 down) avg bpm 145, max 183 (seems high) 58% at max, 27% at anaerobic and 13% at aerobic burning 281 calories. Starting temp 82.3 and 10% humidity finishing at 4:04PM
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