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Shaw Butte Towers Loop, AZ
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Shaw Butte Towers Loop, AZ 
Shaw Butte Towers Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2021
Hiking5.32 Miles 990 AEG
Hiking5.32 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   2.78 mph
990 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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Had an appt for the afternoon so wanted to do something close by. It's been six months since I last did a version of this double tower loop. I always feel it's a good judge of my hiking acumen. Counter clockwise, I did fairly well up the 1/2 dozen hills to the first tower loop. I did try to stay near the limited shade. I was, once again, surprised at the amount of hikers I saw at around this 10AM time frame. I don't mind so much as the trail is pretty wide so it's easy for people to pass by either direction.

I appreciated the nice trail for the most part. It's just so much better than a good part of that Gateway Loop I did on Monday. There was a worker up at the western towers but I didn't see him so he must have been deep in the building. The haze to the south was quite significant and it wrapped its way toward the White Mountains too. I got a couple pictures trying to zoom to downtown, altho my camera wasn't cooperating with this request.

I only saw two other people on my way down the south side to the east trail that takes you north to the VC. I probably saw 1/2 dozen people from there. There was a breeze off and on so that made the hike more pleasant. I made it back to Tonto 3 for my reward, the last of my Huckleberry beer from Gt Northern Brewing before starting on the stash my cousin got me in Montana this summer.

WATCH: 5.2 miles (lowest pt 1393, highest 2177) avg bpm 134, high 166. 39% at Max, 34% at Anaerobic, 24% at Aerobic burning 805 calories (Wendy's med choc frosty, here I come). 1.53 ascent, 1.21 descent starting with 66.1 degrees and 34% humidity, finishing at 11:29AM
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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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