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North Mountain and Shaw Butte Tower Hills, AZ
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North Mountain and Shaw Butte Tower Hills, AZ 
North Mountain and Shaw Butte Tower Hills, AZ
 
Hiking8.40 Miles 1,651 AEG
Hiking8.40 Miles   3 Hrs   3 Mns   2.78 mph
1,651 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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I slightly deviated from my original plan, mostly because my legs were still sore from Barbell class on Sat AM; we did lots of squats and I hadn't done Barbell for a couple weeks. Tried my new pants and shirt and sunglasses; all seemed to fit fine. I'm trying to find sunglasses that are less thick so I'm trying the skinny rim glasses.

I took the inner trail to come onto North Mountain rather than the trail 100 by the road. It gives one a chance to warm up before hitting the unforgiving up of North Mountain. There weren't hoards of people out this afternoon but I was rarely alone for too long. I struggled more than I like getting up those hills; not sure if it was related to sore legs or not.

It was very clear in every direction and on the way down, I noticed geology I hadn't noticed before; it was in the shade and maybe that's why. As I made my way down I came up with a plan B so rather than going up the south side of Shaw Butte, I would go up the regular way on the north side. On the way over, I started noticing and hearing all sorts of quail for the rest of the hike; must be a Quail Coveyntion at Shaw Butte.

They have added a wall of rocks at the bottom of the Shaw Butte Trail; must have been part of that construction that they were doing but I can't remember when that was. I assume it's for water control of some sort? I still like that little bit of pavement they added on that first hill as it used to get so rutty and hard to hike. The Foothills Palo Verde Xmas tree is now bigger and it appears the ornaments are bigger as well. The next long hill is just that, for me anyway, long. I just kept my head down and tried to find the easiest path.

My goal was just to get to the top of the main tower hill but I did manage to convince myself to go to the western tower hill too. I find myself doing that a lot, ready to settle for smaller goals but being able to attain the end game despite the bail out options. On the way down I even managed to pass two couples; but they didn't have a Huckleberry beer waiting like I did :lol: .

I took the dam route back and wasn't sure if there was new equipment for water monitoring or not so I took a picture. I also noticed two ground reference? markers and in honor of @FLYING_FLIVER I took their pictures. It looks like there was additional work around this area with some rock and a dirt build up on either side of the trail.

WATCH: the map is back and this time it was satellite so very cool. 8.33 miles (highest point 2221, lowest 1470) avg bpm 136, max 164 (These calculations seem to have changed after the latest update last week - 21% at Zone 4, 34% at Zone 3 and 42% at Zone 2) burning 1279 calories. Starting temp is certainly wrong at 47.7 (at 1:51PM Phx weather showed 70 and that's what Alexa said when I left home). The watch showed 50% humidity (I knew the humidity was high but I don't think it was that high, Phx weather said 24%, so did Alexa) finishing at 4:53 PM.
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