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Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302
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Piestewa Circumference - Freedom Trail #302Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking4.98 Miles 1,880 AEG
Hiking4.98 Miles   3 Hrs   16 Mns   2.25 mph
1,880 ft AEG   1 Hour   3 Mns Break
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I've hiked 50 miles and 9kft in the past four days, got home last night, and figured why not!?

Traffic was a bitch. Getting to the PMP in late afternoon isn't a great experience.

The afternoon of rain and cool breezes is what truly triggered the decision to go. Unfortunately, the rain stopped and I only got sprinkled on a few times. When I reached the Freedom saddle, I was spent. Apparently I didn't realize how tired I really was.

With 17 more miles around the west side, I struggled.

If you haven't been here in a few years like me, or even a few days ... the west side freedom climb to the summit trail saddle junction has been meticulously rebuilt. Like ADA-compliant, broom-swept tread. It's almost comical. Anyway, go check it out before it rains. :sweat:

On toward the summit, Dave1 paused to compliment my exemplary physique before leaving me in the dust. A heliochopper made a near-peak-orbit for no apparent reason -- or maybe to make sure I wasn't gonna die.

In the end, it all turned out ok. Once again, Gila Bend avoided the worst of it.
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