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Shaw Butte Towers Loop, AZ
mini location map2022-10-26
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Shaw Butte Towers Loop, AZ 
Shaw Butte Towers Loop, AZ
 
Hiking5.67 Miles 980 AEG
Hiking5.67 Miles   2 Hrs   10 Mns   2.72 mph
980 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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I had to get the mail so I planned to do this hike on the way back. It appears they won't be able to fix our box for two months :( . At the North Mountain VC, when I initially got out of Tonto 3 I thot I may have erred in doing an afternoon hike, but as it turned out, the temperature seemed pleasant enough.

I hiked counterclockwise and as usual, as I go up I give myself the right to bail if I don't have it. I am still trying to get up to snuff with the elevation part of my hiking. I'm also trying to hit all of my normal city hikes that I think keep me in shape. Happily, I did pretty well on the hills so I felt pretty good. I also hiked to the other towers as it's so close as you wrap around the backside (west).

Once I started rounding the old Cloud 9 motel area, the trail deteriorated substantially and was this way all the way until the bottom on the southeast side. I tried to take a photo of one section that is now very wide but the shadows made it hard to see. Needless to say, it was very slow going.

I was surprised to see as many hikers as I did during this time frame; one fellow with a backpack and puffing pretty hard coming up that back hill. Sunday I saw a hiker with a backpack too so apparently folks have some big trips coming up. There were probably about 1/2 dozen lizards and I saw quite a few quail in the lower section near the VC. I took the longer trail back.

In the parking lot, I had my beer and opened my mail. Holy Cow! have you seen that booklet on what and who we are voting for this election :o . Sheesh. And of course, all the political advertisements in all sorts of shapes and sizes and colors.

WATCH: 1:42-3:51PM, 5.45 miles, 1469-2267 elevation, 138 avg bpm/166 max. 47% Zone 5 maximum, 44% Zone 4 anaerobic, 9% Zone 3 aerobic burning 928 calories. Temp 71.9 Sunny degrees and only 19% humidity :)
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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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