Bursera-National-Pyramid loop, with a side to Goat Hill. Great temps and breeze, very clear air. Lots of people on Pyramid. My legs felt better than I thought they would after yesterday's hike. Nice day.
Out of work a little early so I squeezed in a few extra miles. Solid loop. I like that far west end where National starts to climb. Very dark back there. Saw some spiders, centipedes and scorpions on the trail. Warm night. Shorts and tank top throughout.
Finally found a little time to get outdoors and headed for South Mountain. It was a perfect day. Sunny and cool. I started on Bursera trail because there were a lot of people out on Pyramid. When I got near the top I saw the connector trail that drops down to the Gila trail and noticed that it continues past Gila trail on up towards National trail. Normally I go up Gila and come back Bursera and so I never noticed the trail continuing North of Gila. I always like the trail less traveled, so I headed up. It was fairly steep, but not as bad as Eliminator, and it led to a pretty little plateau below and parallel to National trail. It was also not that far to go to get up to the main ridge since it starts at least half way up. Looking up at National I could see a lot of people - it looked like a parade! Eventually I got to a junction that led to Lost Ranch trail and I almost took that back down, but decided instead to go the rest of the way up to National trail. I took National towards the East and saw many, many people going West. I noticed many of them were wearing the same olive colored shirt, and figured out that this was the day for the National Trail Trek. Once the mystery was solved I decided not to spend too much more time on National and took Eliminator back down to the trailhead. I really like this route and plan to do it again.
Been sick all week, so keeping the hikes fairly short. Had to get out and enjoy the cool weather though. Super clear air, and a nice breeze. Up Bursera, then west on Gila over to National. National back east, then down Lost Mine.
Started at 0515, finished at 0915. Enough moonlight to where I didn't need a headlamp at all. I scared a couple of javelinas along Bursera, and they quickly ran away, would have been too dark to try and get a pic anyway. Quick side trip up to Goat Hill. Only saw people for the last two miles or so.
Christmas evening exercise hike with Linda. Weather was great, shorts and t-shirt all night. We took Bursera up to National, a stop at Goat Hill, then back down on Pyramid. Not many people out on the trails, at all. The highlight of the night was the neverending sunset.
First time in ages hiking in AZ. Pleasantly warm but not too hot day. Hardly anyone on the trail. Glad to get back out again. Took Bursera trail down to where it crosses the wash, then decided to check out the new housing development under construction. The roads are all in and paved, but didn't see a lot of construction on houses close to the trail. Living here would be great for hiking South Mountain. For the return I stayed on the North side of the wash and followed the Gila trail back. It's a much more gradual slope than Bursera and doesn't gain quite as much elevation.
I was searching for a shorter loop to do on South Mountain. This was a nice three hour hike. Everything was brown and yellow, and it was pretty hot out with no breeze. Still, any day is a beautiful day to be on the trail, and we had an excellent time! At least we didn't see any rattlesnakes, which is always a plus. One of our party was not particularly happy about the steepness and narrow nature of the Lost Ranch Ruins trail, but I loved it. I had not been on that trail before, and I love to try new trails, yippee!!! A great hike.
This was a new SoMo loop for me. Warmer this evening but not too bad. The brighness of the moon made contours visible at night, which I always like. I also enjoyed Bursera, nice little uphill on the backside. Great end to a long day.
I was originally going to head over for my annual Camelback hike, but decided I wanted to get more mileage than that today. I started out around 7:30 and headed up Bursera. East on National with a quick stop on Goat Hill, then down Pyramid. There were quite a few people out enjoying the weather today, and I exchanged phone numbers for a future hike with a nice couple who were hiking on Pyramid.
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