Humid hike this morning but the breeze and the clouds made up for it. Everything smelled so good after the rains and is green and lush. I saw so many butterflies and even a rattlesnake out there! And a beautiful crested saguaro. Had a quick side trip to the balanced rock of course!
Nice workout hike this morning in Flagstaff! I have had this one on my list for a while but weekends are crazy, but weekdays aren't so bad. Nice hike, nice temperature, but mostly exposed so lots of sun most of the way. The steepness and rocks/steps will kill your knees and ankles but the payoff is worth it. The second half of the hike is better and more shaded with pines and aspens which is lovely. The fire damage is evident, will be back!
Fun hike to the waterfalls and streams on Barnhardt #43. I have never been here before, I'm glad I finally made it!
I imagined it wouldn't be crowded here in the middle of the week and I was right. Only saw one other person the whole day! A little humid and warm when I finished the hike, but I kept dipping my neck gaiter in the cool stream and it was wonderful! A very pretty day and fun hike! I'll have to go further down the trail next time!
Quick hike before it got hot. At the top, good views all around. Some haze in the skies this morning. More people than usual for this mountain, but never too crowded. In a wash near the bottom of the hill, I saw what could be a gopher snake chase a pack rat. Pack rat got away and the snake missed his chance for a tasty breakfast. Not sure about the snake, but at least it wasn't rattling!
Warm morning for a hike, but it's not hotter than Hades yet. I'm still able to hike in town without getting up before the sun. Quieter this morning on the trails, maybe most were out to brunch for Mom. At the top, you can see the haze everywhere except where it should be. Downtown. Plenty of fires burning which is such a shame. You could smell the smoke in the air. We need rain.
Parked at Dreamy Draw Park and headed thru the tunnel to other side of the freeway. Much quieter over here and still good scenery and hiking. Climbed a couple peaks along the way near trail 100 and a couple more at sw terminus of the Stoney Mountain Ridgeline. Nice area and nice views!
Didn't want to do much this weekend so I hit neighborhood hike Lookout! I've been hiking here since the late '70s and this was the busiest I've seen it. Not Camelback busy, but busy anyways. Lot of families (big groups) hiking. And why not? It's a very pretty day and the visibility was not bad. Unfortunately no wildflowers and maybe less bees.
I just did the 5 summits and looped around the south side on the lowest path. Always a good time!
Hauled out some trash, kicked some cairns, and witnessed a young couple pick up their dog's poop and drop the bag right in front of me! I yelled out but they didn't hear me. Oh well! Also, more trail cutting which I don't understand. I'll get off my soapbox now.
Got out for quick exercise this morning at a mountain close to home. Meant to go up the backside first but missed the turn so I joined everyone walking up the road.
Visited 3 summits on top and then went down the other side before connecting the loop and heading back to the NMVC.
When I got back, the parking lot was completely full! I hadn't seen that before today! More new hikers I guess and lots of families out today. Oh well, can't blame them. Nice weather!
Nice hike in the McDowell's this morning to explore a part of the Preserve I haven't been to yet. Nobody in the parking lot when I started at 7:00, but was only 1/4 full when I returned. Added the Taliesin Overlook and Quartz hill for extra as well. Walked all the way to the end of the trail just below Thompson PK. Ends at a nice rock wall that would be spectacular after rains. Saw not many people but 2 mule deer and one dead javelina. Peaceful and serene when you are near the end of the trail. Had my lunch and headed out. Very breezy this morning and no wildflowers.
Decided to take it easy this weekend by hiking something tame close to home. I love stoney mountain and want to hike the entire ridge someday. This is the extreme SW portion of it in a previously unexplored part of the Preserve for me. Lots of pretty scenery and no crowds or noise once you get away from Dreamy Draw and the freeway. Very fun!
Good hike in the McDowell Mountains this morning! Linked Gateway, Windgate, the Lookout, East End, and Desert Parks trails. Good trainer hike, beautiful, and and quiet coming back on Desert Parks. Fun!
Short, brisk hike near home this morning. Started off cool, but warmed up quickly. Not too busy, at least while I was hiking. More people as I was leaving though. It's amazing how well the visibility is out there as the previous couple of storms cleaned everything up beautifully. Hit all summits and almost 2 loops! I knocked a few cairns down! Always a good time!
Quick neighborhood hike for exercise this morning. Cold. Started off near freezing and in the shadow of the mountains most of the time, but quickly warmed up. Managed to make a nice lollipop loop out of 8, 8A, 8B, and 304. Nice to see most people kindly stepping aside on the trail and covering their faces. Lots of friendly folks out there today! Still some haze but getting better.
Great morning to get outside and enjoy a walk. Wanted some extra distance and something that had fewer people and I found it. I have done Lookout connector before, but this time I didn't lose the trail. I took #25 the whole way to the mountain, and then up the mountain, caught #150 and hit the summit. On the way down, I visited the West Summit before heading down the mountain. Rather than go through the golf course again, I took the alternate #25A back to the road then back to the NMVC. I don't think there's a sign for #25A, but I'm sure I was on it. The city website has a map showing both routes. Anyway, great day and good exercise!
Time for my periodical trip out to Deems and Pyramid. Always a fun day walking around!
Wanted to test out my new phone and its camera in different modes. Works good! Especially the sunrise shots.
I took the faint use trail up to the saddle of Pyramid, because I had never been there before, wanting to know if the South side was climbable. Got halfway up and found that it wasn't.
So I went around and up my usual way. The summit register and flag are gone, I wonder what happened to them?
It's amazing how many people park by the canal and go into state land these days. And the no parking signs are all but ignored.
They even put a port a john past the road closed sign! Lots of bikers and motorcycles out today. Even a boulderer with his mat heading out. Pyramid is always interesting!
BTW: my AEG gets messed up on Route Scout lately. The other apps have it about 1,300 AEG.
Beautiful, cool day so I decided to visit the Thumb all the way from Gateway Trailhead. Fun.
Started at 6:45 am and not too crowded at all. By the time I turned off Gateway trail, I pretty much had complete solitude until I reached the turn off for the thumb. Lots of people at the thumb including some rock climbers climbing the thumb and other various boulders. Took a short break, then headed back. Quiet again until I hit the hordes of hikers on the Gateway trail. Beautiful day to be out and a great workout. South side of the Toms Thumb trail is pretty and doesn't see as many people. Great scenery.
Came here to stretch my legs this morning and pack on a little mileage since I haven't been very active this summer. I haven't been out here much before, so it was nice to check out something different. Got here early, not many crowds yet and the weather was beautiful. I will come back and try the ridgeline on Pass MT next time!
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