Another stay over in Chandler meant an easy drive to the Pyramid Trail Head. Before leaving for the hike did a short one mile dog jog which resulted in a left quad strain which was annoying all day, chalk it up to just another old age malady. Ended up making this a large lasso loop, went up Busera for a change instead of as usual coming down from the Gila connector. At least from above at the junction with Busera Canyon these trails are looking familiar to me. Cut over to the visible Gila Trail , took it and went up and past the Busera connector all the way back down to the junction of Pyramid. After reading the excellent guide about Cholla Flats Trail decided to try it , figuring at worse I would end up on my familiar Chandler Blvd Trail Only saw one other along this trail and they took one of the neighborhood side trails, by now it was heating up and I hoped to see an ambitious youngster with a lemonade stand in one of the many backyards I passed but alas no.Thought there was some nice 360 views of the surrounding workout trails visible, this trail is well signed, no shade however so even too warm for a spring day. Cruised back to the trail head on Pyramid. Surprised I’ve not seen a rattlesnake in South Mountain Park ! In fact no wildlife spotted today except a roadrunner with a lizard in its beak.
Unexpectedly called to stay over at my sons in Chandler then had the morning free so after the dog walking decided to check out Pyramid Trail as a workout hike, did it as an out and back to National. Already seemed warm by 0800 , met about a half dozen others mostly friendly coming down Pyramid. Noticed a nice Busera tree on the way up , my recognition ability is much improved , thanks L. Took the right fork at the split section then turned around a little ways up National at the viewpoint. As earlier in the week distant views were hazy. Took breaks due to a boot mishap with the insole and to remove items from my pack, surprisingly neither were counted by RS as a break? I can see how this is attractive as a workout but will leave it to the crazy folks to do this shadeless hike in the summer.Incredible number of rooftops seen on this urban hike. Looks like I figured out how to get RS on my trip log for the first time. Will be a memorable day for me including this enjoyable workout
Early start to beat the heat and get home for Easter activities. Got in most of the climb before sunrise. Talked to a couple different people with big packs on. Always enjoy hearing their plans. One doing part of the JMT and one couple doing the Catalina Island hike. Found someone’s car key. . Nice morning! Happy Easter!
Another training hike at South Mountain, combining a couple of loops 2x each. First up was the title loop - up Pyramid, across National and around on Bursera. Then hit up Eliminator coming down Lost Ranch Mine before heading back to the TH for lunch. After lunch did the same two loops, doing the first clockwise for a different view. Was a little warm, but not too bad - will definitely have to head to higher country this Sunday. A lot of folks in the AM, not too many in the PM. I didn't bother doing the little section up to Goat Hill, so subtracted that from my estimated mileage/AEG.
Two more big trainers before the first of the two upcoming GC dayhikes.
Same loop as last week. Started at 0530. Cool, cloudy, and breezy—felt perfect. Despite starting a little later, there weren’t many people out until the last half mile. Lots of coyotes howling while on Pyramid and National.
met fletch early afternoon for our monday hike
up lost ranch ruins, east on national, down eliminator
stats should be close, as i have a track for a descent down lost ranch mine
saw one mountain biker on the loop part
Pyramid/Bursera loop with Ranger and Goat Hill thrown in. Temps in the 40's and cloudy to start. Didn't take long for the sun to come out. South Mountain got some decent rain from this front (I got a little over half an inch at my house). Signs of runoff on the trails and quite a few puddles still out there. Saw a few wildflowers but not as many as a couple weeks ago.
The air is very clear now. Views of the Estrellas showed a lot more detail than usual. Steam rising from Palo Verde easily visible. Great day for a hike.
Pretty much the same as yesterday. Up Pyramid, west on National, down Lost Mine. Some light sprinkles for a couple of miles, and a little cooler. More people on Pyramid than yesterday, nobody else after the first couple of miles.
Started around 0515. Up Pyramid, west on National, down Lost Mine. Nice clouds. Breezy on the higher sections. Heard a lot of coyotes, one owl, and nine gunshots. Very few people out on this loop, going this direction, this early in the morning. A few more fallen saguaros, even since just last Friday.
Had to try out my new Garmin Fenix 5S. Took some adjusting to get used to the different button positions but I made good progress. I really like it. The Tactix I’ve been using still works but the band broke and I’ve had that for about eight years now. Time for something new.
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