Needed a leg stretcher. Took Deb out to enjoy the day.
Poppies are poppin', brittlebush, a few Lupine, Fiddleneck and some of the ocotillo were flowering. In abundance were Scorpionweed (verified by the odor) and another one that looks very, very similar, only a slightly lighter purple, without the odor.
Plenty of families out enjoying the perfect weather.
Kind of random, but I really had the hankering for a night hike, and the Earthiest tagged along too. We headed out to start hiking about 9 pm at the TH, and thankfully the gate was not closed yet so we could park up closer to the start and not have to lug it from the road. Just did a quick hike to the top of Apache Vista to enjoy a tasty beverage or two, and then back down again. We made it off trail before 11 so we were even in compliance. ;) Surprisingly saw one guy mountain biking right as we got to the top. Fun little trip, gotta explore this option more. There was no moon, but with it being a bit overcast there was plenty of light coming off the clouds for us to navigate by, never even needed our headlamps.
I know why they call it sidewinder trail to get to the vista. Eeeek snakes I saw 2 the first I have seen since living here. Checking this hike off list for the phx5 challenge in Nov. Lots of mountain bikes on the trail this morning but lovely morning with the launch of the balloons. well traveled trail.
The chance of precip was too high up north so back to Plan B, get up early and hike locally. I am still in prep mode for my Glacier Park backpack in a few weeks. Kelly came up with this route. A very nice alternative to Shaw Butte and same amount of drive time. Note to self, for monsoon weather hiking you are just going to have to get up at 5 (I did 5:30 AM today).
I was grateful for cloud cover and the occasional breeze from time to time. I did pull out my umbrella for the last mile though. I heard some coyotes and the cicadas were out as I came off of Ridgeback Overlook where I had stopped to edit some photos and do a FB post. There were a few others on the trail including several bike riders and other hikers and a couple runners that were glistening. Yep, the humidity was a little intense. The trail was in real nice shape.
This is my first monsoon hike of any substance and I lived to tell about it.
Oh, this is the first time that I can remember not putting ice in my water... prefer the ice.
Short, after work jog. Went to the Apache Wash TH. Took the Sidewinder to the Apache Vista, did the lasso around the top of the hill and then came back on the Apache Wash Trail. Parking lot was full...20+ cars, a lot of bikers in evidence. But the trail I was was all hikers (5). Great day to be out, before the heat of summer arrives. No wildlife.
Nice 6 mile loop this morning out of Apache Wash Trailhead. One of the news channels mentioned fog in the valley this morning and I had good luck with fog between the ranges up here before. Unfortunately, that would not be the case today. None the less, still an excellent way to start the day. Too many people with misbehaving dogs today though. Almost got caught in a dog fight, twice!
Also, I took this opportunity to run Route Scout on my phone vs my Garmin GPS60 back to back and note the differences. My phone logged 5.71 miles and 941' AEG, the Garmin came up with 5.93 miles and 836' AEG. The extra AEG on the phone must be from repeatedly lifting from my pocket to my face to read all those super important emails and text messages
Well I got my new inserts today and decided to try them out. The trails weren't to busy today and the weather was perfect.
It was nice to get in a little longer hike and seeing so much more green than I am used to seeing.
I did see a few more birds as well.
My new inserts will take a little getting used to as my doctor found my left leg is almost a half inch shorter than my right leg. Now I am waiting for my new brace to go with it.
Today was all about Rowdy and the weather was as perfect as Rowdy could have asked for. We had cloudy skies all day with nice temperatures. We even got sprinkled on three different times. Now we never really got wet but we did get refreshed all three times who could ask for anything more.
We were taking a nice lunch break the first time it sprinkled on us and we did not move we just enjoyed it as we finished our lunch. The trails were really quiet today seen only one hiker and a couple of bike riders that was it. As far as wildlife birds only.
This was the hike that put Rowdy over 2000 miles for the year and it was perfect. This is really a nice hike for dogs.
Just time for a quick one in town today, so I thought I would try out some new trail. The trails out here are all really well manicured, but I think this must be a much better area for biking than hiking especially judging by who I found out on the trail. I made my way up the Apache Vista trail, cut around over to the Ridgeback Overlook, and then back to Apache Vista for one more up to try and squeeze as much elevation gain as I could for the hike. Hard to imagine these two 'peaks' were included in this year's version of the Phoenix Seven Summit Challenge, I feel like I would have gotten more effort out of the Hedgepeth Hills...I managed to keep a 3.7 mph+ pace even on the uphill sections without running at all. There are at least some nice views of the real mountains up in Cave Creek from here.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.