After work hike. Was suppose to be a jog, but once again I wasn't feeling it halfway through the run . Started from the Evelynn Hallman park. Jogged down the canal and over to Hole in the Rock. Then to get some more mile continued northwest following user trails that led to the next large mountain/hill. Had to cross a street to get to the mountain. Initial thought was to jog around the mountain, but ended up doing all the user trails between the main trail that loops the mountain and the road that I had to cross. This had me doing a couple of user trails that paralleled the road rather closely. Followed them as they turned in a more westward direction and then looped back without ever getting on the main trail or circling the mountain. The "loop" that I did took place entirely on the east side of the mountain. This involved some low lying hills that I normally would coast right over. Not today . I ended up walking the last mile back to the TH.
4am departure from Safford to Phoenix.
Started the day with Lookout Mountain Summit - Short & sweet with a great early morning view from the top.
Then a drive over to Papago Park - Tomb Trail, Hole in the Rock & a walk up to Desert Botanical Garden. It was free admission day, but way too many people crowding in so we skipped the garden and headed back to Papago for a walk around the park.
Next up was a drive out to Tempe - Parked and walked up & down Mill Ave stopping at Starbucks for a quick energy boost before climbing up Hayden Butte. We then ended with a walk across Mill Ave bridge and down along Tempe Town Lake.
Last stop of the day was dinner at Nando's Mexican Cafe (A+) in Gilbert before the drive back home.
Pulled back into Safford just before 8pm ending a very enjoyable day trip!
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.