Monday, October 18, 2010
It was 7 miles from top to bottom, and then from there, it's 14 miles to the top via the North Kaibab Trail... only 14 miles.
Gotta stop the blisters before they start.
We hiked a bit more and stopped to eat again a couple hours later.
About the time we saw this chopper flying through the canyon, we were hoping they had sent it for us... or at least I was.
Cottonwood Campground is the halfway point on the North Kaibab, meaning there's only 7 miles left! I was wishing I hadn't used to much energy coming down the South trail so fast earlier. But the Canyon sure is beautiful.
This is the last picture I took before I died. I had just ran out of water. And it was hot. This is right after the last bridge you go over in the canyon, and from there, it was just steep switchbacks all the way up the last 3 miles or so to the top.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
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Thursday, August 27, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Here's a picture of Shirley making me eat her dust as she climbs this section past the first rail. Shirley calls these the "pansy poles" and mocks anyone who uses them. Do I use them? Sometimes. Does she mock me? Everytime. Even if I just accidentally brush up against one.
It's all in good fun though. Camelback is crowded; there are all kinds of people that hike it. I've even seen people going up barefoot (weirdos). But it's a great hike. It's close, it's challenging, and short enough that you can go hike it, and be back home on a saturday to get on with the rest of your day.
I think next time I'm gonna beat Shirley.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Yeah, it's been a while. Like I've said before, I blog in spurts. Get excited about it one month, forget about it the next. But also, I feel lame-o writing about our awesome advetures, but without any thing to show of it (pictures).
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I'd never hiked any of the trails at South Mountain; though as it turns out, there are a whole bunch. Today our plan was to go explore the Hidden Valley Trail. To get to it we were supposed to take the Mormon Trail to the National Trail, and the National Trail would take us to the Hidden Valley Trail.
Well, first of all, we slept in and then decided we would still hike, even though it was already 9:00. A little advice: Don't do this! It was SO hot by the time we got on the trail (10:00) and that aspect of the hike was NOT fun!
The other set back on this hike, and the frustrating part, was that we got off the trail we wanted to be on. You see, the route we wanted would have been 3.9 miles and was supposed to take 2 hours. We got off on a branch out trail and made a loop that added 3.3 miles, making our total hike 7.2 miles! We still finished it right at two hours though! Because we're bad.
Here's the map:If you can see it, we accidentally took the Mormon Loop off of the Mormon Trail and did that big loop to the right to get back to the Hidden Valley Trail. Phew. The beating sun sure made those extra miles not that enjoyable.
The Hidden Valley Trail was cool. A lot of hikers crawl all over South Mountain, but the Hidden Valley Trail was fairly secluded; we only saw three other hikers on that section of trail, so we were free to climb and explore and enjoy. And that part of the trail was a lot different than most the rest of the trails. There was this sweet rock tunnel:
And there was this sweet squeeze/crevice thing in the trail:They call it Fat Man's Pass. Can't imagine why it's called that, but i thought it was cool.
This is on the way back: There were pretty neat views of the city. You could see just about all of Phoenix, similar to last week's great view from the top of Brown's Peak except this was much closer than last week, so you could actually tell what things were down below you.
I recommend the Hidden Valley Trail hike. It was fun. It was neat. Just don't take the extra 3 mile loop during the middle of the day in the summer.
Monday, June 15, 2009
- Length: 5 Miles
- Difficulty: Moderate to Saddle, Very Difficult from there to Summit
- Traffic: Light
- Est. Hiking Time: 4 Hours