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Took a nice little evening hike at Piestewa Peak Park tonight. Arrived at around 5:00 pm and left at around 6:30. The gates close at 7:00! Or so said the sign anyway. It was around 94 when I arrived, enough to raise a good sweat. There were lots of people out anyway. I took the 304 to the 1A (Perl Charles Memorial). to the top of the mountain, and then back down the 1A and back out the 304. The top of the mountain was only 2.034 feet, or about 600 under the summit, but not too bad. The 304 to the 1A actually offers some pretty challenging hiking if one continues to the Summit connector on the west side of the mountain, or, even worse, to trails end on the 1A. I did 1A trails end one day by mistake, and it wound up being 7+ miles of very difficult hiking. 1A to the Summit connector is not too bad. There were lots of flowers out today. The desert was abloom in yellow flowers, but I didn't see even one bee. Bees are critical to the ecology of the globe, but I am scared to death of killer bees so I would just as soon not see any while I am out hiking. Cactus season is coming up soon, too. Cacti will be flowering across the desert, creating a beautiful and breathtaking display from early summer to early fall. Trekking through the desert is fun and interesting on just about any day of the year.
Great trail, moderate hike. Carry your water with you.
A bit too lonely on Monday at lunch time. This is a hiking trail not good for cross country and running. Great parking area with clean bathrooms. Easy to miss trail signs, watch for the crossing trails.
Good hike, however I would rate it moderate to hard, but definitely not "easy". There's a couple times you have to literally climb rocks by pulling yourself up which I wasn't used to doing. You will burn a ton of calories and lots of good inclines. Overall great hike!!