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Phoenix day outing ideas

by Tonka » Fri Oct 23, 2009 3:25 pm

I will be in the Phoenix area for Thanksgiving and I have set aside at least one full day for a day climb/hike of something. Besides seeing the Grand Canyon I'm ashamed to say that I've never really spent any time in AZ. I will be bringing my girlfriend along so nothing too brutal. Also, looking for something fairly close. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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by surgent » Fri Oct 23, 2009 5:11 pm

Echo comment on Piestewa/Camelback's parking. Especially on Thanksgiving weekend, it will be very crowded. Most regular weekends getting a parking spot at either of these two peaks is a challenge. Despite that and the continuous humanity, these are pretty nice, energetic climbs, each with about 1,200 feet of gain. Piestewa has a better overall "trail" while Camelback has more low-end rock hopping and one section with handrails that sometimes scare off people although it's very safe.

The McDowell Mountains Preserve in Scottsdale/Fountain Hills are nice, probably won't be as crowded and not as far a drive out of town either. Also consider some of the peaks up in north Scottsdale/Cave Creek such as Pinnacle Peak, Black, Skull, etc. Many have SP pages. Much depends on your location; if you're in Phoenix proper or west in Glendale, consider the White Tank Mountains also. Most of the outlying peaks and ranges get moderate traffic. The urban peaks get a lot of traffic.

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by Tonka » Fri Oct 23, 2009 5:31 pm

Thanks for the quick responses. I will add that my day is the Wed. before thanks giving and I'm familiar with Camalback. I'm looking for something a little more challanging and not so urban. But not class 4 :oops: I mean my girl would freak out...ya that's it, she would freak out :D

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by lcarreau » Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:04 pm

First of all, good luck on your trip. Did you ever consider a trip to Sedona? I believe its
within 100 miles north of Phoenix as the crow flies ...


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by MoapaPk » Fri Oct 23, 2009 9:06 pm

Intermediate is the hike to the Flatiron from Lost Dutchman state park. You don't actually have to go to Lost Dutchman and pay the fee, as there is a spur trail starting in a neighborhood just to the S, in a sort of mock wild-west town.
http://hwstock.org/sup/html/IMG_4219.htm

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by Steven Cross » Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:42 pm

lcarreau wrote:First of all, good luck on your trip. Did you ever consider a trip to Sedona? I believe its
within 100 miles north of Phoenix as the crow flies ...


I agree with Icareau. I was also going to suggest Sedona. Check out Wilson Mtn.
http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock ... anyon.html

Superstitions are not a bad suggestion as well.

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by lcarreau » Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:49 pm

What? You mean somebody actually AGREES with me on an SP-forum page ???

Holy Cow - will miracles never cease :?: :?:

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