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We had great hiking temperatures, and with the rain yesterday and forecasted rain for the weekend, we dodged the bullet with no rain forecasted for today's hike. This was a combined hike of the North Mountain Visitor’s Center (NMVC) group and the Arizona Trailblazers. We made it a little festive for the holidays - some of us donned Santa hats or reindeer headbands for our group picture. A few chose to wear them for the duration of the hike too!
The hike is a series of 3 loops - Sunrise, Saguaro Family, and Ridgeline. The trails are well marked, and despite it being located in a residential neighborhood (with some construction still ongoing), the route affords nice views of the nearby mountains and the New River Dam, as well as Four Peaks in the distance. We could also see State Farm Stadium in the distance.
Along the route we came across 2 trees decorated for Christmas, and saw an American flag atop one of the peaks. Everyone enjoyed the variety of moderate uphill and downhill sections, which made for a good workout.
Happy Holidays!Note: these links are temporary. Look at the pictures while you can.
→ More pictures, by Wendy.
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Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club, Phoenix, Arizona updated January12, 2024
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