Summer’s right around the corner, but you wouldn’t know it you spent any time outside Sunday. Graham and I took advantage of the breezy, cool weather with a hike on Piestewa Peak at sunset. Get in your hikes while you can, folks!
I started this gorgeous breezy day with a sunrise hike at Piestewa Peak. It’s a perfect outing to go on with out-of-state visitors; just make sure they are up for the climb. You can’t beat these city views.
|Take a break at this shaded bench.|
I made sure to climb to the summit marker this time. It brought back memories of first climbing the mountain on a field trip in elementary school.
|The wind made sitting at the summit more exhilarating.|
Unless you’ve been quarantined for the last few weeks, you know that the weather has been perfect. It would be a shame to waste the last weeks of bearable temperatures indoors, so I put on my hiking shoes and headed to Piestewa Peak.
|The view of Phoenix framed by Phoenix mountains never gets old.|
I made the trek, which I believe is 1.2 miles long to the summit, in an hour and 10 minutes. This, of course, includes time to snap photos, chug water while soaking in the views and rest at the summit. The hike also allows me enough time to sort out my thoughts and feelings and gear up for the day. See you on the mountain!
I’m on a mission to combat the effects of working at a sedentary job. It isn’t always easy, but I try to get at least four days of exercise a week. This week, I decided to break up my fitness routine of running and yoga with a hike at Piestewa Peak in Phoenix.
|View from the Hopi parking lot.|
Many other Arizonans and tourists had the same idea on that weekday morning. I usually find a parking space near the summit trail, but this time I had to park all the way in the Hopi lot, so I got a little more exercise than I planned for. The trek up Piestewa seemed shorter than I remember, or maybe I am a faster hiker now. The 1.2-mile ascent and descent took me about an hour and 15 minutes, with time to stop for photos along the way and pose for (and take) photographs at the summit.
Besides the cool, fresh air, wildflowers and workout, I love the people-watching on the mountain. There were the snowbirds with expensive cameras hanging from their necks. There were the fitness hikers who jog past you at the first opportunity. There are the people who can’t seem to get off their cellphones, discussing meetings and numbers. There are the families whose jolly kids don’t even seem to be breaking a sweat. There are the couples who seem to be absorbed in a deep, fascinating conversation. I love peeking into these lives.
The scenery is gorgeous right now. I spotted orange globe mallows and other yellow, pink and purple wildflowers (note to self: learn more wildflower names), and many plants had buds that are yet to bloom. The beauty of hiking Piestewa is now not in capturing the city views at the summit but also the colorful adornments on the way up.