I headed for South Mountain after work, leaving my hotel in Scottsdale at 5:30pm.
I encountered more traffic than I expected as I drove south on 101,
so I wasn't able to hike as much as I had hoped.
This is hike #13 in Stewart Green's book. Total distance 2.2 miles.
I had a lot of trouble finding the trailhead because there has been much construction since Green's book was published, including the closure of part of 48th street. Take 48th south from I-10, through the traffic circle, around a large curve to the right, past the golf course, and turn at the first right after Guadalupe Road. The park entrance is then immediately to the left.
There was a lot of lightning in the sky to the north throughout much of my hike. It was getting closer as I returned to my car, so I jogged the last 3/4 miles. Just as I reached the car, the sky opened and it poured like crazy. Now I know what they mean by "monsoon season" here!
|The trailhead is at the end of the road.|
|The Pima Wash trail is to the right of the gate.|
|Pima Canyon trail is popular with joggers, hikers, and mountain bikers.|
|At the end of the road are the ruins of two picnic shelters. But for the lack of a roof, this one looked fine to me. I don't know why Green refers to it as a "ruin".|
|I wandered a short distance off the main trail in order to check out the ruins and this guy told me to back off.|
|Don't tread on me. Cool.|
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