- Distance – 5.13 miles / 8.25 kilometers
- Elevation Gain – 669 feet / 204 meters
- Elevation Loss – 2041 feet / 1845 meters
- Average Temperature – 89.6° F / 32° C
- Total Mileage – 104.05 miles / 167.41 kilometers
It was a fabulous Sunday to be on the trail. It had rained the night before and everything was lush and fragrant. As usual, we were happy to be on the AZT again! It always seems even though we have chosen to hike this passage SOBO we must climb the mountain right out the gate.But as usual after we climb, the reward is an incredible vista.At one point during the hike we stopped to eat a snack and Adam appeared on his mountain bike. Passage 11a is a famous mountain biking trail – we oftentimes step off the trail for cyclists. We chatted for a bit, believe it or not, about the Camino, naturally I gave him a couple of my business cards. He said his parents are very interested in the Camino.We finished our snacks and hiked onwards. Sometimes the rock formations appeared as though they were purposely placed.And there were always absolutely beautiful views.
It was a beautiful day and a wonderful hike on yet another small section of the Arizona National Scenic Trail. Yes, we are so lucky to have such wondrous trails right in our backyards.
WOW, Arlene, that landscape is indeed amazing and yes, you are so lucky to have it within easy walking distance … whether the walking is easy or not!! 🙂
I do love it up there on the mountain! I prefer trees overhead and dirt under my feet to cactus and the dry desert earth for hiking. And summer time is the perfect time to hike on the mountain, so much cooler up there 🙂