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Monday, May 28, 2012

Hiking "A" Mountain

Just a few pictures from hiking "A" Mountain in Tempe, Arizona. I believe the formal name is Hayden Butte. It's very close to Tempe Town Lake.

For those of you from out of town, "A" Mountain is roughly 3 times the height of Mount Everest.

Yet I somehow made it to the summit!

It would have been more exciting if a few little kids hadn't been running around the lookout point like they weren't even out of breath. Or if a couple men in business clothes hadn't just climbed up the whole thing. Whatever.

OK, it's really just a little hike; I can't find my record of how long it took to get to the top but it couldn't have been more than 20 minutes or so. The first maybe 2/3 is paved but steep and the rest is a trail with stairsteps and handrails. I'm so wimpy I had to use the handrail when offered, but no one mocked me. Aloud, anyway.

Going down the mountain on the paved road was so steep, I preferred to take the longer gravel/trail route around, which was more scenic anyway.

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