Yep, it’s hot. Really hot sometimes. So what’s a guy to do when he wants to hike in the summer? He gets up at 4:30 in the morning and sets out.
What started out as a personal goal to take 7 sunrise hikes in 7 days has now surpassed 20. It wasn’t for any particular reason – mostly to break up the summer doldrums. In the desert, we look forward to summer ending. And my “for any particular reason” feeling has been well worth it. The desert is a beautiful place:
I will say that it is starting to feel like somewhat of an addiction and I have done a couple of days of “sidewalk” hiking. But in Arizona, even in the neighborhood, you never know what you will see.
Like a tarantula crossing for school:
Or a rattlesnake at “guarding” the trail sunrise:
And apart from feeling better, it is a great time to be out getting some amazing early morning views:
Had a fantasric hike in Sedona, Arizona yesterday with my wife.
I will say that this moderate+ trail was well worth the effort (and the beat – it soared to 104F). You do have areas where a little “mountain goat” is needed, so plan accordingly. As always, you can never bring enough water. This is a popular trail and it always amazes me to see folks with one little water bottle. There was actually a 911 call for a lost man who wandered off after feeling ill. Altitude and heat are a dangerous combination!
But for the trail itself – fantastic!
Photos speak for themselves
And don’t forget the payoff (this is why you are here):
I was able to have a beautiful little hike with my daughter this weekend. We had never been on the Courthouse Butte Trail, and I have to say it it may have instantly become one of my new “favorites” (I have a lot of “favorites” – no shortage in Arizona!).
I easily took a few dozen photos that were instant “keepers”. You almost cannot take a bad photo in Sedona – and even they still don’t do it justice!
For me this is the perfect “short” hike. Roughly 5 miles, it takes you, ironically, completely around the Courthouse Butte with great views of Bell Rock and the surrounding area. A bonus this time was that the century plants were starting to bloom.
Well worth it, and it might be one the “must” trails to take our visitors when the come to town. Make sure to get there early as the parking will fill up. And don’t forget the water – it is still the desert! Most folks head right to Bell Rock, but save that until the end. Until the next trail…..
There is nothing better than a nice walk in the desert after a rough week at work.
Phoenix has multiple trails around town. But for me the best variety is Apache Wash Trail. Add the fact that it is a ten minute drive from home and on the way home from work, I can’t think of a nicer hike.