I hiked South Mountain yesterday and it was really nice. I started on Telegraph Pass Trail, and looped around on the National, Ranger, Los Lomitas, and Kiwanis Trails to re-join the Telegraph Pass trail and head home. It took about 3 hours and was, according to the map I have 6 miles exactly. 1460' MSL at the trailhead to just over 2300' MSL at the highest point.
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I am training for a Grand Canyon hike on St. Valentines Day weekend with a bunch of family. I felt good about my performance on this hike, although I was fairly sore last night. I just got new trekking poles and used 2 poles for the first time on this hike. I think I like using 2 poles and it increases my pace a bit I think - have not decided if I'll take both of them to the canyon or not though. I will probably try them together again next week on a different hike. I have not decided where I'll go yet though.
I met a couple of guys on horseback who were from British Columbia in Canada. The one guy was visiting Arizona for a couple of weeks, and I got the impression that his friend lived here. You don't see that many people on Horses, and according to these guys, the Ranger Trail was fairly hard on them because of the incline and the sharp rocks which tore up their feet. Too bad for the horses, because the steep section of the Ranger Trail is a very pretty area.
A new first: Leading a pace group
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