When there are no volcanoes, mountains will do

Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Thursday, February 7, 2008

We have been doing some walking and light hiking in our Gilbert neighborhood, but that's child's play compared to the hikes we've been looking forward to! Camelback is about a 45-minute drive from us. Luckily, we found another mountain with great hiking trails much closer to home (but more on that to come later!)

We decided to climb to the top (and almost made it!) After an hour of hiking/climbing we realized our water was starting to run out. We decided to turn back, as we knew we'd have an hour of hiking left to return. The number 1 rule of hiking in the desert: if your water is half-way finished, so is your hike! No need to dehydrate out here :-)
Lesson learned: carry plenty of water. At least 2 bottles (if not more) per person.

The views from the "almost" top were spectacular. The city of Phoenix was in full view and the mountain itself provided beautiful rocks and formations.
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