We have had wonderful weather in Phoenix. It’s been nice and cool for hiking. That means we can enjoy local trails instead of heading up to higher ground. This past weekend, we went someplace new. We were heading south on the 17 freeway then connected to the 101 and then 51 toward Scottsdale. Freeway driving isn’t interesting to me, so I settled in for a good nap.
I awoke when we were at 32nd and Lincoln at the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, about 45 minutes from north Phoenix. The parking lot is super small so we had to wait a few minutes for someone to leave. We were meeting some humans who weren’t there yet, so we were okay waiting. Should you not want to wait, you can park in the shopping center across the street. Just beware of “no parking” spots by the Starbucks. This particular trail head did not have a human restroom but parking is free.
What I didn’t know about this particular outing was that I would get to meet a canine friend. I had met Will & Kim before, and they are very nice. Today they brought their dog, Mopsey. What fun! We sniffed and swirled and then swirled some more! She’s just a little bigger than me, and she’s quite a beauty. She is also younger, and she had a lot more energy than me. She bounced and barked at about everything. I just smiled. I once was a crazy pup, so I get it. However, I am much wiser now and conserve my energy.
I’m glad I did because as soon as we hit the trail, it went up…and it didn’t stop! In a short amount of top, we bagged one peak. We didn’t stop there, though, and continued on to another bigger and steeper hike up to another mountain top. The terrain was rocky with some big boulders to hike over. Kim is shorter than my mom, so she had to work harder. Dogs any smaller than me would probably struggle.
The temps were cool but the sun was warm. This trail would be extremely hot in the summer, so I’m glad we were doing it in cooler weather. If your paws are sensitive, you’d need some booties. I hate them and toughed it out. Will didn’t have hiking boots, and he slipped a little. Mom’s new hiking shoes did great; she was pleased with their sturdiness and how they didn’t slip.
I looked over at Mopsey, and she wasn’t bouncing anymore. Her tongue was hanging out, and she was panting. Ha! Well, okay, I was panting, too. At the tippy top, we took pictures and had a picnic. Mopsey was the official greeter to any hikers reaching the summit. From here, we could see the entire skyline of Phoenix since it was a clear, sunny day. This trail isn’t as wild and quite as some, but it did have spectacular views of the city.
We didn’t track this hike in miles but rather incline. It was a butt buster, and going down was just as hard because of the rocks and boulders. Humans will want to be careful of their knees. Me and Mopsey did just fine, and upon completion, we drank a ton of water, taking turns out of the bowl. I’m a gentleman, what can I say.
If you live in central Phoenix or west Scottsdale, this is your backyard! We live up north but it was worth the drive to do and see something different. Besides, I made a new friend. Life is good.
Hi! I am Kumaito (Kuma for short), a multi-tan Shiba Inu. My breed is one of the oldest and purest from Japan. I personally was born in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, moved to Friendswood, Texas, and now call Phoenix, Arizona home. I enjoy running or hiking almost every day with my mom, chasing rabbits out of my neighborhood, playing with toys, pestering my brother Edmond, eating, napping … well, I love just about everything and everyone!
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