Thanksgiving has come and gone already. Did you gobble ‘til you wobbled? We’ve been eating turkey every day. Yowsa! I now have the holiday weekend hangover! Anyway, we started our Thanksgiving Day off with a great hike to Deem Hills. We park at the east trail head, which is off 37th. Take W. Pinnacle Peak Road from the Carefree Highway and turn north on 37th. The parking lot is on your left. They redid the parking lot, and it is smaller, so parking is limited but free. FYI, there are no human restrooms. They spent a fortune on a silly structure but didn’t put in restrooms. Who was the brain child for that?
I am loving the cooler weather that has finally arrived. Other people had the same idea as we did, but it wasn’t too crowded. Just right! We did our usually loop which requires us to take the trail to the road and hang a left. We then go up the road until we see the “P” trail and turn left. You will want to follow the “P” trail around and take lefts with a few exceptions. At one point, you will take the “B” connector trail back to the “P” and then toward the end of the three-mile loop, you will take a left on “C” and then your very first right onto “C” to take you back to the car.
This hike is a nice, moderate hike. It is rocky in parts due to the volcanic rock remains. This is what makes it a unique and pretty hike – the black rocks against the cactus. Deem Hills has other options that are mid-range and then longer. You can pick what works for you. Mom had some cooking to do, so the three miles was just right for today.
You immediately start climbing up the rock and get some great views. You can see north all the way to the San Francisco Peaks on a clear day and south to downtown Phoenix. Quite impressive! It is usually very quiet with little freeway noise, so this is an awesome local option.
In the summer, this can be an extremely hot trail. Right now, it is the perfect temperature for man and beast! I met some cool dogs on the trail, and they were counting down to eating turkey just like me. Woof!
On previous hikes, we made the mistake of turning the wrong way on the “C” trail. You first take a left then a right. Should you miss that, you will add just about a mile to the hike. Nothing too major. All the inner loop trails eventually lead back to the parking lot. The outer trail is much longer. You can read about it HERE.
Before we knew it, we were back to the car. We earned our turkey! I am definitely thankful for my family. They bring me on some amazing adventures, feed me steak bones, give me treats and buy me all sorts of toys. I am one spoiled Shiba Inu. Now hand over that turkey! Hope you had a great holiday weekend. Now onto to waiting for Santa Paws. Have you been good?
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