Bye bye brown cloud (for now)

Since a nice breeze swept through the Valley today and cleared the air a bit, and it was such a beautiful sunny day with just the right temperature for going on a hike in the middle of the day, I decided to go on one of my favorite urban hikes.

I like doing the occasional hike up Squaw Peak or Camelback, but there are lots of lesser known hikes around the Phoenix Mountain Preserve that offer equally impressive city views and a good workout without the crowds. One that I like doing when I’ve only got 40 minutes and don’t want to scramble over rocks is to take a walk on 36th Street north of Lincoln Drive. I park at the Palo Christi Presbyterian Church at the corner of 36th Street and Lincoln, cross over Lincoln, and walk north on 36th Street. It winds up through a neighborhood with some incredible homes and then goes into the Preserve. The road is pretty steep most of the way and gets your blood pumping. But the view of the city once you’re at the top is very impressive. The walk is about 2 miles roundtrip.

And if you don’t want to walk, you can also drive to the top to catch the view. This view of the Valley is worth checking out and is a well kept secret – there is rarely anyone else around.

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