I made it all the way to the top! Only figured to get halfway up — hauling an extra 20 or 30 pounds of corpus made the hike a little more interesting than it was the last time I climbed North Mountain. These “mountains” (some would call them “hills”) form an island park in the middle of the sea of houses that is Phoenix.
As usual, click on the photo for a bigger, clearer view.
Parking lot’s right in a residential neighborhood.
The lower trail looks benign enough…
Development flows right up to the edge of the park.
After the recent rain, the ocotillo are in bloom