hiked black mountain in cave creek, az. it’s only 1.25 miles in each direction, but you hike up. up.up. 1,100 ft to the top of Black Mountain (3398 ft). it wasn’t too bad but it did get your heart pumping!
a view of us at the top.
Duggy, Toby, Carrie, Lucy, Gail, Cyrus, Sam, me, & Scout
Gail and her pretty boy Cyrus. Lucy is refusing to look at me
at least everyone is looking in the same direction
Carrie’s crew sitting by her. Toby on the left and Duggy on the right
water break mid way up
Toby & Duggy resting
Sam & Scout resting with Toby. Toby can be a little dog reactive so this close distance was really good practice for him. And a tired dog is a less reactive dog!
Carrie and her crew heading up. I didn’t get my pictures of Gail and her guys because Gail is a SPEED HIKER and was way too far in the front
catching a share break behind a shrub. got to enjoy the shade wherever you can find it
the guys normally hike behind me, but going up something so steep i let them go ahead and find the path that works best for them. plus, this way, i don’t have sam pushing me from behind. i wish i had a tenth of sam’s energy
they do wait for me when i ask them to. you can see carrie further up. and again, no sign of gail at all
another lovely view along the way. the one good thing about hike up, it that the view is always spectacular
the good luck medallion at the top. you suppose to rub it for good luck. i rubbed it shiny
scout knows how to relax
view of the city down below