McDowell Mountain Trail Run
North Scottsdale, Arizona
I set out early on Saturday morning to complete a giant, 20 mile figure eight loop in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which would take me on a challenging journey over Windgate Pass, up the backside of Tom's Thumb(pictured below), and eventually around Bell Pass returning to the Gateway Trailhead. The sky was overcast for most of the morning providing some relief from the sun on a near 100 degree day. Besides finishing, the highlight of today's run was getting to see a rather large diamondback rattlesnake stretched across the trail near the end of the Windgate trail. I think he was just as surprised to see me, as I was to see him. We quickly parted ways, and I headed for home.