Sunday, July 8, 2012

East End Peak

East End Peak - Hike
McDowell Sonoran Preserve
North Scottsdale, Arizona
Mileage - 5.7
Time - 2:35
AEG - 1,980ft

Ben and I ventured into the McDowell Mountains late Sunday afternoon in the blazing heat (108 degrees) with two destinations in mind; Tom's Thumb and East End Peak.  It was a definite first for Ben to explore this section of the preserve, and my first attempt to reach the high point in the McDowells (that being East End Peak, resting at 4,057 feet). A little cloud cover and the shade of a few massive boulders made the summer temps tolerable, and by sundown it was really quite pleasant. 

After a quick stop at the thumb, Ben and I hurried over to complete the ascent up East End as the sun was setting and we didn't feel like scrambling off trail in the dark.  Every time I hike through this area I'm always amazed by the rock formations and surrounding landscape, it truly is one of the most amazing places to see in Phoenix.  Soon many will have that opportunity with the new facilities going up at the North access area.  Ben and I had a blast up there this evening, which reminded me how much fun it is to get out of the house and immerse yourself in nature...even when its extremely hot outside!

Rock formations taken from Tom's Thumb

Ben climbing East End

The summit of East End Peak

Tom's Thumb at dusk

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