Piestewa Peak

Piestewa Peak

The Piestewa Peak Circumference Trail circles a 2,608 foot peak named for the first female American Indian killed in combat.   We traveled counter clockwise over the 2,100 foot pass north of the peak.  This 3.74 mile hike through rugged Sonoran Desert terrain presented creosote bushes with post-bloom white balls, some palo verde were still in bloom while others had shed their flowers, small amounts of red poked from the top of ocotillos, cholla were getting ready to bloom, and the saguaros are preparing their nocturnal flowers.  It was encouraging to see hummingbirds darting from spot to spot for nectar.  A northern flicker showed us her nesting hole and one of her young stuck its beak out of the aged saguaro.  The trail has several stone benches with dedications.  One in memory of Mark Huff (2-5-56 to 11-7-97) has this thought:

What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are small matters compared to what lies within us.

The last segment of the trail joins the always busy Summit Trail.  As the temperatures continue to rise in the Phoenix area, it was easy to choose to head toward the parking lot rather than attempt the strenuous last half mile to the top of the peak.  Think about what lies within you and, with me, work to better yourself.

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