Ascent of Piestewa Peak on 2017-08-22

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Katrina
Date:Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bicycle
Peak:Piestewa Peak
    Elevation:2606 ft / 794 m

Ascent Trip Report

I biked to the trailhead to meet Katrina after work. Unfortunately I was quick on the bike and she left half an hour later than expected, so I had to spend an hour under the ramada. Once she did arrive we were in the shadow and began hiking up. It was still 95F and there was only a breeze on the ridges. Katrina's Chacos were out of adjustment and she wouldn't fix them. This slowed us down considerably because she didn't want to roll her ankle on the many steps and drops on this hike. She was also annoyed with how little trail etiquette hikers have on this hike and would rather not do it again. We also laughed that people who run up and down to set personal records likely don't go to the summit, just to the end of the class 1 hike, roughly 20' vert and multiple minutes of light scrambling from the top. Once we got on top we sat there for fifteen minutes and despite the high volume of people on the trail, no one else came to the summit. On the way down we passed at least three groups of six hikers or more. It began getting dark after sunset and Katrina only had her sunglasses and that slowed us down more. We made it back without injury and successfully avoided the traffic jams caused by the president's visit which was our goal in hiking when we did.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1346 ft / 410 m
    Extra Gain:80 ft / 24 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Summit Trail
    Trailhead:1420 ft / 432 m
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 2 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 2 Minutes

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