Once you’re tired of the easy trails in the Phoenix area, I recommend trying the Trail #60 hike. It’s a bit more challenging and you get a decent cardio workout.
Hike the Phoenix North Mountains in less than an hour!
When I was less fit (aka 40 lbs. fatter), this hike used to take me about 45 minutes. Now, I do it in about 20 minutes.
It’s a loop and the trail is marked.
Park in Mountain View Park at the end of 7th Ave north of Hatcher and head east. You’ll pass the marker for Trail #100 which is the main North Mountain trail. (Thats where the #100 starts, it passes the North Mountain Visitor’s Center, goes under 7th Street and SR 51, it crosses Dreamy Draw and it ends at Tatum Blvd near Paradise Valley.) This map shows the trails in the North Mountain Shaw Butte side where Trail #60 is.
Trail #60, goes uphill, across and down again. The easier uphill climb is the right side. For a more strenuous hike, take the left side. Stay on the marked trail.
Before going on a hike, make sure you eat a meal. A few weeks ago, as part of the Keto diet, I was fasting in the mornings and eating my first meal at noon. I attempted this hike on an empty stomach. I almost didn’t make it off the mountain. I also wasn’t thinking clearly.
I had taken the tougher, left side up and it had been a while since I’d hiked this trail. At one point I zigged when I should have zagged, and took one of the unmarked trails. I was wondering why it had gotten so difficult. I finally realized that I was above the marked trail and headed back down.
Always take plenty of water with you. If hiking alone, and you’re not that experienced, let someone know when you’re going and when you’re expected back. Take a cell phone.
Once the weather gets cooler, I recommend going at sunset. Once at the top of the loop, you have an awesome view to the west to watch the sunset. Don’t go too late as there is no lighting on the trails.
When trying to lose weight, you should do a cardio workout at least 3 times a week.
If you’ve never hiked before, it’s best to check with a doctor to make sure you’re fit enough.
I have osteoarthritis, but with losing weight with the Whole Life 180 weight loss program and working with Dr. French on my ankles, lower back and hips, the pain is virtually gone. Yes, I still have some twinges in my knees, but it’s way not as severe as it used to be.
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