It does not appear like much from this image but when looking to the west/southwest, Sombrero Peak dominates the horizon. I have attempted this hike twice and so far stymied once I arrive at the walls.
Mostly, I arrive at this point, the trail goes both left and right. Looking to the left (west) there is no way, right? Way too steep to get around that area but I talked a local hiking legend, Vagabond Jeff, to take me up here and yes, you do go left. Dang, as we walk toward the above, there is no obvious trail but there is enough of a ledge that one can get through there. Live and learn.
Looking to the southeast, the views are just amazing. Almost mesmerizing.
"the Vagabound" as he is known, leads me up a steep and very bouldery area. We reach a narrow rock bridge with sheer drops to both sides. I stop, gosh, I hate these areas with so much exposure. It is irrational. How often are you walking and suddenly trip and fall? Like never, right? I carefully walk across the bridge and then reach the summit. Yes, I am looking ancient.
Great views. After a brief stop, we head back down. It took us an hour to reach the summit, about 1.5 miles from the bottom and 1700' of climbing.
Here is that rocky bridge. I know, doesn't look like much but if you were there, wow.
On the way down, we came through an odd concentration of saguaro cactus. Fun hike and now that I know how to get to the top, will do it more often. I rode with a Strava group on Saturday, watched my Buckeyes win Saturday evening and then......got a good one coming.