I'm climbing via the Aqua Caliente trail. Decided to get in one more hike before the drive to Flagstaff. Beautiful view of the Catalinas.
Great trail but I dislike climbing, then yielding that effort to drop into a ravine, climb again, drop into another ravine. I prefer a constant climb.
After about 3 miles, I reach a saddle where there are good views of the eastern end of the Catalinas.
There is an odd shaped cloud in the distance.
Do I want to climb all the way to the peak? I sit on a rock and think about it. Damn, it is going to be really hot soon, even at this modestly higher elevation....
....I remove a bottle of Gatorade that I had removed from the freezer earlier today. Sip off some of the ice cold fluid, add water, a wonderful cocktail. I'll have a cold drink all the way to the parking lot, which I decided would be where I go now.
During the return, I pause to peer into a canyon. Finish with just under 6 miles and 1500' of elevation gain. OK, now on to Flagstaff.