Adventathon: 14

December 12th

Hiking Guide

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I purchased a set of watercolors last week with the idea I’d put together a set of hiking maps for a new friend who recently moved to Phoenix. She and her family are the outdoorsy type and I knew they’d appreciate a series of trail maps. This also gave me a chance to share the details I’ve learned from countless years of hiking in Arizona. There is something incredibly magical about the array of mountains circling our city. They are so incredibly different.

Phoenix Hiking Guide

Phoenix Hiking Guide

Phoenix Hiking Guide

The Papago Mountains are Sedona-red and look like they were plopped down like drop cookies by God. One has a giant hole through it that you can hike to. They overlook the Desert Botanical Gardens and the Phoenix Zoo.

Phoenix Hiking Guide

Phoenix Hiking Guide

Phoenix Hiking Guide

The Superstition Mountains in the far East Valley have a distict line of different colored rock striping the range. They have many winding, beautiful trails that will take your breath away by the desert’s awe.

Phoenix Hiking Guide

Phoenix Hiking Guide

Phoenix Hiking Guide

Phoenix Hiking Guide

Piestewa Peak — also known as Squaw Peak — sits in North Phoenix and is one of the tallest mountains in the Valley. It is silvery purple and ragged. The summit hike is one of the hardest and most fun I’ve done.

Phoenix Hiking Guide

Phoenix Hiking Guide

Phoenix Hiking Guide

South Mountain runs from Tempe to Laveen and father west. The range separates Phoenix from the suburb of Awhuatukee. There are hiking, climbing and biking trails on both sides of the mountain and there are stables for those looking for a hooved adventure too. While the hike to the communication towers is a grueling run or ride, these mountains are more hill-like and less mountainous than the others in Phoenix.

Phoenix Hiking Guide

Phoenix Hiking Guide

Phoenix Hiking Guide

Finally, a hiking guide of Phoenix would be silly not to include the gem of the crown — Camelback Mountain. Her sienna soil juts from the center of Phoenix, providing a barrier between Arcadia to the south and Paradise Valley to the north. The mountain truly looks like a kneeling camel. Her ribs and head are dotted with mansions these days, but they are few. Her stature is impressive and hiking this 1.2 mile summit in August is about as tough of a workout as I can muster. Several times, actually, I didn’t think I was going to get back to my car. It is a quick, hard climb up and a sweaty, shaking hike down. There is nothing like it.

Phoenix Hiking Guide

Phoenix Hiking Guide

Phoenix Hiking Guide

Phoenix Hiking Guide

Stapled and delivered. It does resemble a bit of a 10-year-old’s art project, but it has a purpose and I really enjoyed working with water colors.

~K

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27 Responses

  1. That is a fabulous gift for someone and your painting looks great!

  2. What a pleasant surprise! It IS a FABULOUS gift and we love it! So very, very thoughtful and giving to draw and paint the mountains around the valley. You are a terrific ambassador and you succeed in making others love your home the way you do!

  3. Wow! It is such a nice present! Not only the idea but also the looks!!! It is great and I am sure your friend will greatly appreciate it! You are always so thoughful!

  4. This is beautiful!! What a wonderful idea. Nice work. I love the Superstition Mountains myself (but have never truly hiked there…).

    What an incredibly thoughtful gift this is! Kudos to you!

  5. I love it! You are so thoughtful, what a cute idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. And you paint, too! Wow. This is cool. Makes me proud(er) of our jewel in the desert.

  7. You under estimate your talent! I think it looks very artsy and pretty. What a neat idea.

  8. So cut. I love it!!

  9. I LOVE this project and think it looks BEAUTIFUL- thanks for sharing!

    lauren

  10. One of your best projects! How about publishind it as you did with the Africa book for your friend?

  11. WOW!!! Beautiful and impressive!! You should illustrate your own book !

  12. Nice watercolor skills! I think this is mt favorite Adventathon yet!

  13. What a gorgeous and amazing gift! Now this is what I’m talking about, let’s give amazing things people will value that show our care! Me, i’m making and sending 4 kinds of cookies this year in a pretty box with a holiday playlist. Simple, but homemade, useful 9edible anyway) and nice. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. What an amazing gift! I know they will love it!

  15. So beautiful that you may have inspired me to pick back up my watercolors. Excellent gift ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. This is the most amazing thing I’ve seen! You had a wonderful and thoughtful idea, and I’m sure your friends will deeply appreciate it!

  17. It’s so easy to see how much thought and care and love was put into the trail maps. Love the idea and love the watercolors. Arizona landscape was made for watercolors! ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. This is gorgeous! Reproduce it and sell. If I were visiting friends in the area and planned to hike, I would love to purchase and use this guide.

  19. This has to be the ultimate so far. what a thoughtful and ownderful gift. Hmmmm, gives me great ideas to put together maps to the best wineries in Napa and Sonoma for friends that do not live in the area or know it well. Thanks once again! This is the happiest time of the year!

  20. No Picacho Peak? Great hike nestled between Phoenix and Tucson.

  21. This might be my favoritest project of yours. How cute!

  22. Can not even imagine how much fun it would be to receive that as a gift and begin planning some hikes. Magnificent!!

  23. What a brilliant idea!

  24. Wow, thats a grate gift! Good looking paintings.

    EWian

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