Ascent of Union Hills Peak on 2017-10-05

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, October 5, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Union Hills Peak
    Elevation:2383 ft / 726 m

Ascent Trip Report

I got out of work half an hour late, but still wanted to go for this hike. It was under ten minutes to get to the Desert Vista Trailhead and I was avoiding the traffic going the other way. I parked, then set off on the Hawk's Nest Trail, running a little, but mostly walking. I took a right on Desert Tortoise which looped around the side of the hills. Then I got on the Valle Verde Trail which was still pretty flat. I tried racewalking a bit which only works well on flat ground, but I think it sped me up. Next I took a left on the Great Horned Owl Trail which rose a bit more and was more of a hiking trail, unlike the rest which were more suited for mountain bike cruising. Then I took the UP Trail (Union Peak) up the switchbacks to the top. It was pretty scenic up there, but my favorite part was looking north and seeing the lack of development. I also got a good view of the Cave Creek Dam. On my way down the Sun was beginning to set and I tried to go quickly so that I wouldn't be left in the dark. One runner and three bikers passed by me. I got back to the car in the light but after sunset. Katrina texted me updates on her hike of Squaw Peak with her classmates while I was hiking. The traffic wasn't bad by the time I was headed back into town.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1043 ft / 317 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1043 ft / 317 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:913 ft / 278 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 783 ft / 239 m; Extra: 130 ft / 39m
    Loss on way in:130 ft / 39 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.6 km
    Route:Hawk's Nest - Desert Tortoise - Valle Verde - Grea
    Start Trailhead:Desert Vista TH  1600 ft / 487 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:913 ft / 278 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 783 ft / 239 m; Extra: 130 ft / 39m
    Gain on way out:130 ft / 39 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.6 km
    Route:Union Peak - Great Horned Owl - Valle Verde - Dese
    End Trailhead:Desert Vista TH  1600 ft / 487 m
    Time:45 Minutes

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