Monotony had set in.

So the search for a new hike began and I was surprised by what I found.

I am training for my fifth Grand Canyon hike and third trip to Havasupai Falls. In doing so I wanted to find a new hike instead of my usual trek around South Mountain starting out at the 48th St. entrance.

It's beautiful and challenging in some areas, but I wanted something new.

And Bing, I came across The Arizona Trail.

I’ve been in Arizona for nearly 10 years, hike year round regardless of temperatures and I never heard anyone mention The Arizona Trail or The Arizona Trail Association, which is a non-profit organization that is membership organization, seeking active supporters of the Trail, coordinating volunteers, and providing other essential services to the Arizona Trail project.

The Arizona Trail is more than 800 miles of recreation trail from Mexico to Utah that connects mountain ranges, canyons, deserts, forests, wilderness areas, historic sites, trail systems and points of interest.

It serves dayhikers, backpackers, equestrians, mountain bicyclists, trail runners, nature enthusiasts, cross-country skiers and snowshoers.

The closest it gets to the East Valley is on the east side of the Superstition Mountains along the Two Bar Bridge through Roosevelt Lake.

There are 43 segments including some of the state’s top areas like the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon and closes with Buckskin Mountain.

Turns out I’ve been on it and didn’t know as I hiked to the top of San Francisco Peaks and took South Kaibab Trail down to Bright Angel Campground.

Now that I know about it I’ll be sure to make a trip out to a few of the segments.

How about you?

Check out more info here: www.aztrail.org/

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or JSkoda@ahwatukee.com. Follow him on Twitter @JskodaAFN.

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