East End!

With 5 days to spare Max and I completed our New Years 2015 goal to climb 12 peaks in the Phoenix metro area.  Nothing like a deadline to get you to accomplish something!
Our final peak was East End which is the highest point in the McDowell Mountain range.
We found the summit register box and added our name to the log book.  :)
It seems we have had unusually cold temperatures this winter.  The day we decided to hike East End was particularly foul.  Winds were over 22 mph with a high of only 55, we felt like we might as well be trying to summit Mount Everest!  Our thin, desert skin has made us such babies.  Combine that with not having much winter clothing, we were freezing!  We were slightly validated when Max found a layer of ice at the top!
The peak is 4,069 ft, far below the elevation of Denver.  But when you are climbing up 1,693 ft in 1.5 miles, it is quite strenuous.
I wish it hadn't been so cold and windy.  The views were fantastic and we had the place to ourselves.  Only one person had logged their name that morning and one the day before.
   It amused us that the highest peak in Scottsdale is so rarely hiked.
It was a fitting final peak, our 12 of 12!  It was the type of hiking we like with few other hikers on the main trail to Tom's Thumb and none on the way up to East End.  It was strenuous with both trail and bouldering hiking required.  It had rewarding views and we were able to complete the whole hike in under two hours.  If it just had been warmer and no wind, it would have been a perfect hike.  I am so grateful to Max for always helping me climber higher and reach my goals.

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