The Floridian’s Guide to Hiking in Arizona

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A panoramic view from the summit of Brown’s Peak

An Introduction To Hiking In Arizona

Okay, so if you are from Florida you know hiking isn’t all that popular in our state because well, it sucks. My view of hiking in Florida consisted of walking around at about 30 feet above sea level and seeing a lot of pine trees. Don’t get me wrong, Florida has some of the most beautiful natural landscapes and marine life in the world. That doesn’t change the fact that the entire state is essentially flat. In fact, many of the friends I meet out West benevolently label me a “flatlander,” a term I was unaware of until I moved away from the Southeast. So, two and a half years ago when I moved to Phoenix, Arizona I was amazed at all of the towering peaks and mountain ranges that surround the valley. A natural born adventurer, I set out immediately to conquer those colossal peaks.

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