The South Side of the Camel

One of my favorite road bike rides used to start by heading west on Lafayette, through Arcadia a ways, then north up 56th Street across Camelback Road and up the south side of Camelback Mountain. But that was a while (and a few pounds) ago.

56th Street looking north at the road going up Camelback Mountain in the distance.

I was feeling good today and wanted to do something a little different. I rediscovered that as you get to the “top” you turn to the west, you then bear right and go up a little MORE. Your reward for your burning thighs is a splendid view of Downtown Phoenix, Sky Harbor Airport, and South Mountain.

Downtown Phoenix from the high spot on Valle Vista Road.

And then, of course, you get to go DOWN the other end…after which I’d had enough and I returned to the flatlands of Downtown Scottsdale!

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