On those hot summer days, one of the best places to cool off is at Lake Pleasant or one of the other man made lakes created as water holding reservoirs near Phoenix. During the winter, the hiking trails in Lake Pleasant Regional Park present a moderate challenge and their shorter length leaves plenty of day left at the end of a morning hike. Probably my favorite trail is Pipeline Canyon. There is a parking area at each end and modern restroom facilities. The trail is a short two miles (3.2 km) long and has a moderate elevation change. At the end of the two miles, take a break at the nearby benches, grab a drink of water and maybe a snack, then head back to your car in the parking area at your starting point.
About the photo: Toward the northern end of the lake, small areas of low lying terrain filled with rivulets of water. When the lake is full, these backwater areas grow deeper. As you can see in the image, the water level is lower than usual. You can tell by the relative lack of plant life on the river shore. This image was captured with my Samsung Cell Phone. The rule for Cellpic Sunday is simple. The image must be captured on a mobile device.