It’s about an hour’s drive from our house in Buckeye to Lake Pleasant. It’s a long way to go for a typical hike, but it’s such a beautiful location, I usually try to hike the Pipeline Canyon Trail at least once a year. That’s two-miles out, two miles back, and we get to cross a canyon on a floating bridge in the process.
My colleagues, the other leaders in our hiking club, suggested that I should add to the hike, as four miles is a short hike for such a long drive (the hike is almost shorter than the drive.) Point taken. Looking at the trail map, I saw there is a trailhead that adjoins Pipeline Canyon. Yavapai Point Trail crosses a valley and climbs a ridge opposite the trail we normally hike. Climbing in gentle switchbacks on a narrow trail, our journey was rewarded with the views from the top.
About the photo: Lake Pleasant is a man-made lake on the Agua Fria River. From the top, you can see much of the 7,500-acre reservoir. Looking northeast from the peak, I saw a row of saguaro cacti that directed my eyes toward the reservoir and the many ridges that create a plethora of islands. Using my Samsung S20U, I captured those saguaro and an additional image to the left. Using Adobe Lightroom, I created a single panoramic image and cropped it for the best composition, then finished the project in Luminar AI. While at the top of Yavapai Point, I captured several images as I took time to take in the views. In a future post, I will share some more views from this point. This trail has now replaced Pipeline Canyon as my favorite trail in Lake Pleasant Regional Park.