Can you feel it? Stepping outside is tolerable now. September 21 marks the first day of fall, but that can be hard to tell in Arizona. Judging by these last few beautiful days, it’s time to start playing outside again. This may be a novel concept to some, but we’re here to offer you some exciting options for getting outside. From beginners to experts, here are our favorite hikes and trails to explore and to enjoy the weather.
1. Camelback Mountain
This is the quintessential hike to take in the Valley. Everyone knows Camelback Mountain. Starting at the Echo Canyon Trailhead, this hike can be strenuous. At the end you will have climbed a little over a mile. The city views make it completely worth it.
2. West Fork Trail
This is absolutely one of the most beautiful hikes you can take in Arizona. You do have to travel to Sedona, but the beauty of the West Fork Trail makes up for it. At around five miles long, the trail winds around Oak Creek. This means you’ll get wet so be sure to bring some comfortable shoes you won’t mind submerging. It is also a an extremely popular hiking destination. The earlier you arrive, the better.
3. Tom’s Thumb Trailhead
Located in the McDowell Mountains, Tom’s Thumb trailhead is one of the most beautiful hikes to take that won’t take the day to get to. At four miles in length, the trail is usually heavy with traffic. If you make it to the end, you’ll see Tom’s glorious thumb (pictured). It’s important to remember that there is no water available on this hike and that it is imperative you bring your own.
4. Horton Creek Trail
Are you ready to head to the woods? Just outside Payson is the Mogollon Rim, one of the best places to camp in Arizona. There you’ll find the Horton Creek Trail. Following Horton Creek, this trail measure at over seven miles in length. It’s beautiful. At this time of year, it’s wise to bring a jacket and perhaps some waterproof shoes.
5. Piestewa Peak
This trail is located the nearest to central Phoenix. Perfect for an after work hike, Piestewa offers stunning views of the city we call home. Piestewa is located right off the 51 and Glendale Avenue, just follow the signs from there. Unique rock formations await as you ascend the mountain.
Solar can do so much more than just power your home. There are all sorts of gadgets out there that every solar fanatic should have in their arsenal. Whether you’re hanging out by the pool, on a camping trip in the mountains, or just love collecting cutting-edge stuff, these solar innovations will help you take a step into a green — and really cool — future:
HeLi-On Charger - Portable solar chargers are nothing new, but this one is refreshingly different. With a rollout solar panel, this charger is compact and lightweight. It gives you the option of charging your device directly, or you can charge the HeLi-On’s internal battery and charge your device at a later time. You can pre-order yours from the company’s Kickstarter page.
Skylock - This is a new one for even us. We never knew we needed a solar-powered bike lock until now. The Skylock connects with your smartphone and remotely unlocks itself. It uses built-in solar panels so you don’t have worry about getting stuck somewhere if the batteries run out. Its Bluetooth capability allows for automatic unlocking when you’re near. Purchase yours here.
Sun Table - This gadget may be a bit extravagant (with a price tag to match) but we still think it’s cool. The Sun Table allows you charge your laptop outside so you never have to miss the beautiful weather while working. The tabletop even tilts to catch the most sun possible. A built-in inverter allows you charge or power any device you wish to keep outdoors with you. Learn more.
ECEEN Solar Backpack - How many times have you been hiking or camping and realized your phone is all out of juice? Sure, you don’t go out there to stare at Instagram all day but it’s always a good idea to have a charged device in case something goes wrong. The ECEEN Solar Backpack allows your to charge your smartphone on the go. Available in a variety of colors and sizes, the ECEEN is a must for any outdoor enthusiast. You can get yours on Amazon.
SolarCool Cooler - Okay, beach season may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pick up this badboy. The SolarCool cooler utilizes solar panels on it’s lid to keep your food and drink cold for up to 18 hours. It also allows you to charge your devices while hanging out at the beach, lake, or wherever your adventures take you. Without the need for ice, you can head to your destination without making pit stops to the gas station. Buy yours here.
Is there anything solar can’t do? These are just a few examples of cool solar tools you can purchase, but solar goes way beyond the latest gadget. Solar is the wave of the future. Click here to visit our website and learn what solar can do for you.
This week, SunHarvest Solar founder and owner Brandon Cheshire made his way to the Las Vegas strip. Not for the lights and nightlife, but for the sun. Brandon joined other solar leaders from around the country for the 2016 Top Solar Contractors Gala. This is the third year in a row SunHarvest has accepted an award from Solar Power World.
It has been incredible to be honored as one of the top solar contractors in the country for the past three years. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our team and our amazing customers for making all of this possible. We will continue to provide our community and customers with our Better Business Bureau’s A+ rated service for many years to come.
Every year the Top 500 Solar Contractors List is developed by Solar Power World to recognize the work completed by solar contractors across the U.S. and Canada. SunHarvest Solar was named number 267 on the list. We look forward to continued growth in Arizona and New Mexico. But most importantly, to continually be mentioned on that list at a better ranking every single year.