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Sunday Hike – Pole Hollow Canyon

Marilyn and I hiked a little over seven miles on our out-and-back hike of Pole Hollow Canyon. This hike, near Payson, starts at the City Creek Trailhead on Doll Baby Ranch Rd.

We encountered this snake early in our hike. It’s not a rattlesnake – it’s probably some type of Bull Snake.

The hike was mostly on trail, but it had significant deadfall to either cross or go around.

Friday Fitness Hike

Marilyn, Linda, and I did a hike in the Dixie Mine area on Friday. Linda and I hiked 10.4 miles. Marilyn joined us for the first two and a half.

We think this is a red-tailed hawk.

Wolfberries:

A view from the Prospector Trail:

A view from the Bell Pass Trail:

Looking toward the Superstitions from the Coachwhip Trail:

Arizona Poppy (I think):

Wednesday Night Hike

Bob and I hiked 6.4 miles together on Wednesday Night. We saw two pack rats, a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake and a small Coral Snake.

Monday Night Hike

8.25 miles on the Long Loop on Monday Night. I saw two tarantulas, some pack rats, and a javelina.

Sunday Hike – FS 242 & Pinto Creek Canyon

Marilyn and I set out with the intent of hiking Pinto Creek Canyon. It was billed as a creek with clear, ankle deep water. We inadvertently parked two miles away, but hiked the forest road (FS 242) to the creek. When we got there, we found that it was mostly dry with occasional slippery mud plus a few stagnant pools of water. It was very scenic from the forest service road, however; I enjoyed the views from the road.

Friday Fitness Hike

Bob, Marilyn, and I hiked 7.8 miles starting from the Wagner Trailhead.

Sunrise from the trailhead:

 

A mushroom in the desert? Apparently so…

Sacred Datura:

Look for the Javelina near the bottom of this photo, just left of center. The McDowell Mountains are in the background.

The yellow flowers in this photo are Senna:

It took us a while to spot this snake. We heard it rattling, but we thought it was on top of the bank of the channel that we were in. When we finally looked down, below an overhanging tree, we saw it.

Wednesday Night Hike

For Wednesday night’s hike, I did a 7.75 mile loop in MMRP.

I saw more critters than normal on Wednesday. I saw a tortoise, a white sphinx moth caterpillar, lots and lots of moths, some of which might have been of the white sphinx variety, two packrats, two rattlesnakes, a scorpion, and a corral snake.

Marie

Sunday Hike – Geronimo-Turkey-West Webber (Mogollon Rim)

Dave and Heather joined Marilyn and me for a hike up and down the Mogollon Rim. Starting from the Geronimo Trailhead, we hiked Geronimo to the Turkey Trail, which took us to Milk Ranch Point, a Mogollon Rim peninsula. Atop the rim, we hiked FS 218 and then headed back down via the West Webber Trail. We returned to the trailhead via the Geronimo Trail.

We crossed this small creek at the start:

A view from the Geronimo Trail:

Heather and Marilyn, hiking up the Turkey Trail:

A view from the Turkey Trail:

Dave took this photo of Heather, me, and Marilyn:

(Photo Credit: Dave Sesteli)

There were some expansive views from the Turkey Trail. We decided to go up this trail instead of West Webber because I had read that West Webber was shadier – I wanted the shade during the warmer parts of the day.

A view from the West Webber Trail. West Webber was mostly in forest. This was probably the most expansive view available from that trail.

Marilyn and I crossed this “bridge” on our way back. Dave and Heather had hiked ahead of us and most likely took the left fork while descending the West Webber Trail. I enjoyed this stretch of trail – there was just enough growth to make me look twice in a few spots to see where to go next.

We saw this mushroom on the Geronimo Trail not long before arriving back at the trailhead.

Friday Fitness Hike

Linda and I hiked a 10.4 mile loop starting from Tom’s Thumb Trailhead. We hiked Marcus Landslide, Boulder, Pemberton, Coachwhip, Windmill, East End, and Tom’s Thumb.

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