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Hike descriptions and/or photos.

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.

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.

Tuesday Night Hike

4.6 miles on Tuesday Night…

Sunday Hike – Pine Canyon Trail #26

Marilyn hiked four miles of the Pine Canyon Trail with me. At the four mile mark, I went on and she turned back, eventually picking me up at the northern end of the trail further up Beeline Highway. I hiked nearly 12 miles with over 2500 feet of total ascent.

Friday Fitness Hike

Linda and I hiked 10.5 miles starting from the Four Peaks Trailhead.

Colorful, pre-hike clouds.

A view of Red Mountain from the Technical Loop:

Linda and I were both surprised at how green the ocotillos are.

We looked for a descent into this small canyon, but the two nearby drainages were too steep.

Senna:

There was once a shooting range in the park?

Wednesday Night Hike

9 miles on Wednesday Night. I was testing a new headlamp which allowed me to see a number of night-time critters. I saw a tarantula, three scorpions, several packrats, a couple of bunnies, and an owl!

Sunday Hike – Highline-Donahue

On Sunday, I drove to the Pine Trailhead and did an out-and-back hike of the Highline and Donahue trails. I also hiked two forest roads beyond the Donahue Trail – these were FR 218 (Milk Ranch Point Road) and FR 9382L. The hike that I did – well, the return portion, anyway – is the latter half of a loop that can be done. I’m thinking about doing this loop and wanted to scout the latter part of the hike.

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