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.
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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.
Bob, Marilyn, and I hiked 7.8 miles starting from the Wagner Trailhead.
Sunrise from the trailhead:
A mushroom in the desert? Apparently so…
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.
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.
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:
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.