Bob, Mike, Linda, Sara, and I hiked a 8.25 mile loop starting from the Horse Staging Area. The morning was surprisingly cool for mid to late May. I was cold when we started and added a layer that I wore throughout the entire hike.
A dead tree in Stoneman Wash:
Bob, Mike, Linda, and Sara. This was a tricky shot to post-process due to shooting into the sun.
Another view from the service road…
A view of Four Peaks from the Pemberton Trail:
Bob, Mike, and I hiked a 9.1 mile loop: Pemberton, Lariat, Granite, Stoneman Wash, and back on Pemberton.
Prior to the hike, I noticed this Wolfberry bush. The berries are starting to dry out.
Look for the hare/jackrabbit at the bottom right…
Look for the raven nest and raven’s head in the near saguaro:
A view from Stoneman Wash:
The car in Stoneman Wash:
I hiked about 12 miles round trip on the Half Moon and Rock Creek Trails beginning from the Barnhardt Trailhead.
Back in 2002 (or maybe 2001), I had first scouted these trails and then hiked them as part of a loop.
Later, after the Willow Fire of 2004, Marilyn, Nick, and I hiked the Half Moon Trail. It was miserable after the fire – some of our clothing was torn to shreds by catclaw and other thorny bushes.
I’ve become interested in perhaps doing a loop in this area again, so I decided to hike the Half Moon Trail to assess it’s condition. A lane of eight feet or wider has been cut through the thorny brush for most of the trail. The same is true for sections of the Rock Creek trail as well. I’ve posted a complete triplog at hikearizona.com.