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Friday Fitness Hike

Jude, Nora, Sara, Marilyn, Bob, and I hiked 8 miles on the Dixie Mine and Sonoran Trails. Total ascent was just over 1400 feet.

All of the photos below were taken from the Sonoran Trail.

We were most impressed by this mountain biker. The terrain here is steeper than it looks; plus, she had just negotiated a fairly tight switchback. She managed to pass us on this narrow trail without dismounting.

Looking towards Fountain Hills and the Superstition Wilderness…

Friday Fitness Hike

Kathy, Jerry, Mike, Nancy, Bill, Heather, Bob, and I did a 10.2 mile hike on Friday.  We hiked Dixie Mine to Sonoran and then did a loop on the Western Loop Trail.  On the way back, Bill showed us the trail that he and his crew have been building.  Tentatively called the Lower Sonoran Trail, it uses some of the lower portions of the slope below the current Sonoran Trail, running from the Promenade Trail to Sonoran Trail at the boundary between the park and the preserve.  Bill told me that the current Sonoran Trail between those two points is 1.8 miles in length; the new section of trail is 2.1 miles long. In most instances, I prefer hiking a loop instead of a pure out-and-back, so having a new and scenic option in the area is much appreciated.

Mike (far left), Bob, Jerry, Nancy, and Heather on the Sonoran Trail:

Ocotillos on the Sonoran Trail:

Nancy and Kathy hiking up the Western Loop Trail:

A view from just below the overlook:

Heather at the top of the overlook just off the Western Loop Trail:

Mike (above left), Nancy, Bill, and Heather descending the Western Loop Trail:

Nancy, Bill, and Heather:

The new section of trail has lots of ocotillos too!

Bill on the new section of trail:

Heather and Nancy taking a break…

 

Backlit Desert

This is a view from the Dixie Mine Trail on late Sunday afternoon.

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Crested Saguaro

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Fountain Hills Botanical Garden

On Saturday, Marilyn and I walked the trails in the Fountain Hills Botanical Garden.

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Second Mesa Maiden

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Friday Fitness Hike

Last Friday’s hike started at the Dixie Mine Trailhead. We hiked Dixie Mine to Sonoran and took Sonoran until it joined with the Promenade Trail. At that point, Linda, Janet, Charles, Angel, and Marilyn turned back for a 7.8 mile hike. Bob and I continued on. We hiked up the Western Loop Trail, stopped briefly at the overlook and then continued on down the Western Loop Trail. We then took the recently constructed Andrews-Kinsey Trail to the Sunrise Trail. We hiked to the top of Sunrise Peak and then returned to the Fountain Hills side by retracing our steps on the Andrews-Kinsey Trail. Altogether, we hiked a little over 15 miles with 2800 feet of total ascent.

This is a view from the Sonoran Trail, somewhat before reaching the Preserve.

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A view from the Western Loop Overlook:

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This is another view from the Western Loop Overlook. The Andrews-Kinsey Trail is visible in this photo.

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We saw some Brittlebush in bloom, which is kind of unusual for this time of the year.

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A saguaro on the Andrews-Kinsey Trail:

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A barrel cactus on the Andrews-Kinsey Trail:

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It was crowded on top of Sunrise Peak:

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This dog was able to drink directly from a water bottle! It didn’t spill much either.

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Yet another view from Sunrise Peak:

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This is a view of Fountain Hills as we were descending Sunrise Peak.

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I noticed this rock outcropping on the way back.

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Another view, from the other side, of the saguaro that we saw earlier in the hike.

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More saguaros on the Andrews-Kinsey Trail:

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Thursday Night Fountain

I got this shot of the Fountain on Thursday night.

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Wednesday Night Fountain

I got this photo of the Fountain on Wednesday evening. There are two photos here, but they’re the same except for some tweaks to the hue and saturation of the orange colors from the sky.

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Friday’s Sunset

 

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