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Friday Fitness Hike

Mike, Bob, Sara, Jill, and I hiked 9.7 miles starting from the Wagner Trailhead. We did a big loop, staying in washes for the majority of the hike.

More burst fruit on a saguaro. (I got a photo last week too.)

A tree in Stoneman Wash:

A look at one of the really cool arroyos in the park. Perhaps half an hour later we were down there where we took a group photo.

A somewhat narrow wash with high banks!

Mike, Kevin, Bob, Jill, and Sara. Thanks to Sara for helping with this shot.

Friday Fitness Hike

Kathy, Tawana, Marilyn, Bob, Mike, and I did an eight mile hike starting from the parking area for the Dixie Mine Trail. We hiked out to the road, took a look at the tailings and then went back down to look in at the horizontal shaft. We also looked at the petroglyphs after which we made our way over to the Prospector Trail where we hiked to the lookout that’s midway up the trail.

Heading out on the Dixie Mine Trail:

Marilyn and Tawana:

Mine tailings:

Looking down the vertical mine shaft. There is something highly reflective (water?) at the bottom.  You can see my head and the grating covering the hole in the reflection.

This is the gate preventing entry to the mine’s adit.

The nearby petroglyphs:

Bob, Marilyn, Kathy, Kevin, and Mike.  (Thanks to Tawana for taking this photo.)

Some of the saguaro fruit have burst sort of making them look like red flowers.

Friday Fitness Hike

Marilyn, Bob, Linda, and I hiked a six mile lollipop-loop in the Dixie Mine area. We visited the mines, petroglyphs, and dry waterfall prior to returning.

Saguaro blooms:

A slightly different view (than what I normally photograph) of the mine tailings and hills / mountains beyond.

Despite a recent effort to eradicate it from the area, tamarisk is once again growing in front of the gated adit.

It’s a shame that the sign doesn’t say what was taken out of the mine…

This is part of the main petroglyph panel:

We saw these petroglyphs just prior to arriving at the dryfall:

The dryfall…

A view from the Dixie Mine Trail on the way back:

Friday Fitness Hike

Bob, Linda, Marie, and I hiked nearly seven miles on Friday. Ranger Amy joined us for part of the hike on her bike, meeting us at various points along the way when our paths diverged.

The saguaros are in bloom!

This is Stoneman Wash:

Views while hiking the wash…

Friday Fitness Hike

Linda, Marlee, and I hiked nearly 10.7 miles on Friday. We hiked up Tom’s Thumb, down East End, left on Windmill, left on Coachwhip, left on Pemberton, and left on Boulder. When we got to the Marcus Landslide Trail, we hiked the interpretive loop before taking it back to the trailhead. Total elevation gain was 1900 feet.

This is a view from the top of the East End Trail:

Marlee and Linda, hiking down the East End Trail:

Prickly Pear Blossom:

A view of Thompson Peak from the Pemberton Trail:

We saw this rabbit just off of the Boulder Trail:

Submarine Rock:

Linda took this photo of me returning from my perch where I took the previous photo.  (Photo Credit: Linda Kalbach.)

The bow (or maybe stern) of Submarine Rock:

The hole / tunnel below Submarine Rock:

Another view of Submarine Rock, this time with Linda and Marlee in the photo to show its size.

One of the mushroom boulders on the Marcus Landslide Trail:

Soon to be blossoms on a saguaro:

Friday Fitness Hike

Linda, Nora, Heather, and I hiked a little over 10 miles in the McDowells. We hiked the Dixie Mine, Sonoran, Promenade, and Western Loop Trails.

We saw three snakes on our hike. We have photos of only two of them. The last one, which was too quick for me to get a photo, was a coachwhip.

Shortly after sunrise…

Two barrel cacti – note the two small “arms” on the one on the right.

Despite not being able to see its nose (due to having partially gone into a hole), one of Linda’s friends identified this as a long nose snake. (Photo Credit – Linda Kalbach.)

The thing that surprised us most about this snake was its greenish tinge. We all thought that it might be a Mohave rattlesnake, perhaps even a Mohave Green Rattlesnake, but Heather contacted Mark, the ranger at the Cave Creek Regional Park, who identified it as a Black Tailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus Molossus).

Ocotillos on the Upper Sonoran Trail:

We paused at the Western Loop Overlook, where I got this photo:

Heather, at the overlook:

Descending the Western Loop Trail…

Sadly, we didn’t have enough time to also hike the Andrews-Kinsey Trail.

The Western Loop Trail eventually splits. We took the right fork where we passed this rock formation first from above and then later on (pictured) from below.

As we neared the Promenade Trail, we got a better view of some new construction.  We think this might be construction for a new trailhead at the end of the Promenade Trail.

We saw this flowering saguaro just off of the Lower Sonoran Trail.

Friday Fitness Hike

Linda and I hiked a little over eleven miles starting from the Four Peaks / Horse Staging Area.  We hiked part of the Technical Loop and then hit the washes for many miles, returning on the Pemberton and Shallmo Wash Trails.

Friday Fitness Hike

For Friday’s hike, Kay and I hiked a combination of the Hog Heaven Loop and the Lost Wall Loop.

We started on the Marcus Landslide Trail and then turned right onto Feldspar. To the left are some low angle (third class) slabs which lead to the top of Sven Tower I. We summited there and then continued on the climber’s access trail leading past Sven Towers II and III. This soon joined the standard route for the Hog Heaven Loop. We hiked past Hog Heaven and the Thumbnail Pinnacle and then continued onto the East End (summit) where we also went to that summit.

Continuing on, we descended the climber’s access trail to Tom’s Thumb Trail. From there, we hiked over to (and then on) the oft used climber’s access trail going to Tom’s Thumb. We continued past Tom’s Thumb and then down past Lost Wall, Half & Half Wall and the Fort McDowell climbing areas. This eventually led us back to Tom’s Thumb Trail and then back to the parking lot.

Total distance was just over five miles with nearly 2300 feet of total ascent.

Sunrise from the parking lot:

Kay, ascending the granite slab adjacent to the Feldspar Trail:

Morrell’s Wall and Tom’s Thumb:

Three views of the Thumbnail Pinnacle:

Looking back along the ridge, on the left, that got us to this vantage point. On the right is Thompson Peak and some other lesser peaks in the McDowell Range. Of course, the East End, the highest point in the McDowells is not visible in this shot as it’s just behind us.

Kay atop the East End (Peak), the highest point in the McDowells.

Chuparosa; we saw this plant on the ridge northwest of Tom’s Thumb.

Friday Fitness Hike

Friday’s hike started at the Wagner Trailhead. We hiked Wagner, Granite, Delsie, Pemberton, Bluff Trail Wash, Granite, Bluff, Granite, and back on Wagner. Total hike distance was 10.2 miles, but with only 640 feet of total ascent.

Mike, Sara, Tracy, Kay, Kevin, and Bob:

Ranger Amy joined us for some of the hike on her bike.

The skeleton is now sporting a sombrero!

This is the crested saguaro that’s south of Granite Tank.

One of the few flowers – this one is a hedgehog blossom – that we saw on our hike.

Some of the rocks in the wash adjoining the Bluff Trail.

Tracy, Kay, and Sara in the Bluff Trail Wash:

Friday Fitness Hike

Bob, Sara, Mike, Kay, Sunaree, Marilyn, and I hiked a loop of a little over 10 miles starting from the Horse Staging Area.

What a view!

This tree had six owls in it of which three are easily visible in this photo.  If you look very closely, it’s possible to pick out the fourth.  There’s a spot where there might be a fifth owl, but I can’t be sure. I have no idea where the sixth owl was hiding.

This was one of the owls flying down the small gorge through which we hiked. We saw these owls several more times as we made our way down the wash.

Bob, Sara, Mike, Kay, Sunaree, Marilyn, and Kevin:

A relic from the days when this land formed part of a working ranch:

This is a look back at part of the Sport Loop, one of the competitive tracks in McDowell Mountain Regional Park:

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