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Friday Fitness Hike

Starting from the Trailhead Staging Area, I did a 12.4 mile loop: Shallmo, Escondido, Pemberton, Scenic, and Pemberton.

A view of Red Mountain from the Shallmo Wash Trail:

This is perhaps one of the better views from the Escondido Trail.

Another view from the Escondido Trail:

Looking toward Red Mountain from the Scenic Trail:

Friday Fitness Hike

I hiked a little over five miles doing the Hog Heaven Loop, which is in the Tom’s Thumb area.

From this vantage point, I eventually hiked up past Hog Heaven, which is the climbing area just below the ridge in the center. I then made my way up to the Thumbnail Pinnacle which is on the ridge, just right of center. After that, I went to the highest point in the McDowells, the East End at the far right.

This is one of the interesting rock formations along the way. It is not the Thumbnail Pinnacle.

I saw this Gila Monster along the way. A got a photo of it when it turned around to hiss at me.

I took this shot while standing atop the boulders that form the highest point in the McDowells.

I saw a number of these yellow caterpillars as I made my descent to Tom’s Thumb Trail.  Joe Bartels has identified it as a White-lined Sphinx Caterpillar.

When I got to Tom’s Thumb Trail, I started seeing what I thought were Mariposa Lilies. Joe Bartels at hikearizona.com identified it as an Arizona Caltrop, also known as an Arizona Poppy.

Friday Fitness Hike

Bob and I hiked 10.3 miles on our Friday Hike. We hiked: Wagner, right on Granite, right on Delsie, left on Pemberton, left down Stoneman Wash, right on Granite, left on Bluff, left on Granite, and back (right) on Wagner.

We saw an owl towards the beginning of our hike on Delsie, but not many other critters.

A view of the McDowells from the Delsie Trail:

A happy skeleton!

A view from (and of) the Pemberton.

Stoneman Wash:

Friday Fitness Hike

Linda and I hiked 10.6 miles in McDowell Mountain Park, staying mostly in washes.  We finished up with about two miles in Shallmo Wash, eschewing the nearby trail for the loose and sandy goodness of the wash.

Any early morning view from the parking area:

Looking toward the McDowells from the top of T-Bone Ridge:

Stoneman Wash:

This is one of Stoneman’s feeder washes:

After crossing the Pemberton, we continued up this wash and came upon this snake.

Further on, we found this shed from a mule deer:

This is Shallmo Wash:

Some critter, probably a pack rat, seems to have piled up sticks and twigs on two levels in this dead tree.

 

 

Friday Fitness Hike

Jill and I hiked out to Dixie Mine, visiting both the top of the tailings and the horizontal entrance. After looking at the petroglyphs, we continued onto the Prospector Trail where we hiked to the scenic overlook. Total distance for the day’s hike was nearly 8 miles with just over 1,000 feet of total ascent.

Friday Fitness Hike

Linda and I hiked 10 miles starting from the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead.  We started off hiking the Lost Wall Loop which took us up to the ridge on which Tom’s Thumb is located. We hiked past Tom’s Thumb, returned to Tom’s Thumb Trail and then hiked East End, Windmill, Coachwhip, Pemberton, Boulder, and Marcus Landslide.

We saw quite a lot of haze in the distance.

A view of Tom’s Thumb from the ridgeline:

Linda scrambling up some rocks on the way to Tom’s Thumb:

A view from the East End Trail:

A view from the Boulder Trail:

Friday Fitness Hike

Heather, Mike, Bob, and I hiked a 10.3 mile loop featuring the South Wash. We saw a barn owl in the wash!

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:

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