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Friday Fitness Hike

Ben, Marilyn, Mike, Bob, and Cathy joined me for a twelve and a half mile hike that took us all the way out to Marcus Landslide (starting from the Trailhead Staging Area).

Some of us saw javelina (and ravens) on our drive into the park. Later, during the hike, we saw jackrabbits, coyotes, deer, and more ravens.

Ravens at the trailhead:

Passing through Stoneman Wash…

The pond is looking both cleaner and fuller than normal!

Marilyn, Cathy, Ben, Mike, and Bob:

One of many rabbits that we saw…

Look for the coyote in the lower left portion of this photo…

Owl clover:

We saw some poppies in the park, but we saw more and more as we neared the Marcus Landslide Trail. This bunch of poppies was just off the Marcus Landslide Trail near it’s interesection with the Boulder Trail.

A view from the Marcus Landslide Trail:

This bunch of poppies was just off the Rock Knob Trail in the Preserve.

 

Friday Fitness Hike

Lloyd and I hiked 11.4 miles in the Tom’s Thumb area on Friday, the 25th.

Early in the morning on part of the Lost Wall Loop…

Continuing up, we passed this notable rock formation…

Looking down on Pinnacle Peak and Troon:

Tom’s Thumb and the Rist – yes, I’ve spelled it correctly:

It took us somewhat longer than normal to get to this point. Lloyd told me at the outset that he’s 70 years old with a pacemaker, so we went a more relaxed pace.

Heading down the East End Trail…

We saw a lot of poppies on Friday.

A cyclist coming up the Coachwhip Trail. Another hiker named Danny joined us for this section of the hike.

When we got to the Marcus Landslide Trail, Lloyd wanted a longer hike, so we turned left and hiked the little loop on the Marcus Landslide Trail. Danny had time constraints and headed straight back. I thought that this was a nice view of  more poppies and also of the Thumbnail Pinnacle high above. I told Lloyd that we sometimes hike up there.

Submarine Rock and some of the Landslide too.

One of the mushroom boulders along the Marcus Landslide Trail. The Granite Ballroom can be seen behind it – Marilyn and I once did a climb in this area – back in the days when it was possible to drive your vehicle all the way back to this point or perhaps somewhat beyond.

Another prominent pinnacle near the Marcus Landslide Trail.

Friday Fitness Hike

Mike, Ben, Marilyn, Kay, Diane, and Marilyn joined me for a twelve mile hike in the park and nearby preserve.

Friday Fitness Hike

Marilyn, Sara, Linda, and I hiked about six miles going to Dixie Mine and back.

On our way out on the Dixie Mine Trail…

Sara, in front of the mine adit:

The petroglyphs are on the left, though they can’t really be seen in this photo. (I’ve taken a lot of other photos of the petroglyphs.)

Ascending the waterfall…

One of the washes we passed (and eventually crossed) on the way back:

Friday Fitness Hike

Our hike on Friday, Jan 4 started from the Horse Staging Area. We hiked about 9.5 miles.

There’s an owl – probably a long eared owl – flying away from us in the photo below. We saw three owls several times as we made our way down the wash.

Friday Fitness Hike

Nick, John, Kay, Sara, Marilyn, Mike, Bob, and I hiked a 11.4 mile loop starting from the Wagner Trailhead.

Friday Fitness Hike

Laura and I hiked an 11 mile loop in the Tom’s Thumb area on Friday.

Friday Fitness Hike

Ben, Marilyn, Sara, Nick, Mike, and Marilyn joined me for Friday’s hike starting from the Wagner Trailhead. A subset of us did: Wagner, Delsie, Gooseneck, Rock Knob, Pemberton, Bluff Wash, Bluff, Granite, and Wagner. Total hike distance was 11.8 miles with 800+ feet of total ascent.

Mike, Nick, Marilyn, Sara, Marilyn, and Ben:

Some sort of hawk, perhaps a red tail.

Chain fruit cholla:

The flowers are goldeneye – see below – with Red Mountain in the distance.

Chuparosa:

Goldeneye – these flowers sort of look like brittlebush, but the leaves are different and don’t have the whitish coating that brittlebush leaves have.

Marilyn descends a steep section coming down from Bluff Wash. We also used to go up this way, but the move up has gotten a lot harder now that even more of the sand below has eroded away.

Friday Fitness Hike

Ben, Marilyn, Kay, and Nora joined me for a hike of the Hog Heaven Loop starting from Tom’s Thumb Trailhead. After doing the interesting / fun part of the loop, I left the group, hiking down East End, left on Windmill, left on Coachwhip, left on Pemberton, left on Boulder, right on Marcus Landslide, and right on Caballo. My total distance ended up being 10.7 miles with nearly 2500 feet of total ascent.

This is part of the trail leading to Hog Heaven.

Kay leads the way up a steep section between the main wall of Hog Heaven and the Thumbnail Pinnacle.

Ben, Kay, Marilyn, Nora, and Kevin at the Thumbnail Pinnacle.

We’ve passed the Thumbnail Pinnacle and are now on the ridge leading to the East End, the highest point in the McDowells.

Ben, Marilyn, Kay, and Nora at the summit.

Glass dome on the left and Tom’s Thumb on the right.

I think these purple flowers are Trailing Windmills.

Fairy Duster on the East End Trail.

I think this is a hawk…

Look for the Thumbnail Pinnacle below and to the right of what appears to be the summit. We were there earlier in the day. (The actual summit is beyond the apparent high point in this photo.)

A view from the Coachwhip Trail.

Another look at the Thumbnail Pinnacle, this time from the Pemberton Trail.

Friday Fitness Hike

Nina, Pat, Wayne, Kay, Mike, and Marilyn joined me for a 10.6 mile hike in the Dixie Mine area. We also saw Bill and Stan at the trailhead as well as on the way back – they did some maintenance in the mine area. We also saw Jill who had intended to join our hike, but arrived at the trailhead an hour early; she ended up hiking by herself.

This area was somewhat more slippery than normal due to the puddles and wet sand.

Kay, Pat, Nina, Wayne, and Kevin.

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