I hiked 6.4 miles on Friday: Escondido, Cinch, Scenic, Pemberton, Shallmo Wash. Temperatures weren’t bad for this time of year – it was in the low eighties when I started and nearly ninety when I finished.
Tag: Friday Fitness Hike (page 3 of 27)
Heather, Dave, and I hike a little over four miles in the Tom’s Thumb Area on Friday. We hiked up Mesquite Canyon, past Hog Heaven, past the Thumbnail Pinnacle, and then made our way over to the East End (summit), which is the highest point in the McDowells. After that, we hiked down to the Tom’s Thumb Trail and returned to the parking area.
Making our way up to the pass at the top of Mesquite Canyon:
This is an easy section on the way to Hog Heaven:
We saw this turkey vulture along the way:
The prominent rock formation somewhat belong the ridgeline and about a third of the way over from the right hand edge of the photo is Hog Heaven. Above that and to the right is the Thumbnail Pinnacle. This strange looking pinnacle can be seen from Fountain Hills.
Thumbnail Pinnacle, up close:
From this vantage point, above the Thumbnail Pinnacle, it no longer has a hooked shape, but instead looks more like a spire. Weaver’s Needle and the Flatiron can be seen in the distance. The large bright area in front of (and slightly to the right) of Weaver’s Needle looks like it might be a lake, but is actually a quarry. The Fountain Lake can be seen in this photo – it’s right of the quarry.
The East End (summit) can be seen at the far right in this photo. Below and to the left is a radio repeater.
This is a view from the East End summit. We hiked along that rocky ridge to get to this point.
Bob and I hiked seven miles starting from the Wagner Trailhead. We hiked: Tortoise, Pemberton, Stoneman Wash, (left on) Bluff, Granite, and Wagner.
It was a warm morning: temperatures at the start of the hike were in the high eighties; when we finished it was in the high nineties. The humidity was a bit higher too.
A view from the Tortoise Trail shortly after starting out:
Starting from the Trailhead Staging Area, I hiked a six mile loop: Pemberton, Scenic, Cinch, Escondido, Shallmo Wash, and Pemberton. The temperature was in the mid to upper eighties when I started and the low nineties when I finished. I’m definitely not quite acclimated to these conditions yet – I was happy that I kept the hike short today.
Early morning on the Pemberton Trail:
A view of Four Peaks from the Scenic Trail:
I saw this lichen covered rock on the Scenic Trail:
A view from the Shallmo Wash Trail:
Mike, Bob, Linda, Sara, Dorinda, and I hiked 10.6 miles on the Dixie Mine, Prospector, Bell Pass, Windmill, Coachwhip, and Dixie Mine (again, for the return) trails. Our total ascent on this hike was a bit over 1500 feet.
A view of the McDowells from the Dixie Mine Trail:
This is the adit (horizontal entrance) for the Dixie Mine.
Sara, Dorinda, Linda, Mike, and Bob hiking up the Prospector Trail.
Looking up from the Prospector Trail:
A view from the Bell Pass Trail:
Views of Weaver’s Needle and the Flatiron from the Coachwhip Trail:
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: