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Friday Fitness Hike

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.

Friday Fitness Hike

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.

Heather makes her way across some large boulders on the way to Hog Heaven:

A view of McDowell Mountain Park – we were surprised at how flat it looked.  It doesn’t feel quite that flat when mountain biking there.

Heather, making her way up a loose section somewhat past Hog Heaven:

Heather and Dave make their way up some more large granite boulders on the way to the Thumbnail Pinnacle.

Thumbnail Pinnacle, up close:

Thompson Peak and other lesser peaks in the McDowells. Thompson Peak’s elevation is 3,984 feet. The East End summit is slightly higher at 4,069 feet.

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.

Friday Fitness Hike

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:

A saguaro near the Pemberton Trail:

The remains of a dead tree in Stoneman Wash:

Look for the owl in the tree. Neither Bob nor I noticed this owl when we were there.

Seed pods on a palo verde tree:

Friday Fitness Hike

Sandra and I hiked 9.5 miles starting from the Horse Staging Area…

Friday Fitness Hike

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:

I saw this snake on the Pemberton shortly before turning off onto Scenic. I heard a bike in the distance and waited until it passed to make sure that the snake didn’t get run over.

A view of Red Mountain from the Scenic 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:

Friday Fitness Hike

A view of Red Mountain from the Tortoise Trail:

The 1960 Chevy in Stoneman Wash:

More views from Stoneman Wash…

Friday Fitness Hike

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:

Kevin, Dorinda, Bob, Mike, Sara, and Linda.

A view from the Bell Pass Trail:

Views of Weaver’s Needle and the Flatiron from the Coachwhip Trail:

Friday Fitness Hike

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.

This is a look at one of the vertical banks in Stoneman/Pemberton Wash.

A dead tree in Stoneman Wash:

This textured region of desert is just south of the service road that connects the Long Loop to the Pemberton.

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…

Creosote:

A view of Four Peaks from the Pemberton Trail:

A view from the Cinch Trail.  Weaver’s Needle and the Flatiron can both be seen in the distance.

Friday Fitness Hike

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…

A raven:

Look for the raven nest and raven’s head in the near saguaro:

A view from Stoneman Wash:

The car in Stoneman Wash:

Friday Fitness Hike

Joe, Bob, Mike, and I hiked a portion of the Dixie Mine Trail on Friday.

 

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