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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.

 

Friday Fitness Hike

Nora, Mike, and I hiked 8.3 miles starting from the Horse Staging Area.

Sunrise at the Horse Staging Area:

Creosote:

Buckwheat in front of buckhorn cholla:

Ratany:

San Filipe Dogweed:

Buckhorn cholla:

A view from the Pemberton Trail:

Arizona Blister Beetle:

Mike and Nora:

A view of Four Peaks from the Tonto Tank Trail:

A view of Red Mountain from the Shallmo Wash Trail:

Friday Fitness Hike

Mike and I hiked 8.5 miles starting from the Wagner Trailhead. The desert is drying out, but there is still an abundance of flowers.

We started early – just before sunrise. I got this shot from the Wagner Trail prior to the start of the hike.

Buckwheat:

Senna:

Sunrise on the Tortoise Trail:

I think this is Goldeneye:

At around the time that I photographed this bunny, I learned that the soles of my new shoes (Xero Prio) were not impervious to thorns.

This might be Sweetbush:

Saguaros in Stoneman Wash:

Lupine:

Palo Verde:

We saw this very green plant in Stoneman Wash – Mike told me what he thought it was, but I’ve now forgotten:

Wolfberry (or maybe Hackberry) mixed in with some other plants:

Ocotillo:

Lupine and Poppies:

We saw this plant on the Granite Trail, right next to the lupine and poppies. We didn’t know what it was at the time, but Mike has since identified it as a Fiddleneck.

Desert Pincushion:

This is the wash below the Bluff Trail:

Chuparosa:

Miniature Woollystar:

Hedgehog cactus:

Hedgehog blossom surrounded by other plants:

Banana Yucca:

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