Tag: McDowell Mountain Park (page 1 of 35)
Friday’s hike started at the Wagner Trailhead. We hiked Wagner, Granite, Delsie, Pemberton, Bluff Trail Wash, Granite, Bluff, Granite, and back on Wagner. Total hike distance was 10.2 miles, but with only 640 feet of total ascent.
Mike, Sara, Tracy, Kay, Kevin, and Bob:
Ranger Amy joined us for some of the hike on her bike.
The skeleton is now sporting a sombrero!
This is the crested saguaro that’s south of Granite Tank.
One of the few flowers – this one is a hedgehog blossom – that we saw on our hike.
Some of the rocks in the wash adjoining the Bluff Trail.
Tracy, Kay, and Sara in the Bluff Trail Wash:
Bob, Sara, Mike, Kay, Sunaree, Marilyn, and I hiked a loop of a little over 10 miles starting from the Horse Staging Area.
What a view!
This tree had six owls in it of which three are easily visible in this photo. If you look very closely, it’s possible to pick out the fourth. There’s a spot where there might be a fifth owl, but I can’t be sure. I have no idea where the sixth owl was hiding.
This was one of the owls flying down the small gorge through which we hiked. We saw these owls several more times as we made our way down the wash.
Bob, Sara, Mike, Kay, Sunaree, Marilyn, and Kevin:
A relic from the days when this land formed part of a working ranch:
This is a look back at part of the Sport Loop, one of the competitive tracks in McDowell Mountain Regional Park:
We hiked 11.6 miles on Friday, following a familiar lasso-loop: Dixie Mine, Coachwhip, Windmill, Bell Pass, Prospector, service road, and Dixie Mine. We also made two short side trips, one to visit a water catchment for wildlife, and the other to the mine and petroglyphs.
Early morning on the Dixie Mine Trail…
A view from the Coachwhip Trail:
There was an ample amount of water in the tank – kind of surprising since we haven’t gotten much recent rain.
When rain falls on the corrugated sheets, it runs downhill to the trough at the bottom. From there it flows through the pipe into the large covered holding tank shown in the earlier photo. That large tank then feeds the smaller tank from which wildlife can drink.
Saguaros on the bank of the wash on our way back to the Windmill Trail:
I was told that I stepped over this gopher snake on our hike through the wash:
A view from the Windmill Trail:
Gayle noticed this colorful rock on the Windmill Trail:
Gayle, Mike Heather, Linda, Marilyn, Marilyn, Nora, and Ben:
Saguaros on the Prospector Trail:
This is the main petroglyph panel:
Mike, Sunaree, Randy, Kay, Gayle, Sandra, Doug, and Leslie joined me for a 9.8 mile hike starting from the Trailhead Staging Area. Much of our hike was either in Stoneman Wash or in washes feeding into Stoneman Wash.
This is a view from the Pemberton Trail shortly after leaving the trailhead.
Turning south into Stoneman Wash…
Hiking south in Stoneman Wash:
This is an east bank of the wash:
We’ve reached the Long Loop here; the wash continues to the southeast, but we turned west onto the Long Loop.
This was the the view at the intersection of the Long Loop and the service road that leads back to the Pemberton:
This is one of the views to the southwest as we hiked towards the Pemberton Trail.
Mike, Sunaree, Randy, Kay, Gayle, Sandra, Doug, and Leslie:
A view of Four Peaks from the Pemberton Trail:
After reaching the site of the ranch homestead, we continued our hike in another wash…
We eventually found ourselves back in Stoneman Wash: