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Sunset Hilltop Trail Photos

I took these photos from the Hilltop Trail in McDowell Mountain Park.

Sunset:

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I don’t think that I did an especially good job of editing this photo, but Marie says that she likes it.  I was walking back to my truck when I saw this bunny.  I shot this hand held at f/1.8 in aperture priority mode.  The camera (on auto-ISO) chose ISO 1250 for 1/80 sec.

2013-07-14-DSC02963-mediumI took this photo of a saguaro cactus after sunset.  For this one, I used a tripod using ISO 100, f/8, 1/20 sec.  I ended up using the +2EV exposure of the three exposure bracket.  I was surprised that it (alone) worked for both the light areas of the image and the dark areas too.  I played around with tone mapping it too, but I prefer this edit obtained by merging various exposure values by hand.

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Another shot, somewhat later, with some burnt wood in the foreground.

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Friday Fitness Hike

Friday’s hike was 6.25 miles, starting from the Trailhead Staging Area.  We hiked out on the Pemberton Trail and then explored some of the washes near the former site of the Pemberton Ranch homestead.  We returned via Stoneman Wash and Pemberton.

Linda showed up with a new pair of gaiters.  We needed our gaiters today – they kept stuff out of our shoes as we hiked though sandy and vegetated washes.

2013-07-12-DSC02379-mediumTwo views of one of the washes we explored:

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A photo of Amy as she was…

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…taking this photo of us:

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The small canyons we hiked started out fairly open, but gradually narrowed with lots of twists and turns.  We encountered several forks along the way too.  If you choose incorrectly, you end up in a box canyon.  Today, however, we guessed at the right route; some of our past explorations of this area required us to retrace our steps.2013-07-12-DSC02442-medium

Bob and Sarge pose beneath an undercut section of wall:

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Linda and Amy hike past a steep wall.

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Amy tells us about this Verdin nest:

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As noted earlier, our way narrowed down.  At this point, we had to hike single file.

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Taking a water break…

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Sarge!

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More views on our way back to the Pemberton:

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We came across this rusted piece of metal.  None of us could figure out to what it might have once been attached.

2013-07-12-DSC02631-medium A short while later, Amy found this spoon in the wash:

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We followed our wash across the Pemberton on its way to feeding into Stoneman Wash. Bob stopped to give Sarge some more water.  I used the time to hike to the top of a small hill to see if we were already in Stoneman wash or if we still had further to go.  (We still had a ways to go.)  While atop the hill, I took this picture of the group with the McDowells in the background:

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While still on the hill, I turned around and took this photo looking across Stoneman Wash towards Four Peaks.

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It was starting to get warm as we hiked up Stoneman Wash and Sarge was panting a lot. Bob stopped to give Sarge some more water.

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Biking at the Competitive Track

Bob, Marilyn, and I went out early to ride the Competitive Tracks at McDowell Mountain Park.

Just before sunrise:

2013-07-07-DSC03659-mediumMarilyn and Bob ride to the top of the first big hill on the Sport Loop:

2013-07-07-DSC03669-mediumNegotiating some S-curves:

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Bob, near the end of the Sport Loop:

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Marilyn, on the Technical Loop:

2013-07-07-DSC03718-mediumThis snake was lying across the trail on the technical loop.  I got three shots of it prior to turning around and slithering off.

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Friday Fitness Hike

Friday’s hike started at the Wagner Trailhead.  Bob, Teresa, Linda, Janet, and I hiked 7.25 miles.  The highlight of the hike was the wash paralleling the Bluff Trail.  Most of the photos below are from that area.

The morning was cloudy, which is kind of unusual for Arizona, though not too unusual for hikes in July and August.  We heard thunder off in the distance and were able to see rain in the distance too.  Occasional gaps in the clouds allowed the sun to light up mountains in the distance.

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This is a view of the wash, just after leaving the Granite Trail.  We climb the boulders near the left edge of the photo in order to continue on up the wash.

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Teresa and Linda make their way up the rocky part of the wash.

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Teresa found this antler in the wash.

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Anyone know what kind of plant this is?

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We saw many holes as we hiked up the wash.  This one was quite large, but shallow.  We were able to easily see the bottom of the hole.  We wondered what kind of animal made this hole.

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Spooky looking tree branches:

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Here’s a spider hole.  But what kind of spider lives here?

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Part of a burnt tree…

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Teresa and Bob hike through another rocky section of the wash.

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Rain showers in the distance…

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Teresa, Janet, Bob, and Linda at the top of the Bluff Trail.  Janet, Bob, and Linda are wearing colorful gaiters purchased from Dirty Girl Gaiters.

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Another view of rain showers from the Bluff Trail:

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Another view of the Bluff Trail, with Four Peaks just visible behind some rain showers.

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Friday Fitness Hike

We hiked the Scenic Trail during last Friday’s Fitness Hike.  We had a fairly large group for a hike in June.  Often, it ends up just being the regulars who show up for hikes during the summer months.

I didn’t take many pictures.  The desert is very brown right now; plus I have more than a few photos of this area.  See this post from several months ago for other Scenic Trail photos.

Sarge greets Heather as Bob looks on:

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Sarge waits for water at the top of the hill on the Scenic Trail.

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From left to right are Heather, Teresa, Mary, Janet, Mary, Marilyn, Linda, and Bob, with Sarge in front.

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Bonus photo!  This is Mary’s husband, Clayton, riding the Pemberton Trail on Sunday:

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Sunrise on the Pemberton

I took this during an early morning bike ride.

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Later on, I saw this coyote:

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Friday Fitness Hike

Today’s hike started at the Wagner Trailhead.  We hiked the Wagner Trail, turned right onto the Granite Trail and hiked past Stoneman Wash, stopping when we got to another wash which feeds into Stoneman Wash.  We hiked a short ways up the wash where Amy and I took the group photo shown below.  From there, the group split up with Amy leading Doug and Mary back to the Trailhead via the Bluff Trail.

Bob, Teresa, Janet, Marilyn, and I hiked continued up over the rocks and followed the wash up to the Pemberton Trail.  We turned left on Pemberton and returned via the Bluff Trail.

From left to right (and back to front) in the photo below are Kevin, Amy, Mary, Teresa, Janet, Marilyn, Doug, and Bob.  I took one exposure.  Amy took another.  I combined them in post processing so we could all be in the photo together.

2013-06-14-DSC03250-mediumThis photo was taken from the wash after the group split up.  (I didn’t take many photos today. I still have a lot of photos from the Moab area to process.)

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Friday Hike – Scenic Trail

Bob, Sarge, Linda, Janet, Marilyn, and I hiked the Scenic Trail today.  We all noticed that the desert has gotten brown again…

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Linda, Janet, and Marilyn nearing the top of the ridge on the Scenic Trail:

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We noticed a lot of haze off in the distance today.  I think the hills near the water tower are known as Asher Hills.2013-05-31-DSC09949-medium

 

Saguaro Blossoms on the Boulder Trail

 

This is one of the saguaros I saw today while riding the Boulder Trail to the Marcus Landslide Trail.
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Friday Hike – Sonoran Trail

Nick, Bob, Doug, Janet, Linda, and I met at the Eagle’s Nest trailhead.  We hiked nearly ten miles and had nearly 2000 feet of total ascent on our hike utilizing the Dixie Mine, Sonoran, Promenade, and Western Loop Trails.

A view of a water tower from the Sonoran Trail:

We were resting part way up the Western Loop Trail when I took this photo of the portion of the McDowells comprising the East End and Tom’s Thumb.  You can just make out Tom’s Thumb perhaps a quarter of the way over from the right edge of the photo.

Linda, Janet, Bob, and Nick taking a break.

Nearing the high point of the Western Loop Trail…

A view of Red Mountain from the top of the Western Loop Trail.  There is a trail which leads to an overlook.  We spent very little time there because there were quite a lot of insects at the overlook.

Linda took this photo of Janet, Bob, me, and Nick at the overlook:

A view of Sunrise Peak where we hiked last week:

We’re on the Promenade Trail in the photo below.  It’s an old jeep road.

On the way back, I took a photo of the entrance to the Western Loop Trail.  We hiked that segment earlier in the hike.

A section of the Sonoran Trail has a short stretch of slippery rock.  The trail builders decided to put in a chain handrail at this point.

There are long uphill stretches on the way out and on the way back.  The photo below shows Nick, Janet, Bob, and Linda near the bottom of the most sustained uphill segment on the way back.

Linda took this photo of a blossoming barrel cactus plant:

A Wolfberry bush…

A view of Four Peaks:

 

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