Tag: McDowell Mountain Park (page 4 of 38)
Kathy, Tawana, Marilyn, Bob, Mike, and I did an eight mile hike starting from the parking area for the Dixie Mine Trail. We hiked out to the road, took a look at the tailings and then went back down to look in at the horizontal shaft. We also looked at the petroglyphs after which we made our way over to the Prospector Trail where we hiked to the lookout that’s midway up the trail.
Heading out on the Dixie Mine Trail:
Marilyn and Tawana:
Looking down the vertical mine shaft. There is something highly reflective (water?) at the bottom. You can see my head and the grating covering the hole in the reflection.
This is the gate preventing entry to the mine’s adit.
The nearby petroglyphs:
Bob, Marilyn, Kathy, Kevin, and Mike. (Thanks to Tawana for taking this photo.)
Some of the saguaro fruit have burst sort of making them look like red flowers.
Marilyn, Bob, Linda, and I hiked a six mile lollipop-loop in the Dixie Mine area. We visited the mines, petroglyphs, and dry waterfall prior to returning.
Despite a recent effort to eradicate it from the area, tamarisk is once again growing in front of the gated adit.
It’s a shame that the sign doesn’t say what was taken out of the mine…
This is part of the main petroglyph panel:
We saw these petroglyphs just prior to arriving at the dryfall:
A view from the Dixie Mine Trail on the way back:
Linda, Marlee, and I hiked nearly 10.7 miles on Friday. We hiked up Tom’s Thumb, down East End, left on Windmill, left on Coachwhip, left on Pemberton, and left on Boulder. When we got to the Marcus Landslide Trail, we hiked the interpretive loop before taking it back to the trailhead. Total elevation gain was 1900 feet.
This is a view from the top of the East End Trail:
Marlee and Linda, hiking down the East End Trail:
Prickly Pear Blossom:
A view of Thompson Peak from the Pemberton Trail:
We saw this rabbit just off of the Boulder Trail:
Linda took this photo of me returning from my perch where I took the previous photo. (Photo Credit: Linda Kalbach.)
The bow (or maybe stern) of Submarine Rock:
The hole / tunnel below Submarine Rock:
Another view of Submarine Rock, this time with Linda and Marlee in the photo to show its size.
One of the mushroom boulders on the Marcus Landslide Trail:
Soon to be blossoms on a saguaro:
Linda, Nora, Heather, and I hiked a little over 10 miles in the McDowells. We hiked the Dixie Mine, Sonoran, Promenade, and Western Loop Trails.
We saw three snakes on our hike. We have photos of only two of them. The last one, which was too quick for me to get a photo, was a coachwhip.
Shortly after sunrise…
Two barrel cacti – note the two small “arms” on the one on the right.
Despite not being able to see its nose (due to having partially gone into a hole), one of Linda’s friends identified this as a long nose snake. (Photo Credit – Linda Kalbach.)
The thing that surprised us most about this snake was its greenish tinge. We all thought that it might be a Mohave rattlesnake, perhaps even a Mohave Green Rattlesnake, but Heather contacted Mark, the ranger at the Cave Creek Regional Park, who identified it as a Black Tailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus Molossus).
Ocotillos on the Upper Sonoran Trail:
We paused at the Western Loop Overlook, where I got this photo:
Heather, at the overlook:
Descending the Western Loop Trail…
Sadly, we didn’t have enough time to also hike the Andrews-Kinsey Trail.
The Western Loop Trail eventually splits. We took the right fork where we passed this rock formation first from above and then later on (pictured) from below.
As we neared the Promenade Trail, we got a better view of some new construction. We think this might be construction for a new trailhead at the end of the Promenade Trail.
We saw this flowering saguaro just off of the Lower Sonoran Trail.
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: