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Friday Fitness Hike

 

This week’s hike started at the Wagner Trailhead, though we never actually got around to hiking the Wagner Trail.  Even so, we hiked 8.7 miles.

I got this photo of the sunrise before the hike started.  Part of the Wagner Trail is visible in this photo.

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Another pre-hike photo; A good view of Red Mountain off in the distance with some interesting foliage in the foreground.

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We hiked the Tortoise Trail to the Pemberton and then hiked Pemberton to Stoneman Wash.  We hiked up the wash, stopping to take photos at this rusted convertible.

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From left to right are Kevin, Bob, Amy, Janet, and Teresa.

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Bob took this photo of me while I was photographing the car.

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A large palo verde tree in Stoneman Wash:

2013-08-09-DSC04559-mediumWe hiked up one of the feeder washes for Stoneman Wash.  It eventually lead us back to the Pemberton, somewhat south of the Bluff Trail.

We saw this rattlesnake along the way.  Ranger Amy has confirmed that it’s a Mohave rattlesnake.  We saw one on last week’s hike too.

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I was suprised to see a blooming barrel cactus in the area.

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A view from the Pemberton Trail.  There is a small bench just below and left of the Palo Verde on the hill.  Just below and beyond the tree and bench lies the Bluff Trail.  The yellow sign visible in this photo warns of a sharp turn on the Pemberton Trail.

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Teresa and Bob hike down the Bluff Trail.

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A view of Weaver’s Needle and the Flatiron far off in the distance:

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We came across a number of healthy looking ocotillos while hiking back on the Bluff Trail.

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Ranger Amy spotted this horseshoe on a granite boulder.

2013-08-09-DSC04727-medium A view of the nine o’clock fountain with Red Mountain behind it.

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