Mara sent me this photo…
Bob and I hiked the Dixie Mine Trail out to the service road for the antenna towers. We then hiked up to the Prospector Trail and took the first wash down towards the mine. There were a large number of bees around the pools of water at the waterfall, so we worked our way around the waterfall via a different path. We eventually did end up at the mine and the petroglyphs before hiking back. Total distance today was only 6.5 miles.
This is the crested saguaro at the trailhead parking lot.
Sarge, Bob, Linda, and I hiked seven miles on Friday. Starting from the Wagner Trailhead, we walked across the street and took Tortoise to Pemberton, Pemberton to Stoneman Wash, Stoneman Wash to the Bluff Trail Wash, Bluff Trail Wash to Granite, Granite to Wagner, and Wagner back to the trailhead. (The Bluff Trail Wash feeds into Stoneman Wash. The Bluff Trail overlooks this wash.)
I arrived at the trailhead just after sunrise, but fortunately, there were some nice clouds obscuring the sun, giving me this shot:
This is a view from near the abandoned car in Stoneman Wash. (I decided not to take yet another photo of the car this time around.) Saguaros in Stoneman Wash:
Bob, Linda, and I started from the Horse Staging Area on Friday and hiked a little over 7.5 miles.
Bob and I hiked out to the top of Apache Leap on July 4. On July 5, we returned to the area and approached Apache Leap from the west side. We hiked up some old roads and eventually started following some cairns to the base of Apache Leap, but turned back before we got there because, without climbing gear, it looked doubtful that we would be able to proceed much further once we arrived at the base. We then went on to do a short hike in Upper Devil’s Canyon.
Bees and other insects around an agave flower.
A view of Superior with Picketpost Mountain in the distance. We’ve added Picketpost Mountain to the list of hikes we want to do. There is a hike which goes to the summit.We could see Weaver’s Needle from this vantage point too.
A view looking back towards where we had come. The terrain is quite rough; we only hiked 3.5 miles in 5.5 hours, though our moving time was about 3 hours. There were cairns leading us out and back, but spotting them was difficult. We would frequently stop for a minute or two and try to spot the next cairn. We’d then have to figure out a reasonable looking path over to(wards) the cairn.
We saw many agave flowers on our hike. Near the edge of the leap, I noticed a flowering agave plant just below one of (the many) boulders. That particular boulder as fairly close to the flowers and placed me and my camera about level with it.
A view of the mine. It’s expanded a lot since I used to climb in the area. There’s a lot of exploration and drilling going on elsewhere in the area too. We saw thick black hoses snaking along the road and across the terrain.
This is what the west side of Apache Leap looked like on Saturday morning. You can see the old road that we hiked in the foreground.