Friday’s hike started from the Trailhead Staging Area. We went out on the Pemberton towards the pond and explored the washes in that area, returning to the Pemberton via Stoneman Wash. According to Linda’s GPS, we hiked 6.2 miles. (My watch indicated a somewhat greater distance, but it tends to overstate the distance under some circumstances.)
A view from the Pemberton shortly after setting out.
This is where the Pemberton descends into Stoneman Wash.
Views of some of the formations across from the pond…
There are some high walls in the area.
We came across a spinal column and part of the skull of a large animal. Linda’s post-hike research indicates that these are Javelina remains.
A healthy Senna Flower.
Four more saguaros:
We saw this horseshoe and a lot of other junk in one of the washes which feeds Stoneman Wash.
Linda identified this as a coyote melon. It’s slightly larger than a baseball, but very light. The insides are hollow and we could hear seeds rattling around inside when we shook it.
Linda, hiking in Stoneman Wash.
This is the small wash that can be seen to the left just after hiking the Pemberton out of Stoneman Wash towards the Trailhead Staging Area.