Linda, Bob, and I hiked 11.5 miles starting from the Horse Staging Area. We hiked over to the Pemberton Trail and then took Pemberton to Dixie Mine Trail. We hiked down Dixie Mine until we got to South Wash, which is the first major wash that you come to after leaving the Pemberton Trail.
South Wash is a real treat. It heads ESE from Dixie Mine and crosses the Long Loop (in the competitive track area) twice. We saw many butterflies, a number of owls, and a snake (which happened to be dead) in South Wash. Shortly after leaving the Dixie Mine Trail, South Wash is narrow with high banks, but eventually opens up into being a very wide wash, with even higher banks. It is arguably the most scenic wash in McDowell Mountain Park.
This is a view from the Technical Loop, just prior to topping out on T-Bone Ridge.
I was fortunate enough to get a shot of a flying owl!
An owl in the tree:
This is “Convict Crossing” on the Long Loop.