Linda and I hiked 8.5 miles on Friday, the 23rd. We started from the Trailhead Staging Area and hiked some washes early in our hike.  We finished on the Tonto Tank and Pemberton trails.

Red Mountain in the distance; we’re on the Pemberton, about to drop into Stoneman Wash at this point.

Clay mounds near Stoneman Wash:

We often see owls in this area, but we didn’t see any until after crossing the Pemberton later on.


Mule deer horn:

I think this is a hawk…

We were both surprised to see these Senna flowers along the Tonto Tank Trail. We’ve gotten so little recent rain that I would have expected to see them in or near a wash, if at all.