Mike, Sandra, and I hiked nearly 12 miles starting from the Four Peaks Trailhead (which is in McDowell Mountain Regional Park, but nowhere near Four Peaks). We hiked through the competitive track area to the South Wash, taking it northwest to the Dixie Mine Trail. We returned via Pemberton and some roads through the competitive track area.
A view from the parking area. The dead saguaro at the right used to be alive just a few years ago.
A view of Red Mountain from the Long Loop:
We were puzzled by these catchments on the South Ridge. The water that they catch empties out onto the ground nearby. Why bother?
Tarantula in the South Wash:
Sandra gets a closer look at one of the holes in the wall. She and Mike saw spooky tooth-like formations in the hole…
…which turned out to be a beehive.
Further westward in the wash, we saw butterflies:
There is a corral with some old ranching structures just off of the Dixie Mine Trail. Sandra hadn’t seen them before, so we stopped to take a look. There are some initials carved into the concrete of the watering trough. I think that’s “H.P.”, at the far right for (likely) Henry Pemberton. I don’t have any guesses about the names associated with the other initials.
There’s also a largish water tank in the corral. Just left of the tank is an entrance, choked with vegetation, to a second smaller corral.
This is the smaller corral. I hadn’t noticed it before.