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2012-03-20
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Southwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking Mar 20 2012
Patrick L
Hiking10.50 Miles 3,800 AEG
Hiking10.50 Miles   5 Hrs   20 Mns   2.86 mph
3,800 ft AEG   1 Hour   40 Mns Break16 LBS Pack
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I've had this one on my to-do list as long as I've been hiking. I was able to borrow a truck today so it was game time.
By the way, there is room to park a car or two where the road to the trailhead starts (Wish I knew that!). The road in was cake with a little bit of ground clearance. I would have been weary in my low-slung van.

I started up the trail around 10am and topped out about 2h 40m later, which included a brief side-trip. Not long into the hike, I looked a short ways up and saw a cow along the trail. I continued to move thinking it would take off, but it didn't. Turns out it was a bull, and he was grumpy! I stood still for a minute while it snorted and knocked its head around. There was maybe 20ft between us and I didn't back away thinking it would eventually flee if I waved my arms and made some noise. It didn't. For fear of getting charged, I took cover on a short, but large boulder, which is funny because he could have just leaped up there. After some more snorting, head-bobbing, and hoof dragging, it casually turned around and strolled away. Whew!

Pretty cold at the top. The majority of the snow has melted off, but there are a lot of patches left, especially on the north slopes, namely west of where the trail meets the saddle.

The interpretive signs around the observatory were blank. :cry:

I really, really enjoyed the scenery on this one, and the views from the top were just as good. I could make out Cunningham Peak and Castle Dome to the west, South Mountain (barely) and the McDowells to the east, and just about everything in between. The climb was a butt kicker, though. Definitely put my future plans in perspective.
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A campfire must be extinguished by drowning it with water, stirring with a shovel, and repeating that process until the campfire is cold to the touch. A campfire is still a danger if it has any trace of heat, and must not be left or abandoned. Wildfires can begin by abandoned campfires that rebuild heat on windy days and then blowing embers ignite surrounding grasses and brush.
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