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southern pinalenos, AZ 
southern pinalenos, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 24 2011
RedRoxx44
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Got up early with intentions of the Clark Peak trail with the storms brewing. Got lazy and instead turned off on hwy 266, went down a dirt road to the south and found a nice rock hoodoo area. A ranch is tucked away in there, I found yet another low grade dirt track that went under some power lines then parked at a broad wash. Hiked in the deep sand with large oak trees with who knows how many feet of silty sand around their base. Braved the cat claw to get on top of a rocky rise. Saw a rock floored wash dropping down and went to see that. I call these washes the leopard washes because of the inclusions in the rocks, multicolored and many.
Up this steeper wash then decided to get on top of some prominent rocky knolls for the views. Steep at the top. Of course not on the highest one so over some small saddles till got to the top. Absolutely great views, some sun now so a little warm but cooling sprinkles of rain too.
Went down a different way and back to car in another leopard wash. Cutting across the bench saw an unusual pot shard all by itself. Very thick walled. Had the right finish though.
Saw some chert chippings also.
Drove on to check out the High Noon access to the Galiuros. This had been closed off by a rancher for a few years. The forest service built a road around. It's fairly nice, lots of gravel and goes through a meadow that could be boggy in the right conditions. Lots of ups and downs on berms for water diversions and you intersect the old road. It's pretty tough in spots for a full size. I drove up aways, some nice car camping spots in there reminiscent of the drive into Ash Creek Galiuros. Eventually downed trees and low branches had me backing up the Toyota for aways and trying not to hit any rocks or drive it off in the wash. I walked up a little bit but it was hot and lots of flys. Looks like my next trip in here will be from this trailhead. Closing on a house this week so who knows when that will be tho---
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