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Ford/Willow/Mesquite Loop, AZ
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Ford/Willow/Mesquite Loop, AZ 
Ford/Willow/Mesquite Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 16 2012
Hiking11.00 Miles 1,775 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   6 Hrs   50 Mns   2.06 mph
1,775 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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Jersey Boy wants to do another Hike! :sweat: He's never been to the White Tanks and for someone who loves Geology, I thought this was a nice variation from the Supes. And Ford Canyon would get him up close and personal with lots of Rock.... :D So I picked my favorite Loop and away we went. :)

Started at the Horse Staging area and went up Ford. I love this Trail...The first 3 miles is gradual, wide, smooth and not a lot of loose Rock. Got to where the Trail starts to climb into the Canyon and enjoyed the dry Waterfall areas going up. Took a nice little break above the first Fall, in the shade. It was a little warm today.... :sweat: Continued on up, just enjoying the Slick Rock Granite areas and imagining how awesome a nice Water Flow would look, coming down through this Canyon. Someday, in my lifetime, I hope to see that... :)

Took another longer break, just enjoying the day and the nice smoothness of the Rocks, thoughts of a nice nap did cross the mind... :D Alex disappeared for what was longer than a few minutes and then popped into view a little ways above me, just exploring.... :)

We continued on through the Wash portion of Ford and then exited the Wash and started up the long switchbacks that take you over the Ridge to the intersection with Willow Canyon. Got on the Willow Canyon Trail and got to the Spring area, after passing the Corral. Took a lunch Break at the Spring area, but away from the Spring, as the Bees were numerous there. After the Break, we continued on to the Mesquite Junction and came down to the Escape.

Nice Hike!!! Just love this Loop!! The White Tanks are the driest that I have ever seen them, not one Pool to be found in any of the Drainages....The Bees and Butterflies appeared to be desperate, in one deep Pool area that just had damp Sand, there was a large cluster of both. I would have tried to get some pictures of the numerous Butterflies in that hole, but there were way too many Bees intermingled in and I didn't want to tempt Fate... :( And there were tons of Bees, but no apparent Hive, at the Spring...A lot of the Flora looked pretty stressed as well...We need some good Rains!!! Saw the traditional 100 count of Lizards, mostly Common Side-Blotched, and a couple of Red-Tailed Hawks, plus a dead Javelina in the Ford Wash...

Alex, it was another good day! Enjoyed the Company, the Laughs, and the Hike!!! Thanks for joining me and hopefully we can get together and Hike some more on your next Trip out!!! :)

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Very small Pool at base of Dry Waterfall in Spring area. Small, almost stagnant Pool with lots of Bees in the Spring Pocket on the South Wall.
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