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Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 06 2013
PrestonSands
Hiking1.70 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking1.70 Miles
550 ft AEG
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The sun was setting on the Kofa Mountains as I was passing through the area, so i turned off of the highway for a first time visit to legendary Palm Canyon...

I moved up the canyon in the last bit of pinkish sunset light, and was struck by how much the Kofa facade resembled the Siphon Draw area in the Superstitions. Only the crunch of gravel beneath my shoes and the occasional chirp of a bat stirred the silent canyon.

The palms were hard to see in the growing darkness, and I climbed the wrong slot before locating the correct one. A well trodden rock slide and the rustle of palm fronds let me know I was on the right path, and fire scorched palm trunks were soon illuminated by my headlamp. Thoroughly enjoying this unique botanical niche, I scrambled higher into the palm grove, taking photos.

Reality set in, and I remembered the long drive awaiting. I scrambled back down to the trail far below in the darkness, and made a quick retreat to the deserted trailhead. Satisfied and thankful to have had the chance to visit this place, I sped off down the gravel road and into the night. It was a small and worthwhile adventure, in a part of Arizona that I had never been to before. :D
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