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Sonoran Preserve Wildflower Hunt, AZ
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Sonoran Preserve Wildflower Hunt, AZ 
Sonoran Preserve Wildflower Hunt, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2013
fotogirl53
Hiking6.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
200 ft AEG
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1st trip
After seeing burntlizard's wildflower report on the Great Horned Owl Trail, I took a chance that today's clouds would lighten up for good photography. It took about 1.75 hrs to drive down from Flagstaff and the great directions on the trail description took me right to the trailhead. Unfortunately, there are no restroom facilities at the parking lot, so I backtracked down to the private park and helped myself to their facilities. Thanks!

There were plenty of parking spots, so I loaded up the backpack and took off up the hill, then kept to the right on the Desert Tortoise trail,which backs up to the houses. Around the hill it went, then onto a beautiful flat full of cholla, saguaro, barrel cactus, etc. The rocks were interesting, too, with alot of quartz laying around. Took a right onto Valle Vista trail to the Great Horned Owl Trail. Several packs of mountain bike riders were out there, and they all were all polite and friendly.

At the Great Horned Owl trail I went on the lower part of the loop because I could see some patches of poppies. I spent about an hour with the wildflowers, then headed back the way I came. Other wildflowers in bloom were blue dicks, fiddlenecks, phacelia and one lone chicory. I didn't see any cactus or brittlebush that were budding out. I have to recommend this area--once you get beyond the houses, it is a beautiful area.
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