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Elephant Mountain Circumferance, AZ
mini location map2013-03-10
11 by photographer avatarsouthpawaz
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Elephant Mountain Circumferance, AZ 
Elephant Mountain Circumferance, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2013
Hiking10.36 Miles 1,579 AEG
Hiking10.36 Miles
1,579 ft AEG
I had a feeling cindyl wanted to see some wildflowers, and after seeing @tibber's photos from her Spur Cross Loop last weekend, I knew where we'd see some for sure. I didn't think we wanted to mess with the creek crossings on the loop she did after this week's rain, so I decided we'd repeat a loop I had done two years ago. We started from 24th Street and Cavalry and headed SE on the jeep track until we picked up the Maricopa Trail, then took that into Spur Cross. As we started getting some elevation up off the floor, the wildflowers started appearing, and we slowed down a bit as the cameras came out. Just before we hit the Spur Cross/Elephant Junction, we could see a couple spots on the hillside to the east that were heavily carpeted with poppies, but they were slow in opening this morning so they were less than stellar.

As we started up the Elephant Trail to the saddle, we saw more poppies, and a fair amount of small lupines. The wind was picking up, so we took our midway break in a somewhat sheltered drainage a bit short of the saddle. We then climbed up and the saddle and made our way down to the spring turnoff (glad to see the pump has been repaired since the last time I was by here), jumped over to the forest side and hiked west from there to Rondo Spring. Wildflowers were minimal on the north side of the loop, so after a short break at Rondo, we made our way west down the trail as quickly as we dared with the muddy conditions. I had forgotten there was a stretch where the trail is in a wash, but we were able to spot where it left the wash without too much trouble, as someone on horseback had ridden this section since the rain. Footing improved a bit once the single track widened into a jeep track, which we followed around back to our starting point.
Spring Box
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water less than max Rondo Spring Gallon per minute Gallon per minute
Pump in good working order. Spring box full of mosquito larvae.

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