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Joshua Forest Scenic ParkwaySouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2014
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking7.06 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking7.06 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.28 mph
400 ft AEG
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Joshua Forest January 2014 Trek
FitBit totals
10.76 miles total (3.70 @ HRP, 7.06 @ Joshua Forest)
520 AEG total (52 floors, 12 @ HRP, 40 @ JF)
423 images on 6D
089 images on 7D
059 images on rebel XT
013 images on iPhone 4S
584 TOTAL IMAGES




HAZ Joshua Forest Scenic Parkway hike description :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=17499
Start at MM 27.0 for Roadside Picnic Table "launching point" :next: http://hikearizona.com/photo=306249
Planned start at the State Trust Land access road met with locked gate :next: https://maps.google.com/maps/myplaces?l ... 0&t=h&z=18

Rendezvous at the Wickenburg McDonalds and headed off to Joshua Forest to disprove a conventional wisdom that the only place you can see a Joshua tree is in the California Mohave Desert, in particular, Joshua Tree National Park :next: http://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm and http://hikearizona.com/decoder=13060
With our planned State Trust Land thwarted, went to plan "B" accessing Joshua Forest west of the roadside picnic area. Interesting off-trail hiking with only two negatives - hydro lines bisecting the forest about a mile west of Hwy 93 and hidden cactus spines that always seemed to find their way into a butt cheek!
We were treated to an Arizona sunset that certainly made up for any collateral damage.
Tres Alamos 4293 - Black Mtn hike has to be explored on a return visit :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=17587

Some additional references for a return visit;

http://www.ghosttownaz.info/nothing.php

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/87?offset=5

http://hikearizona.com/decoder=17499

http://www.arizonascenicroads.com/north ... cle_1.html

http://www.arizonahighways.com/extras/a ... _drive.asp

http://www.davewilsonimages.com/joshua_trees_az.html





HAZ Hassayampa River Preserve hike description :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1213
HRP Trail Map :next: http://hikearizona.com/decoder=1213
Sampled all the trails; Palm Lake Loop, Willow Walkway, Mesquite Meander, Lion Trail, and River Ramble.
I was surprised to learn that HRP is part of the Nature Conservancy :next: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/re ... eserve.xml just like one of my favorite places in Arizona, Hart Prairie :next: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/re ... eserve.xml
The Nature Conservancy acquired the site in 1986 and began rehabilitation from what originally was established as an 1880's ranch, then as an upscale resort circa 1930 that morphed into an RV site complete with full service concrete slabs. Let's just say the site volunteers are a fount of information!
I've heard from some of my birder friends that HRP is a primo bird watching spot. I can't comment too much since this was a mid-day visit - water birds were negligible save for a lone mallard in Palm Lake. HRP was definitely "hummingbird city" though.
I think I got my $5 worth visiting this little gem...


Photos to follow when I get the chance.


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Brittlebush blooming in some of the Hwy93 roadside ditches
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