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Mormon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 30 2014
black_toes
Hiking5.42 Miles 1,448 AEG
Hiking5.42 Miles   3 Hrs   43 Mns   2.10 mph
1,448 ft AEG   1 Hour   8 Mns Break
 
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Left from 24th St TH shortly after 3, and arrived back in darkness at 6:50. If you think the Mormon Trail is rough in daylight, you should see it at night with a flashlight casting shadows on every rock.

The Loop itself from the Two Peaks area is 3 miles, and the Mormon Trail runs 1.2 mi back to the TH with lots of up and down. Did the Loop clockwise. A great panorama of downtown Phoenix and every major mountain in the Valley opens up along a ridge at .15 out on the Loop. Heard coyotes yipping in the valley to the northwest. Enjoyed most the stretch that comes down and crosses the sandy wash near Post #5, about a mile out. Lots of phacelia and other wildflowers here along the path, but none of the showy kind. Some little white flowers can be no larger than 1/32 of an inch. Trail was moderately busy, mostly with bikers and joggers.
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Phacelia (purple) is starting to explode, but no big showy yellows and golds yet. Brittlebush should bloom soon. Saw lots of other small wildflowers along the path near Post #5. These are subtle little beauties, and, if you're moving fast, you may not see them.
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