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Arizona Canal - 32nd St to 40th, AZ
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Arizona Canal - 32nd St to 40th, AZ 
Arizona Canal - 32nd St to 40th, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2014
black_toes
Hiking2.50 Miles 115 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   2.46 mph
115 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
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Parked in shopping center, SW cor of Camelback & 40th and walked across street north to the canal which comes through near this intersection. Went up on the S side of the canal from 40th to 32nd St, back on the N. This segment runs 1.17 miles, by my GPS. The water was up and moving but much slower than the 2.5 mph I was walking. A dam of about 8' just E of the 32nd St bridge was releasing water at a fast pace.

The canal's north side is more interesting. Passed two "nature" signs describing plants behind them, first the chuparosa and 100 yards or so farther, the ironwood tree. There is a pack rat burrow behind the chuparosa. Lots of holes in the ground, but saw only one rat. It was was kind enough to stop very still and let me take an out of focus photo. About .45 mi before reaching the 40th St bridge, a concrete flood-control tunnel slides underground from the County Day School soccer field which is built in a catchment basin. Some girls were practicing lacrosse there. The tunnel is barred by an iron fence and a sign says it is a "Bat Watching Area." Apparently more than 5,000 Mexican free-tail bats make their homes in the tunnel during the summer. All with the blessing of authorities.

The canal paths were being lightly used by hikers, bikers and joggers. Saw 11 mallards near the 32nd St bridge and a cormorant flying low to the SE. No sign of carp or other fish. Beautiful day but on the warm side.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Just the chuparosa (red). Thick patches of brittlebush were lit up in yellow along the north bank.
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