|Yuma AZ and Imperial Sand Dunes CA, AZ|
|Yuma AZ and Imperial Sand Dunes CA, AZ|| |
Yuma AZ and Imperial Sand Dunes CA, AZ
|Backpack||23.61 Miles||3 Days |
|1,110 ft AEG|
|Yuma AZ and Imperial Sand Dunes CA – Feb2014
Saturday February 8th, 2014
7.82 miles and 350 AEG (35 floors) on FitBit Imperial National Wildlife Refuge http://www.fws.gov/refuge/imperial/
Headed north on SR95 until you reach Martinez Lake Road. At about 35 miles from Yuma, turn onto Red Cloud Mine Road. Pavement ends just beyond this intersection. Stop in at the Visitor Center and check out the Meers Point Trail (HAZ http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19188 ) boardwalk overlooking Martinez Lake.
Painted Desert Trail (HAZ http://hikearizona.com/decoder=18496 ) is a 1.3 mile loop heading east from the trail head parking (with restroom and picnic table ramada) along Red Cloud Mine Road. Painted Desert Trail is comprised of rocks tinted by minerals - iron creates the rusty reds, copper the blue-green tones. In the washes saw plenty of evidence of wild burros. Also saw about a dozen deer in the TH vicinity when we passed by after sundown...
Smoke Tree Point (HAZ http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19187 ) to catch sundown. Plenty of ducks, coots, and cormorants in nearby Butler Lake.
Didn't have time to make it Red Cloud Mines and Ghost Town http://www.in-the-desert.com/redcloud.html Maybe next time...
Checked into our Yuma AZ base camp at the local, dog friendly, Holiday Inn http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us ... oteldetail
Sunday February 9th, 2014
10.18 miles and 650 AEG (65 floors) on FitBit Indian Pass Arches ( http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/elcentro ... rches.html ) and Imperial Dunes (North Algodones Dunes Wilderness Area http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/elcentro ... /nadw.html )
Headed west from Yuma on I-8 into California. Turnoff at Ogilby Road and headed north about 12.5 miles to Indian Pass Road. Take Indian Pass Road (aka EC649) about 8.5 miles to the TH Parking and Kiosk. It is strictly high clearance 4WD beyond this point. Hike down 0.63 miles into the main wash (Gavilan Wash). EC649 will continue to the right (east) as you enter Gavilan Wash. Hike to the left and enter the Wilderness Area as you head up the wash another 1.39 miles to Indian Pass Arches. You will notice the arches up on your right as the wash enters a zone of distinctive white/yellow conglomerate surrounding rising bands of black/brown volcanic rock. My iPhone GPS indicated 2.02 miles one-way from where we parked my truck to the three arches. Indian Pass Arches on HAZ http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19160 This trio of arches is located in the Black Mountains at the Western edge of the Picacho Peak Wilderness.
Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area via Osborne Overlook (HAZ http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19193 ) and Watchable Wildlife Site (HAZ http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19194 ) to access North Algodones Dunes Wilderness http://hikearizona.com/decoder=13752 Caught sunset on the dunes at Osborne Overlook.
Monday February 10th, 2014
5.61 miles and 110 AEG (11 floors) on FitBit Betty's Kitchen http://hikearizona.com/decoder=368 and http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/recrea ... kitch.html
Checked out of our Holiday Inn Yuma base camp and headed to the iconic territorial prison (my hommage to "3:10 to Yuma") and a local wildlife and agriculture tour via Levee Road up to Laguna Dam and Imperial Dam. Found a roadside tank and artillery exhibit just before Imperial Dam Road joins onto SR95.
Yuma territorial prison http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19199
Levee road on California side of Colorado River (osprey encounter) Laguna Dam Betty's Kitchen by Laguna Dam Imperial Dam Yuma Proving Grounds - Roadside Tank Exhibit http://hikearizona.com/decoder=19200
Old suspension bridge over Gila River near Colorado confluence, McPhaul Bridge http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/15235
333 images on Canon 6D
106 images on Canon 7D
71 images on Canon Rebel XT
77 images on iPhone 4S
587 TOTAL IMAGES
23.61 miles and 1110 AEG (111 floors x 10 feet) on FitBit
Will post photos when I get the chance…
||Wildflowers Observation Isolated
brittlebush, globemallow, verbena, desert marigold blooms