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Palm Canyon - KOFASouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2014
BobP
Hiking1.93 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking1.93 Miles
1,100 ft AEG
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Although I have a few palms in my yard, they are imported. The ones in the side canyons of Palm Canyon are native. After summiting Summit Peak(no not the awesome technical pinnacle), we stopped here to check things out. We did what any tourist would do and grabbed a brochure and headed in search of Washingtonia Arizonica or Washingtonia filifera depending where you get your information from. We got to the palm sign and looked left. Yup they're palms. We sauntered up the canyon a little ways and saw a couple in side canyons and then went back to the motherlode. I'm glad I had my Merrell barefoots on; otherwise I may not have made it with my sole less brooks. There were 2 climbs and then it was just bouldering huge boulders. I made it just shy to the top of the canyon 3 solid contour lines up or about 600ft and counted 33 palms plus a couple babies and a couple downed ones. In 1986, I read somewhere that they counted 42. The scars from the 1954 fire were evident on most of the large palms. Cool side trip. Never did get to drink that beer under the palm with someone fanning me with fronds.
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