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Ford Canyon Trail - White TanksPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2014
black_toes
Hiking5.16 Miles
Hiking5.16 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   2.23 mph
      39 Mns Break
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1st trip
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Hadn't done the FC for a decade or more, and even this time it was too late in the afternoon to go all the way up to the high ridge. MJ and I barely got into the heavy-duty rock when we turned around at what I believe is the first big waterfall. Despite yesterday's nice rain no falls but I did see water in a rock pocket. Ah, yes, a white tank.

When we arrived at the park entrance there was a line of vehicles waiting to pay the $6 fee to one of the two harried "cashiers" and move on. "I think half of Phoenix is out here today," said the cashiier and when I asked him why, he thought about it and said he thought it was probably "the waterfall." Meaning, I assumed, the Watefall Trail. So we dodged that and parked in Area 9, I believe they call it. And what we found was a wonderland of wildflowers along the trails mixed in with lots or ironwood, creosote and saguaro. Not the showy poppies or desert marigolds that seem to define "the season," but lots of small stuff like fiddleneck, phacelia and globemallow. And the buckhorn was starting to bloom. Throw that together with the lush landscape and yellow brittlebush and what we had was a real eye-pleaser. Disappointed a bit that the Engelmann hedgehog was far from blooming.

Nice too that we passed only seven hikers, a biker, jogger and, late, four riders on horseback. The trails were a delight, compacted dirt and gravel so tight that the horses left only small marks. And none of the slosh I anticipated from the rain. Pleasant day under dark moody skies, a thoroughly enjoyable hike that was well worth the entrance fee.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Fiddleneck, phacelia and globemallow dominated, but saw my first Blue Dick of the year, a few lupine, small patches of purple owl clower and rock daisies. Only saw two small poppies, already curled up as sunset approached.
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