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Shaw Butte - North Mtn Loop
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Shaw Butte - North Mtn LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2014
WilliamnWendi
Hiking5.50 Miles 1,495 AEG
Hiking5.50 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   1.50 mph
1,495 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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This hike was less for the pleasure and more for the pain. Getting ready for the GC hike and Phantom Ranch. We're hoping to get two of this loop in one day and will be feeling confident that we're ready. The western ascent up North Mountain is a little sketchy but we have hiked down this side and were prepared for what we were in for.
Saw plenty of squirrels and chippies, no wabbits. The hummingbirds on top of Shaw Butte were showing off for the ladies, driving themselves up really high and diving down. Must be mating season for the hummers, yep spring is in the air.
I identified my first Sage bush. It has been a long time goal of mine, and luckily I literally walked straight into it. The smell was unmistakable. I regretfully stopped myself from clipping some to take home. I decided that if I saw any more I'd collect some but never did. The smell lasted for some time but by the end of the hike it faded away. But at least now I know the plant a little better, I could see some faint similarities to chia so that helped.
The Palo Verde were blooming nicely and strangely one Saguaro was in full bloom above the west trail ascending North Mountain, which is incidentally where I saw the sage.
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Saguaro
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The Tree of Understanding, dazzling, straight, and simple, sprouts by the spring called Now I Get It. - Wislawa Szymborska, "Utopia"
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