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Goat Camp / Mesquite LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 18 2014
PatrickL
Hiking12.70 Miles 2,400 AEG
Hiking12.70 Miles   4 Hrs   28 Mns   2.84 mph
2,400 ft AEG
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I planned on doing a 6 mile out-n-back on Goat Camp, but the weather convinced me to keep going. I did the math and figured I'd wrap up this loop just as it was getting dark (spot on, if I do say so myself). There was a lively breeze and some very light sprinkles sprinkled throughout the hike.

I passed 4 deer along Mesquite once again. They seem to really like that big valley, especially during the early evening. Not far from area 7, a woman coming up the trail warned me of a rattler just around the bend. I slowed my pace, stuck to the far side of the trail, and I still didn't see it. It gave me a brief buzz as soon as I was ahead of it. That must have been an invite for pictures because it didn't move at all, even as I backtracked for a better view. It had a black tail, so I think it would be safe to say it was a black-tailed? I'll upload a picture just to be sure. It's been a good two days for fauna. :)

I kept hoping someone would offer me a ride during the road walk back to Goat Camp TH, but no dice. Maybe I'll actually stick my thumb out next time.
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