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2014-09-11  
Vault-Caliente-Super-Pipeline, AZ
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Vault-Caliente-Super-Pipeline, AZ 
Vault-Caliente-Super-Pipeline, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2014
rwstorm
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,352 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles   4 Hrs   38 Mns   1.92 mph
2,352 ft AEG      59 Mns Break
 
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Down to Madera Canyon for a hike and to check out the HAZ Tracks app on my Android phone. Also recorded the route on my Garmin Oregon 450. I was impressed with the app, and it was more accurate than the Oregon on this test. That is because of the settings I used on the Garmin. I will continue testing them together on future hikes for awhile. I will change the Garmin settings to see if I can get them in better agreement. And next time the phone will be in airplane mode so I don't run out of battery power like I did today, just .3 mile from the end of the hike. ;)

This hike was on trail except for near the end, when I bushwhacked off the Super Trail where it comes around the hill past the turnoff to Rogers Rock. I figured I could cut off some of that backtrack distance it does before dropping to the creek. I followed what appears to be an old firebreak (probably from the 2005 fire) that ran steeply downhill from the Super Trail to the Pipeline. Got a little tough just before I reached the Pipeline Trail. It did shave about a mile off the hike, but it really wasn't worth the extra effort.

Encountered two small rattlesnakes on the hike, both Rock Rattlers I think. One was very juvenile, perhaps 6 to 7 inches long, and somewhat uncoordinated yet. Neverthless, he took the classic defensive/strike pose. Such a joy with the microscopic rattles! :) The second one was much more mature.

Update: gummo says it is an Arizona Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake...that's even better! :D

I rarely hike the Vault Mine or Agua Caliente Trails, so it was nice to see those sections again. :)
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