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Quartz Ridge - North Loop, AZ
mini location map2014-12-06
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Quartz Ridge - North Loop, AZ 
Quartz Ridge - North Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 06 2014
black_toes
Hiking2.58 Miles 749 AEG
Hiking2.58 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.18 mph
749 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
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1st trip
Another late afternoon hike, starting at Squaw Peak Blvd TH at 1600. Most of my loop hikes for some weird reason go counter-clockwise and this one did too. Got up the steep but short Ruth Hamilton Tr to the Davis bench where I had a sandwich and talked with several other hikers. Two, a man and young woman hiking separately, had come off the Ridgeline 6 route from the south but neither had gone all the way across to the Mohave conncector. A Scandanavian woman sat down beside me with her large poodle, "Lars." Another woman with an unleashed Rottweiler, came up, the dog sniffing at my sandwich. It was a bit unnerving since I didn't know how hungry the dog was. Eventually the owner had to drag the dog away by the collar. Instead of turning S by the Kolbe bench as most do, I headed N down the little valley and was surprised to pass two hikers and a biker down in there. Usually I see no one on that stretch. Did run into a confused buckhorn who had let one of its stems flower here in late autumn. Must be the combination of warm weather and rain. Great hike if you don't have much time. Finished in an hour and a half, just ambling as usual.
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