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Desert Wander, AZ
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Desert Wander, AZ 
Desert Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 03 2015
black_toes
Hiking4.47 Miles 301 AEG
Hiking4.47 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   2.25 mph
301 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Rather than turn S to East Wing Mountain at Sonoran Mtn Ranch Park, I headed N through flat desert toward an unID'd mountain range with twin peaks at 2,021' on the N and 1,967' on the S. Soil is very sandy in here. A patina of silt lays over the sand in places. Creosote is king, turning into thickets here and there. Also some scattered saguaro and less yet palo verde, mesquite, ironwood, buckhorn and hedgehog, not to mention a spot of globe mallow yet to bloom. Numerous trails run in all directions, most of them with ATV tracks. Odds mounds of volcanic rock dot the landscape. I walked out two miles to the CAP not far from Deadmans Wash. The canal goes underground here to the NW and and runs above ground to the SE toward the Deem Hills. Saw no one all afternoon, but was not without noise and company. Periodic dynamite blasts from the W resounded off the "twin peaks" range, and once some gunfire from an automatic weapon, also from the W. Someone in a motorized paraglider flew just to the S of me coming back and later four hot-air baloons arose from the NW an passed over. Uneventful but pleasant hike.
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