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Goldfield Ovens LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 27 2015
gummo
Hiking7.75 Miles 775 AEG
Hiking7.75 Miles
775 ft AEG
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I decided to do Goldfield Oven Loop today because it rained recently and the wet sand made ambulating easier. The start to my trek started out rough. Midway toward the trail, I saw an accident and was going to photograph it, but discovered that I forgot my memory card, so I returned home to retrieve it. Therefore, I got to the trail late.

I hit the trail around 9am. I wanted to hit the trail around 8am to have time to photograph birds and then snakes. Unfortunately, I was pressed for time if I wanted to catch some snakes sunny themselves on the trail, so I rushed my bird shots and had no time for flowers.

I shot a few birds near the river that didn't take much time and effort and made my way thru the washes. I didn't see any snakes, but midway thru the hike, I spotted my first gila monster of the year. It took me a while to spot one, but I usually see one gila monster in the spring and then a few more in the summer.

Near the road, I spotted one bighorn, which I thought was a deer at first. It took off running, and like the Flash, I ran after it, grabbing it by the horns, and rode it back to my car.

Okay...not really... But after losing sight of it, I did go in the direction that I predicted it would go to head it off. Careful not to step on any branches, I sneaked up on it and later discovered 2 more in the herd. They scattered onto the mountain, which was fine with me, because after that, I was able to get some clear shot. I later spotted another bighorn higher up the mountain.

After that, I looked for snakes and spotted one, but it got away. It looked to be a patchnosed snake, but I wasn't sure. The saguaros aren't in full bloom yet. I'd give it another week or two. Goldfield Oven Loop is always a treat. I need to do this loop more often. There's always something new to see there.
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