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Arrowhead Point Trail - ThunderbirdPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 23 2015
black_toes
Hiking4.92 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking4.92 Miles   3 Hrs   23 Mns   2.09 mph
1,100 ft AEG   1 Hour   2 Mns Break
 
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Did this loop twice, once for fun by myself, once looking for lost car keys with MJ who brought a replacement key for the Civic. Light traffic in late afternoon but greatly increased about 1800. Saw a woman in long dress and slippers on this rocky trail that Barrett calls in his description "the most rugged of the Thunderbird Park trails." One thing in his description particularly caught my eye. He saw only one rattlesnake in more than 100 visits. Looking for the keys in the basalt just east of the summit flag in only my fifth visit, a three-foot Diamondback with about 10 rattles tried to move away from us in the rocks. It coiled once when I got too close trying to shoot a photo but did not rattle. A young jogging female had reported earlier that "a cool-looking rattlesnake was on the trail near the top and wouldn't move." Same snake? Nice, mild day, clear air and nice views in all directions. Did not find the keys though. P.S. on the 24th. Came back in early afternoon after leaving the car in the Pinnacle Peak parking lot overnight without harm. Glendale police told me the car would not be towed or a penalty levied until after 48 hours. Once I got the car going (two keys needed) and backed up, there was the master key et al on the ground. It was laying there underneath the car between the headlights about three feet in. My interpretation: Someone had found my keys today while hiking, seen the note about lost keys on the windshield and tossed them in what they thought would be a safe place. I'd looked under the car with my head lamp last night. Another good Samartian hiker is what I want to believe.
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