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McCleary and 88mac, AZ
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McCleary and 88mac, AZ 
McCleary and 88mac, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 16 2015
GrottoGirl
Hiking11.32 Miles 4,100 AEG
Hiking11.32 Miles   10 Hrs   10 Mns   1.82 mph
4,100 ft AEG   3 Hrs   56 Mns Break
 
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We meant to do several peaks in the area. We started off by going to Rogers Rock. Then we got on the 4 Springs trail and went to Shovel(less) Saddle. From there we bagged McCleary Peak. We got to see a hawk that at first we couldn't decide if it was a Raven or a Vulture. Come to find out it was a Zone Tail Hawk! They come to Arizona for the summer from Mexico.

From there we headed to Armour Spring and one spectacular show of flowers! We walked through 4 O'Clocks, Columbines, and Geraniums. I used to think September was the time to visit this area and I was wrong. NOW is the time! Get off your pumpkin and go to Armour Spring!

From there we went to Pine Saddle where there was lupines, Mexican Stars, Thistle, etc. Incredible!!! We summitted 88 Mac. On top, we used my umbrella to make Joseph shade. We found that it wasn't enough and he refused to hike. I guess I don't blame him because he has to plow through all the beautiful flowers. To him nearly half the hike was a brutal flowerwhack. So, Mark carried him and we aborted the hike. We bushwhacked down from Pine Saddle and had an hour long nap at Shovel(less) Saddle. After his nap and some jerky (He actually kept mentioning his longing for Slim Jims. After hiking with Kathy he'll always think the rest of us eat crappy snacks) he was ready to hike again.

We proceeded back to the TH via Kent and Sylvester Spring. Where Joseph more or less got a bath. Then we got on the Pipeline. The hike down did my knee in. Maybe it's time for new shoes (again).
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