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8 by photographer avatarmuskybankr
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Ballantine Cabin & CorralPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 13 2015
muskybankr
Hiking11.50 Miles 2,600 AEG
Hiking11.50 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.42 mph
2,600 ft AEG      45 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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The big takeaway from this hike is don’t multitask on the Ballentine Trail. While looking down at my GPS for Teva Joe’s route map to find the intersection for the Cabin route I barely touched a Teddy Bear Cholla and drove about a 4 inch ball of spines into my knee. So that took a few minutes of combing, leathermanning and bleeding. Then we were off for the Cabin, which honestly, was not worth that much blood. Even though there were some unopened cans of refried beans available and the wind, which blew my hat off about a dozen times, was making music on the tin roof, I don’t think it would have made it onto Zane Grey’s top ten line shack list. The bushwhack trek out of there over to the Corral is another challenge. I had stopped looking at the route map and consequently got a bit left of the trail, on the other side of the wash, which involved a bit more blood letting, but this time, for the four of us to get over the pass through acres of thorns and claws, then down to the corral, which has seen better days as well. It turned out that my hiking pants fell victim to one or more of the bushes and I hope REI is understanding about these sort of bushwhacking mishaps. We had done some of this in 2007, but the trail, particularly the crushed granite sections, is far more eroded and slippery than 8 years ago. But it was a beautiful day in the Mazzies; there were some Machaeranthera, or possibly asters, and yellow conglomerates out, a friendly tarantula, and a couple of laughs. What more could anyone want?
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Nice purple asters and yellow conglomerates
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