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Maiden Pools, Ventana Canyon, AZ
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Maiden Pools, Ventana Canyon, AZ 
Maiden Pools, Ventana Canyon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 28 2007
PhilipMueller
Hiking5.00 Miles
Hiking5.00 Miles   4 Hrs      1.25 mph
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I took advantage of a relatively cool day, about 90, to hike up to the Maiden pools in Ventana Canyon. There wasn't as much water as I expected to find up there with all the rain we've been having. The 50 foot waterfall that you come upon right as you reach the pools was barely trickling. Nevertheless there was water and it was full of life. I saw all kinds of neat dragonflies and at one particular pool it was raining toads. They were everywhere and whenever I moved, they would come out of their perfect camouflage and jump, jump, jump, jump around, jump around! Also, while the water wasn't exactly gushing, the flora in this magnificent canyon was lush. The Ocotillos looked like they were on steroids. I kept looking for a drip system, but none was to be found! It almost felt like a desert jungle w/ its lushness, the various birds chirping, the relatively high humidity, and the clouds overhead.
I'm not sure what the elevation gain was, but I'd imagine it was somehwhere around 1K feet up to the pools. For a person in average condition, I would call it a moderately rigorous, but short hike. I took about 1 hour 15 minutes to go up to the pool area at a fairly leisurely pace. From there I went a little further up the trail and then got off of it to go directly into the pools and to do some pool/boulder hopping and critter and cloud watching. I also found a bedrock mortar, probably dating back to the Hohokam Indians (from what I've read, anyway). Great little hike, especially because I got out of there before yet another monsoon hit!
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