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6 by photographer avatarThe_Dude
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Hau'Pal TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 21 2016
Hiking5.38 Miles 1,424 AEG
Hiking5.38 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.74 mph
1,424 ft AEG      17 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
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Got in a nice Sunday morning hike with our little horse (or German Mastiff mix) down at South Mountain. Started off with the solid chug up the Warrior trail to Star Peak, good stuff. I had plans of hitting Maricopa as well, but my dog was pretty tired out by the top, so I thought an easier loop was in order. I connected back up with the Alta trail, and took the switchbacks down to the valley and the Bajada trail. I found a nice stand of Bursera microphylla, our native Elephant tree. There were a few really large individuals, cool to see so many in one spot. We then followed this around to Max Delta, and then on to Ma Ha Tauk for the return trip. Did not see that many people out despite it being a weekend, and the weather was fantastic. Good loop, well worth doing again.
Elephant Tree
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