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North Mountain - PhoenixPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 12 2016
black_toes
Hiking4.03 Miles 954 AEG
Hiking4.03 Miles   2 Hrs   41 Mns   2.30 mph
954 ft AEG      56 Mns Break
 
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I had gotten no farther than a hundred yards into the park from the VC when I was startled to see the Ironwood trees in bloom. I was thinking they did not produce their lavender / pink and white flowers until at least early May. I saw four Ironwoods between the VC and the saddle beyond the Trupiano bench, the first one blooming only on its N side. The others were in full bloom. The flowering period, I read, lasts only 10-18 days. They are such hardy, scruffy-looking trees with dense wood that to see their delicate, colored flowers always makes me smile. Like seeing a tough guy with a soft heart.

At one point on the #101 Connector trail, I stopped to let a handful of hikers pass. While waiting, I checked the a.c.f. (as the crow flies) distance to the summit from where I sat. My GPS said .47 miles. But with all the curves and contours, the actual distance was .81 miles. On top, I enjoyed the views with a sandwich. It was 82 when I left the car, but a SW breeze made it pleasant on high. If the wind is from any direction other than SW I start looking for a change in weather.

The zoo count coming down was a record for me: 92 people passed me going up. The previous most I'd seen was 75. Other than the Ironwoods, there's very little glitter in the park. I heard quail in the bush, but I'm sad to say I've yet to hear the yips and howls of the park coyotes all this year. Hope they're OK.
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