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Bull Pasture - Estes Canyon LoopSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2016
tibber
Hiking3.77 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking3.77 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   1.80 mph
1,060 ft AEG   1 Hour   56 Mns Break
 
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After my Victoria Mine hike I drove over via Ajo Mountain Loop to the TH. Randy was there and he gave it a short go that turned into a "no-go" as his knees rebeled very strongly. So off I went. It was a little warmer than I would have liked but not too bad for this hike up.

Trail was in good condition, looks like they added steps here and there. I remembered quite a bit of the trek since this is my third time up in 6 years.
The Organ Pipe Cactus and Sagauro Forest continue to impress. The blooming flora was very minimal this time as compared to my last two trips that were in March. I didn't use my trekking poles as I have previously and I felt I made pretty good time up considering I had done my five miles earlier.

I had lunch while waiting at the top for the gang to return from Sierra de Ajo (it didn't seem like I waited nearly 2 hours). It was nice just to sit back under my umbrella (no shade up there) and take in the scenery; something hikers rarely get a chance to do on a day hike. Soon I could hear voices; I couldn't see anyone for about 20 minutes it seemed and then I heard and spotted Karl. Then I saw he and Kelly coming out of a green area where I presume they were spring searching.
Eventually I saw and yelled to Kathy and Amy and they yelled and waved back. They all were taking a short cut as the trail was way to the other side of Bull Pasture. I went out a ways to see them closer and film them as they made their way to the top of Bull Pasture.

And then it was down the trail to Estes Canyon. I had not done the Estes Canyon Trail before so this was new. I've heard it was steep in places and slippery but I didn't find that to be the case. However, I think once again there has been some trail work done here. Kathy and I didn't see the other three once we hit Estes Canyon. But that's okay, we got caught up on stuff and enjoyed the scenery along the way stopping occasionally to take some pictures. There were a couple times when it wasn't perfectly clear where to go but we never strayed from the trail.

Upon returning we sat under the ramada and enjoyed a beer and some snacks before parting ways. The drive is always scenic I think. The wait at the non-border stop was a bit long but what are you going to do. We would see Karl and Kathy at the Gila Bend Texaco as we both stopped to refuel the vehicles. And then the rest of the drive went pretty well altho it always seems long once you hit the I-10, at least to me.

Overall, a wonderful quick weekend getaway :D .

Part 1 https://youtu.be/R2 ... K3As
Part 2 hiking Bull Pasture Trail https://youtu.be/hm ... 2kwo
Part 3 Bull Pasture hike continued https://youtu.be/u5 ... 3hA4
Part 4 includes Estes Canyon hike https://youtu.be/Jd ... EtQ4 (still stabilizing)
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