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Hidden Valley loop, AZ
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11 by photographer avatarLindaAnn
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Hidden Valley loop, AZ 
Hidden Valley loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 01 2016
Hiking7.02 Miles 1,176 AEG
Hiking7.02 Miles   2 Hrs   57 Mns   2.49 mph
1,176 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
Today was the first day of school :y: which means I am now back on my usual school schedule. I got to SLEEP IN until 5am, then got myself and kids ready for the day. I dropped them off at school as soon as the gate opened, took two pictures, pretended I couldn't see all the crying moms, left right away, and headed for the trailhead. I wasn't quite sure what hike to do today, but since the weather looked like it would stay cloudy for a while, I decided to pay a visit to Hidden Valley. Denny had said that it had flooded through there a couple of weeks ago, and we've had more rain since then, so I wanted to see how it looked.

I started from the Pima Canyon trailhead about 8am, and headed up West Loop. It was wonderfully cool, cloudy, and breezy. After West Loop, I hopped on Beverly Canyon for a short distance, then west on Ridgeline. At the end of Ridgeline, I took Mormon Loop up, made a small detour up a hill next to the trail to look at some old mines, then continued on Mormon over to National and Fat Man's Pass. All the vegetation on SoMo is green and vibrant from the recent rains--very pleasant to walk through. Also saw a lot of ground squirrels today, and the usual lizards and millipedes.

Hidden Valley has definitely had a lot of water run through there. From the debris stuck in the bushes, at least a foot of water, and looked like more in a few places. There's still a lot of damp sand, which is attracting plenty of bees. I enjoyed walking through and spent time just looking at the changes created from the water. After the tunnel, rather than take National back down, I followed the wash down. It's the first time I've taken the wash down rather than up, and was quite enjoyable. My track through here--especially bypassing the large waterfall in the middle--isn't the best. I was mostly scrambling around trying to get some good pictures, rather than focusing on the best route. It is a fun rock scramble in this area, as the rocks are pretty stable and are grippy.

After I got to National, the sun had broken through the clouds and it was MUGGY, so I just followed the dirt road directly back to the trailhead. Great morning! Saw very few people, and it was nice to spend the morning by myself, exploring a little bit.
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