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2016-10-22  
7 Heli-Pads, AZ
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7 Heli-Pads, AZ 
7 Heli-Pads, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2016
FLYING_FLIVER
Hiking5.62 Miles 1,187 AEG
Hiking5.62 Miles   3 Hrs   32 Mns   2.15 mph
1,187 ft AEG      55 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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This is my first hike in Arizona since April, so I started out with a warm-up hike.
I’m also rehabbing a summer injury that, hopefully will not deter my disk & frustum hunting.
Of course, I chose a ‘no wind, shadeless, 96 degree’ day to do this ‘warm-up’. Possibly not the best conditions to ease back into trekking around in the desert.

This hike started at the Golden Eagle TH in Fountain Hills. I hiked about half of the Dixie Mine Tr. while on my way to the Sonoran Tr. I’ve done this hike many times, so very little planning was needed. I just hiked, and checked-out my electronic gizmos (GPS & PLB), and refreshed my brain on using all their functions.

The Sonoran Trail portion of the hike always amuses me. The Sonoran Trail is only 2.8 miles long (one way), yet it has seven ‘Emergency Rescue Heli-Pads’ strung along the 2.8 miles. Yep - Seven rescue heli-pads, all marked with signs and arrows, pointing to their close-by locations.
Granted, the trail has alot of washes and ridges to maneuver, and the heli-pads are nothing more than flat, square, cleared desert areas, but still, …..7 heli-pads?

I was the only hiker on the trails, and had only one sighting of wildlife.
I startled a deer from his hiding place. The deer ran off a short distance, turned around and stared at me. The deer then literally stuck his tongue out at me. Mean, mean deer! It must have had a misguided youth.
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