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Elephant Mountain and Circumference, AZ
mini location map2017-02-04
13 by photographer avatarThe_Eagle
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Elephant Mountain and Circumference, AZ 
Elephant Mountain and Circumference, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 04 2017
The_Eagle
Hiking12.74 Miles 2,602 AEG
Hiking12.74 Miles   5 Hrs   56 Mns   2.27 mph
2,602 ft AEG      19 Mns Break
 
1st trip
I was on another timetable for this Saturday.

I had been curious about some of this area so time to scratch some itches.

Itch List

Circumference Of Elephant Mountain - Scratched.
The western side is nothing exciting, and if you don't have a State Trust Land Permit, ya may want to stay away.
It appears it gets a bunch of traffic, but I saw not a sole.

There was about a 2 mile section of trail before I turned on Elephant Mountain trail, that Aravipa Running had an event on. They were all friendly.

Elephant Mountain Summit - Scratched
There is a pretty good use trail, that turns into a game trail for the lower 2/3rds of the climb. Only one slightly tricky spot that involved contorting to miss prickly stuff while climbing.
[ youtube video ]
I practiced LNT. I left none of me on the mountain, and did my best to take none of the prickly mountain stuff back with me.
It was a challenge thought scooting down some of the slopes with all the dead cactus needles.

Rondo Spring - Scratched
The horseman carved rock I'd seen on previous hikes, peaked my curiosity about the spring. So I had to see it.
Anyone know the name of the portion of the trail that runs between Ringtail Spring (TR252 at Elephant Mtn) and Rondo Spring?

Something Else - Scratched
Culture
Culture
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Named place
Rondo Spring

water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Rondo Spring Dripping Dripping
Trough was filled with filterable water.
Pipe was dripping. Manual Pump did not seem to be in working order
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