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Alta - Bajada LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 22 2017
Tortoise_Hiker
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,989 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   3 Hrs   37 Mns   2.76 mph
1,989 ft AEG
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I think this is a great local loop to do in the Spring. Before it gets to hot and with a chance to see some wild flowers. I suggest you start early and do it counter clockwise. That way you get the big climb first then your summit(Maricopa peak). After that if there are Poppies out they should be opened up by then.

The Trail is in good shape. It is pretty green out here. The Bursera and Ocotillo really look good. I did see close to a dozen Barrel Cactus down. There are lots of the little yellow flowers carpeting some areas in the beginning with some Poppies mixed in. About a 1/4 mile from the ridge there is a nice little patch of Poppies and again about a 1/4 mile before you hit the start of National. The National between Alta and Bajada is looking good and had Poppies here and there which I didn't expect. Then once you hit Bajada the Poppy population starts picking up. The trail is in good shape. The Bajada Trail doesn't get a lot of love but I think we should be nice to her right now. She is starting to make us South Mountain locals proud. :) :D :y:
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