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Alamo Lake BM Loop
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2017-02-23  
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Alamo Lake BM LoopSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2017
kingsnake
Hiking11.48 Miles 1,837 AEG
Hiking11.48 Miles   5 Hrs   12 Mns   2.21 mph
1,837 ft AEG
 
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It was cold as the dickens, so I wore the sweater I bought in Bouse six weeks ago, and which I now keep in our SUV’s “emergency box”. (Which contains survival stuff in case we stuck somwhere.)

I ignored the road named after a crappy 90’s hair band, instead heading north across the dam.

Alamo Lake is only down 25 ft., but due to being located in a flat bowl, that means it is only at 9% capacity. I found seashells and even an old fishing bob a quarter mile from shore, along the high water line.

Two weeks ago, I skipped my planned hike up Casner Canyon, because of my bad shoulder, settling instead for hiking Walkin’ Jim Trail. Last week, because of the upcoming weekend deluge, my big “hike” was walking home from the physical therapist’s office. But the PT is working: I have more flexibility and experienced no discomfort while bouldering in "Boulder" Canyon.

On top of Williams Benchmark, I relaxed in the stone "easy chair", enjoying Nature’s big screen: great 360° views of Alamo Lake, the Harcuvar Mountains, the Poachie Range, Artillery Peak*, the extensive mining activity of Maggie Wash, the Rawhide Mountains, and the Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge. I heard burro calls all around Williams Benchmark, spotting a loner on a spur.

* I was surprised to find no Haz triplogs for Artillery Peak!

The summit log is in a glass jar. Four years ago, it was so dry it crumbled as I pulled the paper out. Today, it was soaking wet and getting moldy. I did not bother signing. No idea if anyone has been up there since February 22, 2013. Certainly no one from HAZ. Back then, I was the first person to sign it in nine years!

On the way back, I spotted a herd of 6-8 burros. I thought about climbing up a bit to get a decent photo, but by that time I was ready for my hike to end, so I settled instead for making some really bad burro calls.

Hike Video: [ youtube video ]
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Lots of Mexican Gold Poppies in scattered small to medium sized patches. Some lupine on road between Bill Williams Overlook and Alamo Dam. Very few other flowers, all very tiny.
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