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Sonoran Preserve - North AreaPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 11 2017
rrshort
Hiking2.50 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking2.50 Miles   2 Hrs   25 Mns   1.03 mph
700 ft AEG
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Finally able to block out a little hiking time I headed for the desert vista Trailhead this morning. I arrived at about 7:30 under mostly cloudy skies. The parking lot was about three quarters full. I had already mapped out my route:Hawks Nest to Dixie Mt to Valley Verde to Desert Tortoise back to Hawks Nest. I already noticed the abundance of the small purple flowers on my way up. I was finally able to get a shot of the owl in their nest,
I was so thrilled at that. Once I turned onto the Dixie Mountain trail I was greeted with a wonderful display of poppies. It was awesome! As I went along I discovered that it was a great year for lupines also. I met up with the Valley Verde trail and found it to be a nice section to traverse. I passed a few more areas of poppies along the way. The sky was starting to clear up once I turned onto the Desert Tortoise trail. Further along the DT trail I came upon a great scene right where some houses are. One hillside covered in yellow while sloping away from the trail a large swath of purple. The trails were getting busier by this time as borne out by the full parking lot upon my return. It was a great hike with the best floral display that I've seen in a long time.
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