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Margies Cove TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2017
MountainMatt
Hiking9.06 Miles 789 AEG
Hiking9.06 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   2.38 mph
789 ft AEG   1 Hour   42 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
 
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After reviewing the scenic photosets of The Jefe, Eagle and Bifrost I figured I go check out some of the poppies since It appeared to be one nicer concentrations I've seen on the internet this year besides of course the over visited Peridot Mesa.

Upon the last mile of the dirt road to the remote TH I surprisingly ran into two large twin grey Mercedes vans both with trailer in tow driving rather fast for the conditions of the road.
I immediately thought of some odd smuggling activity at first just because of where I was but upon further examination I noticed they belonged to a Colorado Community College.
A group of about 20 guys and girls were all visiting for spring break and spending the weekend backpacking within the SDNM.

I got a head start and went miles ahead of them and didn't see another person until my return back at night since I was off trail most of the day.
I headed straight for the nice little basin in between peak 2358' and 1804' and spent most of my day lazily lingering around enjoying the scenery.
I did hike up 1804' real quick just to scan the area to see the best patches of yellow and I surprisingly got prefect cell service up there and even recorded a rare Instagram video.

I took photos well after sunset as usual and I'm not sure if it was just my mind playing tricks at the time but I could have sworn all the poppies slightly closed up at night and if what @jonnybackpack just told me today is true then I guess it's a factual thing?

Walking back at night underneath the glow of the near full moon in complete silence in one of the most pristine desert areas I've been too was pure bliss.
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