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Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2017
DarthStiller
Hiking5.70 Miles 856 AEG
Hiking5.70 Miles   3 Hrs      1.90 mph
856 ft AEG
 
Radmila was a church gig in the morning, so I took the kids out towards Lost Dutchman Park for a hike. We started from the Crosscut TH off of First Water Road. We hiked from there 5 years ago with the intent to hike into the LD Park trails, but ended up on the Praying Hands loop. This time we stayed on the Jacob's Trail into the park.

Once we were in the park, we saw some parachuters landing in front of Siphon Draw. We took the Jacob's Trail to the Prospectors' Trail. At the junction of the Prospectors' and the Treasure Loop, I tried to check out some of the unofficial trails to attempt the Praying Hands Loop. However, the "trails" we took were really faint, steep, and on loose rock. After going straight uphill for a bit, I decided to abort the try for the loop and headed back down to the main trails.

We took the Treasure loop trail down towards the LD park. About half way down, Natasha was behind us and I heard her yell "DAD, BEES!" A swarm of bees was buzzing across the field. As fate would have it, on our way to the trailhead that morning, I had just mentioned to the kids that it's that time of year, and if, on the unlikely chance that we just happen to see a swarm of bees, just get close to the ground and keep your head down until they're gone. Thankfully, they immediately knew what to do. Dmitri was panicking a little bit and was crying. Fortunately he quickly calmed down once they left, and was soon laughing about everything.

After that, we took the Treasure Loop Trail back down towards the parking lots in the park and did a small loop to add some mileage, and then took the Jacob's Trail back to the car. about a half mile from the car, I heard Dmitri call me with a very nervous tone in his voice. I turned around and saw something slinking thru the grass next to the trail. It was a gila monster. It was the first time I've seen a gila monster in the wild after almost 18 years of hiking. And we saw it about an hour after avoiding a swarm of bees.

To top the adventure off, right as we got to the parking lot, we saw another swarm of bees. We got close to the ground again, but they didn't really go away. It turns out the swarm was at a bush right next to the trail. They weren't there in the morning, so it appears the bees are pretty active right now. We headed back through the wash and got back on the trail a few yards down the trail and finished up the hike. Turned out to be a nice adventure for the kids.
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