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Rattlesnake Beever Terkey, AZ
mini location map2017-05-06
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Rattlesnake Beever Terkey, AZ 
Rattlesnake Beever Terkey, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 06 2017
chumley
Hiking11.27 Miles 1,367 AEG
Hiking11.27 Miles   5 Hrs   13 Mns   2.39 mph
1,367 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
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1st trip
I was looking for something around 10 miles and not too warm. Water was a bonus. This area always intrigues.

I mapped a route that accessed the Wildlife Area from a different route ... in the canyons on either side of Rattlesnake Ridge. Turns out we decided to hit the road on the ridge on the return instead of staying in the drainage.

Didn't see any bears or coyotes today (as we did last fall), but did see a couple of huge turkey feathers and also managed to sneak up on a nice herd of elk, managing to split them into different directions, including at least one big buck.

Speaking of big bucks, we found one that a lion had gotten to relatively recently. I'd guess it was in the fall, with winter preserving the remains. Nice 11-point buck at one time. A pretty healthy guy based on my inexperienced knowledge of dental records!

The aspens had mostly sprouted, but the oaks had not. And the grass was mostly still winter dormant, though it won't take more than a couple of weeks before it has fully greened up.

Thanks to Kyle for driving. I can't remember the last time I was a passenger! :sweat:
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Beaver Canyon Pools to trickle Pools to trickle
Water almost the whole way. Still some snow drifts too.
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