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2017-07-27  
2013-01-21  
Loma Verde Wash and Javelina Wash, AZ
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Loma Verde Wash and Javelina Wash, AZ 
Loma Verde Wash and Javelina Wash, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2017
markthurman53
Hiking12.20 Miles 625 AEG
Hiking12.20 Miles   4 Hrs   20 Mns   3.22 mph
625 ft AEG      33 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
This was a loop hike connecting the Loma Verde Wash and Javelina Wash including the East and West branches of the Javelina Wash. Started early in the morning to try and beat the heat, can’t do anything about the humidity. The rains of a couple of days ago made the walking along the washes quite a bit easier because the sand was packed. The lower parts of the Loma Verde and Javelina were a little more difficult because of recent horse activity loosening up the sand. Most of this hike was along washes and in these areas there is no trail as such, it is more of a route. In many places the washes are more of a flood plain that had multiple options for travel, meaning sometimes you had to make a decision as which way to go. A wrong choice didn’t mean you were off trail, just meant the path you selected might peter out or become overgrown by Mesquite trees or shrubs. This is particularly true along the Javelina Wash West. Once on an actual trail it felt like traveling on a freeway. Along the Cactus Forest Trail I stopped and took a very small detour to check out the Lime Kilns. Once again I did not see any rattle snakes, this makes the third hike in the park in the last 3 weeks I haven’t seen any, I thought this was strange because usually early morning they are everywhere. I did see the usual deer and a truck loads of rabbits. This was a fun loop because winding through the washes there always seemed to be something interesting around each bend, particularly the Javelina Wash West. Recommend next time you see a large monsoon storm over the saguaro Park especially along Tanque Verde ridge, plan a trip along these washes the next day.
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