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South Wash Loop - MMRP, AZ
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South Wash Loop - MMRP, AZ 
South Wash Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2017
KBKB
Hiking12.08 Miles 866 AEG
Hiking12.08 Miles   4 Hrs   49 Mns   2.90 mph
866 ft AEG      39 Mns Break21 LBS Pack
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Susan, Ben, Sara, Nora, Bob, Mike, Marilyn, Joanne, Nick, and Marilyn joined me for a 12.1 mile hike that started in the Competitive Track Area (of McDowell Mountain Regional Park), made it's way over to the Dixie Mine Trail, and then used the South Wash to return to the Competitive Track Area.

We started our hike in the 4 Peaks/Horse Staging Area, and walked across the the road to the competitive track parking lot. We then hiked the Technical Loop to a service road which led us to Stoneman Wash. We head south down the wash for almost half a mile and then headed west up a feeder wash for another half mile until it intersected the Pemberton Trail. We followed Pemberton west for 1.7 miles until we got to the intersection with Dixie Mine Trail. Dixie Mine winds a bit, but heads generally south; we followed it for roughly three quarters of a mile until it intersected with the South Wash.

We followed the South Wash for nearly four miles; it heads mostly east, but somewhat south too. Shortly after turning into this wash, the wash narrows with steep and high banks. It widens gradually, joining other washes along the way to form a very wide valley with high walls turning into ordinary hills as the wash banks. We crossed the Long Loop in the Competitive Track area, continuing down the wash. When I last did this loop, we found the wash to be somewhat loose and turned left onto the Long Loop at that first intersection just to get out of the sand. We found that this added well over a mile to our hike. Having learned from that experience - some of the hikers in our group were dubious about even a twelve mile hike - I opted instead to continue down the wash until we came to the second intersection with the Long Loop.

We finished by hiking the last two and a half miles of the Long Loop. We saw several mountain bikers on our return.

The day started cool, but warmed up late in the hike. Some of our group are from cooler climes and found it to be quite warm for the last bit of the hike on the Long Loop.
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