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2018-01-16  
Mopah Palms, CA
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Mopah Palms, CA 
Mopah Palms, CA
 
Backpack9.58 Miles 1,044 AEG
Backpack9.58 Miles2 Days         
1,044 ft AEG28 LBS Pack
 
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This is a grove of native California palms in the Turtle Mountains. It's not often visited. I had been here before, and had wanted to hike out here and spend the night, so that's what we did.

We had hoped to see some bighorn sheep, but I saw scant trace of them (a few old droppings) which surprised me, since there is a viable and active spring at the palm grove. We did find petroglyphs, which I hadn't seen before, a grinding hole (aka bedrock mortar), a bit of "lithic scatter" (the chips left over after a person makes arrowheads), and some small brown pottery shards. I photographed the chips and shards, and then hid them back under the dirt where I'd found them. It is both illegal and unethical to remove them. I shouldn't have to say that, but new people go into the outdoors every day, and we need to let them know some basics.

The petroglyphs seem to indicate the palm grove and water source, but of course, no one can know the exact meaning of the panel. It must have been a hardscrabble life out there.

There were hummingbirds around in those flowers by the palms, and we saw a couple of phainopepla while hiking in the wash.

The stars at night were wonderful, of course, and I'd brought with me a star chart and small guidebook. At night, the lights of Lake Havasu City are visible far away, seen down toward the end of the canyon.
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[ checklist ]  Mopah Peaks  Mopah Spring
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What are these flowers (in photo)?

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