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Wash Day - MMRP, AZ
mini location map2018-02-23
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Wash Day - MMRP, AZ 
Wash Day - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2018
KBKB
Hiking10.15 Miles 758 AEG
Hiking10.15 Miles   4 Hrs   16 Mns   2.78 mph
758 ft AEG      37 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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Another "wash" day in McDowell Mountain Regional Park...

Starting from the Four Peaks / Horse Staging Area, we hiked across the road and then hiked the wrong way for a time on the Long Loop. (Be careful when hiking the competitive tracks as bikes travel these trails at high speeds and may not expect to encounter a hiker. It was a chilly morning so I was fairly certain that we wouldn't see a cyclist.)

We turned into the wash near the sign for the "Picnic Tank" and followed it westward. It crossed the Long Loop again in between "Cadiente's Corner" and "The Step". We continued up the wash, but the wash soon narrowed down and became more vegetated forcing us back onto the Long Loop. We hiked the Long Loop (again the wrong way) for a time and then turned westward into a wash just south of "Gate Crossing". Having seen this wash from the road above a number of times, I had always wanted to hike it; I actually did hike a bit of it last summer, but was able to see and appreciate more of it this time.

We eventually came to Pemberton where we again hiked a short ways and found another wash to hike. This one was one of the Stoneman Wash feeder washes. We eventually found ourselves in yet another wash and worked our way back to the Pemberton Trail where we took another feeder wash back to Stoneman Wash. From there, we took a service road and the latter part of the Sport Loop back.

The highlight of the hike were the long eared owls that we saw while hiking in one of the deeper and narrower arroyos in the park. It turned out that there were six owls in the tree, although we could only make out four just prior to them taking flight. We saw several of these owls again and again as we worked our way down the wash. My photo of these owls in the tree shows three of them fairly clearly. I know where the fourth one is, but it's hard to find. I found some pixels that might be the fifth owl, but it's hard to be sure. I have no idea where the sixth owl was hiding.
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