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Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2018
kingsnake
Hiking8.21 Miles 977 AEG
Hiking8.21 Miles   2 Hrs   58 Mns   2.77 mph
977 ft AEG
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I planned to hike Black Canyon Trail today, as the segments north of Rock Springs Cafe are an underrated source of beautiful spring flowers, in quantity, quality and variety: Chuparosa, lupine, fairy duster, wiry lotus, blue dick, buckhorn cholla, and more!

Thursday at noon, my shuttle hike fell through. Not wishing to do an 22 mile out & back, I had to scramble for an alternative. This was it.

Eight years ago, as Pass Mountain Trail #282 squeezed between the archery range and the mountain’s lower slopes, it was often deeply eroded. Now, it is pristine. Wide & smooth. Even the cholla don’t seem as bad. There are several memorial benches for older folks to rest on. There’s also a lot of saguaro, more than anywhere else in the park. Many of the saguaro are quite spectacular, including one specimen that I swear had two dozen arms on it.

I stopped at the Viewpoint to take in the fantastic 240° views: Southwest, across Mesa, to the Sierra Estrella 40 miles away; 13 miles northwest, across Fountain Hills, to the McDowell Mountains; 21 miles northeast to Four Peaks; and just a few miles east to the Goldfield Mountains. That small mountain, all by itself a mile north, is the appropriately named Lone Mountain.

The section between the Viewpoint and the Saddle is the most isolated, least travelled, part of 282, so of course I encountered Loud Phone Talker. 🙄

I forgot to look for the geocache at the Saddle.

From the Saddle back to Wind Cave Trailhead was a trudge; exercise, nothing more. (Other than being amused by Cat Peaks being named "peaks".)

I only saw three flowers all day. 😕

Hike Video: [ youtube video ]
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