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2018-03-18  
Victoria Mine & Lost Cabin, AZ
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Victoria Mine & Lost Cabin, AZ 
Victoria Mine & Lost Cabin, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 18 2018
joebartels
Hiking7.14 Miles 677 AEG
Hiking7.14 Miles   2 Hrs   52 Mns   2.52 mph
677 ft AEG      2 Mns Break3 LBS Pack
 
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I've least visited NE AZ. SW is second. Last year riding the city busses I learned an oddity, $8 RT to Ajo! Nothing remotely desirable to hike within walking distance shelved that eye opener.

Fresh Exploring
The drive has its fair share of blah. A short stretch through the [ SE Crater Range :: map ] begged attention. Chris called it a field of mini Weaver Needles. Signature Krylon Pictographs dominate the low hanging fruit.

Stargate Arrival
While I'm no magnet or knick knack collector I am human. It's exciting visiting a new place declared special. Vegas exists because throwing a few hundred bucks in the trash at home is obviously stupid. Naturally we wanted to see better organ pipe cactus than the previous million visitors!

Lots of skinny photogenic Saguaros. Only a few of the monument namesakes along the drive.

Victoria Mine Trail
If you love Warpaint to the base of Corona at South Mountain this might be your ticket. In all fairness it does sport lush stretches of desert flora. I enjoyed, just can't recommend for the drive. Organ pipe cactus are lucky to survive among all the cholla varieties. The most chain fruit cholla I recall outside the Superstitions. Ambika went all out on the description, I should have read it before the hike.

Lost Cabin Trail
Finally a hint of elevation change saved me from hyperventilating. Even if you don't go to the cabin, another easy half mile from Victoria's Secret Relics puts you in a sea of organ pipe cactus! The hike is a road. I'm not a rock hut or mine fanatic so while I enjoyed the first half this wasn't whispering return. Forget hollering. Chris agreed to jump an easy ridge to get to the next hike quicker.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Spotty ocotillo and one strawberry hedgehog
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