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Shallmo-Pemberton-Scenic-Cinch Loop - MMRP, AZ
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Shallmo-Pemberton-Scenic-Cinch Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Shallmo-Pemberton-Scenic-Cinch Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2018
KBKB
Hiking6.38 Miles 453 AEG
Hiking6.38 Miles   1 Hour   58 Mns   3.33 mph
453 ft AEG      3 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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An evening hike in MMRP...

Starting from the Four Peaks / Horse Staging Area, I hiked Shallmo Wash, Pemberton, Scenic (the long way - along the ridgeline), Cinch, and Escondido.

When I started, I saw a number of mountain bikers getting ready for their evening rides. I encountered several riders as I started hiking north on Shallmo Wash, but once I hit Pemberton, I didn't see anyone else on my entire hike (which is how I like it).

I managed to hold off turning on my headlamp until a least a mile into the Scenic Trail - I finally turned it on when I hit a downhill rocky section. As I proceeded along the ridgeline of the Scenic Trail, I saw an orange reflection ahead of me. I approached, thinking that it might be a broken piece of a bicycle pedal reflector, but I was wrong - it was the eye of a bird, which had settled down for the night along the trail. It took off when I was just a few feet away. As I proceeded, I saw several other birds too. I think they might have been quail, but it was too dark for a firm identification.

When I got to the final downhill of the Scenic Trail, I saw a small tarantula near the top of the hill.
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