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Hog Heaven Loop Plus, AZ
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Hog Heaven Loop Plus, AZ 
Hog Heaven Loop Plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2018
KBKB
Hiking5.15 Miles 1,644 AEG
Hiking5.15 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   1.55 mph
1,644 ft AEG      25 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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For Friday's Hike, I did the Hog Heaven Loop and added on a bit at the end.

I saw a Gila Monster on my way to Hog Heaven. Later, as I was descending from the East End, I saw a number of caterpillars munching on new vegetation. As I descended Tom's Thumb Trail, I saw some Caltrops (which I had at first misidentified as Mariposa Lilies).

Once I turned off onto Mesquite Canyon Trail (which was almost immediately after leaving the parking lot), I didn't see anyone until I got back to Tom's Thumb Trail. And, even then, the traffic on Tom's Thumb Trail was a good deal sparser than normal, perhaps due to the heat. A fellow from one of the groups I met asked me if the trail leveled off soon. (Yeah, eventually, but not soon.)

I noticed a fair amount of erosion on the Feldspar Trail as well on the lower sections of the climber's access trail that goes through Mesquite Canyon. It was somewhat eroded later on too, but as bad as those sections at lower elevations. There was no problem with following the trail, but it did made the footing a bit more interesting than normal. There were other sections which are normally loose, but which seemed to be scoured clean of the usual gravel which normally make these sections treacherous.
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