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Black Ridge Loop - MazatzalPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2018
KBKB
Hiking8.06 Miles 2,001 AEG
Hiking8.06 Miles   4 Hrs   59 Mns   1.67 mph
2,001 ft AEG      10 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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I've hiked the Black Ridge Loop four times now. Route finding on today's hike was perhaps the easiest of all the times I've done the loop. I purposely left the trail a few times to get better views.

I saw two deer early in the hike, but they moved too quickly for me to get a photo.

There were some wildflowers along the way. I did get some photos of those.

Perhaps the most unusual flower that I saw was on the side of an agave, it may even have been a Century Plant, though I don't know this for sure. The leaves at the base were dried up and the top of the stalk had been broken off. It appeared to me that the stalk growth and blooms had occurred in some previous season, but there was now a bloom on the side of the stalk perhaps a foot below where it had broken off on top. I took a few photos and will post them assuming that at least one of them is in focus.

As mentioned earlier, the Black Ridge part of the hike went well. There was a downed tree along the ridge, but it was easy to go around it. Brunson Tank had some water, though not as much as I thought it would have after having seen a very full Granite Tank in MMRP on Friday. The puddle in Brunson was perhaps 20 feet across. It's something, but not really enough.

When I got to the Little Saddle Mountain Trail, I encountered a number of downed trees, two of which required more than minimal effort to get by. One of them required some pretty serious off-trail bushwhacking. I saw some water in the drainage next to the trail. I drank nearly all of the water I brought with me and considered filtering some if I ran out. Speaking of which... I brought with me a 3L reservoir plus a 40oz bottle. At around the six mile point, I had emptied my reservoir and started on the 40 oz bottle.

I started a little after 7am; it was humid in the morning and there were insects out. It seemed kind of hot at first, but as I got higher, I began to feel a breeze. I felt better later on, though I'm sure it had warmed up.
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