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Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ
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Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ 
Cinch-Scenic-Pemberton-Shallmo Loop - MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 12 2018
KBKB
Hiking6.42 Miles 420 AEG
Hiking6.42 Miles   2 Hrs   3 Mns   3.24 mph
420 ft AEG      4 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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I hiked a loop in MMRP with Bob on Wednesday evening. We hadn't made any arrangements to hike together - we just happened to show up at the same place at the same time. We hiked Escondido, Cinch, Scenic (long way), Pemberton, and Shallmo.

Just after passing through the Trailhead Staging Area on Pemberton, we saw a rattlesnake. Later on, when we were on the Shallmo Wash Trail, we saw a small coral snake. It was perhaps seven inches in length, though it was difficult to tell since it wasn't lying straight. I think I have photos of both.

We also saw a two pack rats, one of which was confused by our lights. I wasn't quite quick enough with my camera to get a photo though.

There were even fewer moths than there were on Monday night and far, far fewer than there were last Wednesday when I had to hold the light in my hand to keep the moths away from my head. I was able to wear my headlamp tonight, though they did tend to gather when we stopped to look at the various critters we encountered.

We saw the women's night cycling group on the Pemberton when we were still on Scenic. Later on, we saw them ride through the Four Peaks Trailhead as we were returning to our vehicles.

It's still warmish out, but it's cooler and a lot less humid than it had been in August. I'm liking these temperatures.
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