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North Maricopa Mountains Loop, AZ
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10 by photographer avatarmarkthurman53
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North Maricopa Mountains Loop, AZ 
North Maricopa Mountains Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 02 2019
markthurman53
Hiking15.67 Miles 1,143 AEG
Hiking15.67 Miles   5 Hrs   54 Mns   3.02 mph
1,143 ft AEG      43 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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RowdyandMe
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Nice day to do the Maricopa Mountain race track. Pleasant hike along the Margies Cove and Brittlebush Trails along with a section of off trail. About 50 % in washes, 50 % on trail and 50% off Trail. I know that's 150% but the section of wash walking made the 16 miles seem more like 24. I've lived in the upper Sonoran Desert my whole life but this hike gave me a taste of the Lower Sonoran Desert. Much harsher environment. The washes were a little hard to walk in but luckily they had run recently so you could find a little hard pack in them that made the walking easier. The trail and cross country were fairly easy. The one saddle we came to was fairly easy too, in fact we were walking so fast down the wash I think I just coasted to the top on my self momentum. Beautiful scenery and with a little cloud cover made this hike great. I haven't seen a desert I didn't like with maybe a couple sections near El Centro California.

It was nice to finally be able to put faces to some of the people I have been communicating with on HAZ. Great company. Also really enjoyed the company of two of the greatest hiking dogs I have had the pleasure to hike with, Blanco and Rowdy.
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