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Trail #8 40th St. Trailhead, AZ
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Trail #8 40th St. Trailhead, AZ 
Trail #8 40th St. Trailhead, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2019
rrshort
Hiking3.80 Miles
Hiking3.80 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   1.17 mph
   5 Hrs    Break
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Yesterday I decided to do a loop that I used to do years ago when I wanted a good workout. This entailed taking Trail #8 from the 40th St. Trailhead south up and over the ridge down and around until I picked up one of the unmarked trails leading back to trail 100. I arrived at a full parking area as I expected for a beautiful afternoon but managed to find a spot anyway and got underway shortly before 1:45pm. I crossed trail 100 and was on my way up the trail. Soon poppies and lupines began to show up and I snapped pictures along the way. At one point I glanced at a cactus and seeing a bird I zoomed in with my camera and was thrilled to see an American Kestrel! He was rather far away so I got a couple of so so photos. I finally made it to the top of the ridge and took a breather on the bench. I started down the other side and right away noticed the proliferation of scorpion weed on both sides of the trail prompting me to label it "Scorpion Weed Alley". I continued on enjoying the beauty of the area, took an unmarked trail back to trail 100 and then back on #8 finishing up about 4:55pm. I was dragging a bit but it was worth the effort. Surprisingly I encountered only a handful of hikers and bike riders.
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