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Lone Mountain 2809 & Loop, AZ
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Lone Mountain 2809 & Loop, AZ 
Lone Mountain 2809 & Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2019
tibber
Hiking5.55 Miles 1,215 AEG
Hiking5.55 Miles   4 Hrs   15 Mns   1.39 mph
1,215 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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We finally were able to get together for a long overdue hike. We both like the Goldfields and the surrounding area so Kelly picked this. As always it seems, I'm a little out of hiking shape; especially for peaks so this fit the bill. We met up at Power and McDowell Roads for our short drive to the Lone Mountain/Bulldog TH. This is the first time Kelly drove us to the TH... hard to believe in all these years, ha!

It was a nice morning. We were delighted to see this hike would involve lots of wildflowers altho the poppies weren't quite open yet. As we began the climb Kelly would comment on how she thot this was a "cute little peak". For some reason I thot that was amusing. The hike up does level out a few times so that's nice but I still needed to pull my poles out. I worry that I struggle up these little peaks and that I have some big mountains coming up for our AZT trek; just don't know how I'm going to pull that off. Anyway, this up had lots of little gardens and alley ways of flora to enjoy with great distant views.

I was surprised when I arrived at the Peak as I thot for sure it was a false saddle. My review of the hike said it was over 1000 AEG. But then I remembered that this was equivalent to Shaw Butte. Anyway, we didn't stay long and headed back down. Wow is that slippery. Kelly ended up using one of my poles for stabilization. The poppies had started to open up. We did run into a small group of hikers at the little saddle by the rock outcropping. As we neared the bottom we encountered some more hikers that were heading up and I told them it was slippery coming down.

The loop sure started off pretty and mostly level. We wandered in and out of mini-drainages and through some boulder and saguaro areas just loving it with all the wildflowers at every little turn. I filmed a lot through here. I haven't watched any of the movies yet so I'm anxious to see how they turned out. Well the fun would end in a little over a mile as the roller coaster would begin. It started slowly but then it got serious. I would end up trying to walk around some of the steeper sections just to have some ground to hold onto. It was still as steep but I felt better with the stickiness of the ground.

Kelly looks back and asks me if I'm still likin' this suggestion. Well you can't blame her as she didn't know the conditions but when even she started whining a little bit; I felt much better :lol: . The steeper parts were on this eastern to north side and there were a lot of them. It just takes some of the joy out of hiking when you have to hold on for dear life. There were still wildflowers and views to entertain us. We finally crossed over the little saddle and started heading southwest and the roller coaster moderated. We took a break so I could re-fuel.

On this section we could see poppy-filled hillsides to the east and saguaros to the west so that was pretty cool. But I was glad to be done with this hike. However, it was great to catch up with Kelly and enjoy the wildflowers. The videos are not ready yet as I just finished the videos from the previous weekend's wildflower shoot. Thx for driving Kelly and for lunch (see, pole use isn't always free, ha!)

Videos:
up the mountain [ youtube video ]
finishing off the mountain and on to the loop [ youtube video ]
on the loop [ youtube video ]
finishing off the loop [ youtube video ]
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
LOTS of poppies, Scorpionweed, some Desert Lavendar, lots of Peppergrass (or weed), some Brittlebush
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