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JF Trail to Tortilla Pass
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JF Trail to Tortilla PassPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2019
The_Eagle
Hiking18.95 Miles 3,115 AEG
Hiking18.95 Miles   9 Hrs   18 Mns   2.29 mph
3,115 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break14 LBS Pack
 
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We just had to hit up the Superstitions before the Orb made things to warm for the rest of the season.

Driving in, just past Canyon lake, two tricked out BMW's passed me like I was standing still. I kept up with them for almost 4 feet. This is the second time this has happened to me on this road. Knowing they'd be turning around at the dirt, I carefully approached the sharp corners. The lead car got a bit sideways coming around a corner when he saw me on the return.

The road walk in does afford some good views and is a great, OK, good, warm up for a hike.

After last weeks warm temps and high winds, I expected things to be dried out. Not the case. The grasses are still green and Tortilla Creek was still flowing. I did not expect many flowers at all, but they were abundant.

JF is a bit overgrown but easily navigated. Give it a few more weeks and the Foxtail will be murderous.

At one point, about half way up, Joe remembered he brought Trimmers and made the trail at least 60% better while we hiked up.

The exciting nerve racking part of the hike, was on the return, about a half mile before hitting the wilderness boundary.

We were chattin' away, on a halfway decent section trail, maybe calve deep grass. From the left side of the trail, outta nowhere, a rather large DBack lunged at Joe. It probably struck out about 18"-24". Joe reacted by jumping and twisting to the right, landing luckily between two patches of Prickly Pear. It missed him by 12". This snake never rattled until it hit the ground after the strike at Joe.

20 minutes later, we encountered a large Kingsnake stretched across the road. This boy would not move. We snuck around him and had an uneventful remainder of the hike.

Perfect weather
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