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Saguaro Lake Bluffs Loop, AZ
mini location map2019-08-19
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Saguaro Lake Bluffs Loop, AZ 
Saguaro Lake Bluffs Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 19 2019
CannondaleKid
Hiking5.60 Miles 1,240 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   2 Hrs   59 Mns   1.88 mph
1,240 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
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Twice in the last few years I hiked roughly the same loop counter-clockwise so I thought for a change I'd hike it clockwise.

I began from Butcher Jones Road just east of the wide concrete-paved wash, dropped down the slope into the wide sandy wash and headed toward Butcher Jones. Not wishing to slog a long distance in the soft sandy wash I climbed up and followed a low ridge until it leveled out back into the wash. A few minutes later a deer bounded across the wash about a hundred feet ahead, and of course it disappeared before I could get my camera out.
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But no matter, it just got my hopes up for another bighorn sheep encounter like last year. Unfortunately, this trip I would encounter no bighorn sheep and nor were there any wild horses to be found. (The wild horse herd was relocated due to rising health concerns at Butcher Jones.)

Just before Butcher Jones I began the ascent to the ridge. It was easier than the descent in the same area last year due to the route being more traveled. Once at the top I began the trek westward toward the bluffs. The route wasn't quite as obvious as from the other direction, obviously due to the terrain looking different from the opposite point-of-view, but also I was covering new ground.

Due to the different route I noticed a white cross at the edge of the bluff, so of course I had to take a closer look. I only got close enough to take a zoomed photo of the memorial cross. It was labeled Larry Elman Jr. 1978-1995... so Larry was only 17 when he lost his life. Due to the amount of rust on the cross it appeared to have been there for some time.

I found nothing of particular interest the rest of the way but the great views made up for it. The difficulty and AEG are pretty much the same in either direction but now that I've done it both ways I favor going clockwise. The only issue I had was climbing a short bare-rock slope whereas if traveling CCW, it's an easy 20-foot slide down.

By taking a wider arc on the west end of my loop I found a nice game trail which made it easier than trying to find the best route down. The rest of the way back to the car I continued to cover new ground in hopes of an interesting find. As I mentioned earlier... I found nothing new other than the cross.
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