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Bursera - Gila loop, AZ
mini location map2019-08-29
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Bursera - Gila loop, AZ 
Bursera - Gila loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking5.81 Miles 1,074 AEG
Hiking5.81 Miles   2 Hrs   1 Min   2.93 mph
1,074 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
 
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Thursday morning sweatfest. Looked like parts of SoMo got plenty of rain last night, which knocked a few degrees off our starting temperature. Still felt like Florida though. Partway up Bursera, Denny started talking about this being perfect weather to see snakes. I told him about some genius I encountered recently who told me that I’d never actually seen a speckled rattler on SoMo, that they were all tigers and I just didn’t know the difference.

Drenched in sweat on the way up Bursera, the few spots of shade on the descent were a relief. Once heading back east on Gila, full sun and no breeze made for a tough walk up to the saddle. New sign at the saddle closing off the connector trail to National that I really liked. The descent back down felt a lot better. Dropping into the wash, we got a courtesy rattle. After several seconds of looking around, Denny spotted a healthy looking tiger. We got a few pictures as he moved around some rocks and tree roots. Easy hike back to the cars after that, especially once the breeze picked up. Great hike & great company!
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