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Lone Mountain 2809 - E J PeakPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking9.00 Miles 1,110 AEG
Hiking9.00 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   1.86 mph
1,110 ft AEG
 
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Last Memorial Day weekend I took the kids out to EJ Peak and was also wanting to hike the loop around the mountain. The loop portion of it turned out to be too much for the kids due to how rugged the trail actually is. I had been wanting to go back and finish this, but I wanted to wait until the heat died down a little. This turned out to the first weekend of reasonable weather.

The east side of the loop is the most rugged, with a lot of ups and downs through the drainages down the mountain. This area took me the longest to hike and at one point I lost the trail and had to get back on it. There was group of horse riders that were also hiking the loop, which I really found surprising. This trail is really steep and loose in a lot of sections, which I thought would be kind of dangerous for horses. On the east side I where I also found what was left of a Gila monster skeleton/remains.

After I finished the loop, I decided to hike the section of the Maricopa Trail that follows the road there. It really isn't much to hike, and the traffic doesn't make things any better. But I needed to get some mileage in and it's listed as part of the official MT, so whatever. Once I did that, I took the mountain bike trails back until I got to the wash that leads back to the trailhead.

As I was hiking the wash back, I looked down just in time to see that I was about to step on a rattlesnake that was curled up in the gravel and shade, taking a nap. He was very docile (probably sleepy) and never buzzed. I stopped and got some obligatory pictures. While I was doing that, I heard some people who were hiking their way up the wash. There were kids' voices, so it was a family. I took my time taking the pictures and looked down the wash to see how close they were. When I turned my head back to look at the snake, I lost it already. It blended in perfectly with the gravel, which is why I almost stepped on it. When I got to the family, I told them about the snake and to be careful, since it was right in the middle of the wash. The dad told his kids "I told you guys we would see something cool!", and then asked me if I could point where it was. I started to point at the tree it was next to, then I just told them to follow me since they weren't going to see it.

As we approached the spot, the dad started to pass me, and I told him to hold up. I pointed out where it was, and his demeanor changed to a bit more somber as he said, "You were right, we would not have seen that. Wow." I told them to have a nice day and let them get their pictures.
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