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O R S A - Sonoran Preserve North, AZ 
O R S A - Sonoran Preserve North, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 25 2020
Hiking4.48 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking4.48 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.83 mph
550 ft AEG      7 Mns Break
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After work I wanted to see some wildflowers and based on a few HAZ trip logs, this seemed like the area to visit. I had a feeling the poppies were probably still wet and maybe a little cold from the previous day's rain but I went anyway. This is the first time I've hiked here in a clockwise direction. It's definitely easier because you get the hill/mountain 1953 out of the way right off the bat. It's really a very nice grade and pretty decent views as you make your way up. Today it was pretty windy; especially at the top.

There were plenty of wildflowers; even if the poppies were still fluted. There was lots of Phacelia Distans and Lupine providing for the purple colors today. I felt like I made good time on the hill; only encountered a few hikers. Also caught a hawk in flight (video only). As I hiked on the ridge there was a nice patch of poppies but they weren't open either. I continued down the hill and across the way I could see a hillside of open poppies so I was excited to see that up close. But before that, as I hit the bottom of the hill, I saw LOTS of Owl Clover and on both sides of the trail. Don't know that I've ever seen so much. They seemed a little scrawny but en masse, they were sure pretty. It's always hard to photograph flowers like this so low to the ground and somewhat spread out.

There was quite a bit of Desert Trumpet. I don't know about the rest of you but it seems like there is quite a bit of that this year. I rounded the corner and headed up the Sidewinder as the poppy population definitely increased and since it had been warmed by the sun almost all day; I did get a bit of a show. The poppies make such nice ground cover to show off the cactus🌵. As I looked back at the hills across the valley I appreciated the soft green grassy look it provided. I think I encountered a few people here and that was it for the day. Because it was getting late, I didn't complete the Sidewinder hike around the eastern mountain and took the Apache Wash connector Trail back to Ocotillo to Tonto Jr.

A couple videos to enjoy the views and wildflowers:
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
I suppose it really could be substantial if the poppies had all been open.
Lots of tall Fiddleneck.
For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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