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Lost Old Jeep Ringtail, AZ
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Lost Old Jeep Ringtail, AZ 
Lost Old Jeep Ringtail, AZ
Hiking4.24 Miles 508 AEG
Hiking4.24 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   2.68 mph
508 ft AEG
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Wanted to do a quick hike after work that might have some wildflowers. Was originally thinking Dixie Loop off the 17 but decided I hadn't been out in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve area for a while and it was closer; even though I dread the drive back to my house.

It was a lovely day. They've paved the first part to the Interpretive area but the rest of the trail is a typical trail; a very nice trail. As I headed up Lost Dog a couple told me there was a rattler ahead but I never did see it which I'm fine with. However, I have to say, I stayed in the middle of the trail for the most part, ha! The Brittlebush was ablaze in gold and very full. The chollas were also glowing via the back-lighting provided by the sun. And it is green out here. Going through the washes is where most of the color was with the yellow of the Brittlebush clashing with the red of the Chuparosa.

I came to the Old Jeep Trail where I headed east. You can see a good part of this trail ahead as it is still pretty wide. I encountered a couple people here but that was pretty much it until I got up to the Ringtail where I encountered a few more. The Old Jeep dips through a couple more washes and some of the trail in and out has some ruts. I stopped by the chuparosa I remembered as it's always a stand-out and this time the bees thot so too.

I should mention that for a lot of the way there were smatterings of lupine on both sides of the trail but not in the bunches that make for a good photograph so it was a struggle to try and document that. However, the Brittlebush and Chollas make up for that in spades. As you top out after the last dip you can see to the east side and Sunrise Peak. It all looks so incredibly green.

Ringtail is always a fun little bit of elevation as the flora mixes with the shale-like rock. Here again you top out to a nice 360 vista before doing a zig and zag as you head west and then south back to link up with Lost Dog. Once on Lost Dog you head east and start to encounter a few more people. I don't know if I'll get back here again before the end of spring but I would be curious to see if they get any more blooming flora.

I had to add the missing track and paste the other two tracks together as RS glitched after a couple miles or so. Hopefully when I get my new phone, that won't be an issue anymore. It's been working so well except these last few times. And the drive home was dreadfully slow, an extra 15 minutes.

Here are a couple videos (a little more narration than usual as I was hiking alone😉):
Part 1 Lost and part of Old Jeep [ youtube video ]
Part 2 Old Jeep, Ringtail back to TH [ youtube video ]
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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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