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Dome MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2020
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Hiking7.80 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   5 Hrs      1.73 mph
2,100 ft AEG      30 Mns Break20 LBS Pack
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The Wolverine Pass gate was open for the Bulldog Canyon OHV area but since I never renewed my pass decided not to enter ,note after 3/19 it’s an online renewal. The “parking lot “ to the right of the gate entrance is a mud bog right now, the left side occupied by RV’s , fortunately there was enough space to park along the road. The weather was nice but surprisingly warm when no breeze was flowing as there is no shade along FR 1356 nor this southern approach to Dome Mountain saddle. Early on there was no traffic on the road and later surprisingly few vehicles for a Saturday, with no road dust either due to the recent rains. Also no hikers along the road or trail today. The use trail up to the saddle is being over run with vegetation mostly grass but some catclaw , glad I had long pants and trekking poles , this time of year prefer to see what I’m stepping on but at least with the poles I could probe the hidden ground. The flowers along here were also making a pretty good showing, followed by the nice views of this surrounding terrain once reaching the saddle. Time to be cautious about slipping and sliding ,particularly on the way down , on this next steep portion of the route to the summit. If your looking to sign a summit register you’ll be disappointed, both the broken plastic container and topless jar under the summit cairn are not waterproof :( . While stumbling around looking for a flat rock big enough to stretch out on came across a geocache. It was an old ammo can presumed placed by a fellow HAZ contributor @adenium, see photo.Took the short stroll over toward Panorama Peak before making the return trip . If this is the normal crowd on weekends I should reconsider my only weekday hiking schedule :D
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Owl Clover
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Poppies, lupine, owl clover, thistle mostly on the route after leaving the road,
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