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Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2020
ddgrunning
Hiking7.90 Miles 1,680 AEG
Hiking7.90 Miles   4 Hrs   32 Mns   2.10 mph
1,680 ft AEG      46 Mns Break
 
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First time on the Ballantine Trail. Driven by the TH a thousand times, but never stopped. Figured with coronavirus concerns, this would be a road less traveled. To my surprise, though, there were 20+ cars when we arrived at the TH. Still, social distancing wasn’t a problem.

The hike exceeded expectations. About 2 mi. in, I marked a nice campsite with a view. Would make a good introductory overnight backpack location.

Later on, I tagged “Picnic Rock,” which is next door to a nice little saguaro neighborhood. Speaking of saguaros, there a a lot of impressive ones along this trail.

Given the recent rains, Camp Creek was running strong and clean. I wish the trail was located a littl me closer to the creek. As it was, you have to bushwhack down and back, but it was worth it.

Just before Boulder Flat, we tromped down to the creek and ate lunch on a nice large rock and cooled our feet in the creek.

I explored the creek a bit on the way back. Saw a snake (looked like a garter), but was too slow for the camera.

Took the north side of the Pine creek loop on the return. Water was flowing strong on that drainage as well.

The final 1/2 mile parallel to the highway detracts from nature a bit, but if you focus on the giant saguaros, rather than the traffic, it’s still nice.

Seems like there were a lot more people out in nature, after everyone’s been staying isolated the last week or so.

Now back to holing up at home ....
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