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Ballantine to Boulder FlatPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2020
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Hiking9.20 Miles 2,200 AEG
Hiking9.20 Miles   4 Hrs   50 Mns   1.90 mph
2,200 ft AEG12 LBS Pack
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Looked for a lesser used trail and a bit of a workout, this one still delivers. Three other vehicles parked when I arrived with no one at the trailhead. Took the right side of the Pine Creek Loop and met 4 young hikers coming down the steep portion, used my hiking pole to keep distance, saw no one else until on the way back. Day started off sunny and warm , clouds and breeze moved in after a couple of hours that kept the temps down always seems to me the temps are cooler after crossing the fence line anyway. Shortly before reaching the end of the Pine Creek Loop was hearing the sound of falling water in stereo from both Camp Creek and Pine Creek. Enjoyed the sound of running water on much of the route. Trails are good but be prepared for mud and running water on portions of the route. Most all the varieties of wildflowers were represented but not abundant, some decent patches of lupine. No problem rock hopping over the creek and after enjoying the scenery that would make the Flintstones feel at home reached boulder flat. Decided to take the steep rutted route over to the cabin , slid down into the little valley and across the stream . I can report after a thorough inspection of its grocery store like interior ,that there is no toilet paper at the cabin not now anyway :D ,no canned goods, actually it hardly has a roof still, the breeze today didn’t inspire confidence on standing inside. Sadly I didn’t find the bed frame outside suitable for napping and having been to the corral decided to trudge back with my now slightly heavier pack. After crossing back over the creek I ran into a couple of fellow high risk hikers one had a USS Forrestal hat on, we reminisced ,code for embellish, about our old Navy days, had to remind him divers located more pilots than the reverse. While we were occupied in conversation two lady hikers passed by, was told there was a group of 13 hikers who were marching around the Pine Creek Loop , glad I missed that ! Took a snack break by Camp Creek to enjoy the running water. Traveled the other side of the Pine Creek Loop and used a cow path to explore down to the aptly named Pine Creek, clever how the pine forest has now disguised themselves as Saguaros. After enjoying the water flowing by the empty beach headed back to the parking lot ,still with only 3 but not the same vehicles.
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Lupine was moderate, poppies, hedgehog, thistle, hyacinth, daisies
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