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Middle Mescal Wash, AZ
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Middle Mescal Wash, AZ 
Middle Mescal Wash, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 24 2020
markthurman53
Hiking10.26 Miles 181 AEG
Hiking10.26 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   2.74 mph
181 ft AEG      25 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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It was a really nice day so I headed out to Mescal Wash again to finish up another 5 mile section (10 mile round trip). This time I headed down Interstate 10 to the Marsh station road exit and parked along the off ramp. This is one of those off ramps that the traffic on I-10 zips by not giving it any thought, maybe a dozen or so people use the ramp every day. Of those dozen or so cars every day maybe one will stop in a year to head down into Mescal Wash, This year I'm that person. Not a real scenic wash but it has its beauty in its serenity and isolation, just a short distance from the Interstate and in between two Union Pacific tracks. This wash services 3 mountains, Rincon to the north, Whetstones and Empire to the south. Appears to be a favorite area for deer because their tracks were everywhere. Lots of Jack rabbits and road runners, and where the road runner is I'm sure the Coyote isn't far behind.

I thought this would be kind of a boring hike but I actually enjoyed it. There are nice views of the Rincon Mountains, Whetstone Mountains, Empire mountains and Snow capped Santa Rita Mountains. Weather was in the 70's with a slight breeze. There is no water along this route but it had flowed earlier in the year packing the sand making it easier to walk. If you are not into sandy wash walking this is not the hike for you. If you like solitude with occasional spurts of interesting then this is a good hike. Don't look to get a lot of AEG it is just slightly better than hiking in Lubbock Texas. This probably is not a good hike to break in boots, sand walking can be hard on the heals.
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