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Slate Quartz GoJohn, AZ
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Slate Quartz GoJohn, AZ 
Slate Quartz GoJohn, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 21 2020
Hiking7.45 Miles 1,247 AEG
Hiking7.45 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   2.71 mph
1,247 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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4-3-2020 Saturday as I am posting this late. I thot the parking lot might be full but not even close. Still on the hunt for wildflowers, this trail usually never lets me down; until today.

Nonetheless, it’s a nice little hike that started out with a rattle. Shortly down the trail some teenage girls said there was a rattler on the trail. When I asked “where”, they said “right there”. Well I looked and couldn’t see until I saw. I walked toward it a bit and it rattled ferociously; so, I decided to shoot it… with my camera. I only took a video since it was so noisy. I politely asked the snake to move and could see that wasn’t going to happen so I went around it to the right and told the girls to follow me. I threw a few rocks in the area to the upper side of the snake and then guided them through. They were truly scared as they thanked me profusely.

As other hikers approached, I warned of the rattler and needless to say, once again, I stayed to the middle of the trail. You see, at the ranch I would have killed it thus there would be no fear. But those were different days and I think even now if I had the option, I would pass.

So off I went down Jasper to Slate Trail. It was a pretty day out :DANCE: . The trail is so nice as are the views. I only encountered about 4 people before I turned on to Quartz Trail where I encountered about 4 people as well. The quartz area is always pretty cool to see and now I was also seeing more wildflowers including smatterings of poppies. This trail gradually goes up as it snakes around the hillsides. I was surprised that the hillsides didn’t have more Brittlebush blooming as there was so much of it.

I finally reach the junction with the Go John and headed east. I would see limited smatterings of wildflowers and lots of globe chamomile. That’s when it dawned on me that maybe all that chamomile (stinknet) didn’t leave any room for other wildflowers to sprout up as in past years. I could be wrong. It was still very green and with the blooming Brittlebush scattered about it would get my attention from time to time. On this side of the trail I think I encountered about 4 hikers as well. Heading around the hill there is this one area that usually has some delphinium but not today.

I always like the view coming off the hill to the back (north) side of this route. The wildflowers were almost nada this whole side. There is another area before you go in to cross a wash that usually has poppies but NOTHING today :( . I decided I would rest a bit at the bench before heading up the hill. While there I saw some bike riders coming and they also decided to rest so I waited for them before I proceeded. Fortunately, they didn’t dawdle too long.

This is really a great hill as the grade is so nice and so is the trail. And there were at least a few more wildflowers that got my attention from time to time. Still, not to the levels I am used to. Probably encountered half-dozen people on the hill. If it had been earlier in the afternoon, I would have taken Overton but I was starting to get hungry and it would be about 5:15 by the time I finished.
Going down the hill to the trailhead you get the Brittlebush-lined trail and other spurts of flowers including Scorpionweed. Once toward the bottom, there are a few nice areas of poppies and lupine so that was a nice way to end the hike :) . There were still people heading up the trail.

This time I brot my Huckleberry Beer with me so I popped it open and sat in the back of Tonto for a spell. Sure was a good beer. I’m down to about 9 now unless my Montana cousins picked some up for me before they were all out for good.

Three videos today, the first has a little rattler action:
Part 1 - [ youtube video ] (Jasper, Slate, Quartz)
Part 2 - [ youtube video ] (Quartz, Go John)
Part 3 - [ youtube video ] (Go John)
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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