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Gateway Loop Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2020
tibber
Hiking4.77 Miles 921 AEG
Hiking4.77 Miles   1 Hour   47 Mns   2.67 mph
921 ft AEG
 
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Boss let me go right after market close so since this is right next door, I opted to give it a whirl counterclockwise as that's easier.

1st - I got 'er done. I did think about turning back one time. It was a little warmer than I like.

2nd - the wildflowers were much more than I expected. It must have been something else early last week. I was certainly surprised at even what is left. I should have filmed rather than just taking photos. I just didn't realize how much there would be; that would happen again on Sunday going thru the Phx Mountain Reserve.
I really just wanted to hike today but the wildflowers wouldn't let me :lol:

3rd - yep, lots of people and most of them were living up to Scottsdale's old "snobby" reputation. Most folks seem to be hiking/biking it clockwise. Seeing many more families than normal everywhere I've been hiking. That's a good thing; maybe they will do more of it in the future.

4th - did see quite a few lizards and heard many birds. I wonder what they all think of this increased people traffic...
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There were quite a few poppies and lupine still showing off. The Brittlebush is waning; must have been something else last week. A few chuparosa and some scorpionweed.
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