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Sidewinder Ridgeback, AZ
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Sidewinder Ridgeback, AZ 
Sidewinder Ridgeback, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2020
Hiking5.56 Miles 887 AEG
Hiking5.56 Miles   2 Hrs   23 Mns   2.40 mph
887 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
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Posting this late 4-9-2020 as it between other hiking and it took me awhile to get the videos all done.

Since I had camera issues, I decided I would comeback to this wildflower haven to properly film and photograph this great hike. With the traffic being so light now, I can easily get here in less than ½ hour from work giving my ample time to do the 5 ½ mile loop; although, I did get a little hungry ¾ of the way.

I got started counterclockwise from my usual parking area except I didn’t go thru the VC part to avoid some of the people traffic. Once again, I did encounter quite a few people on the Sidewinder part coming and going; much more than I would prefer. But now I don’t have to hike this part of the loop in the future to get my photos and video.
The lupine was the star on this eastern side of the loop. It was prolific but per usual, hard to photograph. I was having difficulty getting my radio show fired up so that was a bit of a distraction. I finally threw in the towel.

Today I would also hit Sidewinder Peak. It’s really an easy climb but like I said, I think the heat for me makes hills seem much harder than they are. At the top I did some zooming of the far away peaks to the east. It really is an impressive site. There was quite a bit of wildflower action as I went up too including poppies and lupine all over the place :) . Lucky me.

This time as I came down the hill of the Sidewinder Loop (heading west), I feel like I saw even more Owl Clover than I did on Saturday. It was on both sides of the trail with big huge batches. I’m still trying to figure out how to show this off in a photograph.

Next, I crossed over the connector to continue on the Sidewinder Trail. I tried to make decent time across the flat. I did encounter four teenage hikers here as I just started to head up the trail traversing the side of a few hills. Off to the south I saw batches of Owl Clover I didn’t notice before but it was far away. As I rounded the corner at the first saddle I got to the poppy show. The sun lights this hillside up beautifully but at the same time, it’s hard to keep the sun glare at a minimum for the photographs and videos. The poppy show was on both sides of the trail but mostly on this upper hillside.

I continued to make my way around the to where the original poppy field had been; there are still remnants of poppies mixed in the cacti and of course, along this route too there is intermittent lupine. I was also surprised how I could still feel the chill in the air even though it was the high 70s. Also here at a little over 3 ½ miles I started getting hungry. In light of that, rather than take the route back the way I came, I decided to tackle that “not so bad after all” hill.

But first, I had to soak up all the Owl Clover up close and personal :DANCE: along the Ridgeback Trail. In this area I ran into two bike riders and a man and his children. As I started to go up the hill I thot I could take a camera break finally but alas, there was a bunch more flora on display. Guess I didn’t see that on Saturday as I barreled up the hill. Well I made up for it by taking more photos than necessary and filming it.

Once again, I had a pretty easy haul up the hill as the switchbacks do their job of providing me an easy grade. The brittlebush-lined trail made it even nicer. I by-passed the peak this time as it was getting late, I think around 5 as I had dawdled so much. Here I started seeing hikers more frequently as I tried to make good time getting down the hill. As I hit the shade, of course, the colors of the flowers were more intense so that means the stop and go went into effect for a short bit.

Finally, I made it to the bottom where I picked up my pace as the flora down here is sparse. However, the views south across the little plains is nice to see. I would have liked to enjoy a beer but it’s hard to justify that on a school nite as they say so I just headed home after a stop at Culvers to pick up a Shrimp Basket meal in a paper bag.

I do believe the videos show off the wildflowers much better than my photos.

Part 1 - Sidewinder to Apache Vista Peak [ youtube video ]
Part 2 - Apache Vista and on the Sidewinder [ youtube video ]
Part 3 - Sidewinder Trail to the start of Ridgeback [ youtube video ]
Part 4 - Ridgeback to the top and down to the TH [ youtube video ]
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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