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Table Mesa Rd to Boy Scout Loop - BCT
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Table Mesa Rd to Boy Scout Loop - BCTPrescott, AZ
Prescott, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2020
kingsnake
Hiking8.71 Miles 1,064 AEG
Hiking8.71 Miles   3 Hrs   17 Mns   2.65 mph
1,064 ft AEG
 
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Not much to add to my previous rather long triplog ( [ photoset ] ) in 2011, other than the shooting garbage had all been cleaned up: There was just a few stray brass at the small knoll where Gasline Rd. meets the Black Canyon Trail, and none of the large shot up objects -- like a propane tank 🙄 -- just south of Table Mesa Rd.

Oh, and a flower report!

Descending from the top of the first small climb, towards the saguaro forest, is where the owl clover kicked off in earnest. North of the saguaro forest, I started to see more flat top buckwheat. There were also a lot of fairy duster, but unfortunately none that really struck me as photogenic.

Strawberry hedgehog, aka Engelmann’s Cactus, still had bright pink flowers. (Despite supposedly blooming only five days a year, I’ve been seeing strawberry hedgehog blooms for several weeks now.)

I had occasionally seen desert globemallow earlier, but descending from the second sort of climb towards the power towers, there were just scads of them. I took advantage of a cloud passing over to pop some against the cloud’s shadow with a flash.

The owl clover somehow got even better between the saddle and the power line!

I finially found my first non-hedgehog cactus flower -- a prickly pear -- just before I finished my hike at Table Mesa Rd.

The Black Canyon Trail is really an under-appreciated flower hunting destination. Particularly this segment, and segments 6, 7, and 8, between Black Canyon City and Bumble Bee.

Hike Video: https://vimeo.com/470413079
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The largest, densest, patches of owl clover I've ever seen. Lupine in abundance. Most desert globemallow I've ever seen, though not nearly as many as the lupine or owl clover. Not too many globe chamomile.
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