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Walkin/Big Jim - 3465 - Mill - Jeep Jeep Loop, AZ
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Walkin/Big Jim - 3465 - Mill - Jeep Jeep Loop, AZ 
Walkin/Big Jim - 3465 - Mill - Jeep Jeep Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2020
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Hiking17.69 Miles 3,354 AEG
Hiking17.69 Miles   10 Hrs   10 Mns   2.03 mph
3,354 ft AEG   1 Hour   27 Mns Break
 
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By two and a half miles in there was Owl Clover at least every two yards. Often fields. In retrospect, the only voids were the peaks and spotty above 2,500 ft.

The hike along Walkin' Jim Loop Trail then Big Jim Trail to 3,465 and back down was storybook. The off-trail hike to Mill started as a light bushwhack and avoiding cactus with sure footing. Foxtail we'd seen along the on-trail hike was now our world.

We headed up to Mill from the Pikes-Mill Saddle. Mill ends through a cholla minefield the final 50-100 yards. Mill, aka Cholla Ball Peak, is not a comfortable break spot with unfriendlies and jagged rock. Recharging with a lunchbreak was necessary and this was the best option. It is a nice spot to admire the intense terrain views with a nice backdrop of a lake in a desert. Defoxtailification surrounded by the bastards paid off in three glorious steps back to the cholla minefield.

We squabbled over the planned continuation to Pikes, then agreed to abort directly down to the beautiful jeep road. In figuring out the route we seriously irritated a hawk. It kept circling and divebombing Bruce from behind. He was a good sport offering his life as I failed to video the situation. With video off, the mock speed cluster of atoms left a lasting impression diving through two saguaros.

Off-trail down to the jeep road was dicey. Loose terrain had a joy factor of clueless footing through knee-deep grass loaded with various undesirables. Luckily no hidden striking snakes.

Returned on jeep roads back to the southern leg of Walkin' Jim Loop Trail. A mile after talking about Bob and the remarkable condition of the trail we met Bob raking the trail.
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Wildflowers Observation Extreme
Every Wildflower I've seen this year, typically intense.
Owl Clover and Lupine are current standouts. Possibly peaking right. Possibly fading quick, depending on that fat ol' sun.
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