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Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 23 2020
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Hiking10.55 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking10.55 Miles   4 Hrs   30 Mns   2.53 mph
1,600 ft AEG      20 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
Early am start led to late morning finish so temps never felt uncomfortably warm, started counterclockwise from the Meridian road trailhead to get the climbs out of the way while still cool. Only saw 3 hikers heading down toward the parking area on the way up and 3 more met on the portion of the loop all the way to the viewpoint of Fountain Hills, also passed by 2 runners and 2 bikes on this stretch. There was a ruckus at the Wind Cave TH, parking area was lit up like Christmas with several law enforcement plus fire and rescue vehicles, 5-0 was discouraging use of Wind Cave Trail , was not planning on adding it today anyway. By time I was into my loop extension past Cat’s Peak I could see a helicopter and then another hovering near the ridgeline above Wind Cave Trail. Not sure what happened but the level of response would suggest something bad, hope all are ok. No wildlife except rabbits and lizards were seen ,none of Gummo’s pets were seen slithering along the Meridian washes , so will post a couple of distant helicopter photos instead. Vegetation and wild flowers are drying out as cactus flowers are taking their turn.
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Poppies, ocotillo, hedgehog, prickly pear.
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