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Cienega Creek to Agua Verde Rd, AZ
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Cienega Creek to Agua Verde Rd, AZ 
Cienega Creek to Agua Verde Rd, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 08 2020
markthurman53
Hiking5.47 Miles 282 AEG
Hiking5.47 Miles   2 Hrs      3.28 mph
282 ft AEG      20 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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This was a short 6 mile hike connecting up Cienega Creek with the Hohokam Trail. There is no trail as such so I kind of made it up as I went. This area is a hodge podge of Private, State Trust and Rail Road land. State trust land isn't an issue with a permit, private land was done on public dirt roads and the train property; well I just stayed off the track. Putting a trail between the Hohokam trail and Cienega creek has been an issue because of this mixture of land. I am not sure why I was compelled to do this route but to me it seemed logical to have a connecting trail between Cienega Creek and the Hohokam Trail.

I started this hike along a section of the Arizona Trail but where the AT turns south to enter Cienega Creek I continued east. A short way along this trail I came across a gate and it had an old Arizona Trail sticker on it and again where I crossed Marsh Station Road. I'm wondering if at one time the AT went this way instead of passing under the Cienega Creek Bridge. There are remnants of a trail that head north and connect up with the existing AT. This would explain that weird loop the Arizona Trail does as it exits on the north side of Cienega Creek. I always thought it went a bit out of its way before turning back toward the bridge. I may have to do an exploratory hike along that old trail.

This in not a real exciting hike but the trains made it interesting. No Gila Monster this trip but I did manage to Pi__ off some wasps and got stung about 6 times (ears, back and hand). The stings hurts a bit more than a bee sting but only really hurts for a few minutes then its just a minor nuisance. Water report, forget it there is none. Flowers are Palo Verde and Ocotillo.
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