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Dixie Loop - Valle - Desert Tortoise, AZ
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Dixie Loop - Valle - Desert Tortoise, AZ 
Dixie Loop - Valle - Desert Tortoise, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2020
tibber
Hiking5.92 Miles 901 AEG
Hiking5.92 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.84 mph
901 ft AEG
 
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Went to gym class yesterday... I wish she wouldn't do so many squats; doesn't she know I have to hike the next morning :lol: .

This hike was my choice if it wouldn't be too hot. 45 minutes after 5:30AM, in the mid 70 degree temp (and teen humidity), I was on the trail listening to a pod cast. Ran into several hikers as I began my clockwise hike up the Hawk's Nest and then NNW down the shaded hillside before turning east. Oh, I almost forgot, I saw a bunny rabbit as I pulled into my parking space. It was one of FIVE bunny rabbits I would see on my hike today :o . I did see one squirrel too.

Oh ya, the hike. I was tempted to do the western summit but it was warmer than I liked and no breeze. Fortunately when I turned east, the breeze picked up a bit. I don't need a lot; just a little fan's worth. Along this route I encountered one female hiker that I said "good morning" to three times with no response; sheesh! The second female hiker I encountered went to the right side of the trail when we passed by each other rather than to the left. You know how you pull over to one side and it's usually your right.... I mentioned it to her and she mumbled something back to me. Other than that I think only one other set of babbling girls couldn't get out a "hello" or "morning".

Once I got to the top of the hill I looked eastward and it was really HAZy; made me wonder how the LosDosSloFolks were doing as it looked particularly bad around Black Mountain. As I rounded the hillsides and headed east, the breeze picked up slightly. Once to the bottom of Valle Verde I could see there were still some lingering saguaro blooms and also lots of fruit was now showing up so I ended up taking a few pictures. This is really a nice saguaro section of the trail.

Desert Tortoise is another way to get back to the TH by adding some mileage rather than continuing on the Dixie Mountain Loop.
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I did see a small Desert Senna. Lots of saguaros blooming and lots bearing fruit.
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