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Prospectors Trail Plus, AZ 
Prospectors Trail Plus, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2020
Hiking3.87 Miles 685 AEG
Hiking3.87 Miles   1 Hour   23 Mns   2.90 mph
685 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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I was lucky enough to get invited to a New Year's Eve Celebration Dinner and stayover at Lost Dutchman State Park by @Trishness. That's an invitation which should never be turned down if you're familiar with her cooking and hospitality. On the way there I stopped on Lost Dutchman road where it has that wide shoulder with an awesome view of the Superstition Massif to eat my sandwich. It was going to be a Massif two days for me and this was a great way to start.

I checked into a full campground, said hello to Trish and Sande and headed on my way to get a quick hike in before the festivities started. I decided on a Prospectors Loop combo to try and get a little elevation. On my way up, after the junction for the Siphon Draw/Flatiron trail, I looked over to see masses of people coming and going; I was shocked. I've heard about this phenomenon out here but now I've seen it with my own eyes.

Meanwhile I continued my hike on the Prospectors Trail on a very beautiful, slightly overcast day. As I started to take pictures I noticed a sundog and gleefully tried to take a few more pictures. And then as I continued further up I heard a hawk and looked up to see two. Fortunately I had brot my regular camera so I zoomed to try and catch some of their flying action above me. And then three mules with two riders passed me by. The first mule they called Grandma and the third was just pack training. I offered to help by jumping on but they declined😏.

I finally got to the top of the Loop and decided to swing wide for the outer Treasure Loop and I even swung a little wider at a junction. I always remember going with my mother on this part of the trail from way back; the only time she really hiked with me. Anyway, there was this grouping of tall cholla I remember she admired. Well I found some additional cholla and tried framing up various backgrounds between them with limited success. It looked good on the phone but not so much when I got home.

The weather looked threatening so I picked up the pace as the temperature seemed to drop and the wind picked up a bit. This is really a pretty part of the trail with the cholla forest on both sides of the trail when you start heading south to hook up with Jacob's Crosscut. There were quite a few hikers out and I was surprised at their scanty attire while I was practically freezing to death :lol: . I finally made it back to my campsite to enjoy my beer and warm up before going over to Trish's campsite.

I noticed the helicopter had dropped in up by the cabins but thot maybe it was just visiting as it just headed south and then out of site. Pretty soon I see it at the saddle just below the Flatiron bow so I grabbed my camera and started zoom shooting. I walked over to Trish's camp and we all commented about the helicopter's location wondering why it was up in that location and before you knew it, the helicopter was landing at the cabins site so I grabbed my camera to photograph the goings-on. I was told by others that they had previously rescued a 70 yr old woman. These two were the last of the rescuers. There weren't any ambulances or anything, just ranger and sheriff pickup trucks so I assume all is well. Trish just told me there was another rescue on Friday, a lady with a bloody leg.
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