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Dixie Loop Highpoints, AZ
mini location map2021-03-14
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Dixie Loop Highpoints, AZ 
Dixie Loop Highpoints, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 14 2021
tibber
Hiking6.01 Miles 1,307 AEG
Hiking6.01 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.75 mph
1,307 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Clockwise and wanted to throw in Western Vista for my elevation. Stopped on the way along the Hawk's Nest Trail to catch some pics of the owl, no babies yet. Was surprised this afternoon how many people were out on the trail throughout my hike. Saw a couple trying to get a drone up south of trail near Cholla Saddle. That Western Vista is a challenging climb at the beginning but the last part is a lot easier. The summit still had tp here and there but at least the human waste was no longer visible. I could see there was a light dusting of snow on the highpoints of the Bradshaws.

As I continued on the Loop I did see a Roadrunner but wasn't able to get a great picture. As I topped out at the saddle and looked east I could see some snowy mountains and took some pics despite the bad visibility. I didn't think I'd have enuf energy to do the other Summit but surprisingly, I did. Plus the temps were so good; how could I not. I forgot that the last part to Dixie Summit is a bit steep. Ran into people coming and going on that one too.

Heading back to the TH I thot I heard an owl but couldn't see anything. Stumbled pretty good but didn't fall, I heard my brain relay, use your left wrist to break the fall :lol:. I did stop to catch a few more pics of the owl and pointed her out to some other hikers (David and Cheryl). They were pleased. They are new to the Valley from Cleveland OH. I told them to go to hikearizona.com for lots of other hiking options but meanwhile, gave them some other loop options in the area. There was a drone flying around as we continued back to the TH.

This is the first time I've done both summits on this Loop so that makes me :D .

WATCH: 5.84 miles. 149 avg bpm, 188 max (surprised at that). 71% at max, 18% at level 4, 10% at level 3 burning 929 calories. 62.5 degrees to start and 38% humidity (a little high for the afternoon). Finished at 4:28PM.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
miniature flowers it seemed: lupine, fiddleneck
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