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2 by photographer avatarMike_Fels
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National Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2021
Mike_Fels
Hiking10.19 Miles 2,080 AEG
Hiking10.19 Miles   4 Hrs   39 Mns   2.27 mph
2,080 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Headed up the Marcos de Niza, then the Guadalupe Ridge to it's end. The National to the Buena Vista parking lot and returned to the Pima Canyon dirt road on it. Started at 5:10AM. It was quite nice. Warm but fairly low humidity and a good breeze for the first hour or so made it quite comfortable. As I remember I have never seen the east SoMo so empty of people. I think I met/passed 2 people on the Guadalupe, which isn't unusual. But even the National I think there were 2 bikers and 4 hikers. And even the dirt road had only another 2 bikers and 2 or 3 hikers/walkers. Of course it was 96 by the time I got back to my car, but it was a dry 96.

I met a juvenile rattler on the west end of the Guadalupe. This guy's head was no bigger across than my little finger. I would have even seen him if he hadn't made a short buzz. He sounded more like a cicada than a rattler. Luckily he was wrapped in a bush so even though my foot was less than a foot from his tail he couldn't coil. I tried to get a picture of his head but had trouble seeing it amongst the branches. Then he got tired of me being near him so he took off. I got a couple pictures of his rear. Of course he went under the rock I was just ready to climb over. So I moved a few rocks down to cross so I didn't run into him on the other side.

Lots of butterflies. Still a few caterpillars.

Edited: I found out this rattler wasn't a juvenile. It was a Tiger Rattlesnake, which has a very small head and only grows to about 2 1/2 feet.
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