|Superstition Crosscut Loop, AZ|
|Superstition Crosscut Loop, AZ|| |
Superstition Crosscut Loop, AZ
|Hiking||3.27 Miles|| 1 Hour 42 Mns ||1.92 mph|
|371 ft AEG|
||no linked trail guides|
|Wednesday morning’s moon shots may have delayed the start of my hike, but I still managed to squeeze in a very pleasant hike in the Superstition Mountain foothills. Last year’s wildfire destroyed a lot of my favorite hiking trails out of First Water Trailhead, so there’s only a limited number of trails around the Lost Dutchman State Park that are still unburnt desert. After more than a year since the fire, there are still a lot of burnt areas that aren’t showing much recovery as the Giant Saguaro continue to die off because of the lingering drought and recent fires. The only desert plant showing a good recovery is the dreaded Cat Claw that tears clothing and skin to shreds.|
By the time I was ready to hit the trails, the awesome clouds that had caused the delays had now almost completely faded off and the sun was going to make its presence known for the first time in a couple of days. The weather this morning was cool but clear, so I shed the first layer before leaving my truck and started off.
I got off some shots of the few remaining clouds showing brilliant sunrise colors and some of the distant mountains were already basking in the first rays of the morning sun and the moon was now setting in an ‘Arizona Blue’ cloudless sky.
The desert looks healthy and we’re heading into a December rainy period, yup, rains are predicted for Christmas Eve and into Christmas Day and a continuing chance of rain all next week…. We need the rain.
|On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.|