|Hiking||15.19 Miles|| 8 Hrs 26 Mns ||2.03 mph|
|2,004 ft AEG|| 58 Mns Break|
|Planned on a different hike. Switched it up at the last minute with concern it would be a bad idea without pants...|
The area has received rain nearly daily for the past couple of weeks and more is forecasted. There was a trickle in the creek 50 ft into the hike and the next about a half mile in. Uncharacteristic route finding in the first mile due to nipple high grass. Crossed paths with one black rattlesnake in the first two miles. Two separate deer spottings, the second was white-tailed.
Just a hint of FauxG at Reavis Saddle. Sauna city until the tiny stretch through the woods. With the exception of one short set of footprints and a spork, the area looked untraveled based on the summer growth of locust.
After battling and beating down the locust hiding the trail and what not for a good mile I had to quit due to lack of time, energy and blood just before the large juniper.
Good clear flow in the creek by Fireline junction.
The first grass clump feild was a sea of Sacred Datura. Both fields were a wade through the grass but I've seen it much taller. A slender 4+ ft striped snake zipped through the grass at jet speed. The largest bear foot prints I recall in two areas of mud in the grass clump fields.
The field before Reavis valley has a few large sunflowers but it's a far cry from record growth seen in the past.
Started to tour the North orchard. There were no apples in the first tree. Decided I'd rather head back than continue because I hadn't had a break and wanted to get back through the sea of vegetation in the old now treeless south orchard field before sitting down.
Light to the extent that one guy with a pair of clippers would clear it all out in a single trip with under an hour extra time.
Dead Trees over trail
Marked as yellow flags in my route. Neither of the two largest had any sign of a workaround. One was a healthy jump over, the other was a mess of the upper end of a tree so I beat through the inner branches.
172A is still fine for sedans. However, I wouldn't recommend the family commuter on a tight budget due to two other spots on the main road.
Just one sheriff Blazer on the drive-in before reaching Elephant Arch in the morning and no tracks other than mine when I left. Two small groups of shooters in the evening down in the low desert.
||Wildflowers Observation Light
Purple Nightshade, Four o'clock, Desert Globemallow, Sacred Datura, purple daisies, and sunflowers. Lots of desert senna on the drive-in, the most I've ever seen.
Arizona Penstemon is not blooming but has an intriguing autumn color. It's either going to seed or loaded with buds. I didn't get a close look or photo even through there is a bunch.