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Marcos Pima Hidden Loop, AZ
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Marcos Pima Hidden Loop, AZ 
Marcos Pima Hidden Loop, AZ
 
Hiking6.64 Miles 1,401 AEG
Hiking6.64 Miles   2 Hrs   27 Mns   2.81 mph
1,401 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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1st trip
The forecast was looking promising last night so I set an early alarm hoping for some overnight rain cooled air, clouds, and maybe some flowing water.

The storm was in full swing when I woke up and heading out into the electrically charged atmosphere was not looking smart so I watched the radar and stream gauges for an hour or so until the main dynamics passed to the west and then I headed out.

The ranger had just opened the gate and the thick overcast kept dawn's early light from doing much. A pleasant rain continued to fall and some remnant flashes of lightning rippled across the sky.

There must have been some kind of dog event before I started as the muddy trail was covered with canine footprints! ;)

Despite the rain and pleasantry of the morning, there was no surface water flowing so I stuck to the main trail. Climbing out of the wash provided a welcome cool breeze and relief from the more stagnant and humid air in the canyon bottom. This led me to adjust my plan of going down Pima Wash and instead headed up to the ridge.

Along the way I passed the crosses in Hidden Valley, a first for me, (except for that other time :sweat: ) As I neared the finish, I could see a handful of folks headed up the Pima road, the only other bipeds I saw all day. Temps ranged from 73 to 79 which is about as nice as you can expect an August morning here to be.

I awoke a beautiful speck that was peacefully sleeping in the rain, blissfully unaware of my presence, and got to witness a roadrunner take to the skies. I'm not sure I've seen one fly before, but it was set keeping me from threatening to steal the lizard it held in its beak, because I was getting hungry at that point and apparently I looked like I wanted to steal it!
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