|Dobbins Lookout via Pima Canyon, AZ|
|Dobbins Lookout via Pima Canyon, AZ|| |
Dobbins Lookout via Pima Canyon, AZ
|Hiking||13.93 Miles|| 3 Hrs 42 Mns ||3.85 mph|
|2,076 ft AEG|| 5 Mns Break|
|The mornings are starting to cool off and feel a little more comfortable, though it was more humid today than it's been the past few weeks. I wanted to squeeze in a hike before work again this week and found a relatively open morning. Work meetings don't adjust with the sunrise, unfortunately, so I continue to start at the same time and end up hiking more miles in darkness as it gets later in the season. I think I was ~four miles in before the sun completely cleared the Superstitions on the eastern horizon.|
With this being a weekday morning, it was predictably quiet on the trails, with only a handful of mountain bikers and a few more hikers near Dobbin's Lookout. I passed a rattlesnake on National Trail as the sun was coming up, and the only other memorable wildlife was an aggressive ground squirrel that I had to chase off a few times when I stopped for a quick snack break near Fat Man's Pass on the hike out...I felt like I was at the Grand Canyon. I'd never encountered begging ground squirrels at South Mountain, but apparently people feed them here, too.
Near the top of the Holbert spur, a few hundred feet from Dobbin's Lookout, I passed a wooden box sitting on top of a boulder on the trail. It had a picture of a cat on the side and must've been the cremated ashes of someone's pet. Why someone would intentionally leave it sitting out in the open on a busy trail, where it'll quickly be removed or destroyed by the elements remains a mystery. And if someone forgot it there by accident...why were they hiking with cat ashes in first place? That was a first...