username
X
password
register help
show related photosets
DESTINATION
Butterfield Pass Trail
13 Photosets

2019-01-01  
2016-12-18  
2016-03-13  
2014-11-21  
2013-02-14  
2013-01-13  
2012-01-14  
2012-01-14  
2011-11-11  
2010-03-20  
2009-03-01  
2006-02-18  
2005-03-20  
mini location map2009-03-01
5 by photographer avatarRandal_Schulhauser
photographer avatar
 
Butterfield Pass TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 01 2009
Randal_Schulhauser
Hiking6.50 Miles 554 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.60 mph
554 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Sonoran Desert National Monument - 2009 Wildflower Hunt


Lynn and I drove up to Flagstaff Saturday to take Hannah out for dinner to celebrate her 22nd birthday. Traveling the I-17 from Deer Valley to the Carefree Highway you couldn't happen but notice the explosion of wildflower colour at the side of the road.

Looking at some last year's wildflower season photos, in particular http://hikearizona.com/phoZOOM.php?ZIP=57553 taken on March 2nd, 2008, I decided that a trek to the Sonoran National Monument would be fruitful - NOT!

I was teased by the roadside display along Hwy 347 near the Gila River crossing on the way to Maricopa - Mexican poppies and desert marigolds. As I reached Maricopa, I was dodging giant tumbleweeds rolling across the highway. This was a clue for things to come...

My F-150 was rocked by blasts of wind along Hwy 238 as I paralleled the rail line towards Gila Bend. More tumbleweed blew across the road, some exploding when they touched a passing vehicle. The weather was degenerating into a full-blown dust storm!

The wind seemed to let up as I approached the Shawmut Pass. I turned north on the Sonoran Desert National Monument access road between mile marker 18 & 17. The Trail Head Kiosk indicated temporary closure for vehicular access.

Skippy and I hopped out of the truck an hiked north along the access road towards Butterfield Pass. Certainly a dearth of wildflowers with only the odd brittlebush bloom and some unidentified purple flowers.

We did get entertained by the occasional fighter jet screaming past - very low, very fast, very loud, very cool!

Headed over to the Shawmut Trainspotting Loop to see if we could find wildflowers on the other side of the mountain...
Flora
Flora
Wild Heliotrope
wildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observationwildflower observation
Wildflowers Observation Isolated
_____________________
1 archive
HAZ Member
Randal_Schulhau's
485 Photosets

  2009-03-13
  2009-03-07
  2009-03-01
  2009-02-20
  2009-02-14
  2009-02-07
  2009-01-24
  2009-01-17
  2009-01-01
  2008-12-31
  2008-12-29
  2008-12-27
  2008-12-14
  2008-12-07
  2008-11-29
  2008-11-28
  2008-11-27
  2008-11-15
  2008-11-08
  2008-10-25
1 ... 8,  9,  10,  11,  12,  13,  14 ... 25  
90+° 8am - 6pm kills

11.5 inch Teflon Coated Umbrella
LIFETIME REPLACEMENT GUARANTEE
help comment issue

end of page marker