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Jun 27 2020
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Little Bear Trail #112Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 27 2020
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Hiking8.76 Miles 1,246 AEG
Hiking8.76 Miles   5 Hrs   37 Mns   2.41 mph
1,246 ft AEG   1 Hour   59 Mns Break
 
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Little Bear is my new favorite trail in this area. Great views, incredible variety of plants in the Shultz Fire burn area (10 years ago this month), plus there's some old growth forest along the route at at the top of the trail. It's not super crowded early on a Saturday. I saw one trail runner on my way up. I started about 6 a.m. I parked as close to the junction of Little Bear and Little Elden as I could, on Shultz Pass Road, and bushwhacked through the woods to get to the trail. I didn't want to bother with the Little Elden Trail, as I had hiked along it the day before.

On the way down, hours later, I saw 3 mountain bikers and two gorgeous Arabian horses with their riders. All were super polite and friendly. The mountain bikers saw the horses before I did, and alerted me and another cyclist, and we all got off the trail to let them by. So, everything was working the way it is supposed to, as far as who is yielding to whom.

Lots of flowers, and developing berries, such as serviceberry, Blueberry Elder, and blackberries.

Once I was up on the Sunset Trail there were a lot of mountain bikers. I had thought I might hike up to the top of the ridge to the junction with the Heart Trail, but will save that for another day, preferably a weekday. Again, the mountain bikers were very polite and friendly, but you do have to watch for them bombing downhill, and coming around blind corners, and it takes a bit of the peacefulness out of the hike, for me. I do feel they have a right to be there. I myself would be doing that kind of riding if I were capable. (I just do easier rides.) But I am also glad there are trails where they aren't allowed, such as in national parks.

Anyway, I really like Little Bear Trail. 5 stars!
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Jun 26 2020
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 Flagstaff AZ
Little Elden Trail #69Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 26 2020
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Hiking3.24 Miles 601 AEG
Hiking3.24 Miles   1 Hour   53 Mns   2.34 mph
601 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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I had planned to hike up the Little Bear Trail, but I went only a short distance up it. (I ended up hiking it the next day.) So, this was kind of a scouting trip. I decided that when I came back I would park on the road much closer to where the Little Bear Trail goes up the mountain, instead of doing the long traverse on the Little Elden Trail.

I was astonished on this hike, and on the next day's hike at how many kinds of plants there are in the Shultz Fire burn area after 10 years. The biodiversity of plant life is amazing.

There are a lot of Blueberry Elder bushes in flower, pretty spectacular, and the berries are edible later in the season. Serviceberries were forming as were blackberries.
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Jun 24 2020
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 Flagstaff AZ
Slate Mountain Trail #128Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 24 2020
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Hiking4.71 Miles 871 AEG
Hiking4.71 Miles   2 Hrs   41 Mns   2.23 mph
871 ft AEG      34 Mns Break
 
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It's a bit of a drive from Doney Park for this little hike, but I had done it only once before, four years ago. I was early enough so that it wasn't unpleasantly warm hiking up. It was quite warm hiking down. I saw two other hikers coming up.

The views of the Peaks, and especially of Kendrick, are really great. Another nice thing about the hike is that it wraps all the way around the mountain, so that you get different views as you hike up.

On the summit, I saw smoky haze, but not definite smoke from the Mangum Fire, way over there on the North Rim. I could see the rim, and Siegfried Pyre stood out clearly. I didn't have a good camera with me (again) so I couldn't get a clear photo of it, so far away.
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Jun 23 2020
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Waterline Trail #146Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Mtn Biking avatar Jun 23 2020
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Mtn Biking17.53 Miles 1,371 AEG
Mtn Biking17.53 Miles   3 Hrs   39 Mns   6.62 mph
1,371 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
 
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This trail was burned over by the Shultz Fire 10 years ago. I've heard a number of people say they no longer ride or hike it. But I thought it was great! There are really good views from the burn area, plus there is still a lot of forest: the usual succession from pines, to firs and aspens. The fire areas are growing back, which is interesting to see.

It's not a ride I'd want to do on a warm afternoon, or on a windy day, however, because that mountainside is pretty exposed, both to heat and wind. I started about 7:30 a.m., and if I do it again next week, I'll start even earlier. I am living a short distance away this summer, so it's convenient.

I rode from near Shultz Pass Road to the green buildings by the spring above Locket Meadow. Next time I plan on going further.

I like the steady but doable (for me) workout, from 8000 feet to almost 9500, and then the easy coasting back down. I don't do any very "technical" mountain biking these days, so this was just about right for me. The regular gradient kept me pedaling, without being too onerous, and on the way back it wasn't too scary going down hill. You just have to watch carefully for the soft spots. There are lots of those.
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Jun 16 2020
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Walnut Canyon - AZT #31Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 16 2020
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Hiking4.96 Miles 704 AEG
Hiking4.96 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.48 mph
704 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
 
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Starting from where I was RV camping for 9 days, at Canyon Vista Campground, I hiked down Sandy's Canyon and then turned onto the AZT southbound. Went up the hill a ways before turning back. On my way back to camp I saw a small rattlesnake in the trail, not far from the campground. It was not aggressive, so I got some photos as it slithered away. I have a hard time mustering up any fear of these creatures.

I got a few photos of the flowers, too. I had only the phone with me, which doesn't take the best photos.

It was a bluebird day, and I enjoyed the little hike. I'd been doing a lot of bicycling on Lake Mary Road with a family member, and it was a nice solo break from that.
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Jun 10 2020
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 Flagstaff AZ
Sandys Canyon Trail #137Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 10 2020
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Hiking3.15 Miles 321 AEG
Hiking3.15 Miles   1 Hour   12 Mns   3.05 mph
321 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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I never got around to posting this hike. I think this was the same day that I just barely missed seeing @outdoor_lover and @LosDosSloFolks on the trail. Or maybe we did pass each other without any recognizance! I had been a bit overwhelmed, anyway, because my new grandson had been born the day before in Flagstaff, and I hadn't yet gotten to see him, because mom and baby were still in the hospital.

So, my ex and I were camped at Canyon Vista Campground, in my new home, a Class A RV. Many of you know I've been a full-time RVer for years. I used to have a little ol' Class C, "The Beast." In mid-May I bought the one pictured, which I call "The Space Station." It's 34 feet long and has a slide-out, so it's huge compared to the Class C. Very comfortable!

Oh, as for the hike, there is a lot of poison oak along the descent into the canyon. I saw a lot of people that day who had small kids and dogs, and mentioned it to several, because, well, I guess I was trying to be helpful. I mean, I personally have caught poison oak from my dog, because the oils get all over their fur, and then all over you. I am pretty badly allergic to the stuff. People seemed surprised when I mentioned it. It's everywhere, but they didn't know what it was.

Why is it that people who are "hikers" haven't acquired this knowledge, or much of any knowledge, about their surroundings?

This is why I don't like hiking on weekends in Flagstaff. On this day, I turned off onto the Arizona Trail because it seemed like it would be less crowded. I didn't go far, though. I was too excited about that baby. Okay, so I added a photo of me with the baby, taken at least a week or more later.
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Poison Ivy
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Lots of wild roses.
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Jun 04 2020
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 Flagstaff AZ
Mormon Lake Loop, AZ 
Mormon Lake Loop, AZ
 
Road Biking avatar Jun 04 2020
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Road Biking16.37 Miles 610 AEG
Road Biking16.37 Miles   2 Hrs   19 Mns   9.01 mph
610 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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This is a fairly popular road biking loop, vastly improved over the past couple of years by the repaving and widening of Mormon Lake Road, with the addition of dedicated bicycle lanes. Lake Mary Road, which has had bike lanes for a while, makes up a portion of the loop. It was a gorgeous day. There was almost no traffic on Mormon Lake Road, since it wasn't a weekend. Lake Mary Road has lots and lots of gravel trucks, but the drivers are very used to seeing cyclists, and give you plenty of room. Plus, the bike lane is fairly wide.

Mormon Lake is pretty low compared to last year, when it was fairly full.

I've temporarily given up hiking while my ex, a cyclist, is in town. We are awaiting the birth of a grandchild here in Flagstaff. A few days late, and we just keep riding bikes and hoping for that baby to be born!
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May 29 2020
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Mormon Mountain Trail #58Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 29 2020
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Hiking8.72 Miles 1,623 AEG
Hiking8.72 Miles   5 Hrs   41 Mns   2.37 mph
1,623 ft AEG   2 Hrs    Break
 
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I've always kind of enjoyed this hike, despite lack of views. The forest up top is pretty nice. Today when I had almost reached the top I ran into a couple of guys with 5 very friendly hound dogs. The dogs were getting a run and some training. After chatting with them for a while, they mentioned a pond on top of the mountain, which I never knew existed. They explained how to find it, but on my first attempt I took the wrong road. Then I did find the correct road on my way back from the towers. They had seen some fresh bear tracks in the dirt road, but I never did see those because the dogs (and probably myself) walked on the tracks.

I would have liked to see that pond a year ago, after the very snowy winter we had. Maybe another year...

A few flowers, and once again I didn't know them all, but worked on finding the names when I got home.
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Iris, Phlox, White violet

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I had no idea this was here before this hike. I'd like to see it after a very snowy winter.
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May 28 2020
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Lenox CraterFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 28 2020
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Hiking1.29 Miles 454 AEG
Hiking1.29 Miles      52 Mns   2.15 mph
454 ft AEG      16 Mns Break
 
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This one is short and sweet. Great views, nice weather. The Apache Plume was blooming, and some plants were forming the plumes. There was no one else on this trail, although there were families hiking the various lava trails. I forgot to bring the Nikon, which would have been nice for some of the scenery and flowers. Cell phone just doesn't do it justice.
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May 25 2020
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Heart Trail #103Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2020
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Hiking8.60 Miles 1,919 AEG
Hiking8.60 Miles   6 Hrs   40 Mns   2.10 mph
1,919 ft AEG   2 Hrs   34 Mns Break
 
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I've always liked this trail. Hiking it on Memorial Day, I saw only 2 other hikers on the actual Heart Trail, although I saw a few more on the Sandy Seep lower down, and also at the top of the ridge, where 4 or 5 other hikers had come up the Sunset Trail from Shultz Tank.

The views are great, and there were quite a few wildflowers. This kept me busy after returning home, because I didn't know the names of them all. (And I still might have erred in labeling them, so please speak up if I made a mistake.)

This was my first "real" hike in about 10 months. I was a bit worried about my left foot and right knee, which sometimes bother me going downhill, but they held up. I went slowly and took lots of breaks.
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May 22 2020
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Old Caves Crater TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 22 2020
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Hiking3.46 Miles 940 AEG
Hiking3.46 Miles
940 ft AEG
 
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I hiked up to the summit, down the back side (Landfill side) trail, and back up to summit again. Gorgeous day! It being Friday of Memorial Day weekend, I saw several people who may have not been my Doney Park neighbors, but it still was not crowded.

I was not able to upload GPS route, because it needed to be split, (because I forgot to turn off the GPS when I drove away). When I split it, the half I needed simply disappeared. I saw the notice that something is being worked on right now, but it didn't say this specific thing. So I used my data from a previous similar hike.
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May 21 2020
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Old Caves Crater TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 21 2020
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Hiking2.51 Miles 527 AEG
Hiking2.51 Miles   1 Hour   21 Mns   1.96 mph
527 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Quick hike midday. Nice day, not windy!
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May 20 2020
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Sinclair Wash Urban TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Road Biking avatar May 20 2020
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Road Biking12.71 Miles 449 AEG
Road Biking12.71 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   5.26 mph
449 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
 
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We started on the south side of the Sam's Club, and hopped on the trail. After passing through the woods and campus, crossing Beulah, we arrived at the "old" Walmart. Then, following the trail as it passes under the 40, we stopped at the intersection of Lake Mary Road and Beulah. Crossing the street here, we were on the trail again right away, and arrived at Fort Tuthill fairgrounds. We were not able to explore the fairgrounds too much due to a long line of cars there for the Covid testing. A large area was cordoned-off. We took a break at the Amphitheater, where they have Pickin' in the Pines. Then we retraced our route.

I selected "road biking" because we were not on our mountain bikes. We both rode our new gravel bikes.
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May 18 2020
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 Flagstaff AZ
Old Caves Crater TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 18 2020
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Hiking3.79 Miles 693 AEG
Hiking3.79 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.53 mph
693 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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This time, after climbing to the summit, and down the other side, I caught the east part of the circumference loop, just to do something different. At some point I will probably hike to the summit, then do the entire circumference loop, and then hike back the other way over the summit. After that, I will probably be pretty tired of this trail!

It's an extremely windy day, but it wasn't bad at all in the woods. Wasn't even particularly bad on the top.
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Cliff roses. This other thing is starting to bloom, on sort of a vine with red stems. Going to look it up. Flowers are magenta.
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May 17 2020
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Old Caves Crater TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 17 2020
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Hiking3.46 Miles 940 AEG
Hiking3.46 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   2.12 mph
940 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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First time I've hiked up, then down the north side, then back up again. I'm getting slightly fitter than I was last week, although I'm in the process of moving, and have skipped several days of exercise.
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Cliff roses have started blooming.
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May 12 2020
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Fatmans Loop Trail #25Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 12 2020
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Hiking2.53 Miles 588 AEG
Hiking2.53 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   2.08 mph
588 ft AEG      24 Mns Break
 
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Although this wasn't crowded when I started out, it got a bit busy toward the end. I hiked counter-clockwise. I kept having to dodge aside when I saw people coming. Having to deal with so many folks is not my cuppa tea.
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May 11 2020
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Sandy Seep Trail #129Flagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 11 2020
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Hiking4.86 Miles 847 AEG
Hiking4.86 Miles   2 Hrs   52 Mns   1.83 mph
847 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
 
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After walking up Sandy Seep Trail, I went partway up the Heart Trail. Always a favorite of mine, because of the views and solitude, I realized I hadn't set foot on the Heart Trail for almost 4 years. It's nice to see how the Gambel Oak woodland is coming along, which grew up after the Radio Fire of 1977. There are only a few pines and junipers in this regrowth area. It's going to be a fine oak forest someday. The trees have pretty much finished leafing-out, and I could see, upslope, the aspens also have greened-up.

There were some flowers I think were phlox. I need to start carrying my actual camera, instead of just the phone. What is the plural of phlox? Phloxen? :D

But I didn't go all the way up, because I'm taking my time retraining myself for hiking. I'm deliberately keeping within about 3 to 5 miles and under 1000 feet right now.

Here's an article about the recovery of the forest after the Radio Fire: https://azdailysun.com/news/local/decad ... 9cd70.html
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May 10 2020
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Old Caves Crater TrailFlagstaff, AZ
Flagstaff, AZ
Hiking avatar May 10 2020
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Hiking2.62 Miles 529 AEG
Hiking2.62 Miles   1 Hour   23 Mns   2.04 mph
529 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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This was my first hike in the high country this season. I'll be living up here all summer, so I will eventually get used to the altitude. In my current state of waddlesome sloth, this trail is perfect. My legs, accustomed to pedaling a bike, were somewhat surprised to be asked to climb a small hill.

I started at 7 a.m. No cars in the lot. By the time I returned there were 12 cars, and I'd had to avoid some family groups by walking through the trees.

I was pleased I had no aches or pains (foot, knee, hip, back, etc.) which tend to happen while hiking downhill. The plan is to continue doing small hikes for a couple of weeks, then add a wee bit bigger one, etc. You know the drill.
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Indian paintbrush, occasional.
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Apr 22 2020
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Sawtooth Range, CA 
Sawtooth Range, CA
 
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2020
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Hiking2.68 Miles 286 AEG
Hiking2.68 Miles   2 Hrs      1.46 mph
286 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
 
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I had been walking around this place a couple of days before, and my friend Helen wanted to see it, so we went up early in the morning. After hiking around, looking at flowers, birds and lizards, we decided to go home and pack up gear for a campout. She lives all the way up in Bullhead, but she didn't mind.

We went back there late in the afternoon and set up camp in a secluded tiny valley. Wanda the Honda (CRV) made it just fine. Since the days are getting hot, the nights are balmy. The early morning was especially nice, too.

On the short hike, I forgot to turn on the GPS. I used Google Earth to figure out I was lacking .61 miles, and added that to the total.

I'm posting the flower photos with labels at the end of the photoset, to protect those who are sensitive about seeing too many flower photos! You know who you are! :D :lol:
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Desert sunflower, Desert Purple Mat, Bladder Sage, Desert Lavender, Ocotillo, Lupine, Canterbury Bells, Mexican Goldpoppy, Orange Globemallow, Chicory, Chia, White Rhatany
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Apr 19 2020
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 Joined Jan 21 2006
 Flagstaff AZ
Sawtooth Range Ramble, CA 
Sawtooth Range Ramble, CA
 
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2020
azbackpackr
Hiking2.40 Miles 372 AEG
Hiking2.40 Miles   1 Hour   48 Mns   1.55 mph
372 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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My first little walk around this tiny mountain range turned out to be kind of fun. It's only about 20 minutes from where I've been wintering. There were still a lot of wildflowers, but I expect that next week, with summer's heat coming in, the flowers will dry up.

I climbed to the top of a couple of small hills to see the view.

I saw several rodents diving for their burrows, a jackrabbit, lizards, a couple of ravens, tree swallows, and numerous little grey birds I didn't try to ID. Due to recent rain, the ocotillos are in bloom.
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