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340 triplogs
May 08 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Picture MountainPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 08 2020
jtaylor
Hiking3.85 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking3.85 Miles
700 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Chapman
I had a childhood chock full of exploring the Eastern Sierra Anchas, but this was my first time on the Western side. John had the idea to head up here and, with Sam wanting to break-in his new (to him) Tundra, it was the perfect destination. It was a pretty quick trip up to the trailhead from the Tonto Basin side. I would call at least part of the road 4wd, although a high-clearance vehicle with good tires could make it work. We kicked things off with lunch before heading up the trail. Most of the kids balked, so only three of us made the summit for grand views. Hiking back down was perilous due to the steepness and loose scree.

Back at the vehicles we had a beer and then the grand idea to continue on FR609 across to the 288. Based on some pictures and videos, we assumed it was a graded road and would add only a half-hour to our day. We were dead wrong on that. We spent the next 3-4 hours on a fun, 4wd road through an unpopulated gem! Macy drove most of the way. I was impressed by her skills by Andrew was less than amused near the sheer drop-offs.

By the time we reached 288 the kids were mutinous. We saw John and his boys off near Reynold's Creek and Macy gamely took over for the curvy trip down to Globe (this time even I was a little intimidated by the cliffs). We rolled into Phoenix around dinner time. Our reward was Thai food and much-needed showers and a car wash. I look forward to exploring this area again!
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
May 01 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pinals - Old Sawmill Backpack, AZ 
Pinals - Old Sawmill Backpack, AZ
 
Backpack avatar May 01 2020
jtaylor
Backpack10.00 Miles
Backpack10.00 Miles3 Days         
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1st trip
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Chapman
PrestonSands
First backpacking trip with John back in town. The wishlist included cool temps and few people, and Preston delivered. We took the utility road/Telephone Trail down, which was pretty hot in the late morning. But before we knew it we were setting up tents and hammocks in the shade of giant firs. Most of the first afternoon was spent setting-up camp, lounging, and looking around for various historical artifacts. Before dinner, we hiked a ways down Six Shooter to watch the sun set on Globe.

Next day was...well...lounging and looking around for various historical artifacts. And before dinner, we hikes a ways down Six Shooter to watch the sun set on Globe. But this time we were prepared with plenty of libations for a great Happy Hour. It was cooler that night, and my hammock set-up combined with a light bag left me cold and mostly sleepless.

Not until we were packed and ready to leave Sunday did we see a soul. Actually we heard it: A woman screaming obscenities at her poor partner for some infraction. Oh well, I guess we all have bad days. Other than that brief and violent shattering of silence, we had the place entirely to ourselves. It was nice to escape COVID-19 and feel normal.

For the return trip, I was treated to a series of Tom Petty songs on the radio and a chance reunion with rwstorm in Miami. Not two hours earlier I was telling John and Preston about my first run-in to rwstorm at Ferndale Springs TH nearly seven years prior!
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Apr 24 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ 
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Early-morning heat and crowd beater with John. Looking into Bulldog Canyon was beautiful in the morning light. Surely it'll cool down enough to do this for another month, right? This was my 75th trip here.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Apr 22 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ 
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Met Bill and Shelley for an post-work hike. Wasn't sure what to expect with a high of 91. It was definitely warm but not too bad once we hit the shade and caught the breeze. Wildflowers are crisping up and the gnats are out. Summer is coming...
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Apr 17 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Saddle Mountain #91Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 17 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.50 Miles 805 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
805 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Somewhat paradoxically, I felt the need to get some solitude. The lower portion of FR25 was packed with campers Grapes of Wrath style, leaving me skeptical of achieving my goal. But I arrived to an empty trailhead. Other than a disappointing encounter with a couple guys on dirt bikes within the Wilderness boundary (hopefully just ignorance), the trail was indeed my own. I stopped at Potato Patch and decided I felt like chilling there instead of continuing. On the return trip, I bumped into an AZT through hiker a month into her journey. Very cool. Wrapped it all up with a beer and burrito in the shade of a juniper. Mission accomplished.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Blue dicks and lupine
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Apr 15 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ 
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 15 2020
jtaylor
Hiking2.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
300 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Just a quick halfway jaunt to the saddle with the whole fam. Had to blow off steam after too much work from home. Amazing evening.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Apr 11 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Idaho Trailhead Off-Trail Bonanza, AZ 
Idaho Trailhead Off-Trail Bonanza, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 11 2020
jtaylor
Hiking1.90 Miles 590 AEG
Hiking1.90 Miles
590 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Chapman
Fun adventure with Andrew and the Chapmans. John had scouted this area the week prior. We went the other direction toward what Natbrokaw appears to have named Coyote Rock. We scrambled to Peak 2630 avoiding significant injury, and then decided to descend Northwest to connect with CannondaleKid's "Idaho Trailhead to The Mask" route for the return. A little crazy and we had a cholla casualty, but we survived and also got to see a javalina squadron on the way. Fun trip!
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Hedgehog, poppies, lupine
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Apr 09 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Jacob's Crosscut to Treasure Loop, AZ 
Jacob's Crosscut to Treasure Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2020
jtaylor
Hiking3.30 Miles 590 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles
590 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Beautiful evening hike with the family after work. This area must be a zoo during the day. There were still quite a few cars around the trailhead when we went in. Thankfully, our route was the one less-traveled, even when we got to Treasure Loop. We got a late start and half the family tapped-out just feet before the pinnacle of the loop, so we turned back. But I'll trade the loop for the views we had any day. Nice way to end the work week.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Apr 03 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Sunflower Mercury Mine from FR25, AZ 
Sunflower Mercury Mine from FR25, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.00 Miles
Hiking4.00 Miles
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
First time back in 5 years, this time with Gary and Macy. We parked at FR25 for the extra exercise. I had expected a lot of Parry's penstemon based on our last trip, but it was not to be. One nice poppy patch and quite a few Indian Paintbrush. The creek was flowing well and we had the place mostly to ourselves. I only wish I had a hammock and a few more hours on my hands.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Indian Paintbrush
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Apr 02 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ 
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 02 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Another post-work social D hike with John. This round was on him at the saddle. Great view, few people. The poppies are waning but the brittlebush and lupine are still strong. Thankful for hiking, friends, and libations during all this.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Mar 27 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Catalina State Park unnamed loop, AZ 
Catalina State Park unnamed loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2020
jtaylor
Hiking7.04 Miles 1,310 AEG
Hiking7.04 Miles
1,310 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Chapman
PrestonSands
Social D hike and happy hour with my boys. So good to see these guys to stay sane. Preston guided us to beautiful wildflowers and falls just as the storm clouds were dissipating. Hardly saw a soul up there, which was a nice change from the Phoenix Metro area lately. We wrapped-it up back at In-and-Out where we circled the wagons and had some beers and burgers. Just enough normal to feel normal.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Mar 23 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ 
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Post-work, socially-distanced hike with John. Good to get away from the crowds. Beautiful evening.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Mar 20 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Massacre FallsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2020
jtaylor
Hiking6.00 Miles 1,200 AEG
Hiking6.00 Miles
1,200 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
We apparently had the same idea as the entire East Valley to ward off cabin fever by hiking Massacre Falls this morning. We did our best to maintain 6 feet between other hikers, but fell short a few times. Macy was done with my false promises by the time we reached the massacre grounds, so we called it good there and enjoyed the falls from a distance. Beautiful day and hike despite the masses, and we all appreciated the vitamin D and endorphins.
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Lots of Brittlebush and Owl Clover. Fair amount of Lupine, Blue Dicks, Poppies. Hedgehogs blooming too!

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More than I've ever seen, personally.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Mar 15 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Peralta to Fremont SaddlePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.90 Miles 1,440 AEG
Hiking4.90 Miles
1,440 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners partners
Chapman
Relatively spontaneous hike with John after returning from the Santa Ritas. It was rich green with plenty of water and pools. Despite a lot of cars at the trailhead, it was very quiet on the way up. But by the time we got back, it was a madhouse. Refreshed myself with a brief swim at the lower pools, and then again with a Pliny the Younger that John and I split (compliments of my dad). Wildflowers are getting amazing up here, with emphasis on the lupine and globemallow!
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Lupine, globemallow, and brittle bush especially
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Mar 13 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Bog Springs Trail #156Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.10 Miles 884 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles
884 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Kids and I did this as part of our revised spring break trip to the Santa Ritas. The terrain is steep around here, but very picturesque with the scrub oak and alligator junipers. Apparently this area was my first backpacking trip. Around age 2, my dad and uncle took me up to Mount Wrightson atop their shoulders. They still complain about that, actually (which seems valid).

We got a little leftover rain during a cold break at Bog Spring, which served as our destination. Otherwise, the weather was mostly cloudy and beautiful.

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Plenty of water in the trough. Some algae at the bottom, but otherwise fresh.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Mar 06 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pima to Guadalupe partial, AZ 
Pima to Guadalupe partial, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.10 Miles 650 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles
650 ft AEG
 no routesno photosets
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
With limited time on hand I “ran” Pima and hiked to an early lookout on Guadalupe ridge. I put “ran” in quotes because I’m scarcely a runner, but trying. In any event, it bought me time to meditate for a bit out there. Beautiful, breezy morning with wildflowers coming in nicely!
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Lots of lupine this year!
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Feb 23 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ 
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Sunset hike with the Chapmans. It’s beautiful out here at sunset. Wildflowers still light but increasing.
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Wildflowers Observation Light
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Feb 17 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Hidden Valley via Mormon TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2020
jtaylor
Hiking3.85 Miles 971 AEG
Hiking3.85 Miles
971 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
President’s Day hike with the kids. A little warm and crowded at the start but fine in Hidden Valley. Not many wildflowers here yet.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Feb 14 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ 
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Once more up to the old standby. Andrew had some free time so I got him out to start prepping for the Grand Canyon. The evening hikes out here are amazing. Great weather, great sunset, and the wildflowers have added blue dicks and others to their variety! Seems like the lupine are going to be in abundance this year...
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Poppies, lupine, blue dicks, brittle bush, and more.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
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Feb 09 2020
jtaylor
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 Guides 1
 Routes 5
 Photos 609
 Triplogs 467

43 male
 Joined Jul 20 2007
 Gilbert, AZ
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ 
Pass Mountain - Meridian TH to Saddle, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 09 2020
jtaylor
Hiking4.00 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles
800 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
Forced Jimmy out one more time before he left. It was too nice not to be outside, so we meandered up to the saddle. If I was surprised to see some poppies on South Mountain, I was blown away to see those and a couple lupine out here. Can't wait to see what March and April have in store for us!
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Wildflowers Observation Light
Poppies and even a couple lupine.
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“...wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
-Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
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