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Feb 23 2017
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Grass Canyon LoopSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 23 2017
caquark
Hiking7.20 Miles 1,255 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   7 Hrs   15 Mns   0.99 mph
1,255 ft AEG
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I would really have to psyche myself up to do this hike again. Don't know why this hike is rated only 2.5 of 5, as I've done a 4.5 of 5 rated hike (Ventana Canyon) that was a cake-walk in comparison. The Grass Canyon Loop was all around one of the hardest day hikes I've done, not because of elevation or distance, but because lack of trail, lack of solid footing for most of the distance, fighting brush and bramble, rock climbing and scrambling up Grass Canyon, and scrambling down sills in North Fork Alamo Canyon. Easier walking happens in the final 1-2 miles of the loop. Definitely do the loop in a clockwise direction. Swing to the west along Alamo Canyon Road before angling northward on your approach to the Grass Canyon entrance (as per the ranger's recommendation) to spend less time scrambling up and down the many washes and to avoid all the cholla.
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
We ending up using drifts of Mexican poppies as our "guide" to the entrance of Grass Canyon. There were 4-o'clocks, penstemon, and others (purple, yellow, white daisy like flowers, pink) that I don't know the name. Also some ocotillos were blooming too.
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