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Apr 16 2013
outdoor_lover
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58 female
 Joined Aug 19 2011
 Scottsdale, AZ
Blackjack Mtns Ridgeline LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2013
outdoor_lover
Hiking7.30 Miles 1,963 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   5 Hrs   30 Mns   1.62 mph
1,963 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Grasshopper
Oregon_Hiker
Couldn't pass up a great invitation from two good friends to return to the Salt River Canyon Wilderness area. They wanted to take in some views...Sounded good to me... :D

Picked up a Grasshopper and met up with a NW Transplantee and away we went...Larry insisted on driving... :o :sl:

Nice Drive, good Conversation (I slept through all of the GPS stuff) and then we were Hiking!!! It was a beautiful day, but eventually the wind picked up and I had to put on a hat... :(

Hiked up to the High Point in the Blackjack Mountains, soaked in some great views, signed the Register up there, got a group shot and we were on our way along the Ridgeline to the next point for more oohs and ahhhs...The Cacti was blooming their bristles off and there were lots of what looked like white Poppy looking flowers...Some of the Banana Yucca was going nuts too... :)

Got to the next high point along the ridgeline, and after taking in the views again from a slightly different angle, we all found a comfortable rock and had lunch. After lunch, we continued along the ridgeline to the next high point. After a quick soak of the views from there, we quickly followed the edge up to the last high point, enjoying the views all along the way, including glimpses of the Salt River and Hess Canyon... :D Couldn't spot the Owl though... :sweat:

The boys had planned on doing an out and back... :o I made the suggestion to them to do a Loop instead of doing the Roller Coaster ride again...They agreed rather quickly... :sweat: : app :

Ran into some really cool Flora on this Hike, including a mini forest of Ocotillos. On the way down, we ran into a forest of a different kind...Prickly Pear...Wow! Route Finding became a little more of a challenge... :sweat: It was so thick in spots that there was no way to even attempt to tip toe through it...And then to add insult to injury, there were areas where it thinned out only to be "filled in" with Agave!... : rambo : We literally ran into a solid Prickly Pear/Agave Wall at one point...No picking your poison here, we managed to find a way around it... :sweat:

Made it down, found the Road and hoofed it back to the vehicle...Hank treated to dinner at El Reys in Globe and then the day was done...

Didn't encounter much Fauna on this Hike, with the exception of the White Tailed Deer that Hank flushed...(ya, I missed it Randal)...Lots of Lizards and lots of skittish Butterflies on the High Points of the Ridgeline.

It was a great day with awesome friends. Thanks for the invite guys. Larry, thanks for driving and Hank, thanks for dinner!!! Looking forward to our next adventure.... :)
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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Mostly Cacti Blooms, but also lots of White Poppy Looking Flowers.
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Apr 16 2013
Oregon_Hiker
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75 male
 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Blackjack Mtns Ridgeline LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2013
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking7.30 Miles 1,963 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles
1,963 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Grasshopper
outdoor_lover
Met up with Grasshopper and Outdoor Lover at the Casino Arizona parking lot in Scottsdale at 6:45 am and headed for the starting point of our hike near the base of the Black Jack Mountains east of Globe. Made good time even though I was driving and got to the start point at the base of Black Mountain by shortly after 9:00 am.

We hiked up an old 4WD ranching road past an old corral for about 1.3 miles before turning left off the old road to start the climb up the east side of the highest mountain in the chain of 4 peaks along the crest of the Black Jack Mountains. Pam quickly learned that you don't want to follow the guy wearing cactus proof knee high gators through the prickly pear if you're wearing shorts so she took the lead. Of course her taking the lead might also have had something to do with her impatience with two old codgers who kept stopping to check their gps' when the destination was clearly straight up the hill.

The views from the top of the peak were fantastic as anticipated and seeing the routes of our past adventures in this area from this high vantage point was an added bonus. There was a large cairn with an old Gatorade jar containing a peak register. The oldest recorded names included Bob Martin 4/12/88 a renown peak-bagger and author of several books on the subject. Also Dave Shope who signed with Bob on 4/12/88. I quickly scanned other names looking for people signing as members of HAZ but didn't see any completely missing Mazatzal who has since informed us he signed the register in 1994. That re-enforces my belief that there is no where you can go in the AZ outdoors that a HAZ member has not been before.

We continued our hike along the spine of the Black Jack Mountains visiting the other 3 peaks in this chain before descending to the old 4WD road about a half mile from where it ends at upper Hess Canyon. The route down the hill side before reaching the road was complicated by seemingly endless patches of prickly pear. The hike back along the old road was uneventful until Grasshopper and I stopped to look back down the road for Pam who had taken a break. When we turned to continue Grasshopper suddenly shrieked in fear and hopped 5 feet backwards. He had almost stepped on a large gopher snake which had been laying next to our feet the entire time we were standing there. Lucky it wasn't a rattle snake.

Back at the car shortly after 4:00 pm we headed for home stopping in Globe to fill up on Mexican food.
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Apr 16 2013
Grasshopper
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76 male
 Joined Dec 28 2006
 Scottsdale, AZ
Blackjack Mtns Ridgeline LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2013
Grasshopper
Hiking7.30 Miles 1,963 AEG
Hiking7.30 Miles   6 Hrs   34 Mns   1.52 mph
1,963 ft AEG   1 Hour   45 Mns Break
 
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Oregon_Hiker
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Beginning in November, 2012, to date.. after numerous successful day trips and a one week vehicle camping trip to hike in and around this interesting and scenic Salt River Canyon Wilderness area, it was time to checkout the "Blackjack Mountains" with its four(4) main peak viewing summits: http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=332244

My thanks to our Oregon Hiker- Larry for again driving and for putting together our preliminary GPS Planning Route and to our Outdoor Lover- Pam for joining us and for confirming that my requested planning route was probably not really needed for the hike in but I do believe would be a wise download to follow for the hike back out to complete this recommended lolly-pop loop ;) .

I really enjoyed our day out together with all the numerous desert spring flowers and cactus in substantial bloom with the opportunity to summit four peaks along this Blackjack Mtns Ridgeline with their scenic near and distant views :D .
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Ref: My Picset Camera Settings-
With my very limited understanding of camera settings, sometimes I experiment a little :o . Today (a sunny-blue sky day) with my older Canon G10 I decided to set my White Balance on the "cloudy" setting vs the "daylight" setting (which would normally be my setting for a day like today)..I did this just to see what would happen to my pics..; Also, I usually use the "P" mode which automatically sets the focal lengths and the shutter speeds and I normally select ISO speed at "AUTO"; Today, I decided to set ISO at 200 speed exclusively and to set focal length at f6.3 exclusively, thus only shutter speed was controlled automatically; I always use an exposure setting of -1/3 on my Canon G10 and also the same on my Canon S95;

So, what happened differently with all my pics that I noticed-
The White Balance change to the "cloudy" setting definitely gave most all my pics a yellow/tan tent-like color (a cooler color?) that I'm not sure I really like or not? All comments on my posted pics "pro & con" are welcomed.. Really! :) I can't decipher what if anything is significantly different (pro or con) with my pics regarding my change to ISO 200 and to f6.3 exclusively.. Any comments? :-k
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
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mazatzal
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Blackjack Mtns Ridgeline LoopGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 20 1994
mazatzal
Hiking5.00 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles
1,100 ft AEG
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Hiked along an old road from FR645 then up a ridge to the summit and back. Did not do the loop. Pretty sure our route would match Hank's first 2.5 miles or so.
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