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Dec 24 2020
LindaAnn
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 Ahwatukee, AZ
Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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LindaAnn
Hiking7.20 Miles 1,875 AEG
Hiking7.20 Miles   5 Hrs   29 Mns   1.45 mph
1,875 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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Christmas Eve hike. Great weather—cloudy and cool. Got started kind of late, around mid-morning. The flat walk across the desert is a little dull. As we were eventually heading uphill, it finally started to get interesting. The rocks are pretty, and the initial uphill was fun. I could tell my friend was not enjoying the cholla as we headed across the mostly flat ridge towards the next uphill. The next climb was much steeper, with poor footing. About 250 vertical feet from the summit, we reached a spot where every time I reached up for a handhold, my ribs were hurting. I played around with three different routes for about 10-15 minutes to see if any were easier. As I started to head up again, I could hear “I don’t know why I always let you talk me into this shit” behind me. I had a feeling “because it’s fun” was not going to be the correct answer, so I suggested that we turn around at that point instead of going any further. The hike back down was tedious, but easier to follow.
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Dec 05 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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DixieFlyer
Hiking8.20 Miles 2,233 AEG
Hiking8.20 Miles   6 Hrs   20 Mns   2.44 mph
2,233 ft AEG   2 Hrs   58 Mns Break
 
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Now that the weather is cooler, I figure that I will occasionally go check out some of the peaks west of Phoenix off of I-10, so I decided to do this one again today.

The first 2 miles are an easy, flat stroll through the desert, but the difficulty level increases the last 2 miles to the summit. Even though I had done this one a couple of times, I still had take some time for route finding. It is a steep, slippery climb to the summit, and an equally steep, slippery descent. It is a class 3 climb up on the summit block, but there is no real exposure. Great views at the summit!

We originally were going to hike Saddle Mountain-Tonopah on the way back to Phoenix, but we did not get back to the car until 1:30, so we decided to save that one for another time and head back to civilization.

Not surprisingly , we did not see anyone else on the hike.

It was a nice day for the hike. It was 37 degrees when we started and was sunny and 70 when we got back. If it had been a bit cooler I imagine that we would have gone ahead and done Saddle Mountain.
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Jan 29 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Big Horn Peak and Saddle Mountain, AZ 
Big Horn Peak and Saddle Mountain, AZ
 
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DixieFlyer
Hiking11.00 Miles 3,809 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles
3,809 ft AEG
 
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Saddle Mountain-Tonopah has been on my radar screen for a while but I didn't want to drive all the way out there just to hike 3 miles. I managed to convince Tracie the Intrepid, my favorite hiking partner, to go along. Tracie had never done Big Horn Peak, and I have only done it once so we decided to also do it while we were out there. Our friend Elizabeth was off work so we got her to come along as well.

We did Big Horn Peak first, which was a good idea I think. We got there just as it was getting light enough to see. I did this hike earlier this month with @trekkin_gecko and @johnlp, and the route was still somewhat fresh on my mind. Even so, I looked at my GPS a number of times to make sure that we were on track. It was a fun scramble up to the summit, notwithstanding all of the cholla that we had to navigate around and through.

After getting back to our vehicle, we drove about 30 minutes to get to the TH for Saddle Mountain. Even though the Saddle Mountain hike is only 3 miles, it is not your grandma's garden variety 3 mile hike -- it is very steep and slippery, especially the section leading up to the saddle. Route finding was much easier than I thought it would be -- there is an easy-to-follow trail up to the saddle, and even past the saddle the route is mostly easy to follow. I downloaded the track that @LindaAnn posted about 10 days ago, and I looked at it a couple of times to make sure that I was not off track. I did manage to avoid the scenic detour that @LindaAnn and @trekkin_gecko took!...lol...I also used the track for the drive-in ato the TH that @chumley posted; the turn off of Courthouse Rd isn't completely obvious, so this track was helpful.

The views on both peaks are great, although we liked the view on Saddle Mountain better.

After the hike we had some post-hike grub at Hodori Korean Restaurant in Mesa -- the pork belly that I had was excellent!

Stats for the 2 summits are:
Big Horn Peak: 7.9 miles and an AEG of 2,205'
Saddle Mountain: 3.1 miles and an AEG of 1,604'

The distance and elevation gain above are the sum of the two.
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On the hike to Big Horn, we saw one poppy blooming and a few brittlebush blooming; on the hike to Saddle Mountain, there were a few lupine and brittlebush blooming.
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Jan 05 2020
DixieFlyer
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 Fountain Hills,
Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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DixieFlyer
Hiking7.80 Miles 2,257 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   5 Hrs   22 Mns   1.93 mph
2,257 ft AEG   1 Hour   19 Mns Break
 
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This peak has been on my radar screen for a while and I was happy that I could get Kelly and John to let me tag along with them on this hike. Actually, an amateur hiker like myself was out of my league on the trails with two professional HAZ hall-of-famers!

We followed the GPS track that @John9L uploaded to the site. We got slightly off of the track a time or 2 on the way up, but we stayed on the track on the descent.

This was a really cool hike -- there was a lot of rock scrambling and climbing as we got near the summit, but there was nothing that I considered "sketchy".

The first 2.0-2.5 miles of the hike were an easy, flat hike through open desert. The fun began the last 1.5 miles or so up to the summit. There was a lot of loose rock and scree, along with some cholla minefields. The rock climbing was a lot of fun and gave me a good workout -- Kelly and John never broke a sweat though.

I did win the prize for collecting the most cholla balls on my pant legs with close to 20; Kelly had 6-8; and John didn't get any, which is a good thing since he was wearing shorts.

We saw a fox and a few sheep off in the distance, which was cool.

This was a GREAT hike, and is certainly one that I would do again!

It was nice to meet and hike with Kelly and John on this lovely day to be out in the desert!
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Jan 05 2020
trekkin_gecko
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 Joined Nov 17 2008
 phoenix, az
Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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trekkin_gecko
Hiking7.80 Miles 2,257 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   5 Hrs   22 Mns   1.93 mph
2,257 ft AEG   1 Hour   19 Mns Break
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we've been talking about doing a hike with dixieflyer for a few weeks
big horn was on his peak bagging list, and it's been five years since we were up there with denny
left town around 0600, think we were hiking by 0730
upper 30s, which is a little cooler than i prefer
once the sun came up and we started uphill, temps were fine
flat first couple of miles, then the fun starts
we did not take the most efficient route on the ascent, overshooting a couple of turns
the last segment is steep, with shifting rocks, scree and cholla
a little bit of scrambling on good rock, with a nice chute to get to the summit
spent some time on the summit - decently clear skies, good views of surrounding mountains, nice temps and no wind
brought one pole, which was a pita going up, but nice to have much of the descent
our descent line was much better
nice to do this one again, and get a good peak checked off with wade :)
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johnlp
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 Joined Mar 16 2008
 chandler,az
Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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johnlp
Hiking7.80 Miles 2,257 AEG
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2,257 ft AEG   1 Hour   19 Mns Break
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First hike with DixieFlyer. Cool cat.
Cholla lovers will dig this one. I know you're out there.
Second time doing this peak. Weather was ideal for the hike. Cool to start, perfect up top.
Saw a fox and some big horn sheep.
The descent is tricky steep and loose. Gotta be careful or pay the consequences. We all made it down with just a few cactus quills in us.
Fun hike. Thanks Wade and Kelly. :)
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Dec 28 2019
Jim_H
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 Joined Sep 08 2006
 Marana, AZ
Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking7.16 Miles 2,083 AEG
Hiking7.16 Miles   6 Hrs   10 Mns   1.30 mph
2,083 ft AEG      40 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Probably the wettest I have ever seen the western desert. Well, since my attempt at Eagle 2681' last month, but still it was rather wet. A lot of greening going on. Fresh tracks, most likely bighorn. Actually, lots of scat that was also likely BH, and it smelled gamey all over the mountain, even near the summit.

Lots of snow visible all around. Harquahala had a nice white cap, and plenty of mountains north and east did, as well. The best view of today was on I-17 driving home, near central Phoenix and of the sunset on the 4 Peaks, covered in snow well below Brown's Saddle.
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Dec 29 2018
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 Apache Junction,
Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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TeamBillyGoat
Hiking7.17 Miles 2,712 AEG
Hiking7.17 Miles   6 Hrs   1 Min   1.43 mph
2,712 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break
 
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This one was really steep, a little scary and a lot of fun. Returning passed the mine house ruins in the dark was creepy. But I ain’t afraid of no ghost. 👻
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 Chandler, AZ
Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Booneman
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,083 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   5 Hrs   3 Mns   1.67 mph
2,083 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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Took advantage of the December weather and scrambled up Big Horn. Matt, Lisa, Dana and I ventured out West on a Saturday morning to take on the uphill challenge. We all enjoyed the hike, even the really steep sections near the top. It was nice to do an off trail hike without a great deal of brush and catsclaw to chew you up.

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Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking7.16 Miles 2,083 AEG
Hiking7.16 Miles   6 Hrs   30 Mns   1.36 mph
2,083 ft AEG   1 Hour   15 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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Cool and moist with limited visibility due to the moisture or haze. Quite a few cold looking clouds moving in, as well. Managed to do it in my sandals, but I am probably better off wearing them on hikes with a lot less rotted rock.

I saw only 1 other person had signed either of the registers since I was up in January.
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Jan 17 2018
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking7.16 Miles 2,083 AEG
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Gorgeous day to get out of town and hike this. Noticeably easier on that south face when not 90 to 100, and it seemed easier going up than I remember. Birds are about the only wildlife I ever see or hear, here. This is no Saddle Mountain. Found the old summit container, don't know how I missed it last time. Either way, this is not a summit that attracts people.
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Nov 22 2017
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking7.16 Miles 2,083 AEG
Hiking7.16 Miles   5 Hrs   45 Mns   1.48 mph
2,083 ft AEG      55 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
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With the clear skies I was not about to just hike in the preserves in town today, and with limited time this was a great choice. The air around the valley is noticeably brown and filthy, but getting out past Tonopah it is much cleaner. On the summit looking east, some ranges like the Estrellas appeared to be poking up above the pollution.

Another nice hike on Big Horn. The old log is gone, replaced by one that has no older registers than Joe and John. I'm not sure why more people don't do this one, as access is pretty easy and it is a great desert summit. Stick to the Superstitions if you must, the desert is emptier for me!

I expected a breeze, I found it calm on the summit with only a light breeze on the slope. It was warm, but not hot. However, pushing 90 at this time of year is getting there. All in all, a fantastic hike and scramble for late November.
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Dec 29 2016
Barrett
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 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Barrett
Hiking7.50 Miles 2,183 AEG
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Pleased with the accuracy of Chumley's description, I arrived at the trailhead before dawn and crossed the bridge, my new GoPro 5 on her maiden voyage. I stopped at the ruins, but the fence lowered the interest factor, and I decided bluff 1804' to the south looked more interesting - I decided to hit it on the way back.
The route up to the ridge was decent, once on top the Cholla were plentiful but also navigable. To be honest the south face of Big Horn looked pretty intimidating from here, but once again the description solved the puzzle and after some scrambling I was at the summit saddle. Of course the last 20 foot climb was the hardest part, and I really took my time - I think my sense of vertigo has increased as I grow older.
The summit was a relief - big views and clear skies, but the wind and the impending down climb prevented me from my usual summit celebration. Fortunately there was a really nice shady spot by the landmark Saguaro, and I set up my Flexlite to celebrate now that the hard part was behind me. :D
Once down on the plain, I headed for 1804', where I found some sweet bird of prey perches and generally cool geology.
Back at the truck I looked back in satisfaction. Each time I had driven by this dramatic peak I hoped I would do it someday. Hope realized is a good feeling.
I even found a song called "Big Horn" for the video - [ youtube video ]
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Dec 15 2016
JuanJaimeiii
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 Chandler, AZ
Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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JuanJaimeiii
Hiking6.90 Miles 2,087 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   4 Hrs      1.76 mph
2,087 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Last week while out at the KOFA's I got to eyeing some of Arizona's western Peaks. Big Horn, Saddle Mountain, Eagle Tails, and Woolsey all jumped out. In talking to some of the folks they said Big Horn and Saddle could be done in the same day. So, I hit up Joe to see if he would like to join me. Joe hadn't done them either so this was perfect.

Our first stop of the day was Big Horn. A nice long approach across the desert floor and then up, up, up! We took a little more adventurous route which was fun and made the trip up more exciting. Afterwards we took a safer, more straight forward route back down.

Cool hike with great views!
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 Phoenix, AZ
Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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joebartels
Hiking6.90 Miles 2,087 AEG
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What we have here is a winner. Just don't bring neophytes out here thinking this is typical off trail. Vegetation is sparse on the flat approach.

Heading up it gets your attention. We were a little off the posted Official Route. Then purposely tackled a fun looking 40 foot wall above a slanting tumble of several more hundred feet. It had a little more bite than anticipated. Climbing up over the edge I mentioned to jj we'd just climbed up the edge of the earth. It was borderline thin scree to the edge. Just a few feet away on top it was tough to figure where we came up.

Enjoyed the rest of the hike up. The views are impressive and far reaching. Lots of cholla. It said hello. Then it screamed. I finally got the respect memo.

I was excited about how this hike turned out until... until Saddle Mountain put the needle on the record and played anything you can do I can do better.
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 Pocatello, ID
Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Woodsnative
Hiking7.25 Miles 280 AEG
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Oct 22 2016
Jim_H
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 Marana, AZ
Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking7.16 Miles 2,083 AEG
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Probably just as well that a KOFA trip got postponed, as it was pretty hot out here, and the air wasn't as clean as I hoped it would be. That south slope is rather warm, requiring at least 4 liters for our slow pace. I was reminded of how tough this is, Scott felt he would never do it again, we had some encounters with Cholla, and then we got back right after sunset. Good times.
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Jan 25 2016
Jim_H
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Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking7.16 Miles 2,083 AEG
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Revisit 2 weeks after my first time, to see how it felt. Enjoyable, but not as exciting, being as it wasn't my first time. Mild and sunny, with a slight breeze. No one else signed the register since I was last up on the summit.
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Jan 12 2016
Jim_H
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Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
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Jim_H
Hiking7.16 Miles 2,083 AEG
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This ended up being a very enjoyable challenge after nearly 2 weeks without any hiking. It was more fun and difficult than Castle Dome, and the scenery is great. Very good views, with snow covered ranges and maybe the Mogollon Rim visible. I liked the summit a lot, as it felt like a true peak.

Going up was a little harder than expected, with route finding at times being an issue. Cairns helped. Down was much easier, as is expected. The final part to the summit felt like real climbing, almost. I found the entire thing fun. One I would be interested in repeating later this spring.

Going down I looked up for the airplane I heard screeching overhead, and gave up after a few seconds when I saw only blue sky. As my eyes came down to the horizon a fighter jet caught my eye. It was flying well below my level over Big Horn's south ridge. It turned a little as it passed, so I could see the top of it. My camera was away, so oh well.
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Mar 30 2015
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Big Horn PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
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Hiking7.16 Miles 2,083 AEG
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I did a little exploring at Big Horn Peak. I combed the flats for snakes in the AM hours and then hit the mountain side. I didn't hike up to the top. That would be silly. I only ambulated around the base of the mountain.

In the AM hours, I saw one coachwhip, one leopard lizard, and one sidewinder. It was midday and I knew there were few snakes out, so I became to look for bighorn sheep. I normally don't look for bighorn sheep, except when I'm in Anza Borrego. I just stumble upon them. I didn't see any, so I began to look for tortoises. I only saw one.

Afterwards, I cruised the roads to look for snakes and saw a teenage mojave, a sidewinder, and 2 red phased longnosed snake within 5 minutes of each other. Both longnosed snakes looked identical, even in size. Not a bad day of exploring, but I felt that I should've seen more.
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