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Esplanade Trail - Sonoran Preserve North - 9 members in 38 triplogs have rated this an average 2.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Jul 28 2021
mt98dew
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 Phoenix,Az
Esplanade Trail - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 28 2021
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Hiking9.26 Miles 127 AEG
Hiking9.26 Miles   2 Hrs   24 Mns   3.86 mph
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After work jog that quickly got downgraded to a hike. Got to the Apache Wash TH around 3pm. Wanted to get a loop involving the Esplanade. Did this lasso CCW: in on Apache, then Badger, then Cliff Walker and then back on the Esplanade and the Apache Wash. Not a very scenic area IMOP, but typically makes for a nice run. With my “tank” being emptier than I realized, this turned into a rather “blah” hike. Temps around 105 and minimal breeze didn’t help. Wildlife though not great was more than I anticipated….numerous lizards, about 10 chipmunks and a rabbit. Surprised at the amount of standing water still in the wash.
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May 02 2021
tibber
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 Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve N - East Side, AZ 
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve N - East Side, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 02 2021
tibber
Hiking8.00 Miles 282 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   2 Hrs   54 Mns   3.08 mph
282 ft AEG      18 Mns Break
 
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I wanted to do another Owl Checkup. After traffic delays I got started a little after 7AM. It turned out to be a glorious hiking morning with great temps and a nice breeze the entire way.

As suspected, the south nest was empty. One of the hikers I had run into previously was out there so I talked with her a bit before going to the north nest which was occupied by the owlets but no mom. It was hard to get photos as they were low in the nest. I circled it completely trying to get a better angle but to no avail.

Since the south nest was empty I decided to continue north and come back on the Cliff Walk Trail. I crossed the large wash below the cliff and headed up onto the trail. I was trying out my new PocketPod holder on my phone as holding it by hand and filming while hiking is not very comfortable. However, I was having trouble keeping the horizon level so I'm not sure yet how well it will work. It is surely a lot easier to have the phone on the handle (not a selfie stick).

I stopped to take a picture with my camera of a cactus wren when I heard a scream. Three other hikers had come upon a rattler and two ran back quite a ways before they stopped :lol: . The other gal pointed it out to me; it was hard to see below the bush. I tried to walk by but it hissed at me rather vehemently and stuck its tongue out so I just took a couple pictures. For whatever reason, all of a sudden there were more hikers and bike riders so I continued on my way.

I came upon the Badger connector so I decided to add that to my hike. It's a pretty trail in the middle. However, as it turned out, I'm not sure that I was on the same part of it as I had been previously as I eventually came upon that rusty fence like they have along the preserve. I don't recall seeing that before so that's why I think I was on a different section. It seems I took the South Cliff Walk Badger Connector which causes you to miss part of the Cliff Walk. Anyway, I enjoyed it and was sufficiently entertained other than it gets a little too close to the road.

It's interesting terrain as you make your way back to the Apache Wash Loop. Just before the TH I saw a couple birds working on a saguaro bloom so I took quite a few pictures of that. It was interesting to watch and when I got home to see the pics, I got a few good ones, even with 30x zoom. If I hadn't been hungry I would have done the Apache Vista Peak but opted to use the Ocotillo Trail to take the long way to Tonto 3. It was busy as was expected but got me to the 8 mile mark anyway.

The trails were sufficiently crowded with hikers and bikers, not too many dogs. I enjoyed my beer and the cool temps. I was just so happy with how nice it was today. I haven't done a video for a while so here is the link using LosDosSloFolks music: [ youtube video ]

WATCH: 7.84 miles, 124 avg bpm, 163 max. 4% at max, 45% at anaerobic, 43% at aerobic and the rest at Zone 2 (weight control) burning 1047 calories. Temp at start 69.8 with 19% humidity.
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Saguaros blooming; not sure they count as wildflowers exactly. Some Palo Verdes are still in bloom but waning.
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Apr 22 2021
tibber
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Esplanade Trail Owl Checkup, AZ 
Esplanade Trail Owl Checkup, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 22 2021
tibber
Hiking5.15 Miles 193 AEG
Hiking5.15 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   3.29 mph
193 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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I was excited to be able to do a late afternoon hike. My mission: check on the owls and see if momma was at Nest 1 since I haven't seen her on any of my visits since March 30th. I hadn't done a hike per se since last week's Tuesday so this is a nice warmer-upper. On my way there were quite a few squirrels and a couple lizards. I also saw 3 human couples before I reached the junction with the Esplanade Trail. There was a nice tail breeze which actually had cool air so that was very nice.

At the first nest, no mom. I was able to get a few pictures and they seem to have grown a little. I just think it's odd mom is not around but the other nests I visit the mom is around. I thot maybe if I went in the afternoon I might see her. Needless to say, I hope the owlets are okay. I mean they're still alive and such and I can't tell if they look worse for wear or not.

I continued onto the next nest looking forward to seeing the newest of the owlets. Fortunately they were up and mom was with them. I talked to them like a proud mama myself. They are definitely bigger than a week ago. I grabbed some photos and headed back with another stop at the first nest. The owlets had changed position but still no mom.

A few saguaros have budded out and I saw one bloom. A few buckhorn chollas were also blooming. The breeze on the way back was delightful and I said hello to a rabbit near the trailhead that I've seen before.... well at least in the same area. I only encountered two bike riders the whole hike. Sure like the tread of these trails.
Flora
Flora
Buckhorn cholla
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Apr 13 2021
tibber
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 Phoenix, AZ
Esplanade and Apache Vista, AZ 
Esplanade and Apache Vista, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2021
tibber
Hiking7.88 Miles 492 AEG
Hiking7.88 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   3.22 mph
492 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
 
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I wanted to do another owl check before I head out of town. And, of course, the temps would cool here and will be chilly at Morro Bay, CA. I hate that when I go out of town during nice desert hiking temps!

Anyway, I proceeded with my mission with a nice small breeze blowing. I didn't realize there was a rabbit crossing until all of a sudden I saw THREE rabbits (saw a rabbit last week too). Two made it across the trail while the other stayed on the south side. I grabbed my camera and used my baby talk voice to hopefully soothe them from proceeding out of photo range. I was able to get a couple pics and eventually the third rabbit joined them. I don't think I've ever seen three rabbits together when I've been out hiking so I was pretty excited. (I know, it takes so little anymore).

I did see a low flying bird as I made my way to the first owl nest but I couldn't tell if it was an owl or not. I arrived at the first nest and the little ones were home but seem to have sunk lower in their nest so I wasn't able to get a great photo of them. Per the last three visits, mom was away.

Continuing on to the next nest about 3/4 mile from there, as I approached, it looked like I could see white feathers in front of momma owl. I zoomed and thot I saw four eyes belonging to two owlets. I circled the saguaro trying to get a decent angle but wasn't too successful. However, when I got home, the photo showed the two little ones. So her eggs hatched late based on the two other owl nests I've been visiting. I bid my adieu and headed back on the trail.

I did get a photo of a gila woodpecker. As I get on the southern part of the Esplanade Trail I heard the gun shots so there must be some sort of shooting range in the area (sounds like it's coming from the SE). There is an annoying helicopter that must be in training as it flies circles in the same general area. I've heard those sounds the last three times I've hiked here. I also noticed the chopper when I was on the east side of the south Phoenix Sonoran Preserve.

So I finished my hike with a clockwise loop up and around Apache Vista Peak and as always this is where I encounter all of the hikers I will see. I only saw 4 bike riders on the Esplanade.

WATCH: 7.65 miles, 121 avg bpm 154 max. 8.5% Zone 5, 22% Zone 4, 59% Zone 3, 10% Zone 4 burning 888 calories. Temp at start 62.5 and 31% humidity finishing at 9:56AM.

And tomorrow I take off for Morro Bay for a twice delayed AZ Highways Photo Workshop. I'm looking forward to seeing this area as my parents lived here for the first 3 months of their marriage while my dad was finishing off his time at Camp Roberts near San Luis Obispo in 1953. Camp Roberts doesn't exist anymore. Interestingly my dad's older brother and Best Man also served at Camp Roberts during WWII. Anyway, the house they rented is still there, though it's been renovated, so I'm hoping to go by there as it's right next to Morro Bay State Park.
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Apr 06 2021
tibber
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 Joined Feb 26 2004
 Phoenix, AZ
Esplanade and Apache Vista, AZ 
Esplanade and Apache Vista, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 06 2021
tibber
Hiking7.80 Miles 631 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   2 Hrs   34 Mns   3.21 mph
631 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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Wanted to get back out to see the owl situation. It was a pleasant morning as I progressed on the Esplanade Trail. The first saguaro on the Esplanade is a mile. I did see a bunny rabbit that posed for a short moment to let me take its photo and admire its purdy ears. It seemed a couple times lizards and birds were crossing the trail before me. Soon I arrived at the first nest and focused my camera on the bigger owlet and was able to work my way around to the other side to get a reasonable photo of them both. Mom was not home. I looked around but saw no other owls.

I headed up the trail to the next nest and momma was home but not facing me so I had to go around the other side of the saguaro and snap some photos. No evidence of babies. I headed back and at the other nest were a couple bike riders who let me know momma wasn't home yesterday morning either. I caught a few more photos and then headed back to the TH. The creosote was blooming prolifically and so pretty :) . During this part of the route I saw no hikers and about 1/2 dozen bike riders.

I had gone a little over 5 miles and finished off my hike by doing a counter-clockwise loop on Sidewinder and up to Apache Vista and down and around the west side. I felt pretty good and the occasional breeze made it very nice for me. I noticed 3 blooming hedgehogs; only one of them was photo worthy but too hard to get to. Even on this part of the hike I saw only a couple bike riders and hikers.

First hike without my wrist brace. I could definitely feel the stiffness in my wrist more and it seemed to swell which was a bit of a bother to my wrist. I tried to exercise it off and on throughout the hike. My watch had a hiccup so I only have what it auto-recorded which included a temp of 71.5 and 20% humidity at around 8AM. It recorded 4 different auto Walking sessions for a total of 7.4 miles and a burn of 674 calories. The last temp recording was around 10AM of 75.1 degrees and 16% humidity finishing at 10:39AM.

When I got home I had an email from Glacier Park Backcountry Permit office awarding me one of the more leisurely paced of the permits we requested :y: , this one is doing the Pitamakan-Dawson Loop at Two Medicine. I've hiked part of it. Now hopefully my Canadian friend can still participate as the border situation is still a little tricky, even though she has dual citizenship.
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Mar 30 2021
LosDosSloFolks
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Esplanade Owl Search, AZ 
Esplanade Owl Search, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 30 2021
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking5.33 Miles 281 AEG
Hiking5.33 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   2.67 mph
281 ft AEG      9 Mns Break5 LBS Pack
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Angela went out yesterday on these trails to look for owls and owlettes with the the gecko, (Kelly). When she mentioned she was going to return today I took the liberty of inviting myself along. We met at the Apache Wash TH @ 8am and headed on out.

The first nest we came to had a mama owl but no young'uns. On the return route we saw she did indeed have at least one baby but was keeping it on the down-lo. :)

The second nest had a mama sitting on either eggs or hatchlings...we couldn't tell for sure but she was sitting all fluffed up with a purpose. Angela called her fat. :o Talk about "mean girls". :lol:

We ran into an interesting variant of a Christmas Cholla that has yet to be identified. Neither of us had encountered it before. :-k

Fun little hike in wonderful weather and with great company. Thanks for letting me tag along Angela!
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Mar 30 2021
tibber
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 Phoenix, AZ
Esplanade Owl Search, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Mar 30 2021
tibber
Hiking5.33 Miles 164 AEG
Hiking5.33 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   2.67 mph
164 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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Delayed report as I got stuck in a genealogy research quest. Kelly and I were out on the 29th looking for the owls and were so busy talking I missed the first nest so decided to go back the next day. Greg came along so I knew I wouldn't miss it.

It was a very nice morning as we made our way NE toward the nests. We stopped at both to gather a few photos. Since we didn't get to see the little ones that are somewhere in those nests, I'll be making another trip back; besides, it's a pretty hike.

On the way back we noticed some Christmas cholla lining a very narrow drainage that was slicing through the desert floor. I thot that was very interesting. And then I noticed this huge cholla that I thot was an extra large Christmas cholla but after much discussion and comparison and researching when I came home, I discovered it was an Arizona Pencil Cholla that has been previously IDed in this area by Bradshaws.

We made our way back to the TH into a bit of a breeze so that was nice. We saw about 3/4 dozen bike riders and only one other hiker on the Esplanade. The trail is in nice condition; almost perfect for trail runners and bike riders.

I got to finish the morning with a visit to the LosDosSloFolks home and catch up with Cathy and meet their resident 'wallas. It was good to see Cathy and talk with her. On top of that, since she lost so much weight, I got two very nice pair of Eddie Bauer hiking pants :)

Thanks for coming along on the hike and for the visit at your home after.
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Pencil Cholla
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Mar 29 2021
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 phoenix, az
Sonoran Preserve Loop, AZ 
Sonoran Preserve Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2021
trekkin_gecko
Hiking7.91 Miles 299 AEG
Hiking7.91 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   3.08 mph
299 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
met angela at apache wash trailhead at 0800
the mission was to find a couple of owls along the esplanade trail
apache wash, esplanade, cliff walk and badger brawl trails made for a nice loop
not much elevation gain, but a good chance for us to catch up while walking through open desert terrain
missed the one owl, even after doing some backtracking, but got close up views of another one 8)
hadn't been up this way in a few years
next time we'll hit the high points
thank you angela for the snacks and drinks - root beer always tastes good after a hike :)
great to hike with you again, think black mountain was our last one
a good plan B
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Mar 29 2021
tibber
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 Phoenix, AZ
Sonoran Preserve Loop, AZ 
Sonoran Preserve Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2021
tibber
Hiking7.88 Miles 359 AEG
Hiking7.88 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   2.99 mph
359 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Finally we were able to get together, altho this was Plan B since Tibberlocks decided it was going to be a warm one today. So we decided to go on an Owl Hunt. We started around 8AM and kept a pretty good pace thru this beautiful part of the desert. And per usual, we got to talking so much we missed the first nest. We did find some Owl Clover that I was pretty excited to see. Kelly thot I had spotted an animal or something per my joy at spotting the clover, ha!

We said our hellos to the owl at the second nest and took some pictures at the second nest but saw no babies. We continued north to the junction with Cliff Walk and checked out the gauging area before heading south. We eventually ended up on Badger Brawl Trail and then to Apache Wash for the rest of our hike back to the TH. This is a great little loop that takes advantage of this extra bountiful desert, despite no rain. The saguaros are always a treat and though there isn't a forest of them they were interesting. We did see a few lizards, some Christmas cholla, and a few blooming hedgehogs along with a few bike riders and helicopters.

I made a bet with Kelly about hiking with her in this area previously. Looks like I'm buying breakfast. The hike was one she had suggested a few years back and I had texted her on Ridgeback BUT she wasn't along.

WATCH: 7.8 miles. 124 avg bpm 145 max. 1.6% Max, 46% zone 4, 48% zone 3, 3.9% zone 2 burning 950 calories. Temp at start 64.3 and 23% humidity. Temp at finish 10:48AM was 78.
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one patch of miniature Owl Clover, a few Christmas Cholla, a few blooming Hedgehogs.
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Jan 21 2021
tibber
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Badger Cliff Esplanade, AZ 
Badger Cliff Esplanade, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 21 2021
tibber
Hiking7.27 Miles 359 AEG
Hiking7.27 Miles   2 Hrs   41 Mns   2.87 mph
359 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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My niece wants to try and do a weekly hike with me so I thot this would be a good gauge as to how she feels after a longer than 5 mile flatter hike. I put this loop together and we hiked it counter-clockwise.

We had a 1 pm start waiting for the chance of showers to clear. We headed over to the Badger Brawl Trail, a new one for me. It was slightly cloudy for a good portion of the hike as the clouds entertained us for most of the trek. Initially you hear the traffic on the Parkway but as you start to veer north you hear less of that. I pointed out various distant landmarks to Mia; she might as well learn them now. I also IDed some of the flora (mostly trees and cactus at this point). We saw various Christmas Cholla in different stages so that was interesting.

The Cliff Walk Trail was a little disappointing but it did present interesting views of the opposite side of the wash we were hiking above. At the crossover point we encountered our only hiker of the day who was hiking from his complex but doing the north part of the loop. It's not clear that this is the crossover point but just know the cut through into the wash is on this (south) side of the gauging station.

Once you get over to the other side of the wash and continue hiking west you will see the marker for the Esplanade Trail. We turned left (south) here and were now on the owl nest hunt which turned out to be relatively easy. We didn't see any owls. However, some of the saguaros in this area are pretty interesting.

The sun was out now but there was also a nice breeze as we made our way back to the TH. We stopped by this one Xmas Cholla and I wondered if the bulbs were edible so we both grabbed one and of course, we both got stickered to death so our answer is "no", not edible unless you can figure a way to get all the stickers off. So we spent a couple minutes trying to get the stickers out :lol: . During our hike there were about a dozen bicyclists that we stepped aside to let pass.

We finished off our afternoon with a beer and pita chips with the view of Apache Vista in front of us. We enjoyed a couple hawks as they were flying around. Mia said she really enjoyed the area and the hike.


WATCH: 7.11 miles, 119 avg BPM, 139 high (23% in Zone 4, 66% in Zone 3 and the rest in Zone 2 burning 924 calories). 68 degrees at start and 41% humidity (could definitely feel it). Finished at 3:47PM.
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Apr 20 2020
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Badger Brawl Trail - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
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Mtn Biking10.50 Miles 356 AEG
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Nice MTB ride. Its a monday so did well to avoid people.
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Apr 14 2020
tibber
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Esplanade Owl Search, AZ 
Esplanade Owl Search, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 14 2020
tibber
Hiking5.30 Miles 171 AEG
Hiking5.30 Miles   1 Hour   55 Mns   2.89 mph
171 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Posting 4-20-2020. Decided I wanted to go check out the Esplanade owls. I put the route up on RouteScout and then used the "find pictures" to help me figure out where the owls were. Then I got some more beta from LosDosSloFolks and headed out there after work. I was glad to have had that too because for awhile, I felt like I wasn't on the right trail.

It was a lovely late afternoon as I took the first right (east) out of the VC area. The Apache Wash Trail takes you across the wash area of course and you continue hiking northish on the other side. It's a beautiful desert hike and seemed exceptionally flat, kind of like when I walked the prairies of north central Montana; except there wasn't a trail and you had to be careful where you stepped to avoid the prickly pear cactus :lol: .

There were a few bike riders that passed by me here on this part of the trail and maybe only a couple on the Esplanade. Of course, every saguaro I saw I would look for signs of a nest. There aren't a lot of saguaros so it's not that big a deal to check. I filmed quite a bit as it was a pretty day with waning spring decor and a nice sky with some puffy clouds. There were sprinklings of wildflowers too. Also along the way, a squirrel scampered for a bit on the trail as if to say, "this way, this way". And interestingly, I have been seeing quite a few squirrels on almost all of my hikes this past month and lizards too of course.

Greg gave me the mileage to expect for the first nest and it was right on. Sadly no one was home. They were here yesterday but gone today :( . I circled that saguaro and even tried to stand on some taller rocks to see if I could see any sign of life but nada. So onward I went with hopes dashed a bit now. It isn't too much longer before I came upon the second area and saw mom or dad hanging out on top of a broken saguaro arm. The nest was in a neighboring saguaro which meant venturing over in snake land. I kept my eyes to the ground as I made my way over to try and get some good pictures. Mom or dad then moved to another saguaro as she watched the paparazzi, me, continue to try and figure out a better photographic angle... to no avail.

I headed back to the trail and the owl kept an eye on me as I ended up coming to the other side of the saguaro where she was at. Once I got to a decent viewpoint I asked her to turn around so I could get a good picture and after a series of odd sounds I made, she turned.

Now, it was time to head back to the TH as I was starting to get a little hungry. The question is, how many photos did I take on the return trip? Only a couple of the empty nest and other than that, I kept on hiking. I saw a few other hikers and bikers on my return, most of them on the Apache Wash Trail.

Here are a couple of videos I made splitting the total 18 minute time:
Part 1 [ youtube video ]
Part 2 [ youtube video ]
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For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination.
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Apr 13 2020
LosDosSloFolks
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Esplanade Owl Search, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Apr 13 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking5.87 Miles 260 AEG
Hiking5.87 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.43 mph
260 ft AEG      20 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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Mrs. SloFolks wanted to check on the owls and their young at the Sonoran Preserve North and I needed to start breaking in my new low top boots so this flat little hike was perfect for both of us. We started at the Apache Wash Trail Head and headed east and then north to where we knew some owl nests were located.

Nest number one had one juvenile present that looked about ready to fledge. Usually one or both parents are nearby during sunlight hours but we saw no one. On to nest number two. We saw one parent first sleeping in a nearby Saguaro. The nest had two Owlettes that still had much of their white down feathers showing through. We got some photos but used the zoom as to not get close enough to upset mom or dad. The adult gave us a show doing a flight to a nearby tree. On the return route Cathy spotted one of the parents from nest number one sleeping in a Palo Verde tree.

A weird thing happened with a bike rider at this point. He came up on us from behind and passed us on our left. There was tons of room and as he smiled and said hello his front tire hit a rock and the bike did a complete 180. He tried to put his leg out but MISSED the ground somehow while he hit the front handbrake. He went down quickly and his helmeted head smashed into my left knee. The physics of all this seemed improbable to impossible. Nobody got hurt, it was just such a strange occurrence.

Saw three owlettes and two adults and my new shoes were doing OK so success on both fronts. :) About one mile from the trailhead on the return I jokingly said to Cathy..."If we were to see a snake it would probably be near Apache Wash so I'm gonna fall back in behind you. Not 30 seconds later she came to an abrupt stop as a D-Back was in the grass on the side of the trail. Good eyes for her to see it. :app: I doubt I would have seen it. No rattle as he was just waking up I think. He did rattle and strike "the pose" as I urged him off the trail for the safety of others.
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Feb 12 2020
LosDosSloFolks
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66 male
 Joined Feb 10 2019
 Cave Creek, AZ
Tecolotes & Ruins, AZ 
Tecolotes & Ruins, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2020
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking10.20 Miles 389 AEG
Hiking10.20 Miles   4 Hrs   45 Mns   2.40 mph
389 ft AEG      30 Mns Break6 LBS Pack
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Fantastic weather today so we decided to get in some mileage and skip the AEG. We started at the Apache Wash Trailhead at the Sonoran Preserve North. There are some owl nests we wanted to check on and also poke around on the east and west banks of Cave Creek to look for any signs of ancient Hohokam dwellings.

The recent rain had Apache Wash completely full but we were still able to get across in order to access the Esplanade Trail to head north. No dust was a nice bonus although we had to bushwhack around lots and lots of mud pit obstacles on the trail all day. No baby owls yet but two of the nests had mamas sitting on eggs. We'll have to check back to see the baby owlettes.

The basalt rocks in this area are shiny dark with desert varnish which should be perfect for petroglyphs but I've yet to see any this far south. We went north all the way to Carefree Highway before heading south on the east bank of the Creek. Beautiful cliffs on either side but they are much taller along this area. Suppose that's why it's called the Cliff Walk Trail. :-)

We ran across a "camp" for lack of a better term in the middle of nowhere. Sleeping bag, cartoon pillow, deodorant, razor, and a fresh bag of beef jerky. No tent or shelter but everything appeared as if we walked in on whoever and they were probably watching us checking out their stuff from the trees. That jerky sure looked good... :) .

As I did a "pause for a cause" I spied what looked like the remains of a multi room settlement off trail up on the plain or Esplanade above the creek. Sure enough, we found something pretty neat completely by accident. Judging by the amount of pottery still laying around, there's not been a lot of recent visits by my guess.

Pretty flat trail, but nice vistas abound. Snow still visible in the Bradshaw's, Four Peaks, Mt. Ord and the rest of the Mazzies. Great hike on a great day with the Mrs. :D
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Jan 20 2020
mazatzal
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64 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Esplanade Trail - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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mazatzal
Hiking9.70 Miles 550 AEG
Hiking9.70 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.77 mph
550 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
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Apache Wash - Badger Brawl - Cliff Walk - Esplanade
Not as busy as I thought it would be. Three hikers/runners and maybe a dozen bikers.
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Dec 31 2019
LosDosSloFolks
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66 male
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Retirement Owlspotting, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Dec 31 2019
LosDosSloFolks
Hiking3.85 Miles 172 AEG
Hiking3.85 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.57 mph
172 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
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1st trip
End of the year quickie to see one of our favorite active Owl nests at the Sonoran Preserve North. Cathy wanted something flat and simple anyway to start off her very FIRST DAY OF RETIREMENT!!! Thirty years @ J.W.Marriott. The location was given to us earlier in the year by @RowdyandMe. They had a large clutch this past season and we thought they might possibly be incubating eggs by now. Not yet...empty nest. :( Here is what the nest looked like last spring [ photo ] .

After seeing @tibber 's pancake photo yesterday we planned on getting some after the hike. It was so cold and windy this morning we ate first and then hiked...bass ackwards. Even a hike with no AEG mad us feel sluggish. Eating burritos and flapjacks prior to walking is the same as putting on ankle weights we learned!

Happy New Year to everyone in the HAZ community.
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Aug 17 2019
DarthStiller
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52 male
 Joined Jul 05 2006
 Mesa, AZ
Esplanade Trail - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2019
DarthStiller
Hiking11.60 Miles 425 AEG
Hiking11.60 Miles   4 Hrs   9 Mns   2.80 mph
425 ft AEG
 
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The goals for this hike was to finish off a small section of what I think is the Sidewinder Trail (about a half mile) that I never did in my hikes up here 3 years ago. I also wanted to hike up to where I had stopped last Memorial Day weekend when I hiked the Flume Trail in the Cave Creek Recreational Area without know how close I was to this trail system. Got both of those accomplished.

Most of the trails here are very flat, so I made pretty good time. The weather never got all that hot, but I was done before 11am. Saw some hikers at the beginning, but then the rest of the day saw mostly bikers. the last person I saw was at the northernmost end of the loop I did on my way back, just south of the Carefree Highway.

Nice to get some higher mileage in for a change and make better time doing it. the Cliff Walk Trail tends to have the best views because of the overlooks on the cliff, but there's not much else to see out here.
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LosDosSloFolks
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 Cave Creek, AZ
Esplanade Owlets, AZ 
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LosDosSloFolks
Hiking4.50 Miles 247 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles
247 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
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Yesterday we hiked the Dixie Mountain Loop and Summit trails [ triplog ] with one of the objectives being to see the baby owls that are visible along the trail. As mentioned in our triplog and photoset the nest was empty as they had already fledged just a few days earlier. :(

Later in the hike we ran into HAZr's RowdyandMe coming up the trail in the opposite direction. During our conversation we told him about missing out on the owls. It was RowdyandMe's trip logs that led us to the owls in the first place.

Shortly after going our separate ways he called us back and said "I know where some other baby owls are". It was like a drug deal or something. :D Maybe "I know a guy who knows a guy" was coming next. :scared: It wasn't like that at all. He simply gave us a very accurate location of a giant saguaro with directions on how to get there and that's exactly what we did this morning. Thank you Larry.

We started out at the Apache Wash Trailhead and went up the Sidewinder Trail to see the overview of this area. We then backtracked to the Apache Wash loop and connected to the Esplanade Trail which took us to the owls nest. Success :y: There were three owlets in the nest best as I could tell and they are cute little things. Worth the effort to find them for sure. This trail system seems to be geared towards cyclists but the Apache Wash trail has prospects and could even be bonafide. It warrants another look. This area like everywhere else probably looked a whole lot better 2 weeks ago!

Heading back to the trailhead and parking lot we almost stepped on another Diamondback. Two in two days that didn't rattle a warning at all. I've been making a concerted effort to keep my head up and shoulders back to help with some neck issues and this almost caused a "Code Brown" moment for me with the snake. Good peripheral vision prevented even minor soilage however. :lol:
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Jun 04 2018
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 Phoenix,Az
Esplanade Trail - Sonoran Preserve NorthPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Run/Jog8.44 Miles 127 AEG
Run/Jog8.44 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   5.28 mph
127 ft AEG
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After work run in the Sonoran North Preseve. Body still felt OK from the weekend, but I wanted an easy trail. The Esplanade was the perfect fit....though the weather (heat) made it a little more challenging, but still doable. Got on the trail just after 4pm. Starting from the Apache Wash TH I did an in and out on the Apache Wash to the Esplanade and then retraced my track. This trail is ideal for running: flat and fairly rock free. Oddly I struggled a little getting to the end of the Esplanade. I kept looking up and didn't seem that I was making any headway...bad for the pschye. Felt better on the return journey, kept my head down. Plus there was a nice breeze coming in from the south, that I think, made a lot of difference. Trails were pretty empty, though I did see one biker. Wildlife minimal...one lizard, one chipmunk.
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Jan 28 2018
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 Joined Jun 19 2011
 Phoenix, Az
Apache Wash/Esplanade Trails, AZ 
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Hiking avatar Jan 28 2018
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Hiking2.50 Miles
Hiking2.50 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.15 mph
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Headed out to the Apache Wash Trailhead to enjoy some of this spring in January weather. My plan was to take the Apache Wash Trail to the Esplanade Trail and take it for a little bit before turning back. Got underway about 2pm under a beautiful blue sky. It was warm to begin with but seemed to get more comfortable as the afternoon went on. The clear conditions afforded great views of the mountains in the distance. The hikers and bike riders were infrequent which made for a nice sense of solitude. I got to the Esplanade Trail and took it to the half mile sign, I went past it to the next cactus by the trail and made that my turn around point. Another enjoyable afternoon in the Sonoran Preserve!
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