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Jan 16 2018
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Mopah Palms, CA 
Mopah Palms, CA
 
Backpack avatar Jan 16 2018
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Backpack9.58 Miles 1,044 AEG
Backpack9.58 Miles2 Days         
1,044 ft AEG28 LBS Pack
 
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This is a grove of native California palms in the Turtle Mountains. It's not often visited. I had been here before, and had wanted to hike out here and spend the night, so that's what we did.

We had hoped to see some bighorn sheep, but I saw scant trace of them (a few old droppings) which surprised me, since there is a viable and active spring at the palm grove. We did find petroglyphs, which I hadn't seen before, a grinding hole (aka bedrock mortar), a bit of "lithic scatter" (the chips left over after a person makes arrowheads), and some small brown pottery shards. I photographed the chips and shards, and then hid them back under the dirt where I'd found them. It is both illegal and unethical to remove them. I shouldn't have to say that, but new people go into the outdoors every day, and we need to let them know some basics.

The petroglyphs seem to indicate the palm grove and water source, but of course, no one can know the exact meaning of the panel. It must have been a hardscrabble life out there.

There were hummingbirds around in those flowers by the palms, and we saw a couple of phainopepla while hiking in the wash.

The stars at night were wonderful, of course, and I'd brought with me a star chart and small guidebook. At night, the lights of Lake Havasu City are visible far away, seen down toward the end of the canyon.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mopah Spring Dripping Dripping
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Dec 13 2016
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Mopah SpringInland, CA
Inland, CA
Hiking avatar Dec 13 2016
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Hiking8.50 Miles 653 AEG
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653 ft AEG
 
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This was a nice solo day hike to the grove of native Washingtonian Palms in the Turtle Mountains. Although I recorded this as a "dripping" spring, there is a nice little pool of water about the size of a bathtub that it drips into. A few yards up, at the other end of the small palm grove, there is another part of the spring, which runs down a rock.

I'm just cleaning up after myself. I did this hike in December 2016, as you can see, but I posted only the GPS route, never a triplog or photos of that particular day. I hiked it again recently as an overnighter, and posted a hike description as well as a triplog.
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water 1 out of 5water less than maxwater less than maxwater less than max Mopah Spring Dripping Dripping
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Dec 07 2016
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Turtle Mountain Wilderness TrailsInland, CA
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Hiking avatar Dec 07 2016
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Hiking4.49 Miles 264 AEG
Hiking4.49 Miles   2 Hrs   28 Mns   1.94 mph
264 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
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I didn't make it all the way to the palm grove at Mopah Spring. My foot started aching (again) in the area where I had the stress fracture last summer. I should have driven a little further on the road, to make the hike shorter. But driving further meant some real 4WD across the wash. I think I'll do it as a quick overnight backpack, which would be easier on my foot. Actually, a slow backpack, to take it easier on the foot! :? After I do that I can post a description.
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