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There were some unusual looking clouds on the horizon.
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I usually get out here just before sunset.  It was nice to see the area in sunlight for a change.
The route I plan to take is along that ridge.  It's hard to tell from down here where I will be able to go.
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I'm still following the road here, and the road goes through this wash.
I found a skull.  This is the first time in 6 years of hiking in the desert that I've found a skull.
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The Superstition Mountains in the distance.
A skunk dug up the ground around here.  I know it was a skunk because I could smell it.
The route I took follows the base of this cliff uphill.
The higher I get, the more I like the view.
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IMG_2711
The summit is within view.  It's higher than it looks from here.
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Closer to the summit.
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The Superstition Mountains.
Weaver's Needle is barely visible back there.
That road is Apache Trail.
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Four Peaks is barely visible on the horizon.
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Zoomed in on Weaver's Needle.
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The Massacre Grounds trail is out there.  You can't see it from here, though.
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That light colored cliff is where the Massacre Grounds trail ends.
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The Massacre Grounds trailhead is down there.
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This is the only lizard I saw today.  It was in the mid 70's, but I guess it's still too cool for most lizards to be out and about.
I could see this from the summit.  It looks man made.
Zoomed out some.
Zoomed out more.
A cholla ball got stuck to my arm.  The spines are barbed.  I carry pliers with me to pull these things out.
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There were a lot of shotgun shells up here.  I gathered them up and took them to my trash can at home.
My truck is down there.
Fish hook pincushion cactus.
Cholla skeletons are pretty.
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Another view of Weaver's Needle.
A deformed barrell cactus.
The view was beautiful from up there.
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I saw something shiny in the distance.  Even when zoomed in all the way, I couldn't tell what it was.  I had to go over there and check it out.
It turns out that it is a stake marking a mining claim.
"Golden Nugget Willow Gulch #2 E Center"
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I get to the summit, I used that notch in the middle.
The route back down.  If I had not come up this way, I would not choose it as a route down.  From here you cannot see how you will get to the bottom.
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I made my ascent and descent along there.
This looks like somebody's lawn.
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This saguaro had a hole shot through it.
Same saguaro, different exposure.
Bird nest in a saguaro skeleton.
I'll get back to the truck at about sunset.
I've been by here several times but didn't notice this arm had broken off of that saguaro and rolled down the hill.
Sunny_day
Art
Author: Art (ID: 1009)
Posted: 2009-01-18 17:58 GMT+00:00
Mileage: 3.51 km
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Tags: Photography, Hiking, Landscape, desert, hike, photographs
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It was a beautiful day, and I got an early start so I would be able to get to the top of this hill (assuming I could find a suitable route).

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There were some unusual looking clouds on the horizon.
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I usually get out here just before sunset. It was nice to see the area in sunlight for a change.
IMG_3368
The route I plan to take is along that ridge. It's hard to tell from down here where I will be able to go.
IMG_3370
IMG_3371
IMG_3373
I'm still following the road here, and the road goes through this wash.
IMG_3376
I found a skull. This is the first time in 6 years of hiking in the desert that I've found a skull.
IMG_3381
IMG_3386
The Superstition Mountains in the distance.
IMG_3387
A skunk dug up the ground around here. I know it was a skunk because I could smell it.
IMG_3388
The route I took follows the base of this cliff uphill.
IMG_3389
The higher I get, the more I like the view.
IMG_2707
IMG_2711
IMG_3391
The summit is within view. It's higher than it looks from here.
IMG_3392
IMG_3393
IMG_3394
IMG_3395
Closer to the summit.
IMG_3397
IMG_3398
The Superstition Mountains.
IMG_3399
Weaver's Needle is barely visible back there.
IMG_3400
That road is Apache Trail.
IMG_3403_1_2
IMG_3404
IMG_3405
Four Peaks is barely visible on the horizon.
IMG_3406
IMG_3407
IMG_2714
Zoomed in on Weaver's Needle.
IMG_3410_08_09
IMG_3413_1_2
IMG_3416_4_5
IMG_3419_7_8
IMG_2715
IMG_2717
The Massacre Grounds trail is out there. You can't see it from here, though.
IMG_2718
IMG_2719
That light colored cliff is where the Massacre Grounds trail ends.
IMG_2720
IMG_2721
The Massacre Grounds trailhead is down there.
IMG_3427_5_6
IMG_2725
This is the only lizard I saw today. It was in the mid 70's, but I guess it's still too cool for most lizards to be out and about.
IMG_2728
I could see this from the summit. It looks man made.
IMG_2729
Zoomed out some.
IMG_2730
Zoomed out more.
IMG_3430
A cholla ball got stuck to my arm. The spines are barbed. I carry pliers with me to pull these things out.
IMG_3432
IMG_3433
There were a lot of shotgun shells up here. I gathered them up and took them to my trash can at home.
IMG_3434
My truck is down there.
IMG_2732
Fish hook pincushion cactus.
IMG_3437
Cholla skeletons are pretty.
IMG_3439
IMG_2734
Another view of Weaver's Needle.
IMG_3441
A deformed barrell cactus.
IMG_3443
The view was beautiful from up there.
IMG_3453_1_2
IMG_3454
IMG_2736
I saw something shiny in the distance. Even when zoomed in all the way, I couldn't tell what it was. I had to go over there and check it out.
IMG_3456
It turns out that it is a stake marking a mining claim.
IMG_3457
"Golden Nugget Willow Gulch #2 E Center"
IMG_3466_4_5
IMG_3476
IMG_3477
IMG_3480
IMG_3481
I get to the summit, I used that notch in the middle.
IMG_3483
The route back down. If I had not come up this way, I would not choose it as a route down. From here you cannot see how you will get to the bottom.
IMG_3484
IMG_3485
IMG_3487
I made my ascent and descent along there.
IMG_3488
This looks like somebody's lawn.
IMG_3489
IMG_3492
This saguaro had a hole shot through it.
IMG_3493
Same saguaro, different exposure.
IMG_3497
Bird nest in a saguaro skeleton.
IMG_3500
I'll get back to the truck at about sunset.
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I've been by here several times but didn't notice this arm had broken off of that saguaro and rolled down the hill.
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