This is at the start of the trail, looking back towards where I park.
The agaves are putting up flower stalks.  There aren't any flowers yet, though.
This is a very rocky, rugged area.
High Dynamic Range Images (HDRI) make it possible to get pictures of many scenes I could not have photographed before.  For example, without HDRI the sky would be over exposed and the rock on the right would be very under exposed.
As you can see, the trail is not very wide or well worn.  This part of the trail is not visible in Google Earth.
I took a lot of pictures facing this direction so that I wouldn't be shooting into the sun.  Notice the bright red ocotillo flowers.
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The mountains way back there on the horizon are the Superstitions.
I would like to hike in the mountains back there, but a steep-sided canyon blocks the way.
Non-HDRI.
HDRI.
Zoomed in on the Superstition Mountains.
Zoomed in more.  The cliff at the end of the Massacre Grounds trail can be seen in this picture.
Fish hook pincushion cactus flower.
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The trail climbs 544 feet, with small ups and downs along the way.  I like the altitude vs. distance graph provided by trip composer.  It's interesting how the trip out and the trip back produce a mirror image.  There are some differences due to GPS errors that show up, too.  GPS altitude resolution is not real good, so those errors are expected.
Four Peaks Mountain is visible from this area.  It looks different than I'm used to from this angle.
Up ahead is the Salt River, and the canyon through which it flows.  Actually, it might be considered to be part of Canyon Lake here.
More of the Canyon is visible as you get closer.
I think the canyon is very pretty.
The tip of an agave flower stalk.
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Ocotillo flowers.
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The prickly pear cacti are also in bloom.
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Agaves and prickly pears.
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The river / lake is visible from the edge of the canyon.
Boats in the water, far below.
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Employees of SRP that maintain the Apache Lake dam live down there.
Saguaros grow wherever they can.
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It's time to head back to the truck.
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Non-HDRI
HDRI
The trail on the way back.
This antelope squirrel (on top of the rock) was keeping watch for predators.
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The landscape looks more interesting as the sun gets lower in the sky.
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This rock looks like two bears kissing to me.
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This is a side canyon that is visible from near the parking area.
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FR80, Apr 25, 2009
Art
Author: Art (ID: 1009)
Posted: 2009-04-27 03:26 GMT+00:00
Mileage: 4.01 km
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It was windy and dusty in the valley, so I went east of town to a trail I've wanted to map with my i-gotU travel logger for a while. The trail was in a low resolution area of Google Earth (but was made high resolution a week ago; Yeah!), so I was not able to geotag pictures I had taken there before. Even with the high resolution, the trail is not used enough to be able to see much of it in Google Earth.

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This is at the start of the trail, looking back towards where I park.
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The agaves are putting up flower stalks. There aren't any flowers yet, though.
IMG_7817
This is a very rocky, rugged area.
IMG_7818_19_20Enhancer
High Dynamic Range Images (HDRI) make it possible to get pictures of many scenes I could not have photographed before. For example, without HDRI the sky would be over exposed and the rock on the right would be very under exposed.
IMG_7821_2_3Enhancer
As you can see, the trail is not very wide or well worn. This part of the trail is not visible in Google Earth.
IMG_7824_5_6Enhancer
I took a lot of pictures facing this direction so that I wouldn't be shooting into the sun. Notice the bright red ocotillo flowers.
IMG_7827_8_9Enhancer
IMG_7830_1_2Enhancer
The mountains way back there on the horizon are the Superstitions.
IMG_7833_4_5Enhancer
I would like to hike in the mountains back there, but a steep-sided canyon blocks the way.
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Non-HDRI.
IMG_7837_8_9Enhancer
HDRI.
IMG_7840
Zoomed in on the Superstition Mountains.
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Zoomed in more. The cliff at the end of the Massacre Grounds trail can be seen in this picture.
IMG_7846
Fish hook pincushion cactus flower.
IMG_7847
IMG_7848_49_50Enhancer
The trail climbs 544 feet, with small ups and downs along the way. I like the altitude vs. distance graph provided by trip composer. It's interesting how the trip out and the trip back produce a mirror image. There are some differences due to GPS errors that show up, too. GPS altitude resolution is not real good, so those errors are expected.
IMG_7851_2_3Enhancer
Four Peaks Mountain is visible from this area. It looks different than I'm used to from this angle.
IMG_7857_8_9Enhancer
Up ahead is the Salt River, and the canyon through which it flows. Actually, it might be considered to be part of Canyon Lake here.
IMG_7860_1_2Enhancer
More of the Canyon is visible as you get closer.
IMG_7863_4_5Enhancer
I think the canyon is very pretty.
IMG_7866
The tip of an agave flower stalk.
IMG_7867
IMG_7868
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Ocotillo flowers.
IMG_7871
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The prickly pear cacti are also in bloom.
IMG_7878_79_80Enhancer
IMG_7884
IMG_7885_6_7Enhancer
IMG_7888_89_90Enhancer
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Agaves and prickly pears.
IMG_7892
IMG_7894_5_6Enhancer
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The river / lake is visible from the edge of the canyon.
IMG_7900_1_2Enhancer
Boats in the water, far below.
IMG_7903_4_5Enhancer
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Employees of SRP that maintain the Apache Lake dam live down there.
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Saguaros grow wherever they can.
IMG_7914
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It's time to head back to the truck.
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Non-HDRI
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HDRI
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The trail on the way back.
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This antelope squirrel (on top of the rock) was keeping watch for predators.
IMG_7938
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The landscape looks more interesting as the sun gets lower in the sky.
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This rock looks like two bears kissing to me.
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This is a side canyon that is visible from near the parking area.
IMG_7987_8_9Enhancer
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