Spring 2017: Arizona Trail

The Arizona Trail is an 800 mile hiking, biking and horseback riding trail in Arizona that extends from Mexico to Utah.  I wasn’t ready to embark upon a single journey of that length, so I concentrated my efforts on the southern section, which the ATA calls Passages 3-5 (near Patagonia) and 12 and 14 (near Oracle).

Visually, the Arizona trail has more variety that one might expect. I must confess that many of its features were difficult (for me) to capture well, so I am disappointed with the pictures I obtained, although not necessarily with the experience of being there.  So here is a sample of things I found interesting.

For various reasons, my routes are broken and somewhat fragmentary, but you can see what I have for passages 3, 4 (parts 1 and 2), 5, 12 and 14 (north and south).

We must be near the Mexican border.
We must be near the Mexican border.
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I wish I knew what these bright green attachements were all about. There were a number of them in this area, but I’ve never seen them anywhere else.
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One of the big challenges on the Arizona Trail is finding drinking water, and you can go many miles between sources, such as this one.. Yes, the water was red. It’s a good thing I was not in a position where I had to consider drinking this.
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The ivory-colored grass gave a dreamlike quality to this scene. While definitely dry, it’snot what I think of when I think about the desert.
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Much of the Arizona Trail has tantalizing scenery in the near distance. I wish the trail were routed closer to it.
On rare occasion, there was a stream with clear water.
On rare occasion, there was a stream with clear water.
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In many places, such as this, you can see a long way, which I enjoy when there, but you can’t tell much about what’s out there. Here, the haze gets in the way.
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This was a strange type of spring flowering. The plant was roughly 3 feet wide.
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The cholla cactus glistens in the sun and brightens any scene where it is present.
This wash would be a mighty river if only it had water.
This wash would be a mighty river if only it had water.
This is not a camera trick.  The trunk is really a yellowish greeen.
This is not a camera trick. The trunk is really a yellowish greeen.
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Trailheads are usually pretty plain places. This one promises to take you somewhere.

Totals for the Arizona Trail: 6 days, 118 miles

Next destination: Bryce Canyon National Park