Meridian to Lone Mountain; Goldfields, April 20, 2018
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A nice day in April, in central Arizona? It does happen, so I was able to hike around here instead of going up north. This time I chose the Meridian to Lone Mountain hike, on the Sand Canyon, Pass Mountain, Usery Pass, and Maricopa Trails.

Though I managed to get to Meridian Trailhead before sunrise, the sky was so hazy after yesterday’s wind that I wasn’t expecting much. When the sun came up, I was going west on the Pass Mountain Trail.

As always I met people on the Pass Mountain Trail. But this time I had the other trails to myself. Not many flowers. The ones I saw were prickly pear and ocotillo.

Thanks to my wife Jacque and daughter Clara for meeting me at Lone Mountain Trailhead at the end of the hike! We went out to lunch on the way home.


arroyo
Sand Canyon in the pre-dawn light, looking south.
deer deer
The deer let me take pictures before running away.
house
This A-frame house, on the north side of Sand Canyon, marks a local high point on the trail.
hills
Foothills are the first to catch the sunshine.
3127
Peak 3127 in the early morning light.
rocks
Lichens brighten the trailside rocks.
shepjerd
The Good Shepherd watches over the trail.
fence
The south side of the Pass Mountain Trail parallels the Tonto National Forest boundary.
Usery
Those Usery Mountains are named for King Ussery, of pioneer days.
oil
No oil here, but I’m pumping away.
cave
What critters live in these caves?
sign
Aviators, pay attention!  Don’t get lost.
forest
The trail goes through a saguaro forest on the west side of Pass Mountain.
tuna
Buds are forming on this Teddy Bear.
red
Fouquieria splendens - Ocotillo.
red
Ocotillo.
yellow
Cactus Apple.
turn
Straight ahead for Usery Pass Trailhead, or turn right for Lone Mountain Trailhead.
road
Palo Verde in bloom along Usery Pass Road.

  More Hike Pictures updated April 24, 2018