Whitford Canyon Day Hike; Superior, October 26, 2018 GPS Map

Started from Happy Camp Trailhead this time. You can hike the loop in either direction, starting from either trailhead.

Three minor mishaps, the last of which could have been major:

1.  I walked down the road to Whitford Canyon Trailhead and stopped to take a picture. Then the light came on saying that the battery in my camera needed to be charged. Phooey. Fortunately I keep a spare camera in my car. So I walked back to Happy Camp Trailhead and switched cameras.
2. The Arizona Trail needs work. Several work days are planned. Twice I lost the trail. But both times I went back and found the trail again.
3. As I was walking on the Arizona Trail I heard a car horn go off. Sounded like mine. I could see the trailhead but wasn’t anywhere near it. So that would have to wait for the end of the hike.
When the hike was over, I walked to my car and saw the emergency lights flashing. I turned them off and got ready to leave. But the car wouldn’t start—all the lights came on and the starter made funny noises.
Then I really lucked out. Some folks were camped by Happy Camp Trailhead, and one of them gave me a jump start so I could drive home. Didn’t stop for lunch along the way. I was able to start the car when I got home. So I called Gary, the Subaru service advisor. He said I may have accidentally hit the panic button on the remote control.

Recreational traffic on Forest Road 650, but I had this part of the Arizona Trail to myself. My hike was a figure-9, including a trip to the stone corral. On my way back I walked sometimes in the streambed and sometimes on the road.

It was a pleasant day for hiking, sunny and mild with a light breeze.


view
The view from Whitford Canyon Trailhead.
white
Datura wrightii - Sacred Thorn-apple
ants ants
The ants are busy at work.
gate
Fancy new gate for the Arizona Trail.
green
Everything is so green after recent rains.
ranch
Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...
rock
Sugar-frosted rock.
Quartz has a lower melting point than the other minerals, so it remains liquid when they solidify. Liquid quartz flows into cracks between boulders. Then, when the boulders separate, the quartz (now solid) sticks to one side, forming a sugar-frosted rock.
peak
Picketpost Mountain rises in the distance.
purple
Machaeranthera tagetina - Mesa Tansyaster
pink
Allionia incarnata - Trailing Windmills
water
The water flows above ground in places.
bug bug
Water Striders cast their distinctive shadows.
leaves
Leaves backlit in the sun.
leaves
Autumn color.
sand
Flowing water makes waves in the sand.
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Eriogonum polycladon - Sorrel Buckwheat
The corrugated shed is mostly gone.
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April 10, 2004.
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October 26, 2018.

  More Hike Pictures updated October 26, 2018