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Report and photo by Carol
Six hikers drove through Bowie and turned towards the Dos Cabezas Mountains. Our first stop was an area with many examples of bedrock mortar, or grinding holes. The most interesting examples are on the vertical flat face of a large rock that is about nine feet tall! How could this be? (Think 1887 Sonora earthquake.)
Next we made a quick visit to the Happy Camp site and then drove on a sometimes rocky dirt road to get closer to the Dos Cabezas Wilderness. We soon encountered a lengthy truck-with-horse-trailer in the middle of the road, so we parked and walked the rest of the way to the wilderness boundary. There was generally a good trail as we climbed gently through scrubby grassland with a stiff wind in our faces, eventually getting high enough so there were some trees and more protection from the wind. At a place where the canyon forked, we went to the right.
Along the way we passed various signs of former civilization such as old car batteries, fans, rusted out cars and an old stone cabin. This area was once lightly occupied but is now a wilderness. The views were very nice but the sky was quite dusty. We encountered a hunter on foot, scouting out the area for the next day start of javelina season and we were glad we were there one day earlier. We also encountered two lion hunters on horseback with thirteen (!) dogs.
We returned quickly with the wind at our backs. It was an interesting hike with some lovely views. Hikers walked five to seven miles, depending upon where they stopped.
Next week, on March 2, we will be hiking to and in Paramore Crater south of Apache. Meet at the Rodeo Post Office at 9 AM on March 2.
South Fork Hike ( report by Pat)
Pat and Jan went to South Fork but had to stop at the bathtub as the water was just too high and wide to cross. We saw some Mexican jays flying over us, possibly a Yellow-eyed junco [we cannot confirm this without help] a Sulphur butterfly and a small blue butterfly but cannot make positive ID. The Butterflies seem to really love the abundant water. We probably walked ~ 3 miles and were home early afternoon.
Photo by Jan
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