Arizona Hiking Gallery
Ballantine Trail Hike
Tonto National Forest
January 1, 2013
Gallery contains 28 photos
Gallery last updated: 2/9/2013

This hike was an out-and-back hike from the Ballantine Trailhead to a trail intersection on east side of The Boulders and measured about 7.5 miles. The trail passes by some wonderful and unique boulder fields and formations. Much of the hike parallels Camp Creek drainage which dry on this day.

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Teddy Bear Cholla (Opuntia bigelovii) backlit by the morning sun atop a lichen covered boulder.

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Granite boulders.

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Sotol or Desert Spoon (Dasylirion wheeleri) with it's sphere of saw-toothed leaves.

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A hillside of boulders.

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An Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) waves it long leafless arms among the boulders.

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An Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) waves it long leafless arms among the boulders.

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Boulder Mountain peeks over a ridge with a light dusting of rare desert snow.

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A granite spire remains upright defying gravity.

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Saguaros, ocotillos, and chollas on a rocky hillside.

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The Ballantine Trail.

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This many armed Saguaro which survived a recent fire stands in front of a boulder covered hill.

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The Boulders.

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Layered boulders.

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The Boulders.

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Boulder covered hillside.

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A view of the valleys and mountains to the east from our turn-around point.

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Stacked granite boulders.

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Granite boulders.

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A view of the hills know as The Boulders.

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A view of the hills know as The Boulders.

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A view of the hills know as The Boulders.

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A Saguaro skeleton still stands among the boulders.

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Sotol and Saguaro.

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Saguaros and boulders both reaching for the sky.

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Saguaros among boulders.

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One of the few ferns that inhabit the desert, the Star Cloak Fern (Notholaena standleyi) makes its home hiding in the shade on rocky slopes.

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Lichen and moss covered boulders.

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A large Saguaro cactus.

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