Arizona Hiking Gallery
Maricopa Trail Leg 22
Camp Creek, AZ
January 1, 2019
Gallery contains 28 photos
Gallery last updated: 1/12/2019

This New Years Day hike was an out-and-back hike along the north end of Segment 22 of the Maricopa Trail. We started the hike from the Bronco Trailhead and hiked south on the Maricopa Trail east of Forest Road 24 for about 3.5 miles before turning around and heading back. A winter storm swept through area the evening before leaving us with a rare opportunity to hike in desert snow.

Maricopa Trail Leg 22: Image 1
From the Bronco Trailhead we pick up segment 22 of the Maricopa Trail on the east side of Forest Road 24 with the desert covered in snow.

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Flower stalk of Golden Flowered Agave (Agave chrysantha) towers above the snowy scenery.

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Snow collects in the leaves of a Golden Flowered Agave (Agave chrysantha).

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A layer of snow nestles on the top of the pads of Engelmann's Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii).

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Snowy desert hillside.

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Many dead trees were seen along trail as this area was burned by the Cave Creek Complex Fire in 2005.

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Fire and Ice. Many branches of the trees burned in the 2005 Cave Creek Complex Fire are covered with a contrasting layer of snow.

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Fire and Ice. Many branches of the trees burned in the 2005 Cave Creek Complex Fire are covered with a contrasting layer of snow.

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A stand of Engelmann's Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii) wearing snow wigs between two Banana Yuccas (Yucca baccata).

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This desert wash is awash with snow.

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Snowy trail.

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This desert wash is awash with snow.

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This segment of the Maricopa Trail follows a powerline corridor so high voltage towers and lines are almost always in vew as the trail crosses back and forth underneath the lines.

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The top of is culvert is covered with snow as the snowy trail crosses a drainage.

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A barrel cactus (Ferocactus cylindraceous) partially covered in snow. I love the red spines!

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Lichen has covered this rock in many colors.

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Spiny Goldenweed (Xanthisma gracile).

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A view up another snowy wash,

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More Fire and Ice.

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The pads of Opuntia phaeacantha will turn reddish when the plant is under stress from drought or cold weather.

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Yucca baccata stands watch over Opuntia phaeacantha.

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A reddish-brown leaved Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) surveys the snow hills.

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Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens).

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Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) behind a clump of Engelmann's Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii).

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Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) behind a clump of Engelmann's Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii).

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A hillside of Engelmann's Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii).

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Agave toumeyana.

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Agave toumeyana.

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