Arizona Hiking Gallery
Park Trail Hike
Tonto National Forest, Punkin Center, AZ
April 9, 2006
Gallery contains 37 photos
Gallery last updated: 5/3/2006
Park Trail Hike: Image 1
On this hike I followed the Park Trail about 2 1/2 miles and 2000 feet of climbing into the Mazatzal Mountains to a small saddle before turning around and heading back.

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The Park Trail start off with a crossing of Park Creek. With such a dry winter I was surprised to find a little water in the creek.

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Western Spiderwort (tradescantia occidentalis).

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The first 3/4 mile of Park Trail is a gentle climb.

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Dry cattle trough.

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Powder River Livestock Handling Equipment.

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Panaramic view of the Mazatzal Mountains from the Park Trail. (Mosaic of three images.)

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Fiddleneck (Amsinckia intermedia).

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Almost all of Park Trail travels through an area that was hit hard by the Edge Complex Fire, a 71,635 acre wildfire started on July 15, 2005 by a lightning strike.

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After about 3/4 mile the Park Trail cross an unnamed dry wash and the climbing begins.

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Yucca scarred and felled by the fire.

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Interesting contrast between the white wood and the burned bark of this now dead tree.

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A view to the east across the Tonto Basin and toward the Sierra Ancha.

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Bud of Antelope Horns (Asclepias asperula).

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A view looking northeast across the Tonto Basin.

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Looking over the burned landscape southeast toward Lake Roosevelt.

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Looking southeast over Tonto Basin.

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A lone Saguaro Cactus on a rocky hillside. The only saguaro I saw on the trail.

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Heading up into the hills. The Edge Complex Fire has burned almost all the plant life in this area.

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A rare and welcome splash of vivid color in this charred and burned landscape from a Strawberry Hedgehog (Echinocereus engelmannii) in bloom.

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After about 2000 feet of climbing in about 2.5 miles the Park Trail reaches a saddle and my turn around point. This is a view from saddle to the northwest toward Mt Ord.

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At the saddle there is a quartz vein running through the hillside.

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An easternly view from the saddle overlookng Punkin Center in Tonto Basin.

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Punkin Center.

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Turkey Vulture soaring above the hills.

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Atop Mt Ord is a lookout tower and several communication towers.

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This Barrel Cactus amid the rocks fell victim to the fire.

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The boneyard.

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Boneyard ribs.

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Boneyard vertabra.

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The trail is sometimes faint, but it is often marked by rock cairns.

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Fairy Duster (Calliandra eriophylla) is a member of the pea family.

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Back down near Park Creek is stand of Arizona Sycamore (Platanus wrightii).

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Goodding's Verbena (Glandularia gooddingii).

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Goodding's Verbena.

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A Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) butterfly visits a patch of Goodding's Verbena.

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Back at Park Creek signals the end of the hike.

All images Copyright ©2006 Terry Wright. All rights reserved.