Arizona Hiking Gallery
South Fork Trail Hike
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Eagar, AZ
September 20, 2009
Gallery contains 66 photos
Gallery last updated: 1/10/2010

This hike is about a 6 mile hike along the South Fork Trail. The South Fork Trail follows the South Fork of the Little Colorado River starting at the South Fork Campground just outside of Eagar, Arizona in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. The day before my hike saw some rain so the trail was damp. Rain threatened on this hike but did not did not fall until after I was back at the trailhead.

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The South Fork Trail Trailhead on a cloudy, damp morning.

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The South Fork Trail follows the South Fork of the Little Colorado River. However, the river is often hidden among the thick vegetation which grows alongside it.

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A common shrub growing near the creek is Red-Osier Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera), easily identified by its red branches and stems. The leaves are often tinged with red.

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The South Fork of the Little Colorado River flowing through lush vegetation.

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A Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) soaks in the morning sun at the edge of a clearing.

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Small beetles feed on yellow daisy-like flowers.

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An orange capped mushroom pushes up through a layer of pine needles.

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A long ago fallen log decays back to the earth along the South Fork Trail.

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Beneath the Ponderosa Pines the waters of the South Fork of the Little Colorado River lay hidden among creek side shrubs.

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Interesting "split-bark" pattern on a young Douglas Fir(?) trunk.

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Closer view of this bark pattern.

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The South Fork Trail meanders through the forest.

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Young Aspen (Populus tremuloides) trees make an appearance alongside the South Fork.

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Princely Daisy (Erigeron formosissimus).

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Golden Aster (Heterotheca sp.) flowers peek around a cut log.

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A large Ponderosa Pine snag has crashed to the ground.

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The white trunk of an Aspen contrasts against the dark figure of a dead Ponderosa Pine.

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Sunlight filters through the shrubs to light the ripples as the South Fork flows over moss covered rocks.

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The South Fork Trail travels though the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

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Woodland Pinedrops (Pterospora andromedea) are unusual as they lack chlorophyll and they feed on decaying matter in the forest soil.

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A closer view of Woodland Pinedrops (Pterospora andromedea).

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A reddish brown mushroom push through a layer of pine needles.

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After the summer months Skunk Bush (Rhus trilobata) will have bright red berries.

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Striking deep blue flower cluster of Pleated Gentian (Gentiana affinis) in a forest clearing.

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Pleated Gentian (Gentiana affinis).

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Closeup of Pleated Gentian (Gentiana affinis).

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Wheeler's Thistle (Cirsium wheeleri) blooming in a forest clearing.

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Profile of Wheeler's Thistle (Cirsium wheeleri).

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Closeup of beautiful lavender Wheeler's Thistle (Cirsium wheeleri).

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Wheeler's Thistle (Cirsium wheeleri).

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Wheeler's Thistle (Cirsium wheeleri).

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Aster, Fleabane, Daisy?

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Aster, Fleabane, Daisy?

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Bell shaped flower of Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) hanging from a delicate stem.

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Lots of Poison Oak (Rhus radicans) in its fall colors of orange and yellow foliage line the banks along the South Fork Trail.

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Spotted leaves of Fendler's Meadow Rue (Thalictrum fendleri).

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Wonderful red leaf of ?Bracted Strawberry (Fragaria bracteata)? (Do strawberry leaves turn red?)

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Poison Oak clusters around a pair of snags next to the South Fork Trail.

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The remains of a deer or elk lay in a meadow.

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White Aster (Symphyotrichum falcatum).

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Common Juniper (Juniperus communis).

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Beads of water on a yellow aspen leaf laying in a bed of ponderosa needles.

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New Mexico Checkermallow (Sidalcea neomexicana).

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Skyrocket (Ipomopsis aggregata).

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From here I'll hop on the hop onto the River Trail.

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Red leaves of Red-Osier Dogwood (Cornus stolonifera).

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An unusual "two legged" ponderosa.

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The South Fork of the Little Colorado River tunnels through the vegetation.

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A fallen ponderosa.

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Towering Larkspur (Delphinium tenuisectum).

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Towering Larkspur (Delphinium tenuisectum).

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Interesting leaves of Towering Larkspur (Delphinium tenuisectum).

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The yellow-orange fall color of Poison Oak contrasts against the dark brown of a fallen log along the South Fork Trail.

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An Aspen stands at the edge of a sunny, rock strewn meadow.

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The South Fork of the Little Colorado River.

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Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia).

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A large Narrowleaf Cottonwood (Populus angustifolia) towers above Aspen (Populus tremuloides).

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A view along the South Fork of the Little Colorado River.

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Not sure what this large tree is, but I thought it had interesting bark.

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Closeup of bark.

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Deeply furrowed bark of Narrowleaf Cottonwood (Populus angustifolia).

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Leaves of Narrowleaf Cottonwood (Populus angustifolia).

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A pair of mushrooms sit atop a sawn stump looking cute.

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Mushroom.

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Interesting coloring on an old snag.

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While being interesting in itself, a forest snag also provides habitat for many species of animals.

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