Arizona Hiking Gallery
Spring Valley Trail Hike
Hells Canyon Wilderness, AZ
March 9, 2008
Gallery contains 48 photos
Gallery last updated: 4/12/2008

This was a out-and-back spring wildflower hike on the Spring Valley Trail in the Hells Canyon Wilderness, northwest of Lake Pleasant, with a short trip out the Hermit Trail on the way back. The hike was just under 6 miles.

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Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma pulchellum) dotted the desert with lavender flowers atop long slender stems.

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Purple Owl's Clover (Castilleja exserta)).

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Jones' Blazing Star (Mentzelia jonesii)).

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Hillside of Mexican Gold Poppies (Eschscholtzia mexicana).

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The desert hillsides were ablaze with Mexican Gold Poppies.

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A bluff along the Spring Valley Trail studded with Saguaro Cactus and golden patches of Mexican Gold Poppies. Blue Dicks dot the foreground.

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Mexican Gold Poppy (Eschscholtzia mexicana).

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A small tank along the Spring Valley Trail.

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A view of the rocky cliffs to the west of the Spring Valley Trail.

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The dense spines of the Teddy Bear Cholla glow in the morning sun along side the Spring Valley Trail.

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Although we didn't see any cattle, here is evidence that grazing is still allowed in the Hells Canyon Wilderness area.

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Desert hillside ablaze with Mexican Gold Poppies.

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Brilliant orange Mexican Gold Poppies with a few Blue Dicks mixed in.

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Hillside covered in Mexican Gold Poppies.

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Hillside covered in Mexican Gold Poppies.

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Purple Owl's Clover (Castilleja exserta)).

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Poppies, Blue Dicks and Scorpionweed on a desert hillside.

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Wild Heliotrope or Scorpionweed (Phacelia distans).

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Chia (Salvia columbariae)) is a member of the mint family.

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Closeup of Chia. Note the square stem.

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At one point on the Spring Valley Trail Lake Pleasant comes into view to the southeast.

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A hillside covered with wildflowers.

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As the Spring Valley Trail makes a gentle curve to the east toward Garfias Wash, poppies, owl's clover and scorpionweed line the trail.

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Jones' Blazing Star (Mentzelia jonesii)).

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Mexican Gold Poppies.

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The Spring Valley Trail splits a patch of Mexican Gold Poppies.

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Mexican Gold Poppies dominate the foreground below these cliffs.

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Mexican Gold Poppies.

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Mexican Gold Poppies aglow in the afternoon sun.

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Brilliant orange patches of Mexican Gold Poppies color the hillsides around Garfias Wash.

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A view down into Garfias Wash.

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A view of the cliffs above Garfias Wash.

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Mexican Gold Poppies.

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Purple Owl's Clover (Castilleja exserta)).

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Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma pulchellum).

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Mexican Gold Poppies.

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Starflower (Gilia sp.) (Possibly Broad-Leaved Gilia, Gilia latifolia.)

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An iridescent Green Blister Beetle (Lytta stygica) devouring a poppy flower.

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Red Maids or Rock Purslane (Calandrinia ciliata).

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Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma pulchellum).

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A Common Side-Blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana) basking on a rock. I like the orange and turquoise coloring on this guy.

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Tidytips (Layia glandulosa).

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Hillside covered in poppies.

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Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua).

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Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua).

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Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua).

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Mexican Gold Poppy (Eschscholtzia mexicana).

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A view to the east from a short ways out the little-used Hermit Trail.

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