Arizona Hiking Gallery
Telegraph Pass / National Trail Hike
South Mountain Park, Phoenix, AZ
March 27, 2005
Gallery contains 48 photos
Gallery last updated: 4/17/2005
Telegraph Pass / National Trail Hike: Image 1
A looking back toward Ahwatukee Foothills near the lower end of Telegraph Pass Trail.

Telegraph Pass / National Trail Hike: Image 2
A brillant display of color from the bloom of a Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus engelmannii).

Telegraph Pass / National Trail Hike: Image 3
Hohokam Petroglyphs along side Telegraph Pass Trail.

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Hohokam Petroglyphs along side Telegraph Pass Trail.

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Hohokam Petroglyphs along side Telegraph Pass Trail.

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A modern day petroglyph?

Telegraph Pass / National Trail Hike: Image 7
Purple flowers of Scorpionweed (Phacelia crenulata).

Telegraph Pass / National Trail Hike: Image 8
The orange blossoms of Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) and the yellow of Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) and a splash of color to the unusually green desert in this view toward Telegraph Pass.

Telegraph Pass / National Trail Hike: Image 9
A View toward a ridge of South Mountain from Telegraph Pass Trail.

Telegraph Pass / National Trail Hike: Image 10
Wild Heliotrope (Phacelia distans) .

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A closeup of the Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) flower.

Telegraph Pass / National Trail Hike: Image 12
A closeup of the Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) flower.

Telegraph Pass / National Trail Hike: Image 13
Painted Lady butterfly sipping nector from the Brittlebush.

Telegraph Pass / National Trail Hike: Image 14
A closeup of the Ocotillo blossom.

Telegraph Pass / National Trail Hike: Image 15
Coulter's Lupine (Lupinus sparsiflorus).

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Desert Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua) and Brittlebush at Telegraph Pass.

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The winding road at Telegaph Pass with a view north toward Phoenix from the western portion of the National Trail.

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Fiddleneck (Amsinckia intermedia).

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Hillside of Coulter's Lupine (Lupinus sparsiflorus) and Mexican Gold Poppies (Eschscholtzia mexicana).

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Coulter's Lupine and Mexican Gold Poppies.

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Lupine with Brittlebush in the foreground.

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Brittlebush with Lupine in the background.

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The onion Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma pulchellum) also known as Desert Hyacinth is a member of the lily family seems like an unlikely desert wildflower.

Telegraph Pass / National Trail Hike: Image 24
Brittlebush with Lupine and Owl's Clover.

Telegraph Pass / National Trail Hike: Image 25
Owl's Clover (Orthocarpus purpurascens).

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Lupine share the hillside with Teddybear Cholla, Hedgehog Cactus and Ocotillo.

Telegraph Pass / National Trail Hike: Image 27
Ocotillo frames the stone house on the National Trail in this view overlooking the a southern portion of South Mountain Park.

Telegraph Pass / National Trail Hike: Image 28
Orange blossom of Buckhorn Cholla (Opuntia acanthocarpa).

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Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus engelmannii).

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Ocotillo in a field of Lupine with the Gila River Valley in the backgound.

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A view looking north toward downtown Phoenix from the National Trail.

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Buckhorn Cholla (Opuntia acanthocarpa).

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Lupine, Ocotillo, chollas.

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Looking east from the National Trail over a field of lupine across Telegraph Pass to the towers on top of South Mountain.

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Looking west from the National Trail with the Estrella Mountain in the far background.

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Looking down toward Ahwatukee Foothills. The trail you see below is Telegraph Pass Trail.

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Strawberry Hedgehog Catus on a rock outcropping with yellow Brittlebush and orange Globemallow below.

Telegraph Pass / National Trail Hike: Image 38
Mexican Gold Poppies (Eschscholtzia mexicana).

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Mexican Gold Poppies and Ocotillo along side the trail.

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Strawberry Hedgehog, Coulter's Lupine, and Mexican Gold Poppies.

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Ocotillo and Mexican Gold Poppies.

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Is this a white variety of Coulter's Lupine?

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The stone house on the National Trail.

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Lizard

Telegraph Pass / National Trail Hike: Image 45
Whoa Betsy ... What's this blocking the trail?

Telegraph Pass / National Trail Hike: Image 46
...A huge swarm of bees. Let's not get too close now!

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I'm now making my way back down Telegraph Pass Trail.

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It's not often that you see the desert hillsides of South Mountain Park so green. But it won't last long!

All images Copyright ©2005 Terry Wright. All rights reserved.