Palm Canyon Hike

245_PC1As I mentioned before, there really is very little hiking to do around here. But one hike we managed, was out to Palm Canyon. It is about 27 miles from camp, and is only about a 2 mile roundtrip hike, but we joined a large group from camp and carpooled out to the trailhead.

Palms in a crevice.

Palms in a crevice.

It was actually a lovely hike on a lovely morning. It started at the mouth of the canyon and moved right up into it. We came upon an overlook that pointed out where the only native grove of palm trees in Arizona was situated. High up in a crevice in the rocky cliff, the grove is not accessible. Several of our group turned back, but the intrepid decided to trek on to see what there was to see.
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John, Jim & Rod at a dead end.

John, Jim & Rod at a dead end.

Rod thinking about heading to the hidden grove of palms.

Rod thinking about heading to the hidden grove of palms.

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277_PC11The going was rough on an unmaintained wash/trail. We moved further up the canyon and discovered another small grove of palms. Stopping for lunch at this point seemed like a good idea. Rod, one of our group, decided he needed to get a closer look at the trees, while Jim went in another direction to explore a trail of sorts. Mary, Debbie, Gayle, John, Susan and I all held back. It was only hunger that got Jim to come on back down – Gayle’s. She shouted up canyon for Jim to return because he had lunch. We all headed back down the canyon with a very nice hike under our belts.

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