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Badger Brawl Day Hike
Phoenix Sonoran Preserve
January 5, 2019
by Gabrielle McConnell
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by Dave French

This is a good exercise hike from Apache Wash Trailhead and a great way to start the day. 12 of us started out at 8:30 AM. Gretchen caught up with us quickly.

It was rather cool when we started, but we knew once we got moving it would warm up. Most of us did this as an 8.1 mile hike, though Joe and Jeanne opted to take the cutoff for the shorter version of 6.2 miles.

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Group picture. [photo by Dave]
Gabe, Carl, Ramona, Allan, Sandra, Mark, Michelle, Ken, Sunae, Jeanne, Joe, Dave
Gretchen caught up with us later.

What the trail lacks in elevation, it made up for with the verdant trees, flowers and heavy bushes.

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Hiking through the forest. [photo by Dave]
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Brittlebush in bloom. [photo by Dave]

Although the hike is near major roads, due to the various washes and heavy trees one can’t see the cars and only rarely hear them. It is really nice to see Phoenix so green.

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A grand saguaro welcomes us. [photo by Dave]

The trails are well marked, which allowed the faster group to charge ahead, always waiting at intersection

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Waiting for the group. [photo by Dave]
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Waiting for the rest of us. [photo by Dave]

There is a well-marked cutoff for those wishing to do the shorter hike.

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Joe and Jeanne opted to take the cutoff. [photo by Dave]

This was a great way to start the day! Thanks to everyone for coming, and thanks to Dave for taking these wonderful pictures.

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updated January 8, 2019