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Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch
October 11, 2020
by Joe Michalides
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I forgot to ask people to remove their masks, but safety first! [photo by Joe]
bottom:  Carl, Lin, John, Laura, Natalie, Allen, Julie
top: Tamar, Connie, Duayne, Tish, Karen, Laurie, Kim

Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch is a great local place for short hikes. I walk my dog there once in a while, and with all of the shade you can hike here even when it’s hot. They have Christmas light decorations as well near Christmas. One thing to keep in mind is to leave the park before sunset or you may find you have to walk to the opposite end of the park because the ranger locked one of the gates.

Fourteen people signed up for this easy "D" hike in Gilbert. Many lived in the area and there were several new people who have hiked this before but not with the Trailblazers. Needless to say, I was delighted with the turnout.

We started the hike at the east end of the library parking lot. The lot was full, as everyone had the same idea. We walked along the north side of the permanent lake behind the library on Guadalupe and Greenfield Roads, down the west side and then down along the east side of Pond #6 down to the west side of Pond #4. Following the yellow trace we eventually arrived back where we started. No one was interested in “second breakfast.” I guess that’s a Hobbit thing. The 2.5 mile hike took about 1 hour 15 minutes.

The Riparian map shows the 7 water reclamation ponds and the permanent lake behind the library on the southeast corner of Guadalupe and Greenfield.

Water and lush vegetation. [photo by Joe]
We’re off! [photo by Joe]
There was a Wonder Woman sighting. [photo by Joe]
... and tent campers. [photo by Joe]
Central water distribution station. There are seven lift gates
to distribute water to each of the ponds. [photo by Joe]
A duck-billed water bird. [photo by Joe]
Turtle clinging to a log at the floating pontoon bridge. [photo by Joe]
Lin went out onto one of the dry lakes to get this turtle photo.
It was so big you could see it at a distance. [photo by Lin]
See the two turtles? It’s the two little dark spot to the right of
the sandy grass island. Lin has good eyesight. [photo by Joe]
There they are. [photo by Joe]
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