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Ma-Ha-Tauc Trail Day Hike
South Mountain Park
January 5, 2021
by Deirdre Sparling
Lisa, Sharon, and Deirdre

Two club members and one guest met in the S. 19th Ave. parking lot at 9:30 AM on a hazy morning and started up the Ma-Ha Tauk Trail. We hiked 2.4 miles and 538 feet up and down Ranger to the Derby Trail, where we turned east and walked a short distance to connect with the Ranger Trail heading southwest.

Mighty saguaro looks toward the Sierra Estrella
Sharon and Lisa are having a good time.

We climbed steadily up another 662 feet on Ranger to connect with the National Trail, where we turned east. We stopped a bit to chat with two horseback riders who had a third horse and a dog. (I took serval photos of them and I have no idea why they aren’t in my photo stream!)

South Mountain.
National Trail, looking north towards the Ma-Ha Tauk range.
The National Trail heads west. toward the Sierra Estrella.
Looking back on a saguaro.

Thereafter, we continued a short distance on National, climbing to a hill where we enjoyed lunch, conversation, and the views.

Return was the by the same route in reverse for a total distance of 6.4 miles, +-1,447' gain, 3 hours duration.

This was a great hike with views and nonstop interesting conversation. Many thanks to member Sharon and guest Lisa for joining me and making this trek so enjoyable!

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updated January 5, 2021