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Ballantine Trail, Rio Verde Day Hike
Superstitions
October 5, 2023
by Billie Horn
group A
Trailblazers on the Ballantine/Pine Creek Loop Trail.
Neil, Greg, Barbara, Gail, Nick, DeAnn, Ken, Denise, Brian
kneeling: Steve and Rich.

On this warm October morning 13 hearty hikers gathered at the Ballantine/Pine Creek Loop Trail located just 22 miles North of Fountain Hills, AZ.
This hike was led by Neil & Billie. We combined two hiking groups today. The leaders had planned a 6.6 mile route which we have enjoyed twice in the past. Today, a combination of heat, rocky, steep unmaintained trail overgrown with scratchy Cat's Claw inspired us to turn around early. We traveled an estimated 5 miles and were happy to get back to the cars and AC a bit earlier than expected.
This area was badly burned in a wildfire in 2021 and it appears that most of the vegetation which has filled in is not hiker friendly. The leaders each carried hand held clippers so Neil and Rich attempted to clear the trail ahead of the group but many of us still experienced scratches with some bleeding.
Aside from the challenges, we all enjoyed the day and each other.

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Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club, Phoenix, Arizona updated November 1, 2023
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