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Dinosaur Wash Day Hike
Wickenburg
November 22, 2014
by Quy Nguyen
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Nine amiable Trailblazers at Sophie’s Trailhead.
Left to right: Quy, Dottie, Monika, Greg, Daryl, Val, Biljana, Wendy, Helene.

This hike starts at Sophie’s Trailhead, named for Sophie Burden, co-owner and dubbed “Queen” of the historic Remuda Guest Ranch. The tails are marked with lettered posts. From the trailhead, we follow A trail 1.1 mile to B trail. On A trail, most of time we hike on the dry bed of the wash with lots of horses’ trash. Maybe this is the reason we don’t see any bikers on the trail. We follow B trail about 0.7 miles to the junction with C trail. Veer right and follow C trail about 0.5 mile.

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A trail.
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B Trail.
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C Trail.

A, B, and C are loose sand, rugged desert trails with many minor ups-downs. Greg got a little jumping cholla cactus on his leg. Quy removes needles with Monika’s tweezers. We turn left on the A trail again and follow the A trail to hike down to the wash. We follow D trail about 0.7 mile, drop into the obvious course of Dinosaur Wash. When we look up across the wash, below on the horizon is a rock formation atop a mountain that might, with some imagination, be a dinosaur. After having lunch at a nice spot at the wash, we hike back the way we came.

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Monika leads in the wash.
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Dinosaur, here we come! [photo by Wendy]
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Dinosaurs are on the slope. [photo by Wendy]
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The arch on dinosaur. [photo by Wendy]
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Another dinosaur, close up.
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Trailblazers break for lunch in Dinosaur Wash.

This is a pleasurable hike around typical Sonoran Desert landscape with stands of saguaro, ocotillo, palo verde and mesquite trees and various of cactus under the pleasant weather. We also enjoy the magnificent surrounding mountain vista. Most of all, we are satisfied to find out the meaning of Dinosaur Wash.

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Downward.
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Onward.
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Upward. [photo by Wendy]
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Another upward.
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Relaxing.
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Enjoying.
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Chatting.
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Looking for dinosaurs’ evidence at the wash.
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Photography.
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Ocotillos will be green in Spring.
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Red mountain dominates landscape. [photo by Wendy]
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Bradshaw Mountains from Dinosaur Wash.
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Nice rock formation, but don’t tell the dentist.
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Thriving Sonoran vegetation cheers us on.

Thank you for coming to join my hike. Happy Thanksgiving! Happy trails!


Wendy

Hike statistics from Wendy:

Start Time: 9:10 AM

Finish Time: 1:00 PM

4 hours total

6.92 miles

3 hours, 11 minutes moving time

48 minutes stopped time

2.2 miles/hour moving average

697 feet accumulated elevation gain

2,740 feet - highest point on trail

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updated February 6, 2020