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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Bee attack preparedness for hikers

Bee on cereus cactus

Attention trekkers, unless you've been hiding under a rock this week, you know that the hiking hazard du jour is bee attacks. Just as with snakes, bears, rabid racoons and toxic plants, it's smart to know how to avoid the perils and also what to do should you find yourself swarmed. Avoidance is the preferable option. In fact, I noticed a "bees active" sign on the Marcus Landslide Trail two weeks ago, so we avoided a rocky crevasse where the stingers are known to congregate. The link below leads to a U of A document about bee preparedness---read it all, but basically, if swarmed, you should RUN, RUN, RUN and not try to fend off the buzz by waving your arms, as this will exacerbate the attack.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ranger led desert oasis hike this Saturday


Join Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area park ranger Kevin Smith on an informational tour of the Dragonfly Trail. This lush route winds through a riparian habitat on Cave Creek where an amazing assortment of plant, animal and insect (dragonflies!!!) life thrives in a shallow ravine surrounded by enormous saguaro cactuses. Ranger Smith will also point out a prehistoric rock art site that many hikers stroll right past without ever nowing it was there. Here's a chance to really gain an understanding of this rare desert jewel.
WHEN: Saturday, Nov 3, 2012. 9:00 A.M. registration is NOT required.
LENGTH: 3.5 miles
RATING: moderate
ELEVATION: 2,400' - 2,200'
FEE: $3 per person.
From Loop 101 in Phoenix, exit at Cave Creek Road and drive 15 miles north to Spur Cross Ranch Road.  Here, you’ll turn left, then right, then left again through a tricky intersection to stay on Spur Cross Ranch Road.  Continue 4.2 miles north to the dirt parking area on the right just past the Spur Cross Stables (SCS) gateway.

INFO: Ranger Kevin Smith, 480-488-6623,