June 25 – 28, 2011 Stillwater Rampart Falls

On the first day a way was found to get around Ramparts Falls by going over a steep ridge of loose rocky soil. The next day a route was worked out to get to Stillwater Crest then along the crest and down a complex route to Hare Canyon and  back to the trailhead.


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Crimson columbine






May 19-22, 2011 Turtles  Mopah Castle Rock

We set out to find an easy route to a huge plateau that forms the vertical south wall of Mopah Springs bowl. I call it Turtle Mountain Mesa. It is almost completely surrounded by vertical cliffs. Some searching found an easy way. There was a grand view even though we did not get all the way to the top of the south rim.

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Desert iguana




April 8-10, 2011 Turtles Coffin Loop


We saw carpenter ants, a red velvet-ant, and a giant desert scorpion, We saw several kangaroo rats, an antelope squirrel and black-tailed and desert cottontail rabbits. We found a roundtailed horned lizard, a regal horned lizard and a side blotched lizard.


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Turtle Mountain



March 17-24, 2011 Turtles Mopah Coffin

This was a five night trip starting from Lisa Dawn with two dry camps where we explored parts of Ward Valley, Gary Wash and Vidal Valley with camps at Mohawk Springs and Coffin Springs.

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Side-blotched lizard





February 17-22, 2011 Turtles Rattlesnake Ravine

We first found a pass between Gary Wash and Mopah Wash, then went over Cactus Garden pass between Gary Wash and Coffin Spring.

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Speckled Rattlesnake