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T. Knight | profile | all galleries >> Arizona Places >> Tonto National Forest FR 172 and 172A on March 10, 2008 tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Tonto National Forest FR 172 and 172A on March 10, 2008

This is the first time I've driven all the way to the end of FR 172A I've made it part way a couple times, but had to turn around and head back because I was driving a 2WD truck. This time I had a Jeep and it was no problem. The orange mountain was amazing! I saw it in the distance and wondered if it was really all flowers. In the distance it looked like some strange alien landscape where grass is orange and people go wild taking pictures of green flowers. The road went up the orange mountain and through an amazing landscape of Mexican Gold Poppies. They were all over. Along the roadside they were mixed with Lupine. It was beautiful. This is where the road got rough and 4WD was needed. Toward the top the road became quite steep with wet spots where water was still draining out of the land from all the rain this year. I made it to the end of the road, took a few pictures then headed back.
Water running in  Canyon
Water running in Canyon
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t1%2f67%2f621167%2f4%2f94077503.6BOuFq3N.jpg Saguaro forest
Saguaro forest
The orange patches on the hillside are poppies
The orange patches on the hillside are poppies
t1%2f67%2f621167%2f4%2f94078428.jHQPWM6O.jpg Windmill along the road
Windmill along the road
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Purple flowers are Desert Hyacinth. Another name is Blue Dicks
Purple flowers are Desert Hyacinth. Another name is Blue Dicks
Where FR 172 continues left. I followed FR 172A the right fork
Where FR 172 continues left. I followed FR 172A the right fork
The orange mountain
The orange mountain
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At the top
At the top
At Trailhead
At Trailhead
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Switchback on the way back down
Switchback on the way back down
Another view of the orange mountain
Another view of the orange mountain
Hedgehog - Echinocereus species
Hedgehog - Echinocereus species
Desert Lupine - Lupinus sparsiflorus
Desert Lupine - Lupinus sparsiflorus