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Looping thru Ironwood Forest National Monument - 2/8/2021, 2/22/2021

Created by Charles Miles on 3/3/2021. Updated on 3/6/2021.

2021 February Water in the Samaniego Hills
Water in the Samaniego Hills. Charles Miles. 2/8/2021.

Between Sasco Road, on the north, and Silverbell, on the south, studying the area inside the boundaries of Ironwood Forest National Monument on the USGS 7.5' maps reveals a network of old dirt roads.

Old roads drawn on aging maps could mean anything, around Pan Quemado and the southern Samaniego Hills they mean beautiful loops across the desert and thru the hills.

Many of these roads are accessible in a high clearance vehicle - but are better on foot. Hike, run - walk gently thru the desert, balance carefully across the rocky hills - look for unique Saguaros and faint hints of the past - and do it again and again and again!

2021 February Everything Ends up in the Desert Even
Everything Ends up in the Desert Even. Charles Miles. 2/8/2021.
2021 February A View of Picacho and Newman from Ironwood Forest National Monument
A View of Picacho and Newman from Ironwood Forest National Monument. Charles Miles. 2/10/2021.
2021 February Perch
Perch. Charles Miles. 2/22/2021.
2021 February Marines in Ironwood Forest National Monument
Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion I believe... Charles Miles. 2/22/2021.
2021 February Amid the Rocks
Amid the Rocks. Charles Miles. 2/22/2021.
2021 February Target
Target. Charles Miles. 2/22/2021.
2021 February Picacho and Newman from the Pan Quemado Hills in Ironwood Forest National Monument
Picacho and Newman from the Pan Quemado Hills in Ironwood Forest National Monument. Charles Miles. 2/22/2021.
2021 February Ragged Top at Sunset
Ragged Top at Sunset. Charles Miles. 2/22/2021.

I haven't found much online about this area but The Samaniego Hills on the Desert Mountaineer is well worth reading for the excellent photos and historic details.

Map of Select Southern Samaniego Hills and Pan Quemado Loops


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