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Hike Report for Feb. 22, 2024 - Horseshoe Canyon



Lots of people showed up for this nearby hike.  The first road crossing past the corral is still a bit rough so we parked there and started walking.  There is a bit of spring "green-up" from the recent rains, especially with the rumex (canaigre or wild rhubarb).  We enjoyed watching a pair of red-tailed hawks courting high overhead. 










 





We had lunch at the old Roush Cabin where only the chimney remains.  Here is some of the history, thanks to Bill Cavaliere:  


That ruin is called the Roush Place. A man named Raymond Roush homesteaded there. It was the very last homestead that was filed in the State of Arizona. He was married to a very small woman named Anna Pence. They later divorced, and she remarried, to Matthew "Doc" Pugsley, a retired colonel and doctor at the Portal CCC camp. 


Anna told me a story about the time she was checking her trapline while Raymond was away, since he was employed by the railroad (in addition to running cattle in the canyon). She found a mountain lion in one of the traps, so she shot it in the head. Then put its front paws over her shoulders and began walking home. Later, she felt it getting lighter, and realized she had only grazed its head with the bullet. It had regained consciousness and was walking along with her on its hind feet.


    




















Some hikers chose to turn back earlier (always an option).  The rest of us continued up Horseshoe Canyon on the road past the junction of Blevin's Gulch before turning around.  We noticed that some people weren’t intimidated by the rough creek crossings as recent vehicle tracks continued past our turnaround spot.  


Those who completed the entire hike (a little over 8 miles) were invited to one of the hikers' homes and enjoyed freshly made pies (chocolate, key lime or berry tart) - this reporter didn't get a photo of the pies!!!   Thanks, B!










not as good as our pies!


Next week we have permission to (cross private land and) hike up Owl Canyon in the Peloncillo Mountains.  This Canyon hasn’t had livestock grazing for a number of years, and it is a BLM Wilderness Study Area.  There used to be a good trail, but it may be somewhat overgrown.  The route follows the gently rising canyon bottom with numerous crossings on cobble.


We will meet at 9 AM at the Rodeo Post Office and carpool to the trail head.    As always, bring lunch, water and sun protection.


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Hike For February 29 - Owl Canyon In The Peloncillo Mountains

Meet:  Rodeo Post Office at 9AM. Portalites can meet at Trash Corner 8:45 and carpool.

Carol Simon  (520) 558-2433  casimon@vtc.net 

Elaine Moisan (520)558-5204 emoisan2011@hotmail.com

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