Mojave Desert National Preserve

Last week we were staying in the Mojave Desert National Preserve, which as you probably can determine from the name is located within the Mojave Desert.  What this doesn’t really tell you is sheer scale of the Mojave Desert.  It is large.  And I’m not talking Hoover dam large (which I found depressingly small…perhaps it was their unfriendly stance towards four-legged friends that I found small), or Lake Mead large, or Rhode Island Large.  I’m talking bigger than the state of Pennsylvania.

"Mojave Desert map" by Cephas - North America second level political division 2.svgTerrestrial ecoregions of North America : a conservation assessment. Taylor H Ricketts; et al. Washington, D.C. : Island Press, ©1999. xxiv, 485 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 28 cm. (ISBN 9781559637220). Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
The desert is the bit shaded in green. Because…you know, deserts are green.

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Ghost of the Coyote Trail #641

Ghost of the Coyote is the best name I have ever seen for a trail.  Texas really liked to name trails “Golden Warbler Trail,” I’ve hiked at least 4 different Golden Warbler Trails and to the best of my minimal bird-watching knowledge have not seen this endangered species on any of them.  Sure – I didn’t see any Ghost Coyotes on this trail – but isn’t that the point of it being a ghost?  There was a bit of coyote scat…so that is probably close enough.

This trail is located in the White Mountain Trail System in Arizona and its interesting in that multiple sources disagree on length.  The WMTS website seems to think it is 16 miles, another source says 13 miles, and the Forest Service (the trail is located in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest) says 15 miles.

Well – in order to add to the confusion, my GPS says 14 miles.  Although – I did take two unmarked spurs that lead to great vistas.  Which lends credence to the 13 mile number.

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