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DAY 9: KWAGUNT HOLLOW TO SOWATS POINT

     We are up at 4:30, eat, pack, and leave around 6:10 in an effort to avoid the heat and direct sunlight.  Our Phoenix friends leave a few minutes later and soon pass us during the climb.  I am the slowest of our group up the steep switchbacks, but reach the top of them in about forty minutes.  I was expecting the climb out to take much longer.

   
  The view down
10-10-2008 @ 6:49
 

     I start the long loop around to the south.  Fortunately, it is almost level.  I pass several different flowers on the loop.

Indian Paintbrush
10-10-2008 @ 7:23
Canaigre
10-10-2008 @ 7:26
Globe Mallow
10-10-2008 @ 7:44

     When I reach the Forest Service sign, I know I'm nearly there.  At the top is a nice Cholla plant.  I meet up with Keith and Bob in the parking lot and we get our Phoenix friends to take our picture by the trailhead sign.

Forest Service sign
10-10-2008 @ 7:30
Cholla
10-10-2008 @ 7:49
Finished at the trailhead
10-10-2008 @ 7:56

     We head to Jacob Lake for a celebration cheeseburger and fries.

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