Brittlebush

Brittlebush

The gentle grade Dreamy Draw Trail #220 loops below Piestewa Peak in a Phoenix Mountains Preserve. This pleasant 1.5 mile trek through upturned schist ranged in elevation from 1,380 feet to 1,580 feet. The wildflowers provided bursts of color just in time for Easter. Yellow creosote bushes lined the trail interspersed with the bright yellow flowers of brittlebush. Low lying beds of gold poppies were prominent in a few places, too. The purple colored flowers of lupine and blue dicks contrasted with all the yellows. A close examination also showed a bed of white cream cups. The magenta colored hedgehog cactus blooms made a fashion statement among the Sonoran desert vegetation. Our hike sometimes intersected with the Perl Charles Memorial Trail #1A and the Charles M. Christiansen Memorial Trail #100. Another great Phoenix area hike.

While shopping in the Biltmore Fashion Park, we stopped for lunch at Ling and Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill . Dining alfresco, a chicken chopped salad and evil jungle princess shrimp tasted delicious.

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