Wildcat Mountain, Waterin’ Hole and Ponderosa Loop 9/3/19 #Hiking #Journey

Photo from Ponderosa Loop / Photo by Jason A. Muckley © 2019

Trails traveled: Wildcat Mountain, Waterin’ Hole and Ponderosa Loop
5.7 mile loop, Difficulty: Easy (Green), 407ft Elevation Gain
Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Weather: Partly Cloudy

  • Flat
  • Cliffs
  • Overlook
  • Snake
  • Prickly Pears
  • Yucca Plants
  • Mountain Bikers
  • Sunset

After the relatively short and very busy fourteener, this hike was longer and relatively flat. I didn’t see any other hikers but there were probably 20 odd mountain bikers.

This was a nice after work hike, but you need to be vigilant of all the hikes going over the hills and jumps along the trail. It may have been the time of day, but it seemed like most of the bikers were on the Ponderosa loop by and large.

I was surprised (and a little terrified) when I saw a snake on the trail. It was only about 4 feet long and it wasn’t a rattlesnake. I gave it space, hiked around it and kept on going.

Besides some bushes and trees, the flora nowadays consisted mostly of prickly pears and yucca plants.

The highlight of the hike, and the first loop, was the the overlook on Wildcat Mountain. There were some cliffs and a beautiful view of the surrounding area. It would probably be a cool place to see the sunset.

I went through the loop clockwise, but next time I would likely try the route counterclockwise to miss most of the bike traffic and enjoy the view from the mountain overlook as a “reward” for a successful hike.

– Jason

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