Started on the trail around 6:30 am. Nice and chilly! The trail up to the saddle was pretty rocky. We stopped a couple times to take pictures and were repeatedly dive-bombed by a very aggressive hummingbird. After reaching a campsite on the saddle, we left the trail and proceeded in the general direction of the summit. The terrain wasn't too bad; a bit steep but not too many prickly plants in the way. Climbed up a few rocks and soon the summit was in view. Once there, we stopped for a long lunch and cooled down. Nice views of the rim, Humphries, Verde Valley, Four Peaks, Roosevelt Lake, and the Superstitions. Kind of a dusty day to really make anything out southward though.
After the summit, we headed down to find the Barnhardt Trail. After a quick stop to snow ski, we were soon plowing our way through giant Manzanita. Eventually came upon the ridge and climbed down and onto the trail for an easy walk back to the car.
On the way back to Phoenix, Berk spotted a Bald Eagle just sitting in a tree by the side of the road! We swung around for some pictures, but even at my longest focal length the pics came out pretty grainy. Still, really neat to see! Overall great trip, great conversation, and an awesome hiking partner!
(Triplog time includes any and all breaks taken for lunch, pictures, etc.)