I hadn't been to the Sierra Ancha area since the late 70's, so I was excited to get to see it again. Beyond the fact that the camping is limited along Workman Creek,it hasn't changed a whole lot from what I remember. Still stunning!
We planned on camping at the Falls campground, but at the turnoff there was a sign that said "Pack 697" - Uh Oh... Sure enough, there were 5,000 boyscouts packed into the Falls CG (looked like that many anyways). No problem, we'll find a spot up higher. We stopped and goofed around at the falls, apparently just missing a group of people rappelling down. The falls are so beautiful!
We drove all the way to the top of Aztec Peak thinking there would surely be a camp site there, but alas, 5,000 more boyscouts - Tents everywhere! So we settled for a nice spot just up the hill from the Carr trailhead, and walked The Carr trail out towards the Rim trail for a bit.
The scouts left the next morning before dawn - I thought, "What was that all about? Roll in at 3, set up tents, sleep, get up and leave before dawn? I don't get it..." Oh well.
Sunday we drove up to Murphy's Ranch with the intention of going to Pueblo Canyon Overlook. The Murphy's trail is very lush, almost overgrown, but easy to follow. After a mile we turned north on the rim trail anticipating the fantastic views, when we came across some bear tracks - very fresh tracks! We started making noise, and heard some serious rustling in the brush about 30 feet away. It was so thick we couldn't see anything, but we decided at that point that we'd probably be better off not boxing the "whatever" in, so we turned around and went back to the truck.
So many areas in the SA - We can't wait to go back and explore more!