I drove out to Rustler Park from Tucson on Saturday morning to meet the group of Tucson Backpackers at the trailhead. It took me a little longer to drive there than anticipated, so I was on my own from the trailhead out the Crest Trail to Anita Park. I did notice another group of hikers on my way out that mentioned that they were also planning on camping out at Anita Park as well, so I was glad that our spot (the TUB group) was already secured before the youngsters rolled in!
Once I got there, we decided to do a little day hike out to Paint Rock. This is a gorgeous part of the Crest Trail! And I got to climb this lesser known peak in the Chiricahuas for the second time this year. And we encountered a rattler just after the steep, lots of exposure scramble!
When we got back to camp, our neighbors had set up camp. About nine of these kids were our neighbors for the night. It made for an interesting campfire with lots of laughter. What ever happened to getting away from it all? This is a relatively easy backpack, so I guess we have to expect company occasionally.
During the night, we did have some weather. It lightly rained a couple of times. And some people heard thunder, too, but I was fast asleep during the storm.
The next morning, the sun was out as we tore down camp and headed out the Crest Trail. We then went out the Bear Wallow Trail out to Centella Point. Such a beautiful place! We made our way back to the Crest Trail junction, then out Longs Park Trail. A short little ride back to Rustler Park in Randy's car before the post-backpack meal at Salsa Fiesta in Willcox.
I think I may be getting used to this backpacking thing!