With highs forecast in the 40's and only a 10% chance of rain we made the trip to Prescott to knock another hike off my wish list.
We debated on what to wear starting the hike, with the temps in the upper 30's, both Denny and myself settled on long pants and short sleeve shirts.
Looking up at the mountain, the top was in and out of the clouds, but as the day moved on, we had no doubt the sun would prevail. We made it to the lookout point and had off and on views through the clouds.
A view from the overlookhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLXTxfrTfI8
Now...off to find the top of 7626. We picked up the cairned route and started following it, even though we could not physically see our target through the clouds. With out the GPSJoe GPS route, this climb would have been impossible (Thanks Joe!) Boulder hopping to the top, in the fog, rain, wind and cold temps cold temps, made things.....not so nice. The multiple cairned routes didn't help straighten things out either. We made the top, I made my way to the bolder so Denny could get a shot, and the wind almost too my hat and felt like it was blowing right through me. It was good to get down off the peak and on some flatter ground, so we could make some faster time and attempt to warm up.
The actual warm up didn't happen until about Sunset Point on I-17 on the way home. As always it's a blast hiking with the Tortoise