|Hiking||27.15 Miles|| 11 Hrs 30 Mns || ||2.36 mph|
|6,544 ft AEG|| || || |
First things first, I need to thank Davel and Joe for the idea for a ridgeline loop.
I parked at the Crosscut TH and headed over to Siphon Draw. I haven't done the Siphon Draw in years and now I remember why. I'm not a big fan of rock climbing/scrambling. I somehow got off-track and wound up about a 1,000 feet to right of where trail ends. I liked this route better; it was a little easier to reach the top. I explored around the flat iron and also the other side by the hoodoos. By this point the cold wind started to blow. I was freezing! I started down the ridgeline. I went past a couple of groups of people doing the ridgeline. There was one group of 15~20 people. I had lunch at the point where Carney Springs trail hits the ridgeline.
I've done the Robbers Roost trail once many years ago. I had my old GPS track loaded. At the time, I was told this is actually part of the Ridgeline trail. The trail is well cairned. Be careful when you cross the first drainage. The Robber Roost goes to the right (following the drainage), not straight. There bigger more noticeable cairns straight ahead. I believe going across the drainage is the Dacite loop. I would highly suggest you download the Robber roost track before attempting this, or go with some who knows the way. There are a couple of other intersections in this canyon. I followed the cairns to an open flat fields and lost sight of them. I followed the GPS track to the Robbers Roost and took a little searching to remember how to enter the roost. I then headed back to the trail. I headed towards Freemont Saddle. The trail gets faint. This section of the trail is not that heavily traveled. I got to complacent and got off trail. I finally made it to the Freemont Saddle. I felt so good to have a solid well-worn trail at my feet.
I took the Peralta to the Dutchman, to Black Mesa, to Second water. Then as I hit the road, the sun dropped and I walked the last two miles in the dark.
It was fun but, this is one of the tougher loops I have done. The weather was great. It was over cast the whole day. It was a very wining on the exposed sections.
It's possible to do this loop in/around 25 miles. I did about 2 extra miles exploring and searching.