I had wanted to make one last trip over to the Gila Wilderness before moving, so, with an unexpected day off, I made a run for Whitewater Baldy. Arriving at Sandy Point, I hit the trail and moved quickly. The mountains had shielded me from the wind until I reached the ridgeline 3 miles in, so I put on warmer clothes and headed into the 40+ mph wind. With temps in the 40's, it was chilly. I made Hummingbird Saddle, where I stopped to see our campsites from previous years, before heading up to the summit. The views from the summit were impressive as always, with the added benefit on this trip of not having to worry about thunderstorms. I shot video, photos, and left a new summit register, before heading down. Back at the saddle, I made a quick side trip to Hummingbird Spring. The flow was pretty weak, maybe 1 quart every 2-3 minutes. I moved at a nice leisurely pace on the way back, enjoying the spruce-fir country, big trees and forest scent. I reached my truck at 6:15 pm, then made the drive back down to Mogollon, enjoying the sights. Once in Glenwood, I was disapointed to discover the Blue Front Cafe closed for the day. A burger had sounded really good. It would be a smashed peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner instead.
Had a great night time drive back to Safford, listening to my favorite music, and reliving past memories of this wonderful area. It was a perfect day.
My really long video of the hike: http://www.youtube.com/user/PrestonTheY ... gV6xnH3bc4