After our drive to Mount Peeley trail head to check on GPS Joe information and put up a couple posters http://hikearizona.com/photoset.php?ID=17451
, we wanted to do some sort of memorial hike on the anniversary of Joe's disappearance. We initially wanted to hike Mount Peeley but there was just too much snow for us.
We stopped just before our trailhead because that's where Hank stopped
. I'm glad we did as we got to be right in the middle of the clouds coming up and out of the valley and over the road we were standing on. We then drove to the real trailhead, geared up (Gibbs has got nothin on us
) and headed on down the slightly snow-covered hill. It was a bit cold going down, with patches of icy snow until we got to the creek at the bottom. I must say, it seemed a long way down and I was mindful that we would have to come back this same long "UP" hill way
Once we were at the creek and were treated to some autumn-leaved sycamores
, Hank took us over to the Dodge truck (I recognized it as an old Dodge as those pick-ups looked quite a bit alike for a long time; we had chased horses in the pasture in one of those relics back in the day
). Unfortunately, the shiny chromed label had been attacked with more bullet holes; such a shame. We checked out the adit which was not too far away and then Hank took us over to the retort.
The what? the retort. Oh that. Anyway, it was a pretty cool mining equipment thing. I think Hank got a really good picture of it http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=220078
. I wonder
if someone should trim the tree in front of it so that it doesn't totally disappear. Next it was up the hill... oh and ANOTHER hill. You know one of those where you think it's gonna flatten out around the corner.
At least it's a pretty decent trail especially as you get near the top.
We did get to go thru a snowy section. We stopped in an area where Jack decided to build a little snowman. Hank and I were his assistants. That was a much better idea than throwing snow balls!
We rounded the corner and the snow covered trail was no longer snow covered. In just a little while we would arrive toward the top and the views would open up; mostly of Ord. Toward the top we encountered some more snow and some mud.
We reached the trails confluence where the views were
. We looked longingly toward Sheep Mountain and all wondered, "Where are you Joe?
" We enjoyed a short lunch before heading back down the mountain. It was a beautifully crisp day and the views going down were pretty great too. We took a detour on what looked like a good path but it led to nowhere. We hiked past our still-standing snowman and waved good bye.
At the bottom, Hank realized he had forgotten to show us another adit so we went over and checked it out before starting the long trek up the hill to the TH. As we got about 1/2 way up, Hank was out of sight as he went around one of the corners. These boys were on a mission and I did my best to keep up. I went UP
that hill in almost one long swoop stopping once for 2 minutes to catch my breath. It took us about 20 minutes to get down I think and about 1/2 hour to get up it, give or take. We all stopped to pick up trash from the creek bottom up to the top http://hikearizona.com/photo.php?ZIP=220088
This was a lovely day for a hike and though we thot it might be a little nippy, for the most part it was just right
. Hank got a chance to reminisce and share his hiking experience with GPSJoe in this area and other trips (especially the one where they actually turned around). It was a very nice memorial hike. I look forward to hopefully doing some more hiking here
In case you missed it: Video from our drive and at Mount Peeley Trailhead - http://youtu.be/aenE9j-WX4c
(if you like snowy roads and countryside, you'll enjoy this)
Video of our cloud bank stop and the first part of our hike as we get near the top - http://youtu.be/wxCC_03rVvg
Video of our last little bit getting to the top and of our hike back to the trailhead - http://youtu.be/sdq0MGhIhvo