DestinationPoint 6,919 near Marsh Pass
|Hiking||3.00 Miles|| 2 Hrs 15 Mns || ||1.33 mph|
|1,200 ft AEG|| || || |
My expectations for this were off, I thought it would be easy to access the south face from the road before the house, I was able to do it, but found a better way for the future. Today, I parked south of Laguna Creek near a big cleared area and hiked over the bridge. Up the road a bit and took the first gully to the left which is also before the house. I had to scramble up the loose dirt embankment near a rotting cottonwood tree and wouldn't have been able to do it if the tree wasn't there. Then, I hiked a way on a two-track towards what might be an occupied hogan or octagon of some sort. From there I was out of the homestead and hiking up the sandstone ramps, but being as it was my first time, I was exploring as much as hiking. I mean that I had to look for the correct way and ended up losing and gaining ground a few times. I made the summit a little faster than I thought and was able to see the Wilson Group and the La Plata Sub-range in Colorado. Starting down, I took the wrong rib and cliffed out and had to regain up to 200' of elevation to access a better rib. I then went across the face to a sandstone hill that is behind the home site and down a series of ledges to a two-track near a wash. My descent route is the preferred way to hike this as it avoid any of the homes. I might be under estimating my elevation, and the current map points elevations are way off, so I'm being really conservative there. Mileage should be almost spot on.
This could very easily become my new Elden/ Fat Man's Loop hybrid. From my perspective, it pretty much has it all. Even though the summit is just above my old apartment's elevation in Flagstaff, you feel much higher. This could be an excellent weekly or twice weekly hike for a Kayentan.
|I think Monsoon season will begin around June 20, plus or minus 5 days, not by the calendar according to the NWS, but when dew points rise dramatically, and it begins to rain over the Sacramento Mountains. It will start about 10 days later in Arizona.|