This is the first of a few 20ish mile hikes I have lined up for the year. Hoping to eventually work my way up to the San Bernardino Peak Divide Trail. What better place to start?
Mule Deer - Uneventful. Tried to keep a quick pace as I started two hours later than I wanted to. Didn't know how long the day was going to be, but I wanted to stay on the safe side.
South Trail - Saw some recently eaten prickly pear pads. Otherwise, it was another uneventful mile.
Goat Camp - Despite the weight on my back, I whizzed through this section. From the junction with the South Trail to the second mile marker had to of been a personal best.
Peak 4018 - Not a soul up there. Signed the notepad with 1-23-11 as the date.
A little chilly heading down the ridge. Warmed up a little more once I started moving again along Goat Camp.
Barry Goldwater Peak - The jeep road was a little difficult this time around. The service road was by far the most grueling part of the day. Quiet at the peak. Even the machinery was on the down low. Hung out up top for a while, refueled with lunch, and started the remaining however many miles. It was mostly easy terrain and a very gradual decline (except for that last climb into Ford) so it was an enjoyable stroll.
Ford Canyon - Pretty much all of the tanks in the wash have a good amount of water in them. Hopefully there will be a little more if it rains tonight. Back to uneventful walking when I was out of the wash. Ran out of water (I started with a tad more than a gallon) with about a mile and a half to go.
Only saw 10 people all day. No flowers, but it's still incredibly green. Really cool to look back at the peaks and visible sections of trail that I had been on earlier in the day. Excellent hike!