This was my first summit up Bluff Spring Mountain and it was worth the effort-- well, atleast the effort up. I took the Ely Anderson trail up and then worked my way across to the final ascent. There is cairned route the entire way across, but you'll lose time always looking for the next one so I'd recommend ignoring them. The brush is not thick at all.
I took the western descent down to the Terrapin and that route is a total pain in the pumpkin. There's also a cairned route but the cairns are few and disappear completely for long lengths. I mostly just kept an eye on my route and was occasionally comforted by the appearance of a cairn every now and them. I was pretty happy when the Terrapin came into view.
I took the Terrapin out to the Dutchman and finished as if I was doing the Weaver's Needle Loop. My original plan was to do the Crosscut from Peralta back to the Terrapin but when I got there, I just didn't have it in me. I was pretty wiped out after the bushwack down from the summit. I didn't figure out the AEG of the total hike when I planned it and was feeling a bit winded today.
I stopped for a break at Fremont Saddle. It wasn't as busy as I had expected so that was nice. Pretty soon Wally and Denny showed up and I hiked back to the trailhead with them.
"Backpacking has as much to do with what I carry inside as with what goes into the pack. It connects me with woundedness as well as with wonder." --Belden C. Lane
A campfire must be extinguished by drowning it with water, stirring with a shovel, and repeating that process until the campfire is cold to the touch. A campfire is still a danger if it has any trace of heat, and must not be left or abandoned. Wildfires can begin by abandoned campfires that rebuild heat on windy days and then blowing embers ignite surrounding grasses and brush.