I posted on Friday on HAZ and FB that I was going to do this hike Saturday. I got one taker and Brian (sunray) suggested we hike clockwise and add the Quartz/Slate/ Jasper trails to the hike. That was a great suggestion
On the way out the door, I remembered to put on my shamrock
earrings and drove up via the 17 to Carefree Hwy. We met at the lot next to the Chevron station on 7th St and Carefree Hwy. We hit the trail at 9:15 under slightly cloudy skies and before you knew it, we were finally at the top of that first big hill. On the way down from there I got to do one "top of the morning to ya
It was breezy in sections but nothing that made you go burrrrr; except that my water tube was leaking on my shirt. I ended up putting it thru my buff that I had on my head; kind of a martian look. The people that noticed it didn't ask
Eventually we came to the junction with the new Quartz Trail headed SE. As we came around the corner we could see Tom's Thumb and the 4 Peaks. It was a rather interesting viewpoint. More of the slate was exposing itself on the mountain side as well. In fact in one section it is so dense it looks like the lava fields from up north. Of course, the overcast skies may have contributed to that effect.
The trail itself was incredible. We ended up calling it the Cadillac Trail. By this time the skies were totally overcast and the temp was simply delightful. We eventually came upon a rather beautiful quartz outcropping so we stopped to take a couple pics.
We passed below the two mines in the distance and observed the trail they had closed going up to the mines from the Slate Trail where we were hiking. We soon hooked up with a short section of the Jasper Trail which actually takes you east away from where the TH is but soon you hook back up with Go John and before you know it, the hike is over.
It was a great workout hike. It will be interesting to try it in the other direction. There were probably a couple dozen people on the trail, 1/2 dozen horse riders and trail bike riders. Still wish we could have done our Bluff Spring Mtn/Miners Loop hike Sunday but for rain, we will gladly give up the spoils of hiking. HAPPY ST PATTY'S DAY EVERYONE!