|Hiking||12.10 Miles|| 9 Hrs 2 Mns || ||1.34 mph|
|4,480 ft AEG|| ||11 LBS Pack|| |
Very neat hike! We were worried about the heat and started early up Flatiron. I think it was about 7am by the time we actually got on the trail. One of the most different things today was the amount of wildlife. Almost immediately we came across three deer that headed southwest down from the trail. We also saw some very large green lizards of a kind that I have't seen yet in Arizona, but since we saw a few there must be quite a lot of them up here. birds were everywhere including one large blue one which I assume is a Blujay? I also saw a little lizard with a curled up tail. We always called those whiptails along the Mexico trails but I don't know what they are here. In the higher elevations there were several types of hawks as well. Much more wildlife than I saw in the Saguro National Park a few weeks ago.
The climb up Flatiron was crowded but not overly so. It was a well marked trail and a fun climb. It makes a difference to have some friends to hike with! We took the short detour to the overlook and then continued along the trail. The scenery up here was amazing. Everything is up and down, there are just no flat spots in the trail. The Hoodoos are fascinating to me. They look so different here. Just a strange rock formation. The trail gets a bit iffy in several locations the next 4 miles. We wandered off it a few times and had to climb back up to find it. Looking at Google Earth later I could see each false trail and I think it would be easy to get the right ones climbing the trail again. Hopefully this week I will get the chance to run this trail, although it is a pretty rocky one to do that on. It warmed up fast and I went through three water bottles which is a lot for me. The last 4 miles were without water but the trail was too nice to really notice it. We went down West Boulder Saddle which was a pretty rocky descent and by then all of us were so tired the conversation had gotten minimal! That's when the hiking gets fun, you are tired and get into the zone of just enjoying being out there.
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