|Hiking||27.20 Miles|| 9 Hrs || ||3.26 mph|
|3,633 ft AEG|| 40 Mns Break|| || |
I parked at the Horseshoe with my mountain bike and rode it over to the Sheep Bridge.
I hiked the Verde River trail. There's been trail maintence done since the last time I was here. What's interesting is that the maintenance stopped at the county border (right by the Wet Bottom wash).
Soon after I hit the Wet Bottom intersection. I took the Verde trail to the Verde river. True to the Mazatal style, as soon as the trail dropped into a wash, the cairins and the trail disappeared. I used my GPS's to try to locate the trail. I could see a corral accross the river on top of a hill. I had to fight my way through some dense bamboo to get to the river. I didn't hit a good crossing spot. I turned around and headed back to the Wet Bottom trail.
I took the Wet Bottom trail to the Highwater trail and had lunch.
After lunch I went down a little further down the Highwater and the Wet Bottom trails before heading back to the Sheep Bridge.
On the way back I could see the landing strip accross the Verde. I also did a little bit of the Willow Spring trail so I could maybe get a better view of the snow capped mountains to the East.
The temps were very cool during the majority of the day. The sun poked out so a little bit around 5. It also drizzle of and on for a portion of the day. The Verde river trail may be faint in spots, but there's cairns every 100 feet or so.
I got to use my new bike light on the ride back to the dam. It's alot brighter than my flashlight.It's as bright as a cars headlight.
I don't think I'll mountain bike and hike in the same day. There's to much logistics doing both and it also just too tiring.