The plan: Hike 5, 6, and half of 7. (33 miles)
The forecast: Clear skies with a high of 104
The shuttle ride back: Redroxx44
Everything was set to go. I got home from work on Tuesday night and finally fell asleep at 11:30. Up at 1 and on the road at 1:30. Nothing like getting a whole 1.5 hours of sleep before a long hot hike.
Anyway I arrived and got started a little earlier than planned. I was on the trail shortly after 4:30. Knowing that it was going to be a cooker I figured the earlier the better.
As for the hike itself it was really well signed and easy to follow. I had previously visited Kentucky Camp so I didn't stop there to check things out. I did however take time to look at some of the old mines along the way. One in particular (Morning Star Mine) caught my eye. Along the trail Mount Wrightson was always looming in the background watching over my journey. The views on this passage made time fly by.
Passage 6 was nice as well but 5 seemed to have a slight edge. Along the way on 6 I could see some heavy equipment coming in for the new proposed mining operation. Once I got to 7 much of the up and down started to level out. I ended this trip at the intersection of Sahuarita Road and Sonita Highway which is almost dead middle of passage 7.
Redroxx44 (Letty) was kind enough to lend a hand with shuttling me back to my car in Gardner Canyon where I had started. She also showed me a couple cool spots back in the Canyon. One that she pointed out was hidden cave. Before I headed out I hiked up to hidden cave and went inside. Really cool but I came out as dirty as I think I have ever been from crawling my way from room to room. Thanks Letty for the assist and for sharing some of your spots with me!