Combined a Yeager Loop (6.85 miles 1,425 AEG) with a Woodchute Hike (6.77 miles, 925 AEG) to create a great day of hiking. AOTC "B+" Hike. Combined two C hikes (3-8 miles 500-1,500EC) to create a B+ Hike (8-16 miles 1,500 - 3,000 EC).
I enjoy hiking solo sometimes, but I also enjoy hiking with a great group of strong hikers. Sharing camaraderie can make a good hike great. Especially when led by the legendary hike leader Don Mowry. Thanks Lorraine for setting a great pace. Thanks to Linda, Dan, Lyman, Fan, Diedre, Marsha, Lyman, Joyce, Paul.
Parked on the side of the road by the Jerome 10 miles sign. Started up Yeager Canyon. This section has all of the elevation gain on the Yeager loop. 1,400 feet in about 2 miles.
Then the loop turns into a pleasant walk through the woods on the Little Yeager trail. (The Little Yeager is off to the right. If you go straight you hit the forest road so turn around and come back to the junction to find the Little Yeager trail. Much more enjoyable than hiking the forest road) Toward the end of the Little Yeager go through the gate and turn right on the road. The trail turns to the right off the road before you get to the Water Improvement District Sign and then drops back to the trailhead on the Yeager Cabin Trail.
Headed 3 miles north on 89A and turned left on the road to the the Potato Patch campground and the Woodchute Trail. Went through the gates and drove to the trailhead. This is a nice trail with consistent uphill grade. Pleasant breeze today and lots of shade on this hike. Got to the top of Woodchute and headed north to the overlook on the north side. Well worth the extra effort. Intend to come back and figure out how to create a loop starting with the Woodchute Trail to the Rick Tank Trail and Martin Canyon Trail.
Hundreds of bikers on the 2nd Annual Poker Run today. How they don't go deaf from the noise of their bikes baffles me.