Just wanted to add to the triplog for the hike up to 5057 I did with Wally yesterday. The mileage is now 7.8 miles due to the extra walk from Peralta Road since the Carney Springs TH is now closed. Very nice hike. The weather was very clear, unlike the day before, which made for some good picture taking. We got off the trail after West boudler saddle, bushwhacked our way up to the ridgeline, where we found it again and stayed on it until we were done. While we were off trail, our trek, oddly enough, followed the same pattern as the trail, which led us to believe that we may have been on a faint trail. we did see cairns in many places. the worst part was the bushwhack up to ridge. Had to fight through alot of holly and manzanita to get there. On the way back, I discovered that we were a mere 20 feet from the actual (and quite obvious) trail before we underwent the off trail adventure.
However, we didn't mind the extra work since it created the perfect timing to get buzzed twice by a WWII fighter plane, probably from Falcon Field. Here's a link to the video I posted on YouTube
The plane actually seemed alot closer to us than it seems on the video. We were able to make out two people in the cockpit, and I'm pretty sure I saw the one guy wearing a mask of some sort and a pilot hat with earflaps. I just talked with a friend of mine who is a pilot and he told me that what they did was actually illegal. Something about VMC (?) rules and 500' clearance from people, property, etc. Cool to see, though.