|Hiking||8.00 Miles|| 5 Hrs 16 Mns || ||1.52 mph|
|2,718 ft AEG|| || || |
71 degrees at the trailhead 11:58am.
This is an extremely well maintained trail with nice views. It poured for about an hour as we hiked up the first half. Intermittent showers followed to the summit and it was clear going back down.
The rain hit so hard it splattered mud almost to the waist. I held my camera gear up in the top of the umbrella and gave chelle my rain jacket. At the top it was only 52 degrees, nothing beats freezing in Arizona in August!
There seems to be some sort of Bermuda Triangle forces hanging around the trailhead. My GPS came up with 8 miles. I loaded it into topo and thought the trailhead had been moved since Al posted a route last year. Which is missing a leg going UP almost to the saddle between the Hillman hills. Collin even says in his description "...you'll start hiking in a northernly direction", which is correct. I uploaded my route and voodoo forces came up with the EXACT 4.63mi route Al posted, so I deleted it. This is definitely an 8mi hike and not a 9.26mi. Don't be fooled by the lat/lon blackhole of Kendrick's ghost.