|Hiking||9.00 Miles|| 4 Hrs 10 Mns || ||2.16 mph|
|2,800 ft AEG|| || || |
This was a fantastic hike! I did this the day after Thanksgiving and the weather was a bit cooler than I would have preferred (low 70s at the bottom), but it was in the 90s a few days before and only the 50s the next day. It was so much cooler the next day due to a cold front. Unfortunetly for me this meant the front was approaching or coming through as I was coming down. This meant that there was abundant wind. Nothing like I've had on Elden or Humphrey, but still it was more than I wanted. I noticed wind blowing when I summited, but this worked out well because it forced me to leave sooner than I would have, which was good as it took 2 hours to come down and I was forgetting that these mild temperatures that I was enjoying were not the result of it being June (I live in Flagstaff) and soon it would be dark.
Part of why I loved this hike was the low elevation. It has a great deal of climb, is very steep in some spots, and has excellent views, but yet I never got winded! Compared to Humphrey's 6 days before I felt like a bunny on crack! I haven't experienced such boundless energy on an uphill in so long. I want to do this one again. If one packed enough water it could be a cool hike to do in summer when no one is out there hiking. Start early and summit before it gets too hot. Hang out in the shade and relative cool until later and then come down for dinner. I think it could workout well.
|Spring winds are still annoying, but if they aren't filled with dirt or cold, they aren't that bad.|