I took the morning off to finally check out the Upper Loop. I decided to do it as a loop hike with the west half of the Lower Loop. I started at the Cunningham Campground trailhead, and headed clockwise onto the Upper Loop. Upper Moonshine Creek was sweet! Wildflowers on lush, green mountain sides. The trail was prettier than I had remembered. I got back to the trailhead just as the first thunder sounded from a developing storm, then it was down the mountain and off to work. This is one of the best trails in the Pinaleno Mountains in my opinion. Definately a "must hike".
Come ye sweltering denizens of the plains to the mountains and enjoy life -Colorado Miner, July 25, 1867
A campfire must be extinguished by drowning it with water, stirring with a shovel, and repeating that process until the campfire is cold to the touch. A campfire is still a danger if it has any trace of heat, and must not be left or abandoned. Wildfires can begin by abandoned campfires that rebuild heat on windy days and then blowing embers ignite surrounding grasses and brush.