|Backpack||13.50 Miles|| 8 Hrs 30 Mns || ||1.59 mph|
|6,150 ft AEG|| || || |
For the culmination of my trip I decided to do Handies Peak (14,048') as an overnight trip with my backpack. It was actually not that hard to do and was really fun. I started at the Grizzly Gulch trailhead. My civic made it there without any problems and I didn't bottom out, despite the nature of the shelf road. I packed up the trail (with what I estimate to be my 35 to 40 pound pack) to Handies Peak and got to the summit in about 3 and 1/2 hours. I was tired and really happy to be there. I then went down to Sloan Lake at the upper end of the American Basin and made my camp. I spent the night at what is now my new record, 12,920' above mean sea level. It was not a bad night and I had no problems with the altitude. The only real problem was that I was kept awake by the heavy rain pounding on my tent, and the temperature was higher than normal at night because of the rain so I was hot at times. Still, I enjoyed it.
The next morning I hiked down to the American Basin trailhead and back up to my camp so that I could say I did both trailheads, and I wanted to see the basin. I broke camp and put my pack back on and headed back up Handies. I crested and then descended back into the Grizzly Gulch side and on to my car. Back in Lake City I enjoyed a $10.95 Buffalo Burger at the Packer Bar. They definetly do know all the customers who frequent it.
I started on the 6th and finished on the 7th. The time is for packing/ hiking only. My mileage and elevation are higher than the Dex because I did both trail heads and summited twice.
|I think Monsoon season will begin around June 20, plus or minus 5 days, not by the calendar according to the NWS, but when dew points rise dramatically, and it begins to rain over the Sacramento Mountains. It will start about 10 days later in Arizona.|