|Hiking||21.00 Miles|| 12 Hrs || ||1.75 mph|
|10,795 ft AEG|| || || |
Well I finally made it back over there to finish this hike.
Scott, Tanya, Tony and I headed out to Palm Springs this weekend for a "little" hike. We got into town Saturday afternoon and found a nice Pasta Place for dinner. Knowing we needed a good night sleep we went back to the hotel and got ready, in bed around 8:30 for a 2:30am wakeup call. High for the day in Palm Springs was 95 and we didn't want to hike in that.
We were up and on the trail at 3:20 and making good progress. The weather was perfect and the night sky looked great over Palm Springs, the sunrise was great on the trail too.
It's a 10 mike hike up to the tram and we made 6 hours even, that included 45 minutes of breaks along the way. We headed up to the ranger station and took another 45 minute break there and ate some lunch.
Then it was back on the trail to the Peak this time, another 11 miles of hiking. Easy trail but I was really drained from the main climb. I needed a break at the saddle and regrouped before making the final push up top. The weather was really perfect the whole day. Scott and I each brought up a tall boy of Coors light, so we enjoyed a celebratory beer up top. After some pictures and relaxing we headed back down.
Made it back to the tram right at 12 hours. Then the worst part came of having to drive back to Phoenix after the hike. Thanks Scott & Tanya for getting us home safe.
We all said we would do the skyline again, but probably not continue onto the Peak. That and do it over a 3 day weekend so we could stay another night in Palm Springs and enjoy some drinks sitting in the hot tub afterwords.
Totals for the day: 21 miles, 10,800 feet elevation gain and 12 hours of hiking