|Hiking||1.75 Miles|| 2 Hrs || ||0.88 mph|
|625 ft AEG|| || || |
Redmond Mountain (Near Redmond Flat TH)
I just got back from a deer-hunting trip into the Salt River Wilderness near Redmond Flat. For those interested, no I did not get one. Hunting for me is more about the package experience rather than a relentless obsession to kill animals. There's something very pure about hiking into a remote, rugged location in the pitch dark before daylight in hopes of outsmarting an allusive animal that typically wins. Its somewhat like a chess match. With the exception of not filling my tag, the trip was awesome and included some amazing hikes. One of the hikes that I did was to climb out onto the cliffs of Redmond Mountain. Redmond Mountain is the second highest peak in the area. The entire Southwest and Western edge of the mountain is a rugged boulder strewn cliff with jaw dropping view of everything from the Salt River and Armer Mountain to the Northwest and Apache Peaks to the Southeast. Hiking Redmond Mountain is non-stop boulder hopping with hardly a flat smooth spot to be found. So few people hike in this portion of the Salt River Wilderness that you will literally never see evidence of people during a hike.
While on this trip I had one of the most rare and amazing experiences I have ever had! During a very quite walk on a remote ridge top with the wind in my face, I peeked over a boulder to find a bobcat sitting on a rock below me at no more than fifteen yards. I had to click my tongue just to get the cats attention. The bobcat turned to look at me with hardly any fear at all. I had time to slowly pull out my camera and take four pictures before he finally ran off. An amazing experience to say the least! Wild cats are not animals that people typically sneak up on. They sneak up on you!
|ISAIAH 6:2-3 / MATTHEW 11:28-30|