Great hike! Couldn't ask for much more in August. 72 degrees heading in and 84 when we finished. For the first time I've seen Reavis Apples, woot woot! They have a month to mature. Get in there early September. I'd rather have fellow HAZ'ers and hikers enjoy the crop than those pesky horsemen go in and clean the trees and leave the grounds littered. I tasted one just starting to turn, it was damn better than I expected. The walnut trees are loaded with fuzzy nuts
A little over half of the apple trees are producing. One dead looking one is defying logic and just loaded with apples.
On the way in we passed one section approximately 20-50 yards just taken over by New Mexican Locust. I thought we lost trail. Then realized nobody has been through this section to stomp down the new spurts. Luckily I read my previous triplog suggesting pants. Rarely do I wear them, especially in August. It was definitely the way to go. I'm still in shock how pleasantly cool it was outside with the front that moved in yesterday.
Walking through the field loaded with grass stumps I came within a foot of a mad rattler. It was most likely a blacktail as it was very green. Couldn't make it out and didn't want to mess around with it in the grass to find out either
Reavis basin is loaded with wildflowers now. If you get the chance it's suppose to be cool tomorrow too. Then it's be back to true summer temps quick.
The 100oz water bladder turned out perfect frozen three-quarters of the way. Had about 10oz of ice left. Didn't need to dig into my water bottle backups. Next time keep with the pants and drop the umbrella, it's too bush wacky even if necessary.
EDIT: Forgot to mention... surprisingly there was pools of water in Roger's Creek dotted along the way