|Hiking||6.70 Miles|| 3 Hrs 40 Mns || ||1.83 mph|
|1,800 ft AEG|| || || |
Strapped 30 lbs of water and bocce balls into my pack to try to get warmed up for backpacking trip to the Sierras in a couple of weeks.
Started at 10:05
Did Abineau first
Steady and relentless.
At wilderness boundary, grade increases slightly
At bottom of avalanche area, grade increases slightly (again)
Trail generally nice/easy footing until slide area
Then very sandy/loose dirt ... and STEEP!
Tons of bees and other large flies on flowers in slide area. Thought I had stepped on a hive a couple times for number of visible bees flying away. (No stings though!)
Stopped plenty of times for a quick break to catch my breath. (WHY am I carrying all this extra weight for absolutely no reason?)
Arrived at top in 1:45 at 11:50.
GPS said 2.5 miles in 1:05 moving, :40 stopped.
After a 15 minute break, did Waterline.
Steeper grade before first drainage, then flatter the remainder of the way.
GPS read 1.5 miles in :30 min
Doesn't make sense though because map shows that its 2.1 miles?
Hiked down Bear Jaw next.
Top part is beautiful. Aspens, shade, nice footing. Easy grade.
A couple of switchbacks through a canyon was a bit treacherous with looser footing.
Flattens out and opens up into sparsely shaded grassy meadow area.
Sort of boring and seems to go on forever.
Back into trees at the end before meeting up with Abineau Trail.
At the trailhead GPS read 2.7 miles
Hiking :55, stopped :15.
Total hiking time 2:30, stopped time, 1:10, for a 3:40 total and 6.7 miles.
Elevation change from TH (8520) to Waterline Trail (10,320) = 1,800
Waterline drops from 10,320 to 9700 = -620
Bear Jaw 9700 to 8520 = -1180