Started at the day use area right off of Hwy 89A on the south/east side. Went up FR 104 to the little dam @ Butterfly Spring for the Butterly Trail. Somehow took another route than MEWhiteman's previously uploaded route, but ended up at the same place which is about a 1/2 mile from the campground on the east side of the top of Mingus near the hang glider takeoff. I thought I did a pretty good job of following the 536 Trail signs. Got to the hang glider takeoff, but they weren't flying today due to the rain. There was hail that was so thick it looked like snow on the ground.
Went down Trail # 105 to its junction with 105A. Then up 106 back to the top. Came back through the Mingus recreation area (nice maps available there! btw which I hope to scan in and add to this site soon). Little side trip up to the fire lookout on top of Mingus Mountain, but it was closed. Then down FR 104 back to the car.
Trail 106 is particularly nice and scenic. Love people looking at me like I'm an alien who just stepped out of a spacecraft because I'm hiking around instead of sitting on my duff drinking a brewski and roasting a weenie on a fire that's burning at 3 in the afternoon. Not that I don't love that, but everything has its place, and my place is making those duff-sitters feel fat and old. Exactly how I feel right now...
Autumn Foliage ObservationLight
"Oak-town is the city of dope...couldn't be saved by John the Pope" Fran & Kimo please keep watching over us with your aloha spirit so that we may remain safe. A Hui Hou Kakou