It was Joe's week and he came up with a beauty.
After he proposed it to me, he quickly recanted, saying he thought FR 132 was 4x4. I looked at the Sat. view and it looked fine, then checked the interweb and found a Youtube video, taken that day, which filmed the road almost completely from where we'd be driving. (What are the chances)... All looked good.
We started our off trail with an easy climb up what appeared to be an old fire break. The only thing you needed to watch out for was the small easy to miss Agave, which got me. I stepped on one, it broke off from the bottom of my shoe while embedded in my foot. I couldn't get my shoe off with the agave through both, so Joe used some pliers to extract it.
The 360 views from atop of 6959 were incredible.. After checking out the planned exit, we opted for for a less brushy route down to the west. We followed numerous game routes down the sweet forested area, until it opened up to a used two track. A few minutes later we were informed by the owner of the property that we were trespassing (no signs were seen). We explained our situation to the land owner and he let us pass through to our destination. He has a sweet little area back there.
Up the Black Canyon Trail #114
to the Gaddes Canyon Two #9307
. I been on these before and have enjoyed them every time. The other times we've done these trails the sign of Bears were everywhere. This time....no sign what-so-ever.
Next we make the turn on to a section of the Gaddes Canyon Trail #110
that I had not been on before. It hops off the ridge with sweet views of Burnt Canyon. Once again, like many times before, I was used as a Teva Shield. There was hundreds of rounds of automatic rifle fire echoing in the canyon below.
West On FR413, to FR132, to the turnoff for Kendall Peak
. We signed in and took lunch there.
The Ash Canyon Trail #539
was a pleasant stroll and cairned well.
The Ash Creek Trail #9705
was less of a trail, but you are following Ash Creek, so no Route finding issues. It wouldn't be a Summer hike with Joe if Thunder, Lightning, Rain and Hail weren't involved. So we had about 45 minutes of that. The temps at this time dropped to a nice 63 degrees....
Now the fun... Joe had it drawn up to follow a drainage back up to FR132. It went pretty easy for a quarter mile, then the canyon started getting real thick, with no indication of letting up. Joe suggested, and luckily I agreed to jump out and climb up high on the ridge. We found paths through the scrub, until we lucked out and found an area where they were re-stringing a fence and had cut out all the brush around it! This probably saved us at least an hour of hell.
Pleasant hiking with mostly cloudy sky's all day with temps were in the 80's most of the day, but dropped into the low 60's during and after the rain. That's some good weather for August!