An Oh Dark thirty start to the day to get to Mt Baldy and beginning hiking by 8am.
Wally was on a mission to make us $5,000 richer apiece, but no luck.
It felt good to be chilly at the start and having to put on a long sleeve shirt. The winds blew hard most of the day, subsiding in the late afternoon.
We started from the East TH, hiking Clockwise.
It’s pretty much a steady climb up to the Baldy Peak. On the way we stopped at a couple of cool overlooks at miles 2.75 and 5.6. Next we explored the remains of the B-24 crash from Sept 11 1942 at mile 6.8. At the site, Denny and I saw the largest Grouse I have ever seen.
There were a just three people we saw at the white Man’s Peak, and 3 more at the true Baldy Peak. We could see two fires that were burning. One to the WSW and the other to the SSW. It was real windy up top.
Now on the West trail going down, we ran into Azbackpacker (Liz) long with her group of “Middle Aged” White Mountain Hiking Gals. We chatted a bit and then carried on our way. The West Fork of the Little Colorado River is a pretty one. We passed a few groups that were fly fishing with no luck. Some primo camping sites abound here.
The Crossover trail had been talked down to all day, so I had low expectations. I was pleasantly surprised how quickly the 3.5 miles went and how pleasant it was.
My only complaint on today's loop, is that the Talcum powder type dirt made it tough to breathe in spots.
Plenty of filterable water in both West and East Fork of the Little Colorado Rivers.
Also notice an unnamed spring/Seep at the B24 crash site that could be used.
Great to hike w/ Wally and the other two misfits again.
Thanks for driving Turtle!
I’m sticking with Chaz, and Denny is right about Dave1 .