What a perfect day for a hike in the Goldfield Mountains! Still a bit humid but with the highest temperature on the hike only reaching 75° it was quite enjoyable.
I set off from home without any particular plan in mind so I just drove east on Brown until I decided to drive into the Bulldog OHV Area and see what comes to mind. I went in through the Wolverine Pass gate and drove on FR10 then turned onto FR1356. As I drove on FR1356 I looked directly ahead at Peak 3134 and there was my inspiration for the day.
After taking photos at the summit I sat down for a few minutes to take in the great views while grabbing a quick PB&J lunch. In just those few minutes I heard some clomping from a rocky outcrop just below but could not see anything. I quietly put on my pack and carefully began circling the area from down-wind, hoping to find out what it was and maybe grab a photo. After about 15 minutes I finally approached the area only to find nothing there.
Oh well... better luck next time. Anyway, Peak 3134 was a good start but I wanted something more significant so I took to wandering back-and-forth & up-and-down, exploring many areas I'd seen before but never bother to look closer. While doing that, I took a glance back up just in time to see a Bighorn Sheep bounding out of sight. No time for any photos.
That explained the noise I heard earlier... it must have waited until I had dropped well below before it decided to move off.
While heading back I continued to take 'the long way
' whenever there was something that caught my interest, and of course many times it meant climbing. So I ended up the hike with way more AEG than expected. But being no worse for wear it was an enjoyable hike.