A great dayhike to take the pup on. The sun was intense on the exposed slopes. The areas untouched by fire are lovely, and I can easily see taking a quick overnight trip along this ridgeline. There are lots of places to hang a hammock! Met a couple who were confused about how the trails got back up to the summit and I convinced them that they didn't want to hike all the way over to the control road to get back up to Mt. Lemmon They followed me back up to the top. The route was decently clear to follow with only a couple of spots on the CDO that are truly overgrown. Lindy and I made quick work of the hike, enjoying the fall color along the way.
Shovel spring was dripping, but the water was clear enough in the tank. There's some dog slobber in there now though The campsite below the spring looks like a nice overnight spot, too, with places for tents and hammocks.