We started at the Cross F TH and looped the AZT back to FR393. We took FR2138 and checked out the corrals and tanks. We bushwhacked from one tank area to another. Then we headed back to FR393. Fan took lunch and an extended break by the Chinatown spring / Alder creek area.
I headed down Alder creek to Bartlett lake. This was the best part of the hike. Alder creek has intermittent water running through it. At times there’s big canyon walls and sometimes there’s big tracks of grassy fields. The only issues I had was having to push through occupational trees and vegetation. When I got near the lake I noticed 2 sets of boots prints in the wash. I took lunch on a drought exposed rock outcropping. As I ate, I felt someone watching me and turned around and saw 2 young backpackers looking at me. They were near the start of the Maverick mountain wash(about a 1/3 mile away). I waved and they walked away.
I looped back to FR393 by taking the Maverick Mountain wash. I saw the backpackers footprints go down a side canyon/wash .
My 1st Gila monster of the year ! The Gila Monster said we only have 5 more weeks of spring left !
Big animal prints in the mud
Dead fox on FR393
It was an interesting hike with some new areas that I hadn’t explored before. The overcast held back the heat, but it did get cold when we got above 3,500 feet.