|Hiking||6.10 Miles|| 4 Hrs 4 Mns ||1.82 mph|
|569 ft AEG|| 43 Mns Break|
|Southbound via the Vineyard Trail since previous plans were nixed due to logistics, Ambika came up with finishing off #20. We met up at Wendy's in Fountain Hills for the caravan to FR 341 as the base for our TH. (Shawn came up with that idea to add a few miles to make it a little longer hike and get a start on shortening some of Segment 19.) Once past the manufactured home community the road gets a bit dicey, at least for Tonto Jr, but we powered up the rocky hill. It was a good challenge though short. We piled in Shawn's truck for the journey over to Mills Ridge TH for our hike.|
It was a lovely day.
The views of the Four Peaks and both lakes were outstanding ; hard to beat!
Only encountered two other hikers on this part of our hike. I highly recommend this hike; it is
- The surprise - LOTS of wildflowers including Fairy Duster, brittlebush, poppies, chia, flax, fleabane among others,
The giddy delight - blooming hedgehog alley.
The trail - great shape with the only tricky part coming down off of Inspiration Point to the bridge.
The consistent - the bridge is always striking.
The unexpected - the view of the dam and bridge together from high above, seeing the Apache Trail from time to time.
The duel - between the prickly pear on one side of the trail and the saguaros on the other for about 1/2 mile. It was like a standoff to see who was going to cross over the trail first.
Trail sign work - limited as not many trail signs.
The pain - my camera finger .
The views - in case I can't emphasize enough, the lakes and the Four Peaks and the distant mountains as well.
The moment - the interpretive sign placement up from the bridge.
|For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination. |
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.