|Hiking||9.40 Miles|| 4 Hrs 30 Mns ||2.21 mph|
|725 ft AEG|| 15 Mns Break|
||no linked trail guides|
|Route Scout gave out at the 6.72 mark so the AEG is wrong and I drew in the rest of our route. My phone screen cracked and maybe that's what caused it. The worst thing is I just paid $105 to have it replaced. I did not drop it nor set down my waist pack so I have no idea how it cracked but I'm not happy about it as the bottom third of my phone doesn't work... again . And then I forgot to verify what time we got back to the TH so it's kind of a guess on time. And let me tell you, when you're hiking with Sandy on the flat, you're moving right along. Fortunately she got distracted a couple times so I could catch up .|
Anyway, I wanted to do a hike on Sunday after the AZT Trail Days Event and Sandy said she was interested. She had wanted to do Kendrick but I said no dice since I wasn't in good enuf shape to do that plus we would have to backtrack too far from where we would be camping by Mormon Lake area. So after a flight of beers and some food on Saturday afternoon, Wendy came up with the Fisher Point idea. Perfect! We car camped up on the Arizona Trail off of 90N arriving there around 9PM after errands.
We left Mormon Lake area around 7:45 I think and drove thru some fog and continued on Hwy 3 to the new Sandy's Canyon TH. We geared up and headed over and down the trail to the flat. We passed a family before having the trail to ourselves until a little ways up to the Overlook. There were flowers scattered about so we would check them out before continuing on the trail. I always worry about the hill up to the Fisher Point Scenic Viewpoint but had no problems today. I showed Sandy around and we took the requisite photos. Before we left we followed a trail off to the east but it didn't seem like it went anywhere so we crossed over the downed barb wire fence back to the trail.
We went to Fisher Point and continued east up Walnut Canyon to look for the caves. We went by one but I said let's see that on the way back. Well that was the last one and we ended up hiking about another 3/4 of a mile before I said this doesn't really feel right and the trail seemed to be less used here. It was an interesting area but we were caving at this point. So we turned back and finally see bent down grass to go check out a cave. There was one we found that I don't recollect seeing the last time I was here. Getting up to it was interesting as you had to get by a tree and over some mossy rocks; but it was the coolest cave with great scenery in front of it.
Another of the caves which I think was the out place for the next cave was very grown in and hard to get to. Next was the big cave so we checked that out using our cell phone flashlights and my headlamp. It wasn't the best lighting but better than nothing. So finally we got to see the caves and one more alcove before heading on west to Fisher Point to check out that alcove/cave. Somehow when I came out of the last caves, RouteScout stopped and a crack appeared on my cell phone screen. I'm just having terrible technology problems the last couple months .
From there, Sandy was off to the races. She can really cover that flat ground pretty quickly. We had broken clouds for most of the day which kept the temps from getting hot. I have to say my legs were getting a little sore though so I was glad when she would get distracted and stop for a moment and I could catch up. I got up the little hill out of Walnut Creek fairly well too. I got back to Tonto Jr and turned RouteScout off hoping it was actually recording but no such luck. So all I got was the 6.72 miles and 725 AEG.
It was a nice day to be out on the trail and get some miles in. Originally we thot we would be doing the 6 miles as advertised on HAZ but with the hike up to the Overlook and back to the caves and beyond, it added a few miles. We probably saw around a dozen or so other hikers during the hike. The TH had quite a few more cars than when we came. It's a nice little TH. Wonder if they will move the AZT sign to here?. Seems a better place for it; or at least put another sign.
We parted ways as Sandy takes the 87 to Gold Canyon and I the 17 for North Phx. Traffic wasn't the best and hit some rain for a bit too.
||Wildflowers Observation Light
|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.