|Amethyst from Lone Pine, AZ|
|Amethyst from Lone Pine, AZ|| |
Amethyst from Lone Pine, AZ
|Hiking||7.12 Miles|| 4 Hrs 7 Mns ||1.88 mph|
|2,110 ft AEG|| 20 Mns Break||25 LBS Pack|
|Tracey had never been on the Amethyst Trail and the only time I had was mid-year 2005 so with only 10% chance of showers we figured it was worth a shot.|
And like last week, it was just another 3H day... Horridly Humid Hike. Again I was soaked through-and-through within a mile and it didn't let up.
We saw three separate shooters along FR 143 but no vehicles at the TH so we thought we may have the mountains to ourselves.
And we pretty much did until the return trip when two young guys (20-25?) who had topped Browns Peak passed us on the return trip. They mentioned a rattlesnake encounter on the trail on their way up so it must have begun sunning itself after we had passed. Shucks! We missed it.
On my one-and-only previous trip out to the end of the Amethyst Trail the gate preventing access to the mine compound was a simple affair through which one could easily pass. But now, due likely to many curious folks ignoring the signs, the gate is now a pretty serious affair, complete with concertina wire... and not just across the top but on the side as well as some distance down-slope.
Another item I noted different from the previous trip was a newer and smaller building. Previously it was longer and narrower, basically a single-wide with only one opening visible from the Amethyst Trail. The photos I took were from some distance back on the Amethyst Trail as the building is not visible from the gate.
No dramas today, no bears, no animals, nothing but striped lizards with aqua-blue tails.
As for me & my back issues it was a relatively pain-free day, with the only item of note was losing the feeling in the first three fingers on my left hand on the return trip and they're still a bit tingly three hours later so I have no idea what that's all about.
By time we drove back out to the Beeline shortly after 1 pm all three shooters along FR 143 were gone.
3H or not, it was better than sitting around at home on a hot & muggy day.