|Hiking||12.94 Miles|| 7 Hrs 13 Mns ||2.12 mph|
|2,588 ft AEG|| 1 Hour 7 Mns Break|
This area always has been and will be a special place to me. Remote, beautiful, BIG views.
We did this loop in a CCW direction for the first time.
Parker Creek Trail #160
Evidence of rain the night before had the flora wet at the top. This added to the jungle humidity and wet shoes.
This was a short drop to meet with the rim trail.
Rim Trail #139
5 miles and 800'+ AEG with many scenic view spots off the rim. That's been the attraction for me.
Now, the official GPS track and long pants a a requirement. The trail has disappeared in spots and the fresh, green, thorny locust became way annoying.
Murphy Ranch Trail #141
1.25 miles and 650' AEG to the old Murphy Ranch
This seemed to be the most humid part of the day and a climb and the clouds would not cooperate.
Lunch looking over the apple orchard, was the best temps of the day
Reynolds Creek Trail #150
1.15 miles and 375' AEG
In decent shape for the most part. We took this to the signed junction for the unnamed? trail that takes you to the rim.
We went out far enough to get views checking out the rumble in the sky. I got enough of a signal to check the radar. We opted to cut it short and make it back to the Truck.
We scrambled up to Murphy 7732 and over to Aztec Peak. Lightning was crackling, so not good to be up top.
Abby's way Trail #151
Less than 2 miles to go and the rain started. It was never more than light. Rumors of this trail being cleared since the last time we were through are true. All the big stuff is gone. What remains are just a few easy ones to hop over, that have fallen since.... and 5 miles (ok, under 2) of agonizing wet raspberry bushes scraping against already torn up legs.
We saw quite a few White Tails, with one huge buck, still in velvet
Cooler weather/Lower humidity
Good GPS track
Trails need some love
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