|Hiking||12.65 Miles|| 5 Hrs 49 Mns ||2.26 mph|
|2,642 ft AEG|| 13 Mns Break||12 LBS Pack|
|This was the 10th installment|
of the Turtle and Eagle New Years-ish hike.
Weather this week forced us into Plan-B mode.
A cool pre-dawn start and an early cold wet Cave Creek crossing set the mood.
The steady climb up Skunk Tank and then Quien Sabe trails got us into thicker and thicker fog.
This made the off trail to the peak a bit more challenging than usual. We could not actually see the peak, until we were about 30' away. We took our usual group photo at the peak, as the light snow, turned into large flakes, coming down quite heavy. A quick snack, in lieu of lunch and we retreated off the peak.
Partway down, the snow stopped, the fog began to subside and we were treated to some incredible views.
[ youtube video ]
Back at the saddle and trail, we enjoyed the warmth of a bit-o-sun.
The rest of the return was uneventful. Even the creek crossing seemed warmer.
Good hiking with John, Kelly, Dave, Denny again and with Linda for the first time.
Happy New Year All!
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