|Walking/Big Jim - 3465 - Mill - Jeep Jeep Loop, AZ|
|Walking/Big Jim - 3465 - Mill - Jeep Jeep Loop, AZ|| |
Walking/Big Jim - 3465 - Mill - Jeep Jeep Loop, AZ
|Hiking||17.83 Miles|| 10 Hrs 10 Mns ||2.00 mph|
|3,408 ft AEG|| 1 Hour 15 Mns Break||14 LBS Pack|
|Owl Clover, Lupine, Brittle Bush, Mariposa Lilly, Desert Marigold, Desert Chicory, and more Owl Clover. Also plenty of pesky Foxtail just becoming mature for the year.|
Peak 3465 and the Walking Jim/Big Jim trails are a close go to favorite for me. I first did these trails more than 10 years ago, when route finding was a problem. Route finding is no longer an issue. The north portion of the Walking Jim Loop is easy to follow. Did I mention Owl Clover.
Big Jim Trail to Peak 3465 is also easy to follow. My Son and I cairned a route from the saddle to 3465 more than 10 years ago. It's a well worn path now.
I love the views from Peak 3465. They never get old.
We descend 3465 and then make our way up to Mill. The foxtails are frickin' irritating.
Lunch at the top of Mill while Joe cleaned his socks.
[ youtube video ]
Pikes Peak was bypassed as someone had enough of the foxtails.
I'll still need to make my way back to do this one. That was sooooo close.
Joe used me as a crash test dummy for a hawk that wanted to take off my head... repeatedly. He claims he could not get the video, as the hawk got closer with each dive bomb.
We took the steep westerly descent from the Mill/Pikes Peak Saddle. The tall friendly grass hid rocks and things with rattles.
It was nice to hit some of the old mine/jeep roads as the foxtail dug deeper into my socks. Pikes Peak teased me as we hiked around it.
We ran into the Lord of the Walking/Big/Little Jim hikes, @bobhike.
He was doing trail maintenance. It's his creation and hike description that got me out there many years ago.
No burros, one pesky hawk, buzzards, and one slithering Kingsnake were the only wild life spotted. Bob was the only human we crossed paths with.
The weather was perfect.
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