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East Baldy Trail #95
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East Baldy Trail #95Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 25 2020
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking13.60 Miles 2,040 AEG
Hiking13.60 Miles   8 Hrs   17 Mns   1.64 mph
2,040 ft AEG20 LBS Pack
 
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I'd had 4 days above 9000 ft to get acclimated to high altitude and it was time to take another shot at the East Baldy Trail #95. I had attempted this one 6 years ago and ran out of gas at 10,000 ft after 4.5 miles. Got started at 8:00 am, a beautiful morning, and as usual on this hike amazing views of the inviting green meadows along the East Fork Little Colorado River. Being a week day I would meet few people on this hike but all were friendly resulting in considerable delays for pleasant conversation. Blasted past the 10,000 ft elevation mark with plenty of energy left and not gasping for air. Saw the airplane wreckage at about the 6.3 mile mark and only poked around the wing tip by the trail. But I saw enough to pique my interest for doing some research after I returned home. See my photoset for more info on the plane wreckage.

Reached my planned turn around point at the junction of the East and West Trail and stopped for a lunch time snack. No invasion of the off-limits Baldy Peak for me, besides I was running out of energy. The forecast afternoon thunderstorm was closing in as I headed back. Another good reason not to have continued on to the Baldy peak. I'd only gone about 0.7 miles when the downpour hit requiring a quick stop to pull on the full rain suit leftover from my hiking days in Oregon and get my camera and cellphone sealed up in a water tight turkey roasting bag. Hail and rain poured down. Lightning flashed and boomed around me for the next hour as I hustled down the trail. The 20 year old rain suit kept me dry but the close-by lightning flashes always make me nervous. The last 3 miles were a pleasant stroll in the fresh, cool, post-storm air.
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