Wife and I took the pooch and the nephew along to catch some of the final show of color from the maples and oaks on the rim. Inspired by some of the recent trip logs, this hike appeared to be a good one. After some discussion, the wife felt comfortable doing this forest walk, and my nephew wanted to come along so the plan was made and off we went.
We arrived to our starting spot just after 9am and to start the the temps were very pleasant at 62º. We didn't see a single person while we were in the canyon or walking up the drainages and that was a pleasant surprise. I expected to see at least a dozen people, if not more, while I was out there.
This was a milestone hike our little dog and my nephew. Prior to this hike the longest our dog had hike was just a few miles and for my nephew just over four miles. While this is not a challenging hike I still commend him for pushing through the pain and suck of breaking in his new shoes and having a a great attitude about it the whole time. We finished the hike in a bit warmer temps (73º) but that beats this 100º crap in Phoenix. Good time had by all.
Rim Road was a joke as always but with the aggregate it's made for a bit more a pleasant ride. Overall a very nice Saturday afternoon and glad we were able to find a spot to ourselves. This was my closeout hike for the rim this year. Looking forward to more fall colors in about a month in the southeastern end of the state in another month.
Autumn Foliage ObservationExtreme >90% of the maples were past peak and shedding leaves. Some of the gambles are just turning or are already brown. Of the few Aspens we saw, they were just at or barely past peak.
Wildflowers ObservationIsolated Princely Daisy and Dandelion.