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Peak 1719 Lime Kiln Loop, AZ
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Peak 1719 Lime Kiln Loop, AZ 
Peak 1719 Lime Kiln Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Oct 27 2020
CannondaleKid
Hiking4.60 Miles 913 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   2 Hrs   39 Mns   1.74 mph
913 ft AEG18 LBS Pack
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Although the left hip and lower back are still causing grief, hiking while in pain is 100% better for the psyche than lounging around in pain at home so a-hiking-I-would-go.

That said, I'm sticking with short loops for now so I'll have shorter bail-out options should things get to be unbearable during the hike.

I chose this hike as a variation of the hike two days ago for two reasons, it's pretty easy and more importantly I wanted to test the cheap lightweight plastic overshoes I bought solely for Salt River crossings when the level is low.

Since this hike provided similar views and terrain as two days ago and the fact there was absolutely no drama, nothing unique and/or out-of-the-ordinary during the hike, I'll end the suspense and skip to the results of my test.

Before attempting the test I determined as long as I didn't step flat-footed in water over 6" deep my boots would stay dry, and if I were to tip-toe I would be safe up to 9". By choosing to cross in the same spot I did two days ago (albeit swapping boots for sandals on that trip) I knew it could be accomplished without over-topping the galoshes.

But of course the critical part when crossing the Salt River is managing the slick wet weed-covered rocks. One slip and the least of my worries would whether my boots got wet or not. While I assumed my Teva sandals would be better suited for traversing wet/slippery rocks than the galoshes, I found that was not the case. The soft rubber on the bottom of the galoshes actually gripped better than the 'spider-tread' of the Tevas so as long as I didn't step on any rockers (or backed off if I felt one move) I had no issues. Sure I had two hiking poles to aid in keeping my balance, but that was a given even crossing in sandals.

I realize they may not last much more than a dozen crossings, but at under $12 the thin soft PVC 'foldable galoshes' performed admirably! Well worth a 5-star rating.
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