|Hiking||4.68 Miles|| 4 Hrs 32 Mns ||1.15 mph|
|1,507 ft AEG|| 28 Mns Break|
||no linked trail guides|
|Got the inspiration for this one from one of @hansenaz 's recent hikes. Shortened the loop to make it more doable for my kids. Got started a little after 1000 to nice clouds and cool temps. Crossed the creek, then headed uphill, generally following the ridge. Very little vegetation to deal with since it has mostly all burned. Off trail was slow going with the kids (I'm always slow off trail too, so it didn't matter) but they didn't complain. |
The kids loved the first ruin partway up the ridge, I think this one was their favorite of the day. After that, he headed up to 4456, then south out to the next ruin. Very steep downhill in places, with some loose footing, but overall not too bad. I backtracked out of one bad spot for the kids, and there were a couple of complaints about cactus, but we made it out to the ruin without incident. Short snack break, then headed back up, which was much easier going uphill through the steep parts.
Once back on the ridge, we continued east, mostly following the ridge, or staying slightly on the north side to avoid some sketchy spots. The ridge was actually quite enjoyable, with good views and a nice breeze. Just above the saddle where the ridge meets the Maricopa Trail, we looked at one more small ruin. From there, we hopped on the Maricopa Trail and headed back west. Nice views, but the footing on that portion of the trail kind of sucks, I preferred the offtrail. Once we were back at the west end of the ridge, we retraced our initial offtrail for about half a mile to finish out the hike.
One of the best parts of the day for me was getting back to my car and seeing two other vehicles parked next to me--another 4Runner and a Tesla. The 4Runner was actually charging the Tesla's battery. I kept my laughter mostly contained until I had my door closed. Fun day with the kids, and good for them to get some offtrail practice. I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!
|If it’s above freezing, it’s too hot.|