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Lime Kiln Peak 1871 Loop, AZ
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Lime Kiln Peak 1871 Loop, AZ 
Lime Kiln Peak 1871 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2021
CannondaleKid
Hiking4.50 Miles 924 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   1.64 mph
924 ft AEG18 LBS Pack
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A nice sunny opening day for 2021... a bit cool and I didn't feel like wearing layers so I waited until late morning.
With Tracey working through the holiday I figured I'd take another trip across the Salt River fromBush Highway.

Back in October I bought a pair of VERY light-weight overshoes to put over my hiking boots so I wouldn't need to the boots-to-sandals-to-boots swap for every cross-river hike. As I mentioned in that triplog they worked well as long as the water wasn't over 6" deep. That's fine for most of the low-flow winter season, but it does limit the number of crossing spots so I bought taller light-weight overshoes.

Before leaving home a spot-check of the Salt River flow had it at 14.4 cfs... about 40% higher than the 10 cfs back in October, so this would be just right to test the taller overshoes. And as the previous pair worked great for shallower water, these handled foot-deep water just fine so it was a shorter walk to my westward river crossing.
Actually I have to say they worked better due to the slightly thicker ribbed sole which gripped the slimy-green algae-covered rocks without so much as a slip... well worthy of another 5-star rating

Once across the river, where do I go first? The last two trips I hit Peak 1871 first and looped CCW over to the lime kiln before heading back for the return crossing at the Fox Tail Admin Site so I decided on a clockwise loop. Since I was nowhere near either of my previous crossing sites, I was far south of the lime kiln before I realized my error. No big deal, just more walking in a soft-sandy wash to get back on track. (The wide sandy wash is what brought my mind into the present... Hey, where did this wash come from? There isn't one near the kiln so I'm definitely going the wrong way!

Once I made the usual visit to the kiln I wandered around, seeking out a few Saguaros in less-than-living condition for a few photos along the way. I spotted tracks of feral horses, equestrians), coyote and deer but no live encounters so far.

The ascent of 1871 took a little bit of route-finding due to little use and I've usually hiked down rather than up. When I glanced back near the top I noticed a dust-devil meandering along the flat west of the river. It seemed to die off when it went into a drainage, only to re-appear a few minutes later a few hundred feet on the other side of the drainage.

Due to a very wide flat summit I didn't bother with any photos and headed down the north slope to the equestrian trail and began the southeastern arc of the loop. About halfway down I spooked a large mule deer and thought I caught it on film... all of 6 seconds due the 2nd GoPro battery dying. ](*,)
At least after-the-fact I pulled one frame out of the video to post as a photo here.

That brings up a GoPro pet-peeve...
Much of the time I was filming with my GoPro 6... not as much as I wanted due to high battery consumption. I used up 2 fully charged batteries in just under an hour of filming. (I'll probably use my Jackery battery pack next time... see next triplog for the results) One thing I really hate about the GoPro is that EVERY time the battery is changed the date/time goes back to 12:00:00 AM, January 1, 2016... so my usual single-step of renaming files by droplet to the actual filmed time took a bunch of calculation to rename them correctly. ](*,)
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