|Hiking||5.75 Miles|| 6 Hrs 3 Mns ||1.12 mph|
|2,479 ft AEG|| 54 Mns Break|
||no linked trail guides|
|I had told the kids on Wednesday that if they cleaned the upstairs of the house reasonably well, I’d let them skip school today. I was satisfied with their effort yesterday, and even let them sleep in a little this morning before we headed over to Quartz Peak. |
Got started from the trailhead shortly after 1000. One other vehicle was parked there, but we never saw whoever it belonged to. A little warm, and almost no breeze. The kids did fine on the uphill, which gets progressively more difficult as you make your way uphill. Slow pace, with plenty of short breaks, plus I carried everything in my pack for them. Recents rains have helped green things up out there, but the area could still use more water. Lots of fallen saguaros though.
The enjoyed the scramble through the rocks and did fine on that last scramble immediately below the summit. They ooooh’d and ahhhh’d over the quartz, and took a long break stretched out on the cool rocks, then played with a squirrel that correctly assumed they had food. Views were not great due to the gross air.
Pleasant hike back down. A little slower in places than is typical for them, but they were careful, and no falls or scrapes, so I didn’t mind. There was finally a good breeze on the lower half of the trail. Saw two hikers heading up when we were about halfway down, and that was it for the day. I had told the kids it would be a six hour hike, and that’s exactly what it turned out to be. Great hike with the kids, and a good challenge for them.
Drove in from the south past the landfill and airstrip. Road is in good shape, medium clearance is fine. Some sandy spots, but nothing required 4wd when dry.
|If it’s above freezing, it’s too hot.|