|Weavers Crosscut Loop, AZ|
|Weavers Crosscut Loop, AZ|| |
Weavers Crosscut Loop, AZ
|Hiking||8.22 Miles|| 4 Hrs 24 Mns ||2.00 mph|
|2,224 ft AEG|| 17 Mns Break|
|After a couple of days of rainfall and positively autumnal temperatures, I was watching the morning radar to see where would be a suitable place to go that wouldn't result in an all-day deluge. The rim looked clear, but I opted for the Supes, as it looked as though the rain would move out in the next hour or so, and there's really no place like the Supes in the rain.|
This plan seemed extremely questionable on the drive there, as the wall of water we were driving through reduced freeway speeds into the 30s. Alas, Peralta Road did not have any deep water crossings as the washes were dry. The road was flowing nicely however!
We set out shortly after the heaviest rain band had ended and got to enjoy the rewards of the monsoon. Waterfalls flowed over the dacite cliffs, and nearly every stain you see on the cliffs on a dry day was flowing today. The clouds came and went, sometimes reducing visibility to near zero, while other times opening up a view.
I haven't hiked this since the Sawtooth Fire, so it was a little shocking to see the destruction on the other side of Fremont Saddle. We were lucky that the clouds broke for a bit and we got the only view of the needle that we saw all day. The rain, fog, and flowing water made the burn area a unique and strangely beautiful sight to behold, especially on the crosscut (btw the route up the xcut from Peralta is largely destroyed, difficult to find and follow. I'm gonna send @bobp out there to build some cairns because it'll be a while before a route is able to be reestablished there).
As expected, Barks was flowing nicely and made for some enjoyable splashing on the return trip. The water continues to flow with the darkened silt of fire runoff and the smell of wet smoke was with us all day. But this rain will only help to sprout the life that will slowly erase that scar.
As always, it was a great day to be out here in lightning-free rain. I think there were 4 cars in the lot when we started and 5 when we finished. That might be normal for a July day. I can't recall hiking in the Supes during the day in midsummer before, but the thermometer didn't crack 72, which I also can't recall happening in July before. Gotta take advantage of such rarities when mother nature serves them up!