|4,902 ft AEG|
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|I hiked up to Humphreys Peak via the Inner Basin, and on the way home I stopped off and hiked up to the Lee Butte Fire Lookout.|
I hiked up to Humphreys from the Inner Basin. The upper section of the Inner Basin Trail seems much rockier than it used to be.
In the morning I saw a couple of deer in the lower section of the Inner Basin Trail, amongst all the aspens.
It was a near perfect day for the hike -- not cold, not hot, and with a gentle breeze blowing for much of the day.
On the way back I took a service road back to the TH instead of going through the switchbacks on the lower portion of the Inner Basin Trail.
On the way back home I stopped and hiked up to Lee Butte to see the fire lookout tower there.
The lookout is inactive, but the tower is in decent shape. The stairs seemed solid, so I climbed the stairs and got up in the cab. The views were nice, and I am glad that I made the trek to this lookout.
I found a benchmark underneath the tower.
It was a nice stroll up a forest road to the tower. This is a nice area and I enjoyed the short hike.
Sorry Humphreys, but Lee Butte was the highlight of this hiking day.
Distance and elevation gain for the 2 hikes are below. Stats above are the sum of the two.
Humphreys: 16.3 miles with an AEG of 4,554 feet
Lee Butte: 1.7 miles with an AEG of 348 feet
|May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. -- Edward Abbey|