|Hiking||14.00 Miles|| 4 Hrs 32 Mns ||3.33 mph|
|950 ft AEG|| 20 Mns Break||10 LBS Pack|
|Wanted to check out the Hawknest trail, but no easy way up there since there doesn't seem to be any trailheads you can park at in the immediate area. So I made up a 14 mile loop that will get me up there to hike a bit of it. Since it's a pretty flat area and temperatures seemed like they should be fine for the day, we headed out early in the morning.|
Started off from the Granite Mountain Trailhead, we started our hike about 6:30. Things were pretty uneventful as we made our way up to Hawknest trail taking a variety of trails to get there. Hawknest trail was quite nice and mostly quiet although we did run into a couple of bikers as we made our way. Name of the trail does not disappoint, saw a couple of groupings of Harris's Hawks and got some excellent photos.
As we dropped onto the Divide trail we started to run into more bikers, and the numbers steadily increased as we continued to make our way back to the trailhead. At one point we ran into a group of 12 older bikers, and ended up playing tag with them for the next couple of hours, we must have passed them, and had them pass us about 4 times..... . Anyhow, as we jumped onto the Granite Mountain Loop trail the hordes of bikers and hikers was on. Glad to get back to the car. Luckly we had a good 70% of the hike to ourselves before we started to run into folks.
All in all a good day.