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Sep 09 2020
chumley
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47 male
 Joined Sep 18 2002
 Tempe, AZ
Hidden Mormon, AZ 
Hidden Mormon, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2020
chumley
Hiking4.16 Miles 951 AEG
Hiking4.16 Miles   1 Hour   21 Mns   3.28 mph
951 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
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As the temperatures settled into the 60s I decided I could emerge from my lair and make an attempt at some kind of physical activity. The visible judgement and scorn from those who do this all summer burned like lasers from their eyes with each one who passed, wondering why I wasn't still asleep or at the all you can eat buffet. No matter, I accepted the fair-weather hiker judgement of the faithful and continued on my way. Even the few times the hellish fireball in the sky made a brief appearance it wasn't like opening the oven door. It's almost as if it's not actually summer anymore.
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Sep 09 2020
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Piestewa Peak Summit Trail #300Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 09 2020
chumley
Hiking3.06 Miles 1,260 AEG
Hiking3.06 Miles   3 Hrs   27 Mns   1.35 mph
1,260 ft AEG   1 Hour   11 Mns Break
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An old friend messaged me asking if I would like a slice of Wednesday Pie. After explaining the eleventeen reasons why I hate it so much, I reluctantly agreed to make my 8th summit, and first in 2-1/2 years.

There are 1000% more stairs now. Why not just finish the whole thing and make it all one big staircase? People seem to love that out at Verrado and that place in Colorado.

Good sunset, not too smokey but enough to make some nice color. Ringtail on the peak should be 40lbs by now with the amount of food people give it. Will definitely eat right out of your hand. Pleasant temps. Will put this on my to-do list for another visit around 2023. If there is a 2023.
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Sep 06 2020
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Salt River - Saguaro Lake to Granite ReefPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Kayak avatar Sep 06 2020
chumley
Kayak5.56 Miles 139 AEG
Kayak5.56 Miles   2 Hrs   24 Mns   2.59 mph
139 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
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clairebear
Opted for a quicker lower half trip to skip some of the nonsense out there. A friend was fishing nearby and made setting up the shuttle easypeasy. Put in at Goldfield and paddled to GR as the sun set. I thought we had started a little bit too early as the sun was high and bright to start, but shade was abundant by the time we reached Coon Bluff and more or less constant after that. We lingered on the water for a bit at the end to enjoy the colors.

I stopped at one point for a pee break and paddled into a sandy berm. As I got out, a dback decided I had crossed the threshold and made a polite rattle so I would notice it. I had literally beached my kayak a foot from where it was laying. As I peed a few feet away it slowly slithered under some roots for shelter. This is by far the largest dback I have ever seen. Five feet is not an exaggeration. :o It was so fat and healthy looking I wondered if it was a gravid female. No pix until I got back in the boat as I would have had to reach over it to get to my phone, and peeing was a priority at that particular moment. :)

Spotted another "mystery light". This one is close enough to town that I'll commission one of you to go find it. It's on the rez though, which should complicate things. You'll find it at the summit of "I'd Like to Buy a Vowel [Schlechts] Butte"
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Sep 02 2020
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Bartlett Kayak, AZ 
Bartlett Kayak, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Sep 02 2020
chumley
Kayak3.78 Miles 299 AEG
Kayak3.78 Miles   4 Hrs   9 Mns   1.43 mph
299 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
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I decided to spend some time enjoying the lake during a couple of good full moon nights. I've learned that 2020 can't swim, so the water is a great place to escape.
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Aug 29 2020
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 Tempe, AZ
West Clear Creek Trail #17Camp Verde, AZ
Camp Verde, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 29 2020
chumley
Hiking11.34 Miles 1,500 AEG
Hiking11.34 Miles   8 Hrs   16 Mns   1.37 mph
1,500 ft AEG
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clairebear
After striking out on permits at Fossil Creek, we had to choose between the Crack and Bullpen. I'm a little bit gluteus port retentive, so we chose alphabetically. Insert Staples Easy Button here!

We wandered a ways, exploring a bit off the normal path, avoiding the ample poison ivy, prickly things, impending storms, actual storms, and a friendly black rattlesnake hidden in the grass just to keep us on our toes. Did not manage to stay dry, but didn't damage any gear either.

This kind of thing isn't for everybody but then again, neither am I. ](*,) :lol:
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Aug 27 2020
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 Tempe, AZ
Knoll Lake, AZ 
Knoll Lake, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Aug 27 2020
chumley
Kayak3.65 Miles 861 AEG
Kayak3.65 Miles   1 Hour   13 Mns   3.27 mph
861 ft AEG      6 Mns Break
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Another pleasant day escaping 2020. Water level continues to drop. I had a work priority that had to be attended to so I opted to do this one in the morning. Much more lake visitation than previous trips. Note to self: I think rain and lightning are good deterrents for others. The abandoned boat is gone. Maybe somebody took my advice and claimed it for themselves!
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Aug 26 2020
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 Tempe, AZ
Buck Yeager, AZ 
Buck Yeager, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2020
chumley
Hiking7.58 Miles 1,518 AEG
Hiking7.58 Miles   3 Hrs   8 Mns   2.45 mph
1,518 ft AEG      2 Mns Break
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On ssj's request of something relatively easy, I penciled in a 6 mile loop through meandering meadows. Started off 321 and wandered north though a drainage until reaching Barbershop, taking that across to the cabins and heading back up Buck Springs, cutting across near the old Holder site and through Yeager again back to the truck.

Ran into a Coco researcher taking samples of growth for a study on Elk grazing in the meadows. He said it had been over 15 years since cattle have grazed here so it's just the "natural" stuff now. I asked if he knew anything about the VV triangles and he did not. Though he speculated that it could have been part of a hydrology survey given that many are located in canyon bottoms.

West side FR300 is undergoing a resurfacing project that is slated to take months. (Nope, I haven't seen anything posted about this either). For now, it's nicer than it was, but a real mess. Closures ahead as they will be bringing in gravel trucks and they have nowhere to turn around!
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Praying Mantis
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Aug 20 2020
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Bear Canyon Lake, AZ 
Bear Canyon Lake, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Aug 20 2020
chumley
Kayak3.38 Miles 268 AEG
Kayak3.38 Miles   1 Hour   19 Mns   2.67 mph
268 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
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It's been a few years since I've been to Bear Canyon Lake. It's become such a popular place that I try to avoid it. But it is a pretty lake. It doesn't have a boat ramp, so kayaking here is a bit of a challenge because you have to get your boat to the lake from nearby roads and parking areas. So while it typically has plenty of shoreline activity, the on-water activity is often limited to float tubes and inflatable watercraft.

As I got started, thunder rumbled in the distance. It looked like this one was going to stay to the east so I headed out. The smooth, mirror reflection of the water slowly got more choppy and ultimately it began to rain. A constant rumble of thunder echoed across the sky and occasional flashes of lightning spiced things up a bit.

I contemplated to myself which was more dangerous: paddling on a lake in an electrical storm, or going to the store without a mask. Unsure of the answer, I decided this would be a better way to die. :|

I stopped at the south point to visit with my friend Yuri. The iconic aspen on the point is now dead. A younger one is making an attempt to replace it. As I walked along the shore I spooked a beautiful bald eagle that had been hidden in a large pine. It swooped past me inside of 20-feet! What a great sight! :y: Unfortunately he took shelter amongst the pines on the other side of the lake with no view for a photo.

I paddled back on the other side of the lake, enjoying the weather as it rumbled and rained on me. As I strapped the kayak on my truck, the skies opened, and a monsoon delight persisted for the next 4 hours. I napped in 53 degree perfection. Happy and totally content.
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Aug 18 2020
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Dick Hart Draw, AZ 
Dick Hart Draw, AZ
 
Walk / Tour avatar Aug 18 2020
chumley
Walk / Tour1.00 Miles 50 AEG
Walk / Tour1.00 Miles      30 Mns   2.00 mph
50 ft AEG
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I went looking for Kyle, but came up empty. But like most of my discoveries up here, it wasn't intentional. For all the trips I've made to the area over the course of 25 years, for some reason I have never been here. What a surprise. And creepy af! Much investigation to be done.
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Aug 15 2020
chumley
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 Tempe, AZ
Saguaro Lake, AZ 
Saguaro Lake, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Aug 15 2020
chumley
Kayak2.33 Miles 184 AEG
Kayak2.33 Miles   1 Hour   28 Mns   1.66 mph
184 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
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Quick trip to the lake for sunset. Nice to get in a little swim and some paddling after the crowds went home. Still plenty out there enjoying the day.

Back in the day, we would cliff jump into the lake a couple times in the summer under the full moon late at night. Those cliffs have become incredibly popular and there was a full-fledged queue of people waiting to jump, one after the other. Not my thing anymore, but interesting to witness in today’s world.

A little rough on the sup and kayak with all the boat traffic. Crowds, music, trash, diapers, etc. on the beach as expected. BJ is closed, but paddling into the cove was nice because of it. All in all, a nice short visit to a place only half an hour from home.
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Aug 12 2020
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 Tempe, AZ
Telephone Ridge, AZ 
Telephone Ridge, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 12 2020
chumley
Hiking1.69 Miles 474 AEG
Hiking1.69 Miles      46 Mns   2.74 mph
474 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
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I'd seen this access to Cragin from my kayak before and decided to check it out from above. I was surprised to find a nice, well-traveled trail down to the campsite at the point where Houston Draw meets Bear Canyon on the south fork of the reservoir. FR139B is closed to motor vehicles so there's 3/4 of a mile that used to be driveable that now must be hiked from FR139A, which is an open motor vehicle route.

It's not far from the Rock Crossing trail, but leads farther downlake so it's deeper and wider than where the real trail crosses. And of course there's no crossing here, just a dead end at the lake. Glad to have checked this one out though.

Took the opportunity to take a dip and enjoy the water for a bit before heading back up.

Also ran into @alston_neal on the drive out. Sat mostly naked for a while and shared a beer and some good stories about cats. So almost exactly like on HAZ, only this time in person. :)
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Aspen Spring
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Aug 11 2020
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 Tempe, AZ
Knoll Lake Kayaking, AZ 
Knoll Lake Kayaking, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Aug 11 2020
chumley
Kayak4.12 Miles 838 AEG
Kayak4.12 Miles   2 Hrs   5 Mns   2.06 mph
838 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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A beautiful afternoon on the lake. I tried to stay as close to the shore as possible and do the full circumference plus the knoll. Even hitting both forks it's still not really that far. Doing the same at Cragin would leave me dead! Lol. A few more shore campers this week than last. Less than a handful on the water and the same for anglers on shore. Level is down about a foot in a week. That's fast! Perfect temp for swimming though.
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Aug 10 2020
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 Tempe, AZ
Barber Merritt, AZ 
Barber Merritt, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 10 2020
chumley
Hiking7.48 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking7.48 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   2.16 mph
600 ft AEG      17 Mns Break
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God help anybody who doesn't have a masters degree in Hazology to figure out where they've hiked here. Is it Merritt Draw Loop Lower or Merritt Draw Loop Mid-Lower? Or maybe just Merritt Draw? Is it a riparian area? :-k

It's a good thing I didn't look these things up ahead of time or I'd still be trying to figure them out and missed out on the hiking altogether! :sweat:

Kudos to @oregon_hiker who descended into Barbershop directly from Camp Grasshopper Mogollon Rim-C/Site#3 (don't worry, I linked that one too!). That's a steep and sketchy descent. One and done for that approach, thanks!

The canyon is pretty dry. Plenty of water, but not continual. We took a break at the U-Bar junction before heading up Merritt Draw (Lower?). There was no water in Merritt for the first mile but slowly more pools appeared which was great for Roshi to swim and cool off on what was a slightly warm day up there. Still beats the valley.

It was nice to cruise on the closed-to-driving road 9735P after miles of rock hopping in the canyon bottoms. It's nice to explore these drainages, and I don't think I had done this stretch before.

[I edited the 4,177 feet of gain that apparently I recorded :roll: ]
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Aug 01 2020
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 Tempe, AZ
Springwater Trail, OR 
Springwater Trail, OR
 
Road Biking avatar Aug 01 2020
chumley
Road Biking9.63 Miles 439 AEG
Road Biking9.63 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   4.13 mph
439 ft AEG
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Rode bikes from Sellwood downtown via the Springwater Trail for lunch outside in a state that is serious about Covid. No anonymous kidnappings or unmarked vans, just a delicious burger, a couple beers at Wayfinder and some OR chocolate for dessert. :DANCE:

Next day we headed out to Sauvie Island for a day at the beach on the Columbia River. Fun surprise -- it's a nude beach. :o We decided to hang out anyway and enjoy the scenery. 8-[ Pro tip: if you need a quick confidence boost about your personal appearance, a nude beach will do it for you real quick. (This may not be valid if you're a frequent selfie-poster here :sweat: , but it's probably true for most). As established by the original HAZ @oregon_hiker, no photos of those flashing any skin!

Added a few plane photos @tibber - style. :)
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Jul 29 2020
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Knoll Lake, AZ 
Knoll Lake, AZ
 
Kayak avatar Jul 29 2020
chumley
Kayak2.61 Miles 538 AEG
Kayak2.61 Miles   3 Hrs   49 Mns   0.68 mph
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Spent a pleasant afternoon on Knoll Lake, enjoying the peace and quiet, paddling and swimming. I watched two pairs of osprey doing some impressive fishing, and often chased a pair of herons from their perch where they appeared to be courting. The water level was pretty good for the start of the monsoon, down just about 4 feet from full pool.
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Jul 27 2020
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Bear Canyon (Upper) - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2020
chumley
Hiking4.03 Miles 762 AEG
Hiking4.03 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   2.07 mph
762 ft AEG      11 Mns Break
 
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A short lunchbreak Covid offtrail adventure walk from work-camp-home into Bear Canyon. Despite the recent rain, the canyon was entirely dry save for one pool in the bedrock. Raspberries and sunflowers provided scenery and snacks.
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Jul 12 2020
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 Tempe, AZ
White Mountain Wanderings, AZ 
White Mountain Wanderings, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 12 2020
chumley
Hiking11.11 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking11.11 Miles1 Day   2 Hrs   47 Mns   
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Got to enjoy cooler weather for a few days out east. It rained a bit. There were a lot of clouds. And some nice relaxing hikes along the Little Colorado and West Fork Black Rivers. Ran in to some social friends too which was a pleasant surprise.
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Hualapai PeakNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 05 2020
chumley
Hiking8.27 Miles 2,549 AEG
Hiking8.27 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   2.42 mph
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A little bit warm on the climb despite the elevation. Good views to the SF Peaks, but hazy toward Vegas so Charleston was not in view, despite being the same distance as Humphreys. I was pretty spent from a solid week, so we decided to skip Aspen or other points and just headed back down. Good water flowing from all the options that Levi provided.
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Ruby Crest TrailElko, NV
Elko, NV
Backpack avatar Jul 01 2020
chumley
Backpack44.15 Miles 13,971 AEG
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The Drive
We dropped the 9Loldsmobuick at Road's End at 7:30 and headed toward Harrison Pass. It took just under an hour to get there, but we had the good fortune of a truck capable of knocking off the first 2.8 miles of trail on the 4wd road (and 900aeg!). I wasn't sure what to expect from this, and it was definitely rougher than expected. As it turned out, the brush had recently been cleared by fire crews so the previous mandatory pinstriping had been eliminated, and only the steep and rocky road surface remained as an obstacle on the drive.

Day 1
9.25mi / 2,496aeg / 4:19
At the 4wd trailhead, we headed off at the crack of 9. There were several little creeks or springs along the three miles of additional double track before reaching the Wilderness Boundary. We took a lunch break at McCutcheon Creek, one of the possible spots I had marked to camp. Others had camped here, but sites were not shaded and it was quite windy. It was still early in the day so we headed up the big hill crossing over into the next drainage and dropping down to South Fork Smith Creek after about a 9 mile day.

Day 1 Extra
4.03mi / 1,325aeg / 2:24
Since it was early, we decided to push an extra 1.5 miles to Middle Fork Smith Creek to camp there. This turned out to be a disaster as there was absolutely no option for camping. We searched high and low and wasted about two hours until finally deciding to just backtrack to South Fork! Instead of a reasonable 9 mile day, it ended up being about 13!

Day 2
6.59mi / 2,841aeg / 3:53
A short day but with a big climb, we made no real rush to get going in the morning, hitting the trail around 9:30. Of course we got to start our day with the 1.5 miles back to Middle Fork for the 3rd time! At least it's a pretty nice stretch of trail. From Middle Fork the climb to the pass begins in earnest and we made it to the pass around 12:30. I struggled hard on the climb with aggressive shortness of breath and was super happy to reach the pass. At this point, the switch flips from the green rolling hills and aspens of the southern Rubys to rocky granite, snow, and glacial moraines. The view from the pass down to Overland Lake was a relief and we cruised down and were able to secure an outstanding camp site on a rock outcrop.

I had gotten signal on one of the ridges and taken a screenshot of the forecast discussion. Though the point forecast at 10,000 feet officially called for sunny skies and dry weather, a weak disturbance was passing through that apparently featured an outside chance for a raindrop or maybe even a rumble of thunder. So it was a bit of a surprise when we spent two hours in our flattened tents holding on for dear life as rain and winds that reached at least 60mph rushed across the lake and pushed the capability of our tents to the limits. When the weather cleared, we had a little ptsd every time the breeze kicked up a little bit, but the night ultimately ended up being quite pleasant. As it turned out, we were happy to be at camp and not mid-hike along the high exposed slopes of the Rubys for that event!

Day 3
16.4mi / 4,877aeg / 7:40
This was always going to be the biggest day. There's no water along the crest and while we knew there was snow to draw from if needed, I wasn't aware of any good camping spots that made any sense, so we just decided to push for the full 13 miles. The first couple had plenty of water but eventually we pushed up to the crest and exchanged running drainages for incredible views. Once reaching the crest, the trail ascends four separate peaks, culminating with the highest point at Wines Peak. Each is a reasonable climb of only about 500 feet, but at that elevation, each hurts a bit too!

We took a short detour at Wines to find the benchmarks and hit the highpoint. It's about 1.5 miles down to the North Furlong Creek junction, a popular camping spot due to reliable water for the first time in 11 miles. Despite being pretty tired, we opted to continue an additional two miles to Favre Lake to set up our 3rd night of camp.

Day 3 Extra
1.6mi / 569aeg / 0:55
After a short nap, I decided to check out Castle Lake, a smaller lake about 300 feet above Favre but with much more dramatic mountain scenery. This was a great little evening hike from camp as sunset light turned the mountaintops fire red.

Day 4
6.21mi / 1,786aeg / 2:37
We finished with another relatively short day and didn't get started too early. The exit starts with a thousand foot climb to Liberty Pass, going by the very scenic Liberty Lake along the way. Camp sites here are limited, but on a holiday weekend we passed a couple of groups. Upon reaching the pass we began the 3.5 mile descent back to Roads End. It was the 4th of July and we passed a good number of people on this very popular section of trail, but it never seemed crowded and the views of Lamoille Lake, the Dollar Lakes, and rugged mountains here with a fair bit of snow remaining made it an beautiful morning to finish up the crest trail.

The parking lot was overfull but we took a good relaxing break by the car before heading to Elko for celebratory lunch.

Wildlife
Having read that the Rubys are home to bighorn sheep, mountain goats, marmots, pika, deer, elk, mountain lions, beaver, bobcat, and Himalayan snowcocks, (but no bear or moose) -- we were disappointed to have seen nothing over the entire trip! A deer visited camp one night (woohoo!) and we saw a couple of marmots while driving in Lamoille Canyon, but otherwise came up empty.

Nevada is under fire restrictions, and as Arizonans we are accustomed and prepared to enjoy fireless camps. But we were apparently the only ones as there were multiple other groups having camp fires every night. To be fair, there is zero fire danger at 9000-10,000 feet and the restriction may be covid related rather than weather or fuel related, but it was odd to see so many people so blatantly ignoring posted restrictions without a care or concern.

This was a great trip and an introduction to a beautiful range that I'd like to spend some more time exploring. Ruby Dome is calling my name! :)

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 Tempe, AZ
Thomas Creek TrailElko, NV
Elko, NV
Hiking avatar Jun 30 2020
chumley
Hiking5.28 Miles 1,907 AEG
Hiking5.28 Miles   2 Hrs   23 Mns   2.35 mph
1,907 ft AEG      8 Mns Break
 
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A quick intro to the Rubys straight from camp. Snow lingered on the higher peaks from the few inches that had accumulated the night before. Gotta love those June 30th snowfalls in the mountains :y:

This one makes a steady climb along the creek with a number of small falls and cascades, along with some very impressive beaver dams and lodges. Spring wildflowers and green hillsides contrast with the glacier-carved granite and snowmelt fed creeks and waterfalls.

Blue skies, poofy clouds, pleasant temps and a nice breeze made this an enjoyable couple of hours.
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