Wandered up canyon at the first major wash crossing rather than taking the trail. Found a cool tinaja back in there that was holding water even though the rest of the canyon seems bone dry. Lots of blooming cacti right now.
Ah, scorching afternoon heat at last. Nice little wind toward the end. I do have to say, I'm looking forward to the monsoon rains washing through there because that first wash crossing smells like a port-o-john baking in the Baghdad sun. Part of today's trip was to re-GPS everything and fix the description...so, that'll be on it's way to you, Joe...
Wildflowers ObservationIsolated Lots of blooming cacti but very sporadic wildflower action today
Great day out there. Forgot to post last week. The trail crew has been out so it's in great condition. They also did a lot of work on Carillo and rerouted it so check that out on your way back to the TH, lots of good wildflower action up that way. The falls were trickling.
Was headed to Pontatoc until I saw the wagon train of people dropping in there. That's one thing you gotta love about the Finger trailhead - options. Broke left and visited good ol' Linda Vista. One of these days I need to go hiking when I don't have a bunch of stuff to do afterward! The brittle bush are exploding all over the mountain right now.
Wildflowers ObservationSubstantial Brittle bush galore, some isolated poppies starting, lots of mallow and penstemon. Saw a few other smaller things I couldn't readily ID blooming, too...
**LARGE, ACTIVE BEE HIVE RIGHT ON LEFT OF TRAIL JUST BEFORE FIRST BIG RIPARIAN AREA**
They weren't aggressive, but they're there.
Went on a jaunt up that side trail that breaks right up the drainage after that "natural" tree bench. Nice grind. Good view and wind at saddle up there. Took about twenty minutes to find a good way to get up that rock spire on Rosewood Peak, will hit it next time. You can call me anything but late for Happy Hour
Wildflowers ObservationLight Brittlebush and a few globe mallow going.
Went in to Maiden. Good amount of water at the major crossings and the pools were rockin'. Dipped my shemagh and started the grind down. Today's random observation: Nothing is more painful than watching someone trying to hike in skinny jeans except, perhaps, when that individual will not yield the trail and forces you to endure even more of the spectacle. What the hey...we were all beginners, once!
Went to the Cleaver. It was time to follow in the steps of Almighty Frick. The canyon was quite dry considering there was water in Finger last week. Nothing in most of the tinajas, either. All of the Front Range trailheads are PACKED right now, be forewarned. Most of the folks I passed were friendly but the place was also sprinkled with the angry q-tips who become ever-present in this mild weather. You know the types, they come clackity-clacking up to you and give you a look like you just peed in their Cheerios for daring to say "Hello" in a friendly tone. Fortunately, many of these types will not even recognize your existence and the encounter is fleeting. Best thing to do is get out of their way, lest they peck your eyes out with their hiking poles. Clearing the trail and letting them pass rarely satiates their menacing attitude, though, and you might get a grumpy grunt or comment. My favorite sub-variety are the ones with the East Coast accents who make comments about the firearm you may be carrying. I politely ask them where they think they are, smile, and move on absent second thought of the encounter. Have fun out there!
Went in to the Falls. Lots of water. I'm sad to report that the timorous "Saguaro Ninjas" have struck all over the lower part of Bear. May fate please put you in my path someday, boys. It's sad to think that most of those saguaros were probably two or three times older than the pumpkins who slashed them...
Just went to Linda Vista. Lots of unseasonal water and the trail was packed until that first major vista point overlooking the canyon. The throngs thinned quickly thereafter. PCSD was doing some kind of special enforcement event with the NFS LE Rangers due to some kind of incident involving a bike on the trail the weekend before. After hearing about it, all I could do was shake my head!
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