Return visit, and hopefully many more to come. Just a really cool place.
It was a bit warm, but not bad. One of the volunteers suggested we do the hike clockwise, which is reverse of what the park brochures state. Much preferred this way; steps were a lot better to climb than the switchbacks. Not sure if this would be a good idea when the monument is busier, though.
Lots of reminiscing over getting caught in a thunderstorm while on the ridge two and a half years ago.
Spent a good amount of time talking to one of the rangers...not sure if I'd seen these before, but she pointed out the steps in the wall that went direct from the oasis up to the ruins.
It was the first day the WNPA bookstore was back open, and so we took the opportunity to splurge.
Did this as an out and back; turned around at the junction of East Baldy. Still some snow at the top. Maneuvering over and under the fallen deadwood got pretty tiring. We estimated there were about 20 or so logs (each way) that required either bending under or climbing over.
Beautiful hike, of course, especially the first 4 or so miles.
After the first two miles, the only other hiker we saw was a backpacker headed out.
Took the Kisva out from the Kingfisher Bridge (the only bridge anymore...) and looped around the Eagle's Nest. We chose to do the loop clockwise, which I think worked out for the best. The Eastern section of Eagle's Nest is a really nice trail.
Its definitely a party in the Broken Arrow area. Started out with Submarine Point since we had been to Chicken Point once already. We followed the official route that Route Scout imported. At the top, I was able to count 8 pink jeeps at once. On the way back, we asked the 4 year old if she wanted to go to chicken point, too, which she indeed wanted to. Pretty pleased the 4 year old willingly knocked out a 5 mile hike.
Made a double loop out of the Western Loop, Sonoran, Lower Sonoran, and Promenade trails. I had hiked all but the Lower Sonoran before, I think it might have still been under construction when I did Sonoran previously. There is an intermediate crossover option between the Sonoran and Lower Sonoran, and I would expect at least one more crossover gets created.
Nice, partly cloudy day. Get some really good views of the surrounding mountains on these trails. There was still snow on anything over about 5500 feet.
Hardly saw anyone at all on the Sonoran trails.
Still liking the extra wide parking spots at this trailhead, though it was almost full when I got there. Cars were parked on the side of the road.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.