I wanted a short hike with some elevation. I got to the Hieroglyphic trailhead a 6a with only 3 parking spots left? The crowd goes to the petroglyphs and the few take the Lost Goldmine trail. The humidity was high but not bad for a short hike.
An evening stroll on a hot day. I got to the trailhead a little early but started hiking anyway. I parked in the shade but had sun about half way up. I didn't see another hiker or another car in the lot from start to finish. there were a lot of lizards about but no snakes. The wind picked up the last mile but weather was farther east so no rain.
An Early morning stroll from the Hieroglyphic Trailhead to the green gate and back. I thought about the Turk but I'll wait for cooler weather. The morning was nice and it didn't warm up before I finished just before 8 am. I saw three other hikers and one biker on Lost Goldmine trail.
An early morning stroll back in the Supes. I had hoped to see more critters brought out by the recent rain but no luck. The clouds kept the sun off but the humidity was real. Passed a family of four hiking to Hackberry and they were the only other people I saw.
This was the day 2 morning hike before the drive back. The clouds provided some entertainment but no thunder/lightning so no danger. The trail was easy and with quiet and running water it was a pleasant environment explore. I saw a turkey vulture and a curious squirrel but no other critters.
Chris had the plan for Chiricahua Peak and I was along for the ride. I decide to change things up and remember my backpack and wallet this time. I was ready for a warm hike but it ended up being a cool hike. The cloud cover and some light rain made for a chilly ascent. The trail was easy to follow and outlines by ferns in the lower section. The moist earth kept the dust down. We took a lunch break on the summit and Chris found some bee friends. It warmed up on the hike down but still nice. We took a detour on the Bear Wallow trail but no bears were to be found. A nice hike in a far away place.
One more 9 before 8 while it's still cool in the morning. It started out cool and warmed slightly before I finished. I didn't see another hiker the entire loop although there where 3 other vehicle at the trailhead when I returned. Only lizards and bunnies along the way.
An early morning stroll from Needle Vista around Hackberry Mesa to Garden valley and back Second Water trail. The trails west of First water aren't named and I took a side trail to a prospect hole that had the opening squared off with concrete. I scared up a critter that I first thought was a bobcat but the tail was wrong so it may have been a feral cat. I passed a few horseback riders and one hiker on second water trail. I saw a gila monster (surprise) about 100 feet off the sidewalk on the way back to Needle Vista. Some morning clouds kept the sun off and it was till nice out when I finished at about 7:45am.
The seasonal 9 miles before 8am. Didn't push but still made decent time. I finally found some gold in the superstitions. Only saw 2 other hikers but there were 7 other vehicles at trailhead. With the early start it didn't really warm up o this loop. Plenty of light by 5am.
The temperature hit 100 degrees so it was time for the evening Peralta hike. There was one Ford F150 in the lot when I arrived at the TH and I parked in the shade. This is only the second time I've hiked up to Fremont Saddle and back without seeing another hiker. I took it easy on the hike up and barely got warm. The stroll down was nice as always. The Ford F150 was still the only other vehicle in the lot when I returned. I nice hike on a lonely trail.
Got an early start at 5:30a but it's light enough at 5:00a so almost late. There were a few hikers at the start that let me pass them. I didn't see anyone one the way east and hiked to the boulders on the trail near the Three Sisters area. Had the sun at my back on the turn around and still had shade beyond Turks Head for a bit. There were hikers coming in as I was hiking out. Still cool enough in the morning to get in a few miles early.
It was of to Rogers Trough one more time. I intended on doing this hike a week earlier but it was even cooler this week so it worked out. I was the first vehicle at the trailhead and there would be seven more when I left. The hike down Roger Canyon was nice and cool. It's easy to lose the trail but easy enough to follow the creek until you pick it up again. I went up on White Mountain using the side Canyon north of Angel Basin. The route up wasn't choked but steep and loose which makes it a workout. I wanted to drop down to a cave but didn't find a way down to it. I did find another ruin and got some good views. Lizards, vultures and bees were the fauna for the day. The cluster of bees was about 20 feet off the trail but I got buzzed when I stopped to take a photo so I kept moving. There were several groups hiking in when I was on my way out. A good workout in the Supes.
Bruce asked if I was up for a hike in the Supes. Well if I have to. I had been to Reavis Ranch since the Woodbury Fire but not from Rogers Trough. The trails are washed out in areas but not a problem to follow. Joe kept an even pace and Bruce counted the hikers along the way. There was plenty of water around to filter but wait for the good water in Reavis Creek. At the Ranch, Many of the apple blossoms were brown but there were enough white blossoms to produce some apples. After a break we ran into Max, Bruce filtered some water and then we continued on to Circlestone. More uphill than I remember but easy on the way back. There was an idea of hiking up Mound Mountain but I guess 20 miles was good. The morning was cool, the hike back warmed up for a bit but a short break in the shade was a good cool down. A nice day on the trail and not much vehicle traffic on FR172 for a weekend.
One more trip out FR 172 while it's still in good shape. I had a route to go up on White Mountain but stayed to close to the cliff band and got stuck. The route was steep and loose so going down and back up was not in the bag. Lessoned learned for next time out. To sum it up, Fr 172 is good, the trail is okay but the rain is going make the brush grow. There was water in Rogers Canyon and Randolph Canyon. I saw two backpackers hiking in on my way out. When I saw their trunk at the trailhead it had a Steelers frame around the license plate. A nice stroll but it's getting warm out.
I haven't been behind Coffee Flat Mountain in a while so this hike was overdue. The early clouds kept the sun off but it warmed up in the afternoon. Chris and Andy kept a steady pace and I got to relax in the shade a few times. Barkley Basin looks better with brittle bush brightening things up. The Whiskey Spring trail keeps getting a little better each time through. Red Tanks Trail was narrow but easy enough to navigate. The claw claw was present but avoidable.
We stopped for lunch on the Red Tanks Divide. After lunch it warmed up a bit but the breeze was nice. I stopped in the shade before Dripping Springs to let everyone regroup. As we started down Coffee Flat trail I was talking and not really watching. I saw something move and noticed the diamondback to my left. I think we both moved back at the same time.
The rest of the hike was uneventful. The section of Coffee Flat going through Barkley Basin has a variety of wildflowers. Brittle bush, globe mallow, lupine, Mexican poppies, fairy dusters and scorpion weed were all present. I passed the Reavis look-a-like again on the way out. He left in a white pickup. It was nice get out into the heart of the Supes.
The original plan was to hike from the Woodbury Trailhead. At the junction of FR 172A I decided to see how the road was and since it was good I kept going all the way to Rogers Trough. The hike in was cool and I was ahead of the pack so I didn't see an other hikers until I was hiking out. I stopped in at the ruins, looked for a route up White Mountain, took some photos and took a detour to the ore cart. The trail has issues and is difficult to follow on the way down. I did follow the trail most of the way out. There are several downed trees, reroutes and wash outs to keep things interesting. A nice day to be on the trail.
An easy loop on a beautiful day. The usual Saturday hiked was delayed to avoid the breezy forecast. The plans started out big but tapered off to get out before the event traffic kicked in. I decided to visit a few old haunts along the way. The Stewart mine was not fully visible from the top of the Hill. The dugout cabin doesn't really look like much and the CD cabin is some old pots, pans and cans that didn't burn. The Peralta trailhead was half full when I arrived but I didn't see an other hikers until just before the Terrapin junction. The trail is in good shape and the desert is green. There were several campers near Buff Spring and the spring was trickling out of the irrigation tube that is now attached to the end of the pipe. The plan started as an out and back but I decide on the loop to not get behind the backpacker heading out. Barkley basin has some green and although the soldiers are dead, it looks much better than it has on previous post fire trips. I saw several hikers as they strolled up toward Miners Needle. The temperature was perfect as the sun kept you warm and the slight breeze kept you cool. Out before noon and cruised out Peralta road without the normal slow traffic.
Another stroll in Haunted Canyon. Denny was supposed to go but I think he had to get a hair cut? I asked Scott but he had ballet lessons? Maybe they're avoiding me? Anyway it was a nice cool 28 degrees at the start. No breeze at all and the mud crunching under foot. It really doesn't get any better. The trail is coming back around after being washed out. There are a few areas with downed trees but it's easy to get by. I was intending on hiking the loop but opted for the shorter way back to avoid the event traffic getting home. I still took a few detours to look around and hiked up to a ruin Lee pointed out several years ago. There were some backpackers and hikers coming in on my trip out. The mud had thawed by then and stuck to your shoes. I tracked mud into the house but I can do that without worry. Just a nice walk in the Supes.
It's back to Robert Hall again. It's been 2 years since I was up on Two Bar Mountain. The last time I was worn out from fighting the wind that day. I turned back because I thought the summit was another mile. Turned out to be just another 350 feet. I came back to hike that 350 feet. Once at the trailhead I realized my camera was still on the kitchen table.
The phone took over...sort of. There were two Javelina hunters at the trailhead when I arrived. I started out in front and never saw them again. The temperature was 38 degrees but felt nice since there was no wind hiking up Tule trail. The breeze kicked up on Two Bar Ridge but felt good hiking in the sun. The off trail ridge hiking isn't bad but the rocks under the grass tip you back and forth just for fun. After locating the cairned trail on the mountain I followed it to Peak 5212. The trail continues on past the summit. I wonder where it leads. My GPS maps shows 5212 as the summit. It's a cool area walking through the trees with hardly any wind and no one around. I've been to the high point on Two Bar Ridge near the Reavis Gap trail and back up on the mountain so I think I've finally got this one covered. One the trip back down the ridge to the trail I finally located the ruin. There are pot sherds galore in one area but I missed locating the source on the previous 3 trips through. The ruin but it's half buried strew about so no in good shape. I cruised back down in the breeze and didn't take my jacket off until the last few miles. Perfect conditions in the eastern Supes.
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