This hike just never gets old for me. I love everything about it with the exception of the drive in. It is always amazing to me in the middle of summer how this feels nothing like our desert even though it is relatively close to Phoenix. In the middle of the chute there was even a patch of Columbines. One of my all time favorite flowers. Good times and great company.
Needed to escape Phoenix for a day to clear the head. Horton Derrick loop never disappoints. I went up Horton and returned on Derrick. The last two miles I got poured on. The trail turned to a mild creek and I was soaking wet by the time I got to the car. Kind of refreshing actually!
I always enjoy hiking Browns. But today I thought I would try and get a Birdseye view of the Woodberry fire. Much to my surprise it was barely evident from up there. Only four small smoldering areas off in the distance. I drove back through globe and witnessed a good amount of scorched earth.
The hike itself today was fabulous. Unfortunately I had to field several calls on my way up which is why the 10 minutes of break time.
Started this one around 11:00AM. Was very surprised to see one other hiker out on the trail about midway around the loop. Incredible views of the smoke over the Supes. I wonder how it would look from the top of Four Peaks? May have to check it out.
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.