Hit up the Boston Hill Open Area in Silver City for a mountain bike ride this morning. I would say this is a fairly new trail system that weaves its way through the remnants of old open pit mines just outside of old town Silver City. Good combination of trails for hiking and mountain biking. I only saw one other biker this morning, but saw many hikers out enjoying the trail system.
Sunrise ride on the Dragonfly trails just up the street from the KOA I'm calling home this week. Trailhead seems to be more popular than the last time I was here 4 years ago. Some rain last night kept the dust down. Trails are super smooth with very modest climbs.
Took the harem, Christina, Yolanda, Jan, and Tricia up to Mingus Mountain to hike the View Point Loop. Hiked it counter-clockwise. Appears to have been a lot of recent trail work done to improve the tread and cutback vegetation. Stop to chat with a hand glider pilot who was waiting for his buddy to show up before launch. Fantastic loop. Beat the heat in the Phoenix valley.
Hit some trails in the Granite Basin Recreation Area of the Prescott National Forest. Parked at Cayuse trailhead and rode West Lake to Balancing Rock, then 347 Lower to Hokaygon back to the trailhead. Didn't see a whole lot of other trail users today, but some hikers, 7 bikers, and 2 horseback riders.
Feeling pretty good this morning I got out at 5:30 on the bike and decided to be ambitious. Started on FINS and rode the Maricopa trail over to Pirate trails. Did my normal "Pirate Easy Loop" and then jumped on Corgett Wash over to Estrella Loop - Westar Hill. Followed a faint greenway trail back to FINS. Took the long way home around the back for a nice long ride that got me over the 20 mile mark.
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.