Short and sweet to beat the heat. I had to work for a few hours in the a.m. so this jaunt was fitting. Meghann has been wanting to see this place and I had never been. Certainly a beautiful little trail from top to bottom. Plenty of water and a great place for a cooling swim.
Feeling a bit out of shape, we decided on C2C to knock off the rust. Turned out to be a perfect day for this one. Departed Phoenix at midnight and started hiking at 440am. By 1130am we were atop Jacinto enjoying lunch and a summit beer. What an awesome trail from bottom to top. Plenty of folks from the tram up. Many wanted to stop and chat with us, likely just to stop for a breather. Great views all day. Tons of wildflowers in the lower portions. Definitely a hike I'd repeat.
Fun day hike on Wrightson. We started under partly cloudy skies and a breeze. Enjoyed a light sprinkle of rain followed by graupel on the way to Josephine Saddle. Made the side trip to Josephine. The 'trail' starts off great and is in much better shape. Not nearly as brushy. A few new cairns. Dallin insisted on going up and over the rock faces. Took a nutrition break atop Josephine then back down the same way. Cruised on up Wrightson. Enjoyed the views. Chatted with a local on the way back down and finished up at a busy TH. A few wildflowers in the lower parts. Mostly dry out there. Bellows spring was flowing.
Post-work exercise hike with Meghann in the local hills. Started at about 630 and saw nobody after the first quarter mile. Tons of spiders on the trail. Perfect temps and a decent sunset. We found a set of keys on the return (Honda) and left them on the 'lost and found' post at the TH.
Weather this weekend looked about perfect for a visit to Hellsgate, so I went for it. Cruised on up to the ridgeline and enjoyed the views before the trails dips back down. Tonto was running clear and spring leaves have started to pop. I followed Haigler downstream briefly, then upstream for a little longer. This was done by walking through the creek and pushing through brush along the shores. I climbed a cliff wall and found a spot for lunch. Taking advantage of the overcast, I got moving shortly after and started the trek back to the TH. On my way out, I met a new haz member out for a solo overnighter. Made the stroll back to the TH under cloudy skies and a nice breeze. Saw a garter snake and had a close encounter with a hawk.
Had this one planned a month out and everything lined up. Great weather, absolutely perfect day for this hike. Left Tempe nice and early with a couple of friends. Knocked out Siphon Draw in the early a.m. hours. Nice and cool with only a few others on the trail. Hit 5024 first before continuing on the ridgeline. Great views all day. Saw a couple of familiar faces. Took a lunch break before the uphill to 5057. Then another little breather on top. Hit Robbers Roost on the way back to Peralta TH.
Walked the 4x4 road to the falls with a few friends. Clouds kept the tops of the mountains hidden, and us cool. Good flow at the falls. Myself and Daniela continued up stream from above the falls while the other 2 stayed back. We found a decent swimming hole and enjoyed the water for a few. Sun finally broke through on the walk back.
Sunset hike with a couple of friends. Up Marcos and continued on Guadalupe. Down into the wash at the usual spot and stayed there to the stone buildings. Had the trails to ourselves. Nice night on the hills.
Nice little sunset exercise hike. Saw a couple of people on Marcos, but nobody after that, weird. From H.V. to Pima Cyn TH was a ghost town. No headlamp needed. Temps and light breeze made for perfect conditions. The best kind of treadmill.
Exercise hike to shake off some rust. Took Marcos - Guadalupe - National to the Old Holbert Lookout. Then back on National and took the washes to Ridgeline. Finished on Pima Wash. Lots of folks in the usual placeas. Great weather!
Headed South for a day-hike with Dallin. I'm always up for ridge walking. This one turned out to be entirely uphill. Definitely a 'ramp' to the peak. Dallin had a little pep in his step and I didn't. We had full sun and I was sweating and wondering why it hurt so much. Passed a group of backpackers on our way up but mostly empty trail. There was water at a few crossings. Nice to hear that sound. Patches of snow clinging to shade fed those drainages. We reached the summit and I fought the urge to nap while eating. Views were nice in all directions. Ladybugs were already gathering on the rocks. On the return, we crossed paths with an enthusiastic backpacking couple and entertained a few stories. Another break was fine with me. The 8.6 miles of downhill felt longer than the uphill, but we finished strong. Mostly fueled by Dallin's food talk. The trail was easy to follow and free of any intrusive vegetation. Grass and catclaw were minimal.
Accepted an invite to check out a cave I've never heard of, or even noticed while walking by. This allowed me to also walk a couple of stretches of trail in the area that I hadn't recently walked. We started out on Dutchman. Surprisingly quiet morning on the trail. We started seeing backpackers once on Whiskey Spring. The spring was lightly flowing and some decent pools had formed. This entire stretch of Whiskey was in great shape. Once in LaBarge via Red Tanks, we off-trailed it up to the cave. It's an impressive structure, but not useable for anything other than a wildlife hideout. Totally slanted floors give it a cathedral feel. I exited and enjoyed the canyon views while Brittany navigated the cave while attempting to stay upright. We headed back the way we came, and took an extended lunch break in the shade near Whiskey Spring. The rest of the return trip was in full sun, but a breeze and nice temps made it pleansant. All trails were in good shape and easy to follow. We didn't see any one on the trails during the second half of the hike. Surprising for such a nice day.
Camped in the area the night before. Thought this would be a nice place to eat breakfast. Enjoyed the views of a freshly snow dusted Mazzies, finished my cereal and headed back. Temps never reached 30 but a beautiful a.m. in the mountains.
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.