Dennis, Angela, Carolyn and I pushed off from the crowded trailhead at 7:00 with a temperature of 68 degrees. Just a loop of Javelina, The main road and Beverly Canyon. 4.2 miles in 1.75 hours with 425 feet of AEG.
Just made a quick counter clockwise loop of Lost Dog, Ringtail, the Old Jeep Trail and back on Lost Dog. 4.2 miles in an hour and 40 minutes with 410 feet of AEG. It was 56 degrees when I started and 62 when I finishec.
Just went out on Promenade and over on Upper Sonoran a ways before doubling back and crossing over Lower Sonoran and back. It was a beautiful 56 degrees when I started at 10:00. 3.4 miles in an hour and 25 minutes with 610 feet of AEG.
I headed out Javelina and came back on National and Beverly Canyon. I took a couple of short side trips down Mormon Loop and Beacon Hill. 5.0 miles in 2 hours with just 515 feet of AEG. A beautiful day though with a temperature of 56 degrees when I started at 8:45.
Carolyn and I just went out to the Thompson Peak road and back on the Dixie Mine Trail. I also went a little ways down the apparently new game trail that heads east shortly after the trail starts. It looks like it heads around to the other side of the neighborhood or down by the retention dam. 5.0 miles in an hour and 55 minutes with 440 feet of AEG.
I went out Lost Dog and came back on the Old Jeep Trail and Ringtail. It was 56 degrees when I started at 1:00 and the same temperature when I finished. A really nice day. 5.2 miles in 2 hours and 5 minutes with 540 feet of AEG.
Just a quick out on Gateway Loop with a return on Horseshoe. 3.3 miles in an hour and 20 minutes with 380 feet of AEG. 71 degrees when I left at 9:00 and 78 when I returned. Pretty crowded for a Saturday.
Just a quick loop in an effort to get my Covid Couch butt back in shape. It was 79 degrees when I pushed off at 7:00 and just 81 degrees when I finished. A partly cloudy morning. 4.5 miles with 750 feet of AEG in 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Dennis and I pushed off at 8:00 with the temperature at 52 degrees. It was 56 when we finished. Too much couch time during quarantine left me a little winded on a couple of the up hills. 3.7 miles in an hour and 50 minutes with 470 feet of AEG.
Paul, Carolyn and I did this as an out-and-back Monday morning at 9:00. It was 66 degrees when we started and 78 degrees when we finished. the first mile of this hike is flat and exposed to the sun nut once it drops into first drainage one is amongst the trees for a nice hike through the woods. I went in about 3.35 mile before turning around while Paul and Carolyn went about a quarter mile further. This COVID thing has kept me on the couch too much and this cup cake hike at elevation really fatigued me. It came in at 6.7 miles with just 390 feet of AEG in 2 hours and 25 minutes.
Carolyn and I did this hike as an out and back from the west entrance off of FS #237. (1.1 miles from the Shell station.). It was 66 degrees when we started at 8:00 and 81 degrees when we finished. When we got to the confluence with the Pumphouse Wash we mistakenly traveled south down it for a short ways before backtracking back north to FS #237. We stopped just before the road not wanting to scramble the last several hundred yards up the wash to the road. I was hurting today. It took us an hour and 10 minutes to reach our turnaround and an hour and 30 minutes to climb back out, I'm gong to blame it on last night's red wine at dinner. The hike came in at 6.3 miles in 2 hours and 40 minutes with 580 feet of AEG.
Carolyn and I did this as an out and back. The toughest part was finding the start of the trail. What makes it confusing is that FS #9498A is a horseshoe loop with both entrances to the horseshoe very close to one another. That and there are now two entrances to this trail. both intersect shortly after their respective beginnings. With directions provided you want the second entrance to FS #9498A which is 1.0 miles from the Shell Station on FS #237. You then hike .1 miles down FS #9498A to the trail or just park there on the side of the road. Call this the East Entrance. Alternatively there is another entrance just .1 mile further west on FS #237 from FS #9498A. There is a slight pull out and you can see the trail heading south. Neither entrance is marked or cairned. But once you get on the trail is well defined and easy to follow. A popular trail with mountain bikers as it is pretty gradual smooth single track.
We incorrectly drove down the first entrance to FS #9498A and parked about a quarter mile down that road. WE then bush whacked south and west until we intersected the correct trail coming in from the east entrance. Our hike came in at 5.0 miles in 2 hours and 5 minutes with 570 feet of AEG. A beautiful trail with lots of tree covering. We didn't make it all the way down to the confluence as our initial error put us in a time bind. A great trail that I'd go back to.
I did this hike as a point-to-point from the Crystal Point trailhead to Odell Lake. It was 78 degrees when I started at 9:00 and 81 degrees when I finished. 3.6 miles in an hour and 20 minutes with 325 feet of AEG.
Carolyn and I pushed off from the Sandy Canyon trailhead at 9:00 with a temperature of 74 degrees and it was 82 degrees when we finished. We hiked up Walnut Canyon a little ways past the 2nd cave before turning around and coming back. Sandy Canyon was shallow and wide which put it in the sun. Walnut Canyon is much steeper and tight with a single track winding trail under tree cover the entire way. Really pretty but the elevation kicked my butt on the little 200 foot climb out of the canyon. The hike came in at 5.25 miles in 2 hours with 415 feet of AEG.
Carolyn made a quasi loop out of the Horse Lake and PCT trails out of the Elk Lake Trailhead. We went out on Horse lake a ways then came back on the PCT and Island Lakes Trail. We met a couple of PCT thru hikers along the way and then gave them a lift into Bend after the hike so they could re-supply. (I'm hoping for some good Karma here- smile.) A quick 5.2 miles with 460 feet of AEG in an hour and 45 minutes.
Carolyn, Mark, Allison and I did this as an out and back. The trailhead was packed so we had to park a ways down the road off of the main highway. We went a ways past the Soda Creek trail intersection before heading back. 5.8 miles in 2 hours and 5 minutes with 850 feet of AEG. The temperature was in the low 70s.
Carolyn and I did this as an out and back. We had to park out on the road as the Green Lakes Trailhead was packed. We went a little ways past Soda Springs and back with the temperatures in the upper 60s. 5.8 miles in 2 hours and 15 minutes with 550 feet of AEG.
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