Mark and I originally intended to make this a 7+ mile loop hike but we took a wrong turn around Swampy Lake. There were a lot of mountain bike trail criss-crossing the main trail and we were talking and just not paying attention. 4.1 miles with 325 feet of AEG in an hour and 35 minutes. The temperature was in the low 70s.
John,Paul and I did this as a point-to-point over to the parking area at Odell lake. A beautiful day with some nice views. The temperature was a pleasant 81 degrees when we pushed off at 11:45. 3.6 miles in 90 minutes with 325 feet of AEG.
Paul, Riley, Carolyn and I did this as a simple out and back on our way back from camping in southern Utah. I had been here before but it had been years and I miscalculated a few things. I thought it was just a 10 minute hike down the wash to the slot canyon but it was closer to 25 minutes and I didn't prepare properly. Wrong shoes, little water, no hat, bad attitude, etc.
(smile) Additionally, there was a 10 foot obstruction in the first several hundred yards which forced us to back out and climb around over to another entrance. The alternate route was well marked and easy to follow so this obstruction has probably been there for many years. (I was last here 15 years ago I think.) It was a little slippery on the scramble however. It ended up being more work than I prepared for but the slots are wonderful nevertheless. The hike came in at 5 miles in 2 hours with just about 200 feet of AEG.
Carolyn, Paul and his son, Riley, and I did this point to point hike in Bryce Canyon. We left one car at the lodge and the other car at Bryce point. When we got to the actual Peekaboo loop where one has a choice of going left or right, we went left and took this 1.7 mile leg of the Peekaboo Trail to the Queens Garden Loop and out to Sunrise Point. (The Navajo Loop from Sunset Point was closed for repairs.) It was stunning! I was huffing and puffing quite a bit but the views were simply killer. The hike came in at 4.8 miles with 1,100 feet of AEG in 2 hours and 10 minutes. The temperature was in the mid 60's.
Carolyn and I combined the Angel Palace and Grand Parade trails as a loop. The temperatures were in the lower 60's. Angel Palace is a lot like Sedona on steroids. Lots of scrambling with some exposure. Some really good photo opportunities. The loop came in at 3.0 miles with 250 feet of AEG in 1 hour and 20 minutes.
We headed up to Southern Utah this week as that was some of the only open camping. Carolyn and I did this hike as a counterclockwise loop while Paul and his son, Riley, rode mountain bikes in a clockwise direction. We met at the Cool Cave. That was a pretty impressive feature as was the view from Panorama Point. Secret Passage also had some interesting rock formations. The entire hike had a lot of bang for the buck. The temperature was in the mid 60s. The loop came in at 5.9 miles with 630 feet of AEG in 2 hours and 25 minutes.
It was 71 degrees when Carolyn and I pushed off from the trailhead at 6:10 and 81 degrees when we finished. Just a little out and back on the Dixie Mine trail up to the top of the ridge just the mine. 5.8 miles in 2 hours and 10 minutes with 570 feet o AEG.
Carolyn and I pushed of from the trailhead at 6:00 with a temperature of 69 degrees and it was 75 degrees when we finished. An out and back to the Tom Thumb turnoff. 5.4 miles in 2 hours with 870 feet of AEG.
Carolyn, Dennis and I pushed off from the trailhead at 6:30 with a temperature of 72 degrees. It was 80 degrees when we finished. I was feeling a little punky so I just went out to the saddle and back. Dennis and Carolyn climbed up to the Bursera trail from the saddle and came back on it. We hooked up along the way back and got back at the same time. 3.75 miles in 90 minutes with 480 feet of AEG.
Carolyn, Dennis and I pushed off from the trailhead at 6:30 with a temperature of 70 degrees. It was 82 degrees when we finished. The parking lot was packed and they are no longer allowing parking in the lower overflow lot. the trail was pretty crowded for a weekday. The loop came in at 6.5 miles in 2 hours and 35 minutes with 900 feet of AEG.
Carolyn and I made a lollipop loop out of the Desert Tortoise, Valley Verde, Great Horned Owl and Cactus Wren trails. It was 66 degrees when we pushed off at 7:45 and 75 degrees when we finished. No snakes were scene. The loop came in at 7.1 miles with 690 feet of AEG in 2 hours and 35 minutes.
Paul, Dennis and I pushed off from the Seven Springs Trailhead at 8:30 with a temperature of 54 degrees. It was 68 degrees when we finished. We just did a little out and back. Simply a beautiful day walking under the trees along the flowing creek. Not too many people until we returned. The hike came in at 5.75 miles in 2 hours and 25 minutes with just 375 feet of AEG.
Dennis, Carolyn and I pushed off from the trailhead at 8:00 with a temperature of 62 degrees. It was 75 degrees when we finished. the 9.0 mile clockwise loop took just under 4 hours with 1,140 feet of AEG. This doesn't include a 15 minute stop for lunch. I was pretty fatigues on the return up Parker Pass and made a few missteps but no harm.
Dennis, Carolyn and I pushed off from the trailhead at 9:00 with the temperature at 64 degrees. It was 71 degrees when we finished. We made a lollipop loop of the Mormon, National and Mormon Loop trails. The hike came in at 5.1 miles in 2 hours and 25 minutes with 1,200 feet of AEG.
Carolyn and I made a loop of the Ranger, National, Kiwanis trails with a short side trip down the Pyramid Trail. It was 61 degrees when we pushed off at 9:00 and 71 degrees when we finished. 5.1 miles with 1,050 feet of AEG in 2.25 hours. Another beautiful day for Coronavirus hiking.
Dennis and I pushed off at 9:00 with a temperature of 66 degrees and it was 71 when we finished. We made a loop of Slate, Military, Flat Rock, Quartz and Go John trails. It was a beautiful days with the flowers in full bloom. The loop came in at 5.7 miles with 725 feet of AEG in 2 hours and 5 minutes.
Carolyn and I pushed off at 10:00 with a temperature of 65 degrees and it was 72 when we finished. Not too crowded given all of the people off due to the crisis. 3.5 miles with 540 feet of AEG in 90 minutes.
Paul, Carolyn and I pushed off from the Dixie Mine Trailhead at 9:00 with the temperature a brisk 50 degrees. We made a loop of the Dixie Mine, Sonoran, and Lower Sonoran trails. Taking the Lower Sonoran instead of the Upper Sonoran trails shortened the hike by .2 miles and shaved off about 80 feet of AEG is all. The loop came in at 5.3 miles, (we went a little ways down the Promenade Trail), with 800 feet of AEG in an hour and 55 minutes. The temperature was still only 55 degrees when we finished.
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