Day 2 of our adventure with Steph and Blake found us waking up on the NE edge of the Turtle Mountain Wilderness. Haven't heard of it before you say? Neither had I until Steph mentioned it. We had gotten in a bit behind schedule the evening before. The roads range form easy to somewhat of a challenge. We scouted for a good camp spot right at dusk. MJ and I elected to sleep under the stars and really enjoyed the experience. With a good breakfast in us, we all set off for Mohawk Springs.
We explored the mine at the trail head noting that the trailhead makes an excellent campsite with a picnic table and some level ground. The hike is an easy trail over a saddle, along some large rock outcroppings and down into a wash. We scrambled up the wash looking for the spring (dry) and glyphs (not found). Noted some claim marker cairns on a small side trail and explored those on the return.
Not having enough mileage yet, we went off exploring the Lost Arch Inn, surrounding prospects, a unique old car corral created by BLM when they took old wrecks out of the wilderness area upon its designation as such. We rambled over to Lisa Dawn Camp visiting the site of a grave we'd seen annotated on a USGS map. The collection of rusty cans at Lisa Dawn had us guessing at the original contents. Certain some were evaporated milk.
The explorations made for a nice day. We returned to camp for tasty refreshments and stimulating conversation, a pattern that would repeat for the remainder of the adventure.
All you have is your fire...
And the place you need to reach
average hiking speed 1.36 mph
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.