Portal, AZ - Rodeo, NM

Hiking

Hike For September 22 - To Be Decided By The Hikers

Meet: Silver Peak Parking Lot at 8:00 am (AZ) - 9:00 am (NM)

Carol Simon  (520) 558-2433  casimon@vtc.net 

Elaine Moisan (520)558-5204 emoisan2011@hotmail.com

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Six hikers walked along the road from Rustler Park to Long Park and were surprised to find a vehicle there as the road was closed — locked in fact. We later met a Border Patrol agent, hiking alone, and the mystery was solved. It was warmer than expected, and all those layers we wore at high elevations on recent hikes weren’t necessary. There was a lack of wind, but the air felt warmer too.


We spent the day awash in yellow composites — up to our or knees, our waists, our shoulders, our heads. Mostly we were swimming through them. When I closed my eyes to go to sleep last night those yellow composites were still with me. 















On the Crest trail. Photo by Barbara.


















Note Cochise’s Head in the distance. We enjoy seeing this feature from many

different directions on many of our hikes. We have had hikers stand on the nose.


After lunch at Bootlegger Saddle someone (me) had the knuckleheaded idea to walk up to the Bootlegger weather station. It has not been transmitting for several months. After a long slog up the ridge, over downed trees, through abundant vegetation and over shaky footing, we finally arrived at the site. Those of us that had been there before didn’t remember it being quite so far out on the ridge, perhaps because there was once a trail and much less vegetation. Everything seemed intact but groups of tall trees are beginning to encroach the site.














 


We felt like we were on top of the world at this site. We were at about 9000 feet.


The next knuckleheaded idea (not mine) was to access the Crest Trail by dropping over a very step, overgrown, rocky hillside. Carefully picking our way down, some of us using two hiking poles, we did arrive at the Crest Trail and rested there for a time, all with ankles and knees intact. Our return trip to Rustler Park was along the Crest Trail, again wading though composites and the usual trail issues at this time of year. In the end we were all tired but glad we had walked the high country once again. The group decided we had walked seven miles but none of our devices were working quite right to back up this claim. A map check suggests we walked six, but we probably deserve extra credit for the side trip to the weather station and back to the Crest Trail.


There were even a few raspberries left. Very few.


FYI: I made a mistake last week. There are TWO fire lookouts in the Chiricahuas, the one I mentioned, on Monte Vista, and the other on Sugarloaf Mountain in the Chiricahua National Monument. How could I forget such a lovely place?


Next week eight hikers will be camping at Aravaipa for two nights and will not be available for the Thursday hike. Those of you in town can meet at the Silver Peak Trailhead at 8:00 a.m. and decide where to hike locally.


Happy Trails!


Report and photos by Carol, except for the one noted.


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