A Leap Day Hike
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 – Jack’s Peak Parking Lot to C Bar Ranch Rd.
Today, Steve, Dave and I did my first ‘shuttle’ hike. That’s when you park one car at the beginning and another at the end. The other types of hikes include, ‘out and back’, where you go out and come back the same way, and ‘loop’, where you walk in a circle, looping from start to finish.
This was also my longest hike to date coming in close to 8 miles. I am writing this the day after the hike, since I was too tired yesterday…. and frankly feel a bit worn out today. I was pleased to see that I was able to keep up with the pace and did not slow the group down, like I usually do. If you’ll look at my last blog, you’ll notice that there is a 14 day lag between hikes. This is due to the fact that I got the flu the day after my last hike and have been out of it for about 9-10 days. That’s why I was especially pleased to see that I was able to keep up.
This hike is on the CD trail and is well marked and worn. We head out from the Jack’s Peak parking lot, off of Highway 90, and head south. The entire trail is hilly and has the feel of typical high desert: low brush, bear grass, sandy patches, jutting boulders, and such. At one point we come across a sandy area where water, wind and time have carved miniature canyons. I am always amazed that most of my hikes have been through a wide variety of terrains – long vistas, open fields, hills, tall trees, rock outcroppings, arroyos and on and on. It certainly makes for interesting hikes and photographs.
At one point, Steve and Dave decide to try their hand at a new hobby, gold prospecting. I rest up top eating chocolate kisses while they climb down a large group of boulders that are covered in lichen. I start designing my new gold ring while they do their prospecting thing. When back up top, they refuse to admit they found anything and we move on.
7.92 miles / 4.5 hours
41 down / 59 to go
Posted on March 1, 2012, in Challenge, Gila National Forest, Hiking, New Mexico, Outdoor Activities, Southwest and tagged Burro, Burro Mountains, Cattle, challenge, Gila, gold prospecting, hike, hiking, New Mexico, Silver City. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.