It doesn't look all that difficult but in 2.5 miles, 2600'+ is gained. The first .8 miles only gains about 500' and then....
....it becomes really steep. The descent is a killer but that is for later.
Long time readers of this silly blog, have seen this view before. The trail head is less then a mile from home and such a good workout so...
The infamous shin dagger plant. To avoid getting stuck and assuming there is no other place to plant your foot, step exactly in the center and no pain. It works.
I reach the peak and soon, other members of our group of 10 arrive. Already there, having hiked from the southeast side of the mountain via an off trail route is....
....Gary Tenen and two companions. They had brought ice cream with them to share. Gary co-discovered Kartchner Cavern in 1974 when he and a companion stuck their heads through a sink hole near the Whetstone Mountains. They explored the complex for 14 years before making its location known.
I became chilled and headed down and....
....down, the pounding taking a tool on my feet and joints.
Beautiful day with temps at the base of the mountain around 73. Finished with 5 miles of hard hiking both going up and coming down.