Twelve of us depart from the end of Golder Ranch Road where there is a parking area and access to several trails that take us into the foothills of the western end of the Catalinas. Esteemed hike leader Allan S is leading this hike so I know the pace will be good with few regroups. Snow is present at the higher elevations.
Of course, the snow is melting and while not a raging current, we crossed many washes that had some water flowing. Kind of a bleak scene with the leaves off the trees even though it is a beautiful day, sunny but another cool one with a high in the upper 50's.
This part of the foothills is very rocky but some how the trails wind in and out of the rocks.
We take a break! We resume our trek and.....
….check out this scene, like something out of the Midwest. Beautiful and we resumed our hike but someone noted....
….cow bones. Kind of odd and we speculated it died of natural causes and then the lions moved in.
As usual, this area is home to both hikers and mountain bikers. Both are courteous to the other.
We reached Middlegate Trail and with that being our remaining link to the parking lot, I politely excused myself and enjoyed a trail run.....
…..back. Finished with 9.4 miles and slightly less than 1000' of climbing.