Hike to Shovel Saddle
Well, since I did not make it to the destination, this isn't all that of an interesting report. Yes, parked at Madera Canyon to escape the heat and as always, walking in a pine forest is a fun experience when you live in an area that some of my midwest friends think is mostly sand dunes. I'm not sure how I screwed this hike up.
I got on the Pipeline Trail which is not on any maps but easy to follow and once again I.....
....breezed by Roger's Rock and it's great views but I was going much higher.
The trail above Roger's Rock follows a ridge and is fairly steep before arriving at the Springs Trail where I made a left....that was a mistake but I was following a gps route so....what happened? The trail descended and I followed it for about 1/4 mile before concluding it could not possibly end up going to a saddle.
The trail was easy to follow and crossed a rock fall. Finally, I turned around and headed back. I reached the trail where I hung the left and continued, now ascending but....
...didn't have the fluids to continue and needed to do some more research. Good news, the temperatures are finally going to moderate and the Catalinas have reopened after the Bighorn Fire.
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