Wellllll, after Sunday's hike I should have gone for a bike ride but so unmotivated to ride so I decided to head to the Tortilla Mountains where the hiking is not so rugged and flatter trails can be found. I cross a wide, sandy wash as I start on the Wild Burro Trail but soon get on a trail I had no previously hiked....
….the Alamo Springs Trail. It makes a beeline for a nearby mountain and groan....
…..I begin climbing. I knew the length of the trail but had been oblivious to the elevation gain. I rise above the nearby Ritz-Carlton resort at Dove Mountain. The pool looks refreshing on this day with temps in the 70s.
Come on, there is no way the trail will go to a peak but it sure does, drops down and rises again.
Neat image of the wash and I was looking forward to exiting this trail and walking back via the wash. My legs felt ok after yesterday's pounding but I would have welcomed a little less climbing. Oh well.
There was an interesting rock formation and a fault would allow access to the top but that is for another day. At mile 3, I reach a sign that gives me the option of continuing on the Alamo Springs trail or taking a .5 spur trail down to the wash so I.....
….begin the descent. This north facing slope has lots of green grass and thick vegetation. By the way, there are two crews who maintain the trail system in this mountain range and the quality of the trails is very good.
The spur trail spits me out into the wash and I enjoyed the hike back, finishing with 6 miles and 1200' co climbing. OK, tomorrow I really should ride.