We gathered and we hiked, Steve Oxley, Eva, Flyin Tuna, Mark C, Eve and me. Clear Creek trails are hilly with some good climbs but to access you have to drive south of Lancaster so it's a long drive for some of us. I brought a weighted backpack just to burn more calories. Just after we started....
...Eva began to wonder if she had locked her car. I assured her I had seen her hit the remote several times but she ran back and locked it again. This is ok but if she began to worry about it again, then we have a full fledged serior moment going on. She did not repeat. We climbed out of the valley on the trail to the east of Starner Road and.....
.....ran into Donna, Richard and Jeff F trudging in the opposite direction. We split into our respective groups and continued. Closing on the picnic area, the straps on my pack had begun to grind through flesh and bone so I turned around. Eventually, I finished with a little over 8 miles while the others had 12. I guess having to cut it short defeated the purpose of carrying an extra 35 pounds. On the walk back, I noted the south facing slopes had no snow but snow was forecast to come late Saturday night so probably won't look like that in a day.
Saturday morning, January 31st, there will be a group hike from Clear Creek Metro Park, parking at the lot next to Starner Road. About 9 miles of hiking bliss. Pace won't be too hard and you need the exercise so meet us at 10:00am. You don't need hiking boots, just ordinary running shoes should be fine so don't let equipment get in your way.
Below, an AZ hiking buddy sent me this image of a summit register they found during a hike this week. One looooong month to go before my return.