Deb and Gibbs up ahead on the beginning trail, forgot to take a group shot before the fast runners took off.
...and there's Tom, who showed up a tad late but didn't waste any time catching us and the lead group.
Tom's #3 on the Hardrock Hundred wait list, I'm #2 and Deb's #4!
Nice views all the way up
I like taking pictures of trail signs
We're staying on Trail 254
Gibbs standing in a stream, which is the trail. Marley had to stay home today because she was spayed on Thursday and needed to rest.
I have no idea why I took this picture, it's possible that more was visible by the naked eye, but there was a lot of smoke from an Arizona fire clouding things up
You can see the haze here, I'm looking behind us at maybe Lake Peak or Penitente Peak? (which were part of the original loop)
Nice trail...Deb was trying out some sticks today as a possibility for Hardrock. I don't think they were a success. ;-)
We're taking a left here....the front runners got stopped by some avalanche junk (piles of trees) on the loop and came back on this trail to the right.
Deb and her trail buddy, Gibbs
Yeah, that's our destination... Santa Fe Baldy
It says we go straight, but we really go left. Straight goes right over an edge ;-)
That ridge ring you see is what we followed until we got turned back.
Santa Fe Baldy, the leftish most bump, is around 12,600'
Gibbs was having a great time, but even he was breathing hard up here in the thin, smoky air!
Tom came back to meet us, he went back up one more time to Baldy, then turned around.
We also ran into Dennis Drey coming down while, of course, training for Hardrock!
Looking to my right as I climb up the trail to Baldy...
Notice the smoke...
Tom and Deb on the final trail up to the summit
That peak in the distance with snow is our next destination, we just followed the ridge-line to it.
Lake down below Baldy
Another of the same
Hiking along the ridge, we couldn't run because we couldn't breathe up here!
But we mostly walk at Hardrock anyway ;-)
This snowfield is where we turned around, about 8 miles up from the truck. It was all cross country, some snow and no trail....we didn't want to take a chance.
Heading back up and over the snow after wandering around for a bit looking for their footprints.
The ridge-line back to Baldy
Some cool flowers I kept avoiding stepping on up high. How these survive up here is beyond me!
Looking over at a very green mountainside to my right
Baldy in the distance
Gibbs almost at the summit
Looking back at the ridge we were on
The boy....one year old!
He turned out to be a great trail dog, loves everyone and can go on for a long time with no complaints and lots of smiles :-)
Now cooling off on a snowfield.
Deb and I were surmising following a trail down along the bottom of this snowfield to get back to the trail we were supposed to be on, but looking ahead we saw a lot of snow, so decided against it.
Gibbs cooling off wondering what our next move is going to be...
A creek where I filled my empty bottles, then cleaned it with the Steripen.
Home now and this is what a dog does when he's really, really tired!
Gibbs sleeping on the cool kitchen floor tiles.
We had a great day and plan on going back next Friday to get up high one more time before San Juan Solstice 50 miler.