Hiking Trip #7
Trail: Brown-Hamburg-Comfort Springs Trail
Date: May 22, 2014
Partner: Scott Weiss
Distance: 9.6-10 miles Hiked to Comfort Springs Trail and headed back down to Ramsey Preserve. Do not do CST. Ran out of time and by the time we got back to the car had enough hiking for one day!!
Start Elevation: 5,500 ft Brown House
End Elevation 5,550 Ramsey Preserve
Elevation Change: 50ft
Accumulated Gain: 1000 ft
Do It Again: YES very beautiful!
Brown Ranch is was todays starting Point Brown Canyon trail is not my favorite as it is fairly open but once you get to Hamburg trail (one of our favorites) it is beautiful. Hamburg is a great trail to do in the heat of summer as it is tree covered and super scenic; parts of it actually have water in the washes. We saw a Elegant Trogon (a black bird with red breast, very rare), Wild Turkey (about 8-10 ft away from us), 3 deer. I received a call from United Health Care after doing about 8 miles of trial, wanting to set up a health appointment…my comment “I am climbing a mountain about 6,000 ft up and have hiked over 8 miles to get here…I think I am pretty healthy! Thanks for the call! Hiked through Ramsey Preserve, always nice here and usually see a lot of animals, none today, but saw Hummingbirds at the Preserve (they have feeders here). If you park in their parking lot and walk to the hummingbird area it is a very short easy walk and a neat place to visit even if you do not like to walk/hike. Generally you can see lots of hummingbirds. A nice way to finish up the day. Scott’s wife Sheri dropped us off and picked us up….thanks Sheri!
Hiking Trip #5
Trail: Brown/ Hamburg Trail
Date: May 10, 2014
Partner: Dana Binford
Start Elevation: 5,014 ft
End Elevation: 6,498 ft add about 500 ft for Hamburg
Elevation Change: 1,414 ft add about 500 ft for Hamburg
Accumulated Gain: 1,660 ft add about 500 ft for Hamburg
Mileage: About 11 miles total
Do it Again?: YES! Bring camera. This is a must do trail!
Comments: Beautiful trial, bring camera next time! Probably the prettiest trail yet!
Dana leads a FAST hike. Kimi was SUPER tried…Gary too! Brown trail is an“ok” trail but once you get to Hamburg Trail it is FANTASTIC. There are 2 ways to get to this trail: through Ramsey Preserve or by way of Brown Canyon both require a good hike before you arrive at Hamburg but you are VERY well rewarded for the effort.
Hiking Trip #4
Trail: Lutz Mine Trail #104 , Attempt #1
Date: May 8, 2014
Partner: Scott Weiss and Tess
Start Elevation: 5,769 ft
End Elevation Probably around 8,000-8,500 ft God Only Knows! (see comments below)
Elevation Change: God Only Knows (see comments below)
Mileage: About 8 miles God Only knows (see comments below)
Do It Again: Added to my ‘Bucket List” need to find mine!
Comments: We lost the trail (yes again, we really have this part of hiking down pat) and ended up going “cross country” to the top of a God awful ridge trying to find mine or trail. Climbed about 70 Degree Mountain in our effort to find trail/mine. Used dead/burned tress, scrub brush or whatever we could to advance up mountain. Had lunch while debating how to get off the ridge we were on. Finally climbed, slid, tripped, clawed, fumbled our way down! A couple of times were “GOD moments”, like in: God please let me make it from this dead tree to that dead bush!! Terrible experience! Not sure if better or worse than Miller Peak hike! Those spots on Scotts shirt are blood…really
Hiking Trip #3
Trail: Pomona Trail Mine Trail #116
Date: May 1, 2014
Partner: Scott Weiss & Tess (Normal Size dog)
Distance: About 6 miles (info on web site not correct)
Start Elevation: 5,564 ft
End Elevation 7,261
Elevation Change: 1,691 ft
Accumulated Gain: 1,759 ft
Do It Again: Maybe someday, a “been there done that trail!”
Comments: Lost trail but went “cross country” and found it again (this will be a recurring theme on our hikes). Beautiful scenery, rugged at points, not a trail for beginners but well worth the time and effort. Along the way we saw an old truck frame, and some equipment at and/or near mine site. Passed tower and cable for mining operation, neat! “Mine” more like small cave (about 30 ft deep), lots of tailings from where they must have removed part of mountain. Climbed to top of ridge and found REALLY pretty meadow AND a helicopter landing pad used for fire fighting. VERY COOL!!