Month: May 2014

Brown-Hamburg-Comfort Springs Trail, Hike # 7

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!

Comments:

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!

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Carr Peak, Hike #6

Hiking Trip # 6

Trail: Old Saw Mill Trail to Car Peak Trail

Date: May 15, 2014

Partner: Scott Weiss

Distance: 8.2 miles

Start Elevation: 7,196 ft

End Elevation 9,230 ft

Elevation Change: 1,807 ft.

Accumulated Gain: 1,807 ft.

Do It Again: Yes relatively easy and a pretty trail

Comments: Beautiful, 360 view from top. The trail is well marked and winds around the top of the mountain to get around a large rock outcropping. Most of the trail is out in the open so not a good trail to do latter in the day, best to start VERY early. The view as you hike is stunning, well worth the time to hike this trail. Enjoy the views!

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Brown/ Hamburg Trail, Hike #5

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.

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Lutz Mine Trail #104, Attempt #1, Hike #4

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

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Pomona Trail Mine Trail #116, Hike #3

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!!

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