Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mummy's Toe - 7/26/11

The hike to the top of Mummy's Toe, as seen above, can be done as an out and back or as a loop with a partial out and back. Tuesday's hike was done in the loop version. Below, the hike is described as the writer assumes the hike was done. No reports have been given at this time.

The hike begins at the North Loop trailhead parking on Hwy 158 (Deer Creek Hwy). After hiking northwest down the road toward the Deer Creek Picnic area for around a third of a mile, take a left onto a dirt road which climbs up beside the small creek which flows year round. At 1.3 miles into the hike, continue straight where the road takes a 90 degree turn to the right and begin climbing up a wash for another third of a mile. Turn right slightly and begin climbing a steep ridge for another third of a mile. Here, you should find the Mummy's Toe trail that begins at Raintree on the North Loop.

Turn right onto the trail and climb the switchbacks to the final climb of the tip of the toe. Chris describes this section as "a very steep climb on a worn trail to the edge of the Toe. There is some exposure and Class III scrambling in the last half mile to the peak." We are assuming the views are great! Now, reverse the final .7 mile back to where the hike meets the trail and continue on the trail passing Mummy Springs up on the right. One mile from the tip of the Toe is where Raintree resides. Then continue down the North Loop in a northeast direction passing through the meadow after about 1.2 miles. Another mile and a half brings the hiker back to the car at the North Loop trailhead. The hike is advertised as an 8 mile hike with 2600 feet of elevation climb.

Close up view of upper portions of hike.

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