Sunday, August 5, 2012

Mummy Springs / Wild Horse Canyon Loop - 8/5/12


                                Tree Marking Ascent Ridge

 Even though the pace of today's hike was not rushed, it seemed like it was over quickly. Nine hikers got an early start and due to the chosen route down (Wild Horse Canyon), Mummy Springs Loop was shortened by about a mile. We parked across the road from the Deer Creek Trail dirt road and hiked up the road towards the cabins. At the cabins, we kept going straight up the spring wash on a small trail that took us steeply up to a ridge. Continuing up the ridge, we finally reached the Mummy's Toe Trail and hung a left.

                                Mummy's Nose from Ascent Ridge
We passed Mummy Springs without a visit up the hill and continued to Raintree where we did not sit on the roots and took our break. Afterwards, we hiked down the North Loop Trail until we hit the meadow then hung another left onto the Wild Horse Canyon Trail. Conversations kept us going without noticing the passing distance and soon, we were back at the cars. Five miles and 1500 feet of elevation gain for a good morning's workout.

                                View from Mummy Springs

                            Old Bristlecone at North Loop Meadow Junction

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