|Thirteen Hikers in Hummingbird Gulch|
|Fletcher Peak from Hummingbird Wash|
We reached the top of the gulch just below the overlook outcropping and made sure not to walk through the stinging nettles that were abundant near this spot. We proceeded around the right side of the overlook block and took a break at the overlook before proceeding up the steep wash. We followed the wash that was well cairned and reached the Fletcher Peak trail where we followed the trail to the summit. After a snack break we decided to continue the loop and descend on the North Loop trail. We followed the trail all the way down to just before its trailhead at Deer Creek Road. At this point we started down an old power line right-of-way that goes straight down towards the Robber's Roost parking lot. We followed this power line "trail" until we hit a mountain bike trail that led us down to the Robber's Roost trail. From there we basically followed the old Deer Creek Highway road back to the cars. We could see chunks of asphalt from the old road in places. The road was covered with curled-leaf mountain mahogany trees. It was another beautiful day with a great group of hikers.
The stats are 13 hikers, 8 miles 3,000 vertical feet, 41/2 hours. ~ Jerry Thomas
|Descending on the Power Line "Trail"|