|Looking back at the Superstition Wilderness|
Up and moving in the dark again this morning. I was treated to some really nice sunrise views looking back into the Superstitions. I made my way down into Cottonwood Canyon which I was able to make better time in than in 2007. I guess last time I walked that canyon was in the dark with a little headlamp so it worked out much better to be walking this canyon during the early morning in the light.
|Heavily photo shopped panorama of the Superstitions at dawn|
|The Honeymooners from AK Triple Crowners too!|
I was dreading walking the open desert over to the base of the Four Peaks Wilderness, but I sucked it up and just stayed on it. I was walking under my umbrella and I kept looking down at Roosevelt Lake and thinking I should go swimming. Only problem was that there was no easy access to the lake. I crossed the Salt River bridge and made my way onto the Vineyard Trail. This was a pretty steep climb with no shade. I had to take a mini break under the umbrella and suck down some more Endurolytes Fizz. This brought me around and I continued my climb up to the Four Peaks Wilderness.
|bridge over the Salt River at the outlet of Lake Roosevelt|
The nice trail work finally stopped and I found myself having to crawl under blowdowns and push through thick second growth. Either way I was happy the trail had been maintained up until this point as it was going much faster than 2007. By this time it was starting to get dark and I was nervous about pressing on as the trail slabbed a steep slope for several miles here and I was worried about having no place to throw down. I didn't have much of a choice in the matter though so push on was the answer.
I got through the last of the blowdowns, but was navigating via handheld at this point. I payed close attention to the tread because I could feel the exposure to the east side of the trail even though I couldn't see it in the dark. I came eventually to a place directly in the trail that looked like a good place to camp. I didn't think I would have to worry about anyone coming along in the dark.
It actually made for a comfortable place to camp. I was soaking up the cold air as this was one of my higher camps so far. I had most my warmies on as this was a cowboy camp for me. A bug was attracted to my headlamp and I tried to pick it up to throw it away and it stung me. Not bad, but now I realize those are some kind of red night wasp?