Coronado National Forest
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With a little bit of time and having been able to download information for the local geocaches, I decided to pop up Ladybug Peak again, this time the very easy way. The road passes through a saddle just below it and Bear Canyon Trail climbs just half a mile to its top from there. I missed three geocaches because I hadn't downloaded them prior to coming to the forest, but one is on the top. Admittedly, it looks like I should have found it while I was looking for the register, but it is so short that I may as well go for it. And I have this feeling I'll finish Ladybug Trail although I actually already did that when I got to where it ends in Bear Canyon Trail.
|This end of the trail has one of these fancy kiosks with a map. Turkey Flat Trail is shown on it, but not as a path. Heliograph is also shown as a path. So the person tracing out the trails knew a bit more of them than the maps they were tracing.|
The trail climbs to what looks like a junction in just a few feet. All signs point right, so whatever continues left is unknown. One sign says 6.5 to Angle Orchard, which I think is more correct than the 6 it claims at the other end. The other, newer, one says 6.0 to highway 266, which is another 1/4 mile further than the orchard, so even more wrong. It makes no difference to me today since I am just popping up to the peak. The geocache description warns about the next switchback where people have missed. All the switchbacks here in the forest have animal trails going off the end as one might expect, but this one now has quite a pile of debris purposely placed on the end, so there might have been some problems with it. I wind upward.
|Taking the easy way means quickly getting some easy view.|