Yuma, Arizona area BLM
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Morning brings much cooler weather and a lot more time to do a bit more hiking. I expect it to get hot again, "same as yesterday" always being the most likely true weather report, so load in a bit of extra water. And since I don't like to repeat things so much, I figure I'll go up along the ridge looking for the high point and come down on the trail across the canyon from the road. I expect the start for that is just to start up the trail toward the cross. Asking someone to be sure only elicits that it probably is, but someone on something, probably Alltrails, says the trail is rather faint. Well, ridges aren't hard to follow, although following them is often just half of the story. That is certainly true just across the river.
|Back at the beginning with the sign advertising its challenge to come out and do laps to the top on April 8th. This time I'll go for the scrambly trail up to the left.|
The trail is steeper than it looked to me and gets steeper. There are choices along the way. I'm not sure I make the right one, but I can keep my footing all the way up, so it works out. It looks devoid of life on these rocks, but there are bright little daisies the whole way. At the top, there is a lot of downhill. That includes in the direction of the ridge. I think I can see a few trails coming up to the saddle below, so there were probably a few choices that did not include the extra little peak.
|Looking down on the parking. People in the morning seem to favor the area near the end of the road while people in the afternoon favor traveling the center road to the area beside the power lines.|
|Just in case, a turkey vulture is on the job.|
|A preview of what is to come. First down a bit, which is somewhat hidden, then up with some other downs. Other ridges are available.|