Wolf Gap to Armstrong Gulch 2-18-22

Photos by Sunny

Yet another perfect day for hiking. We had a full load of 10 hikers, some of whom were new to the hike.  The views started almost right away and we were rewarded with the snow covered tops of Dutchman's Peak and Big Red Mountain. The one big negative is that everything looked very dry. I wondered how many trees were dying a slow death.

The first section down to Sterling Mine Ditch is a fun 1 1/2 miles and then we headed off at a good clip along the Ditch. There is a good lunch spot left off the trail 5 miles out where the ditch turns sharply to the right. I caution hike leaders to advise hikers to carry a cookie for the last mile as a rebellion was brewing by the time we got to the lunch spot at 12:30. Apparently some people consider yogurt and coffee an adequate breakfast. 

After a great 1/2 hour in the sun I asked Maria to put her boots back on so we could hit the trail. I actually didn't see her with her boots off but it was an informed guess based on years of observation. Sunny's stomach was no longer rumbling and the near insurrection had subsided. Chocolate being handed out sealed the deal and we were off.

We soon reached the plaque with the names of various peaks but due to the genius of the creator who used iron with engraving on it, it required a sharp eye to read anything through the rust. We arrived back at the shuttle car on schedule and everyone liked the hike. 

Most of us retired to Cartwrights for refreshments. The slate of beers was admirable.

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