Dates Hiked: March 16-18, 2015 (Days 14-16)
Passage 7: Las Cienegas
-Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead to Lakes Road
-Elevation: Low Point 3,437′, High Point 4,191′
Transitioning from the quiet desert to the sights and sounds of Interstate 10 was like a thunder and lightning storm in my head.
I had to dig deep to hike an additional 3.5 miles after our long breaks at both La Posta and Cienga Creek today. But with the theme being TRAINS, PLANES and AUTOMOBILES, I was motivated to keep walking although the heat of the late afternoon sun sapped me of all energy. We finally found an area with both a sufficient cow shit free flat area for my tent and small trees for Joan to hang.
Shortly after setting up camp, we starting hearing gunshots . . . I assured Joan there must be a nearby gun range and certainly they’ll stop by dusk, which indeed they did. More disconcerting were the nearby ATV’s and the lighted mountain bikes riding the trail. Happily we were not disturbed during the night, and lived to hike another day.
It was a day to find beauty in the desert.We’d been told about a “beautiful large lake” not too far ahead. On our data sheet we only saw “Lakes Road” so presumed it would be on the other side of the road. As we approached the road, we were greeted with this vision.
Efficiently completing all our town chores on 3/17, we decided to take 3/18, our 16th day, as a full R&R day. My body was grateful. Plenty of time to eat, drink and rest, and get ready for our next section with this hardy breakfast in bed (of course).
Sharing the Trail:
Tips and Resources:
- Link to my other Arizona Trail (AZT) posts
- Rambling Hemlock (aka Joan)
- Arizona Trail Association
- Fred Gaudet’s Water Report
- Umbrella and Mariposa Pack Links
- Disclaimer: As a Gossamer Gear Ambassador, I was gifted the pack, but paid for all the rest of my gear