Dates Hiked: March 20-21, 2015 (Days 18-19)
Passage 5: Santa Rita Mountains
-Oak Creek Canyon to Gardner Canyon Road
-Elevation: Low Point 5,002′, High Point 5,845′
I must have been tired or hungry or . . . as I didn’t take any photos of our time in Kentucky Camp (once again not a campground). Thanks Joan for capturing these memories. We lounged around on the museum veranda for a least a couple hours, sharing conversation with the caretaker, fellow hikers Tom and Alisha, and Dru’s husband Tim who brought us pizza! By the way there is a cabin on the premises available for rent.
We had to camp outside the boundary of Kentucky Camp, so the first flattish place we could find was in this field of dry grass, not an ideal setting but Tim had brought Dru some replacement gear so we needed to remain in close proximity to his vehicle. Here I was assisting with the fit of Dru’s pack and helping her to customize the stay (frame).
GATES are a common theme along the Arizona Trail. The cattle gates can be problematic, there have been many times when I wouldn’t have been able to open or close had I been solo. Many took both Joan and I providing dual power to get the loop back over the post. Erik taught us about the shoulder closure method, which worked for Joan most times, but not so much for my short stature. I’d have splayed my shoulder with barbed wire 🙂
Dru taught us another trick. Occasionally, we’d seen a stick hanging from the fence, but had been unsuccessful in deciphering the purpose. Dru gave us a lesson on the “helper stick.
Sharing the Trail:
- Cowgirl and Whiskey Pete – Check out their journal as well as their post about the day we met.
- Tom and Alicia
- There were also a group of 3-4 guys hiking with their binoculars scouting for a future hunting trip.
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