Dates Hiked: March 25-26, 2015 (Days 23-24)
Passage 1: Huachuca Mountains
-Parker Canyon Lake Trailhead to Mexican Border
-Elevation: Low Point 5,518′, High Point 9,072′ (plus Miller Peak at 9,466′)
I spent my final night on a soft cushy bed of pine needles . . . This is the life! Note the use of my hiking poles in place of stakes at the ends of my tent. I used this configuration 100% of the time on the AZT, primarily due to rocky or hard-pack ground, making the use of stakes an impossibility. This was one of the reasons I selected this Tarptent Rainbow tent.
As per usual by now, the blimp continued to be our constant companion, as was the buzz of the drones. FYI, the only evidence we saw of illegals was one pile of debris between Miller Peak and Montezuma Pass. We didn’t see any signs of illegal drug runner activity.
Our last good morning sunrise . . .The trees were aglow with color as the sun made it’s presence known.This rocky passage pulled us forward. Notice my Suntastics 5 Solar Charger, it served me well on the AZT.
We were so excited to see, if only barely, a Coatimundi. Dru had been telling us about them, Cowgirl and Pete saw them, and now we saw the tail and quickly moving body. Dark brown and beautiful, but too quick for us to photograph or observe for any time. Photo courtesy of the internet.
From Miller Peak, it was all downhill, about 3,000′ in 6.5 miles. It was perfect grade and terrain for me, with my legs wanting to fly to the finish line, but my heart was not quite ready to say goodbye so I paced myself the best I could.
We were disappointed when we couldn’t locate the monument register. Our detective skills seemed to fail us at the wrong time. Both Joan and I expected the register to be with the monument just like on both ends of the PCT, but alas after much time searching unsuccessfully, we gave up, learning later it resides in the Montezuma Pass informational gazebo.
As they say, all good things must come to an end. It’s been a great adventure. Thanks for following along and being a part of my first long hike. 300 miles, 24 days, I feel accomplished and ready to continue hiking, exploring, and adventuring! I’ll be BACK . . . and hopefully there will be more J&J adventures too.
Sharing the Trail:
- Nick. You can follow him on Instagram
- Mountain Goat and Adam
- Glider aka Glide On. Here’s the link to his journal and his post about the day we met.
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