Sunday March 4, 2019 Signal Peak Trail KOFA Arizona
Signal Peak Trail hike from Queen’s Canyon
This morning I’m taking it easy still at camp doing not much of anything except enjoying the desert camp experience.
My only real goal today is to get caught up with blog posts and to take it easy.
So let’s get this thing done.
Signal Peak hike
Dan and I got up to a leisurely morning taking our time getting it together. Our legs seemed to be ok a bit sore but not paining. I’d decided if we had paining legs we’d just cut the days hike a lot shorter.
No need to get to the top
I was still pretty sure neither one of us at our age and energy level would make it to the top of Signal Peak. I made it last year after working up to it so it wasn’t really important to get to the top except for Dan’s experience. And now that I’m a bit older getting to the top just isn’t so important anymore.
Doing nothing is easy
I’ve found it’s better to head up a trail and do what I can instead of not going up the trail at all because it might be too hard. Just do what you can but better to do something instead of finding an excuse to not do anything because doing nothing is real easy to do especially as one gets older. :O)
Poppies in Queen’s Canyon
We finally got it going and drove my van up to Queens Canyon where the Signal Peak trail started at Indian Canyon. Every thing was real lush and we ran into this in Queen’s canyon. California poppies. The place was loaded with them.
I’d meant to stop at Skull rock so Dan could play tourist but somehow I drove right past it which was ok as we could pick it up on the way out.
Trail starts here
Sorta my goal
We could really feel the trail in our calves but were doing ok so we continued on up through this area which heads for that peaked area, but it’s further up there than it looks but if Dan didn’t stop me that was sorta my goal. That wasn’t the top, there’d still be about another hour of hiking past that to the top. I was concerned that if I made it to this spot, I might have some serious upper leg cramps which are the worse kind.
We had hiked an hour and a half and had to do a rock scramble because no one had trimmed the brush in years that had overgrown the trail. It wasn’t real dangerous or anything but when ones legs are a bit wobbly they are places to be concerned and not real fun.
I wasn’t sure Dan was going to go for the rock scramble. After a short rest we did it and stopped for a rest just above it.
Sensible thing to do
Dan says, don’t tell every one I’m a quitter but we still have to go back down. This was enough for him. I said I’d tell every one you made an intelligent decision and I’d be thanking him again tonight as if we went all the way I think the leg cramps would be pretty bad as we weren’t in real good shape to do this, especially at our age but at least we gave it a go.
Was going to open the trail but
I told Dan I wanted to see if I could open up the trail by cutting some of the brush off the old trail that was blocked and caused one to rock scramble. He went back down the rock scramble to find a place to take a good break while I climbed up a bit higher to find the brush I needed to trim. I looked around and didn’t find exactly what I remembered from last year so didn’t cut any brush mostly because I tired myself out looking for the upper trail.
I decided it would be better to approach it from the bottom but that would have to be next time.
From there we drove on back to our camp where Dan’s truck was parked. I suggested we rest and eat for awhile before taking off to head back to Quartzsite as Dan needed to head for home.
We sat around enjoying the day and discussing the hike. I thanked Dan again for not going too far. As it was I had some upper leg cramps but not too bad as they could have been. Thanks again Dan.
I’ll just close by saying we couldn’t have had better weather for desert hiking. And with all the recent rains the desert was just lush, lush, lush. Just about perfect and no need to get to the top and it should only get better.
Enjoying the passage of time
That pretty much catches up my blog. I’ve been hanging out around Quartzsite taking it easy and just enjoying the passing of time like an older person should. :O)
Nice hike, nice day.