Well, I learned a few things today. I over slept and hit the trailhead at 7:00am(too late). I was able to log in 10.5 miles today. I was between 10,000-13,000ft and I forgot my sunscreen. Yes, I know!!! Thats what happens when you jump out of bed at 5:30am on a weekend.
1: I am out of shape. It was my first hike of the year and I was huffin and puffin bad the first mile. I caught a second wind and wasn't too bad. I managed to make the 10 mile round trip, so I am not totally disappointed.
2: I need new hiking/hunting boots. I have a nice pair of Solomon's with great ankle support but they are just a tad too small. Mt toes were hitting the top all the way down from the summit. I could barely walk by the time I got to the truck. Any suggestions? I like the kenetrek but almost 400$ is steep!!
3: My area I scouted today turned into a high traffic area for day hikers. I may need to go in further.
4: Not much sign along the way. everything is extremely dry but green up in the bowls. I was getting discouraged when I turned around and caught a sneeky mule deer doe bouncing strainght down the mountain behind me. I managed to get the zoom lense on here and she stopped at about 400yards. See something was encouraging at least.
I believe the best way to be successful would be to camp out at or around the summit the night before and glass the bowls. I need better glass for sure.
Anyway, just thought I would share my experience from today.