Trail Difficulty – Easy
Trail Type – Road/off-trail
Distance – 10.36 miles
Elevation Gain – 350 Feet
Camera in hand we headed out for Hike 13 and the Weekly Photo Challenge; Together on our way to Quartz Creek.
Taking advantage of few cars, we again drove up to the mountains to hike around the backside of Rimrock. The elevation gain was slow – but it was surprisingly difficult. I need to get some insoles for my shoes and I am getting blisters under my calluses now.
Curiosity got the best of me and I ended up climbing to the base of the mountain you see at the top of the post. That dot at the bottom is me feeling very proud of myself.
I love hiking with the Photo Challenge in mind, without it I might not have noticed the Aspens on the side of the road – they appeared to be reaching for each other.
We noticed that a few trees had some of the pine needles dying off – it looked like someone had decorated it with tinsel.
What struck me what the amount of lichens, or moss, that was on the branch of every tree – it provided a striking contrast to the green all around us.
We found a channel that had been cut into the mountain and spent an hour searching for quartz – my Long-Suffering Husband was worried I would load his pack with rocks. This felled tree had been polished by the water – I wish I could have shown the size of it in the photo.
We hiked a little over 10 miles – after next week we will start working on elevation.
I can’t wait to see what happens next week.