We've been doing a decent hike nearly every second day lately, and now when we look at a trail that's 10 miles (16 kms) long, we don't even think twice.
That's the whole "practice makes perfect" thing. You do something often enough, your system just gets used to it. So when we saw a trail across the highway from the campground that was 5 miles (8 kms) one way, we packed up the day pack with snacks and water, and off we went.
Heading out on the Wolverton Mountain Trail at 10:45am.
Yes, the sign says it's a "circle trail", but that's for if you're mountain biking. It's far too long for a day hike! Besides, we did get a bit of a late start anyhow, but we wanted things to warm up a bit before we headed out.
We saw quite a few of these little woodpeckers out in the forest.
Heading up to that mountain.
We had a beautiful view of Humphreys Peak, Arizona's highest point at over 12,500 ft. Doesn't look like it's 90 miles (148 kms) away!
Looking down on Prescott, Arizona.
Still quite a bit of snow on the shady side of the mountain.
Great view of the valley, with Humphreys Peak in the background.
Somebody buried way up here?
Some kind of old tower.
Heading back down.
Not often you see a hummingbird just sitting and relaxing.
We did the 5 mile (8 km) return trip non-stop. It was 2:45pm when we got back to Sherman, so we were gone four hours to do 10 miles (16 kms). Not bad. It was a fairly gradual climb from 5,700 ft to 6,600 ft...no really steep parts at all.
We're heading out again today...doing the "not recommended for motorhomes" route 89A through Jerome. But we've read where people in big rigs with towed vehicles have done it (although not happily) and Sherman is only 28 ft. Besides, Sherman is fearless and has lots of experience driving mountain roads!
A great deal on a good screen house tent for camping when you might need shade or to get away from the bugs...