07/27/18 Hike Notes: Today, Bob Croke, Ron Ziance, Jim Herring and I decided to take a leisurely walk off of Deer Creek Road in the Mt. Charleston Recreation Area. It was a beautiful sunny day with only a few scattered clouds. Because much of the hiking along this road is surrounded by cliffs and trees the temperature never got much higher than 80 degrees. The image in (Fig. 02) was taken from the TH at the beginning of the hike. Through the trees you get some great views of Mummy Mountain (Fig. 03). As you hike this road, you get to look down on the paved Deer Creek Road and the creek that runs along its south side. About a mile out the road crosses over Deer Creek. From this dirt covered culvert (bridge), the picture in (Fig. 05) is looking up the wash of the creek that runs to the Deer Creek Spring. This is also the beginning of the log homes (Figs. 05 & 06). (Notes con't below)
Bob's GPS provided the following information: We hiked a total of 2.7 miles and averaged our usual 1.1 mph. The starting elevation at the trailhead elevation was 8,410 feet. When we decided to turn around, the middle red dot on the map in (Fig. 01) the elevation was 8,812 feet, meaning we climbed a total of 402 feet up. On the return trip, when we got to the intersection of the Cougar Trail and the paved Deer Creek Forest Rd 068A, we wondered if it would be easier to return on Forest Rd 068A. Bob provided a nice graphic (below) that shows that even though the majority of the paved road is downhill, once you get to the main road you would still have to climb up 70 feet to reach where we parked and would have actually been about a tenth of a mile further in length.
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