Lots of trip reports for Sauer's right now and rightly so. The balsamroot is out and spring must be here!
I thought I would share some of my observations from our hike that I haven't seen in already mentioned in most of the previous reports.
We really enjoyed the rock formation that the trail splits around at .25 miles into the hike. Reminded me of hiking outside Colorado Springs. We went up to the left and came back on the right, which seemed the steeper option coming down.
It is good to note that this is a well maintained trail but the outslope is exaggerated in quite a few places (trail slanted aggressively to the outside). Not a big deal but there are places where the trail is narrow, sloughing away or a layer of dust. Careful footing is important and I found myself leaning inward to keep my balance.
I loved the views down into the valley, blocks of fruit trees for miles. Their dusty white bark was in contrast to the green and blues of the meadows and sky above. And then that explosion of amarillo everywhere!
The expanded logging road at 2.5 miles meant scrambling up to continue onto the ridge. I am assuming it will eventually be fixed but right now it is bootpath and might need a hand or two. About 6 feet of loose dirt and rock compacted by hikers.
There is nothing that makes me happier than to see bees flitting about on wildflowers. Honeybees even! I found myself down in the blooms watching them busy at work.
Our total stats for hiking up one side of the loop and back down the other was 5.25 miles and almost 1,800 feet of ascent.