8/14/15 Day 112 – Burn Area M2411.7 to Sawed Cabin Lake M2443.3 , 8499′

Tent  – Nights Spent Alone: 15

31.6,  2249.8 Trip Miles

6:11 to 8:00 pm

Day’s of Snow: 9 – Day’s of Rain: 41 – Days of Hail: 19

# of Zero days: 11

Gila Crossings Final Total:  221

Tick Count: 4 (4 more crawling on me)

Wanted List

Mountain Goat

Grizzly Bear


Black Bear  – SPOTTED

Bighorn Sheep


Mountain Lion

Beaver – SPOTTED




Critter Count

6 Chipmunks

3 Squirrels

3 Ground Squirrels

1 Pika


1) 618 Pronghorn*

2) 438 Elk*7

3) 300 Chipmunks *5

4) 182 Deer*2

5) 154 Marmot*4

6) 126 Squirrels *9

7) 120 Lizards*6

8) 116 Wild Horses

9) 69 Ground Squirrels*10

10) 60 Pika

11) 48 Cotton Tail Rabbits *8

12) 30 Prairie Dogs

13) 22 Horny Toads

14) 17 Jack Rabbit*3

15) 14 Moose

16) 8 Snakes

17) 5 Coyotes

18) 5 Moles

19) 4 Porcupine

20) Black Bear

21)  2 Mouse

22) 2 Fox

23) 2 Rattle Snakes

24) 2 Toads

25) 1 Beaver

26) 1 Badger

27) 1 Skunk

28) 1 Weasel -Long Tail

*259 from car, *2 – 48 from car, *3 – 1 from car, *4 – 2 from car, *5 – 2 off trail, *6 – 1 off trail, *7 – 9 from car, *8 – 3 off trail *9 – 1 from car, *10 – 6 off trail

Yet another morning without dew. I think camping in a burn help with absolutely no moisture to be found anywhere. Tonight not so much. We’re camped on grass next to a lake. My spot is also lumpy as hell. I’m not happy with tonight’s location. I should have spoke up but I was too tired.

Most of our day was spent walking through old burned out forests. Almost no new growth to trees only three feet tall at times. We did spend sometime in forest that wasn’t burned but that was not very often. We entered the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness today. I’m figuring some time tomorrow we’ll turn off the CDSNT route and take the Anaconda Cut-off. This will save over three days.

Today’s thunderstorms were larger and we couldn’t escape them this time. We got rained on around 4 pm. We had just watched a lightening show pass by. Just before I started typing this another storm rolled by to the west. Today’s storms were second to the storm on San Pedro when it came to the amount of thunder. It was so loud and would rumble on and on. It made you wonder if it would stop or just keep going.

It was also another very hot day. I’m guessing close to 85 degrees. I’m feeling the heat and miles during this section. Luckily the next few are smaller and I’ll have to carry less food/weight.

I have to be honest. I didn’t really feel like hiking  today. The burned out forest just didn’t fill me with a sense of wonder. Also being tired didn’t help. I hope I sleep well on the shitty ground tonight so I can feel better in the am.


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