7/3/15 Day 70, Hunt Lake M1938.3 to Saddle M1958.4 11,074′

Tent – Nights Spent Alone: 8

22.1, 1300.8 Trip Miles

Mostly Cloudy, Rain, thunder&lightening

Day’s of Snow: 7 – Day’s of Rain: 23 – Days of Hail: 13

# of Zero days: 6

6:32 to 5:40 pm

Gila Crossings Final Total:  221

Tick Count: 4 (4 more crawling on me)

Wanted List

Mountain Goat

Grizzly Bear


Black Bear

Bighorn Sheep


Mountain Lion



Critter Count

2 Deer

1 Pika

1 Marmot


1) 530 Pronghorn*

2) 244 Elk

3) 129 Chipmunks

4) 119 Lizards

5) 116 Wild Horses

6) 79 Deer**

7) 54 Marmot****

8) 42 Squirrels

9) 40 Cotton Tail Rabbits

10) 35 Ground Squirrels

11) 30 Prairie Dogs

12) 22 Horny Roads

13) 20 Pika

14) 17 Jack Rabbit***

15) 11 Moose

16) 8 Snakes

17) 4 Coyotes

18) 5 Moles

19) 2 Fox

20) 2 Porcupine

21) 2 Rattle Snakes

22) 2 Toads

23) 1 Mouse

24) 1 Skunk

25) 1 Weasel

*181 from car, **3 from car, ***1 from car, ****2 from car

If I said I was sick of the weather I would be lying. I had my first thunderstorm at 8:14 am. I’m not kidding. It was fast, loud, and full of lightening and rain. Others bigger would roll through as the day went on.

I got rained on for about a mile hiking into the Monarch Crest store. I would spend about 4 hours there drying out, sorting food and making plans. As I was about to leave another storm rolled in. It forced me to delay about 45 minutes.

I would get rained on once more but I was in the trees and it wasn’t as bad as the first time. The umbrella is all I needed to stay dry.

I saw many hikers and some bikers practicing for the Monarch Crest Enduro later this summer. I had hoped to stay at a cabin described on my maps as a nice place to stay. It was dark and very dirty. I didn’t even put my head in.

I looked for a place near Marshall Pass but it was filled with car campers. I moved on to a saddle about a mile from the pass. I hear hikers coming up the trail. It was two guys hiking in a few miles. I stood in my boxers and Ibex Woolie talking to them.


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