7/7/15 Day 74, Middle Mineral Creek M2036.9 to Lake City M2047.5 8699′

Cabin – Nights Spent Alone: 10

10.6, 1390.1 Trip Miles

Cloudy, Rain

Day’s of Snow: 7 – Day’s of Rain: 26 – Days of Hail: 13

# of Zero days: 6

5:59 am to 9:45 am

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

7 Pikas

5 Marmots

2 Chipmunks

2 Elk


1) 530 Pronghorn*

2) 246 Elk

3) 150 Chipmunks

4) 119 Lizards

5) 116 Wild Horses

6) 81 Deer**

7) 74 Marmot****

8) 50 Squirrels

9) 46 Ground Squirrels

10) 41 Cotton Tail Rabbits

11) 30 Pika

12) 30 Prairie Dogs

13) 22 Horny Roads

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

I got up and out of camp before 6 am. I wanted to get across Snow Mesa which I had heard so many horror stories of. When I finally got there the weather looked ominous. It would only turn out to be low dark clouds and a misty rain.

I lucked out as when I got to Spring Creek Pass I caught a couple. They were from Silverton and offered me a ride to Lake City.

Once to town I attempted to get a proper breakfast but missed out. I had a burger instead. After getting a cabin I did laundry and then just laid down until Jill showed up. We would hangout and talk all afternoon into the night catching up with one another. It was great to see her. The laziness of the day was much needed.


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