September 19, 2015
It was a crisp cool morning, however, not quite as cold as we were expecting. This meant the Winter hats we had discussed the night prior, were not needed. We met at the Green Canyon main parking lot to carpool up to the top where the road ends. The group was on trail by about 6:30 AM. The section of trail up to the split and sign for Beirdneau Peak was familiar to all of us.
The sun decided to join us as we turned toward Mount Elmer. Just after Elmer, we ended up unintentionally splitting up as two members took the Seven Sisters route and Matt and I scrambled down the hillside in search of the target trail, referred to as the Mountain Naomi Peak trail (#005) on the current National Geographic map for the Logan Bear River Range. We successfully located the trail and followed it down toward Cottonwood Canyon. (Note: there is a campsite just before the Seven Sisters stretch where, if you proceed east you can locate the actual trail and follow the switchbacks downward. Matt and I only found it on the return trip as it does seem to fade away just before this primitive camp.)
As we followed the trail down into the pine trees, it crossed a few washes and down trees but was still easy to find. Our intention was to loop the trails shown on CalTopo just before arriving at the Tony Grove backcountry trail head. We instead run up a trail that followed Blind Hollow and looped back to the main trail. We encountered quite a few folks on horses along the way.
We returned to the car via the same trail. Matt arrived about 45- 60 minutes ahead of me. The uphill portion of the return, just before Mount Elmer, was a struggle for me mentally as I had run out of water and was not looking forward to the climb. (I may have psyched myself out a bit as we ran down it, as it seemed like such a nice long downhill. I discovered that, with a second wind, it didn't seem nearly as long of as a climb as I had expected.
Sadly, I failed to bring my phone and camera for this one. I supposed this means I may need to do it again soon.
If you are interested, please feel free to follow the links for the target trail mapped using CalTopo versus the actual run GPS-ed and uploaded to Strava.
Shoes: Hoka One One Stinson Trail (discontinued older model)
Pack: Nathan Vapor Shape
Sustenance: For this adventure, I strayed from my usual handheld bottle with about 200 calories of Tailwind. I think this was a mistake as I underestimated the calories needed and this added to my deficit. I did feast on Kind Bars, Scratch Labs fruit snacks, and a few of Joni's magical peanut butter balls along the way.