Second Failed Try to Find the Ridge Top Trail Off Queen Canyon

Thursday March 22, 2018 Kofa NWR Queen Canyon Arizona

Headed back to the Kofa

Yesterday as I was driving to the Kofa, I got on the dirt road and I could hear a clunk from the left front tire area. It sounded like a shock mount was loose. As soon as I  turned onto the Queen Canyon Road I  looked for  a nice place to pull over so I could have a look.

The shock mount was loose on the bottom so I got the wrenches out and tightened it up.shock1


I also noted that shock was leaking oil and not any good any more. I continued up the Queen Road to about a half mile past the Skull Cave to a place I think they call Indian Canyon where there is a trail that goes to the ridge top that I’ve been trying to find the trail at the top. I made camp here in my same old spot.

The next morning as I was getting it going I noticed this bird eating something in a bush just outside the van. Looks like some kind of jay to me.jaw2


Up the trail

Around 11:30 I started up the ridge top trail here.trail3


I know the trail goes up to the ridge top somewhere here, but I haven’t been able to locate the trail.trail4


There weren’t many wild flowers blooming, but I did see this one.flower5


I looked real hard

When I got to the end of what I could find of the trail I rechecked every way I checked last time looking harder for the trail, but I couldn’t locate it.

I even crawled under the palm looking thing, but no trail.trail5


And I looked again

I went about a 100 yards down the main trail and turned back to have a look at the hills to see where the trail might need to go. Then I hiked back up the trail and looked even harder.

I did go up this rocky slope but no trail.notrail6


And I looked one more time

So I was giving up and started down the trail again going further down than last time and looked back again. I wasn’t planning on going back up again, but I thought the trail had to go through a place I saw back up the trail so I started back up again.

I went through this area and climbed around the rocks, but no trail.notrail7


Pile of rocks

Then I saw this spot that I’d looked at before. The difference this time I saw a little pile of rocks up it which I hadn’t seen anywhere else. My only problem now was I’d gone up and down and around and around the hill looking for this and now I was too tired out to tackle it so I sat down for a break to contemplate what to do.

The trail goes pretty much up the center, you can see a couple rocks stacked there.trailup8


Back down the trail

I was still quite a ways from the ridge top and was pretty beat, so asked my legs and feet what they thought. They said we can get you back to the van, so I decided I better head on down the hill so I headed back down the trail going through here.traail9


On down the trail, some nice cactus here.trail10


I had to walk on down this wash to the van way down there near center of the picture, but you can’t see it.trail11


Back at the van a cup of coffee was  made and drunk while I thought about things.coffee13


One more try to the ridge top

Tomorrow I planned to have another look at the bad shock and was planning to drive over to the Palm Canyon area, but instead I will work on the shock tomorrow and try to get up the ridge top trail the next day.

That was my day. Lots of exercise.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.