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A suggestion for hiking this at this time frame and assuming cars can make it to Juniper would be a CW route starting at Juniper. Would start out at dusk / whenever it was manageable, throw down for a few hrs along Dodson, then get to HWR well before noon. Pick up cached water (and book!) at HWR and chill in shade 12-6 if not longer. Can bail there easily if miserable, if not continue up the wash that evening when it cools and night hike up to the Rim. Spent a couple nights in the Chisos.But basically act like a desert animal and hike when itís cool(er), siesta when itís not.Get good headlamps though since it will probably be close to a new moon.
Steelfroggy, you definitely gotten the wheels going in Flash's head over a possible evening/sunset hike out to the first Dodson saddle and than back to the car at HW by headlamp.
Quote from: Flash on July 19, 2019, 03:31:47 PMSteelfroggy, you definitely gotten the wheels going in Flash's head over a possible evening/sunset hike out to the first Dodson saddle and than back to the car at HW by headlamp. Flash. one of my most memorable hikes in BBNP. It was a winter trip, I did something easy in the AM/early PM, in the late afternoon I went to the saddle on the Dodson. Truly the place to be is the top of the little hill at the saddle on right hand side as you go up, it opens up the view to a surprising degree. I was there a little too early, about an hour, it's such a great spot I did not mind. The whole landscape turned a golden green close to sunset and only got better as time went on. I watched the sunset and several backpackers go by. Well into the sunset I slowly started to descend into the sunset lit surroundings. I was in the sunset, the rocks glowed and the sotols glistened. I can still see it as I type this. Truly a unique experience
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