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"Lunch" Hike Suggestions

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Offline SA Bill

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"Lunch" Hike Suggestions
« on: November 07, 2009, 09:29:12 PM »
Last month I hiked up Laguna Meadows to the overlook and ate lunch before hiking back down. I really enjoyed this hike...and the lunch. :eusa_drool: The hike was slightly challenging. The views were wonderful. The food tasted good since I had worked up an appetite. The whole affair only took a few hours.

So I got to thinking...there must be lots of "lunch" hikes worth doing on days you may not want to do a lot of hiking but still want to get out and experience part of BB. The Laguna Meadows Overlook hike is one worth doing as a "lunch" round trip. The hike down the Window Trail and up to the Oak Spring overlook comes to mind as another.

I'm defining a "lunch" hike as a hike of 2 hours or less (one way) that leads to a nice place to have...lunch...for example. The lunch stop should have a nice view, historical significance, something to make it worth hiking out to. I know that's pretty vague but really, to each his own as far as what is worth hiking out to see.

Sooo...what "lunch" hikes would you all suggest? If you're really in shape and really fast, maybe the South Rim could be a "lunch" hike but not for most of us mere mortals. :eusa_hand: I'm looking for less strenuous suggestions!
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Re: "Lunch" Hike Suggestions
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2009, 09:41:06 PM »
Last month I hiked up Laguna Meadows to the overlook and ate lunch before hiking back down. I really enjoyed this hike...and the lunch. :eusa_drool: The hike was slightly challenging. The views were wonderful. The food tasted good since I had worked up an appetite. The whole affair only took a few hours.

So I got to thinking...there must be lots of "lunch" hikes worth doing on days you may not want to do a lot of hiking but still want to get out and experience part of BB. The Laguna Meadows Overlook hike is one worth doing as a "lunch" round trip. The hike down the Window Trail and up to the Oak Spring overlook comes to mind as another.

I'm defining a "lunch" hike as a hike of 2 hours or less (one way) that leads to a nice place to have...lunch...for example. The lunch stop should have a nice view, historical significance, something to make it worth hiking out to. I know that's pretty vague but really, to each his own as far as what is worth hiking out to see.

Sooo...what "lunch" hikes would you all suggest? If you're really in shape and really fast, maybe the South Rim could be a "lunch" hike but not for most of us mere mortals. :eusa_hand: I'm looking for less strenuous suggestions!
  Thanks!
    Bill

 

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Offline SA Bill

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Re: "Lunch" Hike Suggestions
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2009, 10:08:03 PM »
Ward Spring
Burro Spring
Rock Spring

Thanks badknees!
Ward Spring is already on my list of hikes to do...just haven't gotten around to it yet. I'll look at Burro and Rock springs for next year.

What else everybody?
   Bill
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Re: "Lunch" Hike Suggestions
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2009, 10:19:14 PM »
pick up the dodson at blue creek. go up to the top of the big hill ,you'll know when your there! great views, nobody around.not an easy hike ,but well worth it.after that go up blue creek until the red rock ends , then slowly work your way back as the sun sets.the rocks change colors. it is a most dramatic effect.would second b.k.on ward spring.

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Re: "Lunch" Hike Suggestions
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2009, 12:15:25 AM »
on the shorter side there is Oak Spring Trail, great views

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Re: "Lunch" Hike Suggestions
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2009, 12:29:29 AM »
Just pull off the side of the road in the desert and turn us on to some place we haven't been.  Never hurts to have the topo.  Folks have been doing a good job of that lately.  Help them out!

Al


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Offline Robert

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Re: "Lunch" Hike Suggestions
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2009, 06:21:08 AM »
Mule Ears Spring
The Chimneys
Dog Canyon

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Offline jeffblaylock

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Re: "Lunch" Hike Suggestions
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2009, 09:54:32 AM »
Mule Ears Spring trail to the Smoky Creek escarpment.

Atop the Cuesta Carlota from Ernst Tinaja

Lost Mine trail to the Juniper Canyon overlook
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Re: "Lunch" Hike Suggestions
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2009, 10:44:18 AM »
How about the Upper Burro Mesa Pour-off?

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Re: "Lunch" Hike Suggestions
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2009, 10:45:57 AM »
Devils Den
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Re: "Lunch" Hike Suggestions
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2009, 01:52:14 PM »
maple canyon or cattail falls

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Re: "Lunch" Hike Suggestions
« Reply #11 on: November 08, 2009, 07:23:56 PM »
Maple Canyon is always in my back pocket of hikes.  One of these days...
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Offline SA Bill

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Re: "Lunch" Hike Suggestions
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2009, 08:55:11 PM »
Great suggestions all!
I have several of these hikes "penciled in" for next year. I think I'll do at least one "lunch" hike each trip I make to BB. Should take me 10-12 years to get through the suggestions you all have made! :icon_eek:
  Thanks!
    Bill
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Offline CactusFlower

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Re: "Lunch" Hike Suggestions
« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2009, 08:59:33 PM »
Second the Maple Canyon.  Also add into the list Indian Head and Grapevine Hills.  I also liked the suggestion of just pulling over, grab your map, start you GPS to do breadcrumb trail and just hike for a bit.  I for one, haven't done that enough.

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Offline Lorax

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Re: "Lunch" Hike Suggestions
« Reply #14 on: November 09, 2009, 03:55:59 PM »
All are great destinations but Al has the right idea.  Stop, hike a couple of hours, enjoy lunch and the desert and the time away.  Hike back when you're ready.  You add the element of discovery.

 


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