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... and planned to get an early start in the cool of the morning to keep from sweating so much on the climb. We were a little intimidated by it so we wanted to give ourselves plenty of time.At about 4:45 am we broke camp and started up the trail. Much to our relief it was only about a mile or so before we came across the sign for Juniper Spring! We found the pool of water in the dark and got Robert what he needed. The spring was running at a nice trickle into the pool but Josue and I didn't fill up all the way because we wanted to leave as much as possible for the wild life. We did take on a little just to be on the safe side since we were still uneasy about the monster looming above us. We left Juniper Spring in the dark but before long we were seeing the sun peak over the canyon walls and were being warmed by its rays. A couple hours after sunrise we stopped and ate breakfast at a little clearing off of one of the lower switch backs. With our belly's full and Robert's Platypus full we were feeling a lot better and we headed on up. It turns out it wasn't nearly as bad as people make it out to be. I guess if we had been carrying 50 pound packs it might have been bad but as it was the monster climb we'd been dreading turned out to be more like a rather large house cat. I'm sure this was partially because of the shade and cool morning air as well.Juniper Canyon was my favorite part of the whole trip and I'd really have missed a lot had we been going clockwise. Going up it slowed us down (obviously) and allowed us to really take in the contrasting scenery. We didn't realize quite where we were in relation to the top and we took a nice break just below the top of Juniper where we ate our lunch. We were sure we had at least another mile to go when, what do you know, the uphill slope moved to our left and we started getting excited. Then I heard whistling and Josue spotted a tent! We were at the designated campsites and we weren't even that sore! I'm sure the guys in the tent thought we were really crazy after they heard us come over the top since everyone we talked to seemed to think we were a little nuts for doing the loop counter clock wise to begin with.
no, Juniper isn't a "killer" hike, but it's still the most difficult entry into the Chisos. (and yes, age, and weight of the pack, and temp do make a difference)QS
Hi there!.....nice trip report, i must add..... ......how are you?..... .......Uuhhm, ......any more pictures you might have forgotten?.
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