Saturday, July 17, 2010
Kendrick Peak 07/17/10
Kendrick Peak Trail Run
Kendrick Wilderness Area
My friend Liz sent out an email this week looking for people to escape the heat and hit the trails up North. Myself, Matt, Mark and Paulette couldn't pass up a trip to Flagstaff when the Phoenix temps are still over 110. An early start (and I mean early), put us in Flagstaff just after 7:00am, we were on the trail by 8:00am with cloudy skies and a low of 61 degrees. Nice.
The plan was to run/fast hike up Kendrick Trail #22, roughly 4.5 miles to the summit (where we stopped for a quick group photo), then run down the badly burned Pumpkin Trail for 3.5 miles and across the Connector Trail 1.75 miles to Bull Basin. We stopped here to refuel before our 3 mile/2000ft climb back up Bull Basin. Everyone was a little fatigued at this point, mainly because of the humidity, yet we pushed on. Reaching the saddle at the Kendrick Trail intersection an hour later we took a few pictures at the cabin and geared up for the final 4 miles back down Kendrick Trail. A smile came over my face knowing how smooth and runnable this descent was going to be. I let it rip and was off the mountain in 29 minutes.
The scenery was incredible over the course of this trail run. We had a clear view of the Kachina Wilderness, Mt Humphreys, and even the Grand Canyon. The weather cooperated with us, so thankfully rain jackets were not necessary, and the overcast skies gave a much needed relief from the sun.