First up was the Medicine Wheel and a test of my ability to hike at 9,000+ feet. It’s a mile and a half walk from the parking lot to the spiritual site. I handled the short trip—even the uphill sections—just fine. No shortness of breath, no aches or pains.
Bucking Mule Falls. I waited at the trailhead for the afternoon light. The sign said it was two miles. A hiker I passed on the way said his GPS had it at a little more than three miles. But it was a fairly easy walk, because it was mostly downhill. Of course, that meant the return trip was mostly uphill. My cardio systems worked fine on that slog, but my legs were, well, almost on their last legs. Other people can hike eight, nine miles in one day, no big deal. But this was the most I’ve hiked since I was a Boy Scout. But it was worth it.
Handy guide at a fork in the trail