Date: 06 Mar 2019 07:36PM MST
Location: Camping near mile 8.1
Today's Miles: 10.0
Total Miles: 8.1
First day on the AZT, did not disappoint.
Woke up and packed all my things at the trail angel's home in Tucson, left after a small breakfast of espresso, eggs, and ham.
Trail angel had a few errands to run before we left town, but soon enough we were on our way southeast.
Stopped close to the trailhead to mail off the canvas bag I use when I fly to protect my gear to a friend's who lives in Phoenix, and we grabbed some Mexican food for lunch.
Arrived at Montezuma Pass around noon. Took a few pictures, said our goodbye, and off I walked to the terminus.
The AZT requires a small amount of backtracking to get to the terminus, approximately two trail miles. Not really a big deal, but it's a steep two miles down to the border, and effectively all uphill from the border back to the pass, and for the next six miles to the top of Miller peak.
Definitely a ball buster of a first day.
After returning from the border I yogi'd some water off the firefighters who were heading out for the day, and managed to climb uneventfully to the top of Miller before the sun was too low in the sky.
I was rewarded with some an absolutely fantastic sunset.
Not finding anywhere to camp because (surprisingly!) there was quite a bit of snow on the northern side of Miller, and finding myself only two miles from the next water source, I pushed on, arriving at the source and a relatively flat spot as it was getting dark.
Set up camp, a bit slower than usual since it's been almost a year since I've done it, but even still managed to eat, settle in, watch a little TV, and start journaling in the bag.
It's a beautiful trail, that is for damn sure. Reminds me a lot of the southern end of the PCT, which shouldn't be too surprising to anyone who's traveled in both parts of the country.
Looking forward to seeing just what else this trail has to offer.