March 1, 2014
Grapevine to Lonetree
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Today's route stats:
Distance: 8.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Elevation Loss: 700 feet
Our only concern for today was the availability of water at Lonetree. Luckily, the temperatures were cool and the hiking was easy, but rain was threatening. There were some occasional sprinkles, persuading us to put on rain gear. But it never rained very hard.
We found plenty of water at Lonetree Canyon. It is listed as a seasonal water source, so you never know, but late winter or early spring is when water is most likely available. Rain was still threatening, so everyone set up their tents.
At camp, Bruce stepped on a loose rock that weirdly flipped up and smacked him in the shin. It immediately formed knot. Ben was concerned that the rock had damaged a vein and that this would cause his leg to quickly swell to a large size could be a serious problem. Ben wrapped Bruce's shin and ankle in an ace bandage for the night.