April 7, 2016
Lower Jumpup to Jumpup Trailhead
Today's route stats:Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1300 feet Elevation Loss: 0 feet
I drank a full liter of water before beginning the hike back to my car. I started out carrying two liters. Again, I walked at a really slow pace which took me about 4 hours to get back to my car. My car was the only car at the trailhead, and Steve was nowhere to be found. I yelled and honked the horn, waited a few minutes, then left.
I took the faster, better road back to Jacob Lake. I ate lunch at Jacob Lake Inn, then drove to Gallup, NM where I checked into a motel for the night. The next day I drove the 5 hours back to Arroyo Seco (near Taos). It rained on the drive home and I thought about Bert and his Sierra Club group. I was glad to have missed the rain.