I had no idea that Arizona had such different and beautiful terrain. We hiked among fir, aspen, and pine trees, ferns, and other wet climate flora and fauna you would never expect -- like columbine flowers.
What a tough hike. Lots of fallen trees, rocks, and other obstacles that typically have been my sworn enemy. Nonetheless, all went well and without incident.
Until we lost the trail. Again. The damn thing just disappeared at about 9,500 feet or so. By this time, about 2.5 hours into the hike, the altitude was getting to be a bit. Headache, mostly. I slowed down (slower than usual) and the symptoms subsided.
Ultimately we made it to the top of Webb Peak -- 10,029 feet!
Back down safely and home by 6:00. I proved to myself that I can hike at altitude with few problems. At the end of the day I was tired and a bit sore, but satisfied and a little proud of myself. Tomorrow -- sleep in then figure it out!