Well, I’m still on the road, so here is the second of my pre-scheduled, mostly wordless, hiking stories-told-through-pictures. If you missed Eye Candy – Part I: Fletcher Canyon – just click here. 🙂
The star of today’s post is the Mary Jane Falls Trail at the Spring Mountains in Southern Nevada. I hiked it on Thursday (Aug 29th), my 3rd go at this trail, and my personal best in terms of completion time. The first attempt was way back in November of 2011 – and to say it was a grind would be an understatement. I literally needed rest breaks every 2-3 minutes.
My next attempt was a few months ago, in May of 2013. If you want a refresh of that epic hike and some of my amazing breakthroughs, just click here.
This trail climbs nearly 1,000′ in just 1.6 miles. The grades are quite strenuous, despite tons of switchbacks. Still, it is one of the most popular hikes in the Spring Mountains. The guidebook suggests 2-3 hours completion time. In May, I did it in 1:40 [and felt particularly bad-ass for that accomplishment].
On Thursday I finished it in 1:26, smiling from ear to ear.
Once again, the rain Gods decided to provide some extra challenge, and the rain started coming down hard at the summit, with some ominous sounding thunder rumbling every so often, so we scrambled to get back to lower ground (i.e. the car!).
I was a little snap-happy this time. I hope you enjoy this hike!