Indianhead, Sombrero Peak
By: Larry Tidball, Bill Oliver
Reports from a group that had been in this area a week before had indicated that the weather had been very hot. This heat discouraged some of those that had signed up for the trip. However. we had some unexpected participants show up at the trailhead so we still had a total of 10 on the trip. Scheduled co-leader Scot Jamison had to cancel, so Bill Oliver consented to take his place. We started out at 7:00AM and it was already getting warm (should have started at 6:00). We followed route "B" up Palm Canyon with a little scare from a rattlesnake on the trail not far from the cars. We were pushing the pace to get through with the hike before it got any hotter. Balancing the extra heat of a faster pace against the increasing heat of the day as we continued up the ridge to the peak. From summit we descended the shorter. Steeper route "A". Several hundred feet below the summit I noticed that the top of my pack was open. 1 didn't think anything was missing until later I discovered that I had lost a Green Sunglass Case. So if you should find it, let me know. Upon reaching Palm Canyon we all cooled off at creek dipping our heads in the water and wiping wet bandannas over our skin. Upon reaching the Visitor Center we discovered that it was 95 degrees. After touring the Visitors Center. we caravaned on down to the Northern trailhead for Sombrero Peak. We camped here and had a potluck dinner and happy-hour. A ranger stopped by our camp to see what was going on. Sunday we got an earlier start and the day was cooler as we hiked to the peak, again having a close encounter with a rattlesnake along the way.
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