Carefree, AZ (northwest of Phoenix)
We spent a wonderful four days along the shore of beautiful Lake Pleasant, mostly just sitting and enjoying the great view of the water and surrounding mountains. But one day we did get out to do a nice six mile trek on two trails along the lake north of our site. We drove the Jeep three miles north on the park road to reach the trailhead for Pipeline Canyon Trailhead.
After a mile and a half we turned off the Pipeline on to the Yavapai Point Trail.
The Yavapai Trail is the most difficult trail in the park due to the elevation change as it winds for a mile up to Yavapai Point. But the trail is good and the elevation change is only 122 feet so it is not too difficult.
At the top of Yavapai Point there is a great 360 view of the area.
We knew there were wild burros in the area and could hear them braying as we hiked. As we re-crossed the floating bridge we finally spotted one napping on the hillside in the shade in front of us.
The desert is just starting to bloom near the campground. We spotted a Staghorn Cactus flowering on a short trail near our site.
Dave and Sue have been staying in a series of regional parks in the area for the past month. Since they had never been to the campground at Lake Pleasant they drove over one afternoon to join us for a late lunch. Lewis and Sasha asked if they could ride along and share the visit. Lewis is very enthusiastic and loves to visit with Gramma Pamma, especially when she shares those little dog treats with him!
Thursday was our last full day along the lake. We thought about doing a hike but decided to just spend the day reading and relaxing while enjoying the beautiful view.
A boat towing someone on a wake board entertained us for most of the afternoon. The surfer would be pulled up by the boat with a rope, then throw the rope back up to the boat and ride the boat wake like a wave along the shore. Very entertaining!
On Friday we made a short drive (only 25 miles) to nearby Cave Creek Regional Park where we have a site for the week-end. The park is very nice with widely spaced sites and electric and water. But it sure doesn’t have a view like our site at Lake Pleasant!
We’ll stay here until Monday morning when we head west about sixty miles to North Ranch, an Escapees park just north of Wickenburg.
More on that later . . .