At the last minute, we headed into the park to hike. Four miles max with the least elevation possible was the plan. The day was overcast with highs in the 70’s so it seemed a lovely day for a stroll. The hike to Mule Ears Spring was an easy four miles with a gain of 20 ft! Anyone can do that!
The park service tricked us again. They measure the elevation at the trailhead & again at the end, getting maximum elevation gained. They do not measure the ups & downs of all the mesas & hills one might traverse getting to the destination. Even so, it was a fun hike & the little spring was a cool green oasis. On our way out, we passed a group of 14 young back packers headed to the peaks of Mule Ears. Oh, so glad not to be 20 & fool hearty. Apparently, they decided to ignore the gathering thunder clouds & the bad weather predictions to proceed as planned. Hope they fair welled last night!
Thankfully, we were home before the thunder & winds began in the late afternoon.