Thirty hikers met on time at CenFes and one car (with four hikers) was sent ahead to fill up with diesel and get a head start on the faster drivers, but unfortunately was not seen again*, so only 26 made it through the smog up to the cooler, much clearer, air of the trailhead to start the hike a little after 9am.
After a brief encounter with a sleepy snake, we turned off the main valley farm track onto a narrower ridge-top hunters trail, so &ers left us to make his own exploration of the stream valley and an alternative way up to the blue square ridge.
&ers made good time to the intended lunch rocks, but our in-hike lunch consultant, Khun P, had stopped us early, so he had to wait an hour for us at the rocks.
On the way back down, we split into two groups, some taking the longer, sunnier, gentler-downhill route and some the shorter, shadier, but steeper, slippier route…
Total distance 9-10 kms (depending on group; &ers did 11.4), up/down about 700m, in an unhurried 5 hrs 10 mins. No cows, no cow pats, but plenty of Khao Pat, Pat Khaprao and amber rehydration drink after the hike in a nice friendly resort in the trailhead village, Ban Pok Pan. (*The lost vehicle had taken a wrong turn towards Doi Lanka Noi and the four occupants eventually made their own hike near Mae Khamphong waterfall.)
BTW, a friend is looking for green roses. Anybody seen any in Chiangmai?
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