One of my favorite hikes!
We will meet under the Fiesta Marquee and carpool from there. Please give your driver at least $5 for gas. We will be leaving the parking lot at 9:00 sharp. Please get there early.
There's a little bit of everything on this hike. Beautiful canyon walls, hot springs, scrambling, ropes, possibly big horn sheep and the Colorado River!
Distance: 6 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 500+ feet plus lots of scrambling up and down boulders.
Time: 4-5 hours hours
Difficulty: 3 out of 5. (Many beginners find this hike to be extremely strenuous)
Pace: 2 out of 5
Fear Factor: Moderate for some.
Hazards: Slippery rocks, snakes, tarantulas, velcro plant (can irritate your skin if touched), maybe a bare bottom or two in the pools.
For this intermediate hike we'll be heading past the upper pools to the River and cave sauna (for intrepid coldwater swimmers) before enjoying lunch on the rocks with a great view of the river and Tillman bridge.
Very nice pools are presently found near the river, though we'll probably head back up to the upper hotsprings to lounge awhile there and rejuvenate.
Caution: Wearing hiking gear in the pools makes for a cold trip back to the cars!!
2-3 liters of water and snacks and/or a lunch. We will take a 20-30 minute break at the river.
Change of clothes or towel, if you go in the water. Otherwise you will finish the hike wet
Good water shoes, to where in the water. Boots for the hike.
No dogs, children or guests
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