Robert has graciously volunteered to lead a group of 15 (max) to this prestine and wonderful canyon. Due to the difficulty of this trail (or lack there of), please contact Robert if you would like to attend, and he will add you to the "going list". Thank you, Robert, for leading this awesome hike! I think I've done this hike 2-3 times this year...it's that fantastic!!!
High Clearance Vehicle, 4WD ONLY! - We will start the trail most likely around 9.30 am, and finish mid afternoon (bring a head lamp just in case...).
Limit: 15 people.
Lenght: ~6 mi RT
Difficutly: as difficult as it gets (boulder hopping, scrampling) This trip requires good scrambling skills, and is NOT for beginners or the average trail hiker!
This one is located East of the Supersitions, and starts off with a 20 foot down-climb (within 0.25 miles). Also, poison ivy may be present, and the cat-claws are just waiting to rip your skin off...not scared yet? Then read on. This canyon requires plenty of scrambling, climbing on exposed terrain, and is not for the faint hearted or those without endurance. This will give you the best workout you can ask for!!! ONLY very advanced hikers please!!!
Warning: Since the group WILL stay together, we will be doing a medium pace. The trail is VERY enjoyable if you like boulder hopping, scrampling, occasionally being held hostage by a catclaw, and if you enjoy majestic canyon walls and scenery. You may get scared at some point, which is expected, but this will keep us safe. You may have to watch the people ahead of you for safe moves...however, if at any point you don't feel it, DON'T GO FURTHER. This is an out & back trail, so you can always sit at some point, and wait for us to return...believe it or not, it is that scenic that you will not mind.
Quick description: It's an out and back hike, apprx 6? miles RT
We will pretty much start out in the canyon, rock-hop through some scrubs and water. Soon we'll have to down-climb a 20+ feet wall, which is not for everyone!!! Then walk by a pretty riverbed with climbing through rocks, or swimming through pools of water (you can scramble around these) for the rest of the trip until we get to the first pool. I estimate it ~3 miles each way. We'll hang out by the pools for as long as it takes, and return the way we came.
Please expect that this ~6 miles may take as long as 6 hours (hiking time is ~4 hours total) due to the speed we will be traveling on this terrain, plus the added "resting" time by the pools.
What to bring:
* 3-4 liter water (at minimum), "fuel" for energy, prepare to be out all day.
* non-slip shoes - or something you can navigate on bouldery terrain with
* layers of clothing as you never know how the weather will turn out.
Please note that every canyon trip is subject to weather conditions, so if there is rain the day before or day of the trip, we will have to postpone it (slippery rocks are not a good thing in a canyon).
Happy Trails!!! Send Robert your questions via e-mail