I was introduced to this canyon a long time ago by a friend who said it was his favorite little place that very few people visited. He was right. The canyon connects to a long slot that I've been calling imagination trench. We'll end up at the sandstone arch in the Quarry and then we'll duck through a couple of small caves before returning.
There are some tight areas along the way, so be prepared to remove your pack. Also be aware that some of this area has a lot of brush that will scratch and poke you. If that bothers you, then you should wear protective clothing. There is not much exposure on this hike. This hike is almost entirely rock scrambling using hands.
This hike is not for beginners, but does not require advanced techniques. There are many places that require intermediate scrambling skills. You must be able to pull your body weight up and lower yourself down using your arms. See the list of Pre-requisite hikes to determine if you are up to this hike.
If I don't know you or if I can't determine your experience from your profile, then don't be offended if I require you to detail your scrambling experience. No guests on this hike without my prior approval.
We'll meet at the South Tower Park and then carpool to the trail head. South Tower Park is at the the intersection of Vista Center and Vista Park. To get there go west on Charleston towards the park. Turn right on Vista Center and stay to the righ. Then turn right onto Vista Park and a quick left into South Tower Park. There are restrooms and water fountains at the park.
Distance: ~ 1.5 miles
Elevation gain: ~ 620 feet
High point: 4640 feet
Low point: 4300 feet
Pace: ~ 1 Mile Per Hour or less.
Time: 3 hours max.
Bring: At least one liter of water. Snacks.
Kraft Mt. Loop
Red Springs Peak Loop
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-anything comparable or more difficult will be fine.