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Of the Seven main Marble Canyon drainages, this is the only one to wrap around Hershberger Peak, curving all the way back to the ridge connecting Hershberger with Ortega Peak. This drainage has it's own character, beginning with a narrower defile than the other Marble Canyon drainages. Some of the Scrambles are a bit more challenging than is to be found in the others, and there is more obstructing brush. This is a Class I Canyoneering trek, off trail for the ascending portion, with a very steep side bank climbout to access the "A" trail, which will be our easy route home. Overall, this is not as difficult a day as Marble Canyon South, but it is a long, hard day. Good idea to bring along gloves to push through the overgrowth...
DISTANCE is 9-11 mi round-trip, loop…. Depending on where we access the exit ridge.
ELEVATION GAIN is in the 3,000’ range, depending on where we loop.
FEES: None. Of course, if you carpool, please compensate your driver for gas!
DURATION: All day…
PET FRIENDLY? No…
SKILL LEVEL is NOT beginner friendly. No whiners!
TERRAIN includes minor bouldering, and off trail over and through all the sticky stuff! Please bring appropriate gear.
WEATHER may include thunderstorms. could be cold & windy on ridgeline.
AFTERWARDS I go home… you drive.
MEET for carpool at: to be determined?