Another hike I get to check off the wish list. I am so glad Kat was with us on this one as she took us off the beaten path and down to the Creek fairly quickly. Otherwise this hike would have just been a hike. NOW it was a journey.
Walking along a creek is always much more interesting, mostly because you get to be by the water and listen to it as it makes its way to a final destination.
It did look at times like it had a sandy bottom but that was just the way the sun was hitting the rock below the surface. There were quite a few little falls/cascades so we had plenty to photograph in that regard. There was also some flora including mushrooms, daisies, cone flowers and a big grape vine just hanging from a tree. We did get to criss-cross the creek a couple times too and that's always fun.
We had a break next to the creek in front of some soft grass and near some columbine. It was lovely. It is very hard to shoot photos though in this kind of spotty light but we made due. It was not too far from here that we were forced back on to the trail due to heavy vegetation along the creek and eventually the slog up to Horton Springs. Kat and I both remarked that we didn't recall reading about the elevation on this one
, especially that last mile or so and the rocky conditions of part of this old road. Not fun!
We finally made it to the false spring summit where John promptly took off his shoes and headed for the water quickly proclaiming that the water was VERY chilly. Kat and I took a couple pictures. Fortunately she had been here before and wandered up the trail just a tad to where the springs really was. Oh! So up we go. After enjoying the springs for a few minutes, we had our lunch, discussed how far we were from the Rim and then headed back.
We took the trail back the whole way. It was a little warm and a lot rocky for those first couple miles back. We did see some more mushrooms and some red cinquefoil and a couple butterflies on the way but other than about a dozen other hikers, not much to be seen. One hiker had picked up a shedded snake skin so that was pretty cool.
As we came to that last part of the trail, I totally didn't remember us going across that first 1/4 mile or so. It was really weird as I thot maybe we missed a turn but we didn't. As always, it was great to hike with Kat and John plus this was a nice hike to do before Keet Seel this coming weekend. It might be a prettier hike in the fall.