Now this is how I enjoy the fall colors! Another amazing run down this short & sweet canyon to enjoy this warm November weekend before winter sets in... The creek was surprisingly lightly flowing at the bridge but was dry at the drop-in point above the narrows. I hoping the water was just below the creekbed and would pop out once I reached the narrows, but no such luck. The many pools in the upper narrows were clean, about half full, and chilly but my shorty wetuit was enough to handle them since they're so brief. The slide was as awesome as ever and the pool below was the only swimmer since the rest were about chest-high waders if you planned it right. The section of creek between the upper and lower narrows was full of vegetation popping with Fall colors and the cloud layer made for some great lighting. Next came my favorite rappel of the canyon, #4 is a 50-footer from a large tree and I was happy to see the water lightly flowing again which meant the pool below was full and clean. Just around the corner is that sweet final 80ft rappel also with a full pool beneath it, but I wanted to stay warm so i avoided it. Dropped and packed up the gear for the steep hike back up to the rim of the canyon and made it out just in time to catch a glowing orange sunset behind Four Peaks. Used my iPhone to find a quicker way to that forest road but the road winds around a bit and is not as direct as the bushwhacking route I normally take to the road so I'm not sure if this new way saves any time. Lucked out and made it back to the car just in time to not need to whip out the headlamp.
Autumn Foliage ObservationModerate
Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p