|Hiking||10.00 Miles|| 4 Hrs 3 Mns || ||2.47 mph|
|1,800 ft AEG|| || || |
Although the trail head is no longer accessible by vehicle and one must start at the Crosscut Trail Head or possibly First Water adding more miles to the hike, it's a favorite of mine. In fact this is already my third time hiking it this month and fourth for the year.
While the day started off with a well-founded forecast of rain my two companions for the hike were not to be put off so we set out from Crosscut. The hike up to the falls was relatively uneventful with the rain holding off for now even though the wind was picking up. Very little flow over the falls so that was a bust so to make for something different this trip we set off straight westward toward the praying hands area. About halfway across the rain started to come down hard, although "down" isn't exactly right, the wind was blowing so hard the rain was horizontal. By time we reached the praying hands it had turned to sleet and being soaked already any exposed flesh felt like it was being pelted with needles. With the sky looking like worse was to come and us being chilled to the bone rather than hunkering down under a large rock to wait it out, we just headed back to the car as fast as we could safely go. That was easier said than done with the wind about to blow us over and the rocks being very slick, but once we hit more level ground it was just a race for the car. Before we got back the sleet had changed to snow flakes so once we got there I didn't waste any time getting the car running, waiting on it to warm enough to actually get heat into our bodies again.
Although it turned out to be a bone-chilling hike and we had taken on the look of drowned-rats, it was well worth the trip because the third-to-last picture I took is one of my favorites, being used as my computer desktop image.
Hike photos are here:http://www.changephoenix.com/10/2010-02-20MassacrePlus.html