Exploratory hike with ABC. Definitely a trip for experienced backpackers and those with no fear of heights. 100% agree with the advice to go down Owl and up Fish. That last scramble up from Fish Creek is fun, but not something I'd want to go down. Lots of flowers blooming everywhere. Water at the confluence was not awesome. There was a decent pool about .25 mile downstream and we camped about a 10 minute walk away. The wind was something else this weekend. Sand ended up in everything. The trail was slow going on the way in along owl creek. This was due to a combination of looking for ruins and just trying to find the best route through the vegetation and rocks at the bottom of the canyon. There were actually quite a few cairns once ya start looking. Once we got to the confluence, the route got even more faint because it was covered in tumbleweeds. Gotta love Russian thistle
We ended up deciding to head out after only one night to get away from the wind and all of the stickers in our legs from the tumbleweeds. This was a good choice since the sun beat on us the whole way out along Fish Creek and the hike seemed to take forever. Route is in pretty much the same condition as Owl Creek except with fewer cairns to point the way. I think this would be a fun trip to do in the Fall. Definitely need to get over to Grand Gulch, too.