|Hiking||3.90 Miles|| 4 Hrs 30 Mns || ||1.11 mph|
|2,489 ft AEG|| 1 Hour Break|| || |
This hike has been on our wish list for a year, and we finally got it on the calendar. It was sprinkling and cold when we left the Valley, but luckily when we reached the trailhead the showers were over and we didn't have to decide whether to wait out a storm or hit the trail and take our chances. Clouds hid most of the cliffs but the plus side was that the stream was running well from the past days of rain.
Since we were not expecting much of a trail we were happy to find a pretty good path for most of the way; and not too muddy. Although the trail was mainly on the left of the stream heading in, there was a section after the two waterfalls where it was on the right (which we missed on the way up). There were small waterfalls everywhere, and the smooth rocky bottom of the canyon was impressive. We bypassed the second waterfall by climbing up on the right side, since the left side was wet.
When we got to the spot where the trail headed up the hillside, we couldn't get a visual of the ruins or even the cliffs because of all the clouds and fog. So we just crossed our fingers and hoped it was the right trail. We finally saw the ruins when we were half-way up, and even then they were mostly hidden in the fog. I didn't feel much of a burn going up because we slowed down to try not to slip in the mud and snow patches. We spent an hour in the ruins admiring the construction and watching the sky. About every 10 minutes a new wave of clouds covered us and made the air cold and foggy. We never did see more than a small patch of blue sky, but the ruins and cliffs more than made up for that.
|If you don't run, you rust. |