Last week I did this hike and found an old mine shaft that was partially blocked by a large boulder. I couldn't see beyond the boulder and that alone perked my interest, so I build an extension arm that would fit on my hiking pole. Now I was able to mount my camera on the end of my hiking pole to reach higher or extend deeper into the unknown.
Once at the site of the old mine shaft, I assembled the pieces, and attached my camera as shown in the photo. I set the shutter delay for 10 seconds, pressed the shutter button and stuck the camera behind the rock and waited for the flash. Hot Dang, it works
I experimented with the extended camera adapter and took a series of shots of the inside of the shallow mine shaft. OK, so there isn't a gold mine in there, but at least now I know and can once again get a full night's sleep (see Joe, it isn't a camera slingshot)
Now that my curiosity was satisfied, and it was still a few hours before the first kick-off, I decided to explore the high foothills area above the 3,000ft levels. I did some scrambling, climbing and bushwhacking as I worked in a Northeasterly direction, hoping to access the Massacre Falls Trail.
I came upon a large (dry) waterfall, but it didn't look like Massacre Falls and was tucked away in an inaccessible canyon with few marked trails. The large rock formations a couple hundred feet above, showed that a lot of water flowed through this area when conditions were right. My GPS showed coordinates; 33-deg 26.973, 111-deg 27.080 at an altitude of 3,190 feet. As I looked for a descending trail, I noticed cairn's marking a trail going farther up the canyon (Is this another route to the top?).
I continued working my way back down through the wash as the sides were too close, steep and loose. The going was difficult with a lot of bouldering and bushwhacking until I was able to finally escape the wash and work my way back down towards more familiar areas. Eventually I came upon a trail that I followed the remaining two miles to my waiting truck.
This turned out to be a fun romp through the foothills exploring areas that were new to me and I was able to make it home before the start of the first football game