Just made a quick trip to Hieroglyphic Canyon to check on the water conditions following the much needed rains of yesterday. I was a little surprised to see the number of people already on the trails since it was a cool and threatening day, but it is a popular family hike.
As I arrived at the canyon entrance, I could see that the pools were full but only a trickle of water was flowing. That just means that the rains thankfully soaked into the ground rather than running off. Much more water is needed to flush out the pools as there's a lot of orange and banana peels floating around the edges, and one pool has a decaying Barrel Cactus contaminating it.
A couple of pre-teen boys were climbing around the rocks high above the glyphs in front of a pair of non caring parents. I join Snake Marks in wondering why more people aren't seriously hurt, or worse. There must be a patron saint for the stupid.
As I made my way back to the trailhead, I was briefly pelted by sleet as the sun shone through the dark ominous clouds overhead. The trail is in good shape thanks to the efforts of the volunteers. Brush has been trimmed and water run-off trenches are preventing trail erosion. Maybe/hopefully there's enough spring season left to yet have a wildflower bloom.