Thanks for the PM's, the ratings and the questions about this trip. It's not my best photo set but certainly is right up there as one of my greatest adventures!
I had been slipped a couple of pictures of this spot a few years ago, long before I ever had the courage required to play on this gem! Three years ago I was nervous just going up and down a ladder to hang Christmas lights.
Who would have thunk???
I wouldn't recommend the Blue Springs route to anyone---more exposure than sanely safe......but I WILL most likely get on it again. Lots of AIR on that route.
Couldn't even get the camera out on some of the really exposed places...LOL. The pictures that are posted are the lesser of all evils....seriously!
It was 2.5 hours on the dirt road to get to the trailhead---4x4 high clearance needed for a significant portion of the 18 miles and even with that we backed off the final road climb, parked it and walked. On the drive in we found the beautiful healthy horses, lots of cattle, interesting rock corrals, various shelters, that huge Great Basin Gopher Snake, and an incredibly GREEN lizard that escaped before I could snap a picture.
The trail is flat and unremarkable for the first 5 minutes and within 10 minutes it drops straight down and becomes more of a route and less of a trail. In my opinion it offers at least triple the exposure found on the South Canyon shortcut or the Salt Trail Canyon. The walls of this rugged gorge are a series of nearly vertical cliffs or massive limestone and sandstone separated by steep slopes or benches of shale. We continued straight down following the cairns that took us over edges and ledges for 2 intense hours (didn't reach the spring)...chalk bag might have been handy to have on this one. On the way down I found I could slip over or slide down in places but couldn't manuever back up without stepping on/climbing on my friend....ah what are friends for?? No hand or foot holds......short chick at a slight disadvantage that way. For a future trip I would overnight at the trailhead, travel with only a daypack, minimal gear, overnight at the spring and climb out the following day....but that's just me.
Another great adventure--- surely to make "the book"!
So many destinations, so little time! Wonder what's next