|Hiking||3.00 Miles|| 3 Hrs || ||1.00 mph|
|300 ft AEG|| || || |
My brother took us on this hike that he had done with his older children back in Dec 2004. It was a wonderful day for a hike. We went up to the Arch and back.
The first part of the trail is somewhat open, the next part is partially shaded until you get to the red rock area. If you want to head up to the arch, it is a bit of a hand over knee struggle up for a bit to get to the arch and the trail is a bit difficult to decipher. However, if you head down from where the plaque is, there is a creek bed and you go up from there.
My brother said after climbing gingerly down to the Arch that it is more difficult as the step down area has seemed to erode. He went out on to the Arch but I stayed back and just took photos. The arch itself is not very wide as he demonstrated in a picture I will post later (where he has his arms stretched out like an airplane - no pun intended).
As we hiked back, closer to the trail head, we encountered a very hungry javalena and its buddies. He or she (I couldn't tell) was eating away very aggressively on a large prickly pear cactus. The javalenas let us take lots of pictures.
There were also many woodpeckers along the way too. And some great fall colors were on display. I can't remember the name of the fern like plant (my cousin knows - it's called sumac) that was radiant with green, red and orange foliage (where is that spell checker). I'll post a pic of that as well.
Definitely an easy hike to the plaque and back!
To top off our adventurous day, we headed home via Schnebly Hill. It is just so incredibly beautiful but has to be the roughest road I've taken my vehicle over (and I've been over it before but heading down); and this time I had to hustle so we could catch the sunset at the top. Sure could use some rain to wash off the plants and trees along side the road.
|For me, sometimes it's just as much about the journey as the destination. |
Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.