Okay, I guess Kat is going to make me post first so that I can tell you how she turned me from a casual hiker into a real hiker, OUCH. Kat decided to take us couterclockwise on this trek up through part of Barks Canyon. Fortunately I asked her to bring the extra set of trekking poles or I would have had to turn around fairly quickly once we started our way up.
Once you start up you pretty well have a non-stop challenge around, up and over boulders, and through water via rocks of all sizes. The poles made this trip a doable one for me as well as Kat's guidance, even tho we missed the initial turn.
But she really made up for it as she found almost a hidden exit out of the canyon. She is a pretty good GPS reader from what I was able to tell; however, when she's say almost, it's about 45 minutes
There is water the entire
way and between that and the boulders and the heavy brush, you have no alternative but to keep going forward. I did fall backward because of a wobbly rock in the water. I saved my camera though and only got my backside wet. I also survived my few quarrels with the catsclaw but have significant war wounds to show for it. Fortunately Kat kept the pace just right for me. I actually smiled through it all as I survived each challenge and then looked around at the scenery before me.
Fortunately the weather was wonderful, and the sky was just right for lots of picture taking. I can seriously say, this proved to be quite a challenge for me but I loved it and will gladly try something similar in about another.......year - naw, a couple weeks and I'll be good to go. For the casual hiker though, please take those poles; it will make all the difference - that and having long legs