Wow, Cool, AmAZing. We decided we needed a new vocabulary as we wore out those words. However, this is another one of those "what trail" for sure! We did use trekking poles and thank goodness we had them; they are a great security blanket. We did get to use our limited cairn reading ability. We appreciated the cairns; especially on the way back, as it was getting toward dusk.
As we made our way east before the turn south into the Canyon Kat says, "see it's pretty easy"... little did I know it was going to be another Lower Barks test with even some tougher areas (like Upper Fish Creek) to get through. I think the most perturbing thing is you have to cross back and forth across the creek so much and just when you think you're going to be able to stay on one side, back over you have to go.
Getting through some of the brush and that lovely catclaw just gets obscene after awhile
. I did love the tiny reprieve you get mid-way where it levels out into this amAZing bed of flat rock that has some water flowing over and through it.
The creek is not flowing as full as it was earlier in the year but I was actually glad about that as it made for easier trekking and it created some interesting dry pool areas. There were plenty of other "cool" pool areas too.
We saw lots of butterflies, lizards, and different wildflowers as well as a gila monster. We saw 8 other people including two who were headed up to camp. We easily could have spent all day out there... oh wait, we did