|Canyoneering||10.00 Miles|| 5 Hrs 28 Mns || ||1.83 mph|
|3,000 ft AEG|| || || |
This was a shorter La Barge Loop that I normally hike do to time/daylight constraints and higher water than usual in the canyons. After work I drove to the muddy Canyon Lake to check out the high creeks and see if I could reach La Barge Box. The hike into the La Barge Creek crossing was fairly quick and then that crossing was only ankle-midshin deep. I kept pushing up canyon mostly on the north bank with loads of bushwhacking, rock hopping, and creek bypasses. I tried to keep the creek wading to a minimum since it was flowing pretty good and I didn't want to get in up to my hips or worse.
My progress was pretty slow going and took a whole 1.5 hours to finally reach the box. Going up the box was also a little slow due to the raging creek & slippery rock but I managed to make it up to the double falls which is a dead end until the water level comes back down. I got some sweet photos that I'll have to post when I get a chance... To save some time, I decided to take the longer route up and over Battleship saddle and down into Boulder Canyon which was much quicker since it has an actual trail and Boulder Creek crossings were not as sketchy as La Barge.
Once on trail, I was able to cruise out of there but had to start using the headlamp after that main climb from La Barge crossing to that La Barge Canyon/Battleship overlook. But even hiking out in the dark with Canyon Lake in the distance has its own charm.
|Yea, canyoneering is an extreme sport... EXTREMELY dramatic!!! =p|